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Huckleberries Online

Wed., Aug. 8, 2007, 5:20 p.m.

HBO’s Best of the Local Blogs — 8/8/07

Family Phil/A Family Runs Through It

A completely accurate map of the United States, created with small beach pebbles by an autistic teenager at Camp Sweyolakan, Lake Coeur d'Alene, writes Family Phil.

*Silver Valley Girl/Silver Valley Stories has a right to be proud of youngest daughter Cosette, who's one of 18 students selected to a panel to ask questions of the Endeavor astronauts here. Meanwhile, Marianne Love recalls applying for the Teacher in Space program here.

*OrangeTV/Making Flippy Floppy was merely trying to pull his kitten away from the fish tank, but he wound up experiencing a "computer replacement episode" when naughty kitty hooked onto the tank here.

*Jen/A Butterfly Moment gives the new motion picture version of "Hairspray" an A-plus in a review and monster props to the new Tracy Turnblad and her "mother" Edna here.

*Torture by any other name is still torture, sez Mari/Dogwalk Musings who's trying to figure out from a sixtysomething's perspective why torture has re-emerged as a topic here.

*Who needs Big Brother from "1984" looking over your shoulder, wonders Cis/From A Simple Mind, when anyone with a camera or cell phone or online could be checking up on you here.

Blog Numbers (for Tuesday, Aug. 7): 7395 page-views and 4079 unique views.

Meanwhile, MamaJD experiences new era of Mommydom here, huckleberries are selling for $49.95 per gallon this year, according to OnLocation North Idaho here, BrodH20 reports on her rough time in Boston here, JeanC's Cat House takes a high school survey here, and Tumblewords gives copyright tips 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.