Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Gonzaga to play Tennessee in 2015 Battle in Seattle

Posted By on Tue, Jun 23, 2015 at 5:17 PM


Since 2003, Gonzaga has played one of its December games on the other side of the mountains for an event that was dubbed the Battle in Seattle. It was a smashing success in that inaugural year with the Zags muscling out an overtime win against then third-ranked Missouri.

But it became a little less of a battle the past couple of years with opponents like South Alabama and Cal Poly not exactly drawing massive crowds to Key Arena. It seemed that last year, even Coach Mark Few was losing some interest in the annual trip to the Emerald City.

The Gonzaga athletic department made some big strides today, however, when they announced that the 2015 opponent would be Tennessee. That game is slated for December 19.

True, the Bruce Pearl years are long behind the Volunteers and the team went just 16-16 last year, but there is some mojo in Knoxville that makes this a good score. Also, just having a big, major conference team with name recognition is a coup for the event.

Right now, former Texas head coach Rick Barnes is in the process of rebuilding Tennessee and has made some quick work doing just that, it appears. Here are some of their off-season moves.

And in case you're having some trouble remembering where exactly Zag basketball is at after that trip to the Elite Eight and loss to eventual NCAA champion Duke: Yes, Pangos and Bell are gone, but Wiltjer, Sabonis, Karnowski, Draginis and all those young point guards are back. A way-too-early poll has them at No. 21 in the nation. 
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Spokane Home Builders Association endorses Ben Stuckart for Council President

Posted By on Tue, Jun 23, 2015 at 4:20 PM

The Spokane Home Builders Association is known as being one of the most powerful conservative groups in the city of Spokane.

Last year, when former Inlander writer Heidi Groover explored the nature of the group, City Councilman Jon Snyder called them "basically an arm of the Republican party in the city." They even endorsed far-right Spokane Valley Rep. Matt Shea (and his opponent, Josh Arritola.) And they've previously endorsed John Ahern. So it's no surprise that they've endorsed Mike Fagan for Spokane City Council or Arne Woodard for Spokane Valley Council.
Spokane Home Builders Association government affairs director Michael Cathcart
  • Spokane Home Builders Association government affairs director Michael Cathcart

But it is surprising that the Home Builders opted to endorse the liberal City Council President Ben Stuckart over Ahern.

It isn't the first time the Home Builders have thrown support toward a liberal — Groover noted they gave a small donation to former Mayor Mary Verner's 2005 race for city council. And government affairs director Michael Cathcart has objected to the label of "conservative."

"It’s a non-partisan race," Stuckart says. He's clashed loudly with the home builders on issues like vesting and growth, but notes the way he and the home builders have worked together on in-fill development issues.

"I made sure to include them in the sick-leave stakeholder group," Stuckart says. "I think this does go to show that you may not align with someone — but if we can work together on bigger issues that affect Spokane, we’re all the better for it." 

But for the Home Builders, why not a dual endorsement, like with the Shea/Arritola race?

"Our endorsement committee looked at the race, and I think they tend to prefer not to do dual endorsements. We’ve done them. But we prefer not to. I think they looked at the race and said, you know, it just makes sense to support the council president, " Cathcart says. "He’s reached out to us quite a bit. We feel like we’re building a relationship with him. He’s the front-runner in the race, there’s no doubt about that."

Even on areas where they clash — as with sick leave — Cathcart appreciates the way that Stuckart has sought to include their input. And there's another reason the Home Builders endorsed Stuckart:

"Really, if we are going to see Spokane grow and flourish we’re going to have to have some sustained leadership," Cathcart says. "Hopefully we’ll have four more years of continuity."

And in a city that hasn't reelected a Mayor since 1973, continuity is a rare commodity. 

The entire endorsement is posted below. Emphasis added. 
If Spokane is going to realize any long term vision, we need sustained leadership. This means not just re-electing the Mayor, but re-electing the Council President as well. Some continuity will go a long way for our City and, despite their differences, Mayor Condon and Council President Stuckart appear to work well together. It’s no secret that, throughout his first term, Council President Stuckart and our Association haven’t always seen eye-to-eye. However, we have found more and more willingness by the Council President to work with us and ensure our points of view are part of the conversation.

It’s our desire to continue exploring the opportunities to work with the Council President, especially in the areas we agree, such as: publicly opposing Envision Spokane’s anti-business/anti-growth initiative proposals; working to develop an available and buildable lands study; and efforts to incentivize in-fill development and allow urban style projects in and around our centers and corridors. In addition, the Council President voted last year in favor of the ordinance, backed by the SHBA, which eliminated Spokane’s Copper Pipe Mandate. Although we have disagreements, we appreciated his willingness to appoint us to the Mandatory Sick Leave Workgroup. It is encouraging to hear him say he only wants a very minimal sick leave policy and that he wants to leave minimum wage discussions to the state.

It’s our hope that the next City Council will focus on economic growth and development and we want to be right there working with them to advance those goals.

We are supporting Ben Stuckart, but we want to be clear that we maintain the utmost respect for his opponent John Ahern. John served his constituents well during his decade long tenure in the Washington State House of Representatives and we supported his 2013 bid for a Spokane City Council seat. John has been a friend to the Association and we wish him well, but we do not believe that he is the best candidate in this instance.

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Ironman CdA moves up start time because it's going to be really damn hot

Posted By on Tue, Jun 23, 2015 at 2:56 PM


So what's going through your mind when you look at the weekend's weather forecast? Terrified that we're all gonna die? Speculative that the mercury could even soar to such levels this far north in the hemisphere? Angry at your local TV weather person?

Whatever you're thinking, we can all agree that this heat wave picked one hell of a weekend to fry the Inland Northwest, what with Hoopfest and Ironman taking place.

And Ironman organizers are taking the prospect of athletes running or biking in temperatures that are set to peak at 104 F seriously. Thus, they announced today that the start time of the swim/bike/run contest has been pushed up to 5:30 am. The new start times are as follows:

5:30 a.m. - Pro Men
5:35 a.m. - Pro Women
5:45 a.m. - Rolling Age-Group Start
8:20 a.m. - Swim cut-off
12:30 p.m. - First Bike cut-off (Any rider who has not made the start of the second lap by 12:30 p.m. will not be allowed to continue).
3:15 p.m. - Second bike cut-off (Highway 95 turn-around).
4:30 p.m. - Official bike cut-off
8:00 p.m. - Run cut-off at halfway point of run (Lakeside turn-around)
9:30 p.m. - Second run cut-off (Bennett Bay Hill)
11:00 p.m. - Race officially ends

Here's a statement from Ironman organizers:
As our primary concern is the safety and security of our participants, spectators, volunteers, first responders and staff, we have been and will continue to be in constant communication with the National Weather Center and medical personnel to make certain we have the most accurate and up-to-date information. Plans have already been made to increase medical personnel support on the course as well as to increase our on course misting stations, fluids, sponges and ice orders. We will continue to work on additional contingency plans if adverse weather conditions require further modifications to the event. If any additional changes become necessary, they will be communicated to the athletes as early as possible.

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Infamous Gypsies going after governor, Spokane mayor, Rosauers and entire state of Washington

Posted By on Tue, Jun 23, 2015 at 11:59 AM

You might remember the Marks family. Back in the late 1980s, Jimmy and Grover Marks sued the city of Spokane in federal court for police raids on two Marks family homes. 

According to a New York Times article about the suit, police "ripped gold-plated false fingernails from women's hands, removed earrings from a 5-year-old girl and even searched a baby's diapers." 

All told, police seized $160,000 worth of jewelry and $1.6 million in cash from the family of Gypsies, some of which was sewn into family quilts. It took hours to haul away. The legal battle that ensued lasted a decade and ended in settlement as the city was waiting for a decision from the U.S. Supreme Court on felony charges against the family. Those charges were dismissed, and the city paid the family $1.43 million. That amount was considered one of the highest settlements for a police misconduct case in the nation. (The city of Seattle just settled a police-abuse case for $1.97 million last week.) 

A few months ago, Tommy Marks filed another lawsuit, mostly written by hand, this time against the entire state of Washington. Tommy Marks claims that police throughout the state have been harassing him and his family for the past 21 years as payback for the settlement, according to court documents. (The suit names the state of Washington, Governor Jay Inslee, Sen. Patty Murray, Rep. Kathy McMorris Rodgers, Rosauers Supermarkets, Spokane Mayor David Condon and Spokane Council President Ben Stuckart, among others, as defendants.)

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MB: Mielke drops out, van explodes in Shadle, Puffy beats down and Patsy comes back

Posted By on Tue, Jun 23, 2015 at 7:46 AM


Todd Mielke is dropping out of the competition to become the next Spokane County CEO. (Spokesman-Review)

There was a 10-acre brush fire at Spirit Lake that had firefighters anxious through Monday afternoon. (KREM)

A van exploded in a Shadle Walmart parking lot. (KHQ)

Summer in Washington is looking ripe for stink bugs. (Seattle Times)


South Carolina's Republican governor called for taking the Confederate flag off the state's capitol, a reaction to the recent church mass shooting in the state. (CNN)

Sean "Puffy/Diddy/P.Diddy/Puff Daddy" Combs beat down one of his kids' football coaches — at  UCLA, where his son is a junior in college and a player for the Bruins. (Washington Post)

President Obama went on Marc Maron's WTF podcast and some people are freaking out over his use of "the n-word." (Atlantic)


Patsy Cline is going to become the first country artist and first female artist to return to the stage via hologram. Crazy. (BBC)
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Monday, June 22, 2015

Photographer's perspective: The unlikely origin of a 2010 Rachel Dolezal photo

Posted By on Mon, Jun 22, 2015 at 3:43 PM

Rachel Dolezal in 2010 in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. - YOUNG KWAK
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  • Rachel Dolezal in 2010 in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.

I was working on a story about the closing of Parkside Bistro and Pub on May 7, 2010. The Coeur d’Alene restaurant was slated to be closed and demolished to make way for a park extension. I took a few photographs of then owner Kevin Eskelin inside the restaurant before stepping outside for a few more photos.

Rachel Dolezal came by and engaged in conversation with Eskelin, who was an acquaintance. The restaurant was near the Human Rights Education Institute, where Dolezal worked. As the two spoke I snapped a few photos of her, knowing that the photos wouldn’t be used for the story about the restaurant closure.

Why take the photo? Dolezal was already somewhat of a public figure in the Inland Northwest because of her outspoken work at the Human Rights Education Institute and the apparent discovery of a noose on her front porch.

As photojournalists, we often take photos of public figures when we work on stories, even if they aren’t part of the story we are working on at the time. They might be at an event we cover or are present when we are working on a story about something else. Those typically photographed for archive use are politicians, business leaders, and community leaders and activists. They are called archive photos, that can be used in later stories if necessary. Due to deadlines and accessibility, public figures may not be available for a photo when a story includes them. So we generally take a photo of a public figure when they are available.

After years of collecting virtual dust on an Inlander server, the photo was found and included in a cover section profile of Dolezal.
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THIS WEEK: Festivals galore, Lauren Gilmore book release, comedy and Hoopfest

Posted By on Mon, Jun 22, 2015 at 11:58 AM

With summer officially under way, there are a ton of things happening throughout the Pacific Northwest. You can find them in our event listings and carefully culled Staff Picks

We're here to help you plot your week, so here's What's Up starting on Monday, June 22: 

Monday, June 22

SPORTS & OUTDOORS | There are so many great hiking options in the area, it can be tricky to know where to go, especially if you have some kids along. The South Hill Library tonight is hosting a free discussion on Scenic Family Hikes Monday at 6:30 pm. 

Tuesday, June 23

FOOD & DRINK | Liberty Ciderworks is hosting a Cider Appreciation Class, and you can taste 12 different styles from both Liberty and other cideries around the Pacific Northwest. 

WORDS | Spokane Poetry Slam Grand Champion Lauren Gilmore is releasing her first full-length collection of poetry with a celebration at The Bartlett that also includes Kris Dinnison, Eliza Johnson, Hannah Reader and Laura Read.

Wednesday, June 24

COMMUNITY | If you're concerned about oil trains passing through the area, Sandpoint is hosting an Oil Train Forum sponsored by the Sightline Institute, Idaho Conservation League, and Lake Pend Oreille Waterkeeper.

Thursday, June 25

COMEDY | The Blue Door Theatre adds to its repertoire of comedy efforts with Sideways Cinema, featuring on-the-spot over-dubbing of a bad old sci-fi flick. 

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MB: WSU president dies, Portland's luxurious beards, and Taylor Swift outmuscles Apple

Posted By on Mon, Jun 22, 2015 at 7:39 AM


WSU President Elson Floyd died from cancer over the weekend just two weeks after starting a leave of absence to battle the disease, and the Pullman campus is in mourning. (KXLY)

The sister of a motorcyclist who died in a crash with an STA bus — a crash ruled a suicide — doesn't believe he was trying to kill himself. (Spokesman-Review)

One of the Pasco police officers involved in shooting Antonio Zambrano-Montes in February has resigned. (KREM)


The leader of a white supremacist group who inspired South Carolina church shooter Dylann Roof has donated tens of thousands of dollars to several of the Republican presidential candidates, including Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and Rick Santorum. (New York Times)

The now infamous prison escapees in New York had their DNA discovered in an upstate cabin. (CNN)

Jordan Spieth, a 21-year-old, won the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay on Washington's west side on Sunday, just months after winning the Masters. (Seattle Times)

Taylor Swift might actually be more powerful than Apple — the company changed its policy on paying artists and record labels available on its new streaming service when the pop star wrote a public letter chastising them. (BBC)


Portland hosted the Rose City Beard and Mustache Competitoin, and the photos are amazing. (Oregonian)
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Friday, June 19, 2015

THIS WEEKEND IN MUSIC: Bazaar music, Stateline Music Festival, Eight Bells and Mercy Brown

Posted By on Fri, Jun 19, 2015 at 4:52 PM


For those who haven’t experienced a Round at the Bartlett yet, tonight is a perfect edition to start with. Musicians include Water Monster (a 2015 Inlander Band to Watch), Drake Wilcox and Lindsay Johnston along with poet Elissa Ball and painter Elie Downes. Watch as all the action happens at the same time. Cost is $10 at the door.

Local metal act Mercy Brown recently garnered fans from around the world when a collaborative Mary Poppins video went viral. Check them out headlining the Knitting Factory tonight along with Cold Blooded, Rasputin and Serpentspire. The show starts at 8 pm and is $5 for those 21 and under or otherwise free. Read this week's profile on the band here.

Jan Francisco is actually 16-year-old Spokanite Norman Robbins. His one man show comes to the Baby Bar Saturday night along with Dead Sea Squirrels and Fun Ladies. Be there around 10 to catch the rockin' party. 

Marshall McLean Band (Another 2015 Band to Watch) plays all sorts of venues but the Bartlett is certainly one of the group’s favorite joints. MMB and Jeffery Martin take on the Bartlett stage Saturday night starting at 8 pm and cost is $15 at the door

In Portland’s Eight Bells, the trio’s chops are delivered in the service of sprawling tunes that evoke drone-rock, dark metal and psychedelia, says Dan Nailen. The band brings this flair for the dramatic to Pinnacle Northwest Saturday at 8:30 pm. Cost is $7 for the all-ages show. Mercy Brown will play at this show too. 

Bazaar, the sister event to Terrain, runs all Saturday. Purchase local art all while listening to local regional music. Basically, take part in a perfect day.
Here's the whole lineup:
11 am: DB Record Selector (Spokane)
12:30 pm: DJ Breezy Brown (Spokane)
2 pm: Silver Torches (Seattle)
3 pm: ORPHANS. (Bellingham)
4 pm: City Hall (Bellingham)
5 pm: Scott Ryan (Spokane)
6 pm: Wild Wants (Seattle)
7 pm: Friends of Mine (Spokane)
8 pm: Mama Doll (Spokane)
9 pm: Down North (Seattle)

Continuing the area’s string of free, local, music-packed concerts is the third annual Stateline Music Festival. Taking place down at the newly remodeled Cruisers in Idaho, owner Justin Veo says that Father’s Day weekend should be the right fit for families to come out for live music (after previously trying Hoopfest and Labor Day weekends). While the first year started with 10 bands, this year’s festivities features two days and 18 acts. Saturday features hard rock bands doing their own stuff — expect a lot from Invasive, Mechanism, Elephant Gun Riot, AntiHero, Free the Jester, Banish the Echo and Children of Atom — while Sunday includes cover bands like Coleman Underground and Slightly Committed playing the whole musical gamut from country to funk. The event will also include aerial flyovers, roller derby exhibitions and yes, fire dancers. The shows run all afternoon into the evening.

Grieves is back, back again. That’s right, the Seattle rapper is at the Bartlett Sunday throwing his sweet rhymes down. The show is $20, but as he’s sold out the venue before, you’ll probably want to get your tickets early. The all-ages show starts at 8 pm.
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76 false or otherwise #problematic statements from Rachel Dolezal, and counting

Posted By on Fri, Jun 19, 2015 at 4:19 PM

Rachel Dolezal in 2010 - YOUNG KWAK PHOTO
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  • Rachel Dolezal in 2010

The national media have largely moved on from the Rachel Dolezal story, turning their attention to far more disturbing events. But Dolezal — a black leader revealed to be white — remains a significant story in the community she repeatedly lied to. While many have pointed to her actions as evidence of the region’s struggles with racial issues, they fit even more cleanly into Spokane’s saga of getting fooled by scammers, fraudsters and liars. (And yes, the Inlander, was sadly not immune to being deceived.)

This compilation of Dolezal’s lies and other fishy actions can’t hope to be complete, but the goal is to give an idea of the sheer scale of Dolezal’s deceptions. Some deceptions are tiny. Some are massive. Other statements may not be lies at all, but have been thrown into serious doubt because of Dolezal’s other deceptions. We intend this to be a document that is continually updated as more revelations arise. Please let us know in the comments if there’s anything we missed. Or if there's a factual claim incorrectly labeled as false or suspicious, let us know that too.

Lies, untruths or "creative nonfictions" (36 examples)

1. Dolezal has repeatedly lied or represented that she is "black" or "multiracial." She is not. Yet she has made this claim in a variety of venues, including checking “African-American” on her application to the Spokane Office of Police Ombudsman.

2. ... Dolezal cringed at having to correct women who touch her hair and says she’s, like, “just please don’t do this to another black woman.”

3. ... Referring to Black History Month, Dolezal wrote, “Our story should be taught year round.” It’s not her story.

4. ... In an Inlander column, Dolezal referred to herself as a “black feminist like bell hooks and Harriet Tubman.”

5. ... In an Inlander column, Dolezal said her son doesn’t see the other black kids at the school as black, and “distinguishes himself as the only black kid at his school actually being raised by a black parent."

6.... In an interview in April with Inlander journalist Lael Henterly, Dolezal said, discussing the NAACP, “We’re black, we must be careful with our civil liberties.”

7. Dolezal has also repeatedly claimed that her adopted brother, Izaiah, is actually her son. For example, in an Inlander column, Dolezal calls herself “a mother raising two black sons.”

8. ... In an Inlander column, Dolezal refers to arguments with her “teenage sons,” plural.

9. ... In an interview with Melissa Harris-Perry, Dolezal said, “First of all, it means that I have really gone there with the experience in terms of being a mother of two black sons and really owning what it — what it means to experience and live blackness.”

10. ... In her first Inlander column, Dolezal said that “my black son is completing his degree.”

11. Dolezal has also repeatedly represented Albert Wilkerson, Jr., a black man, as her real father. In fact, he's a friend of hers, but not her biological father. For example, Idaho Rep. Paulette Jordan tells the Inlander when Dolezal served as her campaign manager that Dolezal “made it clear that she has part-black and part-native heritage,” and that Doelzal introduced him to her “father” Albert Wilkerson back in 2009.  

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