Monday, July 27, 2015

Ken Hopkins of "Ken, Dave & Molly" seriously injured in biking accident—you can help. Here's how

Posted By on Mon, Jul 27, 2015 at 12:15 PM

Ken Hopkins of the "Ken, Dave & Molly" morning show on KZZU was partially paralyzed in a recent biking accident. - GOFUNDME
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  • Ken Hopkins of the "Ken, Dave & Molly" morning show on KZZU was partially paralyzed in a recent biking accident.

Inlander readers know Ken Hopkins. For that matter, so does much of the Inland Northwest thanks to his role as part of the "Ken, Dave & Molly" morning radio show on 92.9 FM, KZZU, a gig that earned Hopkins and his cohosts the honor of Best Radio DJ or Team in our 2015 Best of the Inland Northwest issue.  

Now Hopkins can use our readers' help recovering from a horrific biking accident that left him, at least for now, paralyzed from the chest down. News of the July 13 accident arrived today via the unveiling of a GoFundMe page dedicated to helping Hopkins.  

On the page, Hopkins relays his situation since the accident two weeks ago: 
As of now, I am left without the use of my legs and I have no feeling from my mid chest down. I do have full use of my arms, hands and neck muscles and am hopeful for the return of other functions once the damages heal and swelling returns to normal. The last 2 weeks have been filled with every range of emotions and tears. I have never before found myself in a position where recovery status is not measured by days or weeks, but my months. It will be a long journey just to get myself in a position to function in the world. 
The money raised will help Hopkins' family make the needed changes to his home and hopefully speed his recovery. Hopkins plans on returning to the KZZU air, according to the GoFundMe page, and the station is intent on reconfiguring the studio for him when he's ready to join Dave and Molly again. 

Once again, anyone interested in helping Hopkins and his family can donate to the cause via the Support for Ken Hopkins and Family GoFundMe page
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THIS WEEK: Cool workshops, tons of tunes, Art on the Green and KuroNekoCon on the way

Posted By on Mon, Jul 27, 2015 at 11:44 AM

As we shift gears from July to August, there are plenty of great opportunities for getting out and about throughout the region. You can see all the Inland Northwest has to offer in our event listings, and consider what our writers think are must-go options in our Staff Picks

Here are some highlights of the week ahead:

Monday, July 27

OPEN MIC | The LeftBank Wine Bar welcomes local singer/songwriters to its Monday Night Spotlight, hosted by Carey Brazil and offering a cash prize to the audience's favorite artist of the evening. 

Tuesday, July 28

WORDS | Auntie's is hosting a Mystery & Thriller Writing Workshop for interested readers and aspiring authors, hosted by author Jenny Milchman and starting at 6 pm. Free to the public. 

FILM | The Garland Theater continues its Summer Camp 2015 film series with the ol' 80s chestnut Dirty Dancing. Here's a reminder of the power of the Swayze: 

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MB: Speech and Debate, earthquakes and Thai fishing boat slavery

Posted By on Mon, Jul 27, 2015 at 9:49 AM


Embattled Airway Heights Mayor Patrick Rushing is now being targeted by Washington state Democrats. (Spokesman-Review) 

The Pacific Northwest's emergency planners say they're ready for The Big One. (Spokesman-Review)

After an accident during a bike ride, Ken Hopkins, member of the smash hit "Dave, Ken and Molly" morning crew at KZZU, is in the midst of the long rehab struggle. Here's his gofundme page


The New York Times investigates slavery on Thai fishing boats. (New York Times)

The play, Speech and Debate, loosely based on the Jim West scandal, is getting turned into a Kal Penn movie. (AV Club) 

Mass deportation actually a pretty popular position among Republicans. (Washington Post)

The tension between gay rights and religious freedom is increasing. (The Atlantic)


No, movie critic A.A. Dowd did not call "Accidental Love" a "comedic masterstroke," despite with that the DVD cover would lead you to believe. So Mr. Dowd pens a letter of objection. (AV Club)

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Friday, July 24, 2015

WEEKEND IN MUSIC: South Perry Street Fest, Land of Plenty and rockin' weekend roadies

Posted By on Fri, Jul 24, 2015 at 12:52 PM

Marshall McLean Band is just one act playing the South Perry Street Festival on Saturday.
  • Marshall McLean Band is just one act playing the South Perry Street Festival on Saturday.

A bevy of music awaits throughout the region this weekend. Go get ya some! 


Tonight, the Big Dipper plays host to Acoustic Fest, featuring Tyler Lang, Gary Cook, Aleisha Simpson and a cast of seemingly thousands more. 

Land of Plenty continues tonight The Bartlett, a creative convergence of visual art and music that tonight features Cami Bradley, Lemolo, Anna Tivel and Abby Gundersen.

And this weekend seems a great opportunity to scope out the Red Lion Hotel at the Park concert series, which is featuring Soul Proprietor Friday and Bakin' Phat on Saturday. Read about the series and see the full lineup right here


The South Perry Street Festival has a slew of the best local Spokane bands all in one spot Saturday playing all day long starting at 1:30 pm. Real Life Rockaz, Silver Treason, Dead Serious Lovers, Mama Doll, Water Monster and Marshall McLean (one of our Bands to Watch 2015) are all the bill, so take a stroll, ride your bike—do whatever you need to do to get over there. 

If you're in the mood for a little roadie, head south to the Palouse Music Festival. The small town rolls out the welcome mat for a party in the park featuring local and regional talent of all styles. Go a little further south to Clarkston and you can be Rockin' on the River with Collective Soul. 

Over Sandpoint way, the Sandpoint Summer Sounds has a "special crazy days" edition in store, featuring Backstreet Dixie and more. 

Hogfish in Coeur d'Alene is hosting Blackwater Prophet, Northern Stakes and AAI


If you need a little raucous rock come Sunday evening, the Knitting Factory will take care of you with the Theory of a Deadman show. Here's a new vid from the band: 

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MB: Local bar owner indicted, another shooting spree, and Hulkamania grounded

Posted By on Fri, Jul 24, 2015 at 9:48 AM


A Spokane bar owner was indicted Thursday for defrauding local banks over nearly a decade. (Spokesman-Review)

Changes to the Washington laws regulating medical marijuana kick in today. (KXLY)

Coeur d'Alene has a whole lot of fancy cars to check out this weekend, and probably a lot of midlife crises on display as well. (CdA Press)


Turkey is going to allow the U.S. military to use a base in the country in the war on ISIS. (New York Times) 

Another lone, white male went on a shooting spree, this time at a screening of Trainwreck in Louisiana. (Washington Post)

The Dunkin' Donuts CEO thinks a $15 minimum wage for workers is "absolutely outrageous." (CNN)


World Wrestling Entertainment has dropped arguably its most popular wrestler ever from its Hall of Fame after tapes featuring Hulk Hogan hurling racist phrases instead of large men went public. (Daily Beast)
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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Idaho's helmet-free motorcyclists aren't safer, but are part of a growing trend

Posted By on Thu, Jul 23, 2015 at 2:31 PM

It was pitch black on the stretch of Post Falls roadway when Jeremy Rogers and Aaron Cameron mounted their dirt bikes shortly after 1am Monday morning. The two had been drinking — IPA beers for Rogers and martinis for Cameron — and their motorcycles didn’t have headlights nor they helmets. A few moments later, neighbors heard a colossal crash and ran outside to find shoes and motorcycle parts strewn across the roadway.

The pair had crashed into one another head on as they raced up and down the hill. Both men were injured, with Cameron’s life-threatening head injury so serious he was transported to Seattle by helicopter. In his report, Post Falls Police Officer Daniel Koontz notes the safety violations: lack of headlights, driving under the influence. But the helmets that could have prevented the head injury? Not required by law in Idaho.

Cross the border into Idaho and it won't be long before you see a motorcycle rider without a helmet. Some riders even stop at the state line to remove their head protection. These fearless individuals aren't lawbreakers: Idaho is one of many states that doesn't require adult riders to wear helmets. There was a time when mandated helmets were the norm. In 1976, 47 U.S. states required helmets. By 2006 that number had shrunk to 25. Now it is a scant 19. Washington is in the helmet-mandated minority and study after study shows that our lives and brains are safer for it.

click image Some states require motorcycle riders to protect their brains with helmets, but lots don't - INSURANCE INSTITUTE FOR HIGHWAY SAFETY
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  • Some states require motorcycle riders to protect their brains with helmets, but lots don't

A CDC study found that of the 4,502 people who died in motorcycle accidents in 2010, 12 percent weren’t wearing helmets in states with universal helmet laws. The Idaho Transportation Department found that 54 percent of the 117 riders killed in motorcycle crashes between 2010 and 2014 weren’t wearing helmets.

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Driving Mr. Jackson: Behind the scenes look at chauffeuring Samuel L. Jackson in Spokane

Posted By on Thu, Jul 23, 2015 at 10:36 AM

Officer Gordon Grant in "baby blue," his unmarked patrol car. - YOUNG KWAK PHOTO
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  • Officer Gordon Grant in "baby blue," his unmarked patrol car.

Gordon Grant, the almost-30-year Spokane police officer, is somewhat of a local celebrity. Grant grew up in Spokane (he went to Ferris High School), and despite his youthful ambitions to find a law enforcement job elsewhere, he landed back in Spokane after a year playing football in Canada. Ask a long-time Spokanite about Officer Grant, and they might tell you about having him as a D.A.R.E officer or talking with him at Cops 'n Kids, the community event he's organized for the past 22 years. But one story you might not know about Grant starts with the desktop image on his computer.

It's of Grant with his arm around Samuel L Jackson. 

"Just chillin' with my homeboy," Grant says, showing off the picture one June morning. 

When Jackson was in Spokane filming 2006 flick Home of the Brave, he needed someone to drive him and his crew around town. He specifically asked for someone who was intimately familiar with the city. He wanted someone who knew where to go and, more importantly, where not to go. 

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MB: South Hill shooter identified, Glacier park fire, higher minimum wage

Posted By on Thu, Jul 23, 2015 at 9:10 AM


Edward Bushnell was walking down the street when he spotted a man and woman fighting. He intervened, engaging the male, William Poindexter, in a scuffle. The couple eventually walked away, but as they did, Bushnell shot Poindexter in the back twice, police say. (Spokesman-Review)

A fire in Glacier National Park forces evacuations, spreads to 4,000 acres. (CNN)

The Coeur d'Alene tribe may no longer offer Texas Hold'em poker at its casinos, the 9th Circuit District Court ruled. (Washington Post)


Fast food workers in New York City could finally see the minimum wage bumped to $15 an hour. (New York Times)

Butt dials can be used against you in a court of law, judge says. If you call someone accidentally, you do not have a reasonable expectation of privacy. (Washington Post)

More details in Sandra Bland's death: recording of a voicemail she left shortly after her first court appearance. (BBC)
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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

WW: Weed heals, seniors smoke doobies, and pot TV ad goes up in smoke

Posted By on Wed, Jul 22, 2015 at 1:02 PM

Welcome back to Weed Wednesday, your weekly dose of pot news. Wondering what this is about? Click. Looking for our previous marijuana coverage? Click. Got a question or tip? Email me at [email protected]

Cannabidiol, the non-psychoactive component of marijuana often touted for its medicinal properties, could help bones heal faster, according to a recent study.

Another recent study has found that states that have legalized marijuana have seen a decrease in fatal overdoses and addiction treatment center admissions relating to opioid abuse.

Seniors are moving to states where they can retire and smoke pot.

The Colorado Board of Health recently declined to make post-traumatic stress disorder a qualifying condition for medical marijuana. Did big pharma have a role?

Get ready for Willie Nelson’s own brand of weed.

Google says no to medical marijuana delivery apps.

The first ever ad for marijuana almost ran on TV in Denver. But it was pulled.

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MB: Wireless company gets a pass, new Seuss book, police-on-citizen violence

Posted By on Wed, Jul 22, 2015 at 9:23 AM


A wireless company has been allowed to bypass the public hearing process for building towers higher than 150 feet in Spokane County. Some people aren't happy about it. (Spokesman-Review)

The IRS will seize former state Rep. Phil Hart's home for back taxes. If you want to buy the house, stay tuned. An auction date has not yet been set. (Coeur d'Alene Press)

Unemployment rate in the Tri-Cities is at its lowest since 2008. (Tri-City Herald


A long lost Dr. Seuss book will be published next week. Alongside alphabet flashcards and a couple sketches, Theodor Seuss Geisel's widow found the 16 black-and-white illustrations paired with text in a box put away since his death in 1991. The new book will be called What Pet Should I Get? (New York Times)

New experimental drugs could slow Alzheimer's disease if taken early enough, researchers say. But more testing is needed. (Washington Post)

Researchers at the University of Birmingham (in the UK) recently determined that one particular copy of the Quran thought to be from the seventh century is actually decades older. That means it's one of the oldest known examples in the world, dating back to between 568 and 645 AD. (CNN)


Dashboard camera video of Sandra Bland's arrest shows that the officer threatened her with a Taser, saying "I will light you up." (New York Times)

A Tennessee father tripping on acid during a rock concert in Mississippi died in a hospital after police hogtied him and put him on a stretcher face down. The man's family says police then threatened them with arrest if they tried to visit him in the hospital. (The Guardian)

Prosecutors in the death of Freddie Gray refuse to give the defense internal investigation records. (Baltimore Sun)

Another black man was shot by a white police officer. University of Cincinnati officer Ray Tensing shot once at Samuel Dubose, hitting him in the head and killing him, during a traffic stop. Dubose was apparently unarmed. (CNN)
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