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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

MB: Whitworth students in blackface, Baltimore protests, push for County cop ombudsman

Posted By on Wed, Sep 2, 2015 at 9:58 AM


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Whitworth University students posed in blackface and posted it to Instagram. They were supposed to be the Jackson 5. (KXLY)

Proponents of independent police oversight will present 1,000 signatures to the County Commissioners today in support of a county ombudsman. Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich says the effort is a tactic by his political opponents. (Inlander, Spokesman Review) 

Spokane City Council approves "parklets" by vote of 5-1. (Inlander) 

THERE 

Senator Barbara Mikulski of Maryland announced her support of President Obama's Iran Nuclear deal, the final vote needed to survive a congressional challenge. (CNN)

Emails released by hackers reveal Sony Pictures altered the script and marketing of the new film "Concussion," which depicts death and demential football players endure from head injuries, to appease the N.F.L. (New York Times)

Activists and police prepare for protests in Baltimore as hearings in the death of Freddie Gray begin today. (Baltimore Sun)


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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Spokane City Council signs off on "parklets"

Posted By on Tue, Sep 1, 2015 at 10:28 AM

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Parklets — small parks about the size of two parking spaces — could be coming to downtown Spokane and throughout the rest of the city.

Last night, Spokane City Council passed a resolution requesting Mayor David Condon’s administration work with the Downtown Spokane Partnership, downtown’s business association, to implement a 60-day parklet demonstration.

The idea was spearheaded by a nonprofit organization Yes (You Express Studio). The group’s president José Barajas told the council that parklets, which were championed in San Francisco, will include seating, bike racks and vegetation.

“But one thing that it does is that is serves as a platform or as a stage for cultural events: music, dance, performance,” he told the council. “It not only does that, but it encourages people walk and to shop and to stay downtown.”

Barajas said that his group surveyed downtown businesses to see what they thought about the concept. While most thought it was a good idea, he said some were concerned about losing parking. He said his group could install a parklet in two hours and disassemble it an hour.

“One thing to know is this is all privately funded,” he said, noting that Yes will cover all the insurance and maintenance on the first parklet, which could be installed between Stevens and Washington streets. Yes will also monitor who uses it.

Responding to a question from Councilman Mike Allen, Barajas said that there is no incident of a car running into a parklet in cities where they’ve been installed and they’ve exceeded Seattle’s safety standards. Barajas was also asked by Councilman Mike Fagan about how parklets would be affected by Spokane’s sit-lie ordinance, said that the parklet would be watched by Yes and nearby businesses to prevent any vandalism or unsavory activity.

Barajas said he hopes parklets will eventually spread throughout downtown and across the city after the pilot project.

“I’m very fond of this idea because I love Spokane,” said Barajas. “I think it’s a hidden gem.”

The five people who spoke during the public comment period all seemed to like the idea. Even civic gadfly George McGrath, who is typically opposed to almost everything the council does, noted that the parklet “looks good.” But lefty activist Alfredo Llamedo told the council that he would use the parklet to challenge the city’s sit-lie ordinance.

“I intend to get every homeless person I can find to sit in this structure,” he told the council.

“We’ll sleep in them; we’ll camp in them,” he said. “This will be fun.”

The resolution passed 5-1 (Council President Ben Stuckart was absent), with Fagan voting no. 
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MB: Possible teachers' strike, still no gay marriage licenses in KY, murder rates rising

Posted By on Tue, Sep 1, 2015 at 9:36 AM


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A Spokane public accountant was indicted on federal tax fraud and evasion when he failed to report $1.7 million in income and filed fake personal tax returns. (Spokesman-Review) 

Spokane Public School teachers start school this week with the looming possibility of a strike as soon as this Friday. (KREM) 

Mayor David Condon released his 2016 capital and operation budget proposals Monday. (Spokesman-Review)

THERE

A federal judge ruled that employers can refuse to provide insurance coverage for contraception based on moral, not just religious, beliefs. Judge Richard J. Leon wrote that religious groups' special exemption amounted to "regulatory favoritism." (The Boston Globe)

A Kentucky Clerk is still denying gay marriage licenses despite the Supreme Court's decision in Obergefell v. Hodges earlier this year. (CNN)

Murder rates are on the rise in many U.S. cities . Milwaukee, St. Louis and Baltimore are the top three. (New York Times)

POLICE 

A video of police shooting a man in San Antonio appears to show that he had his hands up when he was shot. (KSAT)

Crime and punishment could be a major issue at the center of the 2016 presidential campaign, as several Republicans, including presidential candidate Ted Cruz, are stepping up their pro-police rhetoric in the wake of the shooting of a Texas police officer. (Dallas Morning News)

A bipartisan group of Senate Judiciary Committee members is expected to announce a deal meant to relieve overcrowded federal prisons. The bill would give judges more discretion in sentencing nonviolent drug offenders, and well-behaved inmates could earn time off their sentences. (The Daily Signal)
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Monday, August 31, 2015

MB: Spokane SWAT incident, McKinley now Denali, ISIS's war on history

Posted By on Mon, Aug 31, 2015 at 9:06 AM


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Washington fires cause loss of livestock, grazing land, miles of fence and water sources for ranchers. (Spokesman-Review)

An eastern Idaho woman filed a complaint that says an Idaho State Trooper coerced her to have sex with him in his patrol car. (KXLY)

The Spokane County Sheriff's SWAT team arrested a man Sunday who officials say was holding a woman hostage. Neither the victim nor the suspect were seriously injured during the incident. (KREM)  

The three candidates for police ombudsman made their way around town last week. Will one candidate's online comments hurt his chances? (Inlander) 

THERE: 

North America's tallest mountain, Mount McKinley (20,237 feet), will be renamed Denali as it was first known by Alaska Natives, thanks to an executive order by President Obama. (USA Today). Obama will be in Alaska today to talk about climate change. (New York Times)

The man accused of shooting a Texas sheriff's deputy "execution-style" will be arraigned today on capital murder charges. If indicted by a grand jury, he could face the death penalty. The shooting occurred last week at a Chevron station in Houston as the deputy was gassing up his patrol car. (Washington Post)

Syrian officials are unsure how much damage an explosion near the Temple of Bel caused the ancient structure. Activists are saying the Islamic State is responsible for the blast. (Chicago Tribune)

CRIMINAL JUSTICE

Missouri is number one in death penalty executions per capita (yes, even more that Texas). (The Marshall Project)

A 24-year-old black man was found dead in his jail cell while he waited for trial. Jamycheal Mitchell was held for four months without bail in Virginia for allegedly stealing $5 worth of groceries. (The Guardian) 

The trial of a North Carolina cop who shot an unarmed black man in September 2013 ended in a hung jury last week. North Carolina Attorney General, Roy Cooper, says the case will not be retried. (WCNC)
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Friday, August 28, 2015

Will police ombudsman candidate Allen Huggins' online comments hurt his chances for the job?

Posted By on Fri, Aug 28, 2015 at 7:01 PM

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Allen Huggins, one of the three final candidates for the police ombudsman job, has a prominent online presence in the Wall Street Journal comments section. He's also written op-eds for the Coeur d'Alene Press and the California Peace Officers' Association website. The CPOA is a nonprofit leadership organization for law enforcement in California.  

As was first reported by the Spokesman Review, some of Huggins' comments about the Black Lives Matter movement on a Wall Street Journal article are controversial: 
"In reality, they only matter when the other party is a white officer. Otherwise, not a peep from Obama, Sharpton and their bands of myopic rioters. Proof, you say? Sure. How much coverage is the Memphis murder of a white cop being killed by the black suspect getting?" 
We asked Huggins how he expects a person of color to feel comfortable coming to him (were he to be hired as the ombudsman) with a complaint with the confidence that he would handle it fairly: 

"They should feel comfortable because I care about all lives," he says. "I care about people who are mistreated and who've had an issue with the police. It doesn't matter what race they are to me. That comment has to do with the hypocrisy of how they pick and choose their argument. ... My frustration is that this movement is selective about what they choose to say, but ignore the elephant in the room, which is black kids as the victims of other black kids. Where are they for that?" 

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Why the Albertson Foundation is using a bright yellow deer to get Idaho kids to college

Posted By on Fri, Aug 28, 2015 at 2:55 PM

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  • What's this bright yellow deer all about? That's the question the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation want you to ask.

Earlier this year, the Inlander asked a big question: Why are so few Idaho kids going on to college? Not just a four-year college, but community colleges or tech programs. The Go-On rate is stuck around 50 percent. 

It's a problem that's nearly as bad in Washington and Oregon as well. But Idaho has the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation, a well-funded organization that's been trying to fix that problem since 2008. They launched multiple ad campaigns, gave grants to schools, and gave universities scholarships. And in some schools things got better. 

But statewide, the numbers have remained dismal. 

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Meet the three candidates for Spokane police ombudsman

Posted By on Fri, Aug 28, 2015 at 2:04 PM

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The three finalists for the Spokane Police Ombudsman made their rounds from forums to luncheons to public interviews throughout the past two days as the city got a little closer to filling the long-vacant position. The Office of Police Ombudsman Commission announced Thursday evening that it will hold a meeting September 1 for comments from the public, and a decision could be made as soon as September 9.

The three candidates are: 

Raheel Humayun
, an investigator for British Columbia's Office of the Ombudsperson. Humayun was also an instructor with the Justice Institute of British Columbia and a forensics investigator for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Of the three, he is the only one who hasn't been a law enforcement officer.

Robert Breeden is a former law enforcement officer of 32 years in Florida. Most recently, Breeden was a special agent in charge of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement in Miami.

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MB: Macklemore caught on tape, fed lands closed, and would-be-leaders say controversial things

Posted By on Fri, Aug 28, 2015 at 9:22 AM


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Macklemore and his crew caught live on tape vandalizing Downtown Spokane; breaking traffic laws. (Inlander)

What one police ombudsman candidate thinks of Black Lives Matter. (He doesn't sound like a fan.) (Spokesman-Review)

Maybe there won't be a teacher's strike in Spokane Public Schools after all. (Spokesman-Review)

In Idaho, many federal and state lands have been closed due to the wildfire danger. (CDA Press)

THERE

Draconian immigration policies cause hundreds to flee across the border — in Venezuela. (New York Times) 

A day after the Democratic National Committee slammed Rand Paul for appearing on stage with local politicians who've compared abortion providers to Nazis, Hillary Clinton herself compared several Republican candidates to terrorists (for their views on abortion.)  (The Hill)

Ashley Madison's parent company's CEO is stepping down. Presumably not to spend more time with his family. (Washington Post)

TRUMPISMS


Did you know that Donald Trump's said some controversial things? Politico found nearly 200 of the classiest things he's ever said. (Politico) 
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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Rand Paul learns what Coeur d'Alene means, brings libertarian-speak to North Idaho

Posted By on Thu, Aug 27, 2015 at 5:13 PM


U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, a man who loves freedom so much that he once considered using a catheter to facilitate a 13-hour filibuster on the floor of the Senate, came through the Inland Northwest to drum up support for his bid for the GOP presidential nomination.

The freshman senator from Kentucky spoke in both Spokane and later that day in Coeur d’Alene Wednesday, and Boise today, to deliver his libertarian-tinged message of embracing the entirety of the Bill of Rights (not just the 2nd Amendment), expanding his party's reach to the poor and minorities and reducing government spending. 

The son of former Congressman Ron Paul and two-time Republican presidential candidate drew roughly 400 people to Schuler Performing Arts Center at North Idaho College in Coeur d’Alene, a group that even included a white guy with dreadlocks.
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U.S. Rep. Raúl Labrador, an Idaho Republican who chairs Rand's Western States campaign, warmed up the crowd, telling them that the senator was a genuine conservative and that you can’t just speak to the angry people if you want to be elected president. Paul, said Labrador, is even so revered by U.S. Transportation Safety Administration agents at airports (normally the scourge of libertarian-leaning individuals), to the point they might even start a group to support him.

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MB: Journalists grieve on-air murder, WSU president remembered, Rand in Spokane

Posted By on Thu, Aug 27, 2015 at 9:35 AM


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Rand Paul, one of the characters in this year's presidential primary series, spoke in Spokane last night. (Spokesman-Review)

Negotiations with the local teachers union are rocky. (Spokesman-Review)

The life of the late WSU president Elson Floyd is remembered. (Spokesman-Review)

With all the smoke, indoor hotel stays have become popular in the region. They have a pool and cable! (KREM)

THERE

The on-air killing of two TV journalists by a former colleague left the nation horrified. (New York Times)

A bunch of migrants have been found dead in a truck in Austria. (Washington Post)

In which Homeland Security busts a website of a radical ring of, well, gay escorts. (The Atlantic) 

CHARISMATIC MONSTER THEATER (AND OTHERS)

Five TV shows they will never stop making (NPR)
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