Monday, October 31, 2011

Spokane City Council to consider budgets and public urination tonight

Posted on Mon, Oct 31, 2011 at 2:42 PM

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Mayor Mary Verner will present her proposed 2012 budget to the Spokane City Council tonight.

The Council will then have until the end of the year to work out a final budget proposal and will hold hearings on Mondays through November, according to a statement from the city.

In other business, the Council will consider whether to use money from a city reserve to fix drainage issues at the Indian Canyon driving range and replace a cart at Downriver Golf Course.

They will also vote on an ordinance raising garbage rates in the new year.

Two ordinances dealing with public urination will have their first reading: one that removes the crime from under the umbrella of the lewd-conduct statute, and a second that creates a new section in the municipal code that makes public urination a misdemeanor.

The provision argues that relieving oneself in public is not a sexual act, and therefore it is not appropriate for it to be dealt with under the lewd-conduct statute.

Another ordinance on first reading will align the city's drug paraphernalia statute with state law.

The meeting, in City Council chambers, begins tonight at 6:30 p.m., a half-hour later than usual.

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Thirteen songs for Halloween

Posted By on Mon, Oct 31, 2011 at 2:12 PM



It may be Monday, but at least it’s Halloween. Here are 13 songs to get you into the spirit of the day. Some are classics, and some are much more recent.

We start with the deliciously creepy Screamin’ Jay Hawkins and make our way through twisted, sad, fun, campy and disturbing.

We end with Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky’s terrifying “Night on Bald Mountain.” Even as an adult, and even without Disney’s Fantasia animation, “Bald Mountain” is, to me, the scariest piece of music ever written.

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MORNING BRIEFING: It would have been Otto Zehm's birthday today

Posted By on Mon, Oct 31, 2011 at 9:05 AM

Headlines

It would have been Otto Zehm's birthday today, if he hadn't died in Spokane police custody five years ago. In a moment of cosmic irony, the trial of the officer charged in his death, Karl Thompson, should wrap up today with closing arguments. (SR)

This weekend DEA agents set up an unwanted-prescription-drug booth in Spokane to take back legally prescribed pills that people didn't want any more. Most of the people who took the DEA up on the offer appear to have been people suffering a severe allergy to fun. (KXLY)

People were eating ribs here 14,000 years ago ... mastodon ribs, to be exact. The finding, by a WSU scientist, was published in the journal Science today and proves we were barbecuing Flintstones-style in the Inland Northwest about 1,000 years earlier than previously believed. (SPR)

Out There

The hyper-conservative Koch Brothers helped bankroll climate research done by a noted climate-change skeptic at UC Berkeley. His findings: Yep, shit's getting warmer, alright.

Everybody wants their baby to be the 7 billionth Related: People who track global population warn, "You breeders are kinda missing the point."

After denying it, then blaming it on others, and the media, and opponents, Herman Cain admits to being accused of sexual harrassment. But is all, like, "I totally didn't do it. You guys are jerks for bringing it up."

Chart of the Morning 

Incidental Comics via Boing Boing

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Saturday, October 29, 2011

OK. So I Get It

Posted on Sat, Oct 29, 2011 at 8:34 AM



You didn't get what you want and you want to blame me. Righhht. Now you
want to, yet again, make this all about YOU. I would hope that one day you
will see how foolish this makes you look. You can't decide to make your own
rules in a democratic process. Did you learn anything in school? I know
it's been a while but maybe some remedial study might help.
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RE: Throwing Away Old Notions

Posted on Sat, Oct 29, 2011 at 8:34 AM



Oh man, what a selfish person you must be that you can't sacrifice
those "one or two" relaxing beers a week for 9 months of your ENTIRE life
for the sake of your unborn child! I don't care what the new studies show,
my mom gave up sugar free gum because of the unknown effects. How about
we "swim against the current" of the irresponsible parenting epidemic?! Ugh.
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RE: Throwing Away Old Notions

Posted on Sat, Oct 29, 2011 at 8:34 AM



You can't go nine months without a drink? It's not very long, you know.
Research shows that it is better to not drink at all when you are pregnant.
Why risk it to begin with? Did you know that about 50% of pregnancies end
in miscarriage? Put the bottle down for a while, it isn't that hard.
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RE: Fake Sob Story

Posted on Sat, Oct 29, 2011 at 8:34 AM



It does not make me feel any better, my husband fell for almost the exact
same story. On Monday the 10th a stranger knocked on our door around the
area of Market & Francis, claiming to be a neighbor from down the steet
that worked at Holy Family ER. He looked like Jay Baruchel from The
Sorcerors Apprentice movie. The guy said his name was Brandon and asked for
$$ to get his wife back from Coeur d' Alene and he would pay us right back.
(If your reading this) I can't believe my husband fell for your scam. I
hope you needed that money more than my family.
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EWU To Downtown

Posted on Sat, Oct 29, 2011 at 8:34 AM



I saw you on the 2 o'clock bus that leaves from EWU to downtown after
class. You sat toward the middle of the bus, and you were listening to your
ipod. You have really pretty dark hair and I would have tried to talk to
you, but you're really beautiful and I was way to scared, haha, that's why
I'm writing this. I hope I see you again
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Slow Down

Posted on Sat, Oct 29, 2011 at 8:34 AM



Whether you're a prick in a Prius or a hick in a Dodge Durango, you need to
slow down and stop driving like you're from Seattle. I may drive a bit
slower and leave room for a car in front of me, but this doesn't mean you
need cut me off without signaling. Also my turn signal may have been on for
the last few miles, but I'm not clueless. I'm trying to patiently change
lanes, which gives you no right to speed up to close the gap. That
whippersnapper Jack will be nipping at your ass soon. I can't wait to see
you drive like the idiot you are now and get your pretty little vehicle
munched. Then, oh what fun it will be when I get to town! - Old Man Winter
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Thank You

Posted on Sat, Oct 29, 2011 at 8:34 AM



You saw me first and told me about your attempt to write me one of these.
Well we met, and it was FANTASTIC! You helped me see things in myself that
I gave up on or put off, and I want to thank you dearly for that. I want
you to know that I see you for everything you are, and I think that person
is amazing. I hope to become a friend to you again, because those who don't
know you are missing out.
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