Thursday, November 17, 2016

A teenage drug informant, hateful graffiti in Spokane and other headlines

Posted By on Thu, Nov 17, 2016 at 9:25 AM


• Isaiah Wall was trying to get his life on track when the Idaho State Police pressured him to become a confidential drug informant. The 19-year-old from Coeur d'Alene died 11 days later.

• With a spike in alcohol-related incidents at Eastern Washington University and elsewhere this year, the debate continues over how alcohol factors into sexual assault and other crimes.

• The advent of live streaming and what it says about voyeurism and the value of a media filter in the age of social media: The Live Wire


• Apparently we're now entering the Post-Truth era. Oxford Dictionaries has officially named "post-truth" as its 2016 international word of the year. Its usage skyrocketed 2,000 percent in 2016 compared to last year. You can thank Brexit and Donald Trump for that. (BBC)

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• One day after some insidious soul spray painted the N-word on the MLK Center in Spokane, came the news of more hate-filled graffiti. This time the words "Cant Stump the Trump, Mexicano" accompanied by a swastika was scrawled in white paint on the side of a Mexican family's home. (Spokesman-Review)

• U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama), it appears, said some pretty racist stuff back in the day. He is one of the candidates for a position in Donald Trump's cabinet. (New York Times)

• The Minnesota police officer who fatally shot Philando Castile is charged with second-degree manslaughter. Castile's girlfriend live streamed the encounter, which shows Castile's final breaths. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
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