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In brief: Spokane police seek missing man

Mon., March 18, 2013

Spokane police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a missing man.

Ronnie Quintana, 62, was last seen Sunday about 8:30 p.m. driving a 1995 gray Honda Passport, license plate number AIK3214, police spokeswoman Lydia Prichard said.

Quintana does not usually leave home alone and will not remember where he lives, police said.

Quintana is described as 5 feet, 5 inches tall with a thin build, Prichard said. He was wearing a camouflage shirt and blue jeans.

Police think Quintana could be in the Post Falls area.

Rally memorializes activist’s death

OLYMPIA – A rally in Olympia over the weekend marked the 10th anniversary of Rachel Corrie’s death in the Gaza Strip.

The Olympian reported about 100 people gathered Saturday in Sylvester Park, holding signs showing support for the family of the Olympia activist killed after standing in front of an Israeli military bulldozer.

The 23-year-old had traveled to the Middle East with the International Solidarity Movement and was acting as a human shield to try to stop Israeli soldiers from destroying Palestinian homes and farms.

Corrie’s mother, Cindy, spoke at the rally, saying it was important to keep the memory of her daughter’s actions alive.

The Corries have sued to hold Israel responsible for their daughter’s death. After failing at the lower court level, the case has been appealed.

City helps Scouts stung by prank

PORTLAND – Generous people gathered in Portland this weekend to help some Girl Scout troops recover from a costly prank.

The Oregonian reported the scouts were fooled by an order of 6,000 boxes that turned out to be fraudulent. But they didn’t find out until after the cookies were ordered.

On Saturday, they sold 3,000 boxes and learned some tough business lessons and some good things about the kindness of their community.

The fraudulent order had been placed via email, from an address belonging to an acquaintance of a troop leader. The emailer turned out to be a girl who used her mother’s email address to pull the prank.

Portland Girl Scouts will try to sell the remaining 3,000 or so boxes of cookies next Saturday, at the council headquarters. They’re also selling online.

200-plus longshore casual jobs opening

TACOMA – Tacoma’s Longshore Union is opening up more than 200 jobs to the public this week. The union will conduct a lottery on April 8 to pick 226 people to become casual workers.

To be entered in that drawing, potential workers must submit their name, address, phone number and signature on a postcard to the union’s and employers’ Joint Port Labor Relations Committee by mail. That postcard must be postmarked no later than midnight Wednesday.

The jobs may not be immediately lucrative. They’re at the bottom rung of the longshore workers’ ladder. Casuals work on the waterfront only after regular workers are all occupied or unavailable. Those positions could lead to regular longshore jobs.


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