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Mon., May 1, 2006, 11:48 a.m.

Huckleberries Best of the INorthwest — 5/1/06

Ulises Galindo, 6, from Portland, Ore., holds a sign during an immigration rally in Portland earlier today/Don Ryan, AP photo.

1. David Horsey/Seattle PI presents the Golden Nozzle Award to (drum roll, PUH-leez) vice president Dick Cheney here.

2. A Chinese businessman has bought a MiG-21f plane reportedly in Lewiston from a U.S. seller on the online auction Web site eBay for $24,730 and plans to use it to decorate an empty space at his offices here.

3. Pro-Hispanic rallies under way in Boise here, in Portland here, and in Seattle here.

4. Ryan Leaf, a name that has come to symbolize NFL draft day busts, has come to grips with his notorious celebrity and is prospering as a QB coach in a tiny Division II college in Texas here.

5. In a legally sanctioned game of courtroom make-believe, convicted child raper Jewell C. Walker, 30, of Spokane, avoided a potentially hefty jail term for robbery by instead accepting responsibility for a separate crime that never occurred here.

6. IMHO-NW: D.F. Oliveria/Spokesman-Review (Huckleberries: Scary places), Idaho Statesman (WNBA exec helps Idaho kids), Kalispell Daily Inter Lake (Bad neighbor Mexico), D. Parvaz/Seattle PI (Money-losing airlines), and Steve Kelley/Seattle Times (Holmgren conflicted about future).

Online Poll: 84.8% of 1429 respondents to an Idaho Statesman poll say the "Star-Spangled Banner" should be sung in English only.

*WSU running back Jerome Harrison was the only Inland Northwest college football player picked in the weekend NFL draft here.

*A new party may appear on the Idaho ballot this fall even though it didn't collect the required 12,000 signatures necessary to do so here.

*The Oregon Medical Association has passed a symbolic resolution declaring that access to universal health care for all state residents is its number-one priority here.

Orbusmax Special: Ex-Mariner, Kennewick lefthander Russ Swan dies at 42 after fall 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.