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THURSDAY, SEPT. 22, 2016

Wild Card/Thursday -- 9.22.16 

Do you hear that sound out there? Silence. We're 47 days from the general election in November, and there is little to no noise being made down ticket. Huckleberries gets an occasional call re: the local and legislative races. But it's not like the primary elections in May when Hucks Central was bombarded with calls and mailings.

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Update: Crash hurts 3 NIC coaches

An early morning accident today near the Cheney-Tyler exit west of Spokane injured three North Idaho College men's basketball coaches, two seriously. Nina Culver/SR reports the three men were on a recruiting trip with head coach Corey Symons and announcer Dick Haugen when they hit a deer & then were involved in 2nd accident.

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HBO Blogos -- 9.22.16

In today's roundup of the HucksOnline blogosphere, North Idaho Life photographer Keith Boe has some fun while photographing the Rainbow Bridge at McEuen Park. Also: Avista preview: Rest of the fest/On Tap, Try this Mes of a Hot Wings burger recipe/7 Blog, Sometimes top stories don't happen between lines/Grip ...

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Coach Symons, Haugen in vehicle

At KREM 2, reporter Taylor Viydo reports that NIC men's basketball coach Corey Symons and long-time Cards announcer Dick Haugen was in a vehicle involved in a serious accident this morning that seriously injured 2 assistant coaches.

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PSAs: NIC Williams bike run Oct 1

The PSAs (public service announcements) today begin with heads up that the 6th annual Brian Williams Memorial Bike Ride, sponsored by North Idaho College, will take place Saturday, Oct. 1. Also: Coeur d'Fondo is coming. Clerk Jim Brannon urges early voter registration. City of Coeur d'Alene pushing for safe crossing at Sherman/13th St...

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EOB: Trump Jr defends Skittles tweet 

Donald Trump Jr. flew into Boise today for a fundraiser for his father’s presidential campaign, and also defended his controversial Twitter post comparing Syrian refugees to poisoned Skittles, blaming the media and political correctness for the outcry over the post.

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Open house set for Seltice Way plan 

The City of Coeur d’Alene is inviting the community to a presentation and open house on a major plan to revitalize Seltice Way between Northwest Boulevard and Huetter Road. The 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. meeting September 28 will be at the Frontier Ice Arena, 3525 W. Seltice Way.

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Cindy: Sons writing own chapters now

In her SR Front Porch column, Cindy tells of the satisfaction she gets in a good book title and a compelling start to a story. Cindy has written "War Bonds: Love Stories of the Greatest Generation." She also helped write the first few chapters of her sons' lives. Two of the 4 have left the nest. Now, it's their turn to complete their books ...

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at the Shale Insight Conference, Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

Jesus versus Trump 

In the Inlander, Daniel Walter writes of his conservative Christian parents struggle to remain Republican voters in this age of Trump: "This was the year Dad finally lost his faith. Not his faith in Jesus, mind you, but what faith he had left in the Republican Party." As an Evangelical, I totally understand Daniel's parents' dilemma.

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SR commenting switches to Facebook 18 

Some of you may know that the system for most of our online commenting switched to Facebook Wednesday. That applies to and all blogs, except Huckleberries Online and Eye on Boise. Which will remain on Disqus. New Editor Rob Curley said the 2 Idaho blogs are tightly monitored and civil. So we get a pass. For now.

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Taming the wild huckleberry 

Brace yourself. We're going to talk about something unsettling here in North Idaho -- domesticating the wild huckleberry. WSU researchers have set their sights on doing just that, a goal that has eluded plant scientists for decades. Becky Kramer/SR reports. (Q: Would you like to see the wild huckleberry domesticated?)

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Skittish Idaho Debates ignores voters 

In his editorial today, Opinion Editor Marty Trillhaase of the Lewiston Tribune criticizes the decision by Idaho Debates to hold firm on rules and allow Idaho Republican incumbents Mike Crapo, Raul Labrador and Mike Simpson to avoid their Democratic opponents in televised debates.

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AM: Blue Creek plan attracts protest 

AM Headlines today start with community protest of BLM proposal to develop the Wallace L Forest Conservation Area in the Blue Creek area, east of Coeur d'Alene. Also: Dead 2MO tot's mother in jail, too/KHQ, Ed Board sets do-over meeting Friday/EOB, First Lady Llori lleaves llaman llesson/Press ...

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Poll: Solons intentionally raised taxes

In the Wednesday poll, 87.5% of Hucks Nation said Idaho legislators intentionally raise property taxes on many Idahoans by capping the homeowners exemption at $100,000. Today's Poll: Should former Idaho AG spokesman Todd Dvorak have lost his job as a result of a misdemeanor pot charge?

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Chris Guggemos sings the final stanza of Louis Armstrong's "What a Wonderful World" at the close of the 2016 summer concert series at Coeur d'Alene's City Park. (Chris Guggemos Facebook photo)

A message from Chris 

On his Facebook wall, Chris Guggemos of Handshake Productions, the Music Man who has brought us free summer music in our local parks for 20 years, reports that he will under go surgery today for cancer. Keep Chris in your thoughts and prayers.

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Spokane tries to mollify Italians 

Christopher Columbus’ holiday is gone from the Spokane calendar, but the City Council is suggesting another way to celebrate Italian heritage. City Councilwoman Amber Waldref will forward a proposal Monday to proclaim Oct. 1 each year as “Italian-American Heritage Day.” (Q: Is this similar to getting a Miss Congeniality award?)

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Prosecutor: Renfro misbehaves in jail 

Prosecutors are pressing for the death penalty for suspected cop killer Jonathan Renfro of Rathdrum. They returned to court Wednesday to say that Renfro believes he did something noble by killing Coeur d'Alene police Sgt Greg Moore on May 5, 2015. Taylor Viydo/KREM 2 reports.

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AG spokesman faces drug charges 

Todd Dvorak, the spokesman for the Idaho Attorney General's Office, left his position Wednesday after being charged in Lewiston with misdemeanor marijuana possession. Today, Ralph Bartholdt of the Lewiston Tribune provides the rest of the story.

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A protester, center, is taken into custody by Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officers in Charlotte, N.C., Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016. Authorities in Charlotte tried to quell public anger Wednesday after a police officer shot a black man, but a dusk prayer vigil turned into a second night of violence, with police firing tear gas at angry protesters and a man being critically wounded by gunfire. North Carolina's governor declared a state of emergency in the city. (Jeff Siner/The Charlotte Observer via AP)

Chaos in Charlotte 38 

Charlotte remained on edge Thursday morning after a second night of chaotic protests in the wake of a fatal police shooting that has left lingering tensions in North Carolina's largest city.

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Contractors endorse Amador 

The Idaho Associated General Contractors announced its endorsement of Paul Amador in the race for House Seat 4B. Amador, a Republican, beat incumbent Kathy Sims in the primary and will face Democrat Tom Hearn in the Nov. 8 election.

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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.