Monday, April 24, 2017

Spokane County says "no thanks" to free body cameras, no charge for a year's worth of storage

Posted By on Mon, Apr 24, 2017 at 2:34 PM

Spokane County: Thanks, but no thanks.
  • Spokane County: Thanks, but no thanks.

Earlier this month, Axon (the company formerly known as Taser), announced that it is offering free body cameras and a year's subscription to its cloud storage service to any American law enforcement agency.

Even with the discount, Spokane County commissioners say it's unlikely that county Sheriff's deputies will start wearing what many police reform advocates say is an essential police accountability tool any time soon.

"Where are we going to get the biggest bang for the buck for the public?" Commissioner Al French says. "My suspicion is that means putting more deputies on the road than putting cameras on the ones we have."

In theory, French says, he's in favor of body cameras. Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich agrees.

"If I had half a million dollars I could throw at this, my world would be a whole lot better," French says. "I just don't have the funds. That's where the rub is."

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Built to Spill headlines Volume, French election, and morning headlines

Posted By on Mon, Apr 24, 2017 at 9:06 AM

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Pump up the Volume
The lineup for Volume 2017 is here, and it includes Built to Spill, Chastity Belt, J GRGRY, Ras Kass, Lithics, and many, many more performers. Check out all the bands and venues for the June 2-3 event here
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There's nothing to do around here... not!
There is SO much to do this week, including concerts, comedy, live discussions about national parks and rainforests, symphony, theater, film and food!

IN OTHER NEWS

Doomsday is nigh
With plenty of construction throughout the Bloomsday course, Doomsday Hill is ready for the race, and other parts of downtown under construction will be prepped for all the foot traffic. (Spokesman-Review)

French opt for two out-of-the-mainstream candidates

The two candidates who voters sent on to a runoff vote next month in France's presidential election are both outsiders; one is a former investment banker and pro-European Union, while the other opposes the EU and wants far-right "France first" policies. (New York Times)

UW prepares for research cuts
For many years, federal money has been used for research and building new facilities at the University of Washington, which receives more federal research funding than any other public university in the country, but President Donald Trump's budget proposal could put that in jeopardy. (Seattle Times)
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Sunday, April 23, 2017

THIS WEEK: Jimmy Eat World, exploring the North Cascades, OoozaPaloooza Food Truck Fest and more

Posted By on Sun, Apr 23, 2017 at 1:01 PM

Jimmy Eat World headline Tuesday at the Knitting Factory.
  • Jimmy Eat World headline Tuesday at the Knitting Factory.

Barreling toward the end of April, there's plenty of reason to get out and about and enjoy all Spokane has to offer, as found in our event listings and Staff Picks at all times.

I did a little legwork for ya — here are some highlights of the week ahead:

Monday, April 24

Live Bands | Get a little reggae on mere days after 4/20 as The Expendables drop by the Knitting Factory to headline a show.

Sports & Outdoors | Head to REI and get to know what might be YOUR park — this time the discussion focuses on North Cascades National Recreation Area. Enjoy it while we still have it.

Tuesday, April 25

Live Bands | Jimmy Eat World headlines a gig at Knitting Factory, and you can read our interview with lead singer Jim Adkins right here. And while they're always solid, don't be shocked if you leave the show talking about Beach Slang, the explosive opener. Even so, no denying this Jimmy Eat World tune:


Film | The Garland Theater hosts the SFCC International Film Festival, tonight screening The Life of a Guide Dog, a Japanese doc that shows all the work that goes into training a working pup.

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Friday, April 21, 2017

Announcing the Volume 2017 lineup; tickets on sale now!

Built to Spill, Chastity Belt, Ras Kass, Windoe, Belt of Vapor, Folkinception among featured bands

Posted By on Fri, Apr 21, 2017 at 12:25 PM


Northwest indie-rock favorites Built to Spill and Chastity Belt will play a new outdoor stage at the Steam Plant at Volume 2017 this June 2-3, part of a sprawling lineup of nearly 100 artists ranging from hip-hop to punk, folk to synth-pop, metal to electro-rock.
Chastity Belt
  • Chastity Belt

The Inland Northwest's best bands provide the backbone for Volume, as they have every year in its six-year history. Cathedral Pearls, The Dancing Plague of 1518, Itchy Kitty, Belt of Vapor, Empty Eyes, Summer in Siberia and Jan Francisco are among the locals who will play alongside visitors like rapper Nacho Picasso (Seattle), electro-pop crew J GRGRY (Seattle), grease-slathered Southern rockers Shawn James and the Shapeshifters (Fayetteville, Arkansas), art-rockers Lithics (Portland) and California-based Ras Kass, who Pitchfork once called "one of the best rappers of all time."

That's just the start of what is the best lineup yet for the largest, most diverse music festival in the Inland Northwest. You can see the entire lineup here, or scroll down for a complete list.

Ras Kass
  • Ras Kass
The venues for Volume 2017 include The Baby Bar (all-ages), The Bartlett (all-ages), The Big Dipper (all-ages), Boots Bakery, Mootsy's, The Observatory, The Pin! (all-ages), The Red Room Lounge, nYne Bar and the Washington Cracker Co. Building (Terrain stage; all-ages), plus the new Steam Plant Outdoor Stage on Saturday (all-ages).

Tickets are just $25 in advance for two days of amazing music ($35 if you wait until the festival), and you can get those right here.

Here's a sample of Boise-based Built to Spill:

Chastity Belt formed in Walla Walla:

Ras Kass gets topical on his latest:

Myke Bogan's "Take the Night Off" featuring Blossom:

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Spokane Valley hostage crisis averted, extremists clash in Berkeley, and other morning headlines

Posted By on Fri, Apr 21, 2017 at 9:48 AM

A rainbow plunges toward downtown Spokane in the early evening of 4/20. - DANIEL WALTERS PHOTO
  • Daniel Walters photo
  • A rainbow plunges toward downtown Spokane in the early evening of 4/20.

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One man's trash, another man's treasure. Or woman's treasure.


Find junk that you can turn into craft supplies tomorrow. It's called recycling, and it's a thing now.

Can you spare 50 dimes?

We've previously reported that you can text "CHANGE" to 50555 to give money to Catholic Charities. You can still do that!

IN OTHER NEWS

Hostage saved in the Valley
A hostage crisis in Spokane Valley was resolved safely. (Spokesman-Review)

Bridge builders
Blessings Under the Bridge is going to be on Lifetime's Live Life Forward TV show. (Spokesman-Review)

Punishing the sanctuaries

The Justice Department sent warnings to nine "sanctuary city" jurisdictions. But not Spokane, because Spokane isn't a sanctuary city. (New York Times)

Extreme reactions

The far left and far right have gone to war in Berkeley, California. (Washington Post)

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Do you DIY, upcycle or craft? Get free materials Saturday at ZeroLandfill Spokane

Posted By on Thu, Apr 20, 2017 at 12:35 PM


If your sewing machine never gets tucked away, your toolbox, glue and scissors are always ready for the next project, or you're just looking for some creative inspiration, ZeroLandfill Spokane has you covered.

This Saturday, April 22 (Earth Day!), people can come get free materials from the Inland Northwest City Center (a chapter of the International Interior Design Association) and save things from going to the dump.

Some of the things you might find include "fabric, carpet, wall covering, wood, tile, stone, glass, rubber, vinyl, laminate and much more," according to the event page, and there will be free activities for the kids.

"The Interior Design & Architecture community will collect expired and unwanted material samples for reuse and creative upcycling by educators, artists, DIY-ers, and crafters," says the event page. "Last year we diverted several tons of material from the waste stream."

The event goes from 9 am to 2 pm at FloForm, 5320 E. Sprague Ave., #400.

NOTE: If you want first dibs, you've got to register by 5 pm today to get in the door 30 minutes early. It's free, so what are you waiting for?

Don't forget, the event is also BYOB — bring your own bag or box to carry your finds home.

More information and pictures with crafting ideas can be found on the ZeroLandfill Facebook page: facebook.com/zerolandfillspokane

IIDA INLAND NORTHWEST CITY CENTER'S POSTER FOR ZEROLANDFILL SPOKANE
  • IIDA Inland Northwest City Center's poster for ZeroLandfill Spokane

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Downtown Spokane Partnership offers "text to donate" option to help House of Charity

Posted By on Thu, Apr 20, 2017 at 10:53 AM


Last week, House of Charity announced it would have to stop offering daytime hours at its downtown shelter, and wouldn't be able to sleep about 200 extra people on its floor as it has all winter, after a boost of funding it received from the city runs out on May 1.

For its part, the Downtown Spokane Partnership helped
Downtown Spokane Partnership President Mark Richard speaks at an April 13 press conference about House of Charity funding. - SAMANTHA WOHLFEIL PHOTO
  • Samantha Wohlfeil photo
  • Downtown Spokane Partnership President Mark Richard speaks at an April 13 press conference about House of Charity funding.
 HOC last year with a $25,000 donation, and offered another $25,000 in matching funds, if other people stepped up to help out too.

Until April 14, about $10,000 had been donated for the match, and then Vickerman & Driscoll Financial Advisors pledged $10,000, DSP reports.

Kevin Driscoll told partnership staff that the firm had wanted to donate to HOC for a while and decided to take advantage of the match, DSP announced in a news release.

"(HOC) provides vital services to some of the most disadvantaged members of our community," Driscoll says in the announcement. "We are happy to support them and would hope others join us to enable the 24/7 services to continue."

The partnership is still looking for $5,000 to complete their match, and they have an easy way for people who want to donate small amounts to help.

To donate by phone, text "Change" to 50555 and a $5 donation will be added to your next phone bill.
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The legit origin of 4/20, Spokane Spanker fesses up, Bill O'Reilly forced out at Fox and morning headlines

Posted By on Thu, Apr 20, 2017 at 9:32 AM


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NEWS: Councilman Mike Fagan (and other elected Republicans in Spokane) respond to controversial comments, plus NAACP Spokane chapter President Phil Tyler is stepping down, possibly to run for elected office.

MUSIC: If you have the means, we highly recommend picking some up — our picks for Record Store Day releases.

4/20: It doesn't refer to a cop code for smoking marijuana in progress, and it's not Bob Marley's birthday. Here's the legit story behind the international signifier for all things marijuana.

IN OTHER NEWS:

Are your tushies safe?
A headband-wearing Aeropostale-clad bro says he's the Spokane Spanker. Police have not yet arrested Jonathan Smith, who admitted to assaulting 30 to 50 women on the Centennial Trail over the course of three days. (KHQ)

Bill O'Reilly: Out at Fox News.
  • Bill O'Reilly: Out at Fox News.
Bye-bye, Bill
Longtime Fox News host Bill O'Reilly resigned from his post under embarrassing, controversial circumstances. Allegations of sexual harassment continue to pour in after 21st Century Fox reportedly paid out $13 million in settlements to five women who accused O'Reilly of sexual harassment. (New York Times)

Tragic end for runaway teen
A 17-year-old from Orofino, Idaho, died in a car crash yesterday on Sunny Side Bench Road. The boy, identified by police as Kristian Branden Perez, ran away from his prom Friday and was missing for days before he was found. Perez died the next day. (Spokesman-Review)

"I don't mind if you boo or yell"
U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador held a three-hour town hall Wednesday in Meridian, Idaho, facing questions and criticism of President Donald Trump's administration. The forum was only scheduled to last 90 minutes, but Labrador continued to field questions about Trump's tax returns, the future of health care and the Environmental Protection Agency, and the president's frequent (and costly) visits to his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida. (Idaho Statesman)
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The actual origin of the term 4/20

Posted By on Thu, Apr 20, 2017 at 8:58 AM

Spark one up for "The Waldos" today.
  • Spark one up for "The Waldos" today.

Like many of the great origin stories, the tale behind the digits "4/20" marks the beginning of the hero's journey.

4/20 is not a cop code, or Bob Marley's birthday (nor does it have anything to do with Hitler's birthday, wherever that came from).

It's not the time of the day that you're supposed to smoke weed (though there's nothing stopping you from lighting up at 4:20). It's not the number of chemical compounds in THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, and it's not the numbers in that one Bob Dylan song multiplied.

No, the origin for the international indicator of all things marijuana — and what's become the unofficial Stoner Holiday — is much more unlikely.

The term 4/20 actually started with a group of bell-bottomed stoner teenagers in San Rafael, California. And just last month, the digits were added to the Oxford English Dictionary, where they will live on as the universal signifier referring "to cannabis or to the act of smoking cannabis." The dictionary credits a group of unlikely heroic teenagers for the term's beginning.

So the story goes, there was a group of dudes at San Rafael High School in Marin County, north of San Francisco. In the early '70s, they earned the nickname "The Waldos" because they would sit on a wall after school and smoke pot.

One day, a Waldo named Steve Capper tells Criminal podcast host Phoebe Judge, a buddy told him of a magical field of marijuana ripe for the picking. Apparently, Capper's buddy's brother was in the Coast Guard and had planted some marijuana in a field near the Coast Guard's Point Reyes Station. Concerned that he would get caught, the service member relinquished control of the mystical plot of pot, and the Waldos jumped on it.

"We were teenage boys," Dave Reddix, another Waldo, says on the podcast. "Are you kidding?"

So the Waldos hatched a plan to meet at 4:20 pm at the statue of Louis Pasteur on the high school's campus. The teens "fired up a doobie" and hopped in Capper's '66 Impala.

They didn't find the elusive patch of grass that first day, but for weeks and months afterward, they would pass each other in the halls.

"4:20 Louis," they would say with a knowing glance. And each day after school, their search would continue. Eventually, they dropped the "Louis."

The Waldos never found the weed field, but in the decades after high school, they started seeing the digits scratched into park benches and painted on signs across the country.

Reddix suspects that the term spread with the help of Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh. Reddix's brother, Patrick, managed a Dead side band, and they smoked with Lesh frequently, he tells the Huffington Post.

Reddix recalls hanging out at the Front Street rehearsal hall while Lesh and his bandmates practiced.

"So we used to hang out and listen to them play music, and get high while they're practicing for gigs," Reddix tells HuffPo.

Where's the proof, you say? The Waldos have documentation. Stashed in a safety deposit box in San Francisco is a school newspaper clipping and dated correspondences between them.

In a man-on-the-street-style article dated 1974, one of the Waldos was asked, "If you had the opportunity to say anything in front of the graduating class, what would you say?"

"4-20," he answered simply.

There are also several letters among the Waldos, including one from Reddix to Capper. Reddix rolled a joint, he tells Judge on her podcast, smashed it down and mailed it to Capper. In the letter dated 1975, he wrote: "PS a little 420 for your weekend."
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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Phil Tyler announces resignation as NAACP president, hints at run for office

Posted By on Wed, Apr 19, 2017 at 4:54 PM

In his final meeting as Spokane NAACP president, Phil Tyler emcees a heated discussion about controversial statements local leaders made at a March 4 Trump rally. - DANIEL WALTERS PHOTO
  • Daniel Walters photo
  • In his final meeting as Spokane NAACP president, Phil Tyler emcees a heated discussion about controversial statements local leaders made at a March 4 Trump rally.

Last night's NAACP meeting had been contentious, to say the least.

Most of the meeting had been an interrogation of City Councilman Mike Fagan and Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich regarding comments they'd made about transgender rights and President Obama's impact on cop killings. There had been moments of anger and outrage and emotional confession. Long monologues had been delivered about deeply personal experiences. Comments had been made that infuriated those on the left, and comments had been made that had infuriated those on the right.

But as Spokane NAACP President Phil Tyler closes out the night, standing in front of the crowd in a sharp tuxedo with shiny shoes, he doesn't look upset. In fact, it's closer to the opposite. He's beaming.

"Tonight," Tyler says, "will be my final night leading this wonderful organization."

At first, he suggests that he's stepping down to set the stage for other leaders.

"They say you lift as you climb," he says. "I say sometimes, in order to lift, you have to not only reach down but step down."

He celebrates how the organization has grown and thrived.

"I am happy. You've made me happy," he says. "Continue to spread love."

There's applause. But then, like the post-credits scene in a Marvel movie, he drops a hint about what's coming next — a reveal that his motivation for stepping down may not entirely be about clearing the way for new leadership.

"I will add this final caveat," Tyler says. "Our bylaws expressly prohibit an officer holding a publicly elected office."

"(Wink)," Tyler has written in his notes.

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