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Friday, June 15, 2018

Vets Garage searching for new location, Manafort to jail, IG report condemns Comey and other morning headlines

Posted By on Fri, Jun 15, 2018 at 9:42 AM

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NEWS: The Vets Garage may have saved lives. But soon it may be losing its home — and it doesn't know where it's going next
The future of the Spokane Vets garage is uncertain - DANIEL WALTERS PHOTO
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  • The future of the Spokane Vets garage is uncertain


NEWS:
The number of Spokane students being placed in group homes from outside of the district has increased significantly.

IN OTHER NEWS...


The Redband rebrand
Glover Field, named after Spokane founding father James Glover, has been renamed Redband Park. (Spokesman-Review)

A second opinion
Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers comes out against the Trump Justice Department's decision to not protect the constitutionality of the pre-existing condition protections:

"I strongly disagree with the Department of Justice’s recent argument of the unconstitutionality of pre-existing conditions protections." (Spokesman-Review)

Raúl Labrador kind of hates his job
An exit interview with Raul Labrador, the "angriest man in Congress." (Politico)

From victorious presidential campaign manager to jail
Paul Manafort has been sent to jail until his trial. (CNN)

Getting IGggy with it
The Inspector General report suggests James Comey screwed up royally, but in a way that hurt Clinton, not in a way that benefited her. (New York Times)
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Thursday, June 14, 2018

Trump's charity sued, a new Bartlett in Browne's, Summer Guide and morning headlines

Posted By on Thu, Jun 14, 2018 at 9:42 AM


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NEWS:
 The owner of the Bartlett will open a new, bigger music venue in Browne's Addition. More details will come out during a June 28 fundraising event. Tickets are $20.

NEWS: Spokane's Vets Garage, a safe haven for some local veterans, is looking for a new location.

MOVIE: The lovable crime-fighting family is back in the Incredibles 2, right where they left off. Costumed crime fighting is still illegal, but more and more super heroes are brought out of the woodwork in this somewhat predictable sequel, critic Josh Bell writes, as Mr. Incredible juggles stay-at-home dad life with his super hero duties.

SUMMER GUIDE: Summer is here. You need a guide. We got you.


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Charity for whom?
The New York State attorney general is suing the Donald J. Trump Foundation for alleged violations of campaign finance laws and self-dealing, including the purchase of a $10,000 portrait of Trump that hung in one of his golf clubs, as well as $100,000 paid to settle a legal dispute with the city of Palm Beach.

On Twitter, Trump denounced the accusations as an attack by "sleazy New York Democrats," and vowed to take the case to trial. (New York Times)

Barred from medical care
An inmate is suing the Washington state Department of Corrections for refusing him gallbladder removal surgery. (Spokesman-Review)

Comey's reckoning
A Department of Justice report to be released later today is expected to fault former FBI Director James Comey for violating DOJ guidelines and mishandling the investigation into Hillary Clinton's emails. (NPR)

Un-defense of Obamacare
Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers rebuked the Justice Department's decision to stop defending the Affordable Care Act in court. Specifically, McMorris Rodgers pointed to coverage for people with pre-existing conditions, saying in a statement: "This is one of the areas in the Affordable Care Act that was widely agreed upon from both Republicans and Democrats."

Yet last year, McMorris Rodgers voted for the American Health Care Act, which would have allowed some insurers to charge more for people with pre-existing conditions in some cases. (Spokesman-Review)
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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

You can now buy Bitcoin at an ATM in the Spokane Valley Mall

Posted By on Wed, Jun 13, 2018 at 12:00 PM

A new ATM in the Spokane Valley Mall is designed to make it easy for average people to turn their cash into Bitcoin. Eventually, the plan is for the Coinme machine to also enable customers to convert their Bitcoin and pull out cash. - PHOTO COURTESY OF COINME
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  • A new ATM in the Spokane Valley Mall is designed to make it easy for average people to turn their cash into Bitcoin. Eventually, the plan is for the Coinme machine to also enable customers to convert their Bitcoin and pull out cash.

A Seattle-based company has put an ATM in the Spokane Valley Mall that allows people to create an account, deposit cash and save it as Bitcoin in a virtual wallet.

"One of the things that we really want to do is provide a low-barrier entry for people who are looking to get into crypto," says Dom Garrett, director of marketing for Coinme, which started in Seattle in 2014.

The company hopes to make it as easy as possible to buy and trade cryptocurrency. While it's just set up for deposits now, eventually the plan is to also allow people to withdraw cash from the machine, Garrett says. Some of Coinme's 50 other ATMs around the country already have that feature, and with the new ATM in Spokane Valley, the company now has 12 across Washington.

Bitcoin is a virtual currency that was created to exchange value with others without needing a bank or central authority to verify transactions, and it's the most popular of hundreds of cryptocurrencies that now exist.

(If you missed it, you can learn all about how "mining" for the digital currency is impacting Central Washington utilities in our cover story from April.)

Part of the reason Coinme was founded is that getting into buying and trading cryptocurrency can seem daunting to many people, as there's a lot of jargon and confusing explanations online, but it doesn't have to be that complicated, Garrett says.

"Cryptocurrency is something that we view as the future of the financial system," Garrett says. "We are really excited to be able to provide that on ramp for people to be able to take part in the system, especially in areas like Spokane."

While Seattle and San Francisco tend to be the places where early technologies are available first, Coinme hopes to bring this technology to rural and smaller urban areas in hopes of helping speed its adoption, Garrett says.

HOW IT WORKS

To use the ATM, users need a government-issued ID (say, a driver's license) to start.

The ATM will walk you through the process, including agreeing to terms of use and taking a picture with the built in camera while holding up your license to prove it's you depositing the money — this is an anti-money laundering requirement on the company, Garrett says.

From there, you've got an account.

"What we do is we actually create a hosted wallet for you," Garrett says. "And then just like a vending machine, there’s a little slot with a light and you feed cash into the machine."

As you do so, you'll see what fraction of a Bitcoin you're actually buying, and deposit as little as a dollar and up to $2,500 per day, Garrett says.

"It’s pretty simple," he says. "At the machine it takes about 60 seconds and you’re all set up."

Afterwards, you can go to coinme.com and log into your digital wallet for the first time, when you'll be prompted to set your password and finish setting up your account. From there, you can trade your Bitcoin on exchanges if you want to and find other information on markets.

The fine print: There's a 10 percent transaction fee (for both deposits and withdrawals), which is in line with other Bitcoin ATMs, Garrett says. The hope is to be able to lower those fees in the future.

As for security, Coinme has an entire team dedicated to keeping user information and digital wallets secure.

With cryptocurrency, there is no federal insurance like there is with a bank, where the FDIC guarantees deposits up to a certain amount.

"We have had an incredibly great track record in our company’s history as far as security," Garrett says. "While there may not be specific assurance there, it’s on the top of our minds. Our team is constantly looking for ways to make sure we are more secure."

He also points out that the company has an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau.

"That is something we do take seriously," he says. "Trust is everything, especially when it comes to people's money."

 
A MAP THAT SHOWS WHERE COINME'S BITCOIN ATM IS IN THE SPOKANE VALLEY MALL
  • A map that shows where Coinme's Bitcoin ATM is in the Spokane Valley Mall
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June 12 primaries, more Trump and Kim, opioid programs and other headlines

Posted By on Wed, Jun 13, 2018 at 9:28 AM

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NEWS:
The ACLU is suing the Whatcom County Jail for letting its inmates who are addicted to opioids go cold turkey. The Spokane County Jail is now considering a program to implement treatment.

MUSIC: Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy is comin’ to town. Tickets go on sale on Thursday.

IN OTHER NEWS:

Primary party
There were primary elections last night in Virgina, Maine, South Carolina and Maine. Vox reports that the “narrative” of politics this year has so far held: more women winning important Democrat elections and Trump critics losing Republican support. Nate Silver of FiveThirtyEight writes, “the two most interesting outcomes of the evening featured problems for traditional Republicans and underscored the degree to which the GOP has become Trump’s party.” (Vox, FiveThrityEight)

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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

ACLU sues for opioid treatment in Whatcom Jail; Spokane is considering its own treatment program

Posted By on Tue, Jun 12, 2018 at 4:00 PM

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People who are addicted to opioids and booked into the Whatcom County Jail are denied treatment for their addiction, according to a federal civil rights lawsuit filed by the Washington state chapter of the ACLU.

The lawsuit asks a judge to require the jail to provide medication assisted treatment for inmates addicted to opioids.

As the U.S. is in the midst of an opioid addiction epidemic, the case, if successful, could put pressure on other correctional facilities to provide similar treatment.

In Whatcom County, unless an inmate is pregnant, the jail denies inmates access to medication assisted treatments such as methadone and buprenorphine, which is sold under the brand names Suboxone and Subutex. Now, inmates are essentially forced to go cold turkey, the lawsuit filed against Whatcom County and the Sheriff's Office says.

Whatcom County's refusal to allow such treatment is a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act, according to the lawsuit, because opioid addiction, also called opioid use disorder, is considered a disability under the law. The policy to deny opioid addiction treatment subjects inmates to unnecessary and painful withdrawal and increases their risk for relapse and overdose after they're released, according to the lawsuit.

Although opioid addiction treatment in correctional facilities across the country is rare, the Spokane County Jail is one exception.

Spokane County Jail
  • Spokane County Jail
For about the past year, the jail has partnered with the Spokane Regional Health District to allow those already participating in the SRHD's opioid treatment program to continue with treatment while in jail, says Sgt. Tom Hill.

"We've built a system where we can identify who is in the program and notify the health district," Hill says. "We didn't want anybody to miss a dose."

Through the partnership, SRHD employees go to the jail seven days per week to administer medication for opioid addiction, including methadone, buprenorphine and naloxone, says Misty Challinor, interim director of the treatment program. Challinor says they serve 12 to 20 inmates on any given day.

Jail staff will also notify the health district if an inmate is exhibiting withdrawal symptoms, Challinor says, and they work to get that person into the program as quickly as possible.

The health district's treatment program requires daily doses of opioid addiction medication, weekly counseling and a valid ID.

The Spokane County Jail has had a similar program for pregnant women for years, Hill says. Additionally, jail officials are close to implementing a separate treatment program using buprenorphine for those people who qualify.

Both methadone and buprenorphine bind to opioid receptors in the brain, but block the euphoric effects and prevent withdrawal symptoms associated with opioid use disorder.

The delay in implementing the new program, according to Hill, is logistical. An inmate would need to be observed for about 10 minutes after taking the medication, he says, and for a jail operating "at bare minimum staffing," that can present a problem.

"It's a matter of finding a place and a person to supervise the administration of this treatment," he says. "It's only a bump in the road, and we're really close to accomplishing it."

Last month, Patrick Flynn, 36, attempted suicide in the Spokane County Jail, and later died in the hospital. Family members believe he may have been experiencing withdrawal from heroin when he decided to end his life.

Hill declined to comment on Flynn's situation specifically, but says "I absolutely think that people in his position will benefit from this program. You can imagine there's a certain amount of depression from being sick from heroin or opiate withdrawal, and I think that goes to our sense of urgency on this. We really think this can make a difference."

Whatcom County Sheriff Bill Elfo tells the Bellingham Herald that his office has been considering a plan to implement a three to five-day Suboxone treatment program. Elfo told the Herald that he hopes to start the treatment program in July.

The ACLU lawsuit is filed on behalf of two people who were incarcerated in Whatcom County and were denied opioid addiction treatment. ACLU attorneys are seeking class action status, which would include include anyone with opioid use disorder previously incarcerated in Whatcom County Jail, or anyone who will be incarcerated there in the future. 
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Trump and Kim make a deal, Seattle reverses course on head tax and other morning headlines

Posted By on Tue, Jun 12, 2018 at 9:29 AM

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NEWS: Lori Isenberg, the woman facing charges in Kootenai County for embezzlement and who has skipped two court appearances after her husband's mysterious death, made about 75,000 per year as the director of a nonprofit.

FOR FUN: Quinn Welsch, a recent transplant to the Spokane area, went to the Spokane Pride Parade and had himself a good time.

NEWS: In a 4-4 U.S. Supreme Court decision, Washington state remains on the hook for replacing culverts in order to protect salmon habitat. 

IN OTHER NEWS
President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un of North Korea greet each other before their meeting on Sentosa Island in Singapore, June 12, 2018. - DOUG MILLS/THE NEW YORK TIMES
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  • President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un of North Korea greet each other before their meeting on Sentosa Island in Singapore, June 12, 2018.

Art of the deal

Possibly carrying the fate of two countries in the palms of their hands, President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un shared a long handshake before beginning the first summit between the U.S. and North Korea. In the end, Trump agreed to suspend joint military exercises with South Korea. In turn, he says that he is confident Kim would begin dismantling his nuclear arsenal "very quickly." (New York Times)

Keeping it neutral
Net neutrality protections were thrown out the window everywhere but Washington state yesterday. The state law ensures that telecom providers will treat all content equally, preventing them from slowing down certain internet sites. (The Stranger)

Surprise down under
Washington State University and University of Idaho researchers say there may be double the amount of magma underneath the Yellowstone volcano than previously thought. (Spokesman-Review)

Turned on its head
To the dismay of local businesses, Seattle City Council passed a head tax last month to pay for homeless services. Now, the City Council plans to reverse the decision. "We heard you," says Mayor Jenny Durkan. (Seattle Times)
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Monday, June 11, 2018

SCOTUS decision puts Washington state on the hook for culverts in treaty rights case

Posted By on Mon, Jun 11, 2018 at 2:05 PM

WASHINGTON AND OREGON BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT PHOTO
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In a 4-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court let a lower court ruling stand in Washington v. United States, meaning Washington still has to replace culverts that help water pass under roads around the state in order to protect salmon habitat.

The case, nearly two decades in the making, was started when several Northwest tribes and the federal government sued the state in 2001, arguing that treaty rights protected not only tribes' right to fish, but a right to healthy habitat and numbers of fish.

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals agreed, holding that the agreements established "that the number of fish would always be sufficient to provide a 'moderate living' to the tribes."

In its request that the Supreme Court take up the case, the state argued that the 9th Circuit wrong in ordering the state to replace or repair 817 culverts within the treaty area at a cost of billions of dollars, because that didn't take into account whether there'd actually be a benefit to fish by doing so.

The state also argued that the culvert designs in question were provided by the federal government, so the state shouldn't be the sole bearer of the cost of replacement, and that the decision could be used in the future to argue for removal of dams or change other practices at state cost, and could apply to other states where similar treaty language was used.

Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson issued the following statement:

"Today’s ruling brings a resolution to a case that has gone on for nearly 20 years, defended by multiple attorneys general. It is unfortunate that Washington state taxpayers will be shouldering all the responsibility for the federal government’s faulty culvert design. The Legislature has a big responsibility in front of it to ensure the state meets its obligation under the court’s ruling. It’s also time for others to step up in order to make this a positive, meaningful ruling for salmon. Salmon cannot reach many state culverts because they are blocked by culverts owned by others. For example, King County alone owns several thousand more culverts than are contained in the entire state highway system. The federal government owns even more than that in Washington state. These culverts will continue to block salmon from reaching the state’s culverts, regardless of the condition of the state’s culverts, unless those owners begin the work the state started in 1990 to replace barriers to fish.

I look forward to working with tribal governments to advocate for the funding necessary to comply with this court order, and to ensure other culvert owners do their part to remove barriers to salmon passage."

Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission Chair Lorraine Loomis lauded the decision, and issued the following statement:

"Today is a great day for salmon, tribes, treaty rights and everyone who lives in western Washington. This Supreme Court ruling means more salmon for everyone.

It will open hundreds of miles of high-quality salmon habitat that will produce hundreds of thousands more salmon annually for harvest by Indians and non-Indians.

The Supreme Court has affirmed a common-sense ruling that treaty rights require there to be fish available for harvest. It affirms that the state can’t needlessly block streams and destroy salmon runs.

The main cause of the salmon’s decline is that we are losing habitat faster than it can be restored. The ruling will result in a net gain of habitat that salmon badly need.

Today’s ruling shows that our treaties are living documents. They are just as valid today as the day they were signed.

We honor the wisdom of our ancestors who signed the treaties, and those like Billy Frank Jr., who fought so hard for the survival of the salmon and for our treaty-reserved rights to be upheld.

This is the eighth time that the state and its allies have gone all the way to the Supreme Court to avoid living up to the treaties’ promise, and the eighth time they have lost. It is time to get the lawyers out of the way and do what is right.

The salmon resource is priceless. Fixing culverts and doing the other work needed to save that resource will require significant investment, but will pay off for generations to come.

We are eager to continue our efforts with our co-managers and others to protect and restore the salmon resource for future generations."

Hilary Franz, commissioner of public lands, issued this statement:

"Today’s decision affirms that it is our collective responsibility to ensure the survival of Pacific salmon. This decision is fair under the letter of the law, but it is also just. Protecting salmon is an issue not just of importance to Washington’s tribes, but to all of us.

The time is now to think boldly about how we move forward on many fronts, including culverts.

My agency, the Department of Natural Resources, stands ready to work with tribes, state agencies, counties, private landowners and federal partners to restore and protect our treasured salmon.

It is time to stop fighting over who should do what. Instead, let us roll up our sleeves, stand shoulder to shoulder, and get to work saving our Pacific salmon for future generations. It’s time to do the right thing."
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Rainy, but not gloomy, Spokane Pride Parade draws a crowd in spite of the weather

Posted By on Mon, Jun 11, 2018 at 1:02 PM

Marchers parade down Spokane Falls Boulevard on Saturday, June 9. - QUINN WELSCH PHOTO
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  • Marchers parade down Spokane Falls Boulevard on Saturday, June 9.

The weather was trash, I was running late and, to be honest, I didn’t expect to see a soul at the Spokane Pride Parade on Saturday, June 9.

I couldn’t have been more wrong.

I'm a recent transplant to this area. Before I moved from the cozy confines of Western Washington, everyone warned me about what to expect. Well, once again, Spokane has proven the haters wrong.

Thousands of people took to the streets on Saturday afternoon, seemingly in spite of the crappy weather. Bright and bold fashion choices beamed under a gloomy sky — somewhat of a metaphor for the mood of the 26th annual parade.

Holding a sign at the parade that read “Isn’t Hate A Sin?” local artist Rose Shankman says this is just one of eight demonstrations she’s participated in since 2017.

“I have a lot of angst since 'you-know-who' got into the White House, and I have to do something as positive as I can,” she says.

The feeling was echoed by others at the parade, including National Teacher of the Year Mandy Manning, who was OutSpokane’s recipient of the inaugural Stonewall Impact Award.

“I think we can agree that we are in the middle of tough times. There are people with negative opinions and feelings who are feeling emboldened ... and that’s why it is right for us to stand up and fight for what is good,” she told the crowd gathered in Riverfront Park on Saturday.

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North Idaho woman accused of embezzling half a million dollars made about $75k as nonprofit's director

Posted By on Mon, Jun 11, 2018 at 10:38 AM

Larry and Lori Isenberg in a photo posted to Larry's Facebook in 2015.
  • Larry and Lori Isenberg in a photo posted to Larry's Facebook in 2015.

Coeur d'Alene Police reports recently released to the Inlander give more details about the inner workings of the nonprofit North Idaho Housing Coalition (NIHC) where Lori Isenberg worked as the executive director.
Lori Isenberg
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Isenberg is currently facing charges in Kootenai County for embezzling about half a million dollars from the nonprofit that buys and rehabilitates homes and resells or rents them to low and moderate-income buyers. Since her arrest in February, she has skipped two court appearances, and there is now a $500,000 warrant for her arrest.

Police interviews with two people in particular, NIHC President Kerri Thoreson and Treasurer Kevin Vedder, illuminate Isenberg's history with the NIHC and the level of trust the organization's board put in her.

"You look back and why did we give her so much authority or power," Vedder tells police. "Such a lack of oversight."

Before Isenberg was fired from the nonprofit, Thoreson says Isenberg was "very well compensated," to the tune of $75,000. Isenberg also hired her daughter, April Barnes, as a part-time employee. Thoreson tells police that the board approved the part-time hire, but was unaware Isenberg had hired her daughter for the position. Vedder, however, does remember Isenberg disclosing their relationship.

Both Thoreson and Vedder say they've known Isenberg for a long time, and neither would have suspected that she would steal from the organization. In fact, up until she was made aware of Isenberg's crimes, Thoreson says she would have given Isenberg a "glowing review." Isenberg has admitted to police that she stole money from NIHC.

To police, and in a follow-up conversation with the Inlander, Thoreson emphasizes that Isenberg did not have the authority to sign checks (investigators found numerous checks with forged signatures) and was not the nonprofit's accountant.

Generally, Isenberg's responsibilities, Vedder tells police, were to secure grant funding, find houses for the organization to purchase and rehab, execute the purchase and sale agreement, obtain a check from NIHC's contracted accountant and verify the work when the house was completed.

The organization had no official policies laying out responsibilities, salary or authority for Isenberg's position, Vedder tells police. "They, the board, just allowed Lori to continue doing what she was doing since they were getting 'lots of good press' and the organization was fully immersed in making affordable housing," according to the police report.

It was within the 18 months preceding her termination, when the board agreed to bring the accounting and contracting functions in-house at Isenberg's suggestion, that the alleged crimes took place, including payments to "ghost companies" Isenberg had set up in her name and her daughter's name.

Isenberg has admitted to police that she stole money from NIHC, but gave it to her daughters for "medical expenses," though Thoreson notes that those statements have not been verified.

At the same time Coeur d'Alene Police were investigating her alleged financial crimes, Isenberg's husband, Larry, ended up in Lake Coeur d'Alene while the couple were on an early morning boat ride in February. His body was found March 1, and the investigation into his death is still ongoing, according to Kootenai County Sheriff's Office Detective Dennis Stinebaugh, who would not say whether Isenberg was under investigation for her husband's death.

Moving forward, Thoreson says, NIHC is close to hiring an interim director to help "right the ship" and provide recommendations for what authority and responsibility should be given to the permanent director, as well as how the board should oversee the position.

"I don't know that there's a bright side to this story," Thoreson says. "But we definitely are taking very seriously our responsibility to the organization."

NIHC is largely funded through federal grants. Thoreson says she is unsure whether this ordeal will put future grant applications in jeopardy, though she is hopeful the nonprofit can continue to receive those funds.

"Speaking for the board, we want her to have her day in court," Thoreson says. "It's an important part of the process, and it's incredibly frustrating that she has failed to show up. I'm hoping we will have the opportunity of having her appear in court sooner rather than later."
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Monroe construction ahead of schedule, Trump argues with allies and other morning headlines

Posted By on Mon, Jun 11, 2018 at 9:24 AM

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For his senior project, this Spokane student built a tiny home that he hopes will save him from paying rent in college
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NEWS: So you've heard a bit about tariffs, Trump and possible trade wars, huh? Here's where Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Lisa Brown stand on recent tariffs and trade policy.

WHAT'S UP?: Music, baseball, pub crawl, movies and more, here's this week's curated list of things to do.

IN OTHER NEWS

North Monroe ahead of schedule

The construction on North Monroe, which includes work to narrow the number of lanes and improve pedestrian safety, has reached its halfway point well ahead of schedule. (Spokesman-Review)

Trump arguing with allies ahead of North Korea summit
As he's getting ready to meet with North Korea's leaders to discuss a nuclear deal this week, President Trump has been striking out with America's close allies in the Group of 7, including Canada, which has announced it will counter U.S. tariffs with its own. (New York Times)

Winner winner, Boise dinner
Someone won $2 million on a Powerball ticket bought in Ada County, Idaho, and because the winning ticket didn't match the actual Powerball but had the first five numbers right, lottery officials are reminding people to check their tickets closely. (Idaho Statesman)

Rainin' on the parade
It was a wet Saturday, but plenty of people still showed up for Spokane's Pride celebration, with a parade and party in the park. (KXLY) 
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