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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 is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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