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THURSDAY, APRIL 14, 2016

Wild Card/Thursday -- 4.14.16 11 

It had to happen some day and Mike Kennedy had to see it. This morning, Mike informed me via email that he was busting up re: the headline I wrote for a post featuring US Sen. Mike Crapo: "Crap may chair Senate Banking in '17." Mike says the headline reminds him of a sign he once saw on a Texas LaQuinta: "Enjoy Use of Our Pubic Meeting Room."

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Parting Shot -- 4.14.16 

President Barack Obama gestures as he stands next to retired Army Capt. William Reynolds, right, and Vice President Joe Biden, after the veteran introduced the president at the Wounded Warrior Ride, a cycling event for wounded veterans Thursday at the White House in Washington.

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US attorney for Idaho Wendy Olson (Betsy Russell/Eye on Boise)

US Attorney Olson: Protect rights of all faiths

U.S. Attorney for Idaho Wendy Olson is in Pocatello this afternoon, where she’s holding a press conference and meeting with Muslim, Arab and other international students at Idaho State University in Pocatello to discuss federal hate crimes and civil rights statutes that protect “persons of all races, religions and national origins.”

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PM Scanner Traffic -- 4.14.16

Scanner Traffic for Thursday PM (17 items & counting + AM Scanner Traffic with 15 more items) includes a lot of road rage out there, with drivers beating other drivers and/or waving guns at them. Be careful out there ...

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Frat allegedly hazed, drugged members 

Washington State University's Interfraternity Council Senate confirmed the suspension Wednesday of the Washington Gamma chapter of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity at WSU after allegations were made to the university's student conduct office of hazing, providing alcohol to minors and drugging drinks at a party.

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Blogos -- 4.14.16

The daily roundup of links from the HucksOnline blogosphere includes: Dispose-all/Fort Boise, Cooks needed/Bay Views, New look for No-Li/On Tap, Gentle giants/Simple Mind, Favorite SR typos/The Slice, Pretty horses & such/Slight Detour Debut writers tell all/Cindy's All Write, A pope who understands/Carlson Chronicles ...

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Osprey web cam at McEuen Park 

On Wednesday, I posted a photo by Greg Lee/SR of an osprey hanging out on a nesting platform at McEuen Park. Nearby, a Canada goose couple were hanging at another nesting platform. I couldn't open the web cam viewing link on the city of Coeur d'Alene site. Can you click on this Web cam link (below) and see if the osprey cam opens for you?

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Catching up

Rosie Olsen, left, and June Shapiro, longtime friends, catch up on a bench by the pond it the Japanese garden at Manito Park Monday. Both used to live in Spokane, but Olsen now lives in Hayden, and Shapiro lives in Seattle.

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UI prof addresses inner Stephen King

When T.J. Tranchell was 11 and friends his age were reading Goosebumps, he was entranced by his introduction to Stephen King. "It was Misery," Tranchell says, "and I still wanted to write" after finishing the horrifying tale of an author and his biggest/craziest fan. Now the University of Idaho teacher has published his first horror novel.

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Vestal, Fifield to discuss 'humor in fiction' at NIC 

North Idaho College is hosting authors Shawn Vestal and Richard Fifield for a free discussion on “Humor in Fiction” at noon Friday in Seiter Hall Room 102. Two fiction writers whose work has been praised for being witty, sly, and laugh-out-loud funny will discuss what they love about humor in literature, from Shakespeare until today.

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Bonner undersheriff tied to bogus site 

An impostor website unflatteringly touting Bonner County sheriff candidate Terry Ford is being traced back to Sheriff Daryl Wheeler’s second-in-command. The rudimentary terryfordsheriff.com website features a blurry photo of Ford at an event and some brief statements about his candidacy.

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BNI endorses $5M library levy 

Balance North Idaho today announces their endorsement for the approximate $5 million Community Library Network Physical Plant Levy to upgrade their seven library facilities. The facilities are in: Athol, Harrison, Hayden, Pinehurst, Post Falls, Rathdrum and Spirit Lake. They also have a Bookmobile.

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AM Headlines -- 4.14.16

The daily roundup of AM Headlines today includes: Vandals attack Post Falls IOOF building. Also: Idaho Records/Press, Spencer Street extension now open/Press, Fugitive Sought: Nathan Jake Dendaas/Press, Antifreeze used to poison Post Falls dog/KREM 2, CdA Audobon banquet celebrates 25 years/Outdoors + more ...

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Trump aide won't face battery count

Authorities in Florida said Thursday they would not proceed with their case against Donald Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, saying there wasn't enough evidence to convict him of attacking a reporter at a rally last month, according to court documents.

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Pocatello seeks fix to worst USA flag 

If you didn’t know that Pocatello’s city flag was derided as the worst in North America in a 2015 TED talk by radio show host and designer Roman Mars, never fear: The city’s flag design committee met Wednesday, with Mars joining it, to start the process of designing a new, better city flag for Pocatello. (Q: Have you spent much time in Pocatello?)

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Poll: Malek hands down in HD4A 

Overwhelmingly, in our Wednesday poll, Hucks Nation said it would support state Rep. Luke Malek, R-Coeur d'Alene, if the election was held today. 356 of 403 respondents (88.34%) said they would vote for incumbent Malek. Today's Poll: If you voted today, who would you support for Kootenai County sheriff?

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12 Reasons: Why Sims must go 21 

Off the top of my head, I can think of 12 reasons why state Rep. Kathy Sims should be shown the door by GOPrimary voters in Coeur d'Alene next month. My list begins with what she consistently opposes: proper funding for public education, suicide prevention and child support enforcement funding. And there's much more.

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Doze thru GOPrimary & regret it 

Opinion Editor Marty Trillhaase of the Lewiston Tribune warns common-sense Republicans that they'll regret dosing through the next primary. The Tea Party wing of the GOP are revved up and ready to take advantage of another closed primary to elect their (mis)representatives again? Tired of bad representation? Then, vote the bums out.

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Wayne Hoffman of the Idaho Freedom Foundation

Hoffman: Freedom is IFF's only client 33 

Wayne Hoffman of the Idaho Freedom Foundation responds to criticism of his group's "Freedom Index" by Opinion Editor Marty Trillhaase of the Lewiston Tribune: "Idaho Freedom Foundation has just one client: Freedom. We don't work for special interests." Hoffman then goes on to attack Sen. Shawn Keough and Rep. Luke Malek.

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Crapo may chair Senate Banking in '17 

If Republicans maintain control of the U.S. Senate next year, Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo could become chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, a panel with broad jurisdiction over the nation’s financial institutions, insurance, the housing industry, securities markets and more. But that’s a big “if.”

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Caution tape surrounds the Cedar Motel and RV Park as crews wrap-up demolishing the structures on Tuesday. Plans are to have the property clear by May. (Loren Benoit/Cedar Motel)

Cedar Motel demolition starts

Demolition of the Cedar Motel and RV Park began in earnest this week after area law enforcement agencies used the buildings for Special Weapons And Tactics training. “We let them use the property and they did a series of training runs,” said Duane Hagadone, CEO of the Hagadone Corp., which recently purchased the property.

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Gary Ingram: Ima 'librul', too 13 

Gary Ingram, father of the Open Meeting Law and a dyed-in-the-wool North Idaho conservative, if there ever was one, discovered that he isn't liberal enough for the Phil Hart wing of the local GOP. Ingram is being primaried for his KCRCC (the real one) precinct committeeman seat b/e, he was told, he's not conservative enough.

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