Friday, April 11, 2014

MORNING BRIEFING: Gerlach found not guilty, Pope asks for forgiveness and Colbert out of character

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Gail Gerlach was found not guilty yesterday. In a separate ruling, the jury found that his killing of Brendon Kaluza-Graham — who was driving away in Gerlach's stolen SUV — was justifiable homicide, meaning defense attorneys could ask the state to pay Gerlach's $300,000 in legal fees. (SR)

Kootenai County's insurance company is paying the wages for a deputy prosecutor who hasn't worked since December. (CdA Press)

Some state agencies may not have wiped computers completely clean of personal data before selling them. (SR)

After multiple pit bull incidents in the last week, the founder of a dog rescue argues that safety comes with owner education, not breed. (KXLY)


A new study finds that nationwide there are 10 times as many people with mental health issues in jails and prisons than in psychiatric hospitals. (Inlander)

Pope Francis is asking for forgiveness for sexual abuse by clergy members. (BBC)

A tour bus of California high school students on their way to a college tour collided with a FedEx freight truck yesterday, killing at least 10 people. (LAT)

The woman who has served as the Obama administration's Health and Human Services secretary during the rollout of the Affordable Care Act is stepping down and will be replaced by the administration's budget director. (WaPo)

You've probably heard by now that Stephen Colbert is taking over The Late Show, but what will he be like out of character? These should give you an idea. (Slate)


This year's Get Lit! festival is just getting started. This morning features various writing panels and tonight brings Anthony Doerr and William T. Vollmann to the Bing, plus Poetry Salon at The Bartlett. Tomorrow and Sunday feature more panels and readings with writers including George Bilgere, C.B. Bernard and Perry Glasser. Find the full schedule here.

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Heidi Groover

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...