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WEDNESDAY, OCT. 21, 2015

Hump Day Wild Card -- 10.21.15 

For those of you keeping score at home -- both of you -- the Huckleberry Patch Fantasy Football League is competitive. 5 teams are clustered around the 5-1/4-2 marks at the top of the back, including Sachi, a woman new to Fantasy Football who is...

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Robberies bring reward offer

Crime Stoppers of the Inland Northwest has offered a cash reward for information leading to the arrest of the male suspect responsible for four separate robberies in the past four days. In each of these incidents the suspect demanded cash from the clerk.

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Parting Shot -- 10.21.15

Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Chris Colabello and fans try for a foul ball during the third inning in Game 5 of baseball's American League Championship Series against the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday in Toronto. Toronto, which now trails the American League championship series 3-2, won the game.

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Raul: We're not crowning King Ryan 

The House Freedom Caucus (HFC) stopped short of formally endorsing Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) for House Speaker on Wednesday. Rep. Raul Labrador (R-Idaho), the leader of the HFC, noted that about two-thirds of the conservative group backs Ryan for the Speakership, but said the group will only endorse if 80 percent of members support Ryan.

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PM Scanner Traffic -- 10.21.15

PM Scanner Traffic for Wednesday (22 items & counting + link to AM Scanner Traffic with 10 more items) includes tall male with a goatee in camo who refusing to take no for an answer from homeowners association that doesn't want him hunting on its property.

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SF considers 'Idaho stop' for bikes 

Bikes and stop signs are definitely not like peanut butter and chocolate. That's why San Francisco is considering allowing cyclists to treat stop signs as yield signs, a practice commonly known as the "Idaho stop," because the Gem State has allowed such a move for decades.

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Police investigate robbery spree 

Police in Coeur d’Alene and Post Falls are investigating three robberies and an attempted robbery this week that may be the work of the [Click and drag to move] same masked man. All four crimes happened within a 48-hour period and include some similar suspect descriptions, said Sgt. Christie Wood of the Coeur d’Alene Police Department.

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Slice: Candidate endorsement letters

In his Slice blog, Paul Turner/SR asks: "If you were the editor and someone suggested discontinuing the practice of running letters to the editor endorsing political candidates, what would you say?" Paul then provides five choices, including: "Yes, of course. Why didn't I think of that?"

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HucksOnline Blogos -- 10.21.15 

The daily roundup of links from the Huckleberries Online blog roll includes: Too soon?/The Slice, More 'War Bonds' reviews/War Bonds, First Take: Canada/Randy Stapilus, We survived the meltdown/Grip on Sports, Does anyone dance any more?/Simple Mind, Labrador, at length, to no useful end/Fort Boise +more ...

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Boise attorney could be Idaho's next fed judge 10 

After a secretive process that spanned more than a year, Idaho’s two U.S. senators appear to be proposing that Idaho’s next federal district judge be a little-known, 41-year-old Boise attorney whose law practice has been largely limited to environmental administrative law, representing timber and mining interests and land developers.

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Photo Set: Here's what the giant, new water slide at Silverwood Park will look like, after its erected for summer 2016. Click through for 3 other photos. (Courtesy photo: Silverwood)

Silverwood to add giant water slide

The next big thing coming to Silverwood Theme Park north of Coeur d’Alene will be a giant water slide at the Boulder Beach Water Park, the park announced Wednesday. The mat-racing slide will stand 56 feet tall with six side-by-side racing lanes down 406 feet of slide. (Question: Which Silverwood ride is your favorite?)

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Racist trolls call for 'Star War's boycott 

A Twitter push to boycott "Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens" is being denounced as racist. Seems individuals behind #BoycottStarWarsVII are upset that several of the leads in the final "Star Wars" trilogy aren't white. Genevieve Koski of Vox Culture provides her thoughts on the boycott attempt: "It's racism, plain and simple."

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Singer Joan Armatrading: 'I will never retire' 

Joan Armatrading is on the road a lot. In fact, she’s been traveling on her current tour since September 2014. The British singer-songwriter, who makes a stop in Spokane on Sunday, has been calling this her last major tour, but she wants to make something plain: She’s not retiring from music.

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VanderSloot settles defamation suit 12 

Idaho businessman Frank VanderSloot has reached a settlement with a former Post Register reporter he sued for defamation. The Idaho Falls newspaper reports that Peter Zuckerman apologized to VanderSloot in an affidavit on Monday, stating that he made some untrue statements in a 2012 appearance on MSNBC's "The Rachel Maddow Show."

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Bob Legasa of Hayden mouths a cow elk call while bowhunting for bull elk in Montana in September. (SR photo)

Landers: When hunter becomes hunted 12 

"Nothing stands out among a hunter’s field experiences like the day he became a predator’s prey," writes Rich Landers/SR. "Three area bowhunters recently had very close encounters in three separate cases that rank among their most delicious hunts in more ways than one." You can find a link to Rich's 3 tales below.

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Lovely grandchild, so-so name 

On her Facebook wall, Cindy tells about the trouble her hair dresser is having with the name her daughter chose for her first grandchild, Lennin. Which reminds me of that "Seinfeld" episode in which George wanted to name his first-born "Seven." How about you? Did your kids choose a name for a grandchild that you don't like?

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Raw or roasted, jewel-toned beets lend an earthy flavor to autumn salads and sides. (Adriana Janovich/SR photo)

Beets have use other than for borscht 

"Crimson-colored beets are good for much more than – but often only associated with – that good old Slavic staple: borscht," writes Adriana Janovich. "Yet, there are so many ways to enjoy the herbaceous and somewhat grassy groundling that always seems to taste of the earth from which it was dug." (Q: I've never eaten borscht. Have you?)

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Don't look now, but ... 

... Toby Schindelbeck, who had a scheduling conflict when the county Democratic Club invited him to a recent debate, will be the featured speaker at next week's Kootenai County Reagan Republicans luncheon. It doesn't appear as though the Reagan Republicans invited fellow Republican Ron Edinger to speak. Must be an oversight.

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A pair of mallard ducks glide through the colorful reflections of trees lining Cannon Hill Park’s pond in Spokane recently. (Colin Mulvany/SR photo) (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)

AM Headlines -- 10.21.15

AM Headlines for Wednesday includes: 2nd grizzly sighted near North Fork?/Press, Statesman names new publisher/Eye on Boise, Wanted for drug trafficking: Jessica Adair Porto/Press, Legacy gift builds new Union Gospel Mission center/KXLY, and Emergency surcharge fails to meet court funding gap/EOB.

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Poll: Bekken sentence lenient 

In Tuesday's poll, Hucks Nation overwhelmingly said that the sentence handed down to financial aid-for-sex criminal Joseph Bekken, by Judge Lansing Haynes -- 107 days in jail, $10,000 fine & 3 years probation -- was too lenient. Today's Poll: If you had these two choices for president next year, who would you vote for -- Hillary Clinton or Donald?

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Biden won't seek presidency 22 

Can we all say together: He-e-e-e-re comes Hillary? According to the Washington Post, "Vice President Biden announced today he has decided against entering the Democratic contest for the 2016 presidential nomination, ending months of speculation that he might roil the Democratic race." (Question: Hillary and The Donald -- for the presidency?!)

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Spotlight -- Bruce MacNeil 

This is the third of three capsules, compiled by SReporter Scott Maben, re: the race for Coeur d'Alene City Council Seat No. 5. Today, Scott focuses on challenger Bruce MacNeil. The three way race features incumbent Steve Adams, former county clerk Dan English and MacNeil.

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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.