Thursday, January 12, 2017

Questions about a Spokane police shooting, sexism in Idaho House and morning headlines

Posted By on Thu, Jan 12, 2017 at 9:30 AM


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NEWS: The family of a man shot by Spokane Police in 2011 remains unconvinced of the officers' accounts of what happened. Was James Rogers pointing a shotgun at the cop who killed him or trying to comply with police commands to surrender?

MUSIC: In times of turmoil, the arts flourish. This week, music editor Laura Johnson looks at ways in which local musicians stick it to the man with their music.

The River City Roots (et al) is playing a Standing Rock Benefit Concert at the Big Dipper this Saturday. $5 to get in, proceeds to the Oceti Sakowin Camp, where many protesters have lived since spring of last year.


A LESSON IN FAKE NEWS: How Spokane schools teach students to identify fake and biased news.

IN OTHER NEWS:

If you're reading this, it might already be too late. The snowplowing in Browne's Addition started at 9 am today. Any cars not moved from the north and south streets were towed. Tomorrow, east and west streets will be plowed. (Spokesman-Review)

• Spokane is rolling out a risk assessment tool that will assist judges in their decisions to release people accused of crimes, or hold them in jail. The tool was made possible, in part, by a $1.75 million grant from the MacArthur Foundation. (KXLY)

The repeal of Obamacare is inching closer after the Senate voted today on a resolution that clears the way for dismantling major sections of the universal healthcare law. (Washington Post)

• Ten key moments in President-elect Donald Trump's first post-election news conference, via the New York Times, in which Trump called BuzzFeed a "failing pile of garbage," CNN "fake news" and compared the release of unverified documents to a Nazi tactic. The documents contained (again, unverified) details of Trump's connection to Russia.

• Idaho Rep. Heather Scott is at it again. The North Idaho representative could face punishment for an outburst in which she said women in the Idaho House only obtain leadership positions if they "spread their legs." (Spokesman-Review)
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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

What We've Been... Reading

Posted By on Wed, Jan 11, 2017 at 3:38 PM


Welcome back to the Inlander staff's biweekly rundown of the cool and worthwhile things we've been into lately: words we've been reading, series we've been watching, music/podcast we've been listening to, and tasty treats we've been drinking/eating. This week, we're nerding out about the great blogs, books and journalistic works we've come across lately.

Find past installments of "What We've Been..." here.

BE MORE WITH LESS
Capsule wardrobe bloggers can show you how freeing decluttering your closet can be.
  • Capsule wardrobe bloggers can show you how freeing decluttering your closet can be.
Every two weeks, I get obsessed with something different. Scroll through my Internet history and you’ll find the everyday Google searches then stumble upon 65 entries over three days wondering, “How to breathe properly” or “Best way to sleep.” Well, lately, it’s all about a capsule wardrobe: a compact, versatile collection of 30 items or fewer, typically to save money, closet space and reduce time spent looking through the contents of your closet, 90 percent of which you have no intention of wearing ever again. There are blogs upon blogs offering advice on how to streamline your wardrobe — that is, the “magic number” of items per season, 3, 5, 10, 20 basics you “must have” in your capsule, or “buy our $5/mo app or you’ll fail,” etc.

Be More with Less has been my go-to blog. It has a veritable ton of methods to declutter everything, positive posts on how to de-stress in general, and the ever-present reminder from blogger Courtney Carver that she is there to help, but no one knows what will work for you better than yourself. I have found I care less about the magic number of clothes, and more that nowadays I can actually remember every piece of clothing I own, so that’s a step for me.

If you’re ready (and it may hurt a little), also check out Tokyo-based organizing consultant Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, a best-selling decluttering and organizing guide that took the world by storm in 2014. (RAVEN HAYNES)

SI DOES TRUE CRIME
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Sports Illustrated is best known (duh) for its photography, but the weekly mag has had its share of excellent writers and ripping good yarns during its decades of existence. And while the magazine is constantly trying new things to stay relevant in the modern media environment — hello fitness columns and ever-increasing dose of “charticles” — the Jan. 9 issue presented a new-ish feature called "SI True Crime" that really is just another name for what the magazine does best — combining some compelling storytelling with stellar photography and some interactive features online.

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Share your West Central stories for a new, interactive art installation

Posted By on Wed, Jan 11, 2017 at 12:31 PM


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Payphone booths are a relic of the past — yet another victim to technology's rapid advances — but an upcoming community art project seeks to give the booths new purpose through storytelling.

The West Central Dial-A-Story Project is spearheaded by the Kendall Yards literacy and resource nonprofit Spark Central, with support from Spokane Arts, Laboratory Spokane and the Spokane Civic Theatre. But before this exciting, original project can become a reality, contributors of all ages are invited to submit their West Central-centric stories.

February 19 is the deadline to submit true, first-hand experiences set in or associated with the neighborhood. Then, 30 stories will be chosen and made available for public listening at three phone booths installed in the historic West Central neighborhood.

Project organizer and executive director of Spark Central Brooke Matson says the project seeks to share stories from West Central residents past and present, as well as students, employees, business owners and anyone else who spends time there. You don't have to be a resident of West Central, however your story should have an obvious connection to the place. Specific requirements for Dial-A-Story submissions are outlined in more detail online.

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Trump's Russia Connection gets grody, Obama bids farewell, berms return

Posted By on Wed, Jan 11, 2017 at 9:31 AM

Some may see this as a simple tweet. But I — I see this as the first chapter to a beautiful love story.
  • Some may see this as a simple tweet. But I — I see this as the first chapter to a beautiful love story.

HERE
Berms, baby, berms
Snow berms are back, baby, and bigger than ever! (Spokesman-Review)

Spokanites park anywhere they damn please

The government wants to tell us we can only park on one side of the street so the plows can plow? I thought this was America! (Spokesman-Review)

Republican senator gives a shoutout to a Minority.

Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo starts trending online when he references Minority Report in a question to Sen. Jeff Sessions. (KREM)

THERE

Locker Room Talk

So: First, CNN reports that intelligence chiefs presented Trump with reports that the Russian government may have tried to compromise him. And then Buzzfeed published the entire dossier full of, shall we say, puerile allegations, which we won't summarize here because this is a family aggregation post. Security experts immediately began casting deep skepticism on the allegations. And media critics savaged Buzzfeed for posting a pile of rumors that even they knew was very much unverified.

Then Trump himself  denied the reports at a press conference, noting that he was a "germaphobe." And then NBC jumped in, with reports that maybe Trump wasn't told about the dossier at all.

(CNN, etc.)

From Russia With .EML

In his first press conference since July, Donald Trump admits that Russia probably hacked the DNC's emails.

Let Him Be Clear

Obama gives one last Obama speech, for old times' sake.
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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Clemson beats 'Bama, AG pick says he's not a Klan supporter and morning headlines

Posted By on Tue, Jan 10, 2017 at 9:40 AM


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NEWS: Despite overwhelming evidence that a deputy hit a 15-year-old cyclist with his patrol SUV, the deputy will not face criminal charges for his involvement in the teen's death.

NEWS: The Coeur d'Alene Press named the victim of an alleged rape partly because the paper thought the fact that no charges were filed meant she wasn't a victim. This is why that's a problem.

NEWS: Staff writer Mitch Ryals requested confidential informant policies from 17 different law enforcement agencies in Idaho and three in Washington. What he found was a lack of uniformity and contradicting interpretations of the law.

IN OTHER NEWS

Why are the streets so bad?
With the streets in miserable shape as the snow continues to fall, it's worth asking: Do all cities struggle keeping the streets clear this much? In fact, other cities, like Green Bay, Wisconsin, and Coeur d'Alene, plow the streets when 2 inches of snow are recorded, not at 6 inches like Spokane. Mayor David Condon says the city looked at places like Boise, Idaho, and Madison, Wisconsin, for snow removal policies. (Spokesman-Review)

Albertsons leaving
Two Albertsons in Spokane— the one on 37th and Grand Boulevard and the one in the Wandermere Mall — will close next month because of low sales. The company plans to transfer employees in those stores to other Albertsons and Safeway stores nearby. (Spokesman-Review)

Drastic measure?

According to the parents of a kindergartner at Balboa Elementary School, the district failed to protect their daughter from a classmate who was harassing their daughter. Eventually, the family filed a restraining order against a six year old. (KXLY)

Trump's AG pick: "I abhor the Klan"
The confirmation hearing for Jeff Sessions to become attorney general is happening right now. Already Sessions has defended decades-old allegations of racism by saying, "I abhor the Klan and what it represents, and its hateful ideology."

Clemson wins the title
The college football championship started like we might expect, with Alabama in control throughout most of the game. But then everything went crazy: Clemson scored 21 points in the fourth quarter, including the game-winning touchdown with 1 second left to win the title and avenge last year's loss to 'Bama in the title game.
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Monday, January 9, 2017

No charges for Spokane County Sheriff's deputy who hit teen cyclist with police vehicle

Posted By on Mon, Jan 9, 2017 at 3:44 PM

Ryan Holyk's family is still searching for closure in his 2014 death. - YOUNG KWAK PHOTO
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  • Ryan Holyk's family is still searching for closure in his 2014 death.

A Spokane County Sheriff's deputy will not face criminal charges for his involvement in the death of 15-year-old cyclist Ryan Holyk, a news release from the Spokane County Prosecutor's Office says. The decision comes despite overwhelming evidence that Deputy Joseph Bodman hit Holyk with his patrol SUV.

Bodman was driving more than 70 mph with no lights or siren as he approached the intersection of E. Sprague and Vista Road in Spokane Valley nearly three years ago. Holyk crossed in front of the deputy against the light and died in the hospital of severe head injuries 10 days later.

Initial investigations by the Spokane Police Department and Washington State Patrol determined that Bodman's SUV did not hit Holyk, missing him by about a foot, despite the presence of Holyk's DNA on the police vehicle's bumper. The news release from the Spokane County Prosecutor makes no mention of Holyk's DNA on the bumper.

Another analysis of surveillance video by forensic video analyst Grant Fredericks also concluded that Bodman's SUV did not hit Holyk. Fredericks previously analyzed video footage in the death of mentally disabled janitor Otto Zehm, who died after a violent confrontation with SPD.

Based on those investigations, officials concluded that Holyk's injuries were a result of his own recklessness and attempts to avoid the police vehicle, pointing to the fact that his bike didn't have brakes or reflectors and that he wasn't wearing a helmet. Witnesses, however, said they saw and/or heard the SUV hit Holyk.

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The Idaho State Police won't release its confidential informant policy; what about other Idaho agencies?

Posted By on Mon, Jan 9, 2017 at 12:54 PM

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Officially, the Idaho State Police policy manual does include a section that guides its use of confidential informants, but we can't see it. And neither can you. In response to a public records request, ISP refused to release Section 08.04 of its policies, citing a provision in state law that exempts "investigative techniques" from public eyes.

That means we have no idea how the state's police agency tells its detectives to navigate the controversial world of confidential informants.

"This is government transparency 101," president of the Idaho Freedom Foundation Wayne Hoffman writes in an email. "The public should be able to examine the policies, practices and spending of all government agencies. How else can we tell whether the agency is doing the right thing, whether its practices are appropriate or effective, or whether the money is properly allocated?" The Idaho Freedom Foundation is a libertarian government accountability group.

ISP's refusal to release its policies is out of line with most other area agencies in Idaho and Washington. The Inlander requested confidential informant policies from 17 different law enforcement agencies in Idaho, including ISP, and three in Washington. Those responses reveal a lack of uniformity among the agencies that released their policies and contradicting interpretations of the Idaho open records law for those that didn't. Last year, we wrote an in-depth piece about Isaiah Wall, a 19-year-old from Coeur d'Alene who died 11 days after he started working as an informant for the Idaho State Police. ISP brass would not confirm whether Wall worked for them despite overwhelming evidence. The Coeur d'Alene Police detective investigating Wall's death, however, did confirm his work for ISP.

Alexandra Natapoff, a law professor at Loyola University in Los Angeles and a leading expert on confidential informants, calls ISP's refusal to acknowledge their role in Wall's life as "quintessential aspects of that culture of secrecy.

"That a police department feels entitled to withhold that information after someone has died seems to be contrary to public policy," she says.

Eleven agencies in Idaho released their policies on confidential informants. Three Idaho agencies (ISP, the Bannock County Sheriff's Office and the Ada County Sheriff's Office) refused to release that specific section of their manuals. The Kootenai County Sheriff's Office does not have any CI policies on the books, according to their response to our records request. The Kootenai Sheriff's Office assigns some of its detectives to a regional task force, which may use CIs, says spokesman Det. Dennis Stinebaugh.

"The detectives assigned to that (task force) may use CIs and would do so following the policies and guidelines set forth by the FBI," Stinebaugh says.

Benewah County Sheriff David Resser says his agency doesn't use CIs and therefore has no policy.

All three Washington agencies released their confidential informant policies, and in fact, the Washington State Patrol even sent over a redacted copy of the contract with a CI (discussed in more detail below).

As far as the policies in Idaho that we are able to see, here are some major takeaways:

• Most policies direct police supervisors to consider at least three criteria — age, maturity, and risk of physical harm — before approving someone as a confidential informant. However, policies do not give officers any metric by which to evaluate the criteria.
Boise and Idaho Falls police departments do not list any such criteria.

• Most policies also talk about protection for confidential informants and officers. The Coeur d'Alene Police policy, for example, tells officers to consider whether giving informants tax forms to document their payments will jeopardize their safety.

The Meridian Police policy reads: "The department is extremely concerned that no person be placed in undue jeopardy. Realizing informing on criminal activity is dangerous, all safety precautions must be implemented." The policy also requires that informants receive the same level of surveillance and cover as commissioned officers.

The Boise Police policy, likewise, authorizes the use of a special unit for CIs' protection.

Pocatello and Sandpoint policies, on the other hand, explicitly say that absolute safety and confidentiality is not guaranteed.

From the Sandpoint policy: "Members of this department should not guarantee absolute safety and confidentiality to an informant." The policy manual does not talk about informant safety anywhere else, but it does give guidelines for when informants endanger the safety of officers.

• Most policies require some sort of written agreement, signed by the informant and at least one officer or supervisor.

• Most policies reviewed by the Inlander include a section on the use of juvenile informants. Bonneville County Sheriff prohibits the use of individuals under 13, but lays out no other restrictions.

The Pocatello Police policy manual says kids under 13 are not allowed, but the use of those 13 and older requires permission from a parent/guardian, an attorney, the court and the chief of police.

Idaho Falls Police bars juvenile informants except in "extraordinary circumstances," but does not define such situations. Juvenile informants must also be approved by a supervisor and have written permission from a parent or guardian.

Coeur d'Alene Police do not use anyone under the age of 13, but the policy gives no other restrictions for juveniles.

The Boise Police policy makes no mention of juvenile informants at all.

• The Boise Police policy manual stands apart from all others reviewed by the Inlander because it does not contain a specific section on confidential informants. The 211-page manual mentions CIs at various points throughout, but guidelines are sparse. For example, the policy authorizes the use of a special unit to protect CIs during undercover investigations. It also states that officers do not have to report the arrest, detention or handcuffing of a CI if it's done as a part of a drug sting.

• Almost all of the policies include a list of criteria to consider in deciding the amount an informant will be paid, including the extent of the informant's involvement in the case, the risk taken by the informant, the amount of drugs and/or assets seized and the informant's criminal history.

The Pocatello Police manual (and others) specifically tells officers not to promise informants a specified dollar amount before the job is done.

Some policies go as far as spelling out a percentage of the current market value of drugs or contraband seized in order to determine the maximum amount an informant can receive.

For the Meridian Police, "the amount of payment will be based on a percentage of the current market price for the drugs or other contraband being sought, not to exceed 15 percent."

In Bonneville County, the narcotics unit supervisor and patrol lieutenant come up with an appropriate payment. "The amount of payment will be based on a percentage of the current market price for the drugs or other contraband being sought, not to exceed 15 percent," the manual reads.

• Generally, officers are not allowed to meet with CIs in private without another officer present or approval from a supervisor. Social meetings and intimate relationships are also forbidden in policies that discuss such interactions. Again, Boise Police policies give no restrictions.

As a comparison, the entire Spokane Police Department and Spokane County Sheriff's Office policy manuals, including sections on confidential informants, are available online. The Washington State Patrol sent over their manual along with a redacted copy of a contract with a CI, offering a peek into the inner workings of a traditionally clandestine practice.

According to the contract, the unidentified individual agreed to assist in vehicle and identity theft investigations and drug investigations. In exchange, WSP would recommend prosecutors go easy on the individual's hit and run and vehicular assault charges.

As part of the agreement, the individual was required to check in with a WSP detective on a daily basis, show up in person within two hours of WSP's request, wear a wire and introduce detectives to suspects at the whim of WSP and give permission to record the individual's phone conversations.

The deal required the individual to produce "THREE search warrants leading to THREE arrests involving felony level possession of stolen motor vehicles, possession of stolen property, identity theft of drug manufacture/trafficking/possession."

Natapoff, the law professor and proponent of informant reform, advocates for more transparency. She argues that the police should be required to collect non-identifying demographic and case type data so that the public can better understand who's being used as an informant and what kinds of cases they're making.

"If we require them to behave like any other public policy and hold them accountable in very standard ways, I think the culture would change," she says. "Police and prosecutors would no longer be operating in the shadows and they would have to justify their decisions. And once you have to justify them, you might have to start making different decisions."
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What the Coeur d'Alene Press doesn't understand about naming sexual assault victims

Posted By on Mon, Jan 9, 2017 at 11:52 AM

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When North Idaho College settled a lawsuit this fall with the victim of an alleged gang-rape who accused the school of ignoring the case, NIC emailed a statement to local newspapers, including the Coeur d'Alene Press.

The statement, unexpectedly, named the woman who claimed to be gang-raped.

And so, too, did an article posted that morning, Dec. 1, 2016, by the Coeur d'Alene Press, titled "NIC Settles Lawsuit With Former Student Who Claimed She Was Raped." (If you're curious how North Idaho College mishandled the case, read our story in this week's paper.)

Typically, journalists do not name victims of sexual assault without the victim's permission so as not to shame victims publicly, as the Poynter Institute for Media Studies points out. And the CDA Press, facing backlash, removed the name from the Dec. 1 article by the end of the day.

But why the paper identified her in the first place is revealing.

According to an email CDA Press managing editor Mike Patrick sent to a friend of the woman — referred to here as R.R. — there were multiple reasons. She had already identified herself on a blog she posted about the incident, he said. Additionally, Patrick reasoned, the college had already named her in their statement (which, to our knowledge, was not posted publicly).

But the No. 1 reason? The paper didn't believe she was raped, because charges were never filed against the three men she accused of rape.

And that, experts agree, represents a fundamental misunderstanding of how the media should cover sexual assault.

Most instances of sexual assault are never reported to police in the first place, says Laura Palumbo, communications director for the National Sexual Violence Resource Center. Physical evidence is often limited when it is reported, as was the case with R.R., who went to police months after she says she was gang-raped. And if a news organization deviates from the practice of not naming the victim, like the CDA Press did, that "may suggest to readers the account is not credible," Palumbo says.

"It would be very troubling for an editor to base this decision on assumptions about a victim's credibility," she says.

Afriend of R.R., Dustin Hurst, who works at a conservative policy group called the Idaho Freedom Foundation, asked the CDA Press to remove her name the day it posted the story.

The Inlander has obtained parts of an email thread between Hurst and the Press. Responding to Hurst, Patrick, the managing editor, explains why the CDA Press made an exception to their usual standard of not naming victims of alleged sexual assault:

"1. The allegations were thoroughly investigated by law enforcement and no charges of any kind were brought. We have read the police reports and done much more background work, and we are convinced [R.R.] is a victim of being manipulated by people with politically motivated interests — not gang rape."

Patrick did not respond to an email, phone call, or voicemail from the Inlander seeking comment for this article.

Elana Newman, research director for Dart Center, a network of journalists that aims to improve media coverage of trauma, says using the fact that charges were never filed against the men R.R. accused should not be justification for naming a victim of alleged sexual violence.

"That's just stupid," she says.

Maybe the CDA Press has more information than we do. But based on our interviews with law enforcement involved in the case, R.R.'s credibility was not at all the reason it didn't move forward. The Coeur d'Alene police detective on the case, Jared Reneau, described her as "truthful and honest," and said he found no inconsistencies in her story.

And this is what Kootenai County Prosecutor Barry McHugh said when the Inlander asked if the decision not to file charges meant that prosecutors do not believe this incident happened in the way it was reported, or that they do not believe it was rape:

"No and no. We take these allegations very seriously and it would be wrong to characterize the decision to not prosecute in the ways you described," he said. "The decision to decline reflects our evaluation of the evidence in considering our obligation to prove crimes beyond a reasonable doubt."

But that, evidently, is not how the CDA Press interpreted the decision.

Within hours of Patrick's email to Hurst explaining the reasoning for naming R.R., Marc Stewart, director of sponsored content for the CDA Press, reinforced the paper's decision to name the victim in a Twitter battle with Hurst. "No charges were ever filed. Why is that? #lotmoretothestory," he wrote. "The police determined there wasn't evidence of a gang rape. You keep calling her a victim — but no charges were filed."

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Stewart, reached by phone Friday, chose not to comment for this article.

Going by his comments on social media, the decision by prosecutors also influenced the paper to not cover the case when R.R. first went to the paper hoping for them to report it. "The paper chose to NOT report a story when the cops determined it wasn't a gang rape," said another tweet.

He later deleted those tweets, but R.R. had already seen them. She took screenshots that she has provided to the Inlander.

Andrew Seaman, ethics committee chair for the Society of Professional Journalists, would disagree with Stewart's suggestion that the failure to file charges means police determined she wasn't raped.

"The absence of charges doesn't mean the person still isn't a victim," Seaman says.

A more compelling reason to name her, perhaps, would be that she had already named herself on a blog. R.R. tells the Inlander that she wrote the blog because she wanted to share her story with her friends on Facebook. She says she left the post up in case other students with a similar experience wanted to reach out.

"I didn't want to be identified in the media because I didn't want to be criticized or 'known' for that," she tells the Inlander.

But did that blog mean she should lose her right to privacy? That is up to each paper, Seaman says, but he adds that journalists should "err on the side of caution" even if the name is reported elsewhere. And ultimately, it may come down to the news value added by naming the alleged victim. Seaman says naming her in the brief article about her settlement may not reach that threshold.

"In this situation, I feel like reporting a settlement had been reached without identifying details of the victim would suffice," Seaman says.

Since the CDA Press didn't respond to our questions, it's unclear why they eventually removed her name from their article.

Newman, with Dart Center, says the best practice would have been to call the victim and ask her first, something the CDA Press didn't do in this situation. From a psychological perspective, Newman says naming the victim of sexual assault can cause further damage.

"The act of sexual assault or attempted assault is the act of taking away choice from someone. It's about power and control," Newman says. "By naming someone without their consent, you are furthering their experience of feeling helpless."
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Meryl Streep condemns Trump, school closings, and morning headlines

Posted By on Mon, Jan 9, 2017 at 9:55 AM

It's a snow day for Spokane schools, and many other districts in the region.
  • It's a snow day for Spokane schools, and many other districts in the region.

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WHAT'S UP: Learn to make the perfect roasted chili salmon, check out the touring Broadway show Pippin, and spend An Evening with Viggo Mortensen.

FIRST FRIDAY: The official First Friday monthly arts walk event has been moved to this Friday, Jan. 13 because of the recent holidays, so check out all the First Friday venue and artist info in this week's paper (on stands Jan. 12) or our permanent First Friday event page: inlander.com/firstfriday.

IN OTHER NEWS

School's out, for today
Spokane Public Schools have canceled classes for the first time this school year after road conditions worsened with anywhere from 2.9 to 4 inches of snow from Sunday alone. (Spokesman-Review)

Streep vs. Trump more interesting than actual Golden Globes
Politics creeped into the Golden Globes once again on Sunday night when actress Meryl Streep called out President-Elect Donald J. Trump for mocking a disabled reporter in 2015. Though she never mentioned Trump's name during her lifetime achievement award acceptance speech, it was abundantly clear she was talking about "the person asking to sit in the most respected seat in our country."

Trump, of course, fired back in another 3 a.m. Twitter session, calling Streep "one of the most over-rated actresses in Hollywood" and a "Hillary Flunky," and claimed that he was showing the disabled reporter "groveling" rather than impersonating him, though video and multiple news outlets show him doing so. (CNN/Washington Post)

Fort Lauderdale shooter may face death penalty
Fort Lauderdale shooting suspect Esteban Santiago, who killed five people and wounded six after he began firing in the baggage claim area of Fort Lauderdale’s airport Friday afternoon, will appear in federal court. Law enforcement officials have not yet identified a motive for the shooting, but say Santiago showed up at an FBI office in Anchorage claiming he was hearing voices, some of which told him to join ISIS. Officials also say Santiago, who was taken into custody without incident, declared the firearm as part of his luggage for his flight to Florida from Alaska and likely acted alone. (CNN)

Seahawks roll
The Seattle Seahawks beat the Detroit Lions 26–6 on Saturday night, manhandling the Lions with a dominant running game and solid D, as the Seahawks are wont to do. The win sends Seattle to Atlanta for a showdown Saturday against the Falcons. (ESPN)
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Sunday, January 8, 2017

THIS WEEK: Viggo Mortensen, Pippin, Wylie & The Wild West and more

Posted By on Sun, Jan 8, 2017 at 1:00 PM

Actor Viggo Mortensen is hosting two benefit screenings of Captain Fantastic and Q&As about the film in Sandpoint this week.
  • Actor Viggo Mortensen is hosting two benefit screenings of Captain Fantastic and Q&As about the film in Sandpoint this week.

A bevy of fine options for fun indoors and out await your perusal in our event listings and Staff Picks, so get in there and find something good for entertaining yourself.

Here are a few highlights of the week ahead:

Monday, Jan. 9

FOOD & DRINK | Start the week with a class, like this on that will teach you how to make the perfect Roasted Chili Salmon.

Tuesday, Jan. 10

LIVE BANDS | Kyle Morton, who you might know from the band he's fronted for a decade, Typhoon, is heading to The Bartlett to headline a solo show. He'll be joined by Anthony D'Amato. Here's a taste of Morton's music:

Wednesday, Jan. 11

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