Sneak Peek: Summer Guide is here; Phase 3 of reopening; protests; police; and the meaning of journalism

The latest issue of the Inlander is hitting newsstands today. Find it at your local grocery store and hundreds of other locations; use this map to find a pickup point near you. You can also read through the entire digital edition here.

HIGHLIGHTS
At the heart of this week's Summer Guide is an appreciation for simple pleasures and what they mean for this particularly glorious time of year. More than that, though, you find tons of ideas and can’t-miss events to keep you busy and inspired from now through the official end of summer on Sept. 21.

• Also this week: In News, we look at how drastic budget cuts have put a spotlight on Eastern Washington University’s priorities on racial equity. Meanwhile, Commentator John T. Reuter explores how we might reimagine policing in America, And in Culture, we have a list of black-owned businesses in the Inland Northwest. 

A STEP FORWARD
Spokane health officer Bob Lutz says it’s going to be “very difficult” for Spokane to move to Phase 3 in the state’s “Safe Start” Plan. Why? We still aren’t testing enough people. MORE

A STEP BACKWARD?
As thousands march for more police accountability, a proposed Spokane Police contract could result in less. MORE

CAUGHT ON TAPE
VIDEO: A local woman says she “couldn't breathe” when Spokane police pressed a knee on her neck in a cloud of tear gas. MORE

THE DARK SIDE OF THE EVERGREEN STATE
Guest columnist Maxwell Gillmer sees a dark side to Washington state's liberal politics. Among the questions he poses is this: "How could a progressive from Washington with a Black Lives Matter sign in their front yard possibly be racist?" MORE

RACISM IS NOT A PARTY-LINE ISSUE
Guest columnist Rachel Platin is white, a Christian, a conservative and a third-year law student at Gonzaga. She has a message: "I call on my fellow conservatives today to remember that racism and injustice are not party-line issues, and that you do not have to give up your conservative beliefs to recognize systemic racism and to stand up against it." MORE

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Jed Conklin

FROM HEALTH & HOME
Entrepreneur Jed Conklin combines his passions for photography, the outdoors and food. Find the latest edition of Health & Home on newsstands now. MORE

LAST WORD
Why We Do What We Do: Journalism doesn’t exist to make you comfortable, to reaffirm your every belief, to turn your friends into heroes and your enemies into villains. Politicians, police chiefs and protesters would do well to take note: Journalism that works for your side and your side alone isn’t journalism at all. It’s advocacy, and while advocacy can be vital to our civil discourse, when it’s dressed up as news, it’s fake. MORE

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About The Author

Jacob H. Fries

Jacob H. Fries is the editor of the Inlander. In that position, he oversees editorial coverage of the paper and occasionally contributes his own writing. Before joining the paper, he wrote for numerous publications, including the Tampa Bay Times, the Boston Globe and the New York Times. He grew up in Spokane Valley...