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Fri., Sept. 23, 2005, 12:50 p.m.

Huckleberries Best of the Northwest — 9/23/05

Microsoft chairman and chief software architect Bill Gates, right, listens to Ray Ozzie, chief technical officer, discuss the company's goals for innovation at their annual company meeting at Safeco Field in Seattle today. More than 17,000 Microsoft employees attended the annual meeting celebrating Microsoft's 30th anniversary. Thirty years ago Microsft started with two employees, Gates and Paul Allen.

1. Scott Stevens, a Pocatello weatherman who gained attention for an unusual theory that Hurricane Katrina was caused by the Japanese mafia using a Russian electromagnetic generator, has quit the television station here.

2. The Idaho National Laboratory has created a new shotgun that law enforcement can use to break down doors here.

3. Final score for Playboy's "Girls of the PAC-10" issue: University of Washington 7, Washington State 6 here.

4. Boise's Rob Lesser, the dean of Idaho whitewater, will be one of six kayakers to be inducted into the Whitewater Hall of Fame next month in Maryland here.

5. Donna Deshon, of Sandpoint, Idaho, earned the title of "Desperate Housewives" Biggest Fan on ABC's "Good Morning America" by winning a trivia challenge here.

6. IMHO-NW: Doug Floyd/Spokesman-Review (Simon Wiesenthal, Nazi hunter, RIP), Frank Sennett/Spokesman-Review (A match made in hell), G. George Ostrom/Hungry Horse News (Free marital advice), Tri-City Herald (Court should stop flag litigation, free registration required), and Steve Kelley/Seattle Times (Willingham: a good guy, good coach).

*Spokane Mayor Jim West is fighting to keep his computer contents private here, and a former city councilman wants the courts to halt the recall effort here.

*An Otis Orchards, Wash., man was cited after aiming a shotgun at three pitbulls and an animal control officer here.

*Don't look now, Wal-Mart haters, but Walla Walla High cheerleaders were leaping for joy when the retail giant opened a superstore this week here. Meanwhile, Wal-Mart opened supersized stores in Richland and College Place here (free subscription required).

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.