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MONDAY, MARCH 3, 2008, 11:55 A.M.

Eco-Protesters Claim Credit For Arson Fires

Elaine Thompson/AP Photo

Firefighters walk past a house still in flames at the scene of where four multimillion dollar homes burned Monday in Woodinville, Wash. Crews battled the fires early Monday in a suburb north of Seattle, and a sign with the initials of a radical environmental group was found at the scene, an official said.

Item: Six fires set in upscale development on West Side: Earth Liberation Front claims credit for arsons/Associated Press; Seattle PI coverage

More Info: Four large homes were burning this morning at a “Street of Dreams” model home development north of Woodinville, the Snohomish County District Seven Chief Rick Eastman said. A sign left at the scene indicated the Earth Liberation Front may have been involved, the chief told a local news organization.

Question: Can violence or property destruction ever be justified during a time of protest?

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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.