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MONDAY, SEPT. 26, 2016

Parting Shot -- 9.26.16

A member of the debate staff snaps a photo of the podium to be used by Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump during the presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y., earlier today.

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Wild Card/Monday -- 9.26.16 18 

And here we have -- the long-awaited first debate of the 2016 presidential campaign. Hillary vs The Donald. Mano a mano. The race apparently is now a dead heat, nationally and in such battleground states as Florida. So tonight's debate will be crucial re: momentum...

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PM Scanner Traffic -- 9.26.16

Scanner Traffic for Monday PM (17 items & counting) includes Boater Rage incident on Lake Coeur d'Alene, where gun was evident and one boater threatened to slash other's tires when they got out of the water ...

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Cutline Contest -- 9.26.16 12 

The Cutline Contest today features an exercise by a South Korean army special forces soldier as part of commemoration events for the 66th anniversary of the Korean War. Weekend Winner: MJhartid.

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Hearn: No debate set yet 

In an email, Democrat Tom Hearn tells Huckleberries that a legislative debate, sponsored by the League of Women Voters, isn't happening. Last week, it was reported that the LWV were having trouble contacting Republican candidates. But a GOP wannabe said he'd heard nothing from the league. Is this going to be a debate-less election?

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PSAs: Vulture invades Coeur d'Fondo

In today's PSAs (public service announcements), the Kootenai County Task Force on Human Relations announces a conference on civility Oct 13. Also: Dutch Bros opens coffee shop in Post Falls. City of CdA schedules mayor's arts awards even. Ribbon cutting for NIC career tech facility set Wednesday. ignite cda releases September meeting minutes ...

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Soccer group plans indoor facility

A soccer organization will kick off a fundraising drive Saturday to build the first full-sized indoor soccer facility in North Idaho. The proposed $1.5 million complex will go in at the southwest corner of Prairie Avenue and Huetter Road on the northwest edge of Coeur d’Alene.

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Praying mantis on Post Falls road way Sunday, Sept. 25. (Keith Boe/Facebook photo)

HBO Blogos -- 9.26.16 

The roundup of HucksOnline social media posts includes a swell photo of a praying mantis by Keith Boe. And: Seven seals/Fort Boise, Your weekly planner/On Tap, Gone to the dogs at Dover/Slight Detour, Cop killers, killer cops/Dogwalk Musings, Conversations with my daughter/Faithful Geek, Friday's openings: Kids, idiots, Marky Mark/7 Blog ...

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Artist William Turnbull answers community members questions regarding the City of Hayden's new sculptures, Dusk and Dawn. The two dragonflies are fabricated from food grade stainless steel and light up at night. (Loren Benoit/Coeur d'Alene Press photo)

Dragonflies invade Hayden 

If you have ever wondered what a dragonfly looks like at 50 times its actual size, now you can see for yourself. The new "Dusk and Dawn" public art, installed just north of Hayden City Hall last month and dedicated on the autumnal equinox, allows spectators to appreciate these winged wonders on a much larger scale. Devin Heilman/Press reports.

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WSU footballer sidesteps charges

Whitman County Prosecutor Denis Tracy on Monday declined to charge Washington State safety Shalom Luani in connection with a fight at a Pullman Domino’s Pizza that left one man with a broken nose and Luani with a concussion.

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Debate drinking game 

If you were to take a drink every time the candidates used a phrase or certain word tonight, which word/phrase do you think s/he would use most often. (For example, Hillary Clinton might say "fact check." Or Donald Trump might say, "Crooked Hillary.") Which words would you drink by?

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538: Trump would win if election today 

Donald Trump would beat Hillary Rodham Clinton if votes for president were cast today, according to the election results predictor designed by top pollster Nate Silver. FiveThirtyEight’s “now-cast” model is giving Trump a nearly 10-point edge over Clinton in response to the question, “Who would win the presidency today?”

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Predator strikes 

Here's all that was left of one of five, egg-laying chickens belonging to SR photog Jesse Tinsley after a predator struck this weekend. The predator carried off the urban chicken. Jesse laments that he had spent considerable time making sure the chickens couldn't get out. But he forgot to spend enough time ensuring that predators couldn't get in.

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AM Scanner Traffic -- 9.26.16

Scanner Traffic for Monday AM (17 items & counting) includes a dish washer fire at apartment complex that caused evacuation in Post Falls. And a driver has crashed into bus garage fence either in Post Falls or Rathdrum ...

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Dvorak landed in wrong airport

In a weekend editorial, Opinion Editor Marty Trillhaase of the Lewiston Tribune comments that Idaho AG spokesman Todd Dvorak would still have a job if he'd flown home to Boise from Spokane instead of Lewiston. Dvorak was charged with misdemeanor pot possession when his bags were checked in Lewiston.

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Golfer Arnold Palmer, 87, RIP 

Arnold Palmer, who made golf popular for the masses with his hard-charging style, incomparable charisma and a personal touch that made him known throughout the golf world as "The King," died Sunday in Pittsburgh. He was 87. (Q: How did Arnold Palmer impact your life?)

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Soapbox: You need to watch debate 10 

On her Facebook wall, Post Falls Councilwoman Kerri Thoreson explains why she plans to watch tonight's presidential debate. She doesn't want a bunch of talking heads and other pundits telling her what went on during the debate. She wants to see for herself.

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AM: Mall shooting suspect caught 

AM Headlines: Public Records/Press, Spokane mayor announces chief/KHQ, City plans to revitalize Seltice Way/Press, Smelterville woman reports home invasion/KHQ, House boat garbage prompts complaints/CdA Press, Sen. Crapo rebuilds record, moves past DUI/EOBoise, KCSO seeks suspect in State Line armed robbery/Press ...

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Poll: We'll keep watching NFL 

In the weekend poll, a plurality of Hucks Nation said they would continue to follow NFL play in wake of the growing protest re: face matters in this country, started by SF 49er QB Colin Kaepernick. Today's Poll: What do you expect from tonight's presidential debate?

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Debate 1: Clinton vs Trump 16 

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will meet Monday night for their first debate in a virtual dead heat in the race for the White House, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. What are you expecting from tonight's debate?

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SR: Speak out vs Shea's rebellion 

In his editorial Sunday, Opinion Editor Gary Crooks/SR comments that Spokane County Republicans have capitulated by not condemning recent statements by state Rep. Matt Shea, R-Spokane Valley. Shea, a loose Far Right cannon, recently claimed a Spokane County deputy was involved in a triple homicide.

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Social media catches tree vandals 

The five morons who vandalized a downtown tree, near Crossfit Coeur d'Alene, have been caught, thanks to social media. Their mindless act was caught on video surveillance and then circulated around the area to sites, including Huckleberries Online. The video had 200,000 views. Coeur d'Alene Press story w/video of vandalism.

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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.