Friday, December 27, 2013

MORNING BRIEFING: False positives, phone surveillance and never-before-seen Mt. St. Helens photos

Posted By on Fri, Dec 27, 2013 at 9:26 AM

HERE

An elderly driver crashed into a strip mall in North Spokane. (KHQ)

A Spokane woman is suing a plasma donation company for falsely telling her she tested positive for hepatitis and HIV. (AP via KREM)

Former Kootenai County deputy prosecutor Kenneth Stone got his job back after a wrongful termination suit was resolved last month. (Cda Press)

Valleyford History Museum — about the only thing left of Valleyford — is looking for a new home after losing space in a coffee shop. (S-R)

NEAR

Never-before-seen film from a photographer killed in the Mount St. Helens blast was found undeveloped in the archives of the Columbian in Vancouver. (Columbian)

A former DEA agent in Seattle is now an investor in marijuana-related startups. (Seattle Times)

Four couples challenging Idaho’s ban on same-sex marriage in federal court want to block the state from intervening. (AP via Idaho Statesman)

THERE

A federal judge rules that NSA phone surveillance is totally fine. Because, you know, terrorists. (AP)

At least 29 people died when a bus in Thailand plunged off a high bridge. (BBC)

A blast in Beirut killed a former finance minister and ambassador, who’s been critical of the Assad regime in Syria, and five others. (NYT)

The European Union says a popular Danish pastry contains a dangerous amount of cinnamon, but Danish bakers are fighting back. (The Wire)

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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...