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School board rejects downtown football, Asian longhorn tick invades the U.S., and other headlines 


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Duty to the people
The Spokane Public Schools Board of Directors decided not to ignore the will of the voters. Last night, the board voted 4-1 to build a new stadium at the Albi location, rejecting a last-ditch campaign for a so-called "third" option to instead make the soon-to-be construction of the downtown Sportsplex suitable for football. (Spokesman-Review)

The real criminals
The state of Washington still isn't providing competency services for mentally ill people held in jails, so a federal judge has approved a settlement designed to prevent the criminalization of mental illness. (Spokesman-Review)

Ticking time bomb
The Asian longhorned tick is invading the United States. And there's more good news: It can clone itself. (CNN)

Butina pleads guilty
Maria Butina, a Russian agent who courted top officials in the National Rifle Association and conservatives, pleaded guilty to conspiring to act as a foreign agent. (New York Times
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