Thursday, August 18, 2016

How an Idaho doctor broke bad, gubernatorial debate and Condon has reached a 'boiling point'

Posted By on Thu, Aug 18, 2016 at 9:26 AM

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Rafael Beier

COVER: How a church-going Mormon doctor broke bad. Rafael Beier's descent into expensive cars, women and drugs.

CULTURE: Arcade games, booze and hotdogs. That's all you need to know.

NEWS: The departing superintendent of schools in Washington, Randy Dorn, talks about the future of public education in the state.

• As a recall effort against Mayor David Condon is just beginning, he says he has reached a "boiling point" with the whole Straub thing. Condon also criticized the media's coverage of the scandal at City Hall, saying it's "good for business." You can watch part of an interview Condon gave on the Mike Fitzsimmons show here. (KXLY)

• In her report into the forced ouster of former Chief Frank Straub, Kris Cappel concluded that former City Attorney Nancy Isserlis and her office withheld public records until after Mayor David Condon's re-election last November. Following the report, Isserlis rebuked Cappel, and demanded an apology. Yesterday, Cappel fired back. In her letter, Cappel accuses Isserlis of using "diversion tactics" and cites a "reliable source" who told her Straub admitted to an affair with Monique Cotton, the former spokeswoman who accused him of sexual harassment. (Spokesman-Review)

• Gov. Jay Inslee squared off against gubernatorial opponent Bill Bryant during a debate in Spokane yesterday. (KXLY, The Stranger)

• Thirteen people are dead and about 40,000 homes damaged after severe flooding in Louisiana this week. (New York Times)

• Two U.S. Olympic swimmers, Jack Conger and Gunnar Bentz, were removed from their flight back to the States and detained in connection to reports of being robbed at gunpoint by a man claiming to be a police officer. (Washington Post)

• Seven Chicago police officers are accused of making false reports after another officer, Jason Van Dyke, fired 16 shots at 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, killing him. Van Dyke is charged with murder, and CPD's police superintendent has called for the firing of the seven officers who ostensibly tried to cover it up. (New York Times

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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.