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Huckleberries Best of the INorthwest — 2/7/06

Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire, left, adjusts a bandana on the state’s “first dog,” Franz, as he is held by the governor’s daughter, Michelle, in a photo from Jan. 30 in Olympia, Wash. The tiny Pomeranian, so popular with school children and state capital visitors that he had his own Web site, died Monday after being struck by a car here. Gov. Chris Gregoire was thankful for condolensces here.(AP Photo)

1. Suspected family killer Joseph Edward Duncan III claims he’s not crazy and sez God spoke to him after he kidnapped Shasta and Dylan Groene here.

2. Thanks to a group of school children in Great Falls, Mont., the most popular “guy” at the Montana state capitol is back — no, not the governor but his dog Jag — here. And Montanans approve Jag’s return by 65% to 35% margin in a Great Falls Tribune online poll.

3. Former Gov. Booth Gardner, who has battled Parkinson’s Disease for more than 14 years, on Tuesday predicted voter approval of an “assisted death” initiative he plans to promote in 2008 here.

4. “Idaho athletic director Rob Spear’s wish list for his next football coach should begin and end with one name: Dennis Erickson‘” according to Brian Murphy/Idaho Statesman, here. Story here.

5. Buffeted by nationwide publicity, Pierce County Superior Court Judge Beverly G. Grant says she is sorry for leading a Super Bowl cheer before a sentencing hearing in a manslaughter case here.

6. IMHO-NW: Dan Popkey/Idaho Statesman (Simpson’s ties reaping benefits), Missoulian (Successful bison hunt), Robert L. Jamieson Jr./Seattle PI (Nazi visit offers teaching moment), Bill Virgin/Seattle PI (Want a new KeyArena?), and Steve Kelley/Seattle Times (Not a super day for zebras).

*An issue devoted to embarrassing moments turned into something of an embarrassment for student journalists at Peninsula High School when the principal ordered it shelved here (free subscription required).

*A Northwest Montana author has a word for parents who have kids suffering from cancer: never give up here.

*New tunnel could lead to opening of Silver Valley’s Sunshine Mine here.

*Two controversial Montana trademarks registered by Las Vegas businessman David E. Lipson for the phrase the “Last Best Place” have been suspended by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office here.

Orbusmax Special: Federal Way woman accused of partially blinding child with hypodermic needles 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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