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Huckleberries Best of the Northwest — 6/30/06

Butte-Silver Bow Chamber of Commerce director, Marko Lucich, poses Tuesday on the chamber run viewing platform overlooking the Berkeley Pit, one of America’s largest bodies of toxic water, in Butte, Mont. the Chamber of Commerce in this mining city is charging admission to see the Berkeley Pit, which remains Butte’s number one tourist attraction/Walter Hinick, AP photo.

Eye On Boise: Idaho Senate shoots down tougher math, science standards here.

1. Albertsons Chief Executive Officer Larry Johnston’s earnings in 2005 were $16.4 million, nearly double what he got in 2004. But experts said his compensation is in line with that of other Fortune 500 executives here.

2. The first set of quintuplets born in Western Washington arrived safely at 9:17 a.m today at Swedish Medical Center here.

3. Best friends since fifth grade, Tasha Riddle and Raquel Mitola are both pregnant — with twins. They also share the same due date, June 7. And their four unborn babies share the same parents here.

4. A U.S. Senate committee approved legislation Wednesday to tighten federal regulations for Indian casinos, a development that could make it tougher for the Cowlitz Tribe to build a $510 million project near La Center, Wash., here.

5. Seattle Seahawk coach Mike Holmgren wonders if he’ll coach again after the 2006 season here.

6. IMHO-NW: Robert L. Jamieson Jr./Seattle PI (Ease up on parents of massacre victims), D.F. Oliveria/Spokesman-Review (Abortion numbers game), Ted S. McGregor Jr./Inlander (Parties crashing), Jim Moore/Seattle PI (Embattled WSU coach will stand ground), and Art Thiel/Seattle PI (King Felix: Next big thing).

Online Poll: 51.6% of 1697 respondents to a Seattle PI poll say that war never justifies the suspension of civil liberties.

*Montana inmates pick up job skills, responsibilities at full-fledged dairy here.

*California woman indicted in arson fire that destroyed UW horticulture center here.

*The on-again, off-again filming of “Home of the Brave” in Spokane, starring Samuel L. Jackson, is on again here.

Orbusmax Special: Chilling draws attention 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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