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Huckleberries Best of the INorthwest — 5/8/06

Art Weltz and Debbie Hess of Spokane let it all hang out as the head toward Spokane Falls Community College along Fort George Wright during Spokane's Bloomsday Sunday. Unfortunately, one runner collapsed and died (see asterisk items)/Dan Pelle, Spokesman-Review

1. David Horsey/Seattle PI pokes fun at our approach to immigration here.

2. Idaho AG Lawrence Wasden wins suit against Nevada FAX spammer who has been ordered to pay $80,000 in civil penalties, or $5000 apiece, for unsolicited spam sent to Idaho here.

3. A high-profile polygamist church leader and federal fugitive is now one of the FBI's ten most wanted. Some of his 10,000 followers are believed to live in Idaho here.

4. A study by the Washington State Department of Transportation found that people would go along with tolls to fund specific projects, but they want reassurances that if tolls are used, they will be used efficiently and implemented fairly here.

5. A former Microsoft worker, Tasered last summer by a Redmond police officer who thought she was drunk, is suing over the incident, saying she was in diabetic shock when she was shot with 50,000 volts of electricity here.

6. IMHO-NW: D.F. Oliveria/Spokesman-Review (Huckleberries: North Idaho Barbies), Frank Sennett/Spokesman-Review (Blogging burnout), Frank Mieli/Kalispell Daily Inter Lake (The good, the bad, the border), D. Parvaz/Seattle PI (Stephen Colbert is my hero), and Mark Johnson/KTVB (Kempthorne can do much in 1000 days).

Online Poll: 65% of 123 respondents to a Lewiston Tribune poll say children are old enough for a cell phone when they can pay for it themselves.

*Interior secretary nominee Dirk Kempthorne gives feds financial disclosure report here.

*A motorist hit a Washington State Patrol trooper just off Interstate 90 at Ritzville at 10:10 a.m. today here.

*Bloomsday runner from Billings, Mont., collapses, dies, while running with wife here.

Orbusmax Special: Walla Walla doesn't want to be overrun by growth, like Bend, Ore., 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.