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Huckleberries Best of the Northwest — 9/8/05

WSU Head Coach Bill Doba whips off his head set in anger as he tries to inspire his Cougs on to victory. Find out why he was somewhat happier yesterday during practice by reading the roundup section below.

Top Story: A Gig Harbor, Wash., man who lost three limbs in a DUI accident is wondering today how low people can go after someone stole his specialized bike. The theft occurred while Bob Mortimer was in Spokane for a motivational speech about the dangers of drinking and driving. And a ride with his family along the new Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes in nearby North Idaho, according to Christopher Rodkey/Spokesman-Review, here.

1. Eric Devericks/Seattle Times finds a silver lining in the Hurricane Katrina disaster? Click here.

2. Washington lawmakers are pushing to suspend their state’s 31-cent gas tax in order to save drivers millions, according to Richard Roesler/Spokesman-Review here.

3. After years of legal wrangling and more than $3 million set aside to run it, Washington’s first facility aimed at reintroducing sexually violent predators to society stands vacant, according to Claudia Rowe/PI, here.

4. An ornery associate prof who couldn’t get along with colleagues is believed to be the first tenured prof to be fired in Whitworth College’s 115-year history here.

5. Editor Chris Peterson of the Hungry Horse News (Columbia Falls, Mont.) describes what it’s like to get up close and personal with a (drum roll, puh-LEEZ) — skunk here.

6. IMHO-NW: Robert L. Jamieson Jr./PI (“Refugee”: A bad word), Tim Woodward/Idaho Statesman (No easy fixes for high-tech life), G. George Ostrom/Bigfork Eagle (About those whiskers), Jon Ross/UI Argonaut (Murder plea co-opts truth at UI), and John Levesque/PI (Exposing MLB steroids witch hunt).

*WSU football practice started with players serenading Head Coach Bill Doba on his 65th birthday Wednesday here.

*Washington sues to keep tankers at Fairchild AFB here.

*Boise State footballer Cam Hall will face felony charges for fleeing scene of triple fatality here.

*Spokane Mayor Jim West owes $85,000 from his fight to stay in office here.

Orbusmax provides the rest of the Northwest here.

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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