Sneak Peek: Celebrating the class of 2020; protests and riots; Pride; and local boy goes to NASA!

click to enlarge Sneak Peek: Celebrating the class of 2020; protests and riots; Pride; and local boy goes to NASA!
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The latest issue of the Inlander is hitting newsstands today. Find it at your local grocery store and hundreds of other locations; use this map to find a pickup point near you. You can also read through the print edition here.

This week, we’re dedicating the issue to the class of 2020. There’s a keepsake poster inside, and the cover section is packed with plenty of wit and wisdom, from graduating students, educators, administrators and bestselling author Jess Walter, who writes, among other things: “We generations of greedy, short-sighted ‘adults’ who threw a big seventy-year party, ate all the food, drank all the beer, used all the resources, blew your inheritance, pissed on the carpet and passed out on the floor. Sorry. Our bad.”

• Also this week: We have a story and photos from the peaceful protest on Sunday afternoon calling out police brutality — and the chaotic melee that followed during the night. These photos tell the story.

After Sunday’s protest in downtown Spokane, we broke this news yesterday: While Police Chief Craig Meidl has condemned the actions of police in Minneapolis that led to George Floyd’s death, images have emerged that appear to show Spokane cops kneeling on the neck of a suspect. More >>

File this under good news: A North Idaho student interns at NASA and publishes research just as he finishes his senior year at Loyola Marymount. More >>

This Spokane company wants to help cities protect fresh water with innovative new building material. More >>

Why Spokane County's explosion of cases probably won't force us back into a stricter stay-home order. More  >>

With what would have been Spokane’s annual Pride weekend fast approaching, the celebration is shifting to an online approach this year with Spokane Virtual Pride. More >>

File this under news that is bumming us out: A couple more business close for good: Paper & Cup and Fleur de Sel Creperie. More >>

Here’s one more gem from our Graduation Issue, from Whitworth’s President Beck Taylor: “I encourage you to form your identity not by what the world thinks of you, or the success you achieve, but by the values and principles by which you live, by the ways you love and treat others, and by your commitments to serve worthy things that are bigger than yourselves.”