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 the corrections officers' labor union 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

What's this bright yellow deer all about? That's the question the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation want you to ask. - PHOTO COURTESY OF ALBERTSON FOUNDATION
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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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  • Robert Breeden, Allen Huggins, Raheel Humayun


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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THIS WEEKEND IN MUSIC: Wimps, Hip-hop 4 Hope and Huey Lewis and the News

Posted By on Fri, Aug 28, 2015 at 11:19 AM


FRIDAY

It’s one of those nights when the Baby Bar/Neato Burrito is sure to be packed to the gills. Tonight’s super Washington punk lineup features Seattle-based Pony Time (listen to their new single “Really Nice Guys” right here) and Wimps (read our preview story on them here) along with some of Spokane’s favorites, 66beat and Phlegm Fatale. It’s going to get crazy. Show up at 9 pm for the free 21+ show.

Celebrate hip-hop’s uplifting side over at the Hip-Hop 4 Hope event at nYne, featuring Seattle’s Yodi Mac along with King Kuzey, Purpose and Kosh. The show is a fundraiser for inner city youth and begins at 8 pm. $5 cover at the door but donations are accepted.

SATURDAY
Folk music isn’t going anywhere and Saturday’s lineup at Jones Radiator proves that with Southern singer-songwriter Daniel Amedee taking the stage. Local folksters Feral Anthem also perform, as do the Seattle-based ska group Bad Koala. Start time is 9 pm, supposedly. 

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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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A first look at Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' new Spokane-shot video "Downtown"

Posted By on Thu, Aug 27, 2015 at 10:42 AM


That Macklemore and Ryan Lewis music video shot by North by Northwest in downtown Spokane last month premiered Thursday morning. The song is called "Downtown," and it features mopeds, 1970s looks, Ken Griffey Jr. and — best of all — Spokane.

Watch for yourself, but here's all the Spokane locations we caught:
  1. The first shot of white-bricked building is the side of The Globe on Division and Pine (here's what it looked like as they shot it). 
  2. That well-featured moped store is Northtown Auto Liquidators at Division and Garland.
  3. Macklemore tagged (think street art, not popping tags, a la "Thrift Shop") in the graffiti alley behind the Crescent Warehouse between Lincoln and Monroe. 
  4. The Fox Theater, looking like it's straight out of 1973. 
  5. The video cuts back and forth between the Parkade and atrium behind the downtown Rite Aid store — that's where we caught them dropping it low in July (and by dropping it low, I mean his dancers drop it low and Macklemore looks a little awkward). 
  6. Cruising down East Sprague, just like a Spokanite should. 
  7. The bus is outside the now-defunct Mayfair Cafe at Washington and Second. 
  8. IS THAT KEN GRIFFEY JR. in fake Pike Place Market?! (Yes.) 
  9. Roman-turned-American moto-chariot man comes out from under a train overpass in west downtown on Cedar, just south of the Rocket Bakery. 
  10. Boots and Zola on West Main are pretty clearly shown — also lookin' a little more '70s than 2015. 
  11. Main and Howard. 
  12. The crooner of the chorus dances outside the boarded-up Otis Hotel, and the crowds begin to gather outside the Montvale Hotel.
  13. Finally, the epic scene of Spokanites celebrating Downtown with Macklemore is on First Avenue, headed West toward Browne's Addition. 
Did we miss any of your favorite featured spots? Let us know! 

Macklemore is performing live on the MTV VMAs Sunday at 9 pm, presumably including the live premiere of "Downtown." 

Spokanites are happy to see their city looking so good (albeit a little rough around the edges) — perhaps this is the best tourism video Spokane hasn't made, until now?
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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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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

WW: Corruption in weed worker unionizing, Larry Harvey dies, fatal crashes linked to pot?

Posted By on Wed, Aug 26, 2015 at 2:23 PM


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Earlier this month, Dan Rush, the director of the United Food and Commercial Workers' national medical cannabis and hemp division, was indicted on allegations that he violated labor law by improperly colluding with a marijuana grower all while lining his pockets. The indictment is significant because Rush has led the union’s efforts to organize workers in the nascent cannabis industry in California, which have extended to Eastern Washington.

SF Weekly reports that the union swiftly distanced itself from Rush, who was nicknamed “Superman” for his unionization efforts. After the news broke, Isaac Curtis, who is organizing Eastern Washington cannabis workers, called up the Inlander to stress that Rush is a separate figure from his affiliate, which he insists is free of corruption.

“This guy in California was writing toothless neutrality agreements,” says Curtis, referring to arrangements employers enter into to ensure they won’t attempt to influence unionization efforts.

Curtis says that his unionization efforts were put on pause after the news broke, but will resume shortly. Currently he’s in negotiation with the Herbal Connection Spokane, The Happy Collective and JD's Collective Garden –– all medical dispensaries that could be shuttered next year as a result of the state’s reform of marijuana laws.

“This campaign is about the employees,” says Curtis. “That’s our agenda.”

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Worker Bill of Rights will be on ballot as city declines to appeal judge's ruling

Posted By on Wed, Aug 26, 2015 at 12:13 PM


The city of Spokane will not challenge the Worker Bill of Rights ballot initiative, ensuring that the sweeping and controversial measure will appear on the November ballot.

The Worker Bill of Rights is the fourth initiative from Envision Spokane, now operating under Envision Worker Rights, to qualify for the ballot. It would grant new protections and rights to workers in Spokane, a prospect that has the business community worried.

Earlier this month, the city challenged the initiative in court, pointing to a hearing examiner opinion that found that one provision in the initiative was legally flawed and possibly unconstitutional.

Envision prevailed in the court case, with the city retaining the right to appeal the judge’s decision.

However, Brian Coddington, city spokesperson, confirmed that it will not appeal.

“Asking a judge for clarity on the legal flaw identified by the hearing examiner was done as a protection of the citizen initiative process as outlined by City ordinance,” he wrote in a statement to the Inlander. “The judge provided additional information that voters can weigh as they make their decisions.”

Kai Huschke, Envision campaign coordinator, said in a statement, “It was the right call not to appeal, and with the corporate legal circus now complete, it's full speed ahead with the Worker Bill of Rights campaign. Spokane deserves a raise.”
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