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Wed., Nov. 23, 2005, 11:21 a.m.

Huckleberries Best of the INorthwest — 11/23/05

Shannon Rhodes, far right, is consoled by her daughter, Stacy Black, and her husband, Ken, after a jury decided that Hanford was not responsible for her cancer in her trial held at the Federal Court House in Spokane earlier today (Jed Conklin/The Spokesman-Review) here.

1. Three Coeur d'Alene hunters were put in a compromising position on Sunday after U.S. Customs agents refused to let them back into the United States with wild ducks and geese they had bagged on a two-day hunt near Creston, B.C., according to Rich Landers/Spokesman-Review, here.

2. Cartoonist David Horsey/Seattle PI makes it obvious that he can't tell a real terrorist from someone with whom he disagrees here.

3. A Washington state woman who met a 14-year-old boy through an online role-playing game is accused of having a sex with him after traveling across the country to meet him here.

4. It'll be a long time before you see two top calibre college basketball players, such as Gonzaga's Adam Morrison and Michigan State's Maurice Ager, trading basket for basket into triple overtime. Fortunately, the Spokesman-Review has a superb column writer in John Blanchette to describe the game within a game yesterday here. (You can find the column about the game by Bud Withers/Seattle Times here.)

5. The murder trial of registered sex offender Joseph E. Duncan III was pushed back nearly three months today after defense lawyers asked for more time to prepare here.

6. IMHO-NW: Rebecca Nappi/Spokesman-Review (Columnists come and go), Montana Standard (Griz: No longer endangered), Kate Riley/Seattle Times (Cleaved by I-90), G. George Ostrom/Bigfork Eagle (How old is a bear?), Danny Westneat/Seattle Times (Neighbors fight over beers), Art Thiel/Seattle PI (Cut Shaun Alexander loose).

*An armed man trying to stop the Tacoma Mall shootings was among the most seriously wounded here.

*Seasoned Citizens are particularly vulnerable to Washington state's growing gambling industry here.

*A hit-and-run suspect in Marysville, Wash., was caught in a dog house ... by a police dog here.

*Since the return of wolves, the Yellowstone Park elk herd has declined by more than 50% 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.