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THURSDAY, APRIL 14, 2016

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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Law firm to help 'regular Idahoans' 

As far as Virginia Robinson knows, her new full-service nonprofit law firm may be the first of its kind in the nation. Attorneys Northwest, Inc., has officially hung its shingle at 1910 Northwest Blvd. Robinson opened the nonprofit law firm to meet the legal needs of “regular” North Idahoans who can't afford traditional legal fees.

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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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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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