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WEDNESDAY, JULY 13, 2016

Parting Shot -- 7.13.16 

New Prime Minister Theresa May, followed by her husband Philip May, walk into 10 Downing Street, London, Wednesday. David Cameron stepped down Wednesday after six years as prime minister. Theresa May, 59, is the second female to hold the position of British prime minister.

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Hump Day Wild Card -- 7.13.16 

The tech gods at the SR's Death Star in Spokane have heard the cries of the HucksOnline commenters, esp. Searcher. Those who post links with their comments no longer will be left to cool their heels awaiting moderation. Their long night of purgatory darkness --...

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Risch, Crapo oppose library nominee 12 

Idaho's US Sens. Crapo and Risch were among the 18 opposing votes that failed to derail the nomination of Carla D. Hayden to head the Library of Congress, the first female and first African-American to hold that post. The Senate vote 74-18 to approve Hayden, whom some conservatives consider an "unqualified Far Left progressive." (w/video)

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Blogosphere -- 7.13.16

The daily roundup of social media from HucksOnline includes the viewtiful photo of lilypads along the Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes by Keith Boe. Also: Extra innings/On Tap, Reflecting/Slight Detour, Idaho's best heads to WSU/SportsLink, Moving forward after tragedy/Fort Boise, Bernie, we thought we knew ya/Simple Mind ...

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Statue of Morris Antelope looks toward the confluence of Lake Coeur d'Alene and the Spokane River. (SR file photo)

Chief Antelope statue dedication Monday 

A new piece of public art honoring Coeur d’Alene Indian Chief Morris Antelope will be dedicated at 3 p.m. July 18. The statue of the chief – a strong advocate for the rights of the Coeur d’Alene Indians – is located in the area of the tribe’s historical gathering place, Yap-Keehn-um.

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Ybarra seeks teach eval changes 

Schools chief Sherri Ybarra is planning to overhaul or replace the state’s teacher evaluation model in the wake of reports revealing widespread data inaccuracy, according to Clark Corbin, Idaho Education News (w/video)

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New trees for 4 Corners 

We made frowny faces here at Huckleberries Online when a dozen trees or so were removed in front & along the North Idaho Museum building and lot, for flood prevention purposes. But walking partner Greg Lee and I spotted this row of trees yesterday that...

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Christie: Prosecutor post disappoints 

In a HucksOnline comment, Christie Wood of the Task Force on Human Relations said she was "I am very disappointed in Bryant's post. It was irresponsible as a prosecutor. But I have great confidence Barry McHugh will address it privately." And: "This is clearly not a crime, but extremely poor judgement from a prosecutor with a stellar career."

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Pokemon Go Count: 43 

In our walk along the Coeur d'Alene waterfront today, Greg Lee and I counted 43 millennial Pokémon Go fans, with their heads buried in their cellphones looking for cyber world monsters in McEuen Park, City Park and the Hagadone resort complex. One Pokémon player told us that he'd tried Tubbs Hill twice.

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EOBoise challenges IFF VP Birnbaum findings 

In an Eye on Boise post today, Betsy Russell challenges findings by Idaho Freedom Foundation VP Fred Birnbaum that says the state general fund spending is increasing faster than the national average. In fact, Betsy's findings show Idaho's general fund is growing slower than the national average. You be the judge who's correct.

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Poll: Evangelicals flock to Trump 21 

White evangelical voters overwhelmingly back Donald Trump for president, according to a new poll released Wednesday. Trump, the presumptive GOP presidential nominee, has 78 percent support among registered voters who identify as white evangelical Protestants, while Hillary Rodham has 17 percent, a Pew Research Center survey found.

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AM Headlines -- 7.13.16

AM Headlines: Fire displaces family/Press, Ada County homes hit record high/EOBoise, Child sex sting nets 4 local suspects/Press, No alcohol found in UI dean who drown/KREM, $5.1M to help fund H95 upgrades to H53/Press, Rare plant halts exploratory mine drilling/EOBoise, Experts: Idaho isn't growing extravagantly/EOBoise ...

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AM Scanner Traffic -- 7.13.16

Scanner Traffic for Wednesday AM (24 items & counting) includes logging truck that has tipped over, blocking Ramsey Road & Brunner Road/Athol. And missing Coeur d'Alene man William Lee Kasner, 59, has been found ...

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Poll: Ban sale of aerial fireworks 

In the Tuesday poll, a supermajority of Hucks Nation says the state of Idaho should ban the sale of aerial fireworks. Now, the state allows the sale of aerial fireworks but bans shooting them off. Today's Poll: What do you make of a Facebook post re: police and African-Americans made by a Kootenai County deputy prosecutor?

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NYTimes: Trump right re: Ginsburg 134 

The New York Times's editorial board says Donald Trump is "right" that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's criticisms of him are inappropriate."Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg needs to drop the political punditry and the name-calling," the newspaper said in an editorial published Wednesday.

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Best 'fart-in' fuel? 

As you know some disgruntled fans of Bernie Sanders are considering a "fart-in" to protest that their guy didn't win the presidential nod for the Democrats. The organizer has stocked up on boxes of dry beans and canned beans. But some HBO commenters consider lentils to be a better starter fuel for a "fart-in." Do you have better ideas?

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Transgender woman arrested 40 

An Idaho Falls man who police say identifies as transgender was arrested Tuesday afternoon after deputies say he took photos of a woman in a fitting room in Target. Sean Patrick Smith, 46, who also goes by Shauna Patricia Smith, was booked into the Bonneville County Jail on one felony count of voyeurism.

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Column: Discovering Manito Park 

In a column today, Sandra Lee of the Lewiston Tribune wonders why she has lived 100 miles from Spokane's Manito Park and never seen it (until recently): "I'm betting a lot of people, like me, just don't realize what's there." (Question: Have you seen Manito Park in Spokane?)

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Trib: Coulter clueless about Crapo 

In his editorial today, Opinion Editor Marty Trillhaase of the Lewiston Tribune comments that conservative columnist Ann Coulter is clueless re: U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho. In a recent column, Coulter included Crapo's name on a list of candidates Donald Trump should consider as his VP running mate.

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Avista to install electric vehicle chargers 

Spokane-based Avista will begin installing 272 electric vehicle chargers in Eastern Washington homes, workplaces and public areas this month to gather information on electric cars and recharging. Just a smattering of Avista’s Washington customers currently own electric vehicles or plug-in electric-gas hybrids.

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