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Wild Card/Tuesday — 9.16.14

Sept. 16, 2014 5:30 p.m.

I forgot to cover my veggies in the garden Thursday night/Friday morning — and so I'm moving forward without squash, basil or peppers. The tomatoes are hanging on by a thread. I feel mocked by the warm fall days that came on the heels of the two frosts last week. Oh well, the roses and most of the flowers are still blooming. So I'm still enjoying a good garden season. How about you? Now for today's Wild Card …


Parting Shot — 9.15.14

Sept. 16, 2014 5:26 p.m. - Updated: 5:28 p.m.

Four-year-old Laney Allen gets some llama cuddling in during a celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Books from Birth program at the Collierville Burch Library in Collierville, Tenn. Monday. Llamas from Roxywood Farms and Reading Education Assistance Dogs were on hand at the event to sweeten the deal as free books were passed out Monday morning. (AP Photo/The Commercial Appeal, Jim Weber)


Top Commented Stories — 9.16.14

Sept. 16, 2014 5:20 p.m. - Updated: 5:24 p.m.

Stories attracting the most comments today are: Sims launches re-election bid (27 comments), and (tied at 12 apiece): Labrador wants to demilitarize police, and: Cantwell demands mascot change.


Top Comment Today — Merica

Sept. 16, 2014 5:06 p.m. - Updated: 5:18 p.m.

Merica (RE: Whippings part of Peterson childhood): I'm tired of Adrian Peterson being the jumping off point for a discussion on corporal punishment. Adrian Peterson used a switch that lacerated a 4 year old boy on his buttocks, the back of his legs, his thighs and his scrotum. The lacerations broke the skin and caused the boy to bleed. If you want to discuss spankings — okay let's discuss it. But acting as though the case of Adrian Peterson is a case of treading on parental rights or is a situation of political correctness run amok is wrong. Google the pictures of the child, then let's chat about whether or not this truly is an issue of a loving dad disciplining his child.


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PM Headlines — 9.16.14

Sept. 16, 2014 4:45 p.m. - Updated: 5:03 p.m.

Mayor Steve Widmyer, right, joins Alliance Data corporate officials at the ribbon cutting Monday. Widmyer welcomed Alliance corporate leaders and dozens of staff members during a ceremony at their 44,500-square-foot call center at 745 W. Hanley Ave., in northern Coeur d’Alene. More here. (Coeur d'Alene Today photo: Keith Erickson)


Cutline Contest — 9.16.14

Sept. 16, 2014 4:42 p.m. - Updated: 5:10 p.m.

Time 2 Vote …

Facts: Protester from activist group CodePink appears at Senate Armed Services Committee hearing today to discuss strategy against ISIS.  Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, and Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, are in the foreground. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Monday Winner (tie, w/4 likes apiece): “Beauty pageant contestants show their vicious side as they attempt to rip apart Miss Massachusetts” — NoComment, and: “When Miss Mass. missed Mass she was forgiven by the Abbott Costello, making Lauren hardy” — JohnA. You can see Monday photo and read all Cutline Contest entries here.


PM Scanner Traffic — 9.16.14

Sept. 16, 2014 4:39 p.m. - Updated: 5:31 p.m.

  • 4:59 p.m. 14YO CdA boy twisted mother's arm, now threatening to jump out 2nd-story window.
  • 4:58 p.m. Patrol officer stopping to roust 2 panhandlers @ H41/MP 7, Post Falls.
  • 4:30 p.m. Coeur d'Alene Police Department activities report for Sept. 15-16 here.
  • 4:19 p.m. 92YO female may have suffered stroke on Bighorn Canyon Street/Rathdrum.
  • 4:18 p.m. Caller reports strong chemical smell b/n Wright/Stevens, Rathdrum.
  • 3:58 p.m. 32YO female suffering chest pain after day of illness @ Jonathan Avenue/Hayden.
  • 3:44 p.m. Fernan Elementary reports strange male in black ballcap hiding in nearby field.
  • 3:37 p.m. Deputy has contacted walkaway dementia patient @ Reed/Honeysuckle, Hayden.
  • 3:31 p.m. Deputy providing extra patrol @ Hayden Meadows Elementary, Hayden Avenue.
  • 3:15 p.m. Driver of dark-blue Jeep Cherokee passed on double yellow near Post Falls High/Poleline.
  • 2:54 p.m. Field has been burning unattended near Arthur/Roberts, Worley area.
  • 2:15 p.m. Male in blue Subaru bleeding from face after 2-vehicle crash on Govt Way, south of Hanley.
  • 2:09 p.m. Disabled vehicle is partly blocking traffic @ H41, north of Seltice Way/Post Falls.
  • 1:12 p.m. Undisclosed medical emergency @ 11700 block of Hidden Valley/Rathdrum.
  • 1:10 p.m. Responding fire personnel are having trouble locating fire on Lone Mountain Road/Athol.
  • 12:48 a.m. Timberlake firefighters responded to one-acre blaze on Lone Mountain Road/Athol area.
  • AM Scanner Traffic

Make Mine Milk

Sept. 16, 2014 4:34 p.m. - Updated: 4:38 p.m.

Sandy Axtell of Rathdrum displays some old-time milk bottles, including one from Wallace. Sandy and husband, Joe, are members of the Rathdrum Grange. Joe holds the Office of Master and Sandy is the grange steward. (Photo: Duane Rasmussen)

Question: Can you remember receiving your milk in bottles?


Census: 16.2% Of Idaho Uninsured

Sept. 16, 2014 4:17 p.m. - Updated: 4:23 p.m.

The percentage of Idahoans with no health insurance was unchanged between 2012 and 2013. A new report from the U.S. Census Bureau says 16.2 percent of the state’s residents lacked health coverage in 2013. That’s about 257,000 people. The nation as a whole saw a slight decline in the uninsured in that time, from 14.8 percent in 2012 to 14.5 percent in 2013. Idaho's uninsured rate was among the highest in the country. Twelve states were higher, including Idaho’s neighbors Montana and Nevada. When the numbers are crunched next year Idaho might see a substantial change. As of the end of March 2014 (the most recent numbers available) more than 76,000 Idahoans had purchased insurance through the state’s health insurance exchange/Adam Cotterell, KBSX 91.5. More here.

Question: Almost one-third of those now listed as uninsured have purchased insurance as a result of Obamacare. That's a good thing, right? Wrong?


Poll: We Prefer ‘Lake Coeur d’Alene’

Sept. 16, 2014 3:11 p.m. - Updated: 3:15 p.m.

  • Monday Poll: A near supermajority of Hucks Nation sez “Lake Coeur d'Alene” instead of “Coeur d'Alene Lake” when discussing the lake on the city's southern border. 116 of 185 respondents prefer the term “Lake Coeur d'Alene.” 69 of 185 respondents refer to the pristine waterway as “Coeur d'Alene Lake.”
  • Today's Poll: What should the Minnesota Vikings do with Adrian Peterson, who was arrested for hitting his 4YO with a switch?
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