Monday, August 21, 2017

The moon upstages the sun, 10 sailors missing after U.S. Navy ship hits tanker, and morning headlines

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click to enlarge A totally predictable, totally cool thing will happen in in the eastern skies this morning.
A totally predictable, totally cool thing will happen in in the eastern skies this morning.

NEWS/CULTURE: Maybe you've been out in the woods without reception these past few weeks, so in case you haven't heard, the moon will prance right in front of the sun this morning, and you don't have to drive all the way to Oregon to see most of the show, which starts in Spokane about a quarter past 9. Just don't stare straight at it without some serious eye protection, OK?

NEWS: The Spokesman-Review will see 10 news staffers leave in coming months (some have already had their last day, including well-known columnist Doug Clark) after a round of voluntary buyouts this month.

WHAT'S UP? Searching for things to do this week? How about movies with marmots, a downtown powwow, and a giant bounce house?


10 sailors missing after U.S. Navy warship hits oil tanker
The New York Times reports that 10 Navy sailors are missing after the guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain ran into a tanker transporting oil and chemicals off the coast of Singapore, the second accident of its kind involving a Navy ship in as many months.

Let's just hope things don't leak
Washington state got a less-than-tourist-friendly mention on Last Week Tonight yesterday, when host John Oliver took an in-depth look at America's need to figure out what to do with nuclear waste. Hanford has been called the most polluted site in the Western Hemisphere.

Oliver quotes from an old news report that likens our lack of planning while constructing nuclear facilities to building a house, but not installing toilets.

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Samantha Wohlfeil

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...