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MONDAY, MAY 11, 2015

Wild Card/Monday -- 5.11.15

I'm going to take a few minutes to compile a post featuring the extensive weekend coverage of the stirring funeral service for slain Coeur d'Alene Police Department Sgt. Greg Moore Saturday. After live-blogging the event Saturday, I'm as amazed as ever by the quality of our police department and surrounding agencies -- and our community.

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Parting Shot -- 5.11.15 

Fans in the special "King's Court" cheering section for Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Felix Hernandez hold up K-cards as they cheer for a strikeout against the Oakland Athletics in the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics on Sunday in Seattle. Hernandez…

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Op-Ed: Time To Fix Idaho Charters 44 

Levi B Cavener, a special education teach in Caldwell, comments in an op-ed article circulated throughout Idaho that it's time to fix Idaho charter schools. Cavener is reacting to a commission finding that minority students are woefully under-represented in charter schools. He's calling for a moratorium on new charters until imbalance is fixed.

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More Women Are Hunting 

Increasing numbers of women are learning to shoot rifles and bows to enjoy hunting and the meat they can put on the table. The growing interest of women in blood sports isn’t a stampede, but it’s significant enough to capture the attention of the hunting and shooting sports industries, as well as the media.

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Musical Chairs 

"Todd Gilkey and Bryan Duncan are switching positions at CdA High. Duncan will be AD, Gilkey in charge of discipline" -- SR sports scribe Greg Lee tweets.

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Risch Speaks For Pastor Abedini 

Video: U.S. Senator Jim Risch today spoke on the Senate floor regarding his resolution that calls on Iran to free Boise Pastor Saeed Abedini, Amir Hekmati, Robert Levinson, and Jason Rezaian - all American citizens being held prisoner in Iran. (YouTube video)

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Suspended 

Star New England Patriots QB Tom Brady has been suspended for four games for his role in deflating footballs during the AFC Championship game against the Indianapolis Colts in Foxborough, Mass., in January. Also, the NFL fined the Patriots $1 million and took their No. 1 draft pick from them next year. Question: Does punishment fit crime?

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Idaho Pre-K Enrollment Near Last 

Idaho’s pre-K enrollment numbers rank among the nation’s lowest — and even lag in comparison to the handful of other states that have no state-funded pre-K. Those dismal findings come from the National Institute for Early Education Research, a New Brunswick, N.J.-based organization focused on…

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Nonini, Barbieri Lead Spending For Travel 23 

Idaho taxpayers footed a bill of nearly $250,000 to cover expenses for lawmakers traveling to and from Boise during the 2015 legislative session and another $50,000 for them to travel outside the state over the past fiscal year. And guess who tops the list for top travel spenders ... uber-cons Bob Nonini & Vito Barbieri of Kootenai County ...

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Washington Still #1 Bike State

For the eighth year in a row, Washington was named the most bicycle-friendly state in the country, while others like Massachusetts and Utah rose in the ranks thanks to policies and infrastructure funding strategies that encourage people to get on bicycles. Meanwhile, Idaho ranks No. 21. Question: Is CdA becoming a bike town?

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HucksOnline Blogos -- 5.11.15 

At HucksOnline Blogosphere roundup today, you can find links to ... Grains of truth/On Tap, Commentary/Arch Druid, Those little bastards/Fort Boise, Mother's Day & holes/Simple Mind, Hundreds attend Stand Down/Coeur d'Alene Today, Missoulian endorses Scotchman Peaks/Outdoors, Relative humidity/The Slice + more ...

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Timber Gastropub Opens Today 

In his weekly Business Bits column for the Coeur d'Alene Press, Nils Rosdahl reports that Timber Gastropub, 1610 E. Schneidmiller Ave/Post Falls, has opened. The Gastropub is located in the old Hot Rod Cafe building. Question: Are you happy to see a growing number of brew pubs in the area?

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Sgt. Moore Relatives Thankful 

John & Diane Brumley, the grandparents for Sgt. Greg Moore's son, Dylon, have written to the editor of the Coeur d'Alene Press, thanking individuals specifically and the community in general for the outpouring of love & support in wake of the slaying of Sgt. Moore last week.

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Child Support In Other States

In an Idaho Reports blog post, Melissa Davlin reports what other states are doing or have done with Child Support Enforcement legislation. As you know, Idaho has made national news after the House Judiciary & Rules Committee killed the legislation on a 9-8 vote after it passed unanimously in the Idaho Senate.

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Prom Invite Gone Awry 

This recent photo provided by the Ada County Sheriff’s office shows a message "Destiny, Prom?" painted in large pink and blue letters on the side of the Black Cliffs east of Boise. Authorities are looking for a teen who wanted a date with Destiny and…

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AM Headlines -- 5.11.15 

Today's AM Headlines includes: Couple survives hitting moose/Press, Post Falls armed robbery suspect arrested/Press, Spokane sailors complete 26,000-mile odyssey/SR, Stand Down lends helping hand to veterans/Press, 3rd 'Idaho Gives' raises more than $1M/KTVB, Hookah club leaves bad aftertaste/Press + more ...

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Poll: Hucks Nation Viewed Funeral 

Weekend Poll: Almost 60% of Hucks Nation said they planned to follow the funeral service for fallen Coeur d'Alene Sgt. Greg Moore by attending in person or by watching TV/Internet/social media coverage of the event. Today's Poll: Will Hillary Clinton become the next president of the United States?

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Nonpartisan Voting Deadlines Near

Kootenai County Clerk Jim Brannon announced two deadlines coming up next week. “Voters who want an absentee ballot mailed to them for the May 19 election need to submit their request by 5PM Wednesday, May 13”, Brannon said. Voters can click http://www.kcgov.us/elections/ to download the…

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A police office from Yakima, Wash., salutes the casket bearing the body of Sgt. Greg Moore, at Forest Cemetery.

Honoring A Fallen Hero 

Duane Rasmussen provided dozens of photos to Huckleberries Online from the funeral service for CPD Sgt Greg Moore. You can see the ones Huckleberries Online published before the funeral service here. And you can see ones that Duane took after the service by clicking through...

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Dustin Apologizes For Misfire 47 

Last week, Dustin Hurst of Idaho Reporter accused Sorensen School of wasting government money to stage a juggling class. Some of you pointed out that the money actually was provided via fund-raising. Moments ago, Dustin sent Huckleberries an email apologizing for his mistake. You can read the apology via link below.

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Huckleberries Online

D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.