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Huckleberries Best of the INorthwest — 3/13/08

A row boat is navigated toward the frozen shoreline Wednesday of Mica Bay near Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. (AP Photo/Coeur d'Alene Press, Jerome A. Pollos)

1. The Washington state Supreme Court ruled today that random drug testing of student athletes is unconstitutional, finding that each has “a genuine and fundamental privacy interest in controlling his or her own bodily functions” here.

2. Another moose has wandered into a North Idaho community, but neighbors want wildlife officials to give this one some medical attention here/KREM2.

3. After two years and four months of silence, a slumped and weeping Clifford Helm finally spoke Wednesday about the accident he caused, killing five Mennonite children on Highway 395 north of Spokane. After his testimony, the defense rested its case here/SR.

4. IMHO: Forensics vital to law & order, needs money/Idaho Statesman; Bloodied but unbowed/Michelle Nijhuis, Inlander; and No matter how small/Ed Symkus, Inlander.

5. Blogosphere: Why I support Barack Obama/Synaptic Disunion; Going out of my mind/Dogwalk Musings; Local-option sales tax, Round 1/Kevin Richert; Music pirates: Time to start coughing up a poll tax/TXT; and There's a hooker on Page 1/Daily Briefing.

6. News Roundup: Washington domestic partnership rights expanded/AP; Infant dies after post-crash C-section/KTVB; Powerball jackpot soars to $275M/KTVB; After 80 arrests, Spokane career criminal Eddie Hall is wanted again/KREM2; Tamarack Resort creditor sues, seeks foreclosure/New West Boise.

Orbusmax Special: Starbucks barrista, customer doing well after kidney transplant 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.