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WEDNESDAY, OCT. 21, 2015

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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Lazy campers start Priest Lake fire 

Rich Landers/Outdoors blog tips his hat to the USFS for the name it came up with re: a fire started near Priest Lake this weekend -- by campers who failed to extinguish a camp fire. (Question: How stupid -- or thoughtless -- do you have to be to leave a campfire burning in the North Idaho woods in summer-fall 2015?)

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Another robbery -- state liquor store 

The Coeur d'Alene Police Department reports another robbery in the Coeur d'Alene-Post Falls area -- this one taking place at the Idaho Liquor Store on Northwest Boulevard last night. That's 3 this week -- Zip Trip, Quality Inn & now the liquor store. Plus, the Frontier Grocery in Post Falls was robbed Sunday. Let's get this creep.

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Little $$$ in Hayden elections so far 

"While thousands of dollars have recently poured into the campaign accounts of Coeur d'Alene City Council candidates," writes Devin Heilman/Coeur d'Alene Press, "their Hayden counterparts have not been so financially active." How much money should be spent on a campaign for a non-partisan office like City Council or school board?

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In this AP file photo, Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, left, followed by Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho, and others, leave a hearing room on Capitol Hill in Washington, Oct. 8, 2015, after a nomination vote to replace House Speaker John Boehner fell apart. Now, Labrador and his Freedom Caucus are in play to name the new House Speaker. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Raul & Co will decide next Speaker 18 

For weeks, the hard-line conservatives in the House Freedom Caucus have said what they want most in Congress is a say in how the institution is run. Now, they have it — and they have until Friday to decide if they will support Representative Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin for speaker. (This NYTimes article quotes Idaho's Raul Labrador.)

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Hatred for project intensifies 

Nearly 50 people attended Tuesday's city council meeting, many to ask the city to reconsider a 208-unit apartment complex in the Fieldstone subdivision. Obviously, the Save Our Subdivision organization has a beef with this project. How about you? Have you ever protested a project in your neighborhood to a ruling body?

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Time for Shock to get new name 

John Blanchette provides SReaders with a fun column re: the team formerly known as the Spokane Shock forced to find a new team name. (For those keeping score at home, I've never watched a Shock game -- and I don't think I'll watch the team in the Indoor Football League. How about you? Is this divorce with the AFL the last straw?)

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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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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.

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