Friday, February 9, 2018

Spokane leaders talk Time's Up, resources for sexual assault survivors

Posted By on Fri, Feb 9, 2018 at 4:42 PM

Dozens of people gathered at the Northeast Community Center Thursday night, Feb. 8, to hear from Spokane leaders and talk about what can be done to help survivors of sexual assault and harassment. - SAMANTHA WOHLFEIL PHOTO
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  • Dozens of people gathered at the Northeast Community Center Thursday night, Feb. 8, to hear from Spokane leaders and talk about what can be done to help survivors of sexual assault and harassment.

Start by believing people.

Over and over, a panel of experts who work with victims of sex crimes and sexual harassment told a crowd gathered at the Northeast Community Center that the first and best thing the community can do to help victims of sex crimes and sexual harassment is to start by believing people who say they've been hurt.

Among those who spoke were sexual assault victim advocates, survivors, a judge, the sheriff, special victims detectives and prosecutors, medical and legal professionals, and others whose work touches on the topic.

"I think we have done a really poor job as a society of how we react when we first hear a report of sexual assault," says Sgt. Mike McNab, supervisor of Spokane Police Department's Special Victims Unit. "We always react with doubt, skepticism, and I think this reaction has come from the stereotype that’s false, that I refer to as the 'real rape.'"

That's the stereotype where a "boogie man" jumps out of the bushes, attacks a victim, who fights back with everything she has, then the police swoop in and save the day, McNab says.

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Idaho lawmakers try to weaken climate change language in school science standards — again

Posted By on Fri, Feb 9, 2018 at 4:32 PM

Despite the Idaho Department of Education's effort to carefully craft education standards on climate change over the last year, lawmakers in the state's House Education Committee remain skeptical of teaching students that human-caused global warming exists.

Rep. Scott Syme
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A year ago, the Idaho House Education Committee approved science standards for schools, but excluded five paragraphs related to climate change. As the Inlander wrote in June, it meant Idaho was the first state where lawmakers had successfully removed the teaching of climate science from curriculum requirements. And the decision last February came with comments from Rep. Scott Syme (R-Caldwell) about the need to cover "both sides of the debate" when it comes to human-caused global warming, in spite of the scientific consensus on the topic.

Little has changed this year. This week, the House Education Committee approved a set of climate standards with some discussion of climate change, but they rejected supporting content dealing with climate change and human impact on the environment, as well as a section on nonrenewable sources of energy.

The state's Senate Education Committee will have its own say in the standards. But if they're approved as they were in the House, says Glenn Branch, deputy director of the National Center for Science Education, it "would be a problem for teachers."

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Inlander's Sips and Cinema: Enjoy local wine, see Steve Carell and Tina Fey in Date Night

Posted By on Fri, Feb 9, 2018 at 10:31 AM

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Calling all wine snobs. On Feb. 15, the Inlander is getting romantic at the Garland Theater, pairing a screening of the Tina Fey-Steve Carell comedy Date Night with some delicious local wines. It's what we call Sips and Cinema: It's a lot like our regular Suds and Cinema, but we're swapping out the hops for grapes this time.

Our friends at Horizon Credit Union will be sponsoring the event (and providing free popcorn), and Spokane's Maryhill Winery will be pouring some of their finest blends. You can win prizes, too: Either a date night package including Spokane Symphony tickets and a $100 gift certificate to Bonefish Grill, or a couple of annual Garland passes.

Released in 2010, Date Night stars Carell and Fey as a boring suburban couple whose attempts to disrupt the tedium of their marriage leads to their being mistaken for mob informants. Mila Kunis, James Franco and Mark Wahlberg round out the supporting cast.

Tickets for our first Sips and Cinema event are $5 and can be purchased at the Garland's box office now. Doors open at 7 pm, with the film starting at 8 pm.
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Olympics start, Condon speaks, government shuts and reopens and more

Posted By on Fri, Feb 9, 2018 at 9:48 AM

Mayor David Condon will give his State of the City address today - DANIEL WALTERS PHOTO
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  • Mayor David Condon will give his State of the City address today

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15:17 at AMC
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Urban experience! Sustainable resources! Catch it!
The Spokesman-Review previews Mayor David Condon's State of the City speech today. (Spokesman-Review)

Marshall plan
The Washington state Senate passes a bill to help the Marshallese. We wrote about it here. (Spokesman-Review)

Turn it off and turn it on again

We had a very brief government shutdown again last night. But early this morning, a huge budget deal passed, raising the debt ceiling. If you are wondering if most Republicans fought valiantly to prevent the deficit from increasing, the answer is not even close. (CNN)

I learned it from watching you, Mr. President
TV viewers were furious that TV networks sunk so low as to quote the president saying "shithole." (BuzzFeed)

It's pretty much the Olympics of sporting events
The Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea kicked off last night with a show of unity between North Korea and South Korea.

Didn't do the reading
Trump doesn't like to read written intelligence briefing. Instead, he prefers to hear people talk. We all have different learning styles.
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