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MONDAY, OCT. 19, 2015

Maverick trustee shakes things up 

Dr. Russell Joki, a West Ada School District school trustee who grew up in Kellogg and Coeur d'Alene, is shaking things up in the Boise area. Three years ago, Joki sued the governor, et al, claiming they were violating Idahoans' right for a free public education. Now he's causing trouble for his district superintendent & subject to a recall effort.

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When nature calls, terror can follow 

Have you ever worried that something might crawl from the toilet bowl or outhouse stall and bite you in the nether region. Well, a local woman who once lived in Sandpoint heard an unexpected splash recently when she was propped vulnerably on her bathroom throne. SR columnist Doug Clark provides the rest of the story.

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Trump isn't fit to lead soldiers 11 

If you still harbor any illusions that Donald Trump is fit to be commander in chief, consider his latest salvo against Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. Bergdahl, a Ketchum native, walked away from his post in Afghanistan and was taken prisoner by the Taliban in 2009. Trump told a rowdy Las Vegas audience recently. "Thirty years ago, he would have been shot."

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Legendary human rights activist James Meredith visits the Human Rights Educational Institute in Coeur d’Alene on Friday, Oct. 16, 2015. It was Meredith’s attempt at enrolling at the University of Mississippi in 1962 that set off the riots that resulted in two dead, hundreds wounded and many arrested -- as well as 31K national guardsmen sent in to enforce order. He spoke at North Idaho Community College Friday, followed by visits to University of Idaho and Lewis-Clark State College. (Kathy Plonka/SR photo)

Civil rights icon visits Lake City 

James Meredith, the civil rights icon who helped integrate the University of Mississippi in 1962 and was later shot & wounded for his activities, visited Coeur d'Alene Friday. “Fifty years ago I used Ole Miss to teach the world a lesson,” Meredith said. “Now I plan on using Mississippi to teach Idaho a lesson.”

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Lack of COLA alarms seniors 

The news that Social Security benefit amounts will remain flat next year isn’t sitting well with older Kootenai County residents already feeling squeezed by higher prices for many basic living items. The lack of a cost of living adjustment will affect millions of retirees, disabled workers, spouses and children.

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Hucks: CdA newcomer misfires 17 

In the SR Sunday, Huckleberries begins with a look at the missteps in the Coeur d'Alene City Council campaign of relative newcomer Toby Schindelbeck. Schindelbeck, Huckleberries concludes, should fire his advisers for some poor advice re: his approach to respected long-time Councilman Ron Edinger.

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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.