Thursday, December 21, 2017

Tax bill, tax fraud, weed is good (but it can also stink) and morning headlines

Posted By on Thu, Dec 21, 2017 at 9:04 AM


Camera man
See 2017 through the lens of the Inlander's staff photographer, Young Kwak.

Red alert
No Democrat has won more than 40 percent of the vote in Eastern Washington's bright red 5th district. But that could change according to a recent CNN poll, which means Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers could be in for a fight.

Spoiler alert
Let's unpack the new Star Wars, shall we?

Weed is good
Looking at you, Butch Otter. The World Health Organization recent announced that certain cannabis extracts such as cannabidiol (CBD) should not be illegal, and could in fact be used to treat diseases. CBD is a non-psychoactive extract of marijuana that has been used to treat epilepsy. Earlier this year, Idaho Gov. Butch Otter vetoed a bill that would have allowed kids with severe epilepsy to receive CBD treatment. (Idaho Statesman)


Tax man
House lawmakers passed a $1.5 trillion overhaul to the U.S. tax code — the first major rewrite in 31 years. So whose taxes are going up? And whose are going down? (New York Times)

Smell this
Can Washington pot farmers survive air pollution control regulations? (Spokesman-Review)

#MeToo at the opera
World renowned opera conductor Charles Dutoit has been accused by four women of sexual assault. One of the women has accused Dutoit of throwing her against a wall in his dressing room, sticking his tongue down her throat and shoving her hand down his pants. (Associated Press)

Kelley convicted
Former Washington state Auditor Troy Kelley was convicted of nine felonies, including tax fraud. (KING 5)

Hot in here
Rapper Nelly is being sued by the 22-year-old woman who accused him of rape earlier this year. Prosecutors did not file charges against the St. Louis-based musician, born Cornell Haynes Jr., when the alleged victim refused to cooperate. The woman's attorney says she decided to sue Nelly after he accused her of lying about the incident. (Seattle Times)

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About The Author

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.