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In brief: Fundraising 5K runners will get doused in color

Two colorful 5K runs are coming to Spokane this summer.

The Color Me Rad Run takes place on June 15. The Color Run is making its Spokane debut Aug. 4.

Both races feature participants who wear white clothing, then are doused with colored powder at locations along the race route. They also both pledge to give a portion of their proceeds to a local charity.

Early registration for Color Me Rad Run is open and costs $35. Visit

Registration for The Color Run opens March 29 at A registration price has not yet been set.

Staff reports

Hayden man admits to using racial slur

ATLANTA – A man accused of slapping a toddler on an Atlanta-bound flight and using a racial slur has pleaded not guilty to assault in federal court.

Joe Rickey Hundley, of Hayden, appeared in court Wednesday. Authorities say he used racial slur when telling a fellow passenger to quiet her baby and slapped the child. The incident unfolded Feb. 8 aboard a Delta Air Lines flight from Minneapolis.

Hundley’s attorney, Marcia Shein, said the 60-year-old man has admitted to using the racial slur. She told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Hundley was traveling to Atlanta to take his only child off of life support after his son overdosed on insulin. She said Hundley was distraught during the flight.

Hundley is scheduled to appear again in court April 9.

Associated Press

Police, deputies lauded for Unity March actions

Several Spokane police officers and sheriff’s deputies have been honored by the Federal Bureau of Investigation for protecting the community from a bomb planted by Kevin W. Harpham during the MLK Unity March in 2011.

Spokane police Sgt. Jason Hartman and Lt. Eric Olsen were given an appreciation award Thursday afternoon for moving the march route, an act that’s believed to have saved lives. 

Court documents show three contract workers discovered the bomb at Main Avenue and Washington Street.

Police changed the route before Harpham, who was walking in the march, could get in range of the device to detonate it.

Cpl. Mark Fox and Lt. Matt Lyons of the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office were also honored by the FBI for their work with the bomb squad disarming the device.

Nicole Hensley