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Huckleberries Best of the INorthwest — 7/18/06

In this photo provided by the office of Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, Sen. Murkowski hugs a 63-pound king salmon she caught July 7, 2006, along the Kenai River in Alaska, during the annual Kenai River Classic, The event, primarily attended by senators, corporate executives and lobbyists, raised about $800,000 for river conservation. (AP Photo/Office of Sen. Lisa Murkowski)

Postman: Eyman makes false claim here.

1. David Horsey/Seattle PI maps out Hezbollah's ultimate goal here.

2. A group from Oklahoma City has agreed to buy the Seattle SuperSonics and the Seattle Storm here.

3. The Spokane Police Department has released the final report by Detective Terry Ferguson in which she says the investigation does not support criminal charges against any of the seven officers who were involved in the March 18 confrontation with Otto Zehm here.

4. A 55-year-old man is facing federal charges for allegedly posing as a "Special Response Agent" with the allegedly fictitious "United States Special Response Department Anti-Terrorism Unit" here.

5. Former Mayor Jim West was in stable condition Tuesday at a Seattle hospital after developing complications from recent cancer surgery here.

6. IMHO-NW: Gary Crooks/Spokesman-Review (West Valley's pricey ways), Robert L. Jamieson Jr./Seattle PI (Nature lovers find a place to grieve), D.F. Oliveria/Spokesman-Review (Huckleberries: Putin on the President), Doug Clark/Spokesman-Review (Max's miraculous return), and Missoulian (Lumber fight settled -- or is it?).

Online Poll: A bare plurality of 29% of 145 respondents to a Seattle PI poll say the sale of the Sonics to an Oklahoma City group is a sad day for Seattle. Most respondents, however, weren't very interested.

*Ex-Boise cop Richard D. Beal was sentenced to one year in jail Tuesday for having sexual contact with a 17-year-old girl while on duty here.

*Micron No. 1 for patents here.

*Polls show Montana favored to win Big Sky football championship here.

*UI football team loses a top defensive player here.

Orbusmax Special: Everett school superintendent served with papers for stopping graduation performance of "Ave Maria" 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.