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Weekend Wild Card -- 7.30-31.16 19 

I scratched another back yard honey-do off my list this weekend already by finishing another one of those projects that had been on the waiting list for years. It involved shoveling 3 yards of rock to bring a small area of my yard into conformity with the large garden area. My nephew Joe and I did the dirty work in the hot weather after I got home

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FRIDAY, JULY 29, 2016

Parting Shot -- 7.29.16 37 

OK, I know this would be a great Cutline Contest photo for Monday. But I can't hold onto it that long. Here, Donald Trump holds baby cousins Evelyn Kate Keane, 6 months old, and Kellen Campbell, 3 months old, following his speech at the Gallogly Events Center at University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, today.

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Betsy celebrates 25th anniversary 

Today markes the 25th anniversary with The Spokesman-Review for Betsy Russell, the superb journalist at the state capitol. That means Betsy will be among the honored employees who will be toasted at our yearly lunch for those who reach 25 years, hosted at the Davenport. She's a jewel. We're lucky to have her at this newspaper.

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TGIF Wild Card -- 7.29.16 55 

I've never been as riveted -- or as open-minded -- about a presidential election as I am about this one. I watched the major speeches from both conventions. There's things I like about both nominees. And things I don't like about both nominees. Both parties made good pitches for the votes of the American people. Now, I need to process.

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Hackers target Democrats again

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) on Friday confirmed reports that it had been hacked, saying the breach is similar to the one that hit the Democratic National Committee (DNC). "The DCCC can confirm that we have been the target of a cybersecurity incident,” spokeswoman Meredith Kelly said in a statement.

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Walter L. Miles, 55, of Coeur d'Alene (Kootenai County Sheriff's Office booking photo)

K-9 tracks down wanted man near Hauser Lake 

A K-9 officer tracked down a man who allegedly had threatened the life of someone living at a Chase Road/Hauser Lake residence. The police dog found Walter L. Miles, 55, of Coeur d'Alene, hiding under a rock outcropping 3/10ths of a mile from the residence. He is wanted for parole violation on an aggravated assault with a weapon.

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Post Falls gets crosswalk education 

The Post Falls Police Department is trying to educate motorists about pedestrians in sidewalks. The experience of volunteer Jon DeKeles, a PFPD chaplain, shows the River City has a long ways to go to understand how to treat crosswalk users. Chaplain DeKeles was almost hit once -- and recorded 23 violations in 90 sidewalk crossings.

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986 area code coming to Idaho 

A new area code is coming soon to a Gem State near you. 986 will join 208 as an Idaho area code. The move is being made because Idaho is running out of numbers that can be given under the 208 area code. A meeting has been scheduled in CdA Thursday, Aug. 11, to explain the change. Question: Would you be bummed if you were assigned the new area code?

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Little Mermaid lands at Tubbs Hill 

Jadd Davis, artistic director for Coeur d'Alene Summer Theatre, Facebooks: "One of my favorite things we've done at CST over the last two years is incorporating Coeur d'Alene's beautiful scenery into our promotional shots ... I loved the reactions of the folks on Tubbs Tuesday to seeing a Disney princess in their midst."

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For those keeping score at home ... 

Casey Morrisroe is now chairman of the Coeur d'Alene School Board, and Dave Eubanks is his vice chairman. Both were approved unanimously.The changing of the guard occurred at a school board meeting this month. Dunno if I've seen an official word on it. Morrisroe replaces Christa Hazel, who has served as chairman since she joined the board in 2013.

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IFF: Time to talk pension reform 15 

In an Idaho Freedom Foundation column, executive Wayne Hoffman comments that its time to reform the state's pension system, PERSI: "Changes to the retirement system can be made so that promises made are promises kept — for existing employees and retirees who were long ago guaranteed a pension check."

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Stapilus: Staying in Idaho 

Randy Stapilus, of Ridenbaugh Press, is one of the minority who moved to Idaho to go to college and then stayed here, later becoming a top-notch journalist and political observer of all things Idaho. Discussing a recent study, he wonders why more graduates from Idaho colleges don't stay here. It's important to discover what that answer is.

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Bowing out 

I haven't heard whether Lora Gervais and club co-founder Jeff Ward received a warm reception or a cold one at the Kootenai County Reagan Republicans lunch Thursday. The two Reagan Republican stalwarts made headlines this week when they quit the Republican Party in protest to the nomination of Donald Trump as the GOP presidential candidate.

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CdA golf event attracts sports celebs 

Mark Nelke, of the Coeur d'Alene Press, provides a list of sports celebrities descending on Coeur d'Alene this weekend for the third annual Community Cancer Fund event at the Coeur d'Alene Resort golf course, including Wayne Gretzky, Mark Rypien, Neil Lomax and Shane Victorino.

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Photographer Eric Barro, editor-in-chief of WTFashion, snapped this picture en route to work today. Eric reports that the crash of the westbound vehicle took place around I-90/Highway 41. It tied up traffic, both ways on the freeway, immediately.

AM Scanner Traffic -- 7.29.16

Scanner Traffic for Friday AM (20 items & counting) includes a wanted male who was trespassing on property near Hauser Lake and ran when officers arrived. He was apprehended when by a canine unit who bit him. Also, for third day in a row, there's a bicycle-vehicle crash in Kootenai County, 2nd day in a row at Post Falls.

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Quotable Quote 

"Imagine him -- if you dare imagine him in the Oval Office facing a real crisis. A man you can bait with a tweet is not a man we can trust with nuclear weapons" -- Hillary Clinton, describing opponent Donald Trump during acceptance speech at Democratic National Convention Thursday night.

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SR photog Kathy Plonka snapped this photo with her cell phone en route to the office today, at s/b Northwest Boulevard, near Riverstone. It appears that the driver isn't impressed with the presidential nominees from the major parties.

AM Headlines -- 7.29.16

AM Headlines: State shuts Post Falls day care/KREM, Post Falls gets crosswalk education/Press, KCSD offers 2nd active shooter class/Press, Fair board responds to audit concerns/Press, Priest River attack brings 10-year sentence/Bee, Ironman to donate $80K to local nonprofits/Press, Local author takes futuristic view in new novel/Bee ...

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Poll: Bernie didn't sell out 

In Thursday's poll, A solid majority of Hucks Nation said that Bernie Sanders didn't sell out when he endorsed rival Hillary Clinton and told his followers to behave at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Today's Poll: Whether you love Hillary Clinton or hate her, are you glad that a woman is running for U.S. president?

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Krulitz: History was made 

Former Shoshone County Commissioner Sherry Krulitz, of Pinehurst, puts the nomination of Hillary Clinton as the Democratic presidential candidate into perspective: "You have to be proud of the fact, that in our life time, we finally have a woman as nominee for the president of the United States."

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Delegate: Hillary showed human side 

Jesse Maldonado, a Lewiston councilor who was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, said nominee Hillary Clinton succeeded in showing her human side at the convention. Do you think she succeeded in doing so?

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Trib: Cheers to courageous legislator 

In his weekly Cheers & Jeers column, Opinion Editor Marty Trillhaase of the Lewiston Tribune gives CHEERs to ... state Sen. Dan Schmidt, D-Moscow. Schmidt refused to accept the sweet health insurance perk that part-time Idaho legislators get. He was protesting the Legislature's refusal to address the Medicaid gap, leaving he & his fam vulnerable.

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Hillary Clinton takes the stage before accepting the Democratic presidential nomination Thursday night in Philadelphia. (Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press)

Clinton casts herself as 'unifier' 174 

Promising Americans a steady hand, Hillary Clinton cast herself Thursday night as a unifier for divided times, an experienced leader steeled for a volatile world. She aggressively challenged Republican Donald Trump’s ability to do the same.

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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.

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