The war between the Islamic State and the rest of the world usually seems far removed from us here in the U.S., but with the publication of a list of home addresses for 100 of our service members, the fight could hit a lot closer to home. This "kill list" -- including locations in Colton, Spokane and Bonners Ferry -- was published by the Islamic State Hacking Division, which called for lone wolf-type attacks from their "brothers in America" against service members in their own homes."Now we have made it easy for you by giving you addresses," they wrote in the post online. " Kill them in their own lands, behead them in their own homes, stab them to death as they walk their streets thinking that they are safe." We suspect it won't be quite so "easy" -- some members of the military on the list have responded with a "bring it on" attitude. Unfortunately, not everyone who lives at the addresses published is prepared for that. For one woman in Spokane, who recently moved with her three children into a home rented from a service member on that list, it's a downright nightmarish possibility/Bill McKee, Moscow-Pullman Daily News. More here.
A plan to help school districts crack down on bullying in Idaho's public schools is on its way to the governor's desk. The Idaho Senate passed the bill 24-10 on Monday. The bill would require local school district leaders to go through anti-bullying training and create a way for bullying to be reported. Democratic Sen. Janie Ward-Engelking from Boise, who sponsored the bill, says that bullying can lead to depression and anxiety among students, as well as problems keeping up with classwork/Associated Press via Eye on Boise. More here.
Question: Do you know a child that has been buillied in school?
The suspect in a Jan. 10 shooting rampage that left three Moscow residents dead was returned to Latah County early Monday evening. John Lee, 30, of Moscow, was in custody of the Latah County Jail just hours after charges pending against him in Washington were dropped. Jail staff members confirmed Lee - who is facing multiple murder charges and an attempted murder charge - arrived from Whitman County and was in their custody. Lee has spent the past two months in the Whitman County Jail awaiting trial on a felony eluding charge for allegedly leading police on a high-speed pursuit along U.S. Highway 195. The chase ensued after a series of reported shootings in Moscow. Lee is accused of shooting and killing his adoptive mother, Terri L. Grzebielski, 61; his landlord, David M. Trail, 76; and Moscow Arby's manager Belinda G. Niebuhr, 47; and injuring Seattle resident Michael M.M. Chin, 39. As a result, he is facing three counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted first-degree murder in Latah County/Elizabeth Rudd, Lewiston Tribune. More here. (Photo: Lewiston Tribune)
U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo illustrated several points by use of charts during his townhall meeting in Coeur d'Alene Monday evening. (Photo: Duane Rasmussen)
U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo fielded dozens of questions from nearly 100 frustrated constituents in a town hall meeting at the Coeur d'Alene library Monday evening. After giving a quick overview of the economic situation facing the country and how he feels it could be solved, the senator took nearly an hour's worth of questions from the audience. He dealt with everything from onerous regulations to Alzheimer's disease. "I think everybody in this room understands what's killing us; it's what you have right there on that board," said Rich Loudenback, who is chapter secretary for the John Birch Society. "It's all those regulations. It's insanity." Loudenback said the U.S. cannot compete with the rest of the world with all of the regulations and restraints that businesses have to face. Crapo said in just the last seven to eight years, the administration has created 21,000 new regulations, totaling 485,000 pages/Jeff Selle, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.
Question: Have you ever attended a townhall meeting conducted by a member of Idaho's congressional delegation?
April Fools’ Day comes Wednesday, of course, which triggers the following thought: What’s happened to this once-jolly holiday and to practical jokes in general? Does anyone pull pranks anymore? I’d like to know. Hey, I’m even willing to help a prankster if you call me. Won’t be holding my breath, though. Seems like the entire country has turned into a dour, constipated place where everybody’s thin-skinned and has a lawyer on speed dial. Are terrorists to blame? Or maybe it’s from all those TV commercials about catheters? It wasn’t always that way/Doug Clark, SR. More here.
Question: Is there anyone out there who still enjoys April Fool's jokes and pranks?
The One Lakeside condominium property has been blocked by fencing for the better part of a year, but the owner says the project is likely to get started this spring. Greg Hills, owner of One Lakeside, said the company is in the process of finalizing the finances on the project, but the goal is the break ground toward the end of May. "That has been a challenge," he said. "So that date could get pushed out a month or two." The 14-story One Lakeside condominium tower was scheduled to begin construction in September of 2014, said Kurt Lundblad in an interview last June/Jeff Selle, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.
Question: Are you ready for another downtown high-rise?
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