Tuesday, March 1, 2011

MORNING HEADLINES: The strange and terrible saga of middle-aged men and their motorbikes

Posted on Tue, Mar 1, 2011 at 8:53 AM

Billig 1, River Pollutant 0 — In his first legislative victory, freshman legislator Andy Billig got a bill through the House yesterday by a vote of 58-39. The bill restricts Washingtonians from putting fertilizer with phosphorus on their lawns. (SR)

"Drugs, weaponry and prostitution" — That's Spokane Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick's summing up of motorcycle gangs in Spokane. And, she added, they will "corrode the fabric of any community." Huh. And here I thought it was just a bunch of middle-aged men getting their rocks off on really expensive machines. (KXLY) 

Deadly explosion — Two men have been charged with manslaughter for a lethal bomb they placed at a Chattaroy party last fall. (SR)

Which side are you on? — According to a New York Times/CBS News poll, a majority of Americans are on the side of unions. Unlike Republican governors, 60 percent of Americans don't want public sector workers to be stripped of their collective bargaining rights. Just 33 percent of the poll's respondents wanted to strip workers of these rights. (Atlantic Wire) 

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