Wednesday, November 15, 2017

5 dead in NoCal shooting rampage, coup in Zimbabwe, morning headlines

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Today marks the start of Spokane's snow season; get your RVs and boat trailers off the streets, and park your cars on the odd side.

FOR FUN: Hello, winter! Mt. Spokane Ski & Snowboard Park opens on Friday.


"Bizarre, murderous rampage" in Northern California
Five people are dead, including the gunman, and 10 others wounded in Tehama County, 115 miles north of Sacramento, in the nation's latest mass shooting. The barrage of gunfire lasted 45 minutes yesterday morning, covering several locations including an elementary school which the gunman tried but failed to enter, where two children were shot. The 43-year-old gunman had been out on bail after being charged with assault with a deadly weapon, and was involved in a domestic violence incident Monday night requiring a police response. (San Francisco Chronicle, Red Bluff Daily News)
Video: "We have a total of seven shooting scenes." Where the Rancho Tehama shootings took place. (Sacramento Bee)
President Trump tweeted his condolences to last week's shooting victims in south Texas, not yesterday's shooting victims in Northern California. (CBS News)

"I had no recollection ... I'm not aware"
An unsteady Attorney General Jeff Sessions endured lengthy questioning by the House Judiciary Committee, taking friendly fire from Republicans as well as stinging rebukes from Democrats. Sessions was unable to recall any Russian influence on Donald Trump's campaign, except when claiming that he acted to block that influence. (New York Times)
Four key takeaways from Sessions' congressional hearing. (Washington Post)
Could Trump fire Sessions and Robert Mueller and still retain GOP support? (The Hill )

"Obviously I've made a few people mad"
Roy Moore angrily denied multiple allegation of sexual misconduct.
Roy Moore angrily denied multiple allegation of sexual misconduct.

Embattled Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore addressed the God Save America Revival conference at the Walker Springs Baptist Church in Jackson, Alabama, angrily denying allegations of sexual misconduct after a fifth female accuser came forward, with lurid details of Moore forcing himself upon her 40 years ago. She was a 16-year-old waitress at the time; he was district attorney of Etowah County, Alabama. (CBS News)
Mitch McConnell turns to Trump after defiant Moore refuses to quit. (Los Angeles Times)
The Republican effort to oust Moore is falling on deaf ears in Alabama. (Chicago Tribune)
Arizona GOP Sen. Jeff Flake: "I would run to the polling place" to vote for Moore's Democratic opponent, Doug Jones. (TIME)
How Moore could help Trump dispense with his current nemesis. (Washington Post)

Military coup in Zimbabwe

Tanks and military vehicles are on the streets in the southern African country of Zimbabwe, and the military has taken custody of Robert Mugabe, president for the past 30 years and prime minister for the previous seven; the 93-year-old is the only leader the country of 16 million, formerly known as Rhodesia, has known since declaring independence in 1980. (New York Times)

Eagles soar at Stanford
Eastern Washington's men's basketball team defeated a Pac-12 opponent for the first time in nearly 15 years — when the conference was the Pac-10 — last night in Palo Alto, California. Senior Bogdan Bliznyuk scored 23 points as the Eagles, who hit 11 of 25 shots from three-point range, beat Stanford 67-61. (Spokesman-Review)

Bruins trio returns to L.A. from China
Three freshman basketball players from UCLA arrived back in Los Angeles last night, one week after being arrested in China on shoplifting charges. The trio, including LiAngelo Ball, younger brother of Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball, had been held under house arrest in Hangzhou; their teammates left the country one day after playing their season-opening game Friday 110 miles away in Shanghai. (Los Angeles Times)
Trump scolds LiAngelo Ball: "Are you going to thank me?" (San Jose Mercury News)
The UCLA trio should be suspended for the season, writes the L.A. Times' Bill Plaschke.

Proposed Newport smelter draws praise, criticism

A silicon smelter a Canadian company seeks to build in Newport could bring 150 jobs to the economically depressed city in Pend Oreille County, but some question the project's "high-paying" jobs and are concerned about its environmental impact. (Spokane Public Radio)

His silence speaks volumes
One person has had nothing to say about Colin Kaepernick being named "Citizen of the Year" by GQ magazine: the former NFL quarterback himself. (San Francisco Chronicle)

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