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TUESDAY, SEPT. 22, 2015

Wild Card/Tuesday -- 9.22.15 

A friend spotted a personalized license plate that read "LICPL8" at Government Way & Honeysuckle Avenue Monday -- and wondered why anyone would spend money for a vanity plate that really doesn't say anything. Oh well, to each his own. Different strokes for different folks....

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Parting Shot -- 9.22.15 

Pope Francis sits in his car, a Fiat 500, after arriving at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., earlier today. The Pope is spending three days in Washington before heading to New York and Philadelphia. This is the Pope's first visit to the United States. (AP...

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Carlson: What happened to Mike Crapo? 

After receiving a fund-raising letter from U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo, columnist Chris Carlson responds with an open letter. Above all, he wonders what happened to Crapo, adding: "The (Mike Crapo) I see running for re-election today is running to the hard right, mouthing the mindless bromides of the Tea Party."

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Souza pleased w/urban renewal meet

After attending a meeting of Idaho's Interim Committee on Urban Renewal, state Sen. Mary Souza, R-CdA, said she was pleasantly surprised by some of the conversations that occurred: "“Looking at the agenda, I really didn’t have very high hopes for the meeting."

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Email: Too much roostosterone ruining Bayview quiet 10 

Baggy-eyed in Bayview has turned to HucksOnline for help in her quest to muzzle a neighborhood rooster who crows the live long day. She turned to animal control, county planning, county commissioners & even the sheriff for help with the noisy creature. But they merely shrugged. So she and her neighbors are stuck with Foghorn Leghorn. For now.

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CdA to dedicate pickleball courts

A potluck and ribbon cutting ceremony for the new pickleball courts in the Northshire neighborhood in western Coeur d’Alene will be held this Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. at Northshire Park, located at 3889 Nez Perce Road near the intersection of Nez Perce and Atlas Road. Question: Has anyone taken up pickleball lately?

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Update: 2 bull elk battle to death 12 

Rich Landers of SR Outdoors blog has an update on story in CdA Press by David Cole, describing how two bull elk battled to the death at Wolf Lodge, east of Coeur d'Alene. Rich reports that Idaho F&G was able to salvation 1,017 pounds of meat from the 2 bulls and deliver "one heck of a pickup-load of protein" to the area food bank.

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Blogos: Church dedicates peace pole 

The daily roundup of links from Huckleberries Online Blog Roll includes dedication of a peace poll in Sandpoint, plus: Polls in conflict?/Randy Stapilus, Your weekly brew pub planner/On Tap, My Scarlet Letter (Part 2)/Faithful Geek, Recapping night at the library/War Bonds, Well, how many do you wear?/Simple Mind + more ...

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Fires still burning

We haven't talked much lately re: the wildfires that dominated the summer, closing campgrounds and back country in their wake. But Sheriff Mitch Alexander of Shoshone County reminds his readers on Facebook that the fires won't be snuffed out until the area gets non-stop rain or snow. they're still burning in St. Joe & up North Fork.

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Study: 23% of coeds assaulted sexually 12 

A massive sexual assault study on college campuses was released Monday. The study surveyed more than 150,000 students from 27 universities. The results are sobering. According to the study, conducted by the Association of American Universities, 23 percent of undergraduate women reported being sexually assaulted.

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Biden about to enter prez race? 

Top Democrats increasingly believe Vice President Joe Biden is going to enter the presidential race, setting up a battle with Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination. Question: Who would win a three-way race for the Democratic presidential nomination -- Hillary, Joe or Bernie?

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Gun carry fans coming to Lake City 22 

The Idaho Second Amendment Alliance is planning to hold a Constitutional Carry gun rally at City Park next week. The ISAA is promoting legislation that would legalize carrying a concealed weapon without having to obtain a permit. Question: Do you support this idea?

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Driver held accountable for legacy

Pauline Abrego lost her son, Mathew-Michael Baroni, and two granddaughters in a crash earlier this month and now she feels the man who faces vehicular manslaughter charges for their deaths is responsible to carry out her son's legacy. Mike Baroni and his two daughters, 8YO Madilyn and 6YO Molly were killed by a wrong way driver Sept. 12.

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Bush foundation tied to Idaho ed

As Idaho moves into the realm of mastery-based education, the state is getting unpaid help from a prominent education reform group. But the Foundation for Excellence in Education — founded by GOP presidential candidate and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush — is itself a newcomer…

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Francis meets another Castro

Pope Francis is greeted by Cuba's President Raul Castro as he arrives to celebrate Mass in the Plaza of the Revolution, in Holguin, Cuba, Monday. Francis traveled to Cuba's fourth-largest city, Holguin, and celebrated a Mass where Cuban rhythms mixed with church hymns under a…

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Are you missing your dentures?

A custodian at Spirit Lake Elementary found a set of partial dentures, upper and lower, outside the school Sunday or Monday. And the find was noted on the Spirit Lake Barter & Sell Facebook site. So far, no one has inquired about them with the school office ...

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Pope Francis meets Fidel Castro in Havana, Cuba, Sunday. The Vatican described the 40-minute meeting at Castro's residence as informal and familial, with an exchange of books. (AP Photo/Alex Castro)

Is the Pope liberal? 

Pope Francis's politics are somewhat all over the place. He holds strongly liberal views on some things but also goes further, explicitly criticizing capitalism. On other things, he's deeply conservative. Question: What do you think? Is the Pope liberal in his politics? Conservative? Or Independent?

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Poll: Feds are no threat

In Monday's poll, a supermajority of Hucks Nation said it didn't view the federal government to be "an immediate threat to the rights and freedoms of ordinary citizens." In a recent national poll, 49% of the country said it viewed the federal government with suspicion. Today's Poll: How would you describe the Pope's politics?

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Study: Idaho 5th fairest tax system 

No one likes taxes, but of the 50 states, Idaho is ranked fifth fairest when it comes to its tax system, according to a recent study released by the website Wallethub.com. The top 10 states for fair tax systems in order of ranking were Montana, Oregon, South Carolina, Delaware, Idaho, Minnesota, Utah, Virginia, Colorado and Maryland.

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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.