Publication of a Spokane author’s novel about one of the Prophet Muhammad’s wives has been delayed by a British company after its offices were fire-bombed, a magazine reported Saturday.
The Bookseller magazine said on its Web site that Gibson Square publishing has decided to postpone the publication of “The Jewel of Medina,” by Sherry Jones.
Three men have been charged with a series of crimes stemming from the September fire-bombing of publisher Martin Rynja’s London office and home. There were no injuries.
“I’m disappointed Martin Rynja is postponing publication of the book, and I was surprised to learn about it by reading it in the newspapers,” Jones said Saturday night.
Gibson Square has not announced a new publication date.
The book has been published by Beaufort in the United States without incident.
Staff and wire reports
Verner speech set for Monday
Spokane Mayor Mary Verner will deliver her annual state of the city address Monday, two weeks before presenting her formal budget plan to the City Council.
Verner said earlier this month she remains hopeful she will be able to recommend a budget that doesn’t include layoffs, require dipping into the city’s rainy-day fund or add new taxes, despite an economic slowdown. But she also said the city might have to delay the hiring of an extra 12 police officers that originally was scheduled for 2009.
Verner will present her speech, which is required by the City Charter, at Monday’s 6 p.m. City Council meeting at City Hall, 808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. It will be broadcast live on the city’s cable TV station.
Copter rescues injured hunter
A Fairchild helicopter and crew, a fire department’s Technical Rescue Team and some sheriff’s deputies helped rescue an injured hunter in Whitman County on Saturday, the first day of hunting season.
Rescuers from the Whitman County Sheriff’s Office found David A. Nagy, 38, 600 feet below the ridge of the canyon near Kamerrer Road after members of his hunting party reported his injury.
The rescuers were unable to remove him and asked for help from the Pullman Fire Department and Fairchild Air Force Base.
He was taken to the Pullman Regional Hospital, where he was in stable condition Saturday night.
Judge combines UI lawsuits
Second District Judge John Stegner has ordered that a group of 268 University of Idaho retirees be designated as a single class in their lawsuit against the school over early retirement benefits.
Stegner made the order at the request of attorneys on both sides, the Lewiston Tribune reported. It allows the retirees to fight their lawsuit as one, and it prohibits others from joining in the class action.
Hundreds of UI retirees sued the university in July, contending the school reneged on early retirement buyouts offered in 1999 and 2002.
The UI maintains it has the right to revise employment benefits – before or after normal retirement age.