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Wild Card/Thursday -- 3.31.16 50 

I rode my bike to work today for the first time this year. I should have worn gloves. Otherwise, the cool morning air almost woke me up before I rode into The Spokesman-Review parking lot. Almost. I'm now properly caffeinated and ready to get on...

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Parting Shot -- 3.31.16 

Maxim Nikitin, of Ukraine, gets a face full of skirt from his partner Alexandra Nazarova as they compete during the Ice Dance short program at the World Figure Skating Championships, Wednesday, in Boston.

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3YO shoots Post Falls man in foot 13 

A Rigby 3YO picked up an unattended, loaded gun Saturday and accidentally shot a man in the foot. Travis Sorensen, 25, of Idaho Falls, was helping a Rigby family move from a residence at 330 West 1st South in Rigby, when the boy picked up a .40-caliber hand gun and fired it. The bullet ricocheted off a window sill and hit Sorensen in his left foot.

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House Education Committee Chairman Reed Demordaunt talks with Reps. Vito Barbieri and Wendy Horman. (Idaho Education News/photo)

A big void on House Ed panel 

Outgoing House Education Committee Chairman Reed DeMordaunt likes to joke that serving one year on his committee is the equivalent of two years on any other. ... Eventually, it proved too much for DeMordaunt to balance with his professional life. On Feb. 19 he announced he would not seek reelection after six years in the Legislature.

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A son's tribute to Patty Duke 

Mackenzie Astin penned a terrific tribue to his mother, Patty Duke. The part about Anna "Patty Duke" Pearce's role as an advocate later in life is poignant: "The near-absence of roles for a woman over forty forced mom onto the road again. But instead of acting, she just spoke. She spoke of her struggles with mental illness."

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Blogos -- 3.31.16

The daily roundup of links from the HucksOnline blogosphere includes 5 photos from Tubbs Hill. Also: Treasured moments/Slight Detour Time for a road trip/Grip, Managing change/Carlson Chronicles, I truly don't understand/Simple Mind, Your weekly (brew pub) planner/On Tap, Feds want condors in Hells Canyon/Outdoors + more ...

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In this March 23, 2010 file photo, Academy and Emmy award-winning actress, Patty Duke appears during a news conference at the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills, Calif. Duke, who won an Oscar as a child at the start of an acting career that continued through her adulthood, died Tuesday, March 29, 2016, of sepsis from a ruptured intestine. She was 69. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

Huckleberries Past: Actress Patty Duke

I went through my files during the lunch hour, looking for mentions of Patty Duke in my Huckleberries column. I found several dozen of them. I plan to use some for my Sunday Huckleberries column. The mentions began in Sept. 26, 1994. Below, you'll find one from Jan 31, 2009, which told of Anna "Patty Duke" Pearce's desire to look our for others

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Redux: Patty Duke opposed 2012 recall try

Here's a Huckleberry re: Patty Duke from April 22, 2012, in which she denounced the effort by Mary Souza, Kathy Sims & others to recall then mayor Sandi Bloem and council members Mike Kennedy, Deanna Goodlander and Woody McEvers. The recall posse, as you may recall, was upset that the council, on a 4-3 vote, was rebuilding McEuen Park.

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Idaho Rep. Sage Dixon, R-Ponderay, shows a mockup of the proposed “Friends of NRA” specialty license plate in 2015. (Betsy Russell/Spokesman-Review photo)

Visiting that li'l Supreme Court in brain 14 

In a column published online today, Shawn Vestal of The Spokesman-Review unveils where Far Rightists get their notions of legality and constitutionality -- that little Supreme Court in their brains. That quote, of course, was state Rep. Sage Dixon's response when asked why he sponsored a bill widely considered unconstitutional.

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A new normal for K-12 funding? 

Kevin Richert/Idaho Education News investigates why proposed funding for the K-12 budget sailed through the Legislature this year, when it has hit speed bumps in other years. Also, he shines a spotlight on legislators who opposed all or significant parts of the funding, including Reps. Kathy Sims, Vito Barbieri and Shannon McMillan.

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Police ID US Bank robbery suspect

The Coeur d'Alene Police Department has identified 39YO Robert Earl Mackey Jr. as a suspect in Monday's robbery of US Bank, 302 E Sherman Ave, Coeur d'Alene. Mackey is described as a black male, 6-foot, 200 pounds, with ties to Coeur d'Alene, Spokane and Beavercreek, Ore. Photo below.

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Does Idaho GOP have secret society? 43 

Members of Idaho's Republican Party central committee say a secret society has been formed to oust them from their leadership positions. The men have filed a petition in state district court in eastern Idaho to force Republican officials to give depositions so that members of the alleged secret society can be revealed.

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Losing pieces of ourselves 

In the wake of Patty Duke's death, Cis/From A Simple Mind writes that we lose more and more people in our lives as we get older, entertainers we sang with or actors who were part of our formative years. Concludes Cis: "And it seems like our childhood times are cracking apart. But life marches on until the next piece falls off."

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McEuen Park continues to shine 

In a visit to McEuen Park Wednesday, Spudbob noticed that the place was packed. Families with children were enjoying the colorful new playground, the basketball and tennis courts were in play, as was the dog park. And walkers were climbing the eastern entrance to Tubbs Hill. Why was this project hated by some so much? Spudbob wonders.

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AM Headlines -- 3.31.16

The daily roundup of AM Headlines includes: Idaho Records/Press, Part of NW Blvd to shut/Press, Disabled Idahoans win rights suit/Press, Legislature OKs urban renewal 'reform'/Press, Renfro defense challenges death penalty/Press, Hayden nail thrower no longer problem/KREM 2, Post Falls PD officer gives woman a gift/KREM 2 ....

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Poll: Many met late actress Duke 

In Wednesday's poll, a surprising number of HucksOnline readers say they met the late actress Patty Duke during her quarter of a century living in the Coeur d'Alene area. Almost 46% said they had met her in person. Today's Poll: At this point, which presidential candidate is most likely to get your vote?

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Tubbs listed among most underrated 

In the OnlyInYourState Web site, Tubbs Hill is listed as 1 of "7 Most Underrated Places in Idaho that You Must Check Out." Tubbs Hill is #2. Of Tubbs, the site says: "While locals are familiar with this well-maintained preserve, visitors will enjoy the beauty immensely, which feels like a completely separate world despite being so close to town."

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Otter: Insured people still die. 19 

In the Daily Kos, Joan McCarter targets the unwillingness by the Republican Legislature and Republican Gov. Butch Otter to address the insurance gap that some say is killing the state's working poor. McCarter zeroes in on the Otter statement re: the Medicaid gap: “I see plenty of people that die every day in hospitals and they have insurance.”

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The future home of automotive technologies and collisions education bays is under construction on Tuesday at the North Idaho College Career and Technical Education facility in Rathdrum. The facility is slated to be open for classes in fall of 2016.

All systems go for NIC technical ed facility

Classes are scheduled to begin this fall at North Idaho College's state of the art Career and Technical Education Facility in Rathdrum. Construction on the 110,000-square-foot facility, located on Lancaster Road, began a year ago and crews were pouring the final piece of concrete slab at the site Tuesday.

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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.

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