New Yorker screws up Washington violent crime stats, Syria withdrawal begins, and other headlines

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Not exactly a pot crime wave
Shawn Vestal gives that Malcolm Gladwell pot column the fact checking it deserves. (Spokesman-Review)

Shutdown for what?
A lot of local federal employees in Spokane aren't getting paychecks because of the Trump Wall shutdown. But local banks and credit unions are providing help. (Spokesman-Review)

Going rogue
Forty percent of the licensed bounty hunters in Washington state have criminal records. (Seattle Times)

The Spokane County Republican Party has been pushing a border wall GoFundMe on its Facebook page, telling its fans that it is a "legitimate campaign." But BuzzFeed reports that the guy behind the page previously raised more than $16,000 for a "veteran mentorship program" that doesn't appear to have ever existed. (BuzzFeed)

Courting disaster
The Trump administration is considering diverting disaster funding from storm aid to the border wall. (New York Times)

Leaving Syria
The Syria troop withdrawal has begun. (Washington Post)

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Daniel Walters

A lifelong Spokane native, staff writer Daniel Walters is the Inlander's City Hall reporter. But he also reports on a wide swath of other topics, including business, education, real estate development, land use, and other stories throughout North Idaho and Spokane County.He's reported on deep flaws in the Washington...