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Huckleberries Best of the INorthwest — 3/14/08

A variety of Montana specialty license plates are on display in the basement of the Cascade County Court House in Great Falls, March 5, 2008. Picking out a license plate can be an overwhelming experience. With more than 86 specialty license plates to choose from in Montana, it's no easy decision. (AP Photo/Tribune, Stuart S. White)

1. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton confirmed Thursday she'll be in Montana next month for the state Democratic Party's annual dinner in Butte - and state party officials said they expect her opponent for the nomination, Barack Obama, to be there as well here/Missoulian.

2. A juror in the Clifford Helm vehicular homicide trial called in sick Friday, meaning deliberations have to start from scratch as an alternate takes that juror's place here/KXLY.

3. Posing as a Craigslist buyer to get a better look at the suspects. A drive-by stake-out of their home. Questioning store clerks. Tracking down surveillance footage and possible witnesses. A Spokane County sheriff’s deputy took those steps and others to solve an early February burglary of his car in which his wife's purse with $300 and credit cards was stolen here/SR.

4. IMHO: Passing on Hillary/Shea Andersen, Boise Weekly; Cougs keeps refs out of it/John Blanchette, SR; and JFK theories will never be exhauster/Frank Mieli, Daily Inter Lake.

5. Blogosphere: The simple past/TUBOB; Tax chip/Slight Detour; and Nope to the "random and suspicionless"/Randy Stapilus.

6. News Roundup: ID thieves steal info from dead from database/KXLY; Local transit, IEA, & grocery tax/; M's fashion more clever TV ads/Seattle PI; Southwest repairs 4 planes for cracks/KTVB; Man who killed wife, put her in truck, sentenced/KTVB.

Orbusmax Special: Corvallis named best green place in nation 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.