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THURSDAY, OCT. 8, 2015

Wild Card/Thursday -- 10.8.15 14 

I was entertained by the candidate debates for Coeur d'Alene City Council last night. Nothing was said that surprised me. However, I felt my impressions of the candidate were confirmed. Dan English and incumbent Ron Edinger are clearly the best picks for the two offices....

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Parting Shot -- 10.8.15

Toronto Blue Jays' Josh Donaldson rests after a collision during a force out at second base by Texas Rangers' Rougned Odor during the fourth inning of Game 1 of the American League Division Series in Toronto on Thursday. Texas won 5-3. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press…

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Ex-Spokane police chief files $4M suit 

Former Spokane Police Chief Frank Straub filed a $4 million claim against the city Thursday for wrongful termination. Straub was forced to resign late last month following complaints about his leadership style. His sudden ouster followed months of rumors about his explosive behavior.

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Labrador leads sentencing reform 

Rep. Raúl Labrador today joined House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., and Ranking Member John Conyers, D-Mich., in introducing the Sentencing Reform Act of 2015, one of several criminal justice reform initiatives backed by the Idaho Republican. Labrador is the lead Republican co-sponsor of the bill ...

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Keith Boe of IdahoPanhandler.com offers this Photo of the Day recently: "Take a stroll on the world’s longest floating boardwalk, located at the Coeur d’Alene Resort and open to the public year round, this floating track in downtown features over 3,300 feet, 0.75-mile (1.2 km) of space for public use and enjoyment. Special features include a high-arched, night lit bridge, a mid-walk picnic and seating area out over the waters of scenic Lake Coeur d’Alene and even a seasonal convenience store located out over the lake."

HucksOnline Blogos -- 10.8.15

Daily roundup of links from Huckleberries Online blog roll includes: Throwbacks/Slight Detour, Young fresh fellows/On Tap, Mr. or Mrs. Speaker/Fort Boise, Phase 2 of gardening/Simple Mind, He had no idea anyone was watching/Slice, Fire regs won't allow candles/A Grip on Sports, Maintaining herd bull status not easy/Outdoors ...

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Rolling Stone spotlights 'rebel' Raul 

In a lengthy Rolling Stone article, "Meet the Right Wing Rebels Who Overthrew John Boehner," reporter Tim Dickinson spotlights several leading lights of the Liberty Caucus, including Idaho's Raul Labrador: "Labrador views his establishment colleagues as corrupt -- selling out small-government principles for PAC donations — or, at best, mindless"...

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Teen charged with threat to kill girls 

An Idaho school was placed on lockdown after a student threatened to “kill all the girls” because none of them would send him nude photos. A 15-year-old boy was charged with one count each of threatening violence at a school and telephone harassment in connection with the threats, according to Raw Story.

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In this 2012 photo, Rita Sims-Snyder of the Coeur d’Alene Carousel Foundation shows pieces of the vintage Playland Pier carnival carousel in storage.  (Kathy Plonka / The Spokesman-Review)

Old CdA carousel to get new home 

Coeur d’Alene’s historic carnival carousel has sat in storage for four years, awaiting a new home. Now it has one. The 1922 Stillman will be reassembled next to Memorial Field, not far from where it was part of a lakefront amusement park at Independence Point more than 40 years ago. (Question: When did you last ride on a carousel?)

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Vestal: CdA gun rally mocks victims 12 

Two days after a disaffected loner with a mountain of personal firearms shot up a community college, a group of North Idaho residents gathered in a park. They prayed for the victims. They called for unity. They said the time had come for action. “President Obama is coming,” the rally’s organizer warned them. Coming for what? To take their guns.

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'In God we trust' patrol cars 24 

Yesterday, we discussed a plan by Benewah County Sheriff Dave Resser to add decals that say "In God we trust" to department vehicles. Seems that already has been done. The Benewah County Sheriff's Office Facebook page shows 2 vehicles with the decal on them.

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Poll: Build Tubbs Hill access road

A near supermajority of Hucks Nation supports the proposal to build an 1,100-foot access road into Tubbs Hill for firefighting purposes. Today's Poll: Are you more or less likely to vote for a candidate who brings party partisanship into a nonpartisan local election?

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AM Headlines -- 10.8.15

AM Headlines for Thursday includes news of a walk-in clinic for flu shots + Judge dismisses VanderSloot suit/EOBoise, State challenges attorney fees for tribe/EOBoise, Feds opt not to list 3 species found in Idaho/EOBoise, WSU's Leach is 38th highest paid football coach/KREM, Smoke remains as fire season lingers into fall/CdA Press ...

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English calls out Adams' partisanship 17 

In a statement submitted to Huckleberries Online, challenger Dan English calls out incumbent Steve Adams for trying to bring partisanship into their City Council race. Adams said last night that he wasn't doing so. But his campaign literature points out that he's a former GOP precinct committeeman and GOP District 4 chairman.

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Mayor bans bunnies from classroom 10 

A south-central Idaho mayor is threatening to veto a city-council approved exemption allowing school kids to raise rabbits. The Times-News reports that Burley Mayor Merlin Smedley said Tuesday that he is totally against the exemption, which was unanimously approved by the City Council.

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How to tell people are old 

In his Slice column today, Paul Turner offers a delightful perspective from a 6YO child's viewpoint re: aging. The grandson of a woman named Sue Reiner told her how he knows when someone is old.

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Adams: I represent Christians 24 

One of the few statements that triggered fireworks during the Coeur d'Alene City Council debates last night came from incumbent Steve Adams, who said: ""I represent the constituency, the Christian conservative constituency. ... I don't believe Bruce or Dan have the same philosophy as I do." Dan English begged to differ.

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Schindelbeck will show us the way 46 

Challenger Toby Schindelbeck made the point, more than once, that his experience living in bigger California cities has given him an edge in his race with veteran Councilman Ron Edinger. He said during a council debate last night that he isn't "insulated" like Edinger and will help the Lake City not become another Oakland or Spokane.

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Refugees coming to Coeur d'Alene? 26 

A national blog that tracks refugee resettlement efforts warns that Coeur d’Alene could be the next resettlement site for Syrian refugees. But those in charge of the program say that is simply not true. (Question: Would you mind if the Coeur d'Alene area received some refugees from troubled lands?)

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 (Coeur d'Alene Press photo)

Feds: County jail overcrowded 

The debate over whether the Kootenai County jail should be expanded and how the local justice system can be improved has rekindled. And this time, all of the players are at the table. Representatives of the National Institute of Corrections reaffirmed on Wednesday that the local jail is overcrowded.

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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.