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Fri., Dec. 2, 2005, 12:22 p.m.

Huckleberries Best of the INorthwest — 12/2/05

Spokane Police Chief Roger Bragdon announced today that he'll be stepping down in January here.

1. A man accused of shooting six people in the Tacoma Mall was at first boastful and calm as he spoke to dispatchers, but as he held three people hostage for almost four hours he became more frightened and irritable, eventually breaking down in tears, according to the AP, here.

2. Vandal athletes involved in an altercation outside of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity have either had charges against them dropped or lessened after an agreement made with Moscow city attorneys, while another player has been charged, according to Sam Taylor/UI Argonaut, here.

3. A federal appeals court has upheld an order requiring W.R. Grace & Co. to pay the government $54.5 million for asbestos cleanup in Libby here.

4. A Denver company is suing Idaho after posting the best bid to manage the Gem's State's massive road construction program only to lose the contract to a Boise firm with strong Republican political ties here.

5. Gonzaga Bulldog Adam Morrison, who is preparing to take on cross-state rival Washington in Seattle this weekend, is a first among equals, according to Dan Raley/Seattle PI, here.

6. IMHO-NW: Ryan Bronson/Coeur d'Alene Press (Adidas CEO recalls Coeur d'Alene), Art Thiel/Seattle PI (NFL misses mark on Seattle calls), Columbian (Helping Mount Hood), Virginia Moore/Gonzaga Bulletin (Harry Potter & the Curse of Puberty), John Blanchette/Spokesman-Review (Xmas shopping at Friel Court),

Great Falls Tribune Poll: 87% of 199 said it is important that seasonal trees be called "Christmas trees."

*Atheist group seeks removal of crosses honoring fallen Utah cops here.

*Idaho housing prices have jumped 15.01 year-over-year here.

*Spokane judge slaps wrist of 2 purse snatchers here.

Orbusmax provides the rest of the Northwest here.

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D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.