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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 25, 2006, 12:17 P.M.

Huckleberries Best of the INorthwest — 1/25/06

Snow and mud all but camouflaged the pen of Amazingly Cool, this 3-year-old paint stud who is owned by Jean McIntosh and Tom Selberg of Hayden, Idaho. (Kathy Plonka / The Spokesman-Review)

1. David Horsey/Seattle PI doodles about special provisions of the new Medicare program here.

2. If you read HBO's Best of the INorthwest Tuesday, you know that multi-murder suspect Joseph Edward Duncan's blogging from jail here. But you might not know that a femme blogger was trying to snag him for other crimes here, nor did you see actual PDF posts of his writing here.

3. Four computers used as part of an alleged Spokane-based diploma mill operation also stored more than 10,000 images of child pornography here.

4. In a test of Washington's new anti-spyware legislation, state Attorney General Rob McKenna and Microsoft announced a lawsuit today against a New York company that allegedly used misleading e-mail and other questionable online tactics to sell security software here.

5. Businessmen in Cody, Wyo., are welcoming the Hell's Angels with open arms here.

6. IMHO-NW: Floyd J. McKay/Seattle Times (Alito'll back aggressive presidency), Coeur d'Alene Press (Boy's apology salves wounds), Dan Popkey/Idaho Statesman (Ex-chief of staff should admit lobbying) and John Levesque/Seattle PI (Jojima's skill will talk for him), and Jim Moore/Seattle PI (Odd folks, odds favor Steelers).

Online Poll: 52% of the respondents to a Coeur d'Alene Press poll say that Idaho doesn't need a constitutional ban on gay marriage.

*A three-judge panel rejected a Spokane man's appeal of his July 2004 jury conviction for forcing his former roommate to chop off his own thumb as penance for what Culbreth said was the theft of a quilt and some lava lamps here.

*King County study: sprawl adds pounds, pollution here.

*Democrats were livid over a GOP-backed ad campaign blasting them as being soft on sex predators here.

*An abundance of snowy owls are attracting visitors to northwest Montana here.

Orbusmax Special: 2 Seattle residents have filed suit for "lost time" spent reading controversial bestseller "A Million Little Pieces" 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.