Monday, April 16, 2018

Comey calls Trump a "slimeball," Huey Lewis not coming to Spokane and morning headlines

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The youth suicide rate in Spokane is surging. From 2013 to 2016, it's more than doubled. School officials are trying to figure out why.

MUSIC: Huey Lewis has cancelled his tour, including a stop at the Northern Quest in August. He says it's because of hearing loss.

MOVIE: Isle of Dogs, which opened in Spokane this week, is Wes Anderson's tender and delirious, second stop-motion animation film. Without spoiling the entire thing, reviewer Jordan Satterfield writes, the story winds through government conspiracies, voter fraud and legislative corruption and mass deportation while exploring the bond between human and dog.


Comey didn't hold back
"Slimeball," "morally unfit to be president" and a compulsive liar were among the descriptors former head of the FBI, James Comey, directed at President Donald Trump during an interview with ABC. Trump fired Comey in May 2017. During the interview, Comey refused to rule out the possibility that the Russians possess information to blackmail Trump. He also said there is "some evidence of obstruction of justice." (LA Times, AP)

The interview marks the beginning of a tour for Comey's new tell-all book, A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership. (ABC)

Trump's fixer in court
Trump's personal lawyer and fixer, Michael Cohen, will appear in federal court today to argue that prosecutors should not be allowed to review the materials seized from his office and hotel room last week. Some of the information, Cohen argues, is protected by attorney-client privilege. (Bloomberg)

Congressional climate ripe for a shift?
As Democrat Lisa Brown's campaign gains steam in its effort to unseat U.S. Republican Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, longtime political reporter Jim Camden sees some similarities (and differences) in the political climate this year and the environment that gave George Nethercutt a victory over sitting speaker of the House, Tom Foley. (Spokesman-Review)

Black men arrested at Starbucks for sitting
Two black men were accused of trespassing at a Philadelphia Starbucks and arrested by police. A video of the arrests has been viewed online millions of times. Patrons can be heard saying that the two men "didn't do anything."

A manager had called police after the men asked to use the restroom, but were denied because they hadn't purchased anything. They then sat in the restaurant, waiting for a friend to arrive, when police were called.  (NPR)

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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.