Thursday, November 2, 2017

Astros world champs, Spokane city council candidate: #MeToo, morning headlines

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City Council District 1 candidate Kate Burke has spoken out regarding her own experiences with sexual harassment.


Spokane City Council District 1 candidate Kate Burke speaks out about her own experience with sexual harassment, and the disappointing reactions from people she admires.

Teacher feature
Meet the Gonzaga grad who teaches special education at Madison Elementary, Spokane Public Schools' only elementary-level Autism & Behavioral Learning Environment program.

Brilliant baritone
Spokane is the place where world-renowned baritone vocalist Thomas Hampson became, well, Thomas Hampson. In fact, the very moment might have been when he sat as a young lad in the balcony of the Fox Theater, holding hands with a girl and listening to a Mozart symphony. See him where it all began this Saturday and Sunday.



The Houston Astros handled the Dodgers 5-1 in last night's Game 7 of the World Series in Los Angeles, winning the first championship in the organization's 56-year history. In 2014, Sports Illustrated writer Ben Reiter predicted the 'Stros would be champs in 2017. Read the SI piece here. (ESPN, Sports Illustrated)

Dirty politics?
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Cates: Digging up Beggs' work as an attorney in the '90s ahead of next Tuesday's election.

Less than a week before Election Day, local Republicans, including Spokane County GOP Chairwoman Stephanie Cates, are peddling details of City Councilman Breean Beggs' involvement in a 22-year-old First Amendment case. Beggs defended a Bellingham bookstore's right to sell a particular magazine that included graphic depictions of rape and torture. Beggs and other attorneys were successful in their argument that the magazine was satire, not porn.

The prosecutor was fined $1.3 million for pursuing the case. Now, local conservatives are accusing Beggs of defending rape culture. (Spokesman-Review, New York Times)

Freeman High shooting
New details in the deadly shooting incident at Freeman High School show the accused student asking friends for help making explosives. (Spokesman-Review)

Walmart shooting in Colorado
Three people are dead after a gunman opened fire in a Colorado Walmart yesterday. Police are still searching for the suspect. (Denver Post)

Worst roommate ever
An 18-year-old student at the University of Hartford in Connecticut has been expelled and is currently facing criminal charges for contaminating her roommate's personal items and posting about it on social media. Brianna Brochu posted this paragraph to her Instagram account:

"After one and a half months spitting in her coconut oil, putting moldy clam dip in her lotions, rubbing used tampons on her backpack, putting her toothbrush places where the sun doesn't shine, and so much more, I can finally say goodbye to Jamaican Barbie."

The roommate/victim, Chennel Rowe, posted this video to her Facebook page when she found out. Brochu is white. Rowe is black. (New York Times)

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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.