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New ‘Blue Lives Matter’ laws raise concerns among activists

Fri., May 26, 2017, 12:01 p.m.

In this July 12 2016 file photo, a member of the Dallas Police Choir passes the portraits of five fallen officers prior to a memorial service at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas. More than a dozen states this year have passed Blue Lives Matter laws that come down even harder on crimes against law enforcement officers. The new laws came in reaction to a spike in deadly attacks on police last year. Some civil rights activists fear the measures could set back police-community relations. (Eric Gay / Associated Press)
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.

Photo:Butterfly Effect

Thu., May 25, 2017, 9:55 a.m.

A Swallowtail butterfly flies away from a lilac bush near Hauser Lake in the late afternoon sun on Tuesday, May 23, 2017. (Kathy Plonka / The Spokesman-Review)
A butterfly flies away from a lilac bush near Hauser Lake in the late afternoon sun on Tuesday, May 23, 2017.

Spokane agrees to settle sexual harassment lawsuit by former wastewater employee for $875K

UPDATED: Wed., May 24, 2017, 10:11 p.m.

FILE - Spokane City Hall (Christopher Anderson / The Spokesman-Review)
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.

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