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AM Hucks: Councilman Contributes to Urban Sprawl

Put your hands together for Mike and Kathleen Kennedy, who welcomed Baby No. 6, John Patrick Kennedy (pictured), to Coeur d'Alene around 5 p.m. Tuesday. John Patrick, or "Jack," evens CdA Councilman Kennedy's household at three boys and three girls: Will, 11; Nora, 9; Maggie, 7; Max, 4; Quinn, almost 2; and baby, who was about 90 minutes old when Mike called Huckleberries from Kootenai Medical Center. "This isn't how I planned to manage growth in this city," Mike chuckled, adding, "This is proof that the Catholic brand of birth control doesn't work." Also, Mike said, the latest birth confirms to the Kennedys that KMC is the "finest birthing hospital anywhere." All six Kennedy children were born at KMC – four prior to the birthing room remodel. John Patrick is named after both grandfathers: John Patrick Duke and John Joseph Patrick Kennedy. Of course, the news prompted the obvious question from your Huckleberry Hound: "Is this it?" Replied Mike: "I sure hope so." That sigh of relief in the background, I believe, came from Kathleen.

•Huckleberries hears that ex-Kootenai County commish Gus Johnson failed to land that county dogcatcher job he applied for.

•Bumpersnicker (on a blue rig on Spokane's Trent by John Livingston): "Happiness is being knee-deep in elk guts."

•Poet's Corner: He's just a half pint crocodile/and wears that same fake crockish smile,/but since his size is not so grand/he won't eat much more than your hand" – The Bard of Sherman Avenue ("The Caiman").

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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.