Friday, October 20, 2017

Violent white supremacists, Hanford, weed & opioid death rates, morning headlines

Posted By on Fri, Oct 20, 2017 at 9:46 AM


Give a crap; go vote!
But first, read this year's Election Issue, starting with this story on the City Council race in District 1 between Tim Benn and Kate Burke.

Feds: We lacked authority over Kettle Falls Five
Federal prosecutors acknowledged they didn't have the authority to pursue criminal charges in a case against the Kettle Falls Five, Eastern Washington medical marijuana growers who were complying with state law.

Too deep
Tyler Berens is trying to escape addiction's grasp, yet something holds him back.

Third option
A nonbinary gender option will soon be available on California's birth certificates without a physician's signature. (via New York Times)

Violent white supremacists, Hanford, weed & opioid death rates, morning headlines
A total of 31 workers at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation's Plutonium Finishing Plant inhaled very small amounts of radioactive material in June, following a take-cover order for a contamination spread.


Nuclear contamination
Thirty-one Hanford nuclear reservation employees tested positive for small amounts of radioactive material after a contamination spread in June. (Tri-City Herald)

White supremacist violence
Why is the brazen violence from white supremacists drawing so little attention from law enforcement? (ProPublica)

Can weed help the opioid death epidemic?
A peer-reviewed study suggests legalizing marijuana could drive down opioid-related deaths. Although the authors claim no cause and effect between the two, data from before and after Colorado legalized weed for recreational purposes suggests that nearly one fewer person per month died of an opioid overdose. But Colorado officials are skeptical. (Denver Post)

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Mitch Ryals

Mitch covers cops, crime and courts for the Inlander. He moved to Spokane in 2015 from his hometown of St. Louis, and is a graduate of the University of Missouri. He likes bikes, beer and baseball. And coffee. He dislikes lemon candy, close-mindedness and liars. And temperatures below 40 degrees.