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TUESDAY, JULY 12, 2016

Sanders delegates to stage 'fart-in' 24 

The Hill: "Bernie Sanders endorsement of Hillary Clinton on Tuesday isn’t stopping his supporters plans to hold a “fart-in” at the Democratic National Convention this month. The unusual political strategy will have Sanders delegates consuming a lot of beans before heading to Philadelphia later this month, according to US News and World Report."

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Parting Shot -- 7.12.16

Reuters: "They stood in a line, clasping hands as a choir sang, Democrat and Republican, black and white, politician and cop. Led by President Barack Obama and his predecessor George W. Bush, they honored the five Dallas policemen slain last week and urged Americans to rise above racial divides and reject despair."

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Wild Card/Tuesday -- 7.12.16 16 

I dreamed last night that my old high school English teacher was bedeviling me again. The guy was arrogant. He enjoyed belittling freshmen and sophomores. I was a favorite target. He didn't like the books I read for assignments. He didn't like my essays. I don't think he liked me. Last night, in my dream, he made a commotion about a poem I wrote.

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Are Pokemon Go fans the walking dead? 

"I walked out of the Pullman City Hall last night after the monthly Historic Preservation Commission meeting and a fellow commissioner pointed out the dozens of Pokemon Go players all around us -- they looked like zombies" -- Matthew Root.

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County to expand jail w/fund balance 

Kootenai County has trimmed its jail expansion proposal from $15.7M to $11.7M, and plans to fund it with a $37M fund balance. The balance will allow the county to expand the jail and construct other projects without raising taxes or requiring a public vote.

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Here's an aerial photo, from the city's GIS system, that shows the 1.83 city-owned acres in question at Blackwell Island. The city's property is the rectangular wedge between the Blackwell Island RV Park and Hagadone Corporation property to the south. (Photo courtesy of the city of Coeur d'Alene)

City won't sell Blackwell acreage 18 

The City of Coeur d’Alene has determined that property owned on Blackwell Island is not surplus and won’t be sold. As part of the City Hall remodel project, the City surveyed all of the property it owns to determine if it may be surplus and sold to offset the cost of the remodel. The Blackwell Island property is not considered surplus.

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Wanted: Charles Steven Kukuruza

The North Idaho Violent Crimes Task Force is seeking information leading to the apprehension of Charles Steven Kukuruza. Kukuruza is being sought based on a Kootenai County felony warrant charging Kukuruza with two counts of felony rape. This is a $50,000 bond warrant with United States extradition

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Tweetable 

"We do not consider playing "Pokemon Go" to be appropriate decorum on the grounds of ANC. We ask all visitors to refrain from such activity" -- Arlington Cemetery.

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Idaho among lowest for child deaths

Idaho ranks No. 41 in the nation for child deaths, meaning that the state has one of the lowest child death rates in the country. The leading causes of death among Idaho infants are physical birth defects and short gestation periods or low birth weight. The leading cause of death among children ages 1 to 17 are general accidents and suicides.

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Blogosphere -- 7.12.16

Huckleberries Online blog roundup features Slight Detour's "first summer garden veggie dinner." Also: National doors/Barrett Rainey, Hello to those we lost/Faithful Geek, A pony in there somewhere/Fort Boise, Openings: Ghosts & drug busters/7 Blog, HR Derby has found way to stay fresh/Grip + more ...

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Idaho gas prices lower, but ... 

Idaho’s gas prices are the eighth-highest in the nation, 24 cents over the national average, reports AAA of Idaho. But they’re also running 59 cents per gallon lower than a year ago, are at the lowest level for July since 2005, and have been stable – within a penny or so of their current $2.47 average – all summer.

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Piotrowski slams Labrador legislation 

Democrat James Piotrowski issued a statement today critical of Congressman Raul Labrador’s “First Amendment Defense Act." The bill is designed to protect against any federal penalties, including loss of federal grants, contracts or tax exemptions, for those who act out of religious objections to same-sex marriage or extra-marital relations.

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Jeff Dechenne of Clearwater Summit Group landscapers plants bushes at the northern edge of City Park as part of the Four Corners project. (Greg Lee/Huckleberries photo)

Four Corners project coming along

Jeff Dechenne of Clearwater Summit Group landscapers plants bushes at the northern edge of City Park as part of the Four Corners project that is transforming the entrance to historic Fort Grounds. Work crews have made significant progress on Fort Ground Drive, installing decorative street work, roundabouts & the pad for the Coeur d'Alene Carousel.

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Sightem (Pokemon Go) 19 

Walking partner Greg Lee and I counted 39 millennials (and Tom Greene of North Idaho College) doing Pokémon Go walkabouts in McEuen Park, City Beach and elsewhere on the waterfront during our noon walk. They were easy to spot. Almost all had their head down, looking at their cellphones. Their ages ranged from early teen to mid-20s.

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GOP: Internet porn is 'health crisis' 37 

The Republican Party will declare internet pornography a "public health crisis" under an amendment added to the draft party platform Monday at preliminary meetings in Cleveland. (Question: Do you consider internet pornography to be a public health crisis?)

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President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama, followed by former President George W. Bush and Laura Bush, arrive for a memorial service at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, Tuesday, in Dallas. Five police officers were killed and several injured during a shooting in downtown Dallas last Thursday night. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Obamas in Dallas for officers' service 16 

"President Obama arrived at a memorial service here Tuesday to address another city heartbroken by a mass shooting, seeking to comfort a nation mourning the deaths of five officers while protests over policing have continued in cities across the country," according to the Washington Post.

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Are we using McEuen greenspace? 

I asked Deputy City Administrator to provide a list of activities planned for the large green space at McEuen Park, fronting the Avista Pavilion. Basically, I want to know how much the space is being used. There are four major events planned this summer. Question: Would you like to see anything else done with that large green expanse?

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AM Headlines -- 7.12.16

AM Headlines features a look at the Coeur d'Alene Fire Department's new fireboat. Also: County changes jail expansion plan/Press, NIC trustees seek to fill board vacancy/Press, KCSO seeks fugitive who fled traffic stop/Press, House hears Labrador's 1st Amendment act/EOB, Judge doubles bond for STCU robbery suspect/KXLY ...

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OOST: Weed out confused codgers 26 

Out of Stater Tater is sticking by his guns re: the need to keep us codgers from causing too many driving problems. OOST supports the current Idaho law that prevents anyone over 62 from buying an extended, 8-year license: " We just ought to be able to weed out a few more of the confused codgers who seem to keep plowing through the farmers markets."

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Huckleberries Online

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.