Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Two injured in Maryland school shooting, another bomb targets Austin and morning headlines

Posted By on Tue, Mar 20, 2018 at 9:20 AM


SPORTS: Zach Norvell Jr. has become Gonzaga's spiritual leader.

Zach Norvell, the 6-foot-5 redshirt freshman, has emerged as a star in the tourney so far. - LIBBY KAMROWSKI
  • Libby Kamrowski
  • Zach Norvell, the 6-foot-5 redshirt freshman, has emerged as a star in the tourney so far.

: A hate group put up posters in downtown Spokane, but residents quickly tore them down.

NEWS: Thanks to a new law, Washington will see how it can train more nurses to collect evidence from victims of sex crimes.


School shooting in Maryland
Two students, including the gunman, are in critical condition after a shooting at a high school in Maryland. (Washington Post)

Reaching the limit
Spokane City Council President Ben Stuckart wants to cap salaries of city employees at $182,000. Currently, the restriction would only apply to the police chief and the fire chief. (Spokesman-Review)

Revealing too much
Facebook's chief information security officer is leaving the company after he was met with resistance to his idea that they should disclose more about Russian interference on the platform, the New York Times reports.

Fifth bombing in Austin
Another package on its way to Austin, Texas, exploded this morning. Investigators are worried it's another attempted attack by a sophisticated "serial bomber" terrorizing the city. (Washington Post)

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Monday, March 19, 2018

Spokane Symphony announces 73rd season, the final for music director Eckart Preu

Posted By on Mon, Mar 19, 2018 at 4:54 PM

Spokane Symphony musical director and Conductor Eckart Preu
  • Spokane Symphony musical director and Conductor Eckart Preu

The concert schedule for the Spokane Symphony's 73rd season — the final for music director Eckart Preu — was announced today.

The 2018-'19 season includes 10 classics concerts and six pop concerts, as well as several special events. Preu is scheduled to conduct five of the classics concerts (Nos. 1, 3, 4, 5 and 10). Each of the five finalists to take his place will conduct the others.

The finalists are Arthur Arnold, Rei Hotoda, James Lowe, Morihiko Nakahara and Jayce Ogren.

Concert tickets go on sale Aug. 17 to the general public, but subscribers to the Spokane Symphony packages can purchase them now.

The Classics
1. The Bohemian Spirit, Sept. 8 and 9, featuring Bedrich Smetana's Ma Vlast, Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 3 (performed by Washington state native Charlie Albright) and Antonin Dvorak's Symphony No. 7.

2. The Red Violin, Oct. 6 and 7, featuring Tan Dun's Symphonic Poem of 3 Notes, John Corigliano's "Chaconne for Violin and Orchestra" and Pyotr Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5.

Elizabeth Pitcairn, owner of the 1720 Red Mendelssohn Stradivarius violin, or the Red Violin, will be guest performing.

3. The Heroic, Oct. 20 and 21, featuring Lilian Elkingto's Out of the Mist, Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 21 and Beethoven's Symphony No. 3, "Eroica."

Pianist Alon Goldstein is the guest soloist.

4. Sibelius and Brahms, Nov. 3 and 4 featuring Jean Sibelius' Finlandia, Johannes Brahms' Opus 25 and Sibelius' Symphony No. 3.

5. Dvorak and Rachmaninoff, Jan. 19 and 20, featuring Antonin Dvorak's Violin Concerto (performed by Spokane Symphony Concertmaster Mateusz Wolski), Miguel del Aguila's Chautauquan Summer and Sergei Rachmanioff's "The Bells."

6. Passion's Pursuit, Feb. 16 and 17, featuring Zhou Tian's Rise, Franz Liszt's Hungarian Rhaspody No. 2 and Concerto No. 2 in A Major and Brahms Symphony No. 4.

7. Korngold and Shostakovich, March 9 and 10, featuring Aaron Jay Kernis' Musica Celestis, Erich Korngold's Violin Concerto and Dmitri Shostakovich's Symphony No. 8.

8. French Mystique, March 23 and 24, featuring Francis Poulenc's Les Biches, suit for orchestra, Camille Saint-Saëns' Violin Concerto No. 3 and Bela Bartók's Concerto for Orchestra.

9. Russian Virtuosity, April 13 and 14, featuring Samuel Barber's Second Essay, Sergei Prokofiev's Symphony Concerto and Modest Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition.

Cellist and guest soloist István Várdai will play Prokofiev's Symphony Concerto, which was at one time considered "unplayable," according to a news release from the Spokane Symphony.

10. Eckart's Farewell, May 4 and 5, featuring Joseph Boulogne's Overture to L'amant anonyme, Nebojša Jovan Živković's Concerto of the Mad Queen and Richard Strauss' Apline Symphony.

The Pops concerts feature performances by ABBA The Concert, Michael Cavanaugh in "The Music of Billy Joel," and Pink Martini, with backing from the Spokane Symphony.

Special concerts this season include Haunted Hallows: The Music of Harry Potter, The Nutcracker Ballet and Beethoven's Ninth on New Year's Eve.

And the Fox Family Series is back for a second year with Recycled Percussion (featuring instruments made from almost anything), Crique Zuma Zuma (featuring aerial acts, Egyptian limbo dances South African gumboot dances and more) and That Physics Show.

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When a hate group put up posters in downtown Spokane, residents quickly tore them down

Posted By on Mon, Mar 19, 2018 at 1:01 PM

The remnants of a torn poster for the white supremacist group Identity Evropa lingers on a light pole in downtown Spokane Sunday. - DANIEL WALTERS PHOTO
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  • The remnants of a torn poster for the white supremacist group Identity Evropa lingers on a light pole in downtown Spokane Sunday.

Lately, Stephen Purdue, a freshman undergrad studying biophysics and pre-med at Whitworth University, has been paying attention to reporting on white supremacy.

"I was trying, to the best of my ability, trying to follow the hate groups in the area," Purdue says. "Because — on or off the record — f—- that shit."

Similar Identity Evropa posters have been posted at local college campuses. - STEPHEN PURDUE PHOTO
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  • Similar Identity Evropa posters have been posted at local college campuses.
So on Sunday afternoon, when he drove home from work to the San Marco apartments, several posters stuck to nearby light poles caught his eye. The name, Identity Evropa, sounded familiar. And when he looked it up on his phone, he confirmed it.

Identity Evropa is a white nationalist group, according to the Anti-Defamation League. Remember the alt-right marchers in Charlottesville chanting: "You. Will not. Replace us"?

It is unknown who put the posters up downtown on Sunday, but Identity Evropa hasn't exactly been shy about making fliers and banners a major part of their strategy, particularly on college campuses.

Last month, EWU held a rally in response to Identity Evropa posters on their campus.

Just a few days ago, former WSU College Republicans president James Allsup, who attended the Charlottesville Unite The Right rally, spoke at the national Identity Evropa conference in Nashville, Tennessee.

The tactics have surged ever since the rise of Trump as a presidential candidate, according to the ADL. This January, the ADL counted at least 346 incidents of explicit white supremacist propaganda on college campus, and that isn't even counting the WSU fliers with the trolling slogan, "It's okay to be white."

Eleven were in the state of Washington.

This poster, on Riverside near Monroe, was quickly torn down after being photographed by Whitworth student Stephen Purdue. - STEPHEN PURDUE PHOTO
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  • This poster, on Riverside near Monroe, was quickly torn down after being photographed by Whitworth student Stephen Purdue.
"To actually see one of their posters in my neighborhood, that set off my anger," Purdue says.  "I don’t really have any tolerance for intolerance. It’s an established neo-Nazi group. I think that’s just not okay."

He tore the two posters down that he spotted before heading up to his apartment. A few hours later, he came outside and spotted more posters in the area, including some near the Spokane Club at the intersection of Riverside and Monroe. He tore those down too.

In all, he says, he ripped down seven posters.

And he wasn't the only one.

Seeing a photo of one of the posters in a Twitter post, local resident Charles Lehman identified the location, found one of the posters and tore it down.

"Fixed your post," he wrote.

Not only do these neo-Nazi posters represent an apparent rise in a racist and hateful ideology responsible for some of history's greatest atrocities, they run afoul of the city of Spokane's sign ordinance. Posters are not allowed to be attached on light poles, according to the city of Spokane's sign code
Charles Lehman tore down this poster after seeing a Twitter post about it. - DANIEL WALTERS PHOTO
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  • Charles Lehman tore down this poster after seeing a Twitter post about it.

In Sandpoint, Idaho, in January of this year, police confronted a man accused of distributing a different series of hateful fliers and CDs at Sandpoint High School. He denied distributing them, but was banned from Lake Pend Oreille School District property for more than a year.

KKK fliers popped up in Hayden, Idaho, in 2016 and Spokane Valley in 2015.

Similarly, in 2009 three white supremacists from Athol dumped baggies full of white supremacist literature.

The First Amendment, however, protects hate speech. The police did charge the Athol white supremacists, but only for littering. Those charges were dropped, because, other than their racist content, they weren't any different from any other campaign literature.

Identity Evropa isn't the only radical group represented on light poles in downtown Spokane. Several stickers for CrimethInc, an anarchist anti-government group, were also spotted.

This group, by contrast to Identity Evropa, is pro-immigrant.

"A border is not a wall," one CrimethInc sticker downtown reads. "It's a system of control."

A CrimethInc poster urges opposition to borders. - DANIEL WALTERS PHOTO
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  • A CrimethInc poster urges opposition to borders.
Another CrimethInc poster condemns the surveillance state - DANIEL WALTERS PHOTO
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  • Another CrimethInc poster condemns the surveillance state

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Gonzaga's Zach Norvell becomes the Zags' 'spiritual leader'

Posted By on Mon, Mar 19, 2018 at 11:56 AM

Zach Norvell, the 6-foot-5 redshirt freshman, has emerged as a star in the tourney so far. - LIBBY KAMROWSKI
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  • Zach Norvell, the 6-foot-5 redshirt freshman, has emerged as a star in the tourney so far.

Fans who made the trip from Spokane to Boise’s Taco Bell Arena spent
a lot of time with nervous hunger. Thankfully, Gonzaga had snacks.

“Growing up all I wanted was candy and chocolate,” guard Zach Norvell says. “Everybody called me 'Snacks.'”

The freshman saved Gonzaga’s season in each of the team’s two games during the opening weekend. On Thursday the Zags found themselves in a tight battle with UNC-Greensboro. Late in the game the Spartans made a run and took the lead, as well as all of the momentum. It looked like an upset was likely.

And then Norvell, who was one-of-seven from long range at the time, knocked down the game-winning three pointer with 21 seconds to play.

On Saturday, against an Ohio State team that followed the Spartans’ game plan and used a second-half comeback to steal momentum from Gonzaga, Norvell did a lot more than just make one big shot. He made a bunch of big shots.

With a career high in points (28) and rebounds (12), Norvell again willed Gonzaga away from the jaws of defeat. His numbers were impressive, but it was what didn’t show up on the box score that was most important in ensuring victory.

“I call him our spiritual leader,” head coach Mark Few says. “He’s got a persona that we really need in our program right now. We have an overabundance of introverts, and that’s one thing he’s not.”

Norvell may be one of the team’s few extroverts, but he’s far from the team’s only big-time, clutch performer. Which is what makes Gonzaga so dangerous this year in the big dance.

Against Ohio State on Saturday it was Norvell who led the way, while point guard Josh Perkins scored a relatively ho-hum 10 points. But when the Zags played the Buckeyes earlier this season, it was Perkins who had the impressive outing. The junior guard drained six three pointers and opened up the Buckeyes defense so that Johnathan Williams, who led the game in scoring with 21 points, could go to work in the paint.

Williams followed that initial Ohio State game with a monster performance in a loss to Florida. The senior forward went for 39 points and 12 rebounds and cemented his position as the Zags’ No. 1 option on offense this season.

If opposing teams try to lock down Williams, or Perkins, the Zags have guys like Norvell who step up.

In the West Coast Conference tournament earlier this month, it was Killian Tillie. The sophomore from France led Gonzaga to three straight wins with lights-out three-point shooting. Tillie was named West Coast Conference tournament MVP as a result.

At other times, notably in both games against arch-rival Saint Mary’s, it has been Rui Hachimura. An electric option off the bench, Hachimura’s raw athletic talent and unrelenting motor can overwhelm just about anybody. His 25-point, four-block performance on Saturday was just as instrumental in taking down Ohio State as Norvell’s, if only less flashy.

“It’s a luxury to have,” coach Few says of his team’s scoring balance. “We have seven guys who have scored 20 points (in a game) this year.”

When Florida State takes on Gonzaga in the Sweet 16 this Thursday, the Seminoles will be presented with a pick-your-poison scenario for which there is no antidote.

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Washington will look at getting better nursing help to sexual assault victims

Posted By on Mon, Mar 19, 2018 at 11:08 AM

Beth Sheeran is one of several nurses in Spokane trained as a "sexual assault nurse examiner" (or SANE). She and other SANEs in the area are working to create a coordinated team that could respond to hospitals as victims show up in need of evidence collection. A new state law will have the state Office of Crime Victims Advocacy research best practices for such teams and recommend ways that SANE training can better be provided around the state. - YOUNG KWAK PHOTO
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  • Beth Sheeran is one of several nurses in Spokane trained as a "sexual assault nurse examiner" (or SANE). She and other SANEs in the area are working to create a coordinated team that could respond to hospitals as victims show up in need of evidence collection. A new state law will have the state Office of Crime Victims Advocacy research best practices for such teams and recommend ways that SANE training can better be provided around the state.

Under a new law, Washington state will look at what it would take to get more nurses trained in collecting evidence from victims of sex crimes into hospitals around the state.

The law doesn't yet call for specific changes in the way hospitals or communities utilize sexual assault nurse examiners (also known as SANEs), who are nurses that have received specific training on how to collect evidence while minimizing further trauma to victims.

But by the start of the 2019 legislative session, lawmakers should have a better indication of what specific changes are needed. That's because the new law requires the Office of Crime Victims Advocacy to come up with best practices for expanding access to those nurses and to report back to the Legislature on how SANE training can be better provided around the state.

As the Inlander reported earlier this year, access to nurses with training in collecting rape kit evidence is not guaranteed, even in cities like Spokane, let alone rural areas of the state. Local SANE nurses say that access could be improved with more statewide opportunities for training and with the creation of a coordinated response team that could respond to area hospitals as needed. The team would ensure that someone with expertise is available to help survivors through what can be an hours-long process.

Currently, the only agency in the state that provides SANE training is the Harborview Center for Sexual Assault and Traumatic Stress in Seattle. The center offers three or five-day trainings, sometimes in Eastern Washington, and operates an on-call system of nurses in Seattle who respond to hospitals there whenever rape kits are needed. But even that setup doesn't cover every hospital.

Lutheran Community Services and Partners with Families and Children, advocacy agencies in Spokane for sex crime survivors, have both received 18-month grants to pay for forensic nursing for adults and children, which will put the community a step closer to having 24/7-SANE availability.

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Former SFCC president accused of coercing sex from subordinates, former deputies allege cover up and other headlines

Posted By on Mon, Mar 19, 2018 at 9:27 AM

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Former SFCC president accused of coercing subordinates

According to court records filed by an attorney for the victims on Friday, multiple women who worked under former Spokane Falls Community College President Darren Pitcher have accused him of inappropriate advances, showing his genitals and coercing sex.

SPD cop who tipped off fellow officer accused of rape got punished... but then got paid back
Spokane Police Department Sgt. John Gately kept his job after he was accused of tipping off now former Sgt. Gordon Ennis that deputies were on their way to serve a warrant and would likely collect DNA after Ennis had been accused of sexually assaulting a fellow officer. A jury found Ennis guilty, but Gately hasn't been convicted of obstruction of justice. After Gately received four weeks of unpaid leave, the police guild stepped in and got the department to reduce it to one, meaning the city had to pay him back.

Keyboard cat 2.0 moves on to the litter box in the sky
Two cats, one owner, one massively viral title: Spokane's Keyboard Cat has crossed the rainbow bridge, but his legacy will live on.


Fourth explosion rocks Austin - possibly by tripwire this time
Two people were injured in a bombing in Austin, Texas, on Sunday, making it the fourth explosion to injure or kill people in the city in a little more than two weeks. Police were still clearing the area Monday morning, and warned residents not to even approach packages or backpacks that might be suspicious. (Austin Statesman)

Lies, cover up and a lawsuit
Claiming that they were targeted for trying to tell the truth, two former Pierce County sheriff's deputies are suing their old department, which they allege covered up its failure to confiscate a gun from a man who then used it to kill his wife and himself. (The Tacoma News Tribune)

Pitbull or pit-no?
This week, the Yakima City Council might vote to repeal a nearly 30-year-old ordinance banning pitbulls in the city. (Yakima Herald)

'Beginning of the end'
After President Trump lashed out at special counsel Robert Mueller on Twitter this weekend, Republicans warned that if Trump fires him, it'd spark bipartisan backlash.
"'If he tried to do that, that would be the beginning of the end of his presidency, because we’re a rule-of-law nation,' Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, an ally of the president, said on 'State of the Union' on CNN." (New York Times)

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Friday, March 16, 2018

Former SFCC president Darren Pitcher exposed his genitalia and coerced sex from subordinates, attorney says

Posted By on Fri, Mar 16, 2018 at 3:10 PM

Darren Pitcher, former SFCC acting president - COURTESY OF SFCC
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  • Darren Pitcher, former SFCC acting president

Before Darren Pitcher resigned last month as Spokane Falls Community College acting president, he was under investigation for allegations that include exposing his penis to a colleague and coercing sexual intercourse from subordinates, according to court records filed by an attorney for the alleged victims.

The description of the allegations come from an injunction request filed today in Spokane County Superior Court by attorney Nicholas Kovarik, who wants to prevent the names of the victims from being disclosed in public-records requests. It names the Inlander, Spokesman-Review and KXLY, all of which filed requests for the college's investigative records regarding the allegations against Pitcher.

Community Colleges of Spokane has not completed those requests. But according to the lawsuit filed today, the investigation into Pitcher's workplace behavior was initiated after a woman filed a complaint of sexual harassment and retaliation/discrimination on Jan. 16, 2018. The court records say she was "subjected to severe and pervasive sexual harassment, intimidation and retaliation" by Pitcher. It says she accused Pitcher of "exposing his penis" to her, "grooming her for a quid pro quo sexual encounter," and having "inappropriate sexual intercourse" with her.

"Her complaint relayed that she had sex with [Pitcher] two times and it was consensual, but she felt coerced and she felt like her job was at stake," Kovarik tells the Inlander.

Carolyn Casey, the college district spokeswoman, says the college has reviewed the court filing and can confirm that it accurately represents the allegations against Pitcher.

"This legal document is an accurate representation of either the original complaint or of other information that came to light during our investigation," Casey says. 

As part of the college's investigation, at least eight other people were interviewed about Pitcher's behavior. One woman said she was sent "instant messenger messages of a sexual nature" from Pitcher, according to court documents. The records say Pitcher displayed "numerous" sexually predatory behaviors and had multiple sexual relationships with subordinates. Those employees were often either promoted, fired or demoted depending on their response to his sexual advances, the documents say.

Pitcher resigned in the middle of the investigation into his behavior last month, before the college made any findings on the allegations. The college did not release any information about the nature of the sexual harassment allegations at the time.

In his resignation letter submitted Feb. 26, which has been obtained by the Inlander via a public-records request, Pitcher says, "I have not taken care of myself and have not invested enough of myself towards my family life. For the sake of my own well being I must submit my resignation effective immediately." He did not mention the investigation into his behavior.

Nancy Fair-Szofran, formerly Community Colleges of Spokane provost and chief learning officer, has served as president since his resignation. The college is continuing a nationwide search for a new leader.

Before the injunction request filed today, Kovarik contacted the media outlets who requested investigation documents this week concerned that the disclosure of his clients' names would expose them to retaliation from other employees. The Inlander generally does not name victims of alleged sexual assault or harassment without their permission, but Kovarik's injunction against the three media outlets and Community Colleges of Spokane aims to block victim names from being included in the records entirely.

He says disclosing the names in public records would prevent employees speaking out against harassment in the future.

"These individuals would not have given information or would have agreed to be interviewed had they known their names would be made public," the attorney's complaint says.

The injunction request adds that the witnesses interviewed remain concerned about retaliation from Pitcher.

"My clients are embarrassed and fearful of [Pitcher], even if he's resigned," Kovarik says. 

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SPD tried to punish Sgt. Gately for tipping off an officer being investigated for rape. Then the Police Guild got involved

Posted By on Fri, Mar 16, 2018 at 2:54 PM

Sgt. John Gately, who tipped off an officer being investigated of rape, at the 2017 Spokane Women's March. - DANIEL WALTERS PHOTO
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  • Sgt. John Gately, who tipped off an officer being investigated of rape, at the 2017 Spokane Women's March.

Sgt. John Gately was president of the Spokane Police Guild when he tipped off a cop who was accused of raping a fellow Spokane Police officer.

But Gately wasn't fired. Not only that, but when the Police Guild stepped up to his defense, they succeeded in getting what punishment he did receive reduced.

It highlights both the power that the Police Guild has and the challenges that a chief faces in disciplining an officer. Even when their actions clearly violate the department's standards, all that can be overturned by an independent arbitrator.

Gately had informed Gordon Ennis that the police were coming to his home after Ennis allegedly raped a female officer while she was asleep. (When Ennis asked why, Gately testified that he said, "Probably for your DNA.")

The trial of Gately on charges of obstructing a police officer resulted in a hung jury, and so far he hasn't been retried. In this week's print edition of the Inlander, we explained how Gately kept his job.

After an internal investigation into Gately, Spokane Police Chief Craig Meidl issued a punishment in February of last year: Gately would be removed from the Peer Assistance Team — a group that supports other fellow officers — and he'd be placed on four weeks of unpaid leave. Only his long career and the culpability shared by the SPD administration stopped Meidl from firing Gately. 

Yet even the punishment that Gately did receive was too much for the guild.

"It is the guild's position that the city violated Article 24 of the parties collective bargaining agreement when it disciplined Sgt. Gately without just cause,"  John Griffin, the new Spokane Police Guild president, wrote in a letter a few weeks later. Griffin asked that the punishment be overturned and that Gately be "made whole for the losses sustained."

Griffin did not return phone calls from the Inlander last week.

Police Chief Craig Meidl, in his response, cited Gately's own words, noting that even Gately's attorney had admitted what Gately had done was inappropriate.

"Based on Sgt. Gately's own testimony and [internal affairs] interview, and the corresponding records and statement by Gately's own attorney, the discipline is justified and meets the just cause principles," Meidl says.

But Meidl's word wasn't final. Gately appealed the decision, and it got sent to arbitration. An arbitrator, tasked with interpreting labor laws, has considerable power to overturn or modify a punishment.

The arbitrator reduced Gately's unpaid leave from four weeks to just one.

Among other factors, the arbitrator wasn't convinced that Gately had intentionally been trying to impede the investigation, according to a source with knowledge of the decision.

It meant, according to public safety spokeswoman Michele Anderson, that the department had to actually pay Gately for three weeks of originally unpaid leave. That's on top of any money the city may have had to pay Gately back after his initial trial.

According to Spokane Human Resources Director Chris Cavanaugh, Gately has already received a partial payout, but the exact amount he is owed is still under dispute over questions like whether he gets paid for missed overtime.

Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich, who served as a union president with the Spokane County Sheriff's Office before becoming sheriff, says that police unions often feel a need to represent employees in their grievances — lest they be sued for failure to represent.

But they still have a choice over which grievances they bring forward, he says.

"Having been a union president, it’s probably not one I would have fought for," Knezovich says.

The guild, after all, was also supposed to be representing Ennis's alleged victim.

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St. Patrick's Day 2018 Events in Spokane and Coeur d'Alene: Parades, parties and more!

Posted By on Fri, Mar 16, 2018 at 1:52 PM

The Spokane County Firefighters Pipe and Drums perform in 2015. - YOUNG KWAK
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  • The Spokane County Firefighters Pipe and Drums perform in 2015.

Check out what's happening March 17, 2018:

Spokane St. Patrick's Day Parade
When: Noon
Where: Downtown Spokane
Hosted annually by the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick. Proceeds from the parade are donated to several area nonprofit organizations to support the community. Free.

Coeur d'Alene St. Patrick's Day Parade
When: 4 pm
Where: Downtown Coeur d'Alene
Where: Parade starts at 4 pm at Eighth and Sherman in downtown Coeur d'Alene and will end at First Street. This family-friendly event is open to the public. Free.

Garland District St. Patrick's Day Pub Crawl
When: 6 pm
Price: $7
Don your best kelly green attire and hit the streets of North Spokane to celebrate America’s favorite Irish holiday, in 2018 conveniently occuring on a Saturday. This year also marks the second annual Garland District St. Paddy’s Pub Crawl, with stops at some of the many bars and restaurants along the quaint neighborhood’s streets. Join other revelers at the crawl’s six locations: Beerocracy, Bon Bon, Garland Drinkery, Revolver North, Garland Pub and The Brown Derby. Get a wristband when you start and make sure to check in at each bar to be entered into a drawing after you depart the final stop of the night. In addition to the many eateries of Garland, two local food trucks, Crate and Skewers, will be serving up tasty eats to hungry bar hoppers.

St. Paddy's at nYne
When: Doors open at 7 am
Where: nYne, 232 W. Sprague
Music and fun gets started early. The line-up: 9 am, DJ Breece; 1 pm, The Shea Tea Folkin' Irish Band; 4 pm, DJ MC Squared; 8 pm, Angus Scott Pipe Band; 8:15 pm, DJ C-Mad.

Whistle Punk St. Paddy's Day Celebration
When: 10 am-11 pm
Where: Whistle Punk Brewing, 122 S. Monroe
Featuring the release of three Irish inspired beers including a dry stout served on nitro!

Irish Dancers on St. Patrick's Day
When: 11 and 11:30 am
Where: Hotel RL by Red Lion at the Park, 303 W. North River Dr.
Join local Irish dancers at Hotel RL's Living Stage for two quick pre-parade performances at 11 and 11:30 am. Free.

St Patrick’s Day Bash feat. Dino/Soars
When:  6-10 pm
Where: Midtown Pub, 826 N. Fourth
Drink specials and Irish food. Free.

All Things Irish
When: 10 am-5 pm
Where: All Things Irish, 315 E. Sherman Ave., Coeur d’Alene
Live Irish music with Deep Roots at 10 am and the Coeur d’Alene Fire Department Pipe Band at 3:30 pm. There will be a photo booth and face painting. Free

O’Doherty’s celebration
Where: O’Doherty’s Irish Grille, 525 W. Spokane Falls Blvd.
Doors open at 9 am on Saturday. $5 cover all day. Live Irish music 10 am- 6pm. DJ Greg McGuire 7 pm-midnight. Live bag pipe shows throughout the day.

St Patrick's Day Parking Lot Party
When: Noon onward
Where: Capone’s Pub and Grill, 751 N. Fourth Ave., Coeur d’Alene
Music, with a DJ kicking things off in the parking lot at noon, Bones & Bones taking the stage at 4. There will be tents, heaters, beer and liquor bars, food and of course the bagpipers! Free.

St Patrick's Day at Bellweather
When: 1 pm- 10 pm on Saturday
Where: Bellwether Brewing Co., 2019 N Monroe
They've decided to release St Patrick's beers on his actual feast day, including two Irish style beers: a red and a stout. Irish dancers from 4-5pm by MSD Irish Dance Academy.

Coeur d'Irish, a St. Patty's Day Party!
When: 5:30 pm-midnight
Where: The Coeur d'Alene Resort, 115 S Second Ave.
The entire community is invited to attend Coeur d'Alene's largest St. Patrick’s Day celebration. Showcasing the energetic sounds of Irish musical performances and Irish delights of corned beef and cabbage, Irish stew and soda bread. There will be Irish bagpipes, Irish dancers, Irish food, Irish whiskey and of course green beer. Music will be provided by The Rub. Tickets are $40 per person. All funds raised will support the Coeur d’Alene Rotary Club’s community service grants and projects throughout Coeur d’Alene, along with the Club’s International service projects.

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CAT FRIDAY: Spokane's Keyboard Cat, Bento, has crossed the Rainbow Bridge

Posted By on Fri, Mar 16, 2018 at 11:10 AM

Spokane artist Charlie Schmidt and the late Keyboard Cat, Bento. - KEYBOARD CAT
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  • Spokane artist Charlie Schmidt and the late Keyboard Cat, Bento.

We like to post about cute and otherwise happy cat-related things for Cat Friday, but this week, we're here to share the unfortunate news that one of the world's most famous celebri-cats, Bento the Keyboard Cat, has passed away.

We learned the news this morning after seeing this video posted on Keyboard Cat's Facebook page:

The laid-back orange tabby owned by Spokane artist Charlie Schmidt was the second cat to take on the official title of Keyboard Cat. The original viral video featuring Schmidt's orange feline, Fatso, was recorded on VHS back in 1984.

Bento was adopted from the local shelter SpokAnimal back in 2010 and was 9 years old when he passed away last week, on March 8.

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