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THURSDAY, JULY 14, 2016

Parting Shot -- 7.14.16 

French soldiers stand guard by the sealed off area of an attack after a Anchortruck drove on to the sidewalk and plowed through a crowd of revelers who'd gathered to watch the fireworks in the French resort city of Nice, southern France, Friday. A spokesman for France's Interior Ministry says there are likely to be "several dozen dead."

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Wild Card/Thursday -- 7.14.16 

I'm facing a difficult choice this weekend, put up another side of fence, or shovel 4 yards of rock into an expanded garden spot in the back yard. Mrs. O is cracking the whip as we get ready to host a small family reunion in mid-August. But, as Scarlett O'Hara might say, I won't think about that today, I'll think about that tomorrow.

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Carlson: Trump 'borderline insane' 

In a column this week, Chris Carlson/Carlson Chronicles declares presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump to be "borderline insane." Carlson is hoping against hope that Republican delegates to the national convention in Cleveland this week will step up and find someone else to carry their banner this fall.

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Truck plows into Bastille Day crowd

Another Terror Attack? At least 60 people have been killed in France after a truck ploughed into a crowd during Bastille Day celebrations in the southern city of Nice. The city’s mayor said dozens had been killed in the apparent attack. Local media is reporting up to 60 fatalities.

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The pains of labor are stained on the hands of a huckleberry picker during an outing high in the mountains of North Idaho. Pickers are reporting a very good year in the outback for the huckleberries as supplies are good and large berries are plentiful. (File photo by Brian Plonka/SR)

There's huckleberries in them thar hills 

In her post this AM, Marianne Love was typing with purple fingers, a good indicator that her first huckleberry foray into the woods this year was successful. True to the code of the huckleberry picker, Marianne isn't saying where she found the purple gold this year (just picture something above 4,800 feet elevation). Have you been picking yet?

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Main Street: Standing with the Blue

In her Main Street column this week, Post Falls Councilwoman Kerri Thoreson was at a meeting at the PFPD station as the US flag was lowered to half mast to honor fallen Dallas police officers. She shares some thoughts re: the national turmoil that we're going through.

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The Fabulous Shadows in a more recent photo shoot. Pictured from left to right: Mike Bolan, Dexter Yates, Jack Fulwiler, Doug Wanamaker, Pete Shepperd and Jim Frame. (Courtesy of Dexter Yates via Coeur d'Alene Press)

Fabulous Shadows return to spotlight 

The Fabulous Shadows, a local boy band that started in the 1960s and have been off and on since, are planning a performance on a Coeur d'Alene Lake Cruise with the Rhythm Dogs. This could be their last concert. "We are getting old," saxophonist Dr. Jack Fulwiler, 68, said. "We are wearing out."

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District picks Schueller as CHS principal 

Troy Schueller will take the helm at Coeur d’Alene High School as he accepted the offer today to become principal of the CHS Vikings, according to the Coeur d'Alene Press. Schueller has played a key leadership role as an assistant principal at Coeur d’Alene High School, a position he has held for the past eight years.

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Inlander weighs in on prosecutor post 

On its Bloglander blog, the Inlander weighs in on the controversial post re: the relationship between police and American blacks: "Bushling has not faced any blowback from Kootenai County Prosecutor Barry McHugh, who is on vacation this week. But Tony Stewart of the (human rights task force) says it will be interesting to see how McHugh reacts.

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When a wife changes her name 17 

Former Spokane broadcaster Dan Mitchinson comments on his wife's decision to change her name to his. The Mitchinsons were married in May, "but it's taken this long to get her name changed at the DMV, social security, the bank and so on." Dan said he left it up to his wife to decide if she wanted to change her name. But he's glad she took his.

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Serra Frank, a Boise-based cannabis legalization activist, hopes to make Idaho more like neighboring states that have relaxed their pot laws. (Inlander photo)

Is Idaho's 'tude toward pot changing? 19 

Idaho is neighbor to two western states that have legalized marijuana for recreational use: Oregon and Washington. It is one of the most anti-marijuana states in the West. Yet, in an article for the Inlander, reporter Jake Thomas notes that there may be seeds of change re: marijuana use sprouting in Idaho.

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Cindy: Parents keep magic alive 

In her Front Porch column this week, Cindy discusses the job parents have to keep the magic alive in their children's lives: "From sharing beloved childhood favorite films and books with my boys to discovering new stories and new adventures with them, parenthood has allowed me to retain a bit of the ability to believe in the impossible."

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Poll: Deputy prosecutor's post 'racist' 

A plurality of Hucks Nation said a controversial Facebook post by a Kootenai County deputy prosecutor was racist. 70 of 183 respondents (38.25%) said the post by Bryant Bushling re: police patrolling black neighborhoods was racist. Today's Poll: Was Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrong in publicly criticizing Donald Trump?

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Business: Buy a car, get a gun 

Liz Burch/KHQ: Gotta Lovitt Motors says business has been booming since they started their "buy a car, get a gun" ad campaign. Salesman Jonny Keller explains despite the ad's wording, the Hayden business isn't actually handing out guns. Instead, they're giving out gift card to hunting and sporting stores in the area.

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AM Headlines -- 7.14.16 

AM Headlines features news that environmentalists have filed a federal lawsuit, contending that 26 dams are harming bull trout. Also: Bull trout suit targets 26 dams/EOBoise, Prosecutor to crack down on DUIs/KREM, District announces CHS principal finalists/Press, Senate Judiciary OKs Nye for Idaho judge/EOBoise ...

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Trump to pick Indiana guv as VP 20 

Donald Trump has reportedly picked Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) as his vice presidential running mate, a move to shore up the presumptive GOP nominee's standing with skeptical conservatives. The decision was first reported by Roll Call.

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GOP platform pushes land transfers 37 

High Country News reports: "The Republican Party is drafting its 2016 platform, which represents a hard swerve to the right on social issues. But other parts of its stance have long been consistent – most notably, its push for transferring federal lands to state control."

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Justice Ginsburg ap-hollow-gizes 23 

New York Times: Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg of the Supreme Court on Thursday apologized for her recent remarks about the candidacy of Donald J. Trump, saying they were “ill-advised.” Earlier this week, Justice Ginsburg called Mr. Trump “a faker” who “really has an ego” and said he had been treated too gently by the press.

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Edit: Violence only hinders progress

In a Moscow-Pullman Daily News editorial, Anthony Kuipers comments on the violence that is sweeping the country in the aftermath of police shooting black Americans and vice versa. He concludes: "The goal of this wave of demonstrations must be improved relations between police and those they are supposed to serve. Violence only hinders progress."

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Cecil the Cardinal high-fives kids after the winners were announced at the NIC Foundation’s Really BIG Raffle Wednesday. (Tom Greene/North Idaho College Press Room photo)

Hauser woman wins NIC raffle, $285,000 house 

Betty Atkins, from Hauser, had the golden ticket at the NIC Foundation’s Really BIG Raffle drawing Wednesday, winning the $285,000 house with a ticket drawn in front of a crowd of about 2,500 behind the Edminster Student Union Building. Tom Greene, North Idaho College Press Room, provides a roundup of all the prizes given away.

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BLM plans Spokane River park

A dock, beach and picnic area are envisioned for a future park along the Spokane River in Post Falls. The Bureau of Land Management is seeking comments on a conceptual plan for its undeveloped 2.5-acre site on the north side of the river along Maplewood Avenue just east of the Riverside Harbor subdivision.

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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.