Thursday, July 6, 2017

That was an earthquake, Hobby Lobby dinged for looted biblical artifacts, and morning headlines

Posted By on Thu, Jul 6, 2017 at 9:32 AM


MUSIC: The Spokane band The South Hill will debut their new album today!

SPORTS: With pitching problems, Mariners fans may have their optimism for the season dashed, again. In other news: sky still blue, grass still green, hope still clings eternal here in the PNW.


Shake shake shake
A 5.8-magnitude earthquake in western Montana was felt in Spokane and other areas within a few hundred miles around 11:30 p.m. yesterday. (KHQ, Spokesman-Review)

Hot pursuit
Police in Arizona are searching for a man suspected of starting eight fires Monday and shooting at a U.S. Forest Service employee, about 75 miles southeast of Flagstaff, the Associated Press reports. (U.S. News and World Report)

Thou shalt not steal
click to enlarge A cuneiform tablet smuggled into the country by Hobby Lobby. - U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
U.S. Department of Justice
A cuneiform tablet smuggled into the country by Hobby Lobby.

The craft and decor chain Hobby Lobby smuggled biblical artifacts looted from Iraq into the country, labeling them as tile "samples," and now has to return the artifacts and pay $3 million, McClatchy reports.

The Christian chain previously earned fame when it fought the Affordable Care Act mandate to provide birth control through employee health plans, taking the case to the Supreme Court, which agreed that in some cases, religious exemptions apply at for-profit chains.

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Samantha Wohlfeil covers the environment, rural communities and cultural issues for the Inlander. Since joining the paper in 2017, she's reported how the weeks after getting out of prison can be deadly, how some terminally ill Eastern Washington patients have struggled to access lethal medication, and other sensitive...