Aretha Franklin dead at 76, too much weed in Washington, a litigious baker and morning headlines

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Randy Mora was released from prison after decades. Staff writer Samantha Wohlfeil followed him during his first, short lived, days of freedom.

JAIL: The cellmate of a man who died in the Spokane County Jail in June tells of the man's final hours. Seven people have died inside the facility since June 2017.

WEED: We grew too much weed, you guys. So much weed. We can't even smoke all this weed.


The Queen of Soul
Aretha Franklin, the "Queen of Soul" died at her home in Detroit. She was 76. (New York Times)

Litigious baker
The Colorado baker, who refused to make a wedding cake for a same sex couple, and whose case has implications for a similar case out of Washington state, is now suing the state of Colorado.

Earlier this year, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of the baker, Jack Phillips. Now he's asking the state to stop enforcing its anti-discrimination laws against him. (NPR)

Greyhound station draws protests over immigration arrests
More than 100 people gathered to protest at the downtown bus station where Border Patrol agents have been arresting people traveling through Spokane on Greyhound buses. (Spokesman-Review)

Jail fight leads to charges
One man is dead and another is charged with manslaughter after a fight in a 10-man Spokane County Jail cell. The in-custody death is the seventh inside the facility in the past 14 months. (Spokesman-Review)

Free press bites back
Today, hundreds of newspapers throughout the country are publishing editorials decrying President Donald Trump's attacks on the media.

From the Boston Globe: "Today in the United States we have a president who has created a mantra that members of the media who do not blatantly support the policies of the current U.S. administration are the 'enemy of the people.' This is one of the many lies that have been thrown out by this president, much like an old-time charlatan threw out 'magic' dust or water on a hopeful crowd."

Trump, of course, responded on Twitter:

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About The Author

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.