S-R photojournalist Colin Mulvany covered GU's Sweet Sixteen game against UCLA. Check out this big picture gallery of game photos.
The men's and women's basketball teams of Gonzaga continue their historic, duo bracket climb in the NCAA Tournament this weekend. The men play UCLA at 4:15 p.m. on CBS, with a chance to move onto the Elite 8. The women tip off against Tennessee at 4 p.m. tomorrow in Spokane, with the same chance on the line. I'll try to button things up here at 4 today, so we can all enjoy the action in Houston, Texas. Here's your TGIF Wild Card ...
UCLA's Norman Powell (4) shoots against Gonzaga during the first half of a college basketball regional semifinal game in the NCAA Tournament Friday Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Kercher family's lawyer Francesco Maresca, center, talks to the media as he leaves Italy's highest court building in Rome today. Italy's highest court has overturned the murder conviction against Amanda Knox and her ex-boyfriend, bringing to a definitive end the high-profile case. Story here. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
So many factors in Gonzaga’s Sweet 16 date today with UCLA. A rematch from a December game at Pauley Pavilion, won by Gonzaga 87-74. How much better are the Bruins, who surprised many when they received an at-large berth on Selection Sunday? How much better are the Zags? Massive NRG Stadium, with its raised court, rows of seats that stretch forever and huge black curtains hanging far beyond the baselines. How will the shooting backdrop impact shooting percentages? What adjustments will UCLA make defending Kyle Wiltjer (24 points) and Byron Wesley (20) from the first go-around? Second-seeded Gonzaga (34-2), a solid favorite over No. 11 UCLA (22-13) and its four McDonald’s All-Americans/Jim Meehan, SR. More here.
DFO: Feel free to use this thread to discuss the game in progress.
Idaho Congressman Raul Labrador cast one of just 37 “no” votes in the House this week on funding for reauthorization of the Secure Rural Schools program, which provides millions to rural, timber-dependent Idaho counties for schools and roads. The bill passed, 392-37; Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson was among its backers. “This kind of bill represents exactly what the American people want to see out of their elected representatives,” Simpson said in a statement. “They want us to fix problems, not shout across the aisle and point fingers.” The two-year reauthorization of the funding was included in HR 2, legislation now headed to the Senate to revamp the formula that sets reimbursement amounts for doctors who treat Medicare patients; that so-called “doc fix” has been patched by Congress each year while a permanent fix remained elusive/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.
Question: Will this vote come back to haunt Congressman Labrador?
- 4:20 p.m. 25YO female has face bruises,needs medical help after domestic violence on Honeysuckle Ave/Hayden.
- 4:18 p.m. Kootenai County Sheriff's Department property crimes report March 26-27 here.
- 4:15 p.m. Coeur d'Alene Police Department activities report for March 26-27 here.
- 3:57 p.m. Silent alarm sounding @ DJ's Coins, 3650 Government Way/CdA.
- 3:46 p.m. Someone is suffering a seizure @ 1600 block of Cecil Road/Post Falls.
- 3:20 p.m. Someone is unconscious @ Canfield Sports Complex, 15th St/Dalton Ave, CdA.
- 3:19 p.m. A disabled tow truck is blocking intersection of H95/H53, Garwood.
- 3:04 p.m. 2 children are locked in black Yukon @ Peak Fitness/CdA.
- 3:18 p.m. 60ish male believes his ribs broken after being hit by car last night.
- 2:33 p.m. CPD officer reports panhandler @ s/w corner of H95/Appleway, CdA.
- 2:24 p.m. Elderly female driver going n/b in s/b lanes of H95/Hanley Ave, CdA.
- 2:04 p.m. CPD officer reports disabled vehicle parked for 2 days, 200 yards north of police station on Screiber Way.
- 2:02 p.m. Officer pulls over green Toyota @ NW Blvd/Davidson Ave & tells dispatch to contact driver's probation officer. Officer is going to cite driver for littering.
- 1:50 p.m. Motorist reports possible "pool of blood" on onramp @ e/b I-90/H41.
- 1:18 p.m. Trauma injury reported @ 3200 block of Fairway Drive/CdA.
- 1:17 p.m. ISP officer reports debris on H95/Hayden Ave, Hayden.
- 12:28 p.m. Officer reports spike sticking up from UP undisclosed railroad crossing.
- 12:23 p.m. Males in green Nissan sneaking on & off Hayden Hills Golf Course, 13583 W. Hayden Ave/Post Falls.
- 12:19 p.m. Someone is unconscious @ 14800 block of Wright St/Rathdrum.
- 12:19 p.m. Suspicious person reported @ Hayden post office, 109 W. Honeysuckle Ave.
- AM Scanner Traffic
Mason Field, 6, of Celina, Texas, pretends to milk a plastic Jersey cow at the Star of Texas Fair and Rodeo Thursday in Austin. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Austin American-Statesman, Jay Janner)
Thursday Winner -- Charlie, with 5 likes: "Blow that trumpet in my ears again and see what happens to you." You can see Thursday photo and all Cutline Contest entries here.
In his weekly Cheers & Jeers column, Opinion Editor Marty Trillhaase also offered jeers -- to Idaho House State Affairs Committee Chairman Tom Loertscher, R-Iona:
Just about every week, there's another reminder why Lewiston Rep. John Rusche's call for a state inspector general's office makes sense. Just take your pick. Millions squandered on a botched Idaho Education Network. Millions more lost on a malfunctioning Schoolnet program. Then there is the U.S. Department of Justice investigations into both the IEN and mismanaged private prison contract. Or the latest corruption index that puts Idaho among the most tainted states in the country. About the only thing Idaho does right, according to the State Integrity Investigation, is to keep its politicians from gerrymandering legislative and congressional district boundaries. When it comes to holding the governor or Legislature accountable, Idaho gets a solid F. A month ago, Rusche proposed establishing an office to look into complaints of waste, fraud and abuse. A slim majority on Loertscher's panel agreed to consider it. But the chairman has locked Rusche's bill away in his desk drawer. What is Loertscher afraid of? Full Cheers & Jeers column here.
Question: Are you amazed how the legislative and executive branches of our state government protect each other's back sides?
"Spring sprang (SS) yesterday about noon," posts Marianne Love/Slight Detour. "Those big dark clouds hovering over Schweitzer finally dissipated and gave way to blue sky and pleasant temperatures." More here.
- Insanity politics/Arch Druid
- Spreading the brews/On Tap
- Wrecked by pride/Faithful Geek
- For victory, buy war bonds/War Bonds
- Mapping end times in Idaho/Fort Boise
- 'Red Army' tells other side of history/7 Blog
- Game Day for Gonzaga Bulldogs, UCLA/SportsLink
- Roles reversed as Gonzaga meets UCLA/Grip on Sports
- Personal animosity and nuclear arms race/Dogwalk Musings
- Hike or bike with a group in Saturday's trail day events/Outdoors
- Museum to show "History Outside the Museum"/Coeur d'Alene Today
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