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TUESDAY, SEPT. 29, 2015

Wild Card/Tuesday -- 9.29.15 

Got up early to have coffee with baby bro, Frito Ray -- at Riverstone Starbucks. 6 o'clock for 7 a.m. coffee. I don't do early well since, as many of you know, I'm a night owl. So if things start to slip sideways here --...

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Parting Shot -- 9.29.15

A customer with coffee walks past people shopping for coffee-related merchandise at a Starbucks coffee shop in the Pike Place Market Tuesday in Seattle. The shop is just blocks from where the first Starbucks opened in 1971. Tuesday is National Coffee Day.

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Michaelle Dierich of Hayden was kidnapped, held captive and sexually tortured for 7 days over more than 16 years ago while living in Hillsboro, Oregon. She talked about the incident at her home on Wednesday, February 28, 2007. (Kathy Plonka/SR)

Update: Fugitive's arrest brings tears of relief 

Michaelle Dierich of Coeur d’Alene heard the news early Tuesday morning after she finished her long graveyard shift at a production plant. The fugitive wanted for kidnapping and raping her in 1988 had finally been arrested. And it may have never happened without Dierich’s persistence and courage in telling her painful story again and again.

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Idaho coach Paul Petrino yells to his players during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Southern California, Saturday, Sept. 12, in Los Angeles. Southern California won 59-9. (AP Photo/Gus Ruelas)

UI footballers defend Petrino, staff 33 

Here's the Moscow-Pullman Daily News version of that story re: an anonymous email accusing football coach Paul Petrino and his staff of "excessive vulgar verbal reprimanding, unequal treatment and NCAA practice violations. Vandal football players have rallied around the beleaguered Petrino and his coaches.

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Kootenai County firemen to fill boot 

Members of the Kootenai County Fire & Rescue L2856 Fire Department, along with the Muscular Dystrophy Association, will kick off the fire fighters' annual Fill the Boot fundraising campaign to help save and improve the lives of people fighting muscle disease in the Kootenai County area.

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Woman meets nurse who helped her 

In New York, a 38YO woman who was badly burned as a baby reunited today with the nurse who helped her through the painful experience. Social media played a huge role in the reunion of nurse Susan Berger with Amanda Scarpinati. Question: Have you been helped, above and beyond, by a nurse?

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Huckleberry Patch League update 

The wheat is beginning to separate from the chaff in the Huckleberries Patch Fantasy Football League. Unfortunately, my evilOlive team was among the casualties last week as two teams went nuts, scoring more than 180 team. Eric Hoteham's Foster's Hammy (3-0) thumped evilOlive (2-1) 180.8 to 87.64. More below.

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Pro-Rand group stops fund-raising 

Purple PAC, one of three super-PACs supporting Sen. Rand Paul's (R-Ky.) presidential bid, has stopped raising money, according to a Tuesday report. Ed Crane, the co-founder of the Cato Institute who oversees the super-PAC, reportedly told Politico that the lawmaker's libertarian-leaning views had "disappeared."

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HucksOnline Blogos -- 9.29.15

The daily roundup of links from Huckleberries Online blog roll includes: Master bloviator/Fort Boise, Super blood moon/Simple Mind, Ales of Avista: IPA/fresh hop/On Tap, Another day in paradise/Faithful Geek, Friday's openings: High-wire act/7 Blog, Bears look high, low for calories/Outdoors & Inland Northwest barn cat hall of fame/Slice.

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Fires still burning in Shoshone Co

If you're wondering why there's so much smoke in the air in downtown Coeur d'Alene and elsewhere today, you might want to read the latest Facebook post from Shoshone County Sheriff Mitch Alexander. Wildfires are still burning in his county & will continue to do so until the snow flies. I suspect that's the case elsewhere in NIdaho, too.

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It's National Coffee Day 

It's national coffee day, ladies and germs. I didn't realize that when I started my day at Riverstone Starbucks hobnobbing over coffee with brother Frito Ray. We didn't get free coffee from Starbucks. Well, maybe I did. Frito Ray had my cup of coffee paid & waiting when I arrived. What is your favorite drink of coffee?

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UI to investigate Petrino claims 

UI Argonaut Facebook: "University of Idaho officials announced Tuesday they have initiated an investigation into allegations against football coach Paul Petrino and the Vandal football coaching staff. The allegations were laid out in an anonymous email sent out Monday to various news outlets, UI officials and UI athletes."

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Regan, IFF & Co sue RE: core standards 33 

Brent Regan, chairman of the board of the Idaho Freedom Foundation, is the lead plaintiff in a new federal lawsuit filed against Gov. Butch Otter, state schools Superintendent Sherri Ybarra and state Board of Education President Don Soltman charging that the Idaho core standards for student learning and the tests tied to them are illegal.

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JohnA ♥'s all 4 seasons 

In the comments section, JohnA writes: "I love the four seasons, at least three-and-a-half of them. I'm good through the spectacular foliage of fall leading to the wintery splendor of fresh-fallen snow through the holidays. I don't care for the shoulder season beginning in March." Question: What's your least favorite season of the year?

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M's pick new GM Dipoto 

"If you are a Mariners’ fan," writes Vince Grippi/A Grip on Sports, "I’m going to ruin your day with one sentence: The last time the M’s hired an Angels’ castoff as general manager, they endured almost five years of Bill Bavasi. Yep. We’ve gone down that road." Question: Are you optimistic that the new M's GM will turn things around?

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Why won't Facebook hoaxes die? 

Facebook privacy hoaxes just won't die. It seems like every few months, some extended family member or high school "friend" will post a big block of legalese-style text, urging others to share it in their own feeds with a promise that it will somehow protect their privacy. Two different ones are circulating now.

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 (Adriana Janovich / Spokesman-Review)

Southern Idaho gem: Finger steaks tough to reproduce at home 

In a column for our food section, Shawn Vestal writes: "When I visit my family in Southern Idaho, I will often get my hands on a basket of finger steaks before I hug my mother. That has more to do with geography than the order of my affections." I've heard that finger steaks are a big deal in Idaho. But dunno if that translates to North Idaho.

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Poll: Most deal with noise 

In Monday's poll, a lucky plurality of Hucks Nation said it didn't deal with noise issues in the neighborhood. Of the majority who did deal with noise problems in the 'hood, the largest amount had issues with barking dogs. Today's Poll: Was the sentence given the woman who fatally injured a falcon (20 hours community service + $500) adequate?

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AM Headlines -- 9.29.15

AM Headlines for Tuesday includes Jonathan Nomee being sentenced to a year in prison in vehicular manslaughter case that killed a 42YO Moscow native + Coeur d'Alene PD to add 4 officers/Press, Some burning bans remain in effect/Press, Man charged with killing brother with arrow/KXLY, Agencies fixing Rathdrum Prairie intersections/Press ...

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Finish this sentence ... 21 

In the comments section, Cindy writes: "Eggnog lattes are the only thing that gets me through the winter." Moi? The only thing that gets me through the winter is ... Gonzaga men's basketball." How about you? Finish this sentence: The only thing that gets me…

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Mayor announces arts awards 

The City of Coeur d’Alene Arts Commission recently announced the following winners of the 19th Annual Mayor’s Awards in the Arts: Excellence in Arts: Dian Hanson, Support of the Arts: Steve Anthony, Arts in Education: Gizmo (Marty and Barb Mueller), and Student excellence in the Arts: Bethany Stone

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Hillary disses pumpkin spice drink 13 

The Democratic presidential candidate revealed in a Facebook Q&A on Monday that she used to be a fan of Starbucks’ popular autumn-timed drink. That is, she says, until she eyed the nutrition facts. Question: Do you like the unique drinks that Starbucks & other coffee shops offer at this time of the year?

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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.