Friday, March 15, 2013

MORNING BRIEFING: Oxycontin bust, gay marriage, Hoopfest and Huppins

Posted By on Fri, Mar 15, 2013 at 8:40 AM

HERE

The recent and massive Spokane-L.A. Oxycontin distribution ring bust still has a lot of unanswered questions, and is turning out to be a very complex case. (S-R) 

Hoopfest registration begins today, so get your team together and come up with a quirky, cool name. (KREM)

Longtime Spokane electronics retailer Huppins TV, Audio, Cameras and More announced yesterday that it's closing its downtown store, which has been located there for over 100 years. (S-R) 

Authorities believe a possibly mentally unstable fugitive may be in the Spokane area. (KREM)

ELSEWHERE

Ohio Sen. Bob Portman — remember when he was a Romney running mate contender? — announced his support for same-sex marriage, influenced by his gay son and raising questions about what stance Republicans will take on the issue in the future. (ABC News)

After a Florida man was swallowed by a sinkhole under his house earlier this month, people seem to be getting a little sinkhole obsessed. (NYT)

A New Hampshire painter gets sentenced to 17 years in prison for starting a fire in a submarine so he could leave work early. (Boston Herald)

Leaked emails about a secret society are causing an uproar at Georgetown University. (WashPo)

GRAB BAG

A Spanish guy had a dream about a new pope named Francis and his girlfriend tweeted about it — at the beginning of February, before Pope Benedict even announced he was stepping down. Hoax or prophecy? (Gawker)

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