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Huckleberries Best of the INorthwest — 4/24/06

Fans cheer from shore as Washington State’s Varsity Eight rowing team, top, takes the lead just over 1500 meteres into a 2000 meter race against Stanford Saturdayat the Snake River’s Wawawai Landing/Joe Barrentine, Spokesman-Review.

1. David Horsey/Seattle PI looks at Karl Rove’s new role here.

2. The Associated Press reported that Boise boasts the lowest average price in the country for regular unleaded gas at $2.54 a gallon here.

3. Allegations of rape rose faster than reports of any other violent crime on the Seattle campus of the University of Washington last year, perhaps reflecting a willingness by students to tell police about sexual assaults and efforts to educate young people about the crime here.

4. Parents who say the dancing at Bozeman High School’s spring prom was lewd want school officials to step up the enforcement of standards. Most students at the prom held April 8 engaged in a dance that is the equivalent of ‘‘sex with clothes on’’ and demeans young women, Dean and Melea Mortenson wrote the Bozeman Daily Chronicle in a letter published Friday here.

5. Among the greatest sex offenders in the state of Washington are “registered counselors” who use their state sanction to prey on unsuspecting clients, according to a Seattle Times investigative report, here.

6. IMHO-NW: Doug Clark/Spokesman-Review (Old scandals better than modern ones), Frank Mieli/Kalispell Daily Inter Lake (Maybe it’s time for a civics lesson), Greg Bower/Idaho Statesman (National Crime Victims’ Rights Week), Joel Connelly/Seattle PI (Seattle declares war on Alaska?), and Art Thiel/Seattle PI (Tick tock goes Mariners’ season).

Online Poll: 84.2% of 177 answering a Great Falls Tribune poll believe that bullying is a problem in schools.

*Washington state ranks 4th in nation for venture capital investments here.

*An early morning fire put 15 elderly and disabled people out of their Post Falls, Idaho, group home Sunday here.

*However odd it may seem, a rainy spring is worrying firefighters and range and forest managers in much of Eastern Washington, especially in areas infested by cheatgrass here.

*The state Board of Education has revived the University of Idaho’s College of Art and Architecture here.

Orbusmax Special: Three teen Oregon girls hire two men to beat up shared boyfriend 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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