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Huckleberries Best of the Northwest — 8/11/06

Marietta Jeager Lane, left, mother of a murder victim, hugs Heather, while protesting the execution of David Dawson at the Montana State Prison in Deer Lodge, Mont. Dawson, 48, died by injection at 12:06 this morning at Montana State Prison, becoming the first person executed in the state since 1998 here (Meanwhile, the only family member to survive Dawson's murderous attack enjoyed a day at the beach here. (AP Photo)

Stapilus: Pencil it out with Spokesman-Review calculator before you jump on Gov. Risch property tax relief bandwagon here.

1. David Horsey/Seattle PI looks at Condi Rice's midwifery in the Middle East here.

2. Another Bum Who Needs To Fry: Joseph Duncan isn't set to be tried on triple-murder charges until October, but his attorney is already asking for Idaho's protocol for lethal injection here.

3. A survey of the Children's Administration shows that the people charged with running the Washington's foster care and child protection programs have little confidence in their top leaders here.

4. Dream cross-country bike trip of retired Tacoma city worker ends abruptly in death here (free subscription required).

5. Dona M. Smith is proud of her orange-haired Pomeranian, Aris, who helped nab a murder suspect in June in a well-publicized feat of barking that revealed that the man was hiding in Smith's Bellevue home. But now it's Aris who's in trouble: He's been missing since Monday morning, and Smith is distraught here.

6. IMHO-NW: D.F. Oliveria/Spokesman-Review (Hate groups have rights, too), Hindu/Sagebrush (US helped foil terror plot), Billings Gazette (Sad, proud honor roll grows longer), Missoulian (Critters aren't only ones in peril), and Kalispell Daily Inter Lake (Glacier Park road money in the bag).

Online Poll: By 49.6% to 42%, 2635 respondents to a Seattle PI poll support the ban by airport authorities of almost all liquids and gels in carry-on luggage.

*3 Fort Lewis Army Rangers charged in Tacoma bank robbery here.

*"Nigerian letter" con man's prison sentence extended 6 months here.

*House Speaker Dennis Hastert to visit Post Falls here.

Orbusmax Special: Cindy Sheehan in Seattle for war resisters' convention 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.