Thursday, April 28, 2016

Bloomsday's past, a surgeon's mysterious death, costly software glitch and other news

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click to enlarge Bloomsday's past, a surgeon's mysterious death, costly software glitch and other news
Courtesy of Suzan Marshall
Dr. John Marshall in Afghanistan


• In honor of its 40th anniversary, an oral history of Bloomsday.

• What the heck is a legislative aid anyway, and just how much power do they have? 

• Shhh! He's concentrating. This local artist, who also happens to be autistic, dreams of starting his own animation company. You can buy his work at 4000 Holes and

• The wife of the VA surgeon whose body mysteriously turned up in the Spokane River months ago is still searching for answers after police have suspended the investigation. 


• Fatal drug overdoses and suicides in Spokane County spiked to levels not seen since 2009. (Spokesman-Review

• A 7-year-old got to be a cop for a day. (Spokesman-Review)

• A judge ruled Seattle's trash-check ordinance — which allowed garbage collectors to root through people's trash to make sure scraps of food weren't thrown away — is unconstitutional and void

• Software glitches are to blame for Community Colleges of Spokane's $8 million budget deficit, Chancellor Christine Johnson says . Some staff and faculty positions will be eliminated this fall as a result. (Spokesman-Review)

• A new study of Louisiana's death penalty shows that four out of five death sentences are reversed, and for every three people the state killed, one was exonerated. 

Police in Baltimore shot a 13-year-old boy brandishing a toy gun as demonstrators remember the year anniversary of Freddie Gray, a man whose death while in police custody set of riots last year. The 13-year-old sustained non-life-threatening injuries. Just days ago, the City of Cleveland agreed to pay $6 million to the family of Tamir Rice, the 12-year-old shot by police while he was carrying a toy gun.  

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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.