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Thu., Sept. 1, 2005, 12:03 p.m.

Huckleberries Best of the Northwest — 9/1/05

APhoto: Ex-Mariner Randy Johnson outdueled rookie phenom Felix Hernandez last night, and Art Thiel/PI, one of the top sportswriters in the country talks about it today in the IMHO-NW roundup.

In the "Wrong As Usual" Dept., the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington has challenged a new Issaquah ordinance that tightly restricts where sex offenders may live, calling it inconsistent with state law and unlikely to improve public safety, according to the Seattle Times here. (Mebbe we should ask the ACLUers filing this suit to take each a Level 3 under their wings.)

1. Eric Devericks/Seattle Times doodles re: the fat chance that other nations will help us in our time of need here.

2. Twenty-five surveillance cameras, 17 state employees, 12-foot security walls and a $1.6 million annual budget — all for one high-risk Washington sex offender, according to Jonathan Martin/Seattle Times, here.

3. The final home of the late Aryan Nations founder Richard Butler was bought for an investment Wednesday, for $167,700, here.

4. A central Idaho man who wanted to lure law enforcement into the back-country so he could pick them off was undone by his craving for coffee here.

5. Health officials are looking into a report that a North Idaho woman may have a form of mad cow's disease here.

6. IMHO-NW: Doug Clark/Spokesman-Review (Cruella D'Ville loose in Spokane), Missoulian (Keep oil reserve in reserve), The Olympian (West recall should proceed quickly), Joni Balter/Seattle Times (Cynicism will pass gas-tax rollback), Art Thiel/PI (Vintage Randy Johnson).

*Vehicular manslaughter charges have been dropped against Boise State football player Cam Hall here.

*There's a party atmosphere in Renton as Boeing machinists vote, prepare to strike here.

*A sharp-eyed cruise ship passenger with a pair of binoculars was all that stood between tragedy and a man clinging to his capsized boat in the middle of Lake Pend Oreille (North Idaho), according to the Bonner County Daily Bee, 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.