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WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 23, 2015

Hump Day Wild Card -- 9.23.15 15 

Occasionally, someone's death will make me feel old. I had that reaction today when I heard that New York Yankee hall of fame catcher Yogi Berra had died at age 90 -- he of the witticism including: "It ain't over till it's over." Before I...

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New York Yankee catcher Yogi Berra poses at spring training in Florida. The Hall of Fame catcher renowned as much for his lovable, linguistically dizzying "Yogi-isms" as his unmatched 10 World Series championships with the New York Yankees, died Tuesday. He was 90. (AP Photo/File)

A Special Boy of Summer 

The passing of New York Yankee icon Yogi Berra Tuesday has made my friend, The Bard of Sherman Avenue, feel old also. In remembrance of Yogi, the Bard has penned a rhyme. It's a fitting way to end another work day at Huckleberries Central.

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Pope under fire from conservatives 11 

As Pope Francis prepares this week to deliver a historic address to Congress, he is drawing fire from an unlikely group: Conservative hardliners. Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) announced last week that he will boycott Thursday’s speech over expected remarks on climate change, saying the pontiff is acting like a “leftist politician.”

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Cutline Contest -- Time2Vote 

An Iranian man places his boy on a plane engine while visiting an exhibition of achievements and equipment of Iran's air force in Tehran, Iran earlier today. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi) Tuesday Winner -- ScooterMom with 14 likes: "Scott Walker has more...

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Here's a UIdaho Odyssey photo of one of the flyers posted on campus, calling for football coach Paul Petrino's firing. The Odyssey staff has deleted the flyer's expletives.

'Fire Petrino' flyers dumped at UI 11 

Someone at the University of Idaho has papered campus with hundreds of flyers, calling for the school to fire football coach Paul Petrino. Listed among Petrino's shortcomings: 3-23 overall record, 1-7 Sun Belt record & 2 controversies since August that have made national headlines. The UIdaho Odyssey publication has the story.

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PM Scanner Traffic -- 9.23.15 

Scanner Traffic for Wednesday PM (22 items & counting + link to AM Scanner Traffic with 18 more items) includes successful search for 7YO boy that ends with CPD officers finding him at Northshire Park. Boy was missing from Skyway Elementary for about an hour.

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Civil rights activist James Meredith grimaces in pain as he pulls himself across Highway 51 in Hernando, Miss. after being shot during a voting rights march, June 6, 1966. Meredith, who defied segregation to enroll at the University of Mississippi in 1962, completed the march from Memphis, Tenn., to Jackson, Miss., after treatment of his wounds. He will be the featured speaker at a Walk the Talk conference in Coeur d'Alene next month. (AP Photo/Jack Thornell)

'60s civil rights leader to visit CdA 

James Meredith, the 1960s civil rights activist who became the first African-American to enroll at the University of Mississippi, in 1962, will be the featured speaker at a Walk the Talk conference, sponsored by the Human Rights Education Institute in Coeur d'Alene. The conference will begin Friday, Oct. 16.

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Poll: Pope is independent/apolitical 

In Tuesday's poll, a plurality of Hucks Nation considered Pope Francis to independent politically or apolitical. However, another significant plurality said the pontiff is "mostly liberal." Today's Poll: Do you trust schools to develop good dress codes?

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Pope Francis places his hand on the forehead of a young woman in a wheelchair as he arrives at the Apostolic Nunciature, the Vatican's diplomatic mission in Washington today. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

Pope: Take care of priests, immigrants 

Pope Francis urged his fellow American bishops to take care of the spiritual needs of priests and to welcome new immigrants into the United States, gently admonishing them to "flee the temptation of narcissism." In a tone more fraternal than scolding, Francis encouraged the bishops...

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Yankee legend and catcher Yogi Berra, left, walks off the field arm in arm with former teammate Don Larsen, now of Hayden, after catching the ceremonial first pitch from Larsen before the New York Yankees game against the Montreal Expos during "Yogi Berra Day" Sunday, July 18, 1999, at New York's Yankee Stadium. Berra caught Larsen's perfect game no-hitter in the 1956 World Series. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Columnist: Yogi Berra was baseball, always will be 

Grant Brisbee of SB Nation writes: "It's impossible for anyone born after 1950 to understand what Yogi Berra's Yankees did, what they accomplished, how many hearts they broke." Yet, Brisbee goes on, there were few players as beloved as Yogi Berr. The Yankee icon died today at age 90. Question: What is your favorite Yogi Berra saying?

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100s attend Twin Falls refugee forum  

While opponents of the College of Southern Idaho’s Refugee Center handed out fliers in Twin Falls Tuesday night, five Bosnian refugees were waiting nearby in a large crowd of community members. With vocal opponents, “it’s really hard to hold back,” said refugee Adriana Mustafic, and not take it personally.

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Washington State fans watch as the action unfolds against Wyoming during the second half of a college football game on Saturday at Martin Stadium in Pullman. WSU beat Wyoming, EWU beat Montana State. And Idaho edged Wooford. Anyone know when was the last time all three area college football teams won on the same weekend?

AM Headlines -- 9.23.15

AM Headlines for Wednesday kicks off with Tyler Tjomsland photo of fans watching the WSU-Wyoming game Saturday. Does anyone know when was the last time that WSU, EWU and University of Idaho won on the same weekend?

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In this 2013 SR file photo, Idaho quarterback Chad Chalich (11) runs the ball against Washington State during the first half of a college football game at Martin Stadium in Pullman, Wash. Chalich, who transferred to Montana, will lead the Grizzlies this week. (Tyler Tjomsland / SR file photo)

Montana to start ex-Vik QB Chad Chalich 

After suffering several injuries to key players in a loss to Liberty, UMontana football coach Bob Stitt has tabbed former Coeur d'Alene High Vik QB Chad Chalich to lead the Grizzlies this weekend. Chalich transferred this year from the University of Idaho, after a top-notch high school career.

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Hearn: Damned if you do ... 52 

On his Facebook page, Coeur d'Alene School Trustee Tom Hearn said that school officials and board members are in a damned-if-you-do, damned-if-you-don't situation when it comes to enforcing school dress codes. Some parents demand that they be enforced. Others demand that they don't be enforced.

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Cheerleaders told to cover up 

Post Falls High officials have told cheerleaders that they must wear leggings or warm-ups under the skirts while attending school. Taylor Viydo/KREM 2 reports that school officials say the "uniforms are not designed for sitting." The cheerleaders still can wear uniforms without leggings or warm-ups to sporting events.

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Quotable Quote -- Dan Gookin 

"Dear Lord! I look hideous in anything but spaghetti straps" -- Councilman Dan Gookin, tongue firmly cheeked via Twitter. DFO: I responded to Dan via Twitter: "If you wear spaghetti straps, I'll invite you to Blogfest 2016. Question: How would you look in spaghetti straps?

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Washington pot laws snag teens 

Three Asotin teens, ages 14-17, were facing the possibility of five years in jail for possession of marijuana. After a media storm and a better understanding of new laws, the teens - and three other youth facing the same charges - will now only be charged with misdemeanors. Now, the Lewiston Tribune says, the state needs to change this law.

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Daniel Montgomery of Coeur d'Alene is photographed on Tuesday on Kaleigh Court in Coeur d'Alene, where he shot five handgun rounds into a vehicle earlier this year. Montgomery feared for his life, the safety of his family and the lives of others on the street the driver of the vehicle drove recklessly down the street and around a cul-de-sac, almost hitting Montgomery after he confronted the driver. (Jake Parrish / Coeur d'Alene Press)

Ex-Marine faces sentence for firing gun at car 33 

Ex-Marine Daniel N. Montgomery fired several rounds from his handgun into a car on his street to protect himself, his daughter, and his neighbors. That's his side of the story. He spoke to The Press this week after a 1st District Court jury in Kootenai County found him guilty of a felony count of unlawful discharge of a gun into an occupied car.

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Idaho tax balance too much for GOP? 

You'd think the dominant GOP would be satisfied that Idaho has one of the most balanced tax systems in the country. But you'd be wrong. Opinion Editor Marty Trillhaase of the Lewiston Tribune points out that some Republicans are pushing to reduce income tax rates on the richest Idahoans while increasing it on middle and lower income ones.

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In this 2013 SR file photo, developer John Stone talks about additions to Riverstone during a tour. (Kathy Plonka / SR file photo)

Revisiting Riverstone 

Four years ago, Editor Mike Patrick of the Coeur d'Alene Press provided an in depth look at developer John Stone's Riverstone, entitled "The Riverstone Experiment." The story discussed the impact of urban renewal on the development. Since Riverstone, urban renewal and a tech request are news again, the Press republished the story online today.

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In this 2014 SR file photo, Spokane Police Chief Frank Straub answers questions about the arrest of a murder suspect during a press briefing at the Public Saftey Building. (Dan Pelle / SR file photo)

Spokane police chief Straub forced out

Spokane police Chief Frank Straub was forced to resign Tuesday following complaints about his combative leadership tactics. At a news conference, Mayor David Condon said concerns from police department employees, as well as interviews Condon conducted, made it clear that Straub’s aggressive behavior as chief was no longer appropriate.

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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.