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THURSDAY, SEPT. 17, 2015

Wild Card/Thursday -- 9.17.15 

Cindy is taking a well-deserved bow today because the latest edition of the Inlander mentioned her as one of the six "Queens of the Page" -- Inland Northwest women who published books this year. We all know her here as one of the Queens of...

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The Coeur d'Alene High band marches down main street this afternoon as part of the school's homecoming activities this week. (Joel Osborne / Idaho Panhandler)

CHS to enforce dance dress code, more 47 

Joel Osborne of IdahoPanhandler.com reports that Coeur d'Alene High will enforce a strict dress code at the Homecoming Dance Saturday. Also, school officials will search all bags and purses and students will be asked to submit to a Breathalyzer test. Huckleberries hears that some parents & students aren't happy with the situation.

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Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. gestures during a speech at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., Monday. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Oopsy: Sanders won't be at Lake City event 39 

On 2nd thought, Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders won't be at the event to be conducted in his name at McEuen Park. Apparently, a news release circulated by North Idaho followers of Sen. Sanders was misread. An chili cookoff event & walk around Tubbs Hill Park will be conducted in the candidates' name.

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HucksOnline Blogos -- 9.17.15

From the North Idaho College communications department, Tom Greene offers this somewhat "creepy" 1965 photo of Cecil Cardinal, who was part of a scripted cheer. The North Idaho College Yearbooks collection contains images of annual college yearbooks published between 1934 and1974. From its beginnings on...

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 (Caleb Walsh illustration / Pacific Northwest Inlander)

Otter, bungling staff muff veto, too 

In a column for the Inlander, former Sandpoint Councilman John T. Reuter writes: "Governor Butch Otter's staff's incompetence, too often bordering on corruption, may be the worst-kept secret in Idaho politics. Now it's no longer a secret at all, but a legal fact." Reuter goes on to focus on Otter's botched veto of the instant racing bill.

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Surprise, love built family of 6

In her Front Porch column this week, mother of 4 Cindy writes: "I had the benefit of being born in the late ’60s and into a belief system that didn’t make childbearing a prerequisite for salvation, and instead encouraged husbands and wives to be responsible when choosing the size of their families." Q: Are you happy with the size of your family?

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In this July 4, 2009, AP file photo, Andra Suchy and Garrison Keillor sing "Side by Side" during the 35th anniversary broadcast of "A Prairie Home Companion" in Avon, Minn. Keillor's public radio variety show debuted on July 6, 1974, with about a dozen people in the audience. (AP Photo/St. Cloud Times, Kimm Anderson)

Celebrating America w/Garrison Keillor 

In an op-ed comment for the Moscow-Pullman Daily News, Nick Gier celebrates Garrison Keiller, who has been host of "A Prairie Home Companion" since 1974. The program airs every weekend on 600 NPR stations, heard by 4 million listeners. If you have never heard of Keillor of "A Prairie Home Companion," I feel sorry for you.

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Soldier describes Bergdahl search 

Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's commanding officer said Thursday that his platoon was left "emotionally busted" by the physically and emotionally draining search for Bergdahl after he went missing from their post in Afghanistan six years ago.

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McGruber: Clay has work cut out 

In the comments section, McGruber asks the $64,000 question re: why former mayor Clay Larkin has returned to the local political fray to oppose one-term Councilman Joe Malloy. Posts McGruber: "Clay may have underestimated his opponent and overestimated his own support." Q: Will Clay Larkin unseat Joe Malloy?

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Poll: Fire UI coach Petrino

In Wednesday's poll, a supermajority of Hucks Nation said UIdaho football coach Paul Petrino should be fired for mishandling a shoplifting incident involving star WR Dezmon Epps and other footballers. Today's Poll: Today's Poll: How often do you eat fast food?

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A Facebook photo, posted on Huckleberries Online with permission from Councilman Dan Gookin, from March 2012 shows: state Rep. Kathy Sims, Gookin and state Sen. Mary Souza at a birthday party. Gookin jokingly titled the photo: "Sandwich of Evil." (Courtesy photo)

Are Gookin, Souza mainstream? 

Once political outsiders, huffing and puffing to gain traction for opposition to urban renewal, Sen. Mary Souza and Councilman Dan Gookin are now very much on the inside of the political action in Coeur d'Alene. Gookin's standing was sealed this week when his lone challenger for a council seat dropped out of the race. Have the 2 gone mainstream?

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Idaho emergency levy bill climbs 

Across Idaho, taxpayers will pay at least $8.1 million in new property taxes, to help school districts deal with growing enrollment. That’s a considerable increase from 2014-15, when districts collected $6.4 million in emergency levies. About $1.2 million of that state total will be picked up by Coeur d'Alene taxpayers.

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Jeb 'Eveready' with code name 

During the GOPrez debate last night, "low-energy" Jeb Bush landed a counter-punch to front-runner Donald Trump when he declared his Secret Service code name to be "Eveready." If you ran for president, what would you select as a code name?

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Elaina Lurker, 5, and her father Andew used a tag along attachment while biking through Coeur d'Alene on Monday. The two from Southern California were in town visiting friends and family for Eliana's bIrthday. (Kathy Plonka / Spokesman-Review)

AM Headlines -- 9.17.15

Daily roundup of AM Headlines making the news includes: Idaho Records/Press, Man sentenced for killing eagles, hawks/Press, I-90 lane closures at Post Falls for 2 weeks/Press, Study: Big gender imbalance on Idaho boards/EOB & Ex-Spokane bar owner arrested on fraud charge/Press ...

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Mike Baroni and his two daughters, Madilyn, 8, left, and Molly, 6, with Meghan Baroni. (Courtesy photo)

SR contractor, 2 girls remembered 

Mathew-Michael R. Baroni and his two daughters -- Madilyn, 8, and Molly, 6 -- were remembered by friends and family after they were killed in a head-on collision Saturday near Silverwood. Baroni was en route home after delivering SR newspapers to Sandpoint when his vehicle was struck by a wrong-way driver.

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1/3 of kids eat fast food daily 

On any given day, 34.3 percent of U.S. children and teens between the ages of 2 and 19 eats pizza, fried chicken, tacos or some other dish prepared in a fast-food restaurant, according to data collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. How often do you eat fast food?

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Some would have preferred seeing Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter shuffle off to Buffalo after his second term rather than stick around for a third one. Here, Otter and his wife Lori dance during a warm-up routine for the Smart Women, Smart Money conference in Moscow a year ago. (AP Photo/Lewiston Tribune, Barry Kough)

Editorial: Idaho suffers from Otter fatigue 

At the Lewiston Tribune this morning, Opinion Editor Marty Trillhaase writes that Idaho may not forgive Gov. Butch Otter for running and winning a third term. Otter's approval rating has fallen below 50% -- and 82% of Idaho supports term limits for governors. Would you like to see term limits applied to Idaho governors?

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'Tech Market' wants ignite cda $$$ 11 

ignite cda has fielded a request that won't go over big with its critics. Coeur d'Alene's urban renewal agency is looking into the legality of putting $90,000 annually toward rent for a proposed "Coeur d'Alene Tech Market" at Riverstone. Do you think this request is within the scope of an urban renewal district mission?

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Republican presidential candidate, businesswoman Carly Fiorina, right, leads fellow candidates Scott Walker, second from right, Jeb Bush, center, and Donald Trump as they take the stage prior to the CNN Republican presidential debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum on Wednesday in Simi Valley, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

Fiorina shines in GOP debate 106 

Once among the most powerful women in American business, Carly Fiorina emerged as a leading contender in the 2016 Republican presidential campaign alongside Donald Trump, another outsider from the corporate world. Fiorina's performance in the party's Wednesday night debate elicited praise on social media and from political strategists.

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Gookin's challenger drops out 

Well, what do you know. Councilman Dan Gookin hinted to me on Twitter Wednesday that he might be unchallenged in his City Council race this year, after all. Today, the Coeur d'Alene Press brings news that Barbara Hedden has dropped out of her race with Gookin, who by default will win re-election without a challenge. Thoughts?

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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.