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MONDAY, OCT. 26, 2015

Wild Card/Monday -- 10.26.15 

Mrs. O & I, with some friends, enjoyed "Riverdance" in Spokane Saturday afternoon. I believe I lost 5 pounds simply watching the dancers tap away for 2 hours. I can't imagine how much energy and fitness that it would take to Riverdance for that long...

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Parting Shot -- 10.26.15 

New York Mets players make their way to the field after media day for the Major League Baseball World Series against the Kansas City Royals Monday in Kansas City, Mo. Question: Who would you like to see win the World Series?

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Cindy, who brought this anniversary to my attention via Facebook, wrote this note upon learning of Patrick's death a year ago: "Gentle giant. North Idaho lost a much needed voice and the world isn't nearly as bright without you in it. Grateful that we met and that your words remain. Rest in peace Patrick Jacobs."

Patrick Jacobs + 1 Year 

Patrick Jacobs, the whimsical muse/restaurant reviewer/fashionita commenter/and lover of all things Sandi Bloem, collapsed and died a year ago. The loss of our favorite gay bartender from Mik's blew a hole in the fabric of this community. His funeral was attended by mayors past and present and a dude in high heels wearing a tiara.

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Cutline Contest -- Time2Vote 

The Cutline Contest today features Chinese brides and grooms being married en masse in southern South Korea as part of a promotional event to increase tourism between South Korea and China. Weekend Winner: Wedeln6969.

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Gun activist found guilty 

An outspoken gun rights advocate was found guilty Monday of refusing orders to leave by guards at the federal courthouse in Spokane [Click and drag to move] during an armed protest in February. Anthony Bosworth will be sentenced Nov. 10 in the case, which has prompted multiple protests in what activists see as overzealous gun rules by feds.

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Trump: Media are 'scum' 10 

GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump said on Monday that he despises the way most journalists cover his 2016 campaign. “The press has a lower approval rating than Congress,” he said at a morning rally in Atkinson, N.H. “They’re scum,” Trump said. “They’re horrible people. They are so illegitimate. They are just terrible people.”

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Fall-back weekend coming 

SR colleague Paul Turner/The Slice blog is the first to remind us this week that fall-back weekend is coming: "We return to standard time this coming weekend. What will you do with the extra hour? At any rate, this should conclude our annual exercise in people saying 'daylight-saving time' incorrectly."

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City reimbursed for Sgt Moore's car

Huckleberries has confirmed with city spokesman Keith Erickson that local government insurance company ICRMP has reimbursed Coeur d'Alene for the patrol car driven by Sgt. Greg Moore on the morning of his slaying May 5. Originally, it was thought that the city would have to absorb the loss because the car wasn't damaged/destroyed in a crash.

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Toby Schindelbeck and friend from "Toby Schindelbeck for Coeur d'Alene City Council 2015" Facebook page.

Spotlight: Toby Schindelbeck 101 

Here's SReporter Scott Maben's 4th of 5 capsule summaries of the candidates involved in the Coeur d'Alene City Council elections. This one features Toby Schindelbeck, who is challenging long-time incumbent Ron Edinger for council seat No. 1. Tomorrow: Ron Edinger.

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A journalist's lament

On her Facebook page, SR colleague Pia Hallenberg reports on a close encounter with a caller who wondered why s/he hadn't seen any reporting on a given issue. Pia was surprised when she delved a little deeper re: the reader's commitment -- or lack thereof -- to being informed.

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Skinny jeans complaint surfaces 

Students at Nampa’s West Middle School were urged to wear purple to class today, to show support for a student who was reportedly bullied after he wore skinny jeans to school. Nampa school officials say they haven’t received a formal complaint, but reports of the incident have made the rounds on social media.

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In this photo taken on Saturday, July 20, 2013, Russian President Vladimir Putin fishes during a mini-break in the Siberian Tyva region (also referred to as Tuva), Russia. (AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Alexei Nikolsky, Presidential Press Service)

The Moscow Kid 

The Bard of Sherman Avenue tells Huckleberries that he was inspired to write this poem by a photo that he saw of Russian President Vladimir Putin on horse back. I couldn't find that photo. But I thought this one, taken in 2013 by an AP photographer, would give you some idea of what The Bard saw.

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CdA's man wins Europe poker event 

Coeur d'Alene, Idaho's Kevin MacPhee was crowned King of Berlin Saturday night, taking home his second major title in the German city by winning the 2015 World Series of Poker Europe Main Event, according to Marty Derbyshire of PokerNews. Question: Do you play poker well?

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Dreaming of a Buddhist Christmas 

Author Jeremy Phillips has penned a coming-of-age tale with a spiritual twist. In "My Buddhist Christmas," Jeremy Phillips, a Spokane resident who converted to Buddhism later in life, has penned a book from the perspective of a teen-age Buddhist boy trying to deal with Christmas.

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AM: Actress O'Hara dies in Boise 

AM Headlines for Monday includes news that actress Maureen O'Hara, 95, died in her sleep at her Boise home Saturday. Other news include: CdA footballer achieves dream/KXLYCity-by-city winter snowfall predictions/Press,Gonzaga men picked to win the WCC again/SR,Conservative budgeting may lead to big surplus/EOBoise + more ...

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Endorsements roll in for Edinger 

Eight groups have endorsed the re-election candidacy of long-time Coeur d'Alene incumbent Ron Edinger, including the Coeur d'Alene Police Association, Coeur d'Alene Firemen's Association & Lake City Employees Association.

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University of Idaho receiver Dezmon Epps has been suspended from the team for an incident involving his girlfriend. (Tyler Tjomsland, SR file photo)

UI Vandals suspend troublesome WR Epps 

SR reports: University of Idaho senior wide receiver Dezmon Epps has been suspended immediately and indefinitely from the Vandal football team for allegedly slapping his girlfriend early Sunday morning. “I have zero tolerance for any inappropriate behavior toward women,” Idaho coach Paul Petrino said in a statement released by the school.

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Letter of former Kootenai County coroner Dr. Robert West supporting the re-election bid of Coeur d'Alene City Councilman Steve Adams.

Ex-coroner West backs incumbent Adams 19 

In a mass-mailing this weekend, ex-Kootenai County Coroner Robert West endorsed the re-election candidacy of Coeur d'Alene council incumbent Steve Adams. In a short letter, West said that Adams "sought to heal the wounds of the failed recall vote." I dispute that. Can anyone tell me how Adams tried to heal the fractured caused by the recall try?

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Poll: Malmen nomination opposed 

In the weekend poll, a strong majority of Hucks Nation said the would oppose the nomination of little-known Boise attorney Erika Malmen as the next U.S District Court judge. Today's Poll: Is Coeur d'Alene a better place to live today than when you first got here?

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Guv helps 25 kids, ignores 1500 more

In a Lewiston Tribune editorial, Opinion Editor Marty Trillhaase writes: "It's hard to commend our state for its decision to allow 25 sick children the use of cannabidiol -- a low-THC oil extracted from marijuana plants - when an estimated 1,500 Idaho kids suffering from severe seizures still need the treatment."

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The last photo of Pam Bird, Tookie and Donsley taking off from Bird Nr 2 airport (FAA Identifier ID19) above Lake Pend Oreille at the Bird AviationRanch. Rachel didn't get to say goodbye before they took off, but she made it to the airstrip in time to wave and sign "I love you." (Courtesy photo by Rachel Riddle Schwam via Coeur d'Alene Press)

A last email from aviator Pamela Riddle Bird

On the front page Saturday, the Coeur d'Alene Press provides a last correspondence from aviator Pamela Riddle Bird, who was one of three people killed in a plane crash in Bonner County earlier this month. The story also tells of a third woman who was spared the same fate by a nightmare premonition that her husband had.

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Letter: Big $$$ has ruined CdA 42 

Letter writer Joy French tells Coeur d'Alene Press readers that big money has ruined Coeur d'Alene, the quaint town she left to work in the shipyards during World War II. Our Rosie Riveter is tired of the high rises that she has seen upon returning to Coeur d'Alene 15 years ago. Do you think CdA is better off/worse off than when you first got 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.