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Huckleberries Best of the INorthwest — 3/24/08

Emily Shih, formerly Emily Hwaung, holds the note sent in a 1987 class project that was recently found in Alaska, On Friday, in Seattle. About 21 years passed between the time Shih put the message in a soda bottle and Merle Brandell, not pictured, picked it up on the beach. Story here. (AP Photo/Kevin P. Casey)

Spotlight: Composer Jim Cockey creates 'An Idaho Symphony' (with audio) here

1. Idaho: With a candidate for the U.S. Senate who’s legally changed his name to just “Pro-Life,” Idaho’s top election official is worried that voters might be confused – and vote for both “Pro-Life” and the candidate of their choice in the crowded race for retiring Sen. Larry Craig’s seat here/Spokesman-Review. Randy Stapilus' view

2. Washington: Washington State University is getting ready to start building the first new dorms on the Pullman campus in 37 years, as part of a 10-year, $200 million plan to improve student housing here/Spokesman-Review.

3. Poll: 76% of 601 respondents to an Idaho Statesman poll believe convicted killer Claude Dallas walked out of prison rather than cut his way out in 1986, according to legend.

4. IMHO: Another assault on Idahoans' initiative power/Jim Fisher, Lewiston Tribune; Grocery tax rebate finally a done deal/Moscow-Pullman Daily News; and UIdaho's basketball hire is a do-over from 2006/Dale Grummert, Lewiston Tribune.

5. Blogosphere: Why seniors won't budge/Dogwalk Musings; Wolf advocates not satisfied with state recovery numbers/Rocky Barker; and Otter's drug treatment puzzle/MountainGoat Report.

6. News Roundup: Child who was smothered to death gets head stone/KTVB; Outdoor Life ranks 5 Montana towns high for fishing/Missoulian; Billings City Hall window damaged by turkey/Billings Gazette; Gates' $25M gift will help WSU fund global animal school/SR; and Washington, Idaho officers stipped of badges/SR.

Orbusmax Special: Hoax Craigslist ad costs man huge property loss 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.