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TUESDAY, OCT. 20, 2015

Wild Card/Tuesday -- 10.20.15 

Two weeks from today, city residents in Kootenai County will decide what their councils will look like for the next two years. I suspect the Merry Hucksters of Huckleberries Online are primed and ready to vote. I'm primed and ready to count us down to...

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Mag spotlights Raul, Freedom Caucus 

From Congressman Raul Labrador's office: "In a lengthy radio interview, Rolling Stone’s Tim Dickinson says Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho, and his conservative colleagues have enjoyed extraordinary success, including extracting $2 trillion in federal spending cuts."

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PM Scanner Traffic -- 10.20.15 

PM Scanner Traffic for Tuesday (20 items & counting + link to AM Scanner Traffic with 14 more items) includes 2 trauma injuries including one involving a playground accident at Winton Elementary. Also, you can find a link to a video provided by Coeur d'Alene PD of Zip Trip robbery attempt.

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Libraries relate reading to wine 

Call it the perfect date: you, your comfy chair, soft light, a good book and a glass of wine. Lap-warming cat or dog optional. In fact, wine is optional, as long as you have a good book. That's what North Idaho Reads has been promoting for five years, according to Carrie Scozzaro/Inlander.

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Blogos: Typical fall in North Idaho 

"An artist could have had a busy day yesterday with the abundant mix of fall color patterns. For probably the first time this season, we awakened to fog," writes Marianne Love/Slight Detour. "It hung around for most of the morning creating some interesting images and...

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Club goes broke fighting females 

"The Spokane Country Club went down fighting," writes SR columnist Shawn Vestal. "But it probably didn’t need to go down at all. The club’s drawn-out legal battle to preserve a tradition of charging women full price for second-class membership was a legal loser, and the club went broke clinging to it." More below.

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Crapo has $4.5M warchest 

U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo's office announces that the state's senior senator has a warchest of almost $4.5 million for his re-election bid next year. Crapo raised over $660,000 in the third quarter, representing the second-best funraising quarter in the history of the Crapo for Senate Campaign. (Question: Shouldn't Crapo be a shoo-in for re-election?)

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What a tangled web we weave ... 

A Post Falls female found herself in hot water after she called Post Falls police to report that her vehicle had been stolen from Love's Truck Stop -- a report which was later discovered to be false. After you read report from PFPD graveyard shift, you can tell us what you would do if you were in her parents' shoes.

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Top 5 Northwest horror films 

At the Bloglander, Dan Nailen tells of UI professor TJ Tranchell, who was born on Halloween and is a big fan of horror movies. Now, he and Nailen have produced a top 5 list of horror films that either were filmed in the Northwest or have a faux NW setting. See below for list. (Question: Do you have a favorite horror film?)

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Summer fire cost to Idaho: $60M 

NPG of Idaho reports: "The Idaho Department of Lands reports more than 300 fires on state lands burned 75,000 acres this summer. Suppression costs are estimated at close to $80 million. According to the department, Idaho taxpayers will pay $60 million of those costs."

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HMO: What's happening w/digital SR? 13 

HMOffsuite wonders why the digital SR isn't working. In response, City Editor Addy Hatch says that it is. But differently. "I can understand your frustration -- we're all having some of the same reactions as we transition to a new computer system and a new work flow. Those transitions are behind the changes you're seeing." More below.

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Malloy: Laura Bush still class act 11 

Columnist Chuck Malloy writes: Former First Lady Laura Bush spoke last Friday at the Governor’s Trade and Business Conference at the Boise Centre. ... Listening to her ... caused me to realize something. Mrs. Bush and her husband, former President George W. Bush, probably were the most "normal" people to occupy the White House."

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Video: Adams v English v MacNeil

If you didn't see the Coeur d'Alene City Council debate for Seat No. 5 among incumbent Steve Adams and challengers Dan English and Bruce MacNeil, you can do so now. It is posted on the city of Coeur d'Alene Web site. You can go to that site or simply click on the link below to find a link to the video. Tell us what you think of the debate.

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Kirsten Way from Delta Zeta sorority paints the window of a business Monday in Moscow. Twenty-one groups of University of Idaho students painted business windows as part of homecoming week. (Geoff Crimmins/Moscow-Pullman Daily News photo)

Painting the town

Windows throughout downtown Moscow were Vandal-ized Monday afternoon by dozens of University of Idaho students working to spread their school pride throughout the community. This is homecoming week at the University of Idaho. And for the first time in a long time, the UI Vandals are playing competitive football.

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Lessons from a Canadian election 18 

In his Johnson Post, Marc Johnson reports: "Canada just completed one of its longest election campaigns in its history – a whopping 79 days! What, you say, they ran a national campaign in … what, less time than it takes Joe Biden to decide to run in a national campaign." (Question: Did you know/care that Canada was staging a national election?)

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AM Headlines -- 10.20.15

AM Headlines for Tuesday starts with news that the Greensferry overpass will open Nov. 12 + URA debate moves to Midtown area/Press, Man hits 2 county convenience stores/KREM 2, As costs mount, fire season still isn't over/EOBoise, Residents of The Landings to pick school district/Press + more ...

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Carlson: AG Wasden defends Idaho 

In his Carlson Chronicle, Chris Carlson applauds Attorney General Lawrence Wasden for standing against Gov. Butch Otter and others who'd sell Idaho's birth rite for a few dollars. Wasden is defending the Batt agreement of the 1990s which blocks the federal government from sending more N-waste to Idaho no matter what the ruse.

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Robber hits Quality Inn

Another robbery has occurred in the Coeur d'Alene-Post Falls area -- the third in about two days. A robber wielding a knife robbed the Quality Inn at about 10 last night. The robbery follows on the heels of the robbery of a Post Falls grocery and the attempted robbery of the Cenex Zip Trip station at 15th St & Appleway.

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CWM: Bekken sentence on light side 11 

CWM considers the sentence handed down to financial aid-for-sex offender Joseph Bekken -- 107 days in jail, $10K fine & 3 years probation -- to be too light. Others think it was appropriate or even a little harsh since he still has a family that depends on him for financial support. What do you think?

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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.