Tuesday, April 21, 2015

MB: Left-lane slowpokes, ancient camels in Kennewick and competitive eating

Posted By on Tue, Apr 21, 2015 at 8:32 AM


State Sen. Michael Baumgartner, R-Spokane, has filed a bill that will ticket drivers for going too slowly in the left lane. (KHQ)

The victim in a shooting incident outside the Hell Angels’ clubhouse in Spokane is refusing to cooperate with investigators. (KXLY)

Researchers digging up a mammoth south of Kennewick have found remnants of other ancient critters, maybe even a camel. (Spokesman-Review)


Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State, has been seriously wounded in an air strike. (Guardian)

Mohammed Morsi, the first freely elected president of Egypt who was ousted by the country’s military, has been sentenced to 20 years in prison. (New York Times)

Ice cream maker Blue Bell Creameries has recalled all of its products after concerns of they could be contaminated by Listeria monocytogenes. (CNN)


A 120-pound mother from California ate three 72-ounce steaks in 20 minutes. (Independent)

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Monday, April 20, 2015

How not to get away with picking up a prostitute on East Sprague Avenue

Posted By on Mon, Apr 20, 2015 at 5:00 PM

Cody Paine wasn’t planning to pick up a prostitute, or so he would tell Spokane police. He was just driving along East Sprague Avenue in a borrowed SUV on his way home to Cheney. It was sometime after 9 but before 10 and the mid-March night was cold and dark. Then he saw her. Dark hair, tan skin. Fit. Beautiful smile. 

He pulled the green Ford Explorer over in front of Pete’s Auto and beckoned her over, according to police reports.

Marie Rosenthal asked him what he wanted.

“How much for a wiggy?” he asked.

She didn’t know what a wiggy was. In retrospect, maybe he should have taken that as a sign.

He clarified: “a B.J.”

“OK, 40 bucks,” she said. She instructed him to pick her up around the corner on Lacey. He headed that direction, but the transaction was never completed.

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Neko Case at The Bing, Get Lit! gets started and young artist showcase in Spokane

Posted By on Mon, Apr 20, 2015 at 10:04 AM

A new week means new opportunities to explore the Inland Northwest, and we have options for you in our events listings and Staff Picks to do just that. 

Here are some highlights for Monday, April 20: 

LIVE BANDS | If you don't have your tickets yet for Neko Case, you're just being ridiculous. Not only is she one of the best singers and songwriters going these days; she's also hilarious with the on-stage banter, making even the breaks between songs a treat. Read our preview of the show, full of her humor, then get it together and head to the Bing tonight. Here's a bit of Case's music: 

 | The Get Lit! Festival gets off and running today, and Monday night you can join a group of strolling literature fans in checking out two amazing window-dressing masterpieces, along with readings from Sharma Shields (from her debut novel The Sasquatch Hunter's Almanac) and Luke Baumgarten reading from Ben Pearcy's The Dead Lands. Read our story about the artistry that went into the two windows here. 

VISUAL ARTS | The Gonzaga Senior Art Exhibition opened over the weekend, so head to the Jundt Art Museum on campus to glimpse some great work from young artists. 
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MB: 4/20 events, Hells Angels' clubhouse shooting, more racial tension in Missouri

Posted By on Mon, Apr 20, 2015 at 8:58 AM


Happy 4/20! Here’s a round-up of events celebrating the increasingly legitimate holiday. (Inlander)

State lawmakers are expressing concern that high school seniors won’t graduate unless changes are made to a biology exam. (Spokesman-Review)

There was a shooting outside the Hells Angels’ clubhouse in Spokane. (KXLY)


Over 700 migrants may have drowned trying to reach Europe after a boat sank in the Mediterranean Sea. (New York Times)

The election of the first black woman as mayor of Parma, Missouri, has prompted an exodus of municipal employees. (Talking Points Memo)

South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham says he’s 91 percent certain to run for president. (Reuters)

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Friday, April 17, 2015

Gonzaga prof & poet Tod Marshall receives Humanities Washington Award

Posted By on Fri, Apr 17, 2015 at 3:36 PM

Gonzaga literature and writing professor and acclaimed poet Tod Marshall will been honored with the Humanities Washington Award, which he'll receive at the Spokane Bedtime Stories fundraiser in October.

Originated in 1995, the Humanities Washington Award is granted to two individuals a year who exemplify "outstanding achievement in the public humanities." Marshall will be honored with the Humanities Scholarship and Service award.

Marshall, a first-generation college graduate, has been spreading the humanities to people of all ages and backgrounds around Washington. Originally from Kansas, Marshall earned his MFA from Eastern Washington University and then a PhD from the University of Kansas before settling in Spokane to teach English courses to Gonzaga students. Beyond his career as a university professor, Marshall was also a participant in a Humanities Washington program called Clemente Course in the Humanities. The course provides humanities education to low-income, college-aged students who might not otherwise be able to engage in such a course. 

Outside his work with college students, Marshall has also been devoted to a program called Prime Time Family Reading. As a scholar for the program, he helped to integrate reading and storytelling into the lives of at-risk families, teaching how important exposure to books is for all children. He worked to finalize the most successful curriculum for the program, and continuously attempts  to up the level participation.

Marshall is the author of three collections of poetry: Dare Say (2002), The Tangled Line (2009) and most recently Bugle, which was released this past December. Self-described as "more Dante's Inferno than anything else," Bugle is Marshall's darkest collection of the three. In his interview with the Inlander at the end of last year, he said that a central theme for the collection was the ability to still be able to find some good in disturbing situations, and went on to say that "memories in which we hold little bits of trauma" were yet another source of inspiration. 

The Bedtime Stories fundraiser will be held October 23 at the Spokane Club for the official presentation of the award.  
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THIS WEEKEND IN MUSIC: Old men rockers, Kazzuzapalousa and 4/20 festivities

Posted By on Fri, Apr 17, 2015 at 11:56 AM


The fuzzy power pop act the Hoot Hoots are coming through Spokane again this weekend — they must love us. The talented Seattle four-piece brings along their friends Smokey Brights for the Bartlett show and Lavoy will open the party with the promise of at least two new songs. Get there at 8 pm. Tickets are $12.

One of the two underappreciated old men rockers coming through this week is Texas Americana singer-songwriter Alejandro Escovedo. Tonight, he’ll play acoustic with violinist Susan Voelz at the Palomino Club. The show is $15 and starts at 9 pm. Leon Russell (the other old man rocker) plays the Bing Crosby Theater Wednesday.

It’s Record Store Day! Get out there and support your local record stores, duh.

The second weekend of Coachella is just starting up, signaling the return of music festival season in America. Jumping on the festival bandwagon this year is KZUU 90.7 FM, Washington State University’s non-commercial radio station, with its first-ever Kazzuzapalousa in Pullman, happening at the BellTower. The event include Seattle-based headliners Chastity Belt and Childbirth (the latter made up of members from Pony Time, Tacocat and Chastity Belt), two remarkable feminist punk bands who know how to rock the hell out of any joint they play. Other acts include Corey J. Brewer, Daniel Halligan, Youryoungbody, Blackwater Prophet, the Static Tones and Smashclub. There will be local art, and also food and booze for sale. The festival begins at 2 pm and is $8 for students, $10 for the public.

Just across the state line, Moscow is hosting its annual Hemp Fest at East City Park. The musical lineup includes (and we couldn’t make these names up): Charcoal Squids, Galactic Tofu Farmers, Phoenix 99, Voodoo City Radio, Bread & Circus, Endangered Species and more. The event, which includes vendors and guest speakers, is free and goes from 10 am to 7 pm.

As April 20 is on a Monday this year, many of the activities are happening one day prior. Royal's Cannabis is hosting a 4/20 Festival Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm. The event features live DJ music and four hand-rolled joints for $20. Meanwhile 4:20 Friendly is hosting the event, Why Wait ‘Til 4:20? The day goes from 2 pm to 7 pm and includes music from Thief of Hearts and Psycho Syndicate. Be sure to bring a blanket and/or chairs for this one.

Also note that Neko Case performs at the Bing Crosby Theater Monday. 
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Where to get your vinyl for Record Store Day 2015

Posted By on Fri, Apr 17, 2015 at 10:46 AM

This Saturday, it’s time for yet another wild Record Store Day — the event that’s almost single-handedly kept independent record stores in the Inland Northwest and beyond in business for the past decade. While there are fewer record stores participating this year (Groove Merchants is too new and Deadbeat Records moved from Moscow to Olympia), there are more than enough options to see you through. 

If you’re a huge audiophile, you already have a list of the exclusive records, archival reissues and fun-colored rarities to go after. For everyone else, it’s time to catch up. Awesome limited-releases include tracks from nearly any genre you ever wanted, from U2 to Monty Python. Check out an entire list here.

Expect a line around the block at all of these locations so plan accordingly. Also don’t forget, these record stores are open other days of the year, too.

Recorded Memories
1902 N. Hamilton St.
Expect: Outside sidewalk vinyl sale (weather pending), along with exclusive Record Store Day items and swag inside. The store normally opens at 11 am and the doors are set to open somewhat early, at a to be determined time.

4,000 Holes
1610 N. Monroe
Expect: Special limited edition RSD poster available by the Inlander’s own graphic designer Derrick King. Doors open at 11 am. Live music by the Marshall McLean Band and Glenn Case starts at 3 pm.

The Long Ear
2405 N. Fourth St., Coeur d'Alene
Expect: Free giveaways and free coffee and snacks in line while you wait for doors to open at the usual 10 am. Be advised, this is the largest amount of product the business has ever ordered for RSD. 
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MB: Bees on the loose, teen E-cig use on the rise and millennials saving millions

Posted By on Fri, Apr 17, 2015 at 10:15 AM


Teens' use of electronic cigarettes tripled between 2013-14, and a recent survey of Spokane County high school seniors shows that 30 percent of them smoked an E-cig in the past month. (LA Times via S-R).

Read details of the 41-page, 10-count federal indictment of Washington state Auditor Troy X. Kelley. (Inlander)

It's going to be super nice out today and through this weekend, but don't think local waters are ready for swimming just yet. (S-R)

The former director of the Morning Star Boys Ranch has been reinstated as a Catholic priest after accusations of sexual abuse were denied. (S-R) 


The family of Martin Richard, the youngest victim of the Boston Marathon bombings, are urging that convicted bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev not be sentenced to the death penalty. (CNN)

A photo of a good samaritan saving a Lewiston man when he saw the driver's car dangling over the edge of a cliff has gone viral. (KXLY)

An new app called Acorns is helping millennials save millions. (CNN Money)


Millions of bees were unintentionally released early this morning near Lynnwood, Wash., when a semi-truck on I-5 carrying hives overturned. (KREM)
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Hippies, clowns and kitties all over town tonight — oh my!

Posted By on Fri, Apr 17, 2015 at 10:04 AM

Huzzah, another weekend arrives! You'll want to start it off right by getting out of the house, away from the office, and out into something awesome. There's plenty of awesome in our event listings and Staff Picks, so perhaps your planning should start there.

Here are some highlights I found for Friday, April 17: 

THEATER | The Friends of the Bing and Modern Theater Coeur d'Alene bring Broadway musical Hair to the stage Friday and Saturday. You already have that "Age of Aquarius" song running through your head, don't you?

PERFORMANCE | Hey, the circus is in town! If your town is Spokane Valley, anyway, where the Shrine Circus is setting up shop at the Spokane Valley Mall this weekend. 

BENEFIT | The Spokane Humane Society is hosting a Kitten Shower, where you can learn all about the needs they have for taking care of these little critters. Read more about it in our Cat Friday blog

ETC | Eastern Washington University is hosting the National Conference on Undergraduate Research through Saturday, and while that might not sound like a party, it's a great way to scratch your intellectual itch by checking out some incredible new findings from academics across the globe gathering in Cheney to share. I know I'm not the only nerd around here who thinks this is awesome!
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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Whole lotta fraud: Dive into the indictment of Washington state auditor Troy X. Kelley

Posted By on Thu, Apr 16, 2015 at 12:06 PM

Not the results voters were expecting, though.
  • Not the results voters were expecting, though.

Who audits the auditor?

In Washington state auditor Troy X. Kelley's case, it's the U.S. Justice Department. Kelley was just indicted on 10 counts. That includes tax evasion, but it's far worse than that. We're talking lies, theft and fraud. The words "fraud" or "fraudulent" appear 35 times in the indictment.

Washington state is supposed to be one of the least corrupt states in the nation. But here, at least, is a big potential counter-example. 

Kelley has pled "not guilty" to the indictment. In the meantime, we've posted the entire 41-page indictment below, for those hungry for a white collar crime story. We've highlighted some of the big takeaways to whet your appetite. As you read through, keep thinking to yourself: This is the guy Washington voters elected as state auditor in 2012. 

A lot of this hinges on a process called "reconveyance." Once a person completely pays their mortgage on a piece of property, the property title is transferred from the lender to the property owner. There's an entire industry devoted to tracking the reconveyances and to help collect fees, something Kelley did for a company called "Post Closing Department." 

He's alleged to have stolen some of those fees. 
In reliance upon TROY X. KELLEY’s representations, Fidelity and Old Republic entrusted TROY X. KELLEY and Post Closing Department with millions of dollars of reconveyance fees. In truth and in fact, TROY X. KELLEY lied to Fidelity and Old Republic and did not administer the reconveyance fees as promised. Contrary to his representations, TROY X. KELLEY did not refund unused portions of reconveyance fees to borrowers, but instead fraudulently retained, stole, and converted them to his own use. 

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