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Huckleberries Best of the Northwest — 3/31/06

Rain water fills depressions in sandstone along the rims after record rainfall in the Billings Mont area Thursday morning. Wednesday and Thursday were the rainiest consecutive March days in the history of record-keeping at Billings Logan International Airport, according to the National Weather Service office in Billings here. (AP Photo/Billings Gazette, Larry Mayer)

Eye On Boise: House Speaker Bruce Newcomb holding Highway 95 reconstruction bill hostage here.

1. J.J. Redick, whose 3-point shooting led Duke to a No. 1 ranking for most of the season, beat out Gonzaga’s Adam Morrison as the national player of the year by the Associated Press on today here.

2. A Moscow man has been convicted of 11 felony counts of having consensual sex with women without telling them he was infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS here.

3. A strongly divided Washington Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the death penalty for a man who fatally stabbed his wife and her two daughters, despite his defense that Green River Killer Gary Ridgway was sentenced to life imprisonment here.

4. The newly formed Helenans Support for Troops and Military Withdrawal wants the Helena (Mont.) City Commission to pass a resolution supporting the troops and asking for withdrawal from Iraq here.

5. Idaho First Lady Patricia Kempthorne is having second thoughts about staying in Idaho, if her husband is confirmed as the next Secretary of Interior, here.

6. IMHO-NW: D.F. Oliveria/Spokesman-Review (Lawmakers should choose most-open policy), Charlie Hanson/Oregonian (Northwest salmon crisis), Frank McGovern/UI Argonaut (Review: “V for Vendetta”), Jim Moore/Seattle PI (Erickson’s new definition of success), John Blanchette/Spokesman-Review (Spokane welcomes Arena Football).

Online Poll: 87.8% of 254 respondents to a Great Falls Tribune poll say they believe in prayer.

*An eastern Montana school bus accident sends several students to the hospital here.

*A UIdaho student is listed in stable condition after falling from the third floor of a frat house here.

*Wal*Mart wants to build a supercenter in tiny Polson, Mont., here.

*The threat of a lawsuit has ended the use of dogs for random drug searches in the middle and high schools of Nine Mile Falls, northwest of Spokane, here.

Orbusmax Special: “Sketch Pad” club Owner pleads guilty to violating Boise anti-nudity law 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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