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MONDAY, OCT. 5, 2015

Wild Card/Monday -- 10.5.15 

My wife and I visited the Grille at Ipanema for a late lunch early Sunday afternoon, only to find it closed. That was no big deal. We headed home for a sandwich. But, in the process, I noticed that something was going on in the...

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Parting Shot -- 10.5.15

Faculty members embrace as they are allowed to return to Umpqua Community College Monday in Roseburg, Ore. The campus reopened to faculty for the first time since Oct. 1, when armed suspect Chris Harper-Mercer killed multiple people and wounded several others before taking his own life at Snyder Hall.

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Idaho has 4th highest divorce rate 24 

When people get married, they never plan on divorce. In Idaho, it's something that is very common. "Many people are surprised to realize that Idaho actually has the fourth highest divorce rate in the country," said Michelle Crosby, founder and CEO of Boise based company Wevorce. Idaho also has the most amicable divorces.

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Poll: Idaho backs ag-gag ruling 

Monday means more polling data courtesy of Idaho Politics Weekly. This week, they found a slight majority of Idahoans support the recent court ruling overturning the "ag gag" or "ag security/biosecurity" law, as its opponents and supporters respectively call it, and a plurality are opposed to fetal tissue research.

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Crash claims Lake City man 

A 25-year-old Coeur d’Alene man was killed in a pickup truck crash near Priest Lake, Idaho Sunday night. Mark E. Sullivan was a passenger in the truck, which was driving north on Luby Bay Road near Priest Lake, according to Idaho State Police.

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Toby sez Edinger's a 'Democrat' 45 

Toby Schindelbeck, the ex-Californian from Chico who arrived in Coeur d'Alene wishin'/hopin'/prayin' that some constituency would elect him to something, has targeted long-time Councilman Ron Edinger in Schindelbeck's first campaign literature. Toby claims that Edinger is a "registered Democrat." Gadzooks!

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Gun-control activist attacks sheriff 25 

A prominent gun-control advocate is calling for the resignation of the Oregon sheriff leading the investigation into the recent (Oregon mass murder), who he labeled a pro-gun “conspiracy theorist.” (DFO: This is a lousy time for gun-control activisits to attack a sheriff investigating the Oregon shootings, just to make political hay. Thoughts?)

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Police Spotlight: Mitch Alexander 

Chanse Watson of spent a day with Sheriff Mitch Alexander of Shoshone County. The sheriff and his office have embraced social media and transparency to offset their small number of officers. Chanse offers a look at the progressive Silver Valley sheriff and his department. (Question: Do you know much about Shoshone County?)

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CPD, coroner ID burned body 

Coeur d’Alene Police Detectives and the Kootenai County Coroner’s office have identified the victim in the fire at Potlatch Hill on Thursday as Robert Wayne Parkinson, 56. Autopsy results are preliminary. It appears to be an accidental fire and accidental death due to fire.

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Planned Parenthood Federation of America President Cecile Richards is sworn in on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015, prior to testifying before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on "Planned Parenthood's Taxpayer Funding." (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Idaho GOP to target Planned Parenthood 34 

Republican lawmakers expect legislation targeting Planned Parenthood will be introduced when they reconvene in January. Assistant Majority Leader Rep. Brent Crane, R-Nampa, said he has talked to several of his colleagues who are preparing bills to target the organization, which has a clinic in Twin Falls and two in the Boise area.

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California embraces assisted suicide 11 

Caught between conflicting moral arguments, (California) Gov. Jerry Brown, a former Jesuit seminary student, on Monday signed a measure allowing physicians to prescribe lethal doses of drugs to terminally ill patients who want to hasten their deaths. (Question: Would you like to see Idaho approve assisted suicide?)

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AM Headlines -- 10.5.15 

AM Headlines for Monday Rich Landers of the SR's Outdoors blog introduces us to the havoc that blue-tongue disease is wreaking on the local deer population. Also: Legal opinion released re: Tech Market/Press, Are El Nino rains starting to arrive in California?/Press, Grandma's advice helps hunter ward off grizzly/Outdoors + more ...

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Carlson: 3 to watch 

Chris Carlson/Carlson Chronicle columnizes today that there are three people to watch in Idaho over the next few months, including a former student who is considering a long-time race against controversial state Rep. Vito Barbieri, R-Dalton Gardens. (Question: Question: Can a Democrat win in the 2nd Legislative District?)

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An unusual hitchhiker 10 

Alison Boggs & her significant other were heading back from an outing in the Silver Valley when Alison noticed something not quite right. Something under the seat was touching her foot. Something that was moving.

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Malloy: Raul won't miss House Speaker 11 

In a column for Idaho Politics Weekly, former Idaho Statesman opinion editor Chuck Malloy comments that 1st District Congressman Raul Labrador won't miss retiring House Speaker John Boehner. (Question: Who would you like to see become the next House Speaker?)

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Poll: Don't Credit Obama 12 

In a close weekend poll, Hucks Nation said, narrowly, that President Obama doesn't deserve credit for the economic turnaround in this country. Today's Poll: Who would you rather have represent you as your congressman: Raul Labrador of the 1st District of Mike Simpson of the 2nd District?

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Coeur d’Alene attorney Luke Malek arrives at the courthouse to review files pertaining to an upcoming case on Sept. 9. (Kathy Plonka/Spokesman-Review)

Malek sails troubled GOP waters 14 

State Rep. Luke Malek, R-CdA, would be considered a diehard conservative almost everywhere except his home county of Kootenai, where the uberconservatives who've seized control consider him to be a RINO. Betsy Russell take a look at Malek and the goofy Republican politics in Kootenai County in a must-read feature.

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Cracker Barrel coming to Lake City 30 

In his weekly Business Bits column for the Coeur d'Alene Press, Nils Rosdahl tells readers that their wait is finally over. Cracker Barrel is coming to Coeur d'Alene. He couldn't say when. But the Lebanon, Tenn., company has taken out a building permit to construct a restaurant near Winco. (Question: Is this something you want in Coeur d'Alene?)

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Hucks: Sorority makes amends to CdA 

In May 2014, the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority of Washington State left its mark -- literally -- on Coeur d'Alene during a drunkfest. Now, the sorority has more than made amends by twice returning to Coeur d'Alene to clean litter from Tubbs Hill. (Question: Did you do something stupid as a young person that you're willing to discuss here?)

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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.