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Hate Crime Targets Coffee Hut

Coffee sales are brisk at a Spokane Valley stand where two young owners were targeted with a racial slur and an attempted arson at their 7-month-old business. “People have been coming by just making sure we are okay. People telling us we are doing a good job; we are supported. Even people who we’ve never seen before have been coming by,” said Coffee Break co-owner Diana Na. “We have a lot of great customers and we’ve had a lot of great feedback. That’s what’s motivating us.” The arson attempt is being investigated by Spokane Valley Fire Department, said Spokane County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Craig Chamberlain. It’s unclear if the act will be pursued as a hate crime. Jenn Na, co-owner, made the unpleasant discovery at Coffee Break early Tuesday when she arrived to open the stand before dawn/Jody Lawrence-Turner, SR. More here. (Dan Pelle SR photo: Sisters Jenn (left) and Diana Na own the Coffee Break coffee stand in Spokane Valley)

Question: Do you ever wonder about the people responsible for hate crimes?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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