Monday, February 29, 2016

Emails between cops, carbon tax, fascist tweets, Oscars and other news to start your week

Posted By on Mon, Feb 29, 2016 at 9:15 AM


NEWS: The current assistant police chief wrote an email (recently dug up by the Inlander) to other officers shortly after Officer Karl Thompson was indicted on charges related to the beating death of Otto Zehm. 

THINGS TO DO: This week is full of bands and movies to see and other events. 

• First-of-its-kind carbon tax before Washington lawmakers

A group calling itself Carbon Washington has collected more than 350,000 signatures for a ballot initiative that would place a tax on carbon emissions. The legislature has until March 10 to enact it into law, modify or automatically pass it along to voters in the November election.

• Rumblings over revamp of Riverfront Park 
Voters overwhelmingly approved a $64.3 million renovation of Riverfront Park, but a former parks board president says the project is already starting to "fracture." 

• Idaho lawmakers consider bill to allow Bible in schools 
An Idaho legislative panel considered a measure that would codify when the Bible can be referenced in public schools. The bill's sponsor says the text has nonreligious uses. Opponents worry it opens to door to creationism being taught in schools. Others say the bill isn't needed.

• Suicide bombing kills 27 in Iraq
A suicide bomber detonated his vest at a funeral for a Shi'ite militia commander. 

• Trump tweets fascist dictator 
GOP presidential frontrunner Donald Trump was tricked into tweeting a quote from Benito Mussolini, a fascist dictator of Italy. Trump says it's an interesting quote despite its origins. 
• Trump and Clinton have commanding leads day before super Tuesday primaries
A CNN/ORC poll has found that Trump has 49 percent of Republican support. Hillary Clinton leads her Democratic rival Bernie Sanders 55 percent to 38 percent. 

• Hollywood's biggest night was last night
The Oscars were last night. Here are the results. The event was hosted by comedian Chris Rock, who wasted no time in addressing the elephant in the room.

This post has been updated to more accurately reflect criticisms of how the Riverfront Park project is playing out. 

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