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MONDAY, AUG. 7, 2017

Board wants 60% to hit SAT scores 

Idaho’s higher education task force could set a number of ambitious goals — including a marked improvement in SAT scores. One of the task force’s work groups wants to see 60 percent of Idaho’s high school juniors meet the SAT’s college- and career-readiness benchmarks by 2022-23.

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The pedestrian using this walker was struck and killed near a crosswalk in Division Street at Third Avenue just after 10 a.m. in Spokane on Monday morning. (Kathy Plonka / The Spokesman-Review)

Van strikes, kills Spokane pedestrian

A van plowed through an intersection Monday morning, hitting two vehicles and killing a woman in downtown Spokane. The woman, described to be in her mid-to-late 50s by witnesses, was crossing Division Street on Third Avenue near Dick’s Hamburgers just after 10 a.m.

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How bad was that sunburn, Nic? 

This is the worst sunburn I've had since high school -- not since I got one hiking above Paradise Lodge on Mt Rainier when I was 15. Feels like I got punched on both shoulders over and over again, all night long -- Nic Casey…

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Have you ever done this? 

Ryan Davis, the executive director of Boys and Girls Clubs of Kootenai County, enjoyed a great day of floating on the Coeur d'Alene River with, son, Sam, and wife, Jame' -- until the arrived at the Snake Pit. That's when Jame' realized that she'd left her key fob in the car upriver. Three. Miles. Up. River.

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Shoppers stop to admire one of the canoes built by master builder Tim Mahoney, an Art on the Green artist and vendor, at the annual festival Sunday. SR photog Jesse Tinsley snapped this photo and others of the weekend events in Coeur d'Alene.

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Poll: Most didn't go to events 

In the Weekend poll, a strong majority of Hucks Nation said it didn't go to the annual Art on the Green, Taste of Coeur d'Alene, and Downtown Street Fair events. Today's Poll: How do you view tourists and visitors to the Coeur d'Alene area?

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Woman helps cop subdue attacker 21 

A female who had apparent injuries and was trying to flee from her alleged attacker helped a county sheriff's deputy subdue the man. The woman, according to a KCSO news release, grabbed an impact weapon from the deputy's vehicle and struck the suspect several times after the man head-butted the officer.

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AM Headlines -- 8.7.17

AM Headlines begins with the SR's report re: Art on the Green, Taste of the Coeur d'Alene & Downtown Street Fair over the weekend (with photo set). Also: Their part of the 'Green'/Press,More people means more crime/Press, Pattern of weather 'extremes' continues/Press, Business Bits: Gyro shop opening this week/Press + more ...

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Nicknaming newspapers 10 

I've been thinking of some of the nicknames that I've encountered at my various newspaper stops over the years. Readers like to tag newspapers with derogatory names. The Spokesman-Review, of course, is called "Socialist-Review" by far right-wingers who are trying to make a political statement. What are newspaper nicknames from your past?

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Reader: Harbor House stinks 12 

Dave Wagner of Coeur d’Alene wasn’t impressed when he visited the Harbor House concession stand/bathrooms at the Third Street entrance to Coeur d’Alene’s Tubbs Hill last Tuesday – and saw garbage bags and empty beer kegs behind the building. “The smell was horrible,” he told Huckleberries. Then there was the used condom ...

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Bradway: Local GOP doing well 

In a second recent letter to the Coeur d'Alene Press editor, Don Bradway, a Republican Precinct Committeeman, defends the Kootenai County Republican Party as healthy, despite recent criticism from Christa Hazel and others re: its intolerance for mainstream Republicans

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Cathyanne: KCRCC wants obedience 19 

Cathyanne Nonini, wife of state Sen. Bob Nonini, R-Coeur d'Alene, takes issue with Precinct Committeeman Don Bradway and others claiming that the Kootenai County Republican Central Committee is a welcoming body for all Republicans. Cathyanne says the Central Committee demands obedience and isn't interested in dialogue.

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Malloy: Will Otter retire early

Chuck Malloy/Idaho Politics Weekly doesn't think Gov. Butch Otter would retire early, under normal circumstances. But these aren't normal circumstances. Otter, 75, has had serious health issues in recent days, as the result of two surgeries on a bulging back disk and a subsequent infection. Otter also would prefer friend Brad Little to replace him.

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Pretty as a picture 

Jim Camden/SR reports: "If only he could figure out a way to monetize their photogenic nature, Dennis Urbat might be able to get paid twice for his sunflower crop." Sunflowers are beautiful. But few grow them to put food on the table. SR photog Colin Mulvany provides a photo set of sunflowers.

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SATURDAY, AUG. 5, 2017

Wild Card/Weekend -- 8.5-6.17 20 

My son came into my life on this day in 1979, after a long night of birth pain for Mrs. O. I remember holding him outside the delivery room for at least a half hour, just looking at him. He didn't make a fuss. He just looked back. I couldn't believe the miracle of his life. Now, I'm amazed at what he's done with his life.

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FRIDAY, AUG. 4, 2017

Parting Shot -- 8.4.17

While waiting for a friend who was attending a luncheon at Templin's Red Lion in Post Falls today, photographer Duane Rasmussen took his camera for a walk. He sent Huckleberries three photographs, including the one of the two boys (above) fishing near the Post Falls Dam.

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TGIF Wild Card -- 8.4.17 17 

Mrs. O and I took Huckleberry to the Lake Coeur d'Alene waterfront last evening. Downtown was hopping. Per usual. We enjoyed the nice vice. We enjoyed sitting on one of those benches on the promenade above City Beach, watching the evening and then night settle down on Coeur d'Alene. Beautiful sight.

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Roger Hudson stands with his sons, Steve Hudson, left, and Todd Hudson, in a photo taken around 2002. Todd Hudson died Thursday at age 53. (HANDOUT PHOTO)

Update: Todd Hudson, Hudson Hamburgers, 53, RIP 

The crowded counter at Coeur d’Alene’s century-old burger institution lost a longtime member this week. Todd Hudson, a fourth-generation co-owner of Hudson’s Hamburgers on Sherman Avenue, died Thursday after having previously been diagnosed with stomach cancer, the family confirmed Friday. He was 53.

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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