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Tue., May 8, 2007, 1:14 p.m.

Slight Detour: Bittersweet National Teachers Day

This morning I picked up the Spokesman-Review ( saw a familiar face, on the front page above the fold. There was Brandon Adam's mug shot, and there answered the question I had while reading Connie Lloyd's blog yesterday: who was that soldier from Sandpoint who lost his legs in Iraq this past Saturday? Connie mentioned meeting his parents who had moved from Sandpoint to Post Falls. I wondered if they were someone I knew. I did not know the parents, but I did know Brandon. A very likable, wiry young man with blond hair, he sat over by the wall in fifth period. Brandon always joined in on the fun but always respectfully so. After all, we had established a family atmosphere in that class, and everyone loved taking part in the learning and the crazy antics that went along with it. I have not seen Brandon since I left Sandpoint High School----until this morning of National Teacher Day. Once more, I feel devastated for a young man. In this case, he was serving his second hitch in Iraq. He believed in the mission, and he even emailed his father just before the bombing, which also took the life of a Spokane soldier -- Marianne Love/Slight Detour.

Question: Do you know someone who has been injured or killed in Middle East fighting?

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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.