Monday, July 31, 2017

Chief of Staff shakeup at White House, Spokane could get tougher on Uber/Lyft, and morning headlines

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NEWS: When is it OK for the government to seize your car and money when you get pulled over? Typically, when they can show it's linked to the sale or manufacture of drugs. The
Washington State Supreme Court ruled that in the case of one man stopped in Sunnyside, Washington, the city was wrong to seize his car and thousands in cash due to the presence of a "user amount" of cocaine.

WHAT'S UP? This week is jam-packed with ear-tickles, with the Festival at Sandpoint kicking off with Pink Martini, then the B-52s, a Grateful Dead movie meetup, new music from Wounded Giant and Mini Murders, and a whole lot more, including the Spokane Brewers Festival. Check out some of what's up this week.

click to enlarge Former Republican National Committee chair Reince Preibus, left, resigned as White House Chief of Staff; retired Marine Corps four-star  Gen. John Kelly, until Friday the Secretary of Homeland Security, is his replacement.
  • Former Republican National Committee chair Reince Preibus, left, resigned as White House Chief of Staff; retired Marine Corps four-star Gen. John Kelly, until Friday the Secretary of Homeland Security, is his replacement.

IN OTHER NEWS


Priebus out, Kelly in, Scaramucci out
Friday afternoon, President Trump announced his Chief of Staff, Reince Priebus, would be replaced by John Kelly, Secretary of Homeland Security, continuing a shakeup that started with his hiring of Anthony Scaramucci as White House communications director and essentially immediate resignation of spokesman Sean Spicer. (New York Times)

In the latest twist, the New York Times reports this morning that Scaramucci is out as White House communications director; Scaramucci, whose tenure lasted all of 10 days, had boasted about reporting directly to Trump, not his Chief of Staff.

Uber unfair?
Spokane could get tougher on ride-hailing apps Uber and Lyft, which aren't held to the same standards as taxi drivers, the Spokesman-Review reports.

The decline of Western spermatozoa
The sperm counts of men in industrialized nations has dropped by more than half over four decades, NPR reports, but without more study to verify the findings or find the cause, some experts say it's not time for alarm.
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