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MONDAY, JULY 11, 2016


Wild Card/Monday -- 7.11.16 56 

Every inch of me is sore today, after spending Saturday and Sunday digging out the concrete from old fence posts, to build a new fence. Nasty, slow going. But we got the one side done. Now, it's onto the back and a lot of rock work to complete one section of the garden. No rest for this old guy.

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Religious beliefs cause 5 baby deaths 11 

The Idaho Child Fatality Review Team has published its third annual report, this one reviewing child deaths in 2013, and it found five more Idaho children died because their parents’ religious beliefs prevented them from seeking medical treatment. That brings the total over three years of reviews to 10 Idaho children.

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Blogosphere -- 7.11.16

North Idaho blog roundup: Life in USA/Simple Mind, Your weekly planner/On Tap, Can we grieve?/Faithful Geek, Behind your scenes/Fort Boise, A Northwestern veep?/Randy Stapilus, In defense of Comey. Sorta/Dogwalk Musings, Vicki Risch will handle Little campaign finance/EOB, Home field advantage = sleeping in you own bed/Grip ...

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Michigan: 2 bailiffs, suspect killed

The carnage continues: Two bailiffs were killed and a deputy sheriff wounded in a shooting Monday afternoon at a courthouse in Berrien County, Mich., authorities said. The gunman was also killed. The Berrien County sheriff did not go into detail about the nature of the incident.

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Man faces murder count in overdose

Shaun Patrick Kelly was arraigned on a murder charge Monday for allegedly forcing a Post Falls man to eat a lethal dose of meth at gunpoint. Kelly, 43, remains in the Kootenai County Jail on $100,000 bail. Investigators allege he is responsible for the overdose death of 22-year-old Evan Mychal Larkin, grandson of ex-Post Falls mayor Clay Larkin.

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Eden: No fan of 'If it bleeds, it leads' 

EdenInCDA tells of attending a media conference years ago to hear a research team tell one of the region's broadcasters how to increase viewership. The researchers urged the station to focus on blood shed, heartache, death and destruction. People are drawn to the stuff. But Eden wonders now: At what price?

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Brothers Jon and Ryan Edmonds play the augmented-reality smartphone game Pokémon Go in downtown Texarkana, Arkansas on Saturday. Released July 5, the game allows players to "catch" characters that appear to be in the real world using GPS and the smartphone camera. Even after living in Texarkana for years, the brothers said they never ventured downtown for pleasure until they downloaded the game. (Joshua Boucher/Texarkana Gazette via AP)

Pokemon Go lures masses outside 

There are video games that go viral overnight, causing people to coop themselves up in their homes for days to play. But the opposite has happened with Pokémon Go, a free smartphone game that has soared to the top of the download charts. (Question: Are you already caught up in the world of Pokémon Go?)

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Montanans oppose land transfers 

Republican legislators and wannabes can get away with talking about public land transfers in Idaho. But not in Montana. For some reason, Montanans prize their public lands in a way that Idahoans do not. In a recent poll, Montanans said almost unanimously that public lands were essential to their quality of life.

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Malloy: Little ready to take his turn

In his Idaho Politics Weekly, columnist Chuck Malloy comments that Lt. Gov. Brad Little was wise to announce early for the 2018 GOP gubernatorial race. In doing so, he's following the foot steps of other lieutenant governors, including Butch Otter, who used their half-time positions to become the state's chief executive.

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Labrador: Hillary got away w/felony 12 

In his recent newsletter, Congressman Raul Labrador comments that "Americans' trust in government suffered another terrible blow" when the FBI chastised but didn't charge Hillary Clinton last week. Labrador believe Clinton should have been charged with a felony for "mishandling classified information."

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Group's rule: Never pedal uphill 

The North Idaho Over-the-Hill Downhillers have one rule for their loose-knit group: Never pedal uphill. That's possible, even in the mountains surrounding the Silver Valley, if you have a good transport system to get you to the top of the trails. SR Outdoors editor Rich Landers decided to go along for a ride.

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Free 7-Eleven slurpee day 

"I have been publicly shamed today because I've never had a @slurpee ever. I'm not sure why!" -- Brittany Bailey @KREMBrittany. Brittany's tweet included this message from @7Eleven: "Happy 7/11! Celebrate with a FREE small @slurpee, today only from 11AM to 7PM." (Question: Do you drink slurpees?)

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Kinetic Fest 2016

SR photog buddy Jesse Tinsley Facebooks attended the annual Kinetic Fest at McEuen Park, an event that features a festival and parade about art, technology and human-powered transportation. Jesse also provides a link to a video he produced of the entertaining activity

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Dallas chief: Cops asked to do too much 

The police chief here said Monday that he felt as if law enforcement officers across the country are being asked to take on too much, comments that came as his department was still investigating the mass shooting of Dallas police officers last week and other cities continued to see heated protests against how officers use force.

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Quotable Quote -- 7.11.16 

"If Idaho's GOP-dominated Legislature thinks two consecutive healthy school budgets will fix the problem, it is delusional. The state spent 15 years digging itself into this hole" -- Opinion Editor Marty Trillhaase/Lewiston Morning Tribune.

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8 myths re: covering Idaho's uninsured 22 

With a legislative interim committee set to gather this summer to examine solutions for Idaho’s health insurance coverage gap, posts Betsy Russell/Eye on Boise, the Idaho Statesman over the weekend did some myth-busting, examining “eight myths about covering the uninsured in Idaho”

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AM Headlines -- 7.11.16 

AM Headlines: New Idaho law targets stalkers/Press, Idaho sales tax ranks 37th in USA/EOB, Chief: 6 critical steps for safer town/Press, Local residents react to Dallas ambush/Press, Work begins of Columbia River fishing deal/EOB, WSP trooper allegedly punched during stop/KXLY, Thankful citizens treat PFPD officers to breakfast/KHQ ...

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Poll: We'll get through this 

In the weekend poll, a bare majority of Hucks Nation said this divided country will survive this turbulent of internal violence without nationwide upheaval. Today's Poll: Should Idaho change its law that prevents residents older than 62 from buying and extended 8-year driver's license?

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Trib: Teaching shortage now famine 14 

In a weekend editorial, Opinion Editor Marty Trillhaase of the Lewiston Tribune comments that Idaho's teaching shortage has become a teaching famine. The difference? "When there's a shortage, a school might have a shallow pool of applicants. With a famine, there are no applicants at all."

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Idaho 9th in lowest wage earners 11 

Idaho, which not long ago ranked first in the nation for the percentage of its workers earning minimum wage or less, ranked 9th in 2015, the same ranking it held in 2014. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 15,000 of Idaho’s 458,000 hourly wage workers earned exactly $7.25 an hour in 2015, while another 6,000 earned less.

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STCU robbery suspect now in jail

A man who was shot multiple times while allegedly trying to rob a Spokane Valley credit union was released from the hospital and booked into jail over the weekend. The Spokane County Jail’s inmate roster shows Jeremy D. John, 44, was incarcerated Saturday afternoon on a first-degree robbery charge.

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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.