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FRIDAY, MAY 15, 2015

TGIF Wild Card -- 5.15.15 

We're rapidly approaching the special session of the Legislature, in which, I suspect, Idaho's Notorious 9 are primed to go down fighting against Sharia Law -- and providing a few more one-liners for national consumption. That'll be Monday. Then, we'll head into the election for...

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Police officer whose badges had been covered with black ribbons and cloth laid the covers on a memorial to fallen comrads this afternoon in a short but moving ceremony. (Photo: Duane Rasmussen)

P.S. Honoring Fallen Heroes 

Photo Set: In recognition of National Police Week, a large group of law enforcement, firefighters and community members attended a ceremony on Friday afternoon at the Fallen Heroes Plaza at Cherry Hill Park. Photographer Duane Rasmussen was on hand to provide 5 photos of the…

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Freedom Tree Carving Placed At McEuen 

A beautiful new carving made from wood salvaged from the original Freedom Tree at McEuen Park was situated next to the new Freedom Tree this week at the west end of the park. The original Freedom Tree was planted in an effort to stop development of Tubbs Hill and was rededicated in 1972 for Fred McMurray of Coeur d’Alene, a prisoner of war.

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Child Support: Who Knew What, When? 

Melissa Davlin & the Idaho Reports team reviewed hundreds of emails and interviewed key players in the decision to table the Child Support Enforcement bill by the House Judiciary & Rules Committee. In an Idaho Reports blog post, Melissa tries to answer the question who know what and when did they know it.

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Cutline Contest -- Time2Vote 

A Romanian student holds his sumo fighting robot while waiting to compete in the finals of the Infomatrix 2015 international computer science and robotics competition in Bucharest, Romania, earlier today. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda) Thursday Winner -- DFO, with 12 likes: Brady...

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Duncan Victim's Mom Conflicted 

Believe it or not, Saturday marks the 10th anniversary of the horrific Groene-McKenzie murders and abduction of two children by Joseph Edward Duncan. KHQ will have a newscast tonight featuring Mark McKenzie's mother, who would like to see Duncan dead. But doesn't want to face him in court again.

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HucksOnline Blogos -- 5.15.15

Blog roundup from Huckleberries Blogosphere: At the Fallen Heroes Plaza on Cherry Hill, police officers put the black tape that they removed from their badges on a plaque, which now contains the name of CPD Sgt. Greg Moore, who was killed in the line of duty May 5 + more ...

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Free Opera CdA Concert Sunday

Opera Coeur d'Alene is offering a family-friendly free concert at 2 p.m. Sunday, at First Presbyterian Church, Fifth and Lakeside/CdA. This one-day-only performance is open to the public and offers a unique opportunity for anyone new to opera. Question: Do you (heart) opera? If not, would you be interested in attending a free opera concert?

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Expert To Discuss 2nd Amendment

The fourth annual Coeur d'Alene Public Library lecture by Dr. David Adler will examine the right of citizens to bear arms."The Second Amendment: Fundamentals and Myths" will be presented at 7 tonight in the library Community Room, 702 E. Front Ave. The free lecture is...

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U.S. Sen. Jim Risch answered questions about immigration and possible ISIS infiltration into the U.S. (Photo: Duane Rasmussen)

Pachyderms Hear Risch, Gabriel 

Photo Set: At the North Idaho Pachyderm Club this morning, U.S. Sen. Jim Risch addressed questions about immigration and possible infiltration of ISIS followers into the U.S. Later, Fire Chief Kenny Gabriel and Finance Director Troy Tymesen discussed the $6M public safety bond that will be on the ballot Tuesday. (4 Duane Rasmussen photos)

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Yes, Idaho Has Drought Problem 

For those of us who live in urban parts of Idaho, it might not look as though the state is suffering from drought conditions. But Idaho Reports has put together an infographic (follow link below) that shows had bad things are in some reservoirs. Another mild winter will impact the state's important agriculture industry.

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Nonini Still Backs Child Support 

As another legislator announces he will forego his expenses for special session, Sen. Bob Nonini tells Eye on Boise that he hasn't considered doing so. The Senate did its business by unanimously passing Child Support legislation, he said. Nonini remains solidly behind the legislation sabotaged by the Idaho House Judiciary & Rules Republicans ...

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IFF: Special Session About Federalism 31 

In a column for Idaho Freedom Foundation, exec Wayne Hoffman said the mainstream media has missed the whole point of the special session called by Gov. Butch Otter, which begins Monday. Federalism is the bigger issue at stake in the battle over Child Support Enforcement legislation. Thoughts?

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Worth 1,000 Words 

One of the approximate 340 graduates who walked this morning at North Idaho College commencement exercises puts an exclamation point on how happy this day is for the participants and their families. Anyone know who she is? This photo was provided by NIC twitter.

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Poll: New Patriot Act? Unh-Uh 

In Thursday's poll, Hucks Nation said it doesn't support new & supposedly improved Patriot Act USA. Today's Poll: Should Idaho pay legislators for special session expenses after they messed up Child Support Enforcement bill?

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Malek To Forego Expenses, Too 

State Rep. Luke Malek tells Betsy Russell/Eye on Boise that he won't accept payment for his expenses during the special session either: "“Well, we went down there to do a job and we didn’t do it right. So I wouldn’t charge a client if I messed up a job. So I don’t think we should charge the taxpayers for messing this up, either”

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A group of guides hang out on the second platform of the zipline course during a training exercise. (Press photo: Shawn Gust)

AM Headlines -- 5.15.15 

Today's AM Headlines at Huckleberries Online includes: A zipline course above Beauty Bay; Bear damages Bonner County woman's vehicle; College of Idaho tries to ban Yik Yak ap; Video: Responders rescue woman who crash over bank; Opera CdA holding free concert; 2 seek Post Falls highway seat + more ...

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CdA Made Native Police Son Proud

Detective Monte Iverson of the Boise Police Department returned to his hometown last week to be part of the show of respect for fallen CPD Sgt. Greg Moore. When entering town, he was asked by a fellow Boise officer whether Coeur d'Alene supported its police force. He said, "Yes, they do." And he was proven right.

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Firm Handshake = Good Health 

A firm handshake may be a sign of good health, according to a new Canadian-led study. Researchers from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ont., say weak grip strength has been linked to a higher risk of stroke and heart attack. Question: From firm to "dead fish," how would you describe your handshake?

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Blues Legend B.B. King, 89, RIP 18 

The New York Times reports: B. B. King, whose world-weary voice and wailing guitar lifted him from the cotton fields of Mississippi to a global stage and the apex of American blues, died on Thursday at his home in Las Vegas. He was 89. His death was reported on his website, which said he died in his sleep.

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Solon Won't Claim Session Expenses 

In an email, Rep. Mark Nye, D-Pocatello, says he won’t accept any expense reimbursements for Monday’s special legislative session, and he’s urging others to follow his example. Question: Do you suppose big travel spenders Bob Nonini and Vito Barbieri will accept Rep. Nye's challenge?

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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.