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In brief: Cause of death still a mystery

Wed., Sept. 5, 2012, midnight

After receiving autopsy results, the Spokane Police Department is investigating the death of a man discovered last week in a downtown apartment.

David M. Spicer, 49, was discovered dead by officers last Wednesday in his apartment, located at 123 N. Bernard St.

Spokane police spokeswoman Officer Jennifer DeRuwe confirmed Tuesday that detectives are investigating the death as suspicious, but she had no further details.

The Spokane County Medical Examiner’s Office has conducted an autopsy but would only say that the cause of Spicer’s death has been listed as massive internal bleeding “due to laceration of the spleen.”

But the cause of the injury and the manner of death are being investigated further.

Investigators are “not ready to say homicide yet, but we are working on it,” DeRuwe said.

Thomas Clouse

Friedman talks future at GU

Employers in the United States are looking for workers who are willing and able to reinvent themselves on the job in order to compete with the global spread of technology and information, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist said at Gonzaga University on Tuesday.

Thomas Friedman, a New York Times foreign affairs columnist who has written extensively about America’s challenge in a fast-paced world economy, spoke to a crowd of more than 2,000 at the Presidential Speakers Series in the McCarthey Athletic Center.

Friedman reeled off a long list of challenges for the average American, emphasizing a need for creative thinking in the workforce. He cited deficit reduction, education and new energy policies as keys to America’s ability to compete. “We have had to deal with cheap labor in the past. Now we have to deal with cheap genius,” Friedman said, referring to rising education levels in such global giants as China and India.

“If we don’t lead the world, your kids will grow up in a remarkably different world. We have a real stake in this world,” he said.

Friedman urged policymakers and political leaders to focus on dramatic cuts in government spending, paired with investment in new technology and innovation: “We need to make spending cuts because we made promises to our kids that we can’t possibly keep.”

“I want America to be the place where others in the world want to be, to make America the launching pad of innovation in the world,” Friedman said.

Gary Graham

Drowning victim found in lake

An autopsy shows a 36-year-old woman whose body was found floating in Medical Lake on Tuesday drowned.

The body was spotted by a city employee about 10 feet from the shore at Waterfront Park about 9 a.m., according to Spokane County sheriff’s Deputy Craig Chamberlin.

The Spokane County Medical Examiner performed an autopsy Tuesday afternoon and concluded the cause of death was drowning.

The medical examiner’s office will release the woman’s name pending next-of-kin notification.

Chelsea Bannach


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