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MONDAY, SEPT. 14, 2015

Wild Card/Monday -- 9.14.15 

Well, computer training for our new digital-first system is in the rear-view mirror. And life has returned to normal at Hucks Central (or at least as normal as things ever get here). Meanwhile, the Huckleberry Patch Fantasy League is off to a good start, with...

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Parting Shot -- 9.14.15 

Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll yells from the sideline during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game against the St. Louis Rams in St. Louis. Carroll's decision to start overtime with an onside kick that he said was supposed to be kicked downfield…

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100 years old & going strong 

James R. Cox, better known as just “J.R.” to his pals, turned 100 on Sunday. And all J.R. wanted for his birthday party, his daughter Becky told me, was a visit from yours truly. I know what you’re all thinking. You’re all thinking … “Aw,…

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Driver to face 3 manslaughter counts 

A Hayden man will face three counts of felony vehicular manslaughter for causing a head-on collision Saturday that killed a Spokane man and his two young daughters. Investigators believe Ryan J. Turner, 27, had been drinking before he got on U.S. Highway 95 driving the...

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CdA forger gets 12 years 

A Coeur d'Alene woman has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for forging her husband's signature to obtain a loan. Chanell Barto, 38, was sentenced to 12 years in prison, with two years fixed and 10 years indeterminate on September 9. According to the…

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City backs bike lanes big time 

Seems some clown hacked the Web site at the city of Coeur d'Alene to vote 5,000 times in a poll that asked residents whether they supported the continued expansion of bike lanes in town. A Facebook Friend explains: "The city's IT department discovered over 5,000…

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Steve Adams wants 4 more years 13 

Councilman Steve Adams tossed his hat in the ring for a second term on the Coeur d'Alene City Council. And then explained to the Reagan Republicans why he should be re-elected for four more years. Sorry, in my 30 years in Coeur d'Alene, I can't think of anyone more undeserving of a 2nd term than Steve Adams.

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Huckleberry and thimbleberry leaves are turning into vibrant colors on Sept. 13, 2015, in the area around Stevens Lakes near Lookout Pass. But after a record-dry summer, they look crevassed and scabby. Some vegetation in the mountains of the Inland Northwest is the texture of corn flakes. (Rich Landers)

HucksOnline Blogos -- 9.14.15

Daily roundup of posts from HucksOnline Blog Roll includes: On writers/Arch Druid, The Unzens/Bay Views, Force of law/Fort Boise, Indoctrination/Faithful Geek, New TV season/Simple Mind, Just thinking/Dogwalk Musings, Closure unavailing/Randy Stapilus, Your draft lottery number/The Slice, Your weekly brew pub planner/On Tap + more ...

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Cuban cigars & Chinese Ducks

In his weekend column, Opinion Page editor emeritus Bill Hall of the Lewiston Tribune hails the Cuban cigar, possibly the best product that Communist nation has ever produced. In the same line, he salutes Chinese duck and the Idaho Russet potato. Some places produce a product known world round.

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Rams stop Seahawks in OT 

The St. Louis Rams surprised the Seattle Seahawks by beating the defending NFC champions in their home opener Sunday, in overtime, 34-31. Question: How much are you affected on Monday after your favorite NFL team loses a tough game on Sunday? Or: Would you rather have your favorite team win or your Fantasy Football team win?

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Female innards mystery solved 

Columnist Kathy Hedberg of the Lewiston Tribune recounts how fear of hurting their innards prevented several female generations of her family from playing basketball. She never could figure out what a female's insides had to do with basketball. Until recently.

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Poll: Boot UI footballers 

Overwhelmingly, Hucks Nation said in a Weekend Poll that UI footballers caught on video stealing from the VandalStore should be kicked off the team or expelled from school. Today's Poll: 'Z Nation' actors don't consider Spokane to be a good place to live. But do you?

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Clinton tumbles in new poll 11 

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is faltering in her bid for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, a new national poll of Democratic-leaning voters shows. Clinton's support has fallen 21 points since July, from 63 to 42 percent, according to a Washington Post/ABC News poll…

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

Letter: Anti-Sgt. Moore decal IDs man as 'moron' 

Responding to a Coeur d'Alene Press story re: a Coeur d'Alene man who disparaged fallen CPD Sgt. Greg Moore w/a vehicle decal, a Press letter writer takes the driver to the wood shed verbally. Veteran Nathan Vetsch writes that the driver's core values are "Ignorance, Cowardice and Entitlement." More below.

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'Z Nation' actors dis Spokane 

Actors in the new TV series, "Z Nation," dissed Spokane in a television interview with news station KTLA. The series was filmed in and around Spokane. When asked if she planned on moving to Spokane permanently, actor Kellita Smith said: "That would be a negative." Actor Michael Welch said Spokane appeared to be "apocalyptic-ready."

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Miss America contestant Miss Idaho Kalie Wright is seen on monitor screens over the Boardwalk before the Miss America 2016 pageant Sunday in Atlantic City, N.J. The contest was won by Miss Georgia, Betty Cantrell. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

AM Headlines -- 9.14.15

AM Headlines for Monday includes photo of Miss America contestant Miss Idaho Kalie Wright on monitor screens over the Boardwalk before the Miss America 2016 pageant Sunday in Atlantic City, N.J. Also: Idaho Records/Press, Grizzly roams near Kingston/Press, UI prof wants to improve firefighting gear/KREM + more ...

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ignite cda invites Souza, Sims 

You may know that state Sen. Mary Souza and state Rep. Kathy Sims, who are diehard critics of ignite cda, will stage a townhall meeting re: urban renewal in Coeur d'Alene. But did you know that ignite cda has invited the two to its meeting this week, ahead of that townhall meeting. Do you think they will attend?

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Idaho welcomes refugees 

Believe it or not, Idaho is among the five most welcoming states for refugees, according to a story in the Washington Post. Other top states for refugees? North and South Dakota, Nebraska and Vermont. Some of the least welcoming states are Montana, Wyoming, Mississippi, Arkansas, and Hawaii.

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Brona Trutton listens intently during her math class at North Idaho College on Wednesday in Coeur d’Alene. At 74, Trutton has decided to finish her bachelor’s degree. (Kathy Plonka / Spokesman-Review)

Older students return to school 

You’re never too old for back-to-school, at least that’s the mantra of Hayden’s Brona Trutton, 74, who puts her oxygen in her backpack with her books and takes the elevator to her math class at North Idaho College. Two courses at a time, Trutton is working toward her bachelor’s degree – a goal that has eluded her since she was 19.

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Stewart loses commish chairmanship 11 

David Stewart says he was removed from his role as chairman of the Kootenai County commission as retaliation for disclosing, what he considers to be "unethical and inappropriate acts" committed by his fellow commissioners. Stewart won't say what those acts were. Brian Walker, of the Coeur d'Alene Press, has the rest of the story.

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