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WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 16, 2015

Hump Day Wild Card -- 9.16.15 

I must admit I'm disappointed in the Coeur d'Alene City Council races this year -- so much so that I couldn't remember the challenger Tuesday for incumbent Ron Edinger's seat. (Answer: Toby Schindelbeck.) Councilman Dan Gookin appears headed for re-election as his biggest challenger seems...

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Parting Shot -- 9.16.15

A man holds the fence and looks over at the Horgos border crossing into Hungary, near Horgos, Serbia, today. Small groups of migrants continued to sneak into Hungary on Wednesday, a day after the country sealed its border with Serbia and began arresting people trying…

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Idaho loses anti-union bill legal fight 

Don't look now, but Idaho has lost yet another legal battle involving unconstitutional law. The 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals today upheld a federal district court ruling that an anti-union law passed by the Idaho Legislature in 2011 was invalid. Yes, AG Lawrence Wasden had warned legislators not to pass the law. But he was ignored.

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St. Joe: In praise of Sen. Mary 

Commenter St. Joe defends state Sen. Mary Souza as someone who really does listen to people, as well as a legislator who is demanding accountability of the Lake City Development, er, ignite cda agency. Can it be that there are more fans of Sen. Souza in Hucks Nation than I thought?

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Cutline Contest -- Time2Vote 11 

A gust of wind blows Pope Francis' mantle during the weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican earlier today. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia) Tuesday Winner -- Phaedrus, with 4 likes: "South Korean Special Forces troops are bowled over by...

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Post Falls drops burn ban

More proof that the area has survived the long, hot summer of wildfire. The city of Post Falls has dropped its burn ban. A news release says succinctly: "The burn ban ordinance was adopted at a Special Council Meeting, August 21, 2015 due to extreme fire danger conditions. Those extreme conditions no longer exist"/City of Post Falls.

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New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady speaks with members of the media in the locker room before an NFL football practice, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015, at Gillette Stadium, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Super Bowl QB Brady Endorses Trump 

Just hours before the second Republican presidential debate, Super Bowl QB Tom Brady of the New England Patriots endorsed frontrunner Donald Trump. When asked if he thought Trump could win, Brady said: "I hope so. “It would be great. There would be a putting green on the White House lawn, I can tell you that."

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Idaho coach Paul Petrino yells to his players during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Southern California, Saturday, in Los Angeles. Southern California won 59-9. (AP Photo/Gus Ruelas)

In Defense of Coach Petrino 

Commenter OfCoffee says that UIdaho football coach Paul Petrino is gettng a bad rap. He has brought accountability and discipline to a program that was lacking in both. As far as punishment goes, OfCoffee continues, star WR Dezmond Epps lost something he was looking forward to.

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In praise of Canadian whisky 

"I refuse to apologize for enjoying good Canadian whisky. I just felt that needed to be stated for the record. Even bad Canadian whisky has its merits" -- David Townsend. More below + question: Do Canadians make the best whisky/whiskey?

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Do doctor scales tell the truth? 

Seems I'm not the only one who thinks the scale at my doc's office adds pounds to the number that you see from your home scale. Paul Turner of The Slice blog has encountered the same thing. The scale at his allergist's office adds a significant amount of weight to the total he sees on his home scale. Question: Have you experienced the same thing?

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Carlson: Dems in disarray, too 

Democrats have enjoyed the three-ring circus that is the GOPresidential nomination race, points out Chris Carlson/Carlson Chronicles. But the Democrats don't have much room to talk. Truth be told, columnizes Carlson, the national Democratic Party is in disarray, too.

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HucksOnline Blogos -- 9.16.15

The daily roundup of links from the HucksOnline Blog Roll includes: Winner's circle/On Tap, Continue to persevere/Fort Boise, Lifelong love of libraries/War Bonds, Can't you smell that smell?/The Slice, My Scarlet Letter (Part 1)/Faithful Geek, Movie endings: A study of 'Se7en'/7 Blog, Will we ever see the M's in Series?/Grip on Sports ...

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Letter: CdA In-N-Out Burger needed 

In a letter to the Coeur d'Alene Press editor today, John Gorth of Post Falls writes that he hopes that an In-N-Out Burger will come to Coeur d'Alene soon. I've eaten at In-N-Out Burger joints in California 2-3 times. I wasn't overly impressed, other than the food seems cheap and you didn't have to wait long for it. Anyone else care to comment?

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Letter: Good deed punished 

Letter writer Jim Allen of Post Falls tells Coeur d'Alene Press readers -- and now you -- that his unsuccessful efforts to save an accident victim near Fernan were more than rejected by other rescuers.

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Odds of hitting deer on road rises 

Idaho drivers were nearly 17 percent more likely to hit a deer in the past year than they were a year earlier, according to State Farm Insurance. The odds of hitting a deer on Idaho roads are 1 in 146, above the national odds of 1 in 169, and 26th-highest in the country. (Question: Have you ever hit a deer with your vehicle?)

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 (Colin Mulvany / Spokesman-Review)

46 'Lost veterans' laid to rest 

Their cremated remains have been in storage at mortuaries and churches throughout the state, some for more than 40 years. On a blustery Tuesday morning, in handcrafted boxes of purpleheart wood from Central America, 46 veterans and one military spouse were laid to rest at the Washington State Veterans Cemetery in Medical Lake.

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No dance moves? 12 

On her Facebook page, Cindy posts that she's "of the opinion that most men of a certain age would have no dance moves at all were it not for the crotch grab." Agree/disagree?

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Idaho women under-represented 11 

Writing in the Blue Review of the Boise State University School of Public Service, researchers Jaclyn Kettler and Justin S. Vaughn concluded that women are under-represented across the board in appointments for public service in Idaho -- in state, city and county governments, as well as corporate areas.

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Dan: What about E. Sherman Ave? 

In a Facebook post, Coeur d'Alene City Council candidate Dan English asks input from his besties re: East Sherman Avenue. Writes Dan: "As a kid growing up on 16th Street I have my own memories. I'm wondering what other impressions people have about East Sherman." Anyone?

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Poll: Gookin beats 'None of the Above' 

Councilman Dan Gookin's biggest challenger in the fall election may be "None of the Above." Tuesday's poll indicates that there may be a few undervotes in Gookin's race against challenger Barbara Hedden. Today's Poll: Should UI football coach Paul Petrino be fired for mishandling a store theft involving several of his players.

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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.