Tuesday, August 27, 2013

MORNING BRIEFING: In which north Spokane sees fire, Harry Potter turns 15 and a baby snow leopard shows his spots

Posted By on Tue, Aug 27, 2013 at 9:37 AM

HERE

No people were injured in a blaze that started last night in a carport behind two duplexes in the Logan neighborhood in north Spokane. It did, however, take out power to a city block and left a dog dead of smoke inhalation, the Spokane Fire Department said. (SR)

An Idaho man was killed when a 200-foot tree fell on his tent at the Stagger Inn Campground in Newport, Wash., Sunday night. Authorities say the tree became loose after a recent storm. (KREM)

Washington state student test scores, released yesterday, read about the same as last year, making small gains in some grades and subjects, and losing ground in others. State lawmakers this year voted to make a significant increase in education spending. (Seattle Times)

THERE

President Obama is deciding whether to take military action of a limited scope against Syria as punishment for its alleged use of chemical weapons, without interfering with the country’s civil war. (WP)

Happy Birthday Harry Potter! Today marks the 15th anniversary of the beloved J.K. Rowling series. To mark the milestone (read: make even more money) the books will be released with all new covers. (LAT)

TOO MUCH

Even cuter than puppies, bunnies and kittens? Baby zoo animals, oh yes. One-upping the baby giraffe born at the Woodland Park Zoo just last month is this fuzzy snow leopard showing off his spots for the first time at the Bronx Zoo this week. (NYT)

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