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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 13, 2016

Hump Day Wild Card -- 4.13.16 24 

When I first heard that the old Coeur d'Alene Carousel would be erected behind the Memorial Field grandstand, I thought: Wow, that's sure out of the way. I was thinking in terms of City Beach. However, during my walk along the waterfront Tuesday, I noticed how exposed that site will be to traffic coming into town from Northwest Boulevard.

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Parting Shot -- 4.13.16

Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff is barely seen between two Brazilian flags during a meeting at the Planalto Presidential Palace, in Brasilia, Brazil, Wednesday. President Rousseff is facing impeachment proceedings that stem from allegations her administration violated fiscal rules to mask budget problems by shifting around government accounts.

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The Miraclesuit that did not arrive miraculously in time for Hawaii. (Cindy Hval/Facebook)

Did Cindy's swimsuit arrive on time?

Cindy: "My most recent column was written the day we returned from Hawaii, and in my post-vacation fog, I forgot to include some important information. Thankfully, I have readers who aren’t shy about reminding me. Last week, I received this two-sentence email. “Nice column. BUT WHAT ABOUT THE SWIMSUIT?” Ah, yes. Did my Miraclesuit arrive in time?"

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Ed Board OKs tuition, fee hikes 

Eye on Boise roundup begins includes: "Idaho’s state Board of Education has unanimously approved tuition increases requested by the state’s four-year colleges and universities, while noting that the increases, which are roughly 2 to 3 percent for in-state undergraduate students, are similar to last year’s, which were the lowest in 15 years."

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Blogos -- 4.13.16

The daily roundup of posts from the HucksOnline blogosphere: College costs/Bay Views, It could be a hoax/The Slice, Maybe it's time for a talk/Simple Mind, Confederate Heritage Month/Fort Boise, Elk die at Ketchum feeding area/Outdoors, Wacky world of creative nonfiction/Cindy's All Write, How about a break from watching bad baseball start?/Grip.

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3 hidden gems in North Idaho 

The OnlyInYourState web site lists "These 8 restaurants in Idaho don't look like much ... but WOW they're good." Quoth: "Hidden gems are where it’s at. You know the places I’m talking about – those small-town favorites that every local knows about, but the rest of us have never heard of." 3 of the 8 hidden gems are located in Kootenai County.

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Is 'newspaper reporter' worst job? 17 

Coming in one spot below logger this year, newspaper reporter has again been ranked the worst of the worst jobs in Career Cast's 2016 Jobs Rated report. The explanation from the report will look familiar to many reporters: fewer available jobs, a worsening industry forecast and paltry pay. (DFO: See my response to this goofy ranking below.)

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Just ahangin' 

An osprey enjoys the view from one of the nesting platforms high above McEuen Park during the noon hour today. At another platform, a Canada goose couple were settling in for the spring. The third nesting platform was empty. All three nesting platforms have webcams. But the webcams don't appear to be functioning on the city web site.

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Anti-freeze poisons Post Falls dogs 

KREM 2: "The Post Falls Police Department is investigating the death of dogs whose owner said they were poisoned (w/antifreeze). The investigation is in the early stages, but Post Falls Police said the owner believes someone in the neighborhood poisoned her dogs. Police said the report came from the Fieldstone subdivision, near Bogie and Dandelion.

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What is the 'legacy media' 12 

In an emailer Tuesday afternoon, executive director Wayne Hoffman of Idaho Freedom Foundation warned readers and backers that the organization's Freedom Index was under attack by the "legacy media." I didn't think much about it, other than I wasn't sure what he meant. I suppose it's derogatory, like "lame stream media" or "dead-tree media."

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Oldie but goodie 

Fields of canola bloom extend into the horizon as Bob Calvey looks under the hood of a 1949 Pontiac which sits at his salvage yard Tuesday in Oak Grove, Ky. (Question: Have you owned a vehicle that was manufactured prior to 1950?)

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Quotable Quote 12 

"Friends who know me will tell you that when people try to intimidate me I don’t back down, I double down. Now, where’s my checkbook" -- Brent Regan, letter to the Coeur d'Alene Press editor.

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Trib: Risch's deer-in-headlights moment 10 

In his Wednesday editorial, Opinion Editor Marty Trillhaase of the Lewiston Tribune comments on U.S. Sen. Jim Risch's strange response to a question from CNN's Wolf Blitzer -- you know, the one in which he endorsed but didn't endorse U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz for the GOP nominee for president.

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AM Headlines -- 4.13.16

The daily roundup of AM Headlines includes: Idaho Records/Press, Psychic hopes to find woman/KREM 2, Idaho Guard to fight ISIS/Idaho Statesman, Dolezal returns to national spotlight/KXLY 4, Equal Pay Day highlights income gap/Press, Education Board optimistic re: 2020 goal/Press, Pullman police investigate 2 WSU rapes/KHQ 6 ...

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Duane vs Fred vs 2 others again 

Again, mainstream Republican candidates Duane Rasmussen and Fred Meckel are involved in a 4-way race for elective office. Now, they're vying for the Kootenai County commissioner seat held by Dan Green. If history repeats itself, as it did in the 4-way race for the legislative seat won by Vito Barbieri, Duane & Fred will split the vote and lose.

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Poll: Amador throttles Rep Sims

If Hucks Nation had its way (and all of my readers should be voting in the GOPrimary unless they're registered Democrats), Paul Amador would overwhelm state Rep. Kathy Sims, R-Coeur d'Alene, in the local GOPrimary race for the House District 4B seat. Today's Poll: Incumbent Luke Malek or Arthur Macomber in the House District 4A race.

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UI boots Jazzfest director Clayton 

The artistic director of the University of Idaho Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival said he was told his services are no longer needed. Grammy Award-winning bassist and composer John Clayton has been the face of the annual jazz fest since 2006. ... Clayton, 65, began performing at the annual February festival in the mid-1990s.

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Regan disappointed w/PAC expose 32 

In a letter to the editor today, Brent Regan, chairman of the Idaho Freedom Foundation, chastises the Coeur d'Alene Press for revealing some of the individual behind the secretive Kootenai County Republican Concerned Citzens mailing (including Regan, who contributed $6,100 two years ago to the KCRCC PAC).

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KCSO investigates Cataldo crash

At approximately 7:45 p.m. Tuesday, Kootenai County deputies, along with Kellogg Ambulance and the Rose Lake QRU, responded to the area of Canyon Road and Hardy Loop Road, near Cataldo, for a one vehicle crash. Seth C. Drew, 32, of Kellogg, was pulled unresponsive from the wreck & taken to Kootenai Health.

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Ex-Press photog, dog capture escapee 

Police dog Gunnar may like playing and lounging in the grass during his off time, but he was all business Friday night when he and his handler, Spokane County Deputy Jason Hunt, tracked down a dangerous psychiatric patient who escaped from a mental hospital. Coeur d'Alene residents will recall Hunt as a former Coeur d'Alene Press photographer.

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Former nursing student sues NIC 

A former nursing student at North Idaho College is suing the school for damages associated with her claims she was wrongfully dismissed from the program. Jessica Dekelaita, of Coeur d'Alene, is seeking an undisclosed amount of money from NIC in the case, which was filed in Kootenai County District Court on April 5.

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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.