Tuesday, November 19, 2013

MORNING BRIEFING: String of local credit card fraud and bears in cars

Posted By on Tue, Nov 19, 2013 at 10:09 AM

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The Secret Service is investigating a string of credit card fraud cases affecting customers of local credit unions and banks. Spokane-based URM Stores is also looking into the matter after concerns it may have experienced a security system breach. (URM operates Yoke's, Rosauers, Super1 Foods, Trading Co. Stores and others.) (S-R)

The two Gonzaga seniors on probation for having guns in their university-owned apartment — after brandishing the weapons in defense of a possible intruder — are appealing the university's sanctions against them. (KHQ)

Second Harvest Food Bank credits an increase in demand for its services largely to the Nov. 1 food stamps reduction, affecting 1 million Washington residents. (KXLY)

The Twitter feeds of WSU fans were rife with degrading and crude comments this past weekend, all directed at Arizona State University student reporter Megan Coghlan. Many fans felt Coghlan's pre-WSU vs. Arizona football game "trash talk" piece was a direct hit at the school and Pullman. (Inlander

CATS

Boots the cat, who formerly belonged to Delbert Belton, the World War II veteran beat to death in August, is looking for a new home. The 5-year-old neutered male is up for adoption at Pet Savers, in Spokane Valley. (KXLY)

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The White House released hundreds of pages of NSA security documents late yesterday, including papers detailing a Bush administration program on American email surveillance. (NYT)

George Zimmerman has been arrested and charged with aggravated domestic assault of his girlfriend, less than four months after being acquitted for the shooting of Trayvon Martin. (NYT)

BEARS, BEETS, BATTLESTAR GALACTICA.

Traffic in LA was shut down briefly yesterday because of a man driving a Lamborghini with a bear as his passenger. Yes, a REAL BEAR. (Jalopnik)
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