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MONDAY, SEPT. 26, 2016

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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Foe rips Labrador for military vote 

In her Eye on Boise column Sunday, Betsy Russell spotlights criticism by Democrat James Piotrowski of a 2014 vote made by congressional incumbent Raul Labrador. The Democrat decried Labrador for his "obstructionist tactics" in Congress, including the vote against the military budget.

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Hucks: Sherman part of our history

Last week in my Sunday Huckleberries column, I told you about a Coeur d'Alene resident who isn't happy that our main street is named after brutal Civil War General William Tecumseh Sherman. Yesterday, I wrote of another local who told of the deep connection of Coeur d'Alene's founding to General Sherman.

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SATURDAY, SEPT. 24, 2016

Weekend Wild Card -- 9.24-25-16 12 

On Friday, US Sen Ted Cruz finally quit playing hard to get and pledged his support to GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump, even though Trump used to refer to Cruz as "Lyin' Ted" and called Cruz's wife ugly. Next week, we get to see Hillary and Donald duke it out verbally in their first debate.

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FRIDAY, SEPT. 23, 2016

Parting Shot -- 9.23.16 

Joel Goldsworthy, 11 and Ellis Archer,10 climb to the top of a new soft rope play structure in lower Manito Park. The pavilion-shaped structure and its accompanying features are intended to challenge children and spark their imaginations. A German-based company called Berliner is the manufacturer.

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TGIF Wild Card -- 9.23.16 11 

Another weekend looms, as does another opportunity to help a friend who is moving into a new house. One of the greatest gifts you can give to someone else is to help them move. You're donating time & muscle. If there are enough hands on deck, you have a good time, too, especially if pizza and/or sub sandwiches are involved.

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GoFundMe set up for coaches 

Friends and family have established a GoFundMe account for assistant basketball coaches George Swanson and Christopher Kemp. The two coaches were seriously injured Tuesday AM when hit by a vehicle that was trying to avoid their wrecked car, west of Spokane. The goal of the NIC Coaches Medical Fund is $10,000.

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PSAs (public service announcements) for today: KCSO provides results of impaired driver emphasis. North Idaho College trustee meeting agenda for Wednesday/NIC. 104th CdA chamber annual meeting set. Day of Caring helps several local nonprofits. Fire danger in Kootenai County to be lowered ...

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Rumorama: To debate or not 

A rumor is circulating on local social media that local Republican candidates are dodging on Oct. 7 debate at the Coeur d'Alene Library, to be sponsored by the League of Women Voters. A League of Women Voters official told me that the group was having trouble contacting GOP candidates. And that Mary Souza had just called.

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In this Feb. 25, 2016 file photo, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, listens as Donald Trump speaks during a Republican presidential primary debate at The University of Houston in Houston. Cruz announced today, he will vote for Donald Trump, a dramatic about-face for the Texas senator who previously called the New York businessman a "pathological liar" and "utterly amoral." (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

Never say never: Cruz backs Trump 29 

Do you remember the bitter GOP primary between U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz and eventual presidential nominee Donald Trump? They swapped personal insults. Trump called Cruz "Lyin' Ted." Cruz said he would never endorse Trump. Well, now he has. Today. Thoughts?

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No more Phantoms in Bonneville

Bonneville School District trustees have tabled the new name and mascot of the district’s unfinished high school. For now, no more Black Canyon Phantoms. The board’s decision followed a social-media outcry on Bonneville’s Facebook after the district posted a request for images of phantoms that were “mysterious and power, not cryptic or dark."

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Seagull Sunday

On his Facebook wall, photographer Don Sausser says of this gathering of seagulls last Sunday: "Obviously, a beach gull service this Sunday morning." The seagulls were hanging out on the beach between Hagadone HQ and Independence Point.

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Simpson, Labrador push PILT funding 

Idaho Reps. Raul Labrador and Mike Simpson have joined the push to rescue federal funding for schools in Idaho timber country. The Republican lawmakers joined 50 colleagues Thursday, signing a bipartisan letter supporting the Secure Rural Schools program. Kevin Richert/Idaho Education News reports.

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IFF: Oliver Twist pays for Bruce Wayne 

In his latest Idaho Freedom Foundation column, executive Wayne Hoffman spotlights a possible ordinance in Lewiston that he says "would provide special deals for businesses that create 30 jobs or more and make multimillion dollar investments in the city."

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Stapilus: Missing the debates

In his weekly column, Randy Stapilus/Ridenbaugh Press comments on the failure of 3 Democratic congressional candidates -- Jerry Sturgill for the Senate and James Piotrowski and Jennifer Martinez for the House -- to respond in time to Idaho Debates request to debate the Republican incumbents.

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9/11 musical captivates CdA producer

Dunno if you've heard of the play "Come From Away." It's about a town in Gander, Newfoundland, that served as host for 6,579 passengers on transatlantic flights that were stranded when terrorists attacked America on Sept 11, 2001. The play is Broadway hot. And it has a connection to Coeur d'Alene.

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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.

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