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FRIDAY, JULY 8, 2016



PM Scanner Traffic -- 7.8.16

Scanner Traffic for Friday PM (18 items & counting + link to AM Scanner Traffic with 11 more links) includes report of customer throwing employee to the ground at the boat storage of Tobler's Marina on Hayden Lake ...

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Sara: We need to come together 49 

Commenter Sara Meyer: "People died this week, those people had families and friends. Instead of turning on each other and typing insults we should be looking for ways that as a community and nation we can come together to stop these senseless acts of violence."

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The City of Coeur d'Alene's flags will be flown at half-staff until sunset July 12 as a mark of respect for the victims of the attack on police officers in Dallas, Texas. (Courtesy of city of Coeur d'Alene Facebook page)

Mayor's message re: Dallas killings 

Mayor Steve Widmyer sent this message to all employees this morning in response to the tragedy in Dallas. It said, in part: "I wish I had an answer on how to stop the senseless violence. Unfortunately there isn't one answer. But maybe we can start in our community by promoting the message that we care and support everyone."

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Spokane NAACP president Phil Tyler posted a video Wednesday in response to the officer-involved shooting Tuesday in Louisiana. On Thursday, Tyler expressed pain and anger again at the deaths of police officers during a protest in Dallas. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

Deaths of officers, black men pain Spokane NAACP leader

On Wednesday, Phillip Tyler posted a video expressing his pain and anger at the shooting of a black man by law enforcement in Baton Rouge. On Thursday, Tyler, the president of Spokane’s NAACP chapter, was expressing pain and anger again at the deaths of officers in Dallas during a protest of the recent police-related shootings of two black men.

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KHQ's Liz Burch spotted this bit of unusual rhyme in Post Falls during a North Idaho news outing this week. Does anyone know what it means?

Blogosphere -- 7.8.16 

North Idaho Blog roundup: Gone fishing/Outdoors, Gray, rainy day/Bay Views, Beers on the beach/On Tap, 3 dog night gone bad/Slight Detour, There ought to be clowns/Fort Boise, This 'Demon' is nothing like neon/7 Blog, Age is just a number -- or a memory/Grip, How do you explain hatred?/Faithful Geek ...

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City to change drug test policies 

"Drug tests for all new city employees are a thing of the past. The Coeur d’Alene City Council decided this week that across-the-board drug screening is no longer required for prospective new hires, but certain positions will still require pre-screening," reports the Coeur d'Alene Press. (Q: Did you take a drug test for your current job?)

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A Dallas Area Rapid Transit police officer receives comfort at the Baylor University Hospital emergency room entrance Thursday, July 7, 2016, in Dallas. Police say one rapid-transit officer has been killed and three injured when gunfire erupted during a protest in downtown Dallas over recent fatal shootings by police in Louisiana and Minnesota. (Ting Shen/The Dallas Morning News via AP)

Suspect: 'Upset at white people' 16 

A military veteran (Micah Johnson) who said his goal was to kill white police officers opened fire Thursday night in downtown Dallas, leaving five officers dead and seven wounded before the police killed him with a remote-controlled explosive delivered by a robot, officials said.

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10 states sue over restroom rules 

Ten states sued the federal government Friday over rules requiring public schools to allow transgender students to use restrooms and locker rooms conforming to their gender identity. The suit filed in Nebraska and included nine other states: Arkansas, Kansas, Michigan, Montana, North Dakota, Ohio, South Carolina, South Dakota and Wyoming.

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A return to the '60s? 18 

My generation survived -- and was changed by -- the 1960s and early 1970s. I've heard several mention in wake of the murders of the Dallas police officers that we are entering another period in this country similar to the 1960s. Question: How is our current turbulence/violence similar/different than the 1960s?

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Addis sells dealership to Parker 

Mike Patrick, CdA Press, reports: "An era of Hawaiian shirts, khaki shorts and Ford sales is about to end. The Ford sales will go on, but after 30 years handing keys to customers at Lake City Ford — usually decked out in flowery shirts and comfortable shorts, no matter how deep the snow was — Tom Addis is selling the dealership to Jim Parker."

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Task force statement on shootings 

The Kootenai County Task Force on Human Relations has issued a statement re: the shootings in Dallas, Texas, Baton Rouge, La., and St. Anthony, Minn. The task force, which originated as a response to the Aryan Nations, is calling for this country to turn away from violence and return to civil discourse.

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Christian Duhamel performs at the microphone during an evening of show tunes by Coeur d'Alene Summer Theatre actors for the Coeur d'Alene Arts & Cultural Alliance Summer Concert series at Riverstone Pond. If you look closely, you might find your Huckleberry Hound in the crowd. (Paul Amador/Facebook photo)

AM Headlines -- 7.8.16 

AM Headlines: Survivor returns to scene of accident/Press, Idaho wants comment on grizzly rules/EOB, Moscow murderer wants to change plea/KREM, New Idaho council wants Cuba bans lifted/EOB, County sheriff reports road rage incidents/Press, Idaho inmates' suit against CCA to go forward/EOB + more ...

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A change in comment activity 11 

We have made a slight change in the way comments go online at SR.com. Now, any comment with a link automatically goes to "pending" in Disqus for moderation. In other words, comments with links are in limbo until a moderator, like Yours Truly, goes to Disqus and individually approves them.

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Poll: Don't sell Blackwell Island land 

In one of the most lopsided votes in awhile, Hucks Nation opposes the proposal by the city of Coeur d'Alene to sell almost two acres of property on the Spokane River at Blackwell Island. 181 of 216 respondents (83.8%) oppose the proposed sale. Today's Poll: Is this divided country headed for a violent nationwide upheaval?

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Quotable Quote 

Have you ever made a quick stop at Walmart, looked down at your outfit as you're walking in, and prayed, "Please don't let anyone take a picture of me and post it on the internet" -- Katrina Wright Swaim, of Coeur d'Alene, via Facebook.

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Obama: Shootings 'Vicious,' 'Despicable' 

President Obama on Friday deplored the shooting deaths of five police officers in Dallas, saying there was “no possible justification” for such a “vicious, calculated and despicable attack on law enforcement.” “We are horrified over these events,” he said, “and we stand united with the people and the Police Department in Dallas.”

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Don't sell Blackwell Island parcel

HBOnewbie expresses the sentiments of an overwhelming number of readers of Huckleberries Online by commenting on a proposed sale of 2 acres of city-owned Blackwell Island property: "I do not want the city to ever part with this land, to do so, as public access remains imperative and future potential so valuable."

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Indignity folos driver's license wait 

A funny thing happened to Councilman Dan English at the driver's license office. The wait, of course, wasn't funny. When it finally was his turn to renew his license, he discovered that he couldn't pay extra to get a license for 8 years. Why? He's now on the downhill side of 60. He could only re-up for 4 years. Who. Made. That. Law?

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Snipers kill 5 officers, wound 7 163 

Gunmen shot and killed five police officers and wounded seven others during a protest over fatal police shootings of black men in other states, authorities said. It appeared to be the deadliest day for U.S. law enforcement since the 2001 terrorist attacks.

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For dredge miners, Bundy era is over 

In his editorial today, Opinion Editor Marty Trillhaase of the Lewiston Tribune comments on the defiant pose struck by Ron Miller, president of Rocky Mountain Mining Rights. Miller is ready to take on the feds again re: suction dredge mining. Trillhaase reminds Miller that there may be consequences to doing that, now that the Bundy era is over.

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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.