Monday, October 12, 2015

Here's what you need to know to start your day

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Spokane artist, Ben Joyce found a new fan in hip-hop star The Game

And despite what an Idaho District judge might have you believe, the Founding Fathers did not dream of an unbiased press, Quite the opposite actually.

More school shootings: In case you missed it last week, two universities reported fatal shootings eight days after a student opened fire on classmates at Umpqua Community College in Oregon. 

Last Friday, a Texas Southern University freshman was shot and another person was wounded. Earlier that morning, a physical confrontation outside a dorm on Northern Arizona University's campus ended in the death of one student with three others injured. The two incidents were not "active-shooter episodes," like the shooting in Oregon, the New York Times reports. Rather, they stemmed from disputes turned violent. 

The University of Texas has since planned a protest to recent state legislation that allows concealed carry on university campuses. They're calling it #CocksNotGlocks, and some people are not happy about it

The Death of Columbus Day: John Oliver (see video below) asks why the federal holiday celebrating a conquistador's discovery of North America (like they weren't going to find that anyway) is still a thing, considering it resulted in death and slavery for thousands of Native Americans. 

This year, Portland, Ore. and Albuquerque have denounced the holiday (which is today). Seattle and Minneapolis did the same year — replacing it with Indigenous Peoples' Day — and Berkeley, Calif. did it before it was cool back in 1992. Here are some suggestions for other Italians we could celebrate instead.  

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Northwest Winterfest @ Spokane County Fair & Expo Center

Fridays, 5-8 p.m., Saturdays, 4-8 p.m. and Sundays, 3-6 p.m. Continues through Jan. 1
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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.