Tuesday, June 20, 2017

American dies after release from North Korean prison, Spokane pot shop allowed to relocate, and morning headlines

Posted By on Tue, Jun 20, 2017 at 9:17 AM


click to enlarge A new pot shop, Smokane, will now open in an East Spokane industrial park.
A new pot shop, Smokane, will now open in an East Spokane industrial park.
NEWS: After suspicions that an arcade located near a proposed Smokane weed shop just to prevent the weed shop from opening, Spokane City Council enacted an emergency law that let Smokane relocate to an East Spokane industrial park. (Spokesman-Review)

NEWS: Spokane attorney Robin Haynes resigned as president of the Washington State Bar Association on Sunday. Now, she's being accused by two law firms of embezzling nearly $10,000. (KREM)


Tensions rising with North Korea
U.S. college student Otto Warmbier, who was held in a North Korean prison and released last week after nearly a year and a half in captivity, died on Monday. Three American citizens are still being held in North Korea. Arizona Sen. John McCain, meanwhile, says that Americans are "stupid" to travel to North Korea, and should sign a waiver absolving the U.S. from blame should they be harmed there. (New York Times/Associated Press)

Drawing a line
In a potential landmark case, the U.S. Supreme Court will consider whether gerrymandering, drawing a legislative map along partisan lines, violates the constitution. (Washington Post)

Georgia race in voters' hands
The race for a House seat in Georgia's 6th Congressional District, which some see as a referendum on President Trump, goes to voters today. Democrat Jon Ossoff, facing Republican Karen Handel, is trying to flip the seat. (Associated Press)

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Wilson Criscione, born and raised in Spokane, is an Inlander staff writer covering education and social services in the Inland Northwest.