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MONDAY, SEPT. 21, 2015

Parting Shot -- 9.21.15

A worker prepares to fit a wooden arm onto a statue of Jesus Christ during preparations of the altar where Pope Francis celebrated Mass in the Plaza of the Revolution, in Havana, Cuba. More here. (AP Photo/Desmond Boylan)

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Ryan Turner listens to proceedings during his first appearance in court today. Turner is facing three vehicular homicide charges in the wrong-way-driver crash that killed Mathew-Michael Baroni and his two daughters near Athol this month. A 1st District court judge set bail at $100,000 today.

Driver in triple fatality faces $100,000 bond 

During Ryan Turner's first court appearance, the judge ordered he be held on a $100K bond. If he is able to make bond, Turner will undergo daily alcohol monitoring through a program called SCRAM. Investigators say they found beer cans in Turner's vehicle after the head-on crash that claimed the life of Mathew-Michael Baroni and his two daughters.

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Cuba's President Raul Castro, left, and First Vice President Miguel Diaz-Canel, applaud as Pope Francis arrives at the Plaza of the Revolution to celebrate a Mass, in Holguin, Cuba, earlier today. Francis traveled to the city's plaza for a morning Mass in front of thousands of people with hats and parasols shielding themselves from the sun. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

Pope's visit has local connection

The historic visit of Pope Francis to Cuba has a North Idaho connections. Former Sandpoint resident Cindy Wooden is chief of the Vatican press corps covering the trip to the Communist island. Writes Marianne Love: "We, who know and love Cindy (Wooden) are "busting our buttons" with pride ... "

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CPD uses fed $$$ to add 3 cops 

Coeur d’Alene Police Chief Lee White received official notification today the City has been awarded $375,000 under the 2015 COPS Hiring Program. The federal funds are spread over a three-year grant period and will specifically be utilized for pay and benefits of three additional police officers.

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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker speaks at a news conference today in Madison, Wis., where he announced that he is suspending his Republican presidential campaign. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

Wisconsin Gov. Walker pulls plug on campaign 

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has suspended his presidential campaign, effectively ending a once-promising GOP presidential bid that collapsed amid tepid debate performances and other missteps. "Today, I believe that I am being called to lead by helping to clear the field in this race so...

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Teen mag rips CHS dance dress code 

The teen magazine "seventeen" has weighed in on the dress code for the Coeur d'Alene High Homecoming Dance that miffed come parents and their children Saturday. "seventeen" mag is running an online story about the flap, which it titled, "This school banned spaghetti traps 2 days before homecoming and students aren't happy."

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Balance backs only 1 in CdA races 11 

It isn't a surprise that Balance North Idaho supported veteran Councilman Ron Edinger over relative newcomer Toby Schindelbeck in the race for one of three Coeur d'Alene City Council seats this fall. But it is a surprise that Balance North Idaho didn't endorse someone in...

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Costello: Trump fills political vacuum 13 

In his weekly column in the Lewiston Tribune, conservative Michael Costello says the Democrats and the Republicans have only themselves to blame for the Donald Trump phenomenon. They didn't offer solutions. So Americans are flocking to the Trump bandwagon to cheer his less-than-stellar ideas.

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Trump would shut borders ASAP 14 

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump vowed on Monday to close U.S. borders as soon as he took office. "The first thing I'd do in my first day as president is close up our borders so that illegal immigrants cannot come into our country," Trump said…

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Grizzly still in CdA river area

The collared 2-year-old grizzly bear from Montana is still roaming the Coeur d'Alene River area north of Kingston. Idaho Fish and Game has been unsuccessful, as they expected, in getting the bear to take the bait and walk into a culvert trap for the second…

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Neighbor dogs kill Marianne's pet 11 

Sad news today from Marianne Love's beloved Lovestead. Two neighbor dogs attacked and killed one of her border collies Sunday. Writes Marianne: "Our love for her and for our other family pets is immeasurable, as is our grief. Hug your pets and tell them you love them in honor of Kea"

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Poll: Souza trending upward

In the Weekend Poll, a plurality of Hucks Nation said they view state Sen. Mary Souza the same today as it did in January when she took legislative office. However, 26.29% said they view Souza in a better light today. Today's Poll: Do you view the federal government as “an immediate threat to the rights and freedoms of ordinary citizens”?

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Students skip Homecoming Dance 

The homecoming dance for Coeur d'Alene High School finished on Saturday night but many people were absent from the dance thanks to the dress code. Parents said many students skipped the dance because they got a notice from Coeur d'Alene school district that bare shoulders and spaghetti straps were not allowed.

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Seattle Seahawks' Marshawn Lynch is stopped by Green Bay Packers' Clay Matthews (52), Mike Daniels (76) and Andy Mulumba (55) during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)

Oh, The Humanity 

Does The Bard of Sherman Avenue have a rhyme for the 0-2 start of the former Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks? Of course he does. 12 words that says it all.

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Private firm wants public land lease 11 

State officials are debating if they should allow groups to lease public land in a way that could prevent public access. A half-dozen times over the years, the Idaho Department of Lands has received applications for permission to lease state endowment land for an exclusive private hunting operation. Every time, the department has said no.

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49% see fed government as threat 16 

Roughly half of Americans view the federal government as “an immediate threat to the rights and freedoms of ordinary citizens,” according to a new Gallup poll. The Gallup survey released on Monday said that 49 percent see the federal government as a threat. The biggest...

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Vandals Win! 14 

Here's something you don't see every day -- the Idaho Vandals singing the fight song in victory to the crowd at the Kibbie Dome Saturday after they beat Wofford College 41-38 for their first win of the 2015 season. Thoughts?

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Wanted: Better skills, not wages 17 

Jeff Sayer, director of Idaho’s Department of Commerce, says the notion that a minimum wage in Idaho should be a livable wage “scares me to death.” He agrees that Idaho’s economy cannot grow with low wages, but says that raising the minimum wage would create…

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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.