Thursday, May 18, 2017

Chris Cornell dead at 52, Stray nightclub closes for good and morning headlines

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MUSIC: Soundgarden and Audioslave frontman Chris Cornell has died at 52. An official cause of death has not yet been released, but Detroit police responded to an "apparent suicide" of a white man with the same birthday as Cornell (July 20, 1964), the New York Times is reporting. Cornell (and his iconic voice) is credited as one of the architects of grunge rock.

Stray nightclub in downtown Spokane has officially closed, less than 15 months after it opened. The club was known for its thrice-weekly drag shows and its bartenders' unconventional dress code.

NEWS: For thousands of Washington state high school seniors, one end-of-course biology exam could be the only thing standing in the way of graduation.


Don't drink the water!
Air Force officials are giving few specific details about the well-water contamination near its Fairchild base — including the location of each well that is affected and the level of dangerous chemical concentrations in them. Studies dating back to the 1950s have linked the perfluorinated chemicals, used by the Air Force to extinguish fires, to serious health defects. (Spokesman-Review)

The special prosecutor
The U.S. Department of Justice has appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller III to oversee its investigation into ties between the Trump campaign and Russia. (NPR)

As he is wont to do, Trump tweeted his response:

Additionally, Republicans are calling on ousted FBI Director James Comey to spill his guts about his conversations with the president leading up to his termination. (New York Times)

What Ailes you
Roger Ailes, accused sexual harasser and ousted chairman of Fox News, is dead at 77. The man who built Fox News into a conservative news empire was forced out of the network amid allegations that he sexually harassed female employees. (CNN)

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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.