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FRIDAY, APRIL 1, 2016

Weekend Wild Card -- 4.2-3.16 15 

I have planned two glorious days of working in the yard and grabbing some sun rays. Nice spring and summer weekends are made for those of us who are stuck inside during work days. I might plant something, just to feel an early sense of gardening accomplishment. The cold weather stuff is a can't miss this nice spring.

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Parting Shot -- 4.1.16 

A giant octopus sculpture named Ivan settles into his new home in Lake Robertson near Lexington, Va. The sculpture was created by Natural Bridge based artist Mark Cline who along with his helpers, owed Ivan to the middle of the lake Wednesday after putting the creation together at the boat launch to be displayed for April Fools' Day.

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TGIF Wild Card -- 4.1.16 13 

Mike Kennedy tells Huckleberries that the family of the late Anna "Patty Duke" Pearce has tentatively settled on Saturday, April 16, as the date for a public memorial to the actress, who died earlier this week in Coeur d'Alene. The place has yet to be determined. Stay tuned. Here's your Wild Card ...

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In this Aug. 31, 2015, SR file, Spokesman-Review columnist Doug Clark, left, sings a song parody to Randy Shaw, retiring KREM news anchor, to the tune of Barry Manilow's "Mandy" during the retirement roast for Shaw at the Bing Crosby Theater. (Jesse Tinsley/SR file photo)

Ex-broadcaster Shaw battling cancer 

Randy Shaw, who appeared on nightly newscasts in Spokane for three decades, is battling cancer after moving to Arizona just a few months ago to run a restaurant with his wife. Shaw, who after stints with KHQ and KREM is the longest-serving TV news broadcaster in Spokane’s history, said Friday he was receiving rounds of chemotherapy.

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Edit: Why not permit guns at GOPfest? 

In an editorial this morning in the Moscow-Pullman Daily News, editorialist Lee Rozen wonders why guns shouldn't be allowed at the national Republican convention. After all, aren't the gun-loving Republicans who attend the goodest of the good?

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Blogos -- 4.1.16

The daily roundup of posts from HucksOnline blogosphere includes: Truly bizarre/Fort Boise, Cooking up interest/On Tap, Political terminology/Bay Views, The lights are on in Pullman/Grip, In inauspicious day, indeed/Slight Detour, Small world of writing, 'War Bonds'/Cindy's All Write, Yellowstone roads yield to bikes until April 14/Outdoor ...

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In this March 25, 2016, file photo, Gonzaga's head coach Mark Few argues a call with an official during the second half of a college basketball game against Syracuse in the regional semifinals of the NCAA Tournament in Chicago. Few tells The Associated Press Friday, April 1, 2016, that the NCAA called to inform him officials blew the call on a 10-second violation that went against the Bulldogs late in Syracuse's come-from-behind win in the Sweet 16. Refs called a 10-second violation but the 10-second limit in the backcourt should have reset once a player touched the ball in the front court. (Charles Rex Arbogast / AP)

NCAA: Officials blew key Zags call 

For Gonzaga, the timing could not have been worse. Coach Mark Few told The Associated Press the NCAA called to inform him officials blew the call on a 10-second violation that went against the Bulldogs late in Syracuse’s come-from-behind win in the Sweet 16. The turnover came with 1:17 left and Gonzaga leading 60-59.

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Rusche: Proud of F-minus IFF grade 13 

House Minority Leader John Rusche, D-Lewiston, takes pride in the fact that he received an F-minus rating, as did about half of the Idaho Legislature, from the extreme Idaho Freedom Foundation "Freedom Index." The "Freedom Index" grading system shows how skewed the organization is -- not the legislators it claims to track, he said.

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JEERS: Raul Labrador 

In his Cheers & Jeers column this week, Marty Trillhaase of the Lewiston Tribune JEERS Congressman Raul Labrador: "He's not the first member of Idaho's congressional delegation to shuffle employees between official and campaign duties," Trillhaase writes. "But Labrador has taken things to the next level by having ..."

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Poll: Hucks Nation 'feels the Bern' 

In the poll Thursday, a plurality of Hucks Nation said it would vote for Democratic challenger Bernie Sanders if the presidential election was held today. Today's Poll: How influential do you think the Idaho Freedom Foundation is?

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Kasich rip Obamacare repeal pledge 

Republican presidential candidate and Ohio Gov. John Kasich is deriding his party's 2014 pledge to repeal the Affordable Care Act, President Obama's landmark healthcare overhaul, as a "big joke" and a "stupid promise." (Question: Will the Republican Party ultimately regret its diehard opposition to Obamacare?)

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Are you a 'seat hog'? 

Subway etiquette is the subject of a new exhibition at the Transit Museum's gallery annex in Grand Central Terminal that features new and vintage campaign posters addressing issues of undesired behavior in metro systems around the world. Which brings up a question: Are you the type of person who spreads out in public places, displacing others?

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Punk's punch puts him in pokey 

From Post Falls PD Facebook: "Battery, Caboose Court: The (reporting party) advised he attempted to confront the driver of a vehicle speeding through the neighborhood. When he did so, the driver exited his vehicle and punched the (reporting party) in the face before leaving the area. The suspect was located and ultimately arrested for battery."

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Paper suspends gun-packing editor 14 

The editor of the Missoulian was suspended until “further notice” this week, according to an internal email acquired by the Missoula Current. Staffers not wishing to be identified said the paper’s editor, Matt Bunk, was seen with a firearm in the office last week. Carrying a firearm on company property is against Lee Enterprises’ corporate policy.

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AM Headlines -- 4.1.16 

The daily roundup of AM Headlines includes: Idaho Records/Coeur d'Alene Press, Glacier Park snow plowing begins/KHQ, Idaho Tally: 760 wolves, 108 packs/Outdoors, Court settles boach launch controversy/Press, Bystanders catch 7YO who fell from lift/Statesman + more ...

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Hoffman defends 'Freedom Index' 22 

Executive Director Wayne Hoffman of the Idaho Freedom Foundation continues to double down on his organization's so-called "Freedom Index." Hoffman claims that the "Freedom Index" separates true conservatives from phonies. Methinks the index separates conservative legislators from extremists like Heather Scott & Sheryl Nuxoll.

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The front-page photo of the Coeur d'Alene Press today features the "new" highway sign introducing travelers to the new municipality of "Post d'Alene." (Coeur d'Alene Press illustration)

April Fools: CdA, Post Falls merge 

In deference to April Fool's Day, the Coeur d'Alene Press announced this morning that the cities of Coeur d'Alene and Post Falls have merged to form a giant North Idaho municipality. The action was taken after several weeks of clandestine meetings. The Press turned to reporter April Fuhl to write her annual April 1 story.

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Patty Duke's cause of death important

The decision of Oscar-winning actress Patty Duke’s family to describe her cause of death as sepsis is helping bring national attention to the life-threatening but little-known condition, health advocates say. Duke, 69, died Tuesday at Kootenai Health in Coeur d’Alene of sepsis following a ruptured intestine.

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JEERS: 'Influential' Wayne Hoffman 10 

In his weekly Cheers & Jeers column, Marty Trillhaase gives JEERS to ... Idaho Freedom Foundation President Wayne Hoffman. Trillhaase notes that half the Idaho Legislature received F-minus grades in IFF's "Freedom Index." Which means that the organizations claim to being "most influential public policy organization" is questionable.

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CHEERS: Sen. Keough, Rep Malek 

In his weekly column, Opinion Editor Marty Trillhaase of the Lewiston Tribune gives CHEERS to ... Sen. Shawn Keough, R-Sandpoint, and Rep. Luke Malek, R-Coeur d'Alene. Why? They represented their districts well and, as a result, earned an F-minus from Idaho Freedom Foundation, the mouth piece for the renegade right wing of the Idaho GOP.

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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.