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WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 21, 2016

PS: Lori Otter pushes safety in CdA 

As a former P.E. teacher, Idaho First Lady Lori Otter had no trouble motivating about 200 Coeur d’Alene elementary students to shout and rise in a bleachers wave inside their school gym Wednesday. “See! Tell! Now!” yelled the kids at Borah Elementary School as they rose from their seats and flapped their arms. Scott Maben/SR reports.

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First Lady Lori Otter kisses her husband, Butch, outside the Coeur d'Alene Library after a gubernatorial debate on Oct. 3, 2014. (Duane Rasmussen file photo)

Hump Day Wild Card: First Lady visits CdA 22 

Idaho First Lady Lori Otter will be in town today to promote the new "See, Tell, Now!" program, which encourages everyone on school grounds to report possible safety or security concerns. The First Lady will address a Borah School student assembly at 11 this morning. The First Lady is a class act.

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HBO Blogosphere -- 9.21.16

The roundup of HucksOnline blogosphere posts today includes photo proof that autumn has arrived from Marianne Love/Slight Detour. Also: Notice of delinquency/Fort Boise, Cookies & craft in Lake City/On Tap, Trump 49: Do as I say/Randy Stapilus, When players excel after they leave/Grip, Shooting sports have mass appeal/Outdoors ...

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Jason J. Obermiller (Kootenai CountyJail booking photo)

Toddler murder suspect Obermiller won't waive extradiction 

The man wanted for killing a 2-year-old Spokane girl last week told a Kootenai County judge Wednesday he would not waive extradition to Spokane County on a second-degree murder charge. Appearing in court the day after his arrest at a cabin on Lake Coeur d’Alene, Jason J. Obermiller said, “I don’t want to waive, I want an attorney.”

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AG spokesman faces drug charges 

The Idaho Attorney General’s office has announced that its constituent information and communications director, Todd Dvorak, is no longer with the office. “Out of respect for Todd’s privacy, we’re referring all questions to Todd,” said Deputy Attorney General Brian Kane.

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Democrat James Piotrowski is shown on the campaign trail. (James Piotrowski Twiiter photo)

Labrador's Demo foe fights for down & out 

James Piotrowski’s fight on behalf of some of the most powerless Idahoans shows how hard he’ll work to help all of the people in the 1st Congressional District, says the mother of one of those people, reports Rocky Barker/Statesman. The Boise labor and civil rights lawyer is running as a Democrat against Republican Raul Labrador.

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Factoid 12 

On her Facebook wall, Realtor Janna Rankin Scharf offers this fun fact: "There are 1400 Realtors with membership in the Coeur d'Alene MLS. Only 627 (44%) have closed at least 1 transaction this year to date!" Then, Janna asks: "What does that tell you? That's a real question, I'm curious in what your thoughts are."

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And then there was one ... 

Recently, Matt Vergara of KREM 2 reported on the Good Samaritans who left scarves for the cold and homeless on North Idaho College's "Giving Wall." On Sunday, Mrs O & I saw about dozen plastic bags containing the scarves on the "Giving Wall." Today, Greg Lee and I saw only one left.

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This Monday, Sept. 19, 2016 photo provided by kboi2.com shows a mural that school administrators at Mountain Home High School In southern Idaho say has to be removed because its placement in a school parking lot violates school policy. About 100 students have started a protest amid concerns the "Black Lives Matter" message of the art is the real reason officials want it gone. (AP / KBOI2.com)

Students protest mural removal 

Students who want a Black Lives Matter movement mural to remain where it was painted on a high school parking space protested Wednesday against a superintendent's decision to remove it, while others who support the decision staged a counter-protest and waved Confederate flags.

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Auction: 4 Priest Lake cabin sites 

Four unleased, state-owned lakefront cabin sites on Priest Lake will be put up for public auction this Friday at the Coeur d’Alene Resort. Two of the four lots are vacant; the other two have existing cabins on them. Starting bids range from $486,800 to $576,800, including the cost of the cabins.

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SR: WSU fumbles crime response

In today's editorial, Opinion Editor Gary Crooks begins: "In response to a startling number of student-athlete arrests, Washington State University President Kirk Shulz said he didn’t want to comment on incidents that occurred before he assumed the office (in June)." Crooks goes on to say: That's not good enough.

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12YO copes with Crohn's disease

Earlier this week, Cindy Hval told SR readers about Nolan Stewart, a 12YO Spokane boy who has learned to cope with Crohn's disease. Crohn’s disease is a subtype of inflammatory bowel disease, a chronic inflammatory condition of the intestine. Says Nolan: “It can affect everything from mouth to butt."

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Charges vs WSU footballers limp along 

The 4 members of the WSU football team charged with felonies aren't likely to face the legal music until after the 2016 season ends, according to a report by Josh Babcock/Moscow-Pullman Daily News. (Question: Can you spell J-U-S-T-I-C-E, bay-bee?)

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AM Headlines -- 9.21.16

AM Headlines begins with SR photo gallery re: life and services for Peter Bang, a World War II veteran who was sent home after two of his brothers were killed in action. Also: Remains of Civil War vet missing/Press, Secure Rural Schools program expires/EOBoise, Statesman profiles Labrador's opponent/EOBoise + more ...

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To flu shot now or not ... 12 

OK, help me here. The Spokane Regional Health District says it's high time for a flu shot. But my doc told me yesterday to hold off until November. He's been my doc for three decades -- and a dang good one, too. What would you do?

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Poll: We do medical exams

In Tuesday's poll, a solid majority of Hucks Nation said it has had a physical exam within the last two years. Today's Poll: Did Idaho legislators intentionally raise property taxes by capping the homeowners exemption at $100,000?

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Letter: It's a tax hike, Vito 

In a letter to the Press, Mike Blackbird writes: "Rep. Vito Barbieri says that his vote to cap the homeowner’s exemption was not a tax increase but a tax shift. He may contend that a tax shift isn’t a tax increase. Nonetheless, a rose by any other name is still a rose." (Q: Did legislators raise taxes by capping the homeowners exemption?)

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City annexes Blackwell on 5-1 vote 

The Coeur d'Alene City Council approved Tuesday annexing a previously unincorporated piece of property on Blackwell Island into the city. The council voted 5-1, with Councilman Dan Gookin opposed. Keith Cousins/Press reports.

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Jim, Diane and Doug Parker (from left to right), stand in front of the new NIC Career and Technical Education Facility in Rathdrum. The Parkers’ $1 million donation to the Building the Future Campaign will help purchase equipment and provide scholarships. (NIC Press Room photo)

Parker donates $1M to NIC fund 

Doug Parker, the long-time auto dealer, and his family have donated $1 million to the Building the Future Campaign at North Idaho College. The donation will help ensure the Career & Technical Education facility has the necessary equipment and scholarship support for students who are enrolled in one or more programs offered at the center.

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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.