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MONDAY, SEPT. 28, 2015

Wild Card/Monday -- 9.28.15 

I can't believe how fast the weekend went. Warp speed fast. I'm beginning to suspect that weekend days don't have the full 24 hours in them that other days do. The weather was picture perfect for a fall day, as it is today. The week...

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Parting Shot -- 9.28.15

A man looks at television screens as Russian President President Vladimir Putin addresses the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Moscow, Russia, Monday. Addressing the U.N. General Assembly gathering of world leaders, Putin said it was a “huge mistake” not to engage the Syrian army in the fight against the Islamic State group.

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Huckleberries hears ... 

... from Jeanna Hofmeister (aka "Baggy-Eyed in Bayview") that Foghorn Leghorn has been muzzled -- or possibly worse. Jeanna? She's the long-suffering Bayview resident who has an urban farmer neighbor who added a rooster to his collection of chickens and ducks -- a rooster, whom…

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Edit: Cut Idaho tuition, raise cig tax 

In an editorial Saturday, the Spokesman-Review Editorial Board said that Idahoans should be given a chance to vote on a proposal to lower state university and college tuition by increasing the state tax on cigarettes by $1.50 per pack. However, the state Legislature may stand in the way of this important issue.

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Cindy: Lies people tell me 

"Lies People Tell Me: "You can't miss it. It's easy to find." Navigational Impairment is real. I'm going to start a support group" -- Cindy Hval via Facebook. Question: Are you navigationally impaired?

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Return to burned-over Smith Crick 

Marianne Love/Slight Detour and her husband, Bill, returned to Smith "Crick" in Boundary County for the first time since the fires of summer 2015 burned through the region. Marianne writes: "As we passed by the fire area, both going and on our return...

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Perfect swan dive into toilet

The women using the powder room at Super 1 this afternoon must have wondered why someone was laughing hysterically in a nearby stall. Seems Darcy Johnson of Rathdrum had place her purse on the toilet paper dispenser and -- viola -- it took a header into the toilet. Straight shot. All net. Er, water. That tickled Darcy's funny bone.

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CDAJim, who took this photo at Independence Square in Philadelphia, Pa., Saturday, writes: "It was a great weekend here in Phillie with very, very tight security with thousands upon thousands of people. A very moving and and great experience."

HucksOnline Blogos - 9.28.15 

The daily roundup of links from Huckleberries Online blog roll includes a photo of Pope Francis and the pope-mobile at Independence Square in Philadelphia Saturday, taken by a Huckleberries Online commenter.

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WSU sorority cleans Tubbs Hill 

More than 170 sorority members from Washington State University volunteered their time recently to pitch in and clean litter from Tubbs Hill. The public service activity was provided by the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. “We wanted to help give back to the community and clean...

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Washington state-record opah, also called moonfish, caught out of Westport on Sept. 27, 2015, weighs 36 pounds. At left is angler Jim Watson of Coeur d'Alene and deckhand Joel Torrison of All Rivers & Saltwater Charters.  (Courtesy)

A record moonfish that didn't get away

Jim Watson of Coeur d'Alene was out with All Rivers and Saltwater Charters fishing for albacore tuna with a live anchovie when he landed the 36-pound opah, also known as moonfish, sunfish, kingfish, redfin ocean pan or Jerusalem haddock. The current record is 28.18 pounds caught in 2013. All this, according to Rich Landers/Outdoors.

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Customer loyalty only goes so far 

No matter how long you've been loyalty to a company, like the phone company, they'll send you a threatening demand letter the moment you're late paying for a bill. Cathy Hedberg of the Lewiston Tribune occasionally is treated with such threatens when she procrastinates with bill payment.

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Drop supermajority? Idahoans split 

Idahoans are split on the idea of reducing the two-thirds supermajority requirement for school bonds. 49% oppose any change, according to an Idaho Politics Weekly poll. 44% would like to see the supermajority dropped to a simple majority.

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And now a word from Mitch 

Sheriff Mitch Alexander of Shoshone County Facebooks: "To say our state has a crisis with mental illness would be an understatement. The centers are so overloaded, that recently we've had to Transport patients back and forth to Boise. (And yet some North Idaho legislators fought against funding for regional mental health center ...)

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Carl Bessent walks with his guide dog Nerice through Coeur d'Alene recently. Carl is legally blind and is concerned about the growing problem of impostor or poorly trained service animals and the problems they create for legitimate service animals. (Kathy Plonka / Spokesman-Review)

Fake service dogs cause problems 18 

Fake service dogs -- the pets that some owners take into stores and businesses under the ruse that they are legitimate aids -- are causing problems. Individuals like Carl Bessent, who is blind and truly needs his trained service dog by his side, is irritated by the growing ruse of people who exploit the law to take their pets with them everywhere.

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Pope sides with Kentucky county clerk 19 

Pope Francis on Monday appeared to side with a Kentucky clerk who refused to issue same-sex marriage licenses, saying government employees should have the “human right” to object to acts that violate their beliefs. “Conscientious objection must enter into every judicial structure, because it is a right,” he told reporters earlier today.

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Former foster kid beats odds 

Kailamai Hansen, a former foster child who grew up in Kellogg, has beaten long odds to become an author planning on a legal career. In her book, "Out of the Darkness, My Journey Through Foster Care," Hansen describes the years of physical and emotional abuse, as a message of hope to the troubled children of Idaho.

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