Following a spike in deadly attacks on police, more than a dozen states have responded this year with “Blue Lives Matter” laws that come down even harder on crimes against law enforcement officers, raising concern among some civil rights activists of a potential setback in police-community relations.
A 72-year-old woman – described by the paper as a “deranged” widow – ended her life in the way she had foretold, by throwing herself in the Spokane River. She was carried only a short distance before being tangled in the brush near the bank. Her body was found a day later.
The notion of “women’s work” was expanding in Spokane, due to a wartime shortage of male workers. "Women have begun replacing men” in the Northern Pacific rail car shots in Spokane, and the Great Northern was expected to take similar steps.
Sonya O’Brien, who left city employ in 2013 after what she described as five years of harassment from male coworkers that included intimidation and defacing of a women’s locker room, will receive about a third of the amount she requested in an original tort claim against the city. The employees at the center of the allegations are no longer employed by City Hall, officials said.