Thursday, April 18, 2013

MORNING BRIEFING: Explosion at a Texas fertilizer factory

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Police arrested a drive-by shooting suspect after he crashed his car in north Spokane. (KXLY)

WSU instructor David Warner was released from Sacred Heart. (KXLY)

A federal district court judge testified, as a victim, against a South Hill burglar. (S-R)


As many as 15 people are dead in fire and explosion at a Texas fertilizer factory. The explosion injured more than 100 and flattened several blocks of homes and businesses. (LA Times)

Letters containing ricin were sent to President Obama and Sen. Roger Wicker of Mississippi; the man arrested may be an Elvis performer. (CNN)

Investigators of the Boston Marathon bombing have found clear video of potential suspects, and will probably release images to get public help on identifying them. (NYT)

Pretty much every major gun control initiative championed by President Obama fell apart on the Senate floor. (WaPo)

A sinkhole in Chicago swallows three cars. One person was badly injured. (Chicago Tribune)


TIME Magazine releases its 100 Most Influential People of the year, most of whom are celebrities. (USA Today)

Colorado man paints his own traffic lines at an intersection he considers too dangerous. (KJCT)

Washington officials get a crash course on pot. (AP)

Bieber redeemed! Anne Frank’s stepsister is the latest to speak out in defense of Justin Bieber’s guestbook comment that he hoped Anne Frank would have been a “Belieber,” because she probably would have been. (Gawker)

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis have a new video everybody is talking about:

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Lisa Waananen is the web editor and a staff writer at the Inlander. She specializes in data and graphics, and her recent cover stories have been about family history, the legacy of Spokane photographer Charles A. Libby and genetically modified food...