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FRIDAY, SEPT. 9, 2016

Parting Shot -- 9.9.16 

People look at names at the AnchorWorld Trade Center Memorial today in New York. Sunday marks the 15th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. (Question: Have you visited the World Trade Center Memorial in New York? Can you tell us about that experience?)

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TGIF Wild Card -- 9.9.16 

Thirty-two years ago today, I joined the Coeur d'Alene bureau of The Spokesman-Review, after 2 years as news editor of the Lewiston Tribune. I didn't plan to stay in Coeur d'Alene three decades. But the beauty of this place and the chance to move around within the SR's staff kept me here.

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Finish this sentence ... 13 

Commenter MJHartid offers his views re: the country's extremists from all sides blaming the media for "everything from constipation to bad image." (See link below). Which brings us to today's "Finish This Sentence" feature: "I blame the media for ..."

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Lee: Where has the time gone?

Greg Lee, my walking partner and high school sports reporter extraordinaire, arrived at the SR two weeks ahead of me in fall 1984. Now, he's beginning his 32nd season as a sports scribe covering high school teams. In a column this week, he predicts things that will happen in the 2016-17 school year.

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Francis Sijohn (Coeur d'Alene Indian Tribe photo)

Tribe announces new casino exec 

Francis SiJohn has been named by the Coeur d'Alene Indian Tribe as the new CEO of the Coeur d'Alene Casino Resort Hotel in Worley. SiJohn is a former vice chairman of the Coeur d'Alene Tribal Council. He has worked at the casino for a decade. His first day as casino exec will be Monday.

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Teen refugees in Boise try to fit in 

In Boise, Idaho, about 1,300 of the city’s 26,000 students last year were refugees, roughly a third of them in high school, reports the New York Times. Many of the refugee teens are still trying to adjust to their new Idaho home. Question: What would happen if the federal government relocated refugee families to Kootenai County?

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Miss Idaho: I was bullied as a kid

Miss Idaho Kylee Solberg tells People magazine, in an exclusive interview, that she was bullied as a child growing up in Coeur d'Alene because she once wore an eye patch. She was forced to wear the eye patch as part of a treatment for an eye condition that can cause blindness.

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HBO Blogos -- 9.9.16 

The daily roundup of the HucksOnline blogosphere begins with a fall photo of paper wasps hunkering down at Marianne Love's Lovestead. Also, SWX (see new link in HBO blog roll in left rail) offers posts from A Grip on Sports re: our love for the NFL and Greg Lee's Pick 6 feature, predicting outcomes of high school games this weekend + more ...

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Garbage pickup during holiday weeks 

A Facebook Friend who lives near Canfield Middle School didn't realize until this PM that her garbage collection service would be a day late this week. She forgot that the garbage service gets pushed back on holiday weeks such as this one. Did you?

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Senator ap-hollow-gizes for affair 10 

Sen. Jim Guthrie, R-McCammon, issued a statement today apologizing for “any embarrassment my shortcomings may have caused,” and telling his family “how sorry I am for any grief suffered by them due to my lapse in judgment,” weeks after allegations that he and a female House member had an affair.

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Quotable Quote 

Facebook Friend Katrina Wright Swaim provides an example of absent-mindedness that we probably all share. After reading her quote below, can you provide a recent example of your absent-mindedness?

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McKenzie pushes legislative record 

State Sen. Curt McKenzie, R-Nampa, isn't running from his legislative record as he campaigns for the Idaho Supreme Court. Yesterday, McKenzie told the Coeur d'Alene Press Editorial Board: "People can see me as the person I am, and what I believe, because it’s right there (on his career voting record)." Q: Do you support McKenzie?

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Idaho test score improve

Idaho students made slight but across-the-board improvements in the second round of the state’s new standardized test. The State Department of Education released spring scores on the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium exams Friday morning, and state superintendent Sherri Ybarra touted the across-the-board gains.

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Remembering 9/11

The cities of Coeur d'Alene (2 p.m. Sunday at Fallen Heroes Plaza at Cherry Hill Park) and Post Falls (9 a.m. Monday at Post Falls City Hall) will honor the victims of the 9/11/2001 terrorist attack in New York City. Today, agencies and individuals throughout the land are also remembering the man-caused tragedy.

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CdA Press airs new endorsement policy 

A new candidate endorsement policy for Coeur d'Alene Press letters to the editor has some partisans upset. The key issue is the decision by the Press to allow a writer only one endorsement letter for the entire fall campaign. What do you think about the new policy?

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Wells Fargo slapped w/$185M fine 

I've been a Wells Fargo customer for decades. Therefore, I'm bugged by this story re: the bank's practice of secretly issuing credit cards without a customer's consent. I doubt that I'm bugged enough to take my banking needs elsewhere. Too much bother. But I certainly will view Wells Fargo differently now. How about you?

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AM: Vandals hit Tubbs Hill 

AM Headlines today kick off with photo of vandalism on Tubbs Hill. Also: CdA opens Boys & Girls Club/KREM, Tribes protest North Dakota pipeline/Eye on Boise, Legislator seeks seat on Supreme Court/Press, No person of interest in murder/kidnapping/KXLY + more ...

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CdA opens Boys & Girls Club

An open house will be conducted today for the new Boys & Girls Club in Coeur d'Alene, according to a report by Kaitlin Loukides, KREM 2. A $2M donation from Duane and Lola Hagadone made the club possible. It will be named after the Hagadones.

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Poll: California bias? Mebbe

In the Thursday poll, Hucks Nation was almost split between those who have no bias against Californians and those who do. Today's Poll: Do you expect a 911 type attack against this country in the next 10 years?

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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.