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TUESDAY, SEPT. 8, 2015

Wild Card/Tuesday -- 9.8.15

The Huckleberry Patch Fantasy Football League kicked off with the draft Sunday night -- 10 teams, 2 divisions, 2 SR players (Greg Lee & myself), 2 women, a legislator, a pastor & 4 other regulars here. I'll keep you posted re: how we do throughout...

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Parting Shot -- 9.8.15 

Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, center, with Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, left, and attorney Mat Staver, founder of the Liberty Counsel, the Christian law firm representing Davis, at her side, cries out after being released from the Carter County Detention Center today in Grayson,…

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Carlson: Labor Day thoughts 

Chris Carlson/Carlson Chronicles offers thoughts about Labor Day, a time worthy of reflection re: the contributions of working men and women in America, esp. in a right-to-work state like Idaho. Among labor's top agenda items today in Idaho? Requiring an hour lunch break for employees who can be forced to work 8-10 hours without one.

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Cutline Contest -- Time2Vote 13 

The cutline contest today features dentist Walter Palmer, who has returned to work in Bloomington, Minn., today, after weeks out of the public eye. Palmer gained notoriety for killed famous Zimbabwe lion, Cecil. Weekend Winner: Phaedrus.

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Downtown Bar Report -- 8.19-31.15 

In the latest Coeur d'Alene PD Downtown Bar Report ... transients try to set up a camp in the St. Thomas Cemetery on East Sherman Avenue, a guy sucker-punches a friend for sleeping with his girl, and another guy calls the cops because someone made off with his deer decoy. There's a million stories in this somewhat naked city ...

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Herb's family ties lead to circus 

We all have interesting relatives, posts Herb/Bay Views. In his family, the honor goes to Aunt Anna, who followed her husband into circus work. She was the Tattoo Lady for the Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailly circuses. (Q: Who is the most interesting relative in your family?)

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HucksOnline Blogos -- 9.8.15

The daily roundup of HucksOnline blog roll links includes: Vanity press/Arch Druid, While you're kicking back/Fort Boise, Your weekly brewpub planner/On Tap, Labor Day thoughts/Carlson Chronicles, City to hold 9/11 vigil Friday/Coeur d'Alene Today, To the returning students of MPHS/Faithful Geek, Transition to fall isn't easy one/Grip on Sports ...

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Rite of Passage, Hval style 

Every tribe has its rite of passage defining manhood. In our tribe it is this-- the passing of barbecue tongs-- the lighting of the flame. Today my son is a man. ‪#‎sob -- Cindy, via Facebook. (Q: What is the rite of passage in your tribe?)

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Gookin, Hedden have political history 

Councilman Dan Gookin and challenger Barbara Hedden have a political tie to the 2013 Coeur d'Alene City Council election. At the time, Hedden was the political treasurer for the controversial Truth North Idaho PAC that received bad publicity from the CdA Press for a questionable email circulated to candidates endorsed by Balance North Idaho.

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Volunteer Randall Totus walks through a room of donations for fire victims Thursday at the Okanogan Bingo Casino near Okanogan, Wash. (Tyler Tjomsland / Spokesman-Review)

Colville rez suffers summer of fire 

OMAK, Wash. – Their wives and children had evacuated earlier, packing in haste and driving down dirt roads obscured by smoke from the advancing fire. “Don’t worry about the flat-screen TV,” Tony Boyd had told his 16-year-old daughter. “Take the things that matter.” He packed…

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UI Argonaut boycotts practices 10 

UI football coach Paul Petrino isn't allowing certain sports writers to team practices. So the Lewiston Tribune and the University of Idaho Argonaut have sided with the embattled media and writers and decided not to attend them either. Who needs who more? The Bottom 5 (in the country) UI Vandals or the media?

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Huckabee stands by Kentucky clerk 31 

GOP presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee stood alongside Kentucky clerk Kim Davis as she emerged from jail, where she had been held for five days for refusing to issue same-sex marriage licenses. The former Arkansas governor praised Davis as a champion of religious freedom and an…

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We Luvva Labor Day Parade 

Joy Porter, former long-time SR correspondent from Spirit Lake, waves to the crowd during the annual Spirit Lake Labor Day Parade. The parade, I believe, is advertised as the shortest parade in the United States.

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Idaho #1 anti-vax state in USA 45 

Last year, Idaho had more kindergarten students attending school without required vaccinations than every other state, a statistic that has raised alarms with local officials. Last year, 11.6 percent of kindergarten students enrolled in Kootenai County Schools had an immunization exemption on file, higher than the state rate of 6.5 percent.

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Poll: Ybarra better than Luna

In the weekend poll, a plurality of Hucks Nation said new Superintendent of Schools Sherri Ybarra is doing her job better than two-term predecessor Tom Luna. However, a large number of voters were undecided. Today's Poll: How do you view Idaho's status as being No. 1 in nation for vaccination exemptions for children?

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Is Gookin now more mainstream? 

It appears that a conservative block will run for three Coeur d'Alene City Council seats, headed by incumbent Steve Adams, who has made a name for himself -- good or bad -- by opposing purchases or other expenditures that have federal money attached to them. (Q -- Do you think that Councilman Gookin has become more mainstream?)

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Bergdahl faces unusual charge 

Military prosecutors have reached into a section of military law seldom used since World War II in the politically fraught case against U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the soldier held prisoner for years by the Taliban after leaving his post in Afghanistan. Bergdahl has been charged with desertion -- and misbehavior before the enemy.

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Hall: Where oh where is my hair? 11 

"Long before presidential candidate Donald Trump became a victim of sparse hair," columnizes Bill Hall of the Lewiston Tribune, "I knew the heartache of comb-overs. I suffered in the struggle for better head hair just as Trump has waged his own brave battle to save what thinning hair he has left." Have you lost the battle of the bald?

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This photo posted on Facebook sparked outrage this week in Kootenai County. (Courtesy photo via Coeur d'Alene Press)

Man regrets nasty jab at fallen CPD Sgt. Moore 21 

Jason Fries learned the power of social media the hard way, and said if he could undo what he did, he would in a second. After what he felt was unfair treatment from law enforcement over a reckless driving incident last year, Fries put a window sticker with the popular comic strip character Calvin urinating on a K27 sticker. Now he regrets that.

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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.