Thursday, October 15, 2015

Riverdancing, Baltimore sit-ins, feds investigate fantasy sports leagues

Posted By on Thu, Oct 15, 2015 at 9:34 AM


In this week's issue of the Inlander: 

You can read about Spokane's Irish dance studio, the race for a District 1 seat on City Council, and a Gonzaga Prep alumna who fulfilled her childhood dream of becoming an astronaut
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In other news: 

The trial for Coeur d'Alene Police Sgt. Greg Moore's killer has been set for next September despite his public defenders' requests for more time to prepare. Jonathan Renfro admitted to shooting and killing Moore in May, but pleaded not guilty in court. (KREM)

Spokane County settled a lawsuit over allegations that the jail violated public record law, KXLY reports. Rob Lee, whose son spent time in jail without his required medications, submitted a records request asking for a reason why but was not given an answer. The jail eventually sent him a one-page document explaining the policy change, but only after Center for Justice attorney Rick Eichstaedt filed the suit. They ended up settling for just over $27,000. 

The Spokane School Board voted last night to reallocate $5.6 million from the budget approved in August. That means lunch prices go up and implementation of new curriculum and technology is put on hold.

The Feds are looking into allegations of "predatory tactics" and the use of "insider information" by employees of daily fantasy sports websites, the New York Times reports. One employee for DraftKings, one of the biggest sites, won $350,000 on a rival site after "inadvertently releasing data before lineups for the start of the third week of N.F.L. games were locked in." Authorities are concerned about fraud in the unregulated industry. Professional fantasy players have an unfair advantage over regular players, the Sports Business Daily reports: 91 percent of player profits from the first half of daily MLB leagues found the pockets of just 1.3 percent of players.  

Activists in Baltimore presented Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake with a list of 19 demands ahead of Interim Police Commissioner Kevin Davis' appointment to the permanent position, the Baltimore Sun reports. They're refusing to leave City Hall until the mayor agrees. Among the demands are bans on military-style equipment, a requirement that all officers wear badges and name tags at all times and that media be allowed to "do their jobs freely."

President Obama will announce today that about 5,500 troops will remain in Afghanistan though 2017 despite his ambitions to withdraw military force completely by the end of his presidency. (Washington Post)
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