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Huckleberries Best of the Northwest — 9/29/05

Seattle catcher Dan Wilson is shown trying to apply a tag to Minnesota's Shannon Stewart last year. Now, Wilson's about to catch his last inning as a Mariner. See Item No. 4.

1. So, what do you do when a semi-naked woman and her PETA gang take to your downtown streets to protest a circus coming to town? If you're Spokesman-Review columnist Doug Clark, you grab a bucket of Kentucky Fried Chicken and offer them some. Read all about it here.

2. In a victory for indecency, The Oregon Supreme Court struck down as unconstitutional today a state law against conducting live sex shows and a local ordinance regulating conduct of nude dancers here.

3. Reps from the Southern California town of Beaumont traveled to Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, yesterday to thank the courageous Denny's waitress who helped rescue 8-year-old Shasta Groene from the clutches of a registered sex offender and possibly to solve an old murder in their town here.

4. Dan Wilson, a long-time favorite of Seattle Mariners fans, will catch one inning at the start of Friday night's home game against Oakland and then retire here.

5. Bill Gates, the world's richest man, is finally earning $1 million per year from Microsoft here.

6. IMHO-NW: Robert L. Jamieson Jr./Seattle PI (War foes find their voice, but ...), Missoulian (Montana open-container law), The Daily Inter Lake (Another disgrace for W.R. Grace), Brandon Hanson/EWU Easterner (What's wrong with Spokane?), and Martin Garcia/WSU Daily Evergreen (Hard questions for WSP).

Olympian Poll: 63% say Tom DeLay should resign his congressional seat after being indicted for breaking campaign finance laws.

*Billionaires are overrunning the resort town of Whitefish and other parts of Montana here.

*About 250 Idaho National Guard members in more than 100 vehicles rolled out of Boise for a month-long mission to the hurricane-ravaged Gulf Coast here.

*Western Washington natural gas rates reach record level 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.