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THURSDAY, MAY 14, 2015

Wild Card/Thursday -- 5.14.15 11 

My brother-in-law, Tom, in Post Falls, said he's already planted his tomatoes and most of the rest of his garden. I haven't paid much attention to the garden, other than transplanting some raspberries. That trip to see Junior & Miss Stephanie in Florida blew a...

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Parting Shot -- 5.14.15

At today's annual Idaho State Forestry Contest, groups of students head out to lunch in a staggered fashion, with Marianne Love/Slight Detour and her camera behind this catching this "Little House on the Prairie" moment. The photo was take on the Delay farm in Careywood, where...

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Cutline Contest (Time2Vote) 

Today's Cutline Contest features New England QB Tom Brady, who is expected to appeal his 4-game suspension to being the 2015 season, after being linked to deflating footballs in playoffs. Wednesday Winners -- SLFisher & Khaliela Wright.

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SR Weekly News Quiz -- 5.10-14.2015 

How much do you know about royal baby names, the Spokane Chiefs, fast-food advertising and other items in the news? Find out in The Spokesman-Review weekly interactive quiz, where you could win two movie tickets or a $50 gift card to the Davenport Hotel. A link to the weekly News Quiz is provided below.

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Lilac Queen Juggles Busy Schedule

Growing up with four brothers meant tea parties were few and far between for Meghan Long. So being surrounded by little girls dressed as princesses at the Spokane Lilac Festival Association Royal Tea Party last month was especially delightful. The Ferris senior was crowned Lilac...

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Bandit Steals Train Rider's Heart 

Maggie Schmidt said she knew something was about to happen Sunday when she was pulled off Silverwood's Steam Train No. 7 during the bandit stunt show. She was not, however, expecting one of the bandits to be her boyfriend, Owen Lewis, and she was even…

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HucksOnline Blogos -- 5.14.15 

Blogosphere roundup for Huckleberries Online today includes: Thursday Throwbacks: Busy week/Slight Detour; 'American Idol': The end is near/Simple Mind; See you at Perry Street Brewing tonight/On Tap; Mariners' transmission is still slipping/A Grip on Sports; Going to the Sun Road plowing weeks ahead of 2014/Outdoors + more ...

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Hiawatha Trail To Open Saturday 

The Route of the Hiawatha mountain bike trail will open Saturday and Sunday, then will be open seven days a week starting May 23 through Sept. 27. The 15-mile rails-to-trails biking and hiking trail uses an abandoned Milwaukee Railroad grade between the old town site of Taft, Montana and the North Fork of the St. Joe River near Avery, Idaho.

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Coalition Challenges Oil Train Rules

A coalition of environmental groups, including the Spokane Riverkeeper, has filed a court challenge to new federal rules aimed at preventing accidents involving trains carrying oil and other flammable fuels. The groups argue federal officials gave companies too much time to phase out railroad tank…

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CPD To Launch Click It Or Ticket 

Don't look now, you seatbelt scofflaws, but the Coeur d'Alene Police Department is about to join the National Click it or Ticket campaign that runs Monday through May 31. Basically, this means that you're running a greater risk of being pulled over for not wearing a seatbelt for the next 2 weeks. And why aren't you wearing a seatbelt anyway?

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Quotable Quote 

Idaho reeks of incompetence. I would not trust our current government to manage a popsicle stand -- ScooterMom (re: Labrador introduces federal land bill).

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Idaho Kids Vs Paranoia Inc 

On Facebook, Better Idaho has compiled a list or organizations that support passage of Child Support Endangerment legislation in the special session next week. And those that don't. Unfortunately, the Kootenai County and Bonner County GOP (In Name Only) central committees, along w/the John Birch Society, is in the latter group.

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Kralicek Remembers Officer Moore 

Two weeks ago, retired Coeur d’Alene Police Officer Mike Kralicek lost his best friend, killed in the line of duty while serving in Oregon. “Then we got the call in the morning, when Greg was shot,” he said – Coeur d’Alene Police Sgt. Greg Moore, a friend and fellow officer who was fatally shot while patrolling a quiet Coeur d’Alene neighborhood.

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Labrador Introduces Federal Land Bill 26 

Congressman Raúl Labrador, R-Idaho, on Thursday reintroduced a bill that will allow state and local management of federally owned forests and improve forest health, boost local economies and save taxpayers money. Question: Do you believe a state that can't handle private prisons or broadband systems right, could handle our federal lands?

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Sneeze Worthy

Pollen swirls around in a puddle in a parking lot in Spokane Wednesday. One-in-three Americans lives in the "sneeziest and wheeziest" cities and regions where they are exposed to both ragweed pollen and ozone smog pollution that can worsen respiratory allergies and asthma. Question: Have your allergies kicked in this spring?

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Top Idaho Baby Names: Liam, Emma

The top baby names for Idaho last year, according to the Social Security Administration? Liam & Emma. Coming up strong on the rail? Charlotte. Yeah, yeah, Idaho is a year ahead of the "Charlotte" tsunami that will be triggered by the naming of Britain's new princess. Question: Do you have a Charlotte in your family?

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Sharia Fears Threaten Int'l Effort 

In an Associated Press article published in the Washington Times, Kimberlee Kruesi of AP's Boise office & David Crary report that Sharia Law fearmongering by 9 Idaho GOP lawmakers threaten an international treaty effort. Gov. Otter has called a special session to address the damage done to child support enforcement nationally by the 9.

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Poll: De Facto Segregation? Yes 

By a one-vote margin, Hucks Nation says that charter schools in Idaho are practicing de facto segregation as a result of demographics that show minority students are under-represented. Today's Poll: Do you support the new & improved Patriot Act USA?

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AM Headlines -- 5.14.15 

Today's AM Headlines include: Lake City High star will run for Idaho State/SR, Route of Hiawatha Trail to ope/SR, Festival at Sandpoint announces 2015 schedule/SR, Feds to spend $35M on Silver Valley cleanup this year/Press, Post Falls Family Dental raising money for Moores + more ...

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What Is A Hospitalist? 

One of the fastest growing professions in the medical field is hospitalists. The hospitalist, according to the latest edition of the Kootenai Health mag, "has developed in the past 10 to 15 years as primary care physicians have been unable to manage both their clinics and hospitalized patients.” Question: Have you been treated by a hospitalist?

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Sneed: Don't Approach Cops On Street 

Mr. Sneed says he thanks his friends in local law enforcement for their work for the community. But he recommends that you don't approach a police officer on the street to thank him or her for their work. They're wary of the public, says Sneed. You might not receive a warm welcome.

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Legislators To The Rescue 

You're asking whether The Bard of Sherman Avenue has a poem for the special session to fix the Child Support Enforcement mess created by Sims, Cheatham, Scott, McMillan & Co? Of course he does. Enjoy ...

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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.