Wednesday, November 22, 2017

FCC threatens net neutrality, Trump cozies up to Roy Moore, morning headlines

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With the intent of preventing teen suicide and the help of a generous donation, Daybreak Youth Services opens a new Spokane psychiatric evaluation and treatment center for girls under 18 in crisis.

The Apple Cup is Saturday in Seattle; we've got a Q&A with Cougars Hall of Famer Paul Sorensen, who weighs in on WSU's fast and aggressive defense.

NEWS: The Federal Communications Commission announced plans to dismantle landmark net neutrality regulations ensuring equal access to the internet. The proposal by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai would be a sweeping repeal of rules put in place by the Obama administration. (via New York Times)

NEWS: A security breach at the ride-hailing company Uber,  kept secret for the past year, put the personal data of more than 57 million people at risk. (via New York Times)


Trump nearly endorses Roy Moore
President Trump threw embattled Alabama GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore a lifeline yesterday, breaking with prominent D.C. Republicans who've said they believe several women accusing the 70-year-old Moore, a former Chief Justice of Alabama's Supreme Court, of pursuing sexual relations with teenagers when he was in his 30s.
Unlike their elders, the New Yorker says that Alabama's young Republicans are wrestling with the allegations against Roy Moore. (New Yorker)
Moore was banned from a Gadsden, Alabama, mall in the 1980s for aggressive behavior that included making sexual advances to underage girls, reports the New Yorker.
Beyond teenage girls: Every other terrible thing about Roy Moore. (New York Times)

Navy plane crashes off coast of Japan

A U.S. Navy C2-A Greyhound propeller cargo plane carrying 11 crew members and passengers crashed today southeast of Okinawa, Japan, the fifth accident this year for the Seventh Fleet, the Navy’s largest overseas fleet. Eight people were rescued; U.S. and Japanese naval forces are searching for the other three. (New York Times)

House Democrats move against Conyers
Democratic leadership moved swiftly against the House’s longest-serving member, calling for the Ethics Committee to investigate sexual harassment charges against 88-year-old Michigan Rep. John Conyers Jr., the Judiciary Committee's top Democrat. Conyers, first elected in 1964 from a Detroit district, confirmed settling a wrongful termination complaint from a staff member who had accused him of sexual harassment. (New York Times)
The unfolding Conyers scandal has jolted House Democrats. (Politico)

City council may extend "ban the box" policy

Monday night, Spokane's city council will consider an extension of the “ban the box” policy applying to private employers within city limits, after eliminating the question about prior criminal history from public employment applications in 2014. (Spokesman-Review)

Avista shareholders OK deal
Avist, founded 128 years as the Washington Water Power Company, announced that its shareholders have approved the Spokane-based utility company’s acquisition by the Ontario company Hydro One, a deal that would pay Avista $5.3 billion. (Spokane Public Radio)

Search continues for missing submarine
Ships and planes combed a wider area of the frigid South Atlantic in a fruitless hunt for signs of the ARA San Juan, a missing Argentine submarine with a crew of 44, adding to growing concerns about the sub not heard from in six days; it's believed to have only enough oxygen to last for seven days. (CBS News)
What we know about Argentina's missing submarine. (CNN)

Grows on the down low
Even in an age of legalization, marijuana grows deemed illegal by the state continue to proliferate in Washington; the latest numbers from the Washington State Patrol show that 89 illegal grow ops were shut down over the past year. (Spokane Public Radio)

RIP, David Cassidy
The actor/musician, best known for playing teen heartthrob Keith Partridge on the early-'70s music sitcom The Partridge Family, died at 67 of liver failure. (NPR)

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