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Believe It Or Not: Jury Foreman Sent Helm Flowers

The leader of the jury that acquitted Clifford Helm of vehicular homicide charges last week bought him a bouquet of spring flowers following the high-profile Spokane County Superior Court trial and had them delivered by a Deer Park florist. Rebecca Backstrom, who served as the presiding juror in the three-week trial, confirmed that she sent the modest arrangement to Helms’ Deer Park home as a “goodwill gesture” after an emotional trial but reacted angrily to being questioned about it by The Spokesman-Review. “People need to mind their own business,” Backstrom, a 35-year-old Spokane student, said in an interview/Karen Dorn Steele, Spokesman-Review. More here

Question: At News Is A Conversation, Editor Steve Smith is wondering if this is a front-page story?

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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.