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Mon., July 3, 2006, noon

Best of the INorthwest — 7/3/06

Dean Dinnison, a 36-year scoutmaster of Troop 325 in Spokane, speaks about his years as a scoutmaster. Johnson will have a full-size bronze statue commissioned by his admirers and sculpted by his daughter, Deborah Copenhaver-Fellows, placed in Riverfront Park next year here.

Palousitics: Most Americans are wild about Wal*Mart here.

1. David Horsey/Seattle PI offers a thought-provoking 'toon for smokers who may be endangering others here.

2. Shades of the Kootenai County Task Force on Human Relations, Batman -- a human-rights coalition celebrated Unity in the Community Sunday in Olympia, Wash., in anticipation of today's planned neo-Nazi march in the Washington state capitol here. More on proposed march here.

3. Montana broadcasters are hoping to head off campaign season conflicts by creating a state board to protect them from lawsuits over political advertisements here.

4. A disheveled liberal activist with a frenzied laugh and his Citizens for More Important Things organization are all that stands between the Supersonics and a $220 million tax-subsidized overhaul of KeyArena here.

5. A piece of Northwest history crumbled Sunday morning when demolition crews toppled a 500-foot smokestack at Blair Waterway here.

6. IMHO-NW: Cheryl-Anne Milsap/Spokesman-Review (Drama can't spoil love in this nest), Spokesman-Review (Pander-monium), Coeur d'Alene Press (Together we stand), Jamie-Marie Waelchli/WSU Daily Evergreen (Easy way to beat bad dates), and Columbian (Rampant charity).

Online Poll: 61.4% of 176 respondents to a Great Falls Tribune poll say the U.S. should keep the penny.

*Earthquakes are common in southeastern Idaho here.

*Oregon State U tests junipers' thirst here.

*Wyoming begins use of ignition locks for DUIers here.

Orbusmax provides the rest of the Northwest 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.