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FRIDAY, APRIL 29, 2016


Parting Shot: Lilac time 11 

The lilac bushes on the side of our house are in full bloom. Every morning and every evening, I stand on our deck and breathe in their sweet, spring fragrance. I never want to live in a place where the lilacs don't bloom.

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TGIF Wild Card 4.29.16 58 

Well, they've called in the 3rd string quarterback in blogland. DFO is sick as a dog, and Taryn has other obligations. Far be it from me to leave you at the mercy of an another daylong Wild Card. I hope I remember how this thing works.

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Jailed Montana resort founder invokes right to silence 

The jailed founder of a Montana resort for the ultrarich says he won’t answer a judge’s demands to reveal what happened to hundreds of millions of dollars in assets sought by his creditors. Yellowstone Club founder Timothy Blixseth invoked his Fifth Amendment right to remain silent to avoid self-incrimination in court documents filed Thursday.

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Adler to discuss Supreme Court in Cda 

The fourth annual Coeur d’Alene Public Library lecture by David Adler will examine the issues surrounding presidential appointments to the U.S. Supreme Court. “The Supreme Court: Presidential Powers and Political Pressure” will be presented Thursday, May 12, at 7 p.m., in the library Community Room, 702 E. Front Ave.

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But wait! There's more... 

Have you ever ordered anything from a TV pitch or home shopping channel? Philip Kives, the tireless TV pitchman whose commercials implored viewers to “wait, there’s more!” while selling everything from vegetable slicers to hit music compilations, has died at age 87.

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A bison grazes in Yellowstone National Park near Gardiner, Mont., in this March 9, 2016 photo. (AP / Matthew Brown)

What's your pick for national mammal? 14 

The bison could soon become the national mammal of the United States. Legislation approved by Congress would elevate the bison’s stature to approach that of the bald eagle, long the national emblem. There has not been an official mammal of the United States.

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I Got Lit! 

I participated in my first GetLit! festival this year and had a blast, even though I didn't get my toilet bowl cleaner stained copy of "The Art of Racing in the Rain," signed. More below. Two questions: Have you ever attended Get Lit? And what are you reading?

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Prescription drugs found at Prince’s home 

This report shouldn't surprise anyone, but it is certainly sad. Investigators are looking into whether Prince died from an overdose and whether a doctor was prescribing him drugs in the weeks before he was found dead at his home in suburban Minneapolis, a law enforcement official told the Associated Press on Thursday.

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Vandals drop to FCS, joining Big Sky in 2018  

Idaho will drop to the Football Championship Subdivision beginning in 2018 and intends to join the Big Sky Conference. Idaho President Chuck Staben made the announcement Thursday. The Vandals will remain at the Football Bowl Subdivision level for the next two seasons as part of the transition to the lower division.

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Malek, Macomber debate issues 

Incumbent Rep. Luke Malek and challenger Art Macomber squared off during a forum Thursday outlining clear differences on the issues they would face if they are elected to represent Idaho’s Fourth Legislative District.

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Daisy, a 14-month-old bloodhound, was ready for her close-up shot by KHQ photojournalist Tim Martin, April 28, 2016, at the Spokane Police Academy. She is the SPD's first bloodhound and will be tracking missing children and vulnerable adults. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

Spokane PD's newest member

Even when she’s not on the job, Daisy likes to keep her nose to the ground. The 14-month-old bloodhound is the newest member of the Spokane Police Department’s K9 unit. She was brought on specifically to track missing children and vulnerable adults with her handler, Sgt. Jason Reynolds, who supervises the unit.

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Tot with 9mm at Kiwanis Park 17 

The Post Falls PD reported this incident yesterday: Injury to child/weapon offense at Kiwanis Park- Units responded to the park on a report of a possible shot fire. When units arrived, it was discovered that a 3 year old had found a loaded 9mm in the vehicle and accidently fired the weapon.

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Commissioner Stewart faces permit violation 10 

Is it a house or a barn? Kootenai County officials said they will notify Commissioner David Stewart that he has 28 days to remedy not having a proper building permit and occupancy certificate for his Coeur d'Alene-area home that was permitted as a pole barn.

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Law enforcement search for a suspect at Division Street and Cozza Ave. in Spokane on Thursday. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)

Crime in my 'hood 

This was the scene a few blocks from my house last night. My husband was cooking salmon on the BBQ when he heard police warning residents to stay indoors. Seems a bank robber shot a man twice inside a Wells Fargo Bank branch in north Spokane Thursday evening.

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Idaho Court of Appeals Judge Sergio Gutierrez awaits his turn to speak at a recent candidate forum sponsored by the Idaho State Bar; he’s among four candidates vying for an open seat on the Idaho Supreme Court. (Betsy Z. Russell)

Gutierrez runs for justice

When newly appointed Idaho Judge Sergio Gutierrez traveled from Canyon County to Weiser to preside over his first murder trial in 1993, he was surprised by what he found there. The court interpreter assigned to the Spanish-speaking defendant wasn’t translating accurately.

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Wild Card/Thursday -- 4.28.16 50 

I'm not returning to the Huckleberries Online fray as promised today. I picked up a nasty bug during a quick trip to Portland. And Taryn can't pinch hit due to important family business. I'm going to lay low today, to try to shake the bug.…

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Thanks, HBO, until we meet again 

It has been a great week. I hope DFO is coming back good and rested. I can't imagine this is going to be a quiet election season. Good for page hits, bad for digestion. Thanks for a fun week, a little break from the norm. Have a good night!

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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.

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