More Spokane city attorney drama, more weed research from Obama and morning headlines


POLICE: As Craig Meidl hopes to take over the Spokane Police Department, here are the 14 most pressing challenges he'll face. 

CITY: Mayor David Condon's pick for city attorney withdrew her name from consideration, after a conversation with Council President Ben Stuckart. 

PARKS: The Centennial Trial is about to get a little bigger. Next week, the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission will host a ribbon cutting ceremony for a two-mile stretch that runs from Sontag Community Park to Nine Mile Recreation Area in Riverside State Park. 

MUSIC: Dream-pop band Beach House had never been to Spokane before despite touring off and on for 11 years. This week at the Knit they delivered a mellow vibe — smooth vocals, synth-y riffs and an entrancing light show. Check out our review.


Spokane's former city attorney, Nancy Isserlis, demanded that independent investigator Kris Cappel retract her report that concluded the city attorney's office withheld public documents until after Mayor David Condon's election. Isserlis resigned in the wake of former Chief Straub's ouster and refused to be interviewed by Cappel for the report. (Spokesman-Review, Inlander)

Obama is getting ready to remove barriers to marijuana research. Finally, dear stoners, you'll have an answer to why you eat so many damn potato chips after a joint. Thanks Obama!

Macy's is closing about 100 of its stores nationwide. But we already knew that.

You have to read this New York Times Magazine five-part feature — the result of 18 months of reporting on the "fractured" Arab world since the invasion of Iraq 13 years ago, the rise of ISIS and the "global refugee crisis."