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Best of the Northwest (2/9/05)

The Coeur d'Alene Press couldn't resist NIC instructor Tad Leach's (photo) siren call when he criticized us about our Sunday editorial. In the edit, we called for an independent review of the fatal December shootout in Hayden, referring to an expert who questioned aspects of police conduct that night. In the Coeur d'Alene Press article, Leach denounced the expert as being a person without "real-world experience." But Leach didn't mention that he once instructed an officer involved in the shooting. Conflict of interest? Of course. Unfortunately, Brand X didn't provide an online link to the story. Otherwise, you could form your own opinion about it.

Clarification: The Coeur d'Alene Press article didn't mention that Leach had trained one of the officers involved in the shooting. But Leach did state that fact in conversations with both SR Editor Steve Smith and myself.

1. Eric Devericks/Seattle Times takes on Dubya's proposed budget cuts here.

2. Defiant radical prof Ward Churchill, who was disinvited to speak by EWU, received a ha-huge ovation from 1,200 students at the University of Colorado campus when he said last night: "I'm not backing off an inch" here.

3. Gotta photo of Marianne Dahle, the Caldwell woman wanted in the scalping of a 16-year-old teen, here.

4. Cpl. Steven Henry is returning to his third tour of duty in the dangerous Sunni Triangle, according to the Coeur d'Alene Press, here.

5. "Lola Emter found her Spokane sports-bag business tangled in a suspected "pump and dump" stock-manipulation scheme. Her company was the first nationwide to have its shares suspended from trading under a new SEC push to curb abuse of unregistered stock," according to Alwyn Scott/Seattle Times here.

6. IMHO-NW: Danny Westneat/Seattle Times (Religion in the workplace), Robert L. Jamieson Jr./PI (Rep. McDermott defends defenseless), The Daily Evergreen (Victory and vindication in Iraq), Jake Bolinger/EWU Easterner (Ward Churchill's sedition), and EWU Easterner (Prez Jordan's bad call).

*Montana couple goes on offense after trapping death of their dog here.

*Court decision protects those who download music here.

*Understandably, U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo is disheartened by the return of the prostate cancer he thought he'd already beaten here.

*A new online poll by the Coeur d'Alene Press shows that 77% of the locals have faith in the prez's Social Security reforms 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.