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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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Small packages 

"She was smaller, or tinier, than I had imagined she would be," posts Chris Carlson. " ... Even though just four foot and eleven inches, Anna Pearce was clearly different. Her eyes danced. Her smile was genuine. Her questions incisive. ... one could tell that “Patty Duke” was a survivor, a person at last at peace with herself."

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Hay, it's what's for dinner 

The superb photography department of my old newspaper, the Lewiston Morning Tribune, have produced another fine photo today. The cutline says: "It’s an all-you-can-eat buffet for one crafty heifer as it bellies up to the bales for a feast. After being caught in the act, the cow was returned to its feedlot along Snake River Road south of Asotin."

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Stewart, Fillios debate county issues 

The two Republican candidates seeking to represent District 2 on the Kootenai County Board of Commissioners participated Thursday in a Reagan Republicans forum. The two expressed similar views on several issues including property rights. (Question: Do you see much of a philosophical difference between Commissioner Stewart and challenger Fillios?)

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Labrador pushes public lands bill 12 

First District Congressman Raul Labrador, who swept through Coeur d'Alene Thursday, is working to pass legislation that would create a pilot project that gives states and counties more of a say in the management of no more than 2 percent of the national forests in the West. (Question: Do you support Labrador's efforts to pass this bill?)

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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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