Tuesday, July 21, 2015

MB: Voters can add county commissioners, CdA gay-marriage suit and John Oliver's food rant

Posted By on Tue, Jul 21, 2015 at 9:27 AM


After its mayor referred to Barack and Michelle Obama as monkeys on social media, the Airway Heights City Council voted to strip him of his powers. Even so, Patrick Rushing has refused to resign. Here are 75 other racist, sexist and homophobic things Rushing has posted on social media. (Spokesman-Review, Inlander)

An Idaho wedding chapel is suing the city of Coeur d'Alene, saying an anti-discrimination ordinance violates their religious beliefs against performing gay marriages. (Coeur d'Alene Press)

Spokane County Commissioners voted last night to give voters the opportunity to decide whether or not to add two more commissioners to the existing three. (KXLY)

The trial for a former Pasco police sergeant charged with solicitation of prostitution and lying to investigators began yesterday. Zachary J. Fairley was fired from the Pasco Police Department in 2014. (Tri-City Herald)


There is a really really big fault line that will eventually cause a really really big earthquake throughout the Pacific Northwest. We just don't know when it will happen. (The New Yorker)

The U.S. Senate is running out of time to reach a deal on a transportation bill that would fund repairs to the country's highways and bridges. The current program expires July 31. (New York Times)

District Attorney Elton Mathis says it's too early to call Sandra Bland's death in a Texas county jail a suicide. The 28-year-old was found dead in her cell three days after being arrested during a traffic stop. Officials released a video from inside the unit where Bland was held and dashboard camera footage from her arrest will be released today. (Washington Post and Los Angeles Times)


Obama will be on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart tonight. (New York Times)

John Oliver explains why Americans waste food. (Gawker)

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Mitch Ryals

Mitch covers cops, crime and courts for the Inlander. He moved to Spokane in 2015 from his hometown of St. Louis, and is a graduate of the University of Missouri. He likes bikes, beer and baseball. And coffee. He dislikes lemon candy, close-mindedness and liars. And temperatures below 40 degrees.