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THURSDAY, SEPT. 24, 2015

Wild Card/Thursday -- 9.24.15 15 

Another day in paradise. And another day that I get paid to do this best of all jobs. I like that combination. If you have something on your mind that doesn't fit elsewhere, you can play this Wild Card and maybe start a thread that...

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Parting Shot -- 9.24.15 

Emergency personnel work at the scene of a fatal collision involving a charter bus, background, and a "Ride the Ducks" amphibious tour bus, right, on the Aurora Bridge in Seattle today.

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Reuters reports cheerleader coverup 

The Reuters news service is reporting the story re: Post Falls cheerleaders now being required to wear leggings of sweatpants under their uniforms while in school. "We can't have anatomy showing," school official Dena Naccarato told Reuters. Reuters reports that neighboring Coeur d'Alene and Lakeland school districts already have the rule.

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PM Scanner Traffic -- 9.24.15

Scanner Traffic for Thursday PM (26 items + link to AM Scanner Traffic with 12 more items) includes Canfield Middle School staffer that's trying to contain out-of-control male student & 13YO boy suffers compound fracture in bike crash near Woodland Middle School.

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Investigation targets UI asst coach

The University of Pacific has hired an outside and independent investigator to look into a possible inappropriate relationship between former assisstant coach Joe Ford and a female student-athlete. Ford is now an assistant coach of UIdaho basketball coach Don Verlin's staff.

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Taryn: In praise of school unies 

In response to the Wednesday poll re: school officials developing good dress codes, tarynahecker sings the praise of school uniforms. In her case the unies are cheaper and far easier to rotate for a week-long schedule. Question: Have you or your children ever worn a school uniform.

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Hoffman to join gun rally 

Idaho Freedom Foundation President Wayne Hoffman will join the Idaho Second Amendment Alliance’s rally for expanding gun rights Thursday in Twin Falls. Hoffman joins 2n Amendment President and Founder Greg Pruett at the event. The organization will also stage a rally in Coeur d'Alene Saturday Oct. 3.

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Only 54% of Wallace kids immunized 

Only 54% of the Wallace kindergarteners, first-graders & seventh-graders are considered properly immunized, according to H&W records -- the fifth lowest rate in Idaho. Kevin Richert/IDEDNews.org provides story and breakdown of immunization rates for all Idaho schools below.

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HucksOnline Blogos -- 9.24.15

Daily roundup of links from Huckleberries Online blog roll includes: Rocky Mountain high/Fort Boise, Oktoberfest countdown: Ein Prosit/On Tap, The time someone stepped up to help/Slice, They found me & know my name/Fort Boise Kam Chancellor's return lacked something/Grip, Humpbacks venture into Columbia River/Outdoors ...

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When Denia Correa came to the U.S. 20 years ago she knew she might never return. With the new open relations between the U.S. and Cuba, Correa is finally able to plan a trip home. (Dan Pelle)

Cuban national hopes to visit homeland

On Saturday, Pope Francis arrived in Cuba, hailing the detente between the United States and Cuba as a model of reconciliation. But for Cuban national Denia Correa, who came to the United States as political refugee, the Pope’s visit is just one more sign that after 19 years, she may soon get to see her family again.

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IFF to open Idaho Falls office 13 

Idaho Freedom Foundation President Wayne Hoffman announced Thursday his organization will open a new office in Idaho Falls to expand the fight for liberty and better promote free market solutions. “This is an exciting step for our growing organization,” Hoffman said.

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Senate Nixes PParenthood Defunding 

The Senate on Thursday rejected a short-term spending bill that would defund Planned Parenthood, thwarting the opening move by Republican leaders to avoid a government shutdown on Oct. 1. Senators voted 47-52 on ending debate on the short-term continuing resolution, well short of the 60 votes needed.

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A member of the media copies a photo showing high school referee Robert Watts, second from right in photo, during an University Interscholastic League (UIL) State Executive Committee meeting today in Round Rock, Texas. Watts, the referee who was deliberately hit by two Texas high school football players, says through his attorney that he didn't call the players a profane racial slur. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Coach quits after players tackle ref 

In Texas earlier this month, two high school football players blind-sided a referee whom they claim had uttered a racial slur at them. The referee denies the accusation. Now, the football coach of the team has quit after being put on administrative leave by the San Antonio school. (Q: Is high school sports getting out of control?)

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Refugee fears divides Twin Falls 11 

The Southern Poverty Law Center spotlights the battle over Syrian refugees that's dividing Twin Falls, Idaho. For more than 30 years, the refugee center at College of Southern Idaho has quietly helped refugees caught in political turmoil across the world. But fear of refugees from Muslim countries has now changed that.

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Coach inspires from hospital bed

Battling cancer, Post Falls football coach Jeff Hinz inspired his team to victory with a pre-game pep talk from his hospital bed in Spokane. Last Thursday, the Trojan varsity team and coaching staff hopped onto a bus and visited their coach in the hospital, joining him for pizza -- as well as inspiration.

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English lands another endorsement 

Seems the Lake City Employees Association also believes that former county clerk Dan English has substance. The association for City Hall workers became the third and final city employees group to endorse English in his three-way race for the City Council seat now held by incumbent Steve Adams. Bruce MacNeil is the third candidate in the race,

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AM Headlines -- 9.24.15

AM Headlines for Thursday includes photos and story from Coeur d'Alene Press re: "Feel the Bern" BBQfest & Tubbs Hill trail walk that attracted more than 100 people to McEuen Park yesterday ...

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You might be an Idaho redneck if ... 20 

In his Thursday editorial, Marty Trillhaase of the Lewiston Tribune weighs in on that Roadsnacks.net survey that provided a list of the top redneck towns in Idaho. Trillhaase agrees with some of the places listed but disagrees with others. (Q -- On a scale of 1 to 10, how much of a redneck are you?)

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Pope to US: Share the wealth 27 

Pope Francis urged the United States not to turn its back on undocumented immigrants, to reject the victimization of religious and ethnic minorities, to overcome income inequality and to save the planet from climate change, citing Scripture and the nation's founding ideals in a historic address to Congress Thursday.

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