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MONDAY, OCT. 31, 2016

Halloween Parting Shot -- 10.31.16 

SR photog bud Kathy Plonka took several photos today at the Skway Elementary Halloween celebration, including the one above of the "decapitated man." Kathy tells Huckleberries she hasn't seen anything like the decapitated man before. You can see all of her photos of the event by clicking on link below & then arrows on the photo. Enjoy.

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Wild Card/Monday -- 10.31.16 

I mowed my lawn Sunday, Oct. 30. I MOWED my lawn on Oct. 30. OCTOBER 30. I can' remember mowing my lawn this late in the year since I moved to the Inland Northwest in 1977, except for those two golden years in Lewiston, the Banana Belt of Idaho. The lawn was wet. But neighbor Jerry and I had made sure on Saturday that it was relatively leaf-less.

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PM Scanner Traffic -- 10.31.16

Scanner Traffic for Monday PM (16 items & counting + link to AM Scanner Traffic with 16 more items) includes Coeur d'Alene police called to Tubbs Hill trailhead where a male was sitting in a tree staring at hikers ...

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McKenzie hasn't argued high court case 

One of the two candidates for the Idaho Supreme Court acknowledged in a televised debate Friday night that he’s never argued a case before either the Idaho Supreme Court or the Idaho Court of Appeals. Curt McKenzie said, “My experience has been in front of our district judges or our magistrates.

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Blogos -- 10.31.16 

The daily roundup of links from the HucksOnline blogosphere begins with a Duane Rasmussen photo of former, long-time prosecutor Bill Douglas. Also: Or lack thereof/Fort Boise, Save the orcas/Bay Views, Weekly planner/On Tap, Halloween hands/Faithful Geek, Which is scarier?/Dogwalk Musings, Tricky tales & lost boys/Cindy's All Write ...

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Which candy will you give out tonight? 14 

Reporters for The Spokesman-Review asked well-known people in the Inland Northwest about the candy they will give out tonight. Coeur d'Alene Councilman Dan Gookin will hand out full-size Snickers bars. He explains why below. Also, you can find a link to the SR story re: other celebs candy giveaways. Q: Which candy will you hand out tonight?

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CPD arrests 5 in 'purge' scare 14 

Coeur d’Alene police arrested two 19-year-old men and three juveniles over the weekend on various charges relating to an attempt to scare people with weapons in a “purge,” evoking the 2013 dystopian horror film “The Purge.” Six males wearing face masks and dark clothing, carrying weapons, were harassing people in McEuen Park parking structure.

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David E. Hutto, 44, appears in 1st District Court on Monday, Oct. 31, 2016, to face 2nd degree murder charges in the death of William 'Bo' Kirk, 41, of Coeur d'Alene. (Katie Chen / KHQ)

Prosecutor: Road rage led to Kirk murder 15 

William “Bo” Kirk was kidnapped, bound and shot to death in a road-rage incident in Coeur d’Alene, prosecutors alleged in court Monday afternoon. David E. Hutto,44, is accused of killing Kirk last week. A judge set bail at $2 million. He faces up to life in prison if convicted. Scott Maben/SR reports.

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WSU nose tackle Robert Barber.

WSU footballer Barber appeals suspension

A state senator and one of the most decorated quarterbacks in WSU history held a news conference in Seattle Monday to urge the school president to intervene in the case of suspended football player Robert Barber. Barber has been suspended from school until July for his role in a fight off-campus over the summer. Jacob Thorpe/SR reports ...

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Poll: 76% say media wants Clinton 

By an almost 10-to-1 margin, the American public thinks the media wants Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinto to beat Republican Donald Trump. Question: Do you think the media is in the tank for Hillary Clinton?

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Tina Kunishige, a constitutional sheriff candidate running as a Democrat, speaks to some who attended the Kootenai County Democratic Club luncheon Friday (Duane Rasmussen photo)

Kunishige: I wasn't allowed to speak 24 

In a comment moments ago on HucksOnline, Tina Kunishige said she wasn't allowed to speak at the Kootenai County Democratic Club luncheon Friday: "They did not let me speak or even introduce myself as a candidate." Question: Should the Democratic Club have allowed Democrat Tina Kunishige to introduce herself Friday?

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Kunishige tries to persuade voters 65 

"Democrat" Tina Kunishige, a constitutional sheriff candidate, talks to John & Gretchen Renning outside the Kootenai County Democratic Club candidates' forum at the Iron Horse restaurant Friday. Kunishige and Republican Sheriff Ben Wolfinger both attended the candidates debate between Republican Paul Amador and Democrat Tom Hearn.

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Edit: Grading Hoffman's index on curve 

When an Far Right organization like the Idaho Freedom Foundation hands out F's like Halloween candy in its Freedom Foundation, you should grade on the curve, says Opinion Editor Marty Trillhaase of the Lewiston Tribune. In doing so, Democrat John Rusche gets a higher F than House Speaker Scott Bedke.

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Damaged bell at Veterans Plaza at McEuen Field. (City of Coeur d'Alene photo)

City quits search in bell damage at Vets Plaza 12 

The city of Coeur d'Alene has discontinued its search for those involved in damaging the bell at Veterans Plaza at McEuen Park. City officials are satisfied that there was no malicious intent involved in the incident. The bell fell when a couple tried to ring it. The city plans to fix the bell and immobilize it.

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AM Headlines -- 10.31.16 

AM Headlines begin with a swell photo by Duane Rasmussen of Sheriff Ben Wolfinger holding his grandson at a candidates' forum Friday. Also: Urban renewal nears milestone/Press, Gonzaga #14 in AP preseason poll/SR, Heavy dose of road work slated for 2017/Press, •October '16 breaks daily, monthly rainfall records/SR + more ...

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Malloy: Wavering Crapo hurt himself 

In his Idaho Weekly Politics column, Chuck Malloy comments that U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, hurt himself with his wavering non-endorsement/endorsement of GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump. Idaho Republicans aren't happy with 2nd District Congressman Mike Simpson for opposing Trump. But Simpson, at least, is seen as principled.

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Respect goes both ways on Halloween 20 

In a Sunday editorial, the Coeur d'Alene Press notes that respect goes both ways on Halloween today. Some treat Halloween like Christmas and go all out to decorate their yards and provide candy for trick-or-treaters. Others consider it a bother. Question: Do you love or loathe Halloween?

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Poll: Hucks Nation backs Milan 

State Sen. Mary Souza may win re-election but she's going to do so without the support of Hucks Nation. After voting in polls last week for Coeur d'Alene Republicans Luke Malek and Paul Amador, Hucks Nation solidly opposed Republican Souza in the Weekend Poll. Today's Poll: How do you celebrate Halloween?

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Nimue Frye sits in the jail thanks to her friend Elizabeth Ryssel who paid $7 to put her in jail for seven minutes during Prairie Community Church's Harvest Party on Friday. (Loren Benoit/Coeur d'Alene Press photo)

Traditions clash on Halloween

Some churches embrace Halloween as a means for honoring the dead. Others view it as pagan worship and either ignore it or offer some variation of a harvest party. Still others no longer trust neighbors and seek alternative ways to celebrate the annual event.

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EOBoise: HJR 5 concerns Otter

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter is urging a “no” vote on HJR 5, the constitutional amendment on the November ballot. And he’s added a new twist to the debate: Otter says a clause in the amendment that says “in whole or in part” actually would vastly expand the Legislature’s current power to review administrative rules ...

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Hucks: Yogi still leaves us smiling

Robert Cliff, of Coeur d'Alene, has turned to the late New York Yankee great Yogi Berra for help as we face the final week of the 2016 presidential campaign. Cliff is posting a Yogism per day on his Facebook wall to bring a smile to those who may be too caught up on the Trump v Clinton presidential race. Sunday Huckleberries tells you about it ...

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