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Clueless In Spokane

"The Spokane Police Department is withholding public records requested by The Spokesman-Review because acting Police Chief Jim Nicks is angry with the newspaper's recent coverage of two high-profile cases. The records were assembled and scheduled to be released this week in compliance with a state Open Records Act request submitted by reporter Karen Dorn Steele. But she was informed Thursday by Police Department spokesman Tom Lee that the records wouldn't be released. When asked the reason, the police spokesman said Nicks "is upset" with the newspaper's coverage of Otto Zehm, who died last month after being Tasered by police, and former firefighter Daniel Ross, whose digital photos of on-duty sex with a teenage girl were ordered deleted by police detectives"/Bill Morlin, Spokesman-Review.

DFO: Nicks definitely isn't ready for prime time.

Question: What do you think of the acting police chief's actions in withholding the information that The Spokesman-Review requested?

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D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.



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