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March, fireworks set for Riverfront Park

FRIDAY, JULY 4, 2008

A group of self-described anarchists will hold their annual 4th of July March for Rights today from Peaceful Valley to Riverfront Park.

The group will assemble shortly before 5 p.m. on Main Street in Peaceful Valley, under the Maple Street Bridge, then walk to the park. Last year’s event resulted in a confrontation between police and the social activists that led to more than a dozen arrests.

Also at the park today will be July Fourth festivities including live entertainment and a fireworks show.

Man found dead in North Side home

Spokane police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a 43-year-old man found around 3 p.m. Thursday in a home at North Foothills Drive and Crestline Street.

Sgt. Joe Peterson, of the Spokane Police Department’s major crimes unit, said the man’s mother visited the house to check on her reportedly diabetic son and found him dead. “He had health problems and was reportedly a heavy drug abuser, and that combo will kill you,” he said.

When police officers arrived at the scene, three people ran away from the home. Peterson said it’s possible that someone broke in after the victim died and ransacked the place, or that the victim was involved in a struggle. “It may well be a natural death, but we have to treat this as a potential homicide,” Peterson said. “He probably died of natural causes and all of this happened afterwards, but we cannot miss any evidence”

Many services closed for Fourth holiday

The following offices and services will be affected by the Fourth of July holiday:

•City, county, state and federal offices will be closed.

•There will be no mail delivery.

•Garbage normally collected today will be picked up Saturday.

•Most banks will be closed.

•Public libraries will be closed.

•Washington liquor stores will be closed today; Idaho’s will be open.

•Parking meters do not have to be plugged.

•In Spokane, Riverfront Park attractions will be open throughout the weekend.

•City golf courses and pools are open.


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