Monday, February 10, 2014

MORNING BRIEFING: SPD shakeup, Michael Sam and the death of a giraffe

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Along with voting on a new police contract, the Spokane City Council is expected to confirm a veteran DEA agent as the new civilian director of the Spokane Police Department's Investigations division at tonight's meeting. (Inlander)

A man was killed in a hit and run on the Mission Street bridge last night. (KHQ)

Sheriff's deputies arrested a 16-year-old girl for threatening on Facebook to bring a gun to school. (KXLY)

A business associate of Doug Carlile, who was murdered on the South Hill in December, will be arraigned on a weapons charge in Bismarck, N.D., today. (AP/SR)


Standout college defensive lineman Michael Sam has announced that he is gay. Sam is expected to be a high NFL draft pick, and could therefore be the first openly gay player in the NFL. (ESPN)

A Coeur d'Alene-born snowboarder won America's first gold medal in Sochi. (Idaho Statesman)

Administrators at a Copenhagen zoo got backlash, including death threats, after their decision to kill a healthy giraffe because its genes were well represented by other giraffes in captivity. The giraffe was then fed to the zoo's lions and other big cats. (NYT)

Attorney General Eric Holder announced over the weekend that his department plans to issue a memo recognizing same-sex marriages "to the greatest extent possible under the law." The move is expected to expand federal benefits like prison visitation rights and some survivor benefits. (CNN)


Start your week off right by watching this runner fall immediately after being interviewed about how great it is to run in the snow. (The runner is okay. Deadspin talked to her afterward.)

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Heidi Groover is a staff writer at the Inlander, where she covers city government and drug policy. On the job, she's spent time with prostitutes, "street kids," marriage equality advocates and the family of a 16-year-old organ donor...