Monday, October 2, 2017

More than 50 dead in Vegas mass shooting, Catalan vote turns violent, morning headlines

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NEWS: Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson spoke to Gonzaga students about his commitment to fight the proposed end of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

ARTS & CULTURE: The Spokane Air Force major whose case helped end "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," the policy that led to many gay and lesbian service members being ousted from the military, will be at Auntie's on Tuesday to promote the launch of her new book, Tell: Love, Defiance, and the Military Trial at the Tipping Point for Gay Rights, with co-author Tim Connor. We spoke with her about the book, and her thoughts on the current administration's push to reverse a policy that allows open service for transgender people.

"I never thought that this part of the story would become timely again in the news," Margie Witt says. "I’m sorry that it has. My heart absolutely goes out to the service members who happen to be transgender."


Deadliest U.S. mass shooting in modern history happens in Las Vegas
Police in Las Vegas report that at least 58 people were killed and more than 500 were injured when a shooter opened fire on a country music concert Sunday night from a hotel room looking down on the venue, the Washington Post reports. The shooter reportedly killed himself as police entered his 32nd-floor room of the Mandalay Bay hotel on the Vegas Strip.
Comprehensive coverage from the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Catalan independence vote turns violent as police clash with voters
In defiance of a court order, people in Catalonia, a region in northeastern Spain that includes Barcelona, went ahead over the weekend with a vote on independent statehood that would separate the region from the country. Spanish police stepped in and physically stopped some people from voting, and videos showed police in riot gear throwing people down stairs, kicking and hitting people with batons, and dragging them out of buildings.

Leaders in the region said that 90 percent of votes were in favor of independence, The Guardian reports.

Trump criticizes Puerto Rico as mayor of largest city begs for help
After the mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico's largest city, begged for more assistance following Hurricane Maria during a television interview this weekend, President Trump bashed her and her fellow Puerto Ricans on Twitter, claiming they didn't have enough of their people helping because of their poor leadership.

"They want everything to be done for them," Trump said of Puerto Ricans, who are U.S. citizens. (New York Times)

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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...