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FRIDAY, SEPT. 18, 2015

TGIF Wild Card -- 9.18.15

You know that your Friday has gotten off to a rough start when your wife pokes you awake and says, "Isn't your dental appointment in 40 minutes." I arrived at the office with 5 minutes to spare, I think I shaved and bathed. But no...

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Parting Shot -- 9.18.15

Jie Quan of China, dips Juan Wang, also of China, as they pose for family members in front of the sculpture "Unconditional Surrender," earlier today in San Diego. The sculpture by Seward Johnson is inspired by Alfred Eisenstaedt's iconic photo of a sailor kissing a nurse in Times Square on V-J Day.

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Column: Our body view needs revising 

Jill Barville, a talented correspondent/columnist for my newspaper, was inspired by a recent SR story re: 6 women who lost between 70 and 300 pounds. She was particularly inspired that the women were focused on a goal, like a marathon, not on just how they looked. Jill summarizes: Our culture's view of the body needs revising.

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Cutline Contest -- Time2Vote 20 

The Cutline Contest today features Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton and talk-show host Jimmy Fallon hamming it up this week on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon." Thursday Winner: DFO.

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Labrador: Morally right to defund PP 10 

In his latest newsletter, Congressman Raul Labrador writes that he and Congress are morally obligated to defund Planned Parenthood, which, he says, " treats unborn children like commodities, callously bargaining about the price of organs over lunch."

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Bloglander: Ybarra needs a copy editor 

In the Bloglander, Daniel Walter/Inlander targets an op-ed column circulated to newspapers by Superintendent of Schools Sherri Ybarra that, apparently, is getting mocked on Twitter and Facebook. Bloglander headline sez it all: "Let's copy edit the Idaho state superintendent's grammatical mess of an essay." Thoughts?

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Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, left, and defense lead counsel Eugene Fidell, center, look on as Maj. Gen. Kenneth Dahl is questioned during a preliminary hearing to determine if Sgt. Bergdahl will be court-martialed, Friday at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. Bergdahl, who left his post in Afghanistan and was held by the Taliban for five years, is charged with desertion and misbehavior before the enemy. (AP Photo/Brigitte Woosley)

Bergdahl endured horrific conditions 

As the two-day hearing for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl wrapped up today in Texas, top military officials testified that the Hailey man said he walked away from his post as part of a plan to contact a general at a forward operating base roughly 19 miles…

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'Of Mice' to be banned book feature 

In recognition of Banned Book Week (Sept. 27 through Oct. 3), the Coeur d'Alene Library will screen the film based on John Steinbeck's book, "Of Mice and Men." It might be a coincidence -- although I doubt it -- that the book was target of a Coeur d'Alene School District debate earlier this year.

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HucksOnline Blogs -- 9.18.15

The daily roundup of Huckleberries Online blog roll links include: Brew mo' evil/On Tap, The unraveling/Fort Boise, Fun spots, sorta/Slight Detour, Enough already/Dogwalk Musings, Explaining Weaver's 82 mph fastball/Grip, Is there anything more polarizing?/The Slice, Inland Northwest: Stunted art scene/Arch Druid ...

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Salmon tops 'Idaho redneck' town list 10 

An online outfit named RoadSnacks has provided its list of "10 Most Redneck Cities in Idaho" -- and only two North Idaho towns make the list: No. 3 St. Maries and No. 4 Ponderay. Salmon and Burley, by the way, lead the pack. You can find a RoadSnacks complete list of Idaho redneck cities below.

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I suspect this is some of the usual fare at the Shoshone County Jail. Sheriff Mitch Alexander published the photo in a blog post about the food his jail serves to inmates. (Courtesy Shoshone County Sheriff Mitch Alexander)

Steak at Shoshone Co Jail? Nah 13 

Shoshone County Sheriff Mitch Alexander laughs whenever a constituent asks if he serves stead in his jail. In a blog post re-published on his Facebook page, Sheriff Alexander says his jail meets required standards in fixing food for inmates -- and does so at less than $6 per day per inmate. He provides week schedule of meals below.

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JohnA misses 'hot pants' 

In a discussion re: Coeur d'Alene High crackdown on dress code for Homecoming Dance Saturday, JohnA admitted that he missed "hot pants" from his formative years. (Question: Question: We all laugh at some of the goofier clothing and hair style trends of our teen/early adult years. What is something that you miss and would like to see come back?)

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Dix: Firemen, cops shouldn't endorse 

Responding to the Coeur d'Alene firefighters' endorsement of Dan English's City Council candidacy, commenter Dix maintains that unions and associations that represent firefighters, police and othe city workers shouldn't endorse. Agree? Disagree?

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2nd Amendmenters set CdA rally 

Don't look now but the Idaho Second Amendment Alliance has scheduled 5 rallies across Idaho to push constitutional/permitless carry in the state. The Coeur d'Alene rally is scheduled for 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, at the City Park bandshell. You can see the schedule for the other 4 rallies below.

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Kunishige: Sheriff shoulda been there 17 

Kootenai County sheriff's candidate Tina Kunishige sez Sheriff Ben Wolfinger should have been in Priest River recently defending a vet's rights to gun ownership from federal government. Question: Is it the job of the Kootenai County sheriff to defend gun rights -- or an allegation of a gun wrong -- in Bonner County?

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a town hall event Thursday in Rochester, N.H. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Trump fails to correct 'birther' 59 

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump drew fire from Democrats and some Republicans Friday after declining to correct a questioner at a town hall event who wrongly said President Barack Obama is Muslim. Thoughts?

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Letter: Write-in needed vs Gookin 

In a letter to the Coeur d'Alene Press editor, Tina Johnson of Coeur d'Alene expressed disappointment that Barbara Hedden had dropped out of the City Council race with incumbent Dan Gookin. Now, Gookin is unopposed. Johnson suggests that those who are unhappy with Gookin's leadership vote for a write-in including themselves.

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House OKs PParenthood $$$ freeze 14 

The House on Friday voted along party lines to freeze federal funding for Planned Parenthood after weeks of escalating tension surrounding its use of fetal tissue. In a 241-187 vote, nearly all Republicans and two Democrats approved legislation that would block Planned Parenthood's federal funding...

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Matthew Alwine of Chewelah, Wash., poses with a trophy deer wildlife officials said he killed illegally in Montana in 2014. Alwine pled guilty on Wednesday, in Missoula to charges of illegally killing deer and elk from 2010 to 2015 and was fined $11,180 and will lose his hunting and fishing privileges in Washington, Idaho, Montana and 41 other states for two years. (Photo courtesy of Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks)

AM Headlines -- 9.18.15

Regional headlines making the news Friday AM include: Idaho Records/Press, Latest from Bergdahl hearing/Eye on Boise, Rally for Democrat Bernie Sanders set/Press, Forest officials continue to open access/Outdoors, Idaho prisons halt treatment program/Eye on Boise, Chewelah man, video host convicted of illegal hunt/Outdoors ...

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CdA firefighters endorse English 10 

Dan English, who is challenging incumbent Steve Adams for a City Council seat, has received the endorsement of the Coeur d'Alene firefighters union -- and a $1,000 cash donation. English used to be a volunteer paid-call fireman for the city of Coeur d'Alene years ago.

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Poll: Rarely eat fast food

In Thursday's poll, a plurality of Hucks Nation said it rarely ate fast food (as compared to 34.3% of US children and teens who eat it daily). Today's Poll: Do you have a better/worse/same opinion of Mary Souza today than when she became a state senator in January?

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Barker: Idahoans ♥ public land access 

In the Idaho Statesman, outdoor columnist Rocky Barker writes that Idahoans agree on one key issue when it comes to public land -- they want access to it: "The liberty to walk, drive, ride, hunt, fish, pick flowers, gather mushrooms, collect berries or simply view the scenery and breathe the air is at the heart of our idea of freedom."

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A Coeur d'Alene High student seems pensive during a school bus ride to Gonzaga in September 2014. (Dan Pelle)


The Bard of Sherman Avenue bids goodbye to summer in 12 words. In an email to Huckleberries, The Bard says the rhyme is "not much." But I suspect that you agree with me that The Bard's "not much" is far greater than many others' "much."

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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.