Tuesday, May 26, 2015

MB: The wars against ISIS, street racing, and Snake People

Posted By on Tue, May 26, 2015 at 9:37 AM


A jailed rapist has finally had some of his dilapidated properties fixed up. (Spokesman-Review)

How Spokane's school board candidates feel about the walkout. (Spokesman-Review)

A barn fire kills two in Colbert. (KREM)

A new ordinance aimed at kids street racing (and skateboarding) through Coeur d'Alene parking facilities takes effect. (CDA Press)


How a longtime Twitter troll finally got banned from the service. (Washington Post)

There's a good reason why the United States is being so cautious in its military strategy against ISIS: The Iraq War. (Washington Post)

Is there no happier day than when two cable behemoths merge? (New York Times)


A new app turns all mentions of Millennials into "Snake People," making this Inlander essay a lot more exciting. (Chrome)
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Friday, May 22, 2015

Belief in Bigfoot versus belief in Pete Carroll's Super Bowl call

Posted By on Fri, May 22, 2015 at 12:35 PM

Pete Carroll and those, presumably, who still believe he made the right Super Bowl call.
  • Pete Carroll and those, presumably, who still believe he made the right Super Bowl call.

Among Washington state's Seahawks fans, only 13 percent believe Seahawks coach Pete Carroll made the right call to pass in the last-second, game-losing play of the Super Bowl, according to a recently released Public Policy Polling survey of Washington state residents.

That's lower than the 18 percent of Washington residents who believe in Bigfoot, according to the same poll. Still, 89 percent of Seahawks fans believe that Carroll is doing a good job. (Sadly, PPP didn't ask whether Washingtonians believe Bigfoot is doing a good job.)

Other interesting findings from the poll:

- 30 percent of Washingtonians consider themselves "moderates."

- Republicans are slightly (21 percent to 16 percent) more likely to believe in Bigfoot than Democrats.

- 57 percent have a positive view of Starbucks. 

- Despite Windows 8, over two-thirds have a positive view of Microsoft. (And most are prouder of Microsoft than Starbucks)

- Liberals like Starbucks more than conservatives (Though moderates love Starbucks the most of all.)

- 23 percent just aren't sure what to make of apples.

- Husky football fans edge out Cougar football fans, 39 percent to 26 percent. 

- Disapproval ratings for WSU's head football coach are higher (16 percent) than UW's football coach (5 percent.)

- Less than half of Washingtonians want the NBA to return to Seattle.

- But Barack Obama voters are more likely than Mitt Romney to want the NBA to return to Seattle. (49 percent to 42 percent)

Read the whole poll here.
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Euro wine tasting, indie flicks on the Palouse and a retro-cool play at The Modern Spokane

Posted By on Fri, May 22, 2015 at 10:05 AM

There's nothing quite like heading into a long weekend, am I right? There are certainly no excuses for being bored, so take a look at our event listings and Staff Picks for some great activities happening all over the Inland Northwest this weekend. 

I'll get you started. Here are some highlights for Friday, May 22: 

FOOD & DRINK | Take yourself a European Wine Adventure as the Rocket Market hosts a tasting for nine new wines from across the pond. 

FILM | The Kenworthy in Moscow is holding a screening of the wonderfully weird Kumiko the Treasure Hunter. Fans of the Coen bros' Fargo, take note. Here's the movie's trailer: 

THEATER | The Modern Theater Spokane opens Boeing Boeing this weekend, a retro-cool comedy. Read our preview of the show right here

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MB: Cat food spilled on I-90, Olympia police protests and Ireland decides on gay marriage

Posted By on Fri, May 22, 2015 at 8:52 AM

I-90 was blocked this morning after two semi-trucks collided spilling cat and dog food all over the highway. The smell is only expected to get worse as the day grows hotter. (KREM)

Hundreds gathered in Olympia to protest a police shooting that wounded two stepbrothers suspected of trying to steal beer. (KING 5)

Washington state’s drought conditions are likely to worsen. Look for dryer, warmer weather this summer thanks to El Niño. (Spokesman-Review)

A Rathdrum man wins $50,000 from a lottery scratch ticket. (CdA Press)

Irish voters head to the polls today to decide whether to legalize gay marriage. The historic result is expected Saturday. (The Guardian)

Major insurance companies in some states are proposing hefty rate increases for health plans sold under the federal health law. (Market Watch)

Police have apprehended a Washington, D.C., quadruple murder suspect. (Washington Post)

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Salt-n-Pepa in ID, local laughs and tasty treats on South Perry

Posted By on Thu, May 21, 2015 at 10:02 AM

A slew of fine options for entertaining yourself reside in our event listings and Staff Picks, so go ahead and take a virtual stroll through those when you can. 

In the meantime, here are some highlights for Thursday, May 21: 

LIVE BANDS | Salt-n-Pepa is rolling through the Coeur d'Alene Casino, bringing a whole lotta hits and attitude. Read our preview of the show right here

COMEDY | Watch some pros hone their jokes, or join the fray with some of your own one-liners at the Stand-Up Comedy Open Mic at Uncle D's Comedy Underground. 

FARMERS MARKET | The South Perry Thursday Market is off and running, starting at 3 pm today. Drop by for tasty treats—fresh, brewed or baked. 

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MB: Hillary Clinton emails, David Letterman’s final farewell and Washington’s first dino fossil

Posted By on Thu, May 21, 2015 at 8:58 AM

So cool! The first ever dinosaur fossil has been discovered in Washington state. (The Stranger)

Spokane teachers plan to walk off the job May 27, following the lead of many of the state’s other teachers. (KXLY)

Spokane Catholics have a new bishop. (Spokesman-Review)

Ray Rice’s domestic abuse charges were dismissed. And yes, his wife is still with him. (Baltimore Sun)

The State Department has released the first batch of emails from Hillary Clinton’s private account. (New York Times)

Four presidents and many celebrities said goodbye to David Letterman for his (dry-eyed) final farewell show last night. (Daily Beast) 
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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

What to know about the Gorge Amphitheatre summer concert series

Posted By on Wed, May 20, 2015 at 4:41 PM

  • Nick Gast

The view at the Gorge Amphitheatre will take your breath away. And this year, the venue’s summer concert lineup also attempts to do just that. Here is the complete list of the shows coming through this week and into September. 

May 22-24: Sasquatch! Music Festival
This event (so incredible it even includes an exclamation point in its name) kicks off this weekend. Check out our preview here. 

June 20: Nickleback

“Oh my God, Nickleback!!” ...

June 26-27:  Paradiso Festival
The full EDM lineup for this extremely colorful festival was just announced. The kids are excited!

July 11: Zac Brown Band
The country act was just at the Spokane Arena at the end of 2013, but surely the faithful will still make the trek out there.

July 25: Train
Hey soul sister these dudes were just at Northern Quest Resort & Casino last year so …

July 31: Watershed Festival
This country yahoo festival is already sold out.

Aug 8: Sam Smith
Sam Smith is so hot right now, after just winning a bunch of Billboard Music Awards and Grammys. 

Sept. 4 – 6: Dave Matthews Band
Back for the 20th time is the Dave Matthews Band.

Sept. 12: Foo Fighters
This show will be spectacular. Too bad they’re not coming through the Spokane Arena as well.

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The Giant Palouse Earthworm lives!

Posted By on Wed, May 20, 2015 at 4:03 PM

It may not be three feet long, but it's still called the Giant Palouse Earthworm - HENRY MOORE JR./FRIENDS OF THE CLEARWATER
  • Henry Moore Jr./Friends of the Clearwater
  • It may not be three feet long, but it's still called the Giant Palouse Earthworm

The squirmy buggers certainly aren't easy to find, but by some miracle of nature, a Latah County resident stumbled upon not one but three specimens of the extremely rare and very real Giant Palouse Earthworm this past weekend. The discovery was made on Paradise Ridge, southeast of Moscow.

Cass Davis, who also came upon two specimens of the worm back in 2012, has been keeping an eye out for more of the elusive species since that previous discovery. The Giant Palouse Earthworm last made major headlines back in 2005 and 2010.

In 2009, the Inlander also published a profile on one researcher's quest to find the unusual creature. Lest anyone has forgotten, the Giant Palouse Earthworm (GPE) is a pale white worm that has been mythologized to grow up to three feet long, to emit a lily-like odor and also spit when aggravated. As recent as 2005, the GPE was thought to be extinct, but that same year was found by a University of Idaho graduate student near Albion, Washington. Then, in 2010, another U of Idaho researcher, Karl Umiker, found two more specimens outside Moscow.

Why all the fuss about a worm? The species' habitat, the native Palouse Prairie, is an incredibly endangered ecosystem, with less than 1 percent of its original area remaining. Back in the late 1800s, when the Palouse was settled and transformed into the agricultural heartland it is today, farmers plowed up the native plants and soil, effectively destroying the GPE's habitat. Researchers believe this is why finding surviving worms has become a literal quest to find a needle in a haystack. 

The GPE was petitioned by scientists and conversationalists in 2009 to be placed under protection of the Endangered Species Act, but U.S. Fish and Wildlife denied the request.

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WW: Cannabis regulator sting, university gets weed prof, Oprah and Letterman talk pot

Posted By on Wed, May 20, 2015 at 2:45 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]

Last week, the Washington State Liquor Control Board (soon to be the Washington Liquor and Cannabis Board) announced that it would be conducting stings on recreational pot stores, sending in young investigative aides to try and purchase marijuana without an ID indicating that they were 21 years of age.

The board has announced the results of its first round of compliance checks finding that of the 22 stores in Skagit, Snohomish, Kitsap, Pierce and Cowlitz counties, only four took the bait.

Here’s other news:

The Texas Legislature has passed a bill allowing for the very limited medical use of marijuana.

Independent Vermont Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is open to relaxing laws regarding marijuana.

You could have been taller if you hadn’t smoked all that weed as a prepubescent boy.

In Indiana, you still can’t grow weed, even if you’re a Rastafarian.

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Is new drug Flakka really wreaking havoc in Spokane?

Posted By on Wed, May 20, 2015 at 11:48 AM

Relax already, there is no evidence the new drug Flakka is actually in Spokane. The Spokane Police Department and KREM 2 are mostly just speculating. Flakka has been getting blamed for everything lately.

“[Flakka is] not something that’s currently on our radar as an emerging threat to public health in Spokane,” Spokane Regional Health District Public Information Officer Kim Papich tells the Inlander.

So why did the police department and KREM 2 start worrying about Flakka?

Well, last week the Spokane Police Department circulated this informative, er, article about Flakka.

click image This is your eyebrow on Flakka! Also, corrosive Flakka crystals spilling from a bottle. - CRIMEFEED.COM
  • crimefeed.com
  • This is your eyebrow on Flakka! Also, corrosive Flakka crystals spilling from a bottle.

An excerpt from the Crimefeed.com article: "Forget bath salts! Flakka is the new drug of choice in Florida and it’s <sic> side effects are downright terrifying. Given that the drug causes users to believe they have superhuman strength and induces paranoid delusions, you won’t be surprised to hear that the designer drug is starting to make crime headlines. (As if Florida needed anything to make it weirder.) Brace yourself."

THIS IS WHERE THE SPOKANE POLICE DEPARTMENT GOT THEIR INFORMATION. However, SPD's Information Officer Teresa Fuller says the department hasn’t reached out to any of the police departments in Florida to verify the information from Crimefeed.com. The Inlander did, though, and they are definitely concerned about Flakka down there, though the scope of the problem is unclear.

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