How Matlock of him! Defense attorney Mark Vovos breaks out the rhetorical big guns in a Colville murder trial, saying detectives were involved in a "classic cover-up" and that the trial would be "a story of police who rushed to judgment. It's not what they did do, but what they didn't ... in order to to make the story fit." Yowza. (SR)
What a beachin' summer! Yesterday, the state Department of Ecology gave a big thumbs-up to Spokane's long-haggled-over shoreline master plan update, which integrates zoning laws and rules for natural habitat and prevents development from happening too close to the Spokane River and Hangman Creek. If only we could save the river from tubers... (SR)
Bad news for the SPD In 2007, Joshua Levy spent more than 20 hours on the edge of the Monroe Street Bridge, threatening suicide. When he did finally step away from the ledge, Spokane police officers tasered him in an attempt to disable him. Instead, Levy jumped to his death. Yesterday, his family filed suit against the city. (KREM)
They did know Bin Laden's whereabouts!? When the Wikileaks bomb dropped over the weekend, people started calling them the Pentagon Papers, part deux. Now, as folks are starting to read the 90,000 military files put on the whistleblower website, we're learning that Osama Bin Laden has been located, including in August 2006 in Quetta, Pakistan. Good luck with that war, Mr. President. (BBC)
And if Osama wasn't bad enough... The Pentagon can't account for losing $2.6 billion belonging to the Iraqi government. But don't worry. There's no thievery involved. Just "poor record-keeping and lax oversight." Oh. Good. (Washington Post)
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