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Hate Church To Protest Boys’ Funerals

A notorious anti-gay church known for protesting military funerals says members will be at Saturday’s memorial service for Charlie and Braden Powell, claiming their deaths are payback from God over the state Legislature's support of gay marriage. An online campaign is already under way to keep the Westboro Baptist Church (pictured) from disrupting the funeral, which will be at Life Center Church in Tacoma at 11 a.m. Charlie, 7, and Braden, 5, died Sunday when police say their father, Josh Powell, intentionally set fire to his home in Graham, Wash. The boys were there on a supervised visit, but the supervisor was locked out of the house/King5 News. More here. (AP file photo)

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D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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