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Wild Card/Tuesday — 11.25.14

Nov. 25, 2014 5:14 p.m. - Updated: 5:14 p.m.

Turkey Day is rapidly approaching, as is Black Friday, which, according to Mrs. O, now starts sometime Thursday afternoon. She asked innocently whether there is a football game scheduled around the opening of the Black Thursday/Friday shopping spree. The 49ers, of course, will be playing the Seahawks about that time. I don't think Mrs. O was interested in the NFL — or even how well my Fantasy Football teams have been doing this year. Now for today's Wild Card …


Parting Shot — 11.25.14

Nov. 25, 2014 5:12 p.m. - Updated: 5:13 p.m.

A law enforcement officer watches over Morehouse College students, who marched from campus, raise their fists in the air joining others in a rally and protest at the CNN Center, Tuesday in Atlanta, the day after a grand jury's decision not to indict a white Ferguson, Mo., police officer who killed Michael Brown, an unarmed black teen. (AP Photo/Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Curtis Compton)


Top Comments — 11.25.14

Nov. 25, 2014 5 p.m. - Updated: 5:01 p.m.

Top Comment — Scootermom (RE: Protesters torch Ferguson businesses): I find the rage understandable. The black community just got told, in a really condescending way, that their lives aren't worth much. Again. I don't like rioting. I lived through LA in 1992, and it wasn't much fun. But where is the outrage when Penn State students rioted because Joe Paterno got fired? I don't recall everyone calling those nice college students “thugs.” Nutbags in Nevada were pointing guns at law enforcement over some scrawny cattle, and they were portrayed as patriots. Idiots in Texas take their machine guns shopping with them, and they aren't thugs, but citizens exercising their second amendment rights. It seems to me that the word “thug” is reserved for people of color. If you don't see that as a problem, you really don't understand what's happening in Ferguson, and the mounting rage over police shooting unarmed men, women and children in communities of color.

Top Commented Stories — Protesters torch Ferguson businesses (123 comments), and: Girl cut from team, dad sues (13 comments), and: Activists push for legal Idaho pot (12 comments).



Christmas Tree Permits On Sale

Nov. 25, 2014 4:55 p.m. - Updated: 5:01 p.m.

Hunting for a wild Christmas tree is a Thanksgiving tradition for many families, and the Panhandle National Forest wants people to know permits are on sale now. “The day after Thanksgiving and the day before Thanksgiving are usually our biggest days for Christmas tree permits,” said Jason Kirchner, spokesman for the PNF. “We are closed on Thanksgiving Day, so if you are going out on that day you might want get one before that.” Fines for cutting a Christmas tree without a permit are $125 plus court cost. The $5 tree tags are available at the PNF office and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management offices located at 3815 Schreiber Way, or the Coeur d'Alene River Ranger District's Fernan office located at 2502 E. Sherman Ave/Jeff Selle, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here. (Coeur d'Alene Press photo by Tess Freeman: Fresh blanket of snow covers trees near Fernan Saddle)

Question: For years, I cut my own trees, in the forest or at a Christmas tree far on Ramsey Road, north of H53. Now, I help Mrs. O drag out a fake tree that has seen its better days. How about you? Cut your own. Buy one from a tree lot? Fake tree?


Cutline Contest — 11.25.14

Nov. 25, 2014 4:50 p.m. - Updated: 4:52 p.m.

Time 2 Vote …

Ayanna Williams displays her 23 inch (58 centimeter) nails at a book launch in London recently. The 56-year-old stars in a book entitled “Ripley's Believe it or Not! 2015 Annual, Reality Shock.” You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

Monday Winner — Bubba32, with 11 likes: “It turns out that he wasn't happy to see you after all, it was just a giant stick up his kilt.” You can see Monday Photo and read all 9 Cutline Contest entries here.


PM Scanner Traffic — 11.25.14

Nov. 25, 2014 4:45 p.m. - Updated: 5:18 p.m.

  • 5:14 p.m. Driver of older Jeep speeding, reckless @ s/b 4th Street/Honeysuckle Avenue, Hayden.
  • 5:01 p.m. White Cargo van w/Washington plates & blacked-out windows, been prowling area of H95/Presley Road.
  • 4:57 p.m. CPD officers en route to Bluegrass Park to investigate report of fight.
  • 4:33 p.m. Officer stopping for 2-vehicle crash east of Appleway/H95 intersection.
  • 4:30 p.m. Post Falls Police Department activities report for Nov. 24-25 here.
  • 3:52 p.m. 2 males are walking from disable pickup @ w/b I-90/MP 28 (4th of July Pass).
  • 3:41 p.m. 80YO male injured when his vehicle crashed into tree, no location given.
  • 3:15 p.m. Kootenai County Sheriff's Office property crimes report for Nov. 24-25 here.
  • 2:51 p.m. Commercial alarm sounding at Kootenai Health/CdA.
  • 2:49 p.m. 78YO female who recently had surgery procedure needs ambulance transport to hospital.
  • 1:47 p.m. Fire coming from engine compartment of vehicle @ H95/Prairie Avenue, CdA.
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Judge Sentences Ex-Prosecutor

Nov. 25, 2014 4:21 p.m. - Updated: 4:27 p.m.

Former Spokane County deputy prosecutor Marriya Wright pleaded guilty to second-degree rendering criminal assistance today in front of a visiting judge from Whitman County. Wright was accused of helping convicted felon Matthew Baumrucker (pictured) evade police in March. He was wanted on a warrant and on suspicion of assault at the time. Investigators discovered thousands of text messages between the two and a photo of Wright in a bikini was found in Baumrucker’s jail cell. The prosecution of Wright’s case was handled by the Attorney General’s Office at the request of the Spokane County Prosecutor’s Office. Wright was sentenced to 364 days in jail with 364 days suspended and ordered to pay a $1,500 fine, with half of the amount suspended/SR. More here.

Question: Do you think Wright has had second thoughts about this relationship?


HucksOnline Blogos — 11.25.14

Nov. 25, 2014 3:13 p.m. - Updated: 3:43 p.m.

“It’s tempting to think of this year’s holiday show at the Coeur d’Alene Resort as 'A Travolta Family Christmas,' posts Carolyn Lamberson/7 Blog. “After all, the show is produced by Ellen Travolta, who also appears, along with her sister, Margaret, and her husband, Jack Bannon. Ellen Travolta would be quick to correct your assumption. 'I Remember Christmas' is an ensemble show, she said. Full post here. (SR photo)

HucksOnline numbers (for Monday, Nov. 24): 6488 page-views/4045 unique views


4 Eagles Counted Today On Lake CdA

Nov. 25, 2014 3 p.m. - Updated: 3:03 p.m.

Four bald eagles were counted today at Lake Coeur d'Alene in the weekly fall survey conducted during the annual fall-winter congregation at the northeast corner of the lake. That's up from zero birds counted last Wednesday by U.S. Bureau of Land Management biologist Carrie Hugo last Wednesday in her first survey of the season. Eagles were at Higgens Point in the Beauty Bay area, she said. For decades, the eagles have provided a popular wildlife-viewing attraction as the birds are lured from mid-November into January to feast on the spawning kokanee that stack up in Wolf Lodge Bay/Rich Landers, Outdoors. More here. (Photo: A reader submitted this photo of a bald eagle snatching a Lake CdA kokanee to the S-R eagle web page)

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Hitching Post, City Seek Settlement

Nov. 25, 2014 2:20 p.m. - Updated: 4:09 p.m.

A federal judge on Monday issued a 60-day stay in a wedding chapel’s civil rights lawsuit against the city of Coeur d’Alene concerning same-sex marriage and a discrimination law.  Attorneys for Donald and Everlynn Knapp, owners of Hitching Post Weddings LLC, and for the city both had asked for the break in the case in order to discuss a potential settlement. U.S. Magistrate Judge Ronald E. Bush granted the stay, which gives the city until Jan. 9 to respond to the suit if a settlement is not reached by then. The Oct. 17 suit claims the city is unconstitutionally forcing the Knapps to violate their religious beliefs by performing same-sex marriages/SR. (SR file photo, of Hitching Post owner Don Knapp)

Question: How do you think this is going to play out?

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