Tuesday, January 5, 2016

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click to enlarge Rick "Harpman Hatter" Bocook, a regular at city council, will now only be able to speak once a month at its open forum - JAKE THOMAS
Jake Thomas
Rick "Harpman Hatter" Bocook, a regular at city council, will now only be able to speak once a month at its open forum

From Inlander.com
• Spokane City Council voted last night to limit public participation in open forums to once a month. 
• State Sen. Andy Billig, a Spokane Democrat who hasn’t supported charter schools in the past, is now supporting a measure that will allow them to stay open in the wake of a court ruling last year. 
• Here's a roundup of Seahawks, Cougs and Zags news. 
• The Spokane episode of Antiques Roadshow aired last night

• A passenger plane slid off the runway at Spokane International Airport 
There were no injuries, but emergency vehicles had a hard time reaching the aircraft. 

• Capt. Brad Arleth, a high-ranking police officer, has been placed on paid administrative leave, pending the outcome of an investigation
The city is being tight-lipped about what the investigation is centered on, but the news is the most recent in a string of shakeups at the Spokane Police Department. 

• Tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia continue to escalate as the Saudi Embassy in Tehran was stormed
Iranian leaders have condemned the incident but are still outraged over the execution of a Shiite cleric in Sunni Saudi Arabia.

• President Barack Obama will go forward with executive actions intended to bring greater scrutiny to gun sales
The president insists that his action is consistent with the U.S. Constitution and will close loopholes that allow smaller sellers of firearms from selling guns without running a background check on customers.

• Occupation of federal building in Eastern Oregon continues
A group of militants have continued their standoff after taking over a building at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge to protest the jailing of two Eastern Oregon ranchers convicted of arson. Ammon Bundy, who is helping lead the effort, spoke to reporters yesterday.

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