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Mon., Feb. 13, 2006, 12:11 p.m.

Huckleberries Best of the INorthwest — 2/13/06

A ferret named Annabelle yawns as Sara Hamilton brushes her coat in preparation for competition at the Inland Northwest Ferret Association Show Saturday, Feb. 11, 2006 at the Kootenai County Fairgrounds. Dozens of animals vied for ribbons and trophies at the show. Pet owners extolled the virtues of the little animals, who are known to be active, curious and gentle here. (Jesse Tinsley photo/Spokesman-Review)

1. Cartoonist David Horsey/Seattle PI provides his take on veep Dick Cheney's hunting accident here.

2. 400 Gonzaga U. students are among the first in the country to use "biometric finger scans" to pay for meals on campus, and other businesses in the Gonzaga area have added or are adding the program for such things as haircuts and lattes here.

3. Seattle is replacing Muzak with homegrown bands playing everything from soothing original piano compositions to hip-shaking Latin arrangements here.

4. KeyArena could be profitable without Sonics by hosting more concerts, ice shows and college and high-school games, according to a study by a city consultant here.

5. An independent investigation into allegations against former Mayor Jim West last year cost the city $36,000, nearly twice as much as was budgeted in a Spokane City Council contract, here.

6. IMHO-NW: D.F. Oliveria/Spokesman-Review (Huckleberries: More Monday morning QBing), Ron Judd/Seattle Times (Not Kwan song we wanted), Doug Clark/Spokesman-Review (Burglar's plea for sympathy falls flat), Howard Schultz/Starbucks (Why Sonics deserve support for arena), and Art Thiel/Seattle PI (Cracks appear in ice for US).

89% of 1642 respondents oppose an Idaho bill that would give developers a tax break on undeveloped lots.

*Find out how a Coeur d'Alene couch potato became an Ironman athlete here.

*Nineteen cats spared from death in Georgia arrived in Billings before dawn on Sunday ready for another chance at life here.

*A Great Falls, Mont., clerk was injured when he tried to stop 2 women from stealing beer here.

*Memorial service for Puyallup police dog today here (free subscription required).

Orbusmax Special: Up to 700 women not told about placenta registry 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.