Thursday, July 16, 2015

CONCERT REVIEW: Past acid trips, past loves and past experiences with Graham Nash at the Bing

Posted By on Thu, Jul 16, 2015 at 9:31 AM

Graham Nash doesn't look like this anymore.
  • Graham Nash doesn't look like this anymore.

When Graham Nash has a show at the Bing Crosby Theater scheduled for 7:30 pm, he’s going to show up on stage at 7:30 pm. No opener, no 30-minute time buffer like many artists employ for shows. So naturally, I arrived a few songs into the set Wednesday night, grappling in the darkness for my seat. He was in the middle of the Hollies’ “King Midas in Reverse,” just wailing on an acoustic guitar accompanied by Shane Fontayne, also tangled up in an acoustic guitar and singing harmonies.

And then, sticking with the king theme, the two Brits moved into “I Used to Be a King” – the first selection from Nash’s debut solo album Songs For Beginners.

As Nash’s still-strong vocals launched into the freeing chorus — “Someone is gonna take my heart / No one is gonna break my heart again” — there were tears falling down my face. Sometimes, as a person who goes to a lot of shows, you tire of live music; you forget why it’s everything. And it is everything when you hear a song that changed you, sung by the person who wrote it.

Nash, for his part, was emotional with the music, too. 

“It’s hard to put yourself back in the place you were when you wrote a particular song,” he admitted from the stage. “Especially, when you have 20 more songs to sing.”

And for most of the middle-age-plus audience members, these songs meant a lot. Many of them were around when Nash and his homeboys Crosby, Stills and Young were first together.

The hits continued with “Marrakesh Express,” and “Immigration Man,” as the pair found their groove. Fontayne, who has played guitar for CSN, Sting and Bruce Springsteen, played brilliant yet short wailing electric guitar solos throughout many of the songs, while Nash strummed out rhythm. Then Nash got into some of the new stuff he and Fontayne recorded last year (that album has an expected spring 2016 release). And the songs weren’t bad, a little hippie-dippy, but heart-felt.

“I’m of the opinion that the job of a good songwriter is to be honest,” said Nash, of the recently written material.

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MB: Spokane police officer arrested, Greek banks get a lift and ballots mailed

Posted By on Thu, Jul 16, 2015 at 9:07 AM


The Center for Justice will challenge a controversial initiative in court. (Inlander)

Spokane police arrested one of its own officers on charges of armed burglary. (Spokesman-Review)

Ballots are being mailed for the upcoming primary election. (KHQ)


The European Central bank has agreed to give Greek banks a line of credit. (New York Times)

Caitlyn Jenner accepted the Arthur Ashe Courage award last night. (Guardian)

Thousands of Iraqi civilians are trapped in the Anbar province between the Islamic State and a government that’s suspicious of them. (Reuters)

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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

75+ more questionable posts by Airway Heights Mayor Patrick Rushing

Posted By on Wed, Jul 15, 2015 at 4:44 PM

An Inlander story this week discusses how a racist comment about Michelle Obama landed Airway Heights Mayor Patrick Rushing in hot water and resulted in the rest of the Airway Heights City Council asking the mayor to resign. So far, he's refused. 

In this day and age, of course, a single poorly worded tweet on social media can destroy an entire career. So it can be important to not just focus on a single Facebook post, even one as offensive as Rushing's: "Gorilla face Michelle, can't disagree with that. The woman is not attractive except to monkey man Barack. Check out them ears. LOL."

This sort of post isn't the only type of post Rushing has made on his Facebook page, to be clear. He also talks a lot about his fight with cancer, his grief over the loss of loved ones, his love for his family, and his pride in his military service. He also, in something many of us can relate to, talked a lot about being addicted to Candy Crush Saga

Throughout his five-year tenure as Airway Heights mayor, Rushing's Facebook page has regularly churned out (mostly reposted) images and comments that many might find, well, unbecoming of the Mayor's Office. 

For example:

On Race and Justice



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VIDEO: Battle of the Cheap Eats Inlander food experts

Posted By on Wed, Jul 15, 2015 at 4:05 PM

One sunny afternoon, two interns went to three Spokane eateries in search of items to stump the best Inlander foodies. They brought back three deliciously cheap meals to the second floor of the Inlander building in Kendall Yards, and challenged Mike Bookey and Laura Regester's knowledge of this local fare.

They sat them down in a meeting room, blindfolded them, and pressed record. Who will be the best at determining the restaurant of origin and price of these foods? Will they miss their mouths when they eat? Is that chicken or beef? Watch and find out, and check out links to all the Cheap Eats 2015 stories below: 


New and Cheap, a roundup of great, new cheap grub options in Spokane. 
Rolling Goodies, a look at the latest food truck sweet deals
Burger Brawl, in which Inlander staffers eat every burger from Zip's at once. Every. Burger. 
Just Desserts helps you find sweet treats on the cheap. 
The Nicest Price is free, and here's where you can find free food. 
Hot and Cold, where to find great deli deals. 
Keeping It Classic. Or Not, a showdown between old-school favorites and cheap rising stars on the scene. 
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WW: Poison center sees increase in pot-related calls, and the Church of Cannabis sues

Posted By on Wed, Jul 15, 2015 at 3:31 PM

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The number of pot-related calls to the Washington Poison Center has increased from 109 cases in the first quarter of 2014 to 133 cases in the first quarter of 2015. But before you get all worked up about how the state’s emergency rooms are being flooded with screaming, red-eyed victims of the devil’s lettuce, there are a few things to consider. Dr. Alexander Garrard, the center’s clinical managing director, says that the rise in pot-related calls doesn’t necessarily mean that there are more people who are having adverse reactions to marijuana since it’s been legal.

“Now that it’s legal, people are more comfortable calling for help because there’s no fear of legal prosecution,” says Garrard, who notes that increased educational outreach that has accompanied the drug’s legalization may have also played a role.

Common calls to the center, says Garrard, are for situations where young kids found edibles that have been left lying around or have gotten into locked or unlocked cabinets to ingest weed-laced treats. But the two biggest age groups that had reported exposures were 13-19 and 20-29. Garrard says that these two groups are more open to experimentation with drugs already and that hasn't changed with legalization.

The majority of the cases also weren’t that big of a deal and were categorized as being "minor" or "moderate" incidents, and there were no fatalities.

Here’s the news elsewhere:

Opponents of legal marijuana are using a federal law intended to combat organized crime to put Colorado pot shops out of business.

In Oregon, you can take pot on the plane if you’re traveling somewhere in the state.

A federal appeals court has ruled that marijuana businesses still can’t deduct their business expenses from their taxes like other businesses.

In a test to the state’s new religious freedom law, Indiana's First Church of Cannabis is suing state officials, arguing that the adherents are entitled to smoke pot.
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Bicyclist Ryan Holyk's DNA found on deputy's SUV; family and Sheriff's Office at odds over info

Posted By on Wed, Jul 15, 2015 at 1:34 PM

Ryan Holyk's DNA was found on the front bumper of Deputy Joe Bodman's patrol SUV, despite three investigations that found the vehicle missed hitting Holyk and his bike by about a foot. 

Mike Maurer, the attorney for Holyk's family who has filed a lawsuit against Deputy Bodman and the Sheriff's Office, says the presence of DNA doesn't necessarily prove the SUV hit Holyk, but certainly raises many more questions about the case: Who found the DNA? Where specifically was it located on the front bumper? Could it indicate there was contact, contrary to what the Sheriff's Office and investigators found? 

Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich says the DNA still doesn't indicate there was any contact between Holyk and the Deputy's SUV.  

"Ryan and [Bodman's] vehicle were in close proximity," Knezovich says. "There were firefighters, AMR, law enforcement, civilians all around. All it takes is one individual who had contact with Ryan to brush up and touch that vehicle to leave DNA on it."

Maurer thinks that explanation sounds a little farfetched.

Ryan's parents, Carrie Thomson and Aaron Holyk, don't buy it either. 

"I don't understand how they've been saying this whole time that there was no contact even though the deputy radioed in and said 'I hit a kid,'" Thomson says. "And now there's DNA on the bumper. We just don't know what to believe from the Sheriff's Office anymore." 

Aaron Holyk echoes that sentiment. 

"I am not pleased with the way the Spokane County Sheriff's Office is handling this," he says. "They're supposed to be protecting and serving, not screwing over the Spokane community. It's a cover up." 

Knezovich says the news of this evidence is a legal tactic to get the County to cut a settlement. He contends that Holyk's attorneys have had the DNA information for more than a year. Maurer says that's not true. 

"I just got this information late last week as a response to discovery requests I filed with the Sheriff's Office," Maurer says. "No body other than the Sheriff's Office had this information until then." 
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Center for Justice will challenge immigration initiative in court

Posted By on Wed, Jul 15, 2015 at 12:56 PM

The Center for Justice intends to challenge the legality of an initiative petition that, if passed, would overturn a city policy that bars police and other employees from contacting individuals solely to ascertain their immigration status.

Rick Eichstaedt, the group’s executive director, tells the Inlander that supporters of the petition illegally placed prejudicial text on the petitions used to collect signatures.

The language added to the petition is a “legislative history” that lists members of Spokane City Council who voted for “Spokane to become a sanctuary for illegal aliens.” The petition goes on to list Councilmen Mike Allen and Mike Fagan as the members of the council “who voted to prevent Spokane from becoming a sanctuary for illegal aliens, and to defend the right of taxpayers, police and other city employees to refuse finance and harbor lawless activity.”


Eichstaedt says that past legal challenges to initiatives have been based on their substance, citing attempts from business and government entities to prevent Envision Spokane from having its sweeping measures placed on the ballot.

  • Rick Eichstaedt
“This case is really different because we are saying they didn’t follow the process,” says Eichstaedt, who notes that this a “novel question” for the court to consider.

Under Spokane’s initiative process, city lawyers issue an opinion on the legality of the initiative and then write for it an accompanying ballot title and brief narrative, which cannot be modified.

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MB: New questions on teen cyclist's death, explosion in Newport and new pics of Pluto

Posted By on Wed, Jul 15, 2015 at 9:10 AM


The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office has denied that a deputy struck and killed Ryan Holyk while he was riding his bike. So why was the teen's his DNA found on the deputy’s car? (KXLY)

An explosion occurred at an aerospace company in Newport last night. (Spokesman-Review)

Richard Aguirre, a former Pasco police officer, has pleaded not guilty to charges of murder, voyeurism and tampering with a witness. (KREM)


NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft has captured images of Pluto. (New York Times)

Mexico’s government has released footage of drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman in his cell just before his escape. (Reuters)

Jade Helm 15, a military exercise in the Southwestern United States, begins today. Citizens worried it’s a prelude to martial law are monitoring it. (Guardian)

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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Orange bikes on South Hill not "ghost bikes," they were advertisements

Posted By on Tue, Jul 14, 2015 at 11:05 AM


If you've seen any of the 20 bright orange bikes chained to light posts in the South Hill neighborhood and thought you missed the news of a massive cycling accident, you're not alone.

Rest assured there was no accident. No one was injured. The orange bikes are not memorials for cyclists, known worldwide as ghost bikes; rather, they are promotional advertisements for a new fitness center opening this fall.  

Phil Larkin, a local bike commuter, started noticing the bikes on his way to work. 

"At first I thought 'Wow, someone died here,'" he says. "Then I started seeing them around town and thought some organization was trying to promote bike safety." 

Then Larkin saw the bike at Southeast and 29th Street with a baby seat on the back, and he took to Facebook to try and find out what happened. 

Richard Cote, who was involved in the promotional advertisement idea for the new fitness center Orangetheory Fitness says they had no intention of offending anyone. The new gym had planned a Facebook competition that involved members taking selfies with the bikes to win prizes. 

"There was no intention to mock the ghost bike phenomenon," Cote says, after becoming aware of the disapproval of some in the bike community via social media.  

All of the bikes had been removed as of Monday afternoon (but not before an Inlander reporter snapped a few pictures). 

Cote says he and some other employees took the idea from other Orangetheory Fitness locations in Seattle, but decided to take the bikes down after the backlash on social media and a discussion with a code enforcement officer for the City of Spokane.

Heather Trautman, the director of Neighborhood Services and Code Enforcement for the city, says off-site signs advertising businesses are typically not allowed under the city's municipal code, except in cases like a grand opening or special event. Neither does the code allow for any objects to be chained to city infrastructure such as light posts or traffic signals — promotional or otherwise. That means ghost bike memorials are not allowed either. 

The ghost bike movement started in St. Louis, Missouri, when volunteers placed 20 white bicycles around the city, marking places where cyclists were injured or killed by cars. So it's easy to see why Larkin and others were confused by the promotional stunt. The movement now includes more than 630 ghost bikes in more than 210 locations worldwide, but the most recent count is from 2012, so those numbers are likely much higher now. 
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Another inmate died in the Spokane County Jail

Posted By on Tue, Jul 14, 2015 at 10:31 AM

A female inmate in Spokane County Jail was found unresponsive in her cell at 4:33 pm Monday when a corrections officer conducted a cell check. The officer called for medical assistance and began "life-saving efforts," according to a release from the Sheriff's Office. Paramedics arrived "within minutes" but were not able to revive the woman.  

"She was in a cell by herself when they found her," says Officer Mark Gregory, a spokesman for the Sheriff's Office. "There were no issues with anything around her neck."

The woman is the fifth inmate to die in the county jail since January of this year. On May 4, John Everitt, 46, was found dead in his cell with a sheet around his neck despite being on suicide watch. Lorenzo Hayes, 37, died while wrestling with officers in the jail's booking area, and Scott M. Stevens, 53, was also found unresponsive and alone in his cell. Jail Director John McGrath has said previously that only one County inmate died in 2014. 

The woman was in custody on a Washington State Department of Corrections Community Custody hold, which means she likely violated conditions of her parole. The woman's name and specific violation have not yet been released. 
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