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HUNTING — His boasting on Facebook apparently has helped Washington Fish and Wildlife police make a case on a 24-year-old Okanogan man and charge him with 33 counts of illegal hunting activities involving trophy mule deer.
The case was made nine months after the agency posted on Facebook a request — and a $2,500 reward — for the public's help in solving a spree killing case.
The case against Garret V.J. Elsberg, a member of the Colville Tribe, is detailed by Andy Walgamott of Northwest Sportsman.
Panda Express is débuting a new dish.
And Wednesday, Oct. 2, Facebook fans of the fast-food chain can try it for free.
Panda Express is giving away servings of its new entrée – thin strips of chicken, string beans and yellow bell peppers in a sweet honey sesame sauce – to Facebook fans who bring in a free, downloadable coupon.
Honey Sesame Chicken Breast will be available at all Panda Express restaurants for a limited time.
Founded in 1983, the restaurant has more than 1,600 locations in 46 states.
For more information, visit www.pandaexpress.com.
Montana Lt. Gov. John Walsh, who is seen as a possible Senate candidate in 2014, reportedly suffered from a Facebook snafu after “liking” a page devoted to women's breasts. A Republican operative captured a screenshot of Walsh indicating that he gave a thumbs up, or “like,” on the Facebook profile of “Breasts.Proof men can multitask2” on Aug. 19, according to BuzzFeed. The “like” was subsequently deleted from Walsh's Facebook page. BuzzFeed quotes a “senior Montana Democrat close to Walsh” as saying Walsh “liked” the cleavage page by mistake/Judy Kurtz, The Hill. More here.
Question: Are you careful re: what you “like” on your Facebook page?
OrangeTV: For what it's worth, I attempted asking Mary Souza several days ago via her campaign Facebook page if she had permission to put her signs where she was putting them. My post was deleted within several hours and I was permanently blocked from commenting on her page.
Question: Why have you booted people from your Facebook page?
Steve Widmyer's candidacy for mayor, in what is now a four-way race, has hit the social media. Widmyer, owner of the Fort Ground Grill, has started a Facebook page. Which announced today that Widmyer is also on Twitter. You can check out the Facebook page here.
Question: Has social media had an impact in recent local elections?
If you want to know social media, ask a teen. Better yet, ask a bunch of them. A group of Spokane teenagers who took part in a social media engagement project at Hoopfest – the Digital Street Team – agree that Facebook is fading and Twitter is trending. The team of 24 high school students was deputized to collect stories, photos and video at Hoopfest, and that material was posted to the event’s Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Pinterest accounts. Some of those teens, along with one of their social media mentors at Hoopfest, recently assessed the fast-moving social media landscape/Jody Lawrence-Turner, SR. More here. (Tyler Tjomsland SR photo: Jenna Carroll, 28, right, reacts as Chelsie Hadden, 22, shows her her phone while Liz Hooker, left, checks her phone for updates during a meet-up for social networkers last week at Boots Bakery in Spokane)
Question: How many of you have made the jump to Twitter or other social media beyond Facebook?
A) There's a happy person enjoying fun in the sun. B) Oh, my God. (Good) C) Oh, my God. (Bad) D) I admire people who are comfortable about their bodies, but isn't he a little close to some open food? E) I think this photo sums up her whole reason for being on Facebook. F) I guess you can have abs like that or you can be able to hold your own in conversation. He's made his choice. G) So is the idea here that we're supposed to be looking where we really shouldn't be looking? H) That's totally aimed at her ex. I) Didn't need to see that. J) How long does it take for hysterical blindness to go away? K) Other.
In this image provided by Facebook, Facebook founder, Chairman and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, center, rings the opening bell of the Nasdaq stock market, Friday, May 18, 2012, from Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif.
Advertising campaigns for raising the number of Facebook fans cost the US State Department’s Bureau of International Information Programs (IIP) $630,000, according to a report which also suggests the PR game was likely not worth the effort.
Each of the four English language Facebook pages hosted by the Bureau of International Information Programs saw their number of fans skyrocket from 100,000 to over two million people over a two year period.
The 7 digit ‘likes’ figures are due to two expensive 2011 and 2012 advertising campaigns, concludes the Inspector General’s (IG) report, which was issued in May and has recently appeared online. Full story.
Money well spent or wasted?
Andrew Cain's sister said she doesn't hold the Latah County Sheriff's Office responsible for her brother's suicide on Sunday. Still, she wants an apology from a deputy she claims harassed the 19-year-old Pullman man across the state line using the department's Facebook page. Cain had been wanted by the sheriff's office since a bench warrant was issued for his arrest when he didn't appear in court for a probation violation in April, said Latah County Prosecutor Bill Thompson. He said Cain likely was facing some local jail time before being placed back on probation. But the sheriff's Facebook page made a bigger deal out of Cain's eluding justice, said his sister, Alise Smith of Pullman. “We have decided that Andrew Cain is no longer the Wanted Person of the Week,” stated a Thursday comment to a Tuesday wanted post on the sheriff's page, “… he is the Wanted Person for the Month of June. Congratulations!”/Brandon Macz, Moscow-Pullman Daily News. More here.
Question: Should the Latah County Sheriff's Office apologize?
Family members of a Moscow man are accusing law enforcement of bullying after the man killed himself over the weekend. Andrew Cain, 19, committed suicide on Sunday. His death came one day after the Latah County Sheriff’s Office posted a Facebook comment about Cain. See the post below. The comment read: “We have decided that Andrew Cain is no longer the Wanted Person of the Week… he is the Wanted Person of the Month of June. Congratulations!” Loved ones told KREM 2 News in Spokane that Cain was bullied by law enforcement/KREM2 & KTVB. More here.
Question: Do you consider what the sheriff's department did to be bullying?
When you overhear friends or co-workers talking about different tactics for filtering the bombardment of not-so-fascinating stuff Facebook friends drop on them, you can remind yourself that you have chosen the one 100 percent effective strategy.
The debate over the fatal shooting of a car thief in East Spokane is now heating up online. On Monday, 25-year old Brendon Kaluza-Graham was shot and killed while he stole an SUV. The owner of that SUV, Gail Gerlach, told investigators he fired at Kaluza-Graham because he thought he pointed a weapon at him. On Wednesday, a Spokane woman, who has been the victim of a burglary, launched a Facebook Page to show support for Gerlach. The creator of the page has asked to remain anonymous. But, agreed to an interview as long as KXLY didn't use her name or show her face. “I hope he understands that we are here for him, for the community,” she said/Annie Bishop, KXLY. More here.
Question: How would Gerlach's use of deadly force been received by the community, if it had happened in Kootenai County rather than Spokane County?
OLYMPIA — The Senate told employers they can't demand their workers' password to Facebook or other social media sites.
On a 49-0 vote, they approved Senate Bill 5211, which says an employer can't ask an employee, or a prospective employee, for the information that would let them see the worker's personal account or profile as a condition of employment. They're free, however, to collect any information which is in the public domain.
An employee can file a civil action against an employer who makes such a demand, with a fine of up to $500 plus court costs. The bill now moves to the House.
At a rcent media event, I watched as a friend showed another woman—a professional photographer—her latest post on her Instagram feed, the mobile application that allows anyone to take photos with a smartphone camera and then manipulate them, filtering to add color, texture, vintage graininess or even bizarre special effects, before posting online.
“That’s pretty, but it’s crap,” the photographer said dismissively. “Those photo apps let people who don’t know what they’re doing take a bad photo and then ‘save’ it by adding special effects. It’s basically junk.”
My friend laughed off the other woman’s dismissive and, to be blunt, rude, words and moved on.
I’ve heard that kind of exchange before and it always strikes me as foolish. Photo apps are creative toys, outlets for expression, not a threat to professionals. And there’s a reason they are so popular. A photographer with skill and the right equipment can take a technically perfect photograph. But sometimes technically perfect is just not real enough.
It’s the same with words. If I were to tell you that recently, at the Peaks of Otter Recreational Area near Bedford, Virginia, I walked a trail to the top of a mountain on a 67-degree weekday in October, climbing until I stood at the overlook gazing down at a forest of hardwood trees that were no longer photosynthesizing, and then when I had seen enough I took the rocky path back down, you’d have a pretty good idea of what I’d done and where I’d been. But I wouldn’t have communicated in any way what I felt.
But when I tell you that not too long ago, on what felt like a perfect fall day, breathing in cool air scented by forest smells of fallen leaves and woodsmoke from distant cabins, the sun warming my back, I climbed a winding, rocky, path crisscrossed by the roots of the gnarled trees that clung to the rich dark soil of the southwestern Virginia Blue Ridge Mountains and when I reached the stacked-stone overlook I stood still and silent as my heartbeat slowed, gazing out as far as the eye could see at a beautiful carpet of golden Hickory and scarlet maple treetops; when I tell you I stood there a long time taking it all in, acknowledging my instinctive reaction to the beauty of the season before turning to make my way back down the steep path, I bring you a little closer to my experience.
I think that’s the appeal of Instagram and other mobile phone camera apps. They let us take what we see and paint the image with nostalgia, sentiment and other emotions.
Of course, there’s a time and a place for artistic license. I carry a professional camera with me wherever I travel, and the camera on my iPhone 4s is surprisingly good. I shoot on both so I come home with a not just a photo suitable for traditional publication, but, because I love the creative flexibility, I usually post a lightly-filtered or focused version of the same image online on my Facebook page, Instagram feed and Tumblr blog. One captures what I saw, the other what I felt. But what’s most interesting to me is the reaction many people have to a filtered image. They look at it longer, closer. Perfect focus, balanced composition, color and scale, draw our approval. But emotion, the “junk” so many deliberately remove from their work, draws us in.
(Click “Continue Reading” to see an unflitered view of the cover photo.)
Cheryl-Anne Millsap is a travel writer based in Spokane, Washington. Her audio essays can be heard on Spokane Public Radio and on public radio stations across the country. She can be reached at email@example.com
One of the dozens of e-mails in today's Inbox had this tantalizing subject line: “Cantwell/Baumgartner tied in Social Media Buzz”
A nice person from a public relations firm said she had some data on that race that might interest us: “According to a new media index from Temple University and LexisNexis, Maria Cantewell and Michael Baumgartner are in one of the tightest races in the country. The candidates are tied in social media buzz, as well as print and broadcast media mentions of the candidates.”
Wha-what?? as Scooby Doo might say.
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., left, stands with Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho speaks with reporters while in Boise Wednesday to help campaign Labrador. See story below. (AP photo: Idaho Statesman)
- Idaho Records/Sherry Adkins, SR
- Campaign ad hits Idaho teacher departures/Betsy Russell, SR
- House Majority Leader Cantor stumps for Labrador/Dan Popkey, IS
- Montana wolf hunt off to fast start, with 24 killed/Nick Gevock, Standard
- Post Falls man injured when 1500lbs safe falls on him/Bill Buley, Press
- Top-ranked Coeur d'Alene girls headed to state X-country meet/Greg Lee, SR
- New Washington law raises penalties for trespassing hunters/Rich Landers, SR
Just saw this on the Schweitzer Mountain Resort Facebook page, with a disclaimer: “At Schweitzer, we have 'binders full of women.' Disclaimer: Schweitzer is not pro Republican Party nor pro Democratic Party — We're just pro Party!”
Question: What do you think of the phrase used by Gov. Romney in the 2nd presidential debate: “Binders full of women”?
The chairman of the Spokane County Republican Party is standing behind state Rep. Matt Shea’s decision to post a picture of himself standing on his election opponent’s property on Facebook.
But Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich, a Republican, says he wishes Shea would have pulled the picture at Biviano’s request.
Shea, a Republican from Spokane Valley, posted a picture of himself standing in front of the home of Democrat Amy Biviano on Aug. 4. Along with the picture of himself in her driveway, he wrote that he was doorbelling in the area and wanted to welcome the precinct to his district. The neighborhood was placed into the 4th Legislative District as part of the state’s redistricting in response to the 2010 Census.
State Rep. Matt Shea, R-Spokane Valley, is refusing to remove a picture of his election opponent's home from his Facebook page.
Amy Biviano, the Democrat who is challenging Shea's election bid, said Friday that she left voicemails with Shea and with Spokane County Republican Party Chairman Matthew Pederson requesting that the photo be pulled but hasn't received a call back. She said she and others also have posted comments on Shea's Facebook page asking that the photo (left) be removed, but those comments have been deleted.
Late last week Shea posted the picture of himself standing on Biviano's property along with the comment: “I wanted to give a special thanks to all of those in the newest 4th District Precinct ….Thank you all for the overwhelming show of support, what a great neighborhood! Oh…and that's my opponent's house in the background. =)”
His post listed the intersection near where she lives.
It’s not clear yet whether this year’s campaign staffs are hell bent on testing Marshall McLuhan’s theorem that “the medium is the message” or are so enamored with high tech that they think it’s the be-all and end-all of politics.
Last week, a member of Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna’s campaign went from paid staffer to suspended staffer to fired staffer in the span of three days. Kathlyn Ehls had typed messages into Twitter that called for Asian Americans to “learn English” and senior citizens who walk too slowly across the street in front of her vehicle to “get a wheelchair.”
Ehls had tweeted these uncharitable thoughts months before going to work for the McKenna campaign. But the recent college graduate apparently was unaware, or forgot, the cardinal rule of venting in cyberspace: things on the Internet have a nasty habit of living forever and surfacing at inopportune times. These did, last Monday, on Seattle blogs.. .
A 23-year-old man who robbed a boy lured to Spokane through Facebook avoid a life prison sentence recently when a judge approved a plea deal.
David Michael Martinez was sentenced to 15 years in prison for first-degree unlawful possession of a firearm and third-degree assault. He was arrested in June 2011 for first-degree robbery and conspiracy to commit first-degree robbery and faced life in prison without the possibility of parole under Washington's three-strikes law.
Martinez has previous convictions for attempted second-degree robbery and second-degree assault, which are strike offenses. He also has convictions for attempting to elude police.
His lawyer prepared a mitigation package, and prosecutors agreed to reduce the charges “given the difficult circumstances of defendant's childhood upbringing,” according to court documents.
Spokane County Superior Court Judge Sam Cozza approved the 180-month sentence on Thursday, which is exceptionally high for the gun and assault convictions.
Martinez admitted to robbing a Post Falls boy who arranged to meet a girl through Facebook.
The victim said he agreed to meet the girl at Corbin Park with $75, but when he got in her Chevy Tahoe, two men later identified as Martinez and Brendan T. Dalla pointed handguns at him and demanded his money, according to court documents.
Dalla was sentenced in November to four years in prison for second-degree robbery. The girl was charged as an adult, but her charges later were moved to juvenile court.
A Montana man charged in connection with a February shooting outside a Spokane Valley tavern thanks in part to evidence on Facebook is back in Spokane.
Jarrod E. Veilleux, 29, is accused of shooting a man in the stomach as he smoked in an outside area on the east end of the Oasis Tavern, 14913 E. Trent Ave., about 9 p.m. Feb. 24.
The victim told police he'd been beaten up at the same bar two years ago but had no idea if it was related, according to court documents. He said he was going through a contentious divorce but he had no idea why anyone would want to shoot him.
Detectives identified fingerprints on a pint glass and on a glass whiskey tumbler as belonging to Veilleux and Terrance D. Riley, 33.
The men were on probation in Montana and prohibited from leaving the state. They were jailed in Montana.
Veilleux appeared in Spokane County Superior Court today on charges of first-degree attempted murder and second-degree assault. Riley is charged with first-degree rendering criminal assistance.
Veilleux has the word 'Pile' tattooed across the knuckles of one his hands, which matches witness descriptions of the shooter. A sheriff's detective also reviewed the men's Facebook profiles and noted Veilleux with a blue Ford Explorer that matched the vehicle described as fleeing the shooting scene.
The multiple-time felon was convicted of burglary and theft charges in Gallatin County, Mont., in 2003 and sentenced to 20 years in prison with 12 years suspended.
Riley remains in prison in Deer Lodge, Mont.
We recently had an old family friend die, and his relatives chose not to have a funeral. In lieu of a service, they created a fan page on Facebook where people could visit, view pictures of the deceased and leave comments. No more than a couple months ago, one of my friends from high school also, sadly, lost her mother to cancer. As she sat with her mother in the hospital a few hours before her mother passed, my friend was checking Facebook on her phone to see if anyone had posted information and status updates about her mother being close to dying. When did Facebook become the modern-day funeral parlor? I understand Facebook has become something of a staple in our culture in terms of connecting with others and putting our lives on display for the world to see, but I do not believe death is a good fit for Facebook. This “in your face” approach to death and grieving just doesn't seem appropriate for social networking/Carrie Neppel, Moscow-Pullman Daily News. More to come.
Question: Do you consider the “in your face” approach to death and grieving suitable for Facebook?
If you are a true believer in one major political party or the other, you may find it difficult to stay friends with those in the opposite party, at least through the November election.
Not long ago, that may have meant simply avoiding them in social settings, not hanging around the water cooler with them at work or occupying a more distant bar stool during happy hour. But Facebook changed all that, because you may have added FB “friends” over the last few years without regard to their partisan leanings. Could that high school classmate whom you “friended” after seeing the list for the reunion turn into a rabid birther? Will that former work colleague bombard you with complicated theories of how the U.S. actually blew up the Twin Towers? Or maybe you're just tired of all the effusive praise of their particular presidential pick.
What's a FB follower to do?
BuzzFeed has developed two links that will help you identify Republicans or Democrats among your friend list, and help you “defriend” them, if you so desire.
Republicans looking identify the Democrats in their lists can start here.
Democrats looking for Republicans in their lists can start here.
But remember, just because you don't agree on politics doesn't mean you can't be friends. Sometimes, anyway.
Coeur d’Alene City Councilman Mike Kennedy drives Hard Right Republicans in Kootenai County cuh-razy. Kennedy has committed the unpardonable sin of being a Democrat in a nonpartisan office in licorice-red North Idaho. In 2009, Kennedy squeaked past Republican-backed Jim Brannon by five votes – and then withstood a lengthy legal challenge to win by three votes. Now, he’s one of the four city elected officials targeted for recall by organizers tied to the county Republican Party. Kennedy has handled much of the partisan hatred with his humor intact. On his Facebook wall last week he wondered about social media etiquette during a recall attempt. He knows, for example, he has befriended, hired or helped the children of some of the individuals who have signed petitions for his recall (which are public). Facebooked Mike, tongue firmly cheeked: “Should you unfriend them on Facebook? How else do you handle it?” Maybe Facebook should install a dislike button?/DFO, Huckleberries. More here.
Question: What type of “Facebook Friends” do you unfriend?
John Austin is wrong; Dan Gookin is wrong; Tony Berns is wrong; Mary Souza is wrong; Kathy Sims is wrong; Mike McDowell is wrong; Cliff Hayes is wrong; and any other person who has stated an opinion regarding the tax impact of urban renewal districts on taxpayers located outside of any district is wrong. How is that possible? How can everyone be wrong when talking about the impact of tax increment financing? Because it is nearly impossible to accurately analyze the true tax impact of any urban renewal district. To do so would require the ability to travel back in time and see what would have happened if the district had never been created. This could be called the George Bailey effect, after the Jimmy Stewart character in “It's a Wonderful Life.” What would Coeur d'Alene look like if there had never been any urban renewal district created? No one knows. We do know it would not be the same, but how would it differ? Again, no one knows. Many have opinions, opinions based on assumptions, assumptions that are based on few actual facts/Tom Taggart, Coeur d'Alene Press op-ed piece. More here.
Website 99designs recently polled 1,500 small business owners, start-ups, entrepreneurs and design decision-makers on graphic design and its importance to their business.
The results make for a decent read. We feel a post is warranted since we also saw recent stories in the WSJ that suggest many businesses are now hungry not for MBAs, but people who are saavy in design and product development. (Story at WSJ.com may be behind a paid content wall.)
The survey results that are easiest to digest involve colors and popularity.
Namely, the survey asked for which colors owners associate with success. Answer: Blue most associated with succes. Fifty-seven percent said blue is their idea of success; the second most cited color is green (35%) followed by white (32%), black (29%) and red (21%). Purple was the color males least often associate with success, while women were least likely to select orange.
Then, on which brands are seen as having best logo and best website, the results are predictable:
- Apple topped the lists for best logo and best website; also on the best logo were Nike, Coca-Cola and FedEx.
- Most disliked logos and websites: Wal-Mart, Microsoft, Pepsi, IBM and Google.
- Best websites: Apple, Amazon, Google, Facebook and Nike.
- Worst websites: Wal-Mart, Yahoo, Facebook, MySpace and Microsoft.
MySpace, really? Who looks at MySpace?
A woman identified her cousin as her robber's accomplice after seeing photos of the two together on Facebook, according to Spokane police.
The woman was sitting in her living room at 1624 E. Cataldo Ave. with her cousin, Shakayla F. Delcambre, 20, Thursday about 12:45 a.m. when a man holding a red bandanna that covered what she believed to be a handgun entered and demanded money from her, according to court documents.
The man took her wallet from her purse and put her in a choke hold before she broke free and he ran out the front door, police say.
The woman realized Delcambre knew her attacker when he saw photos of her with him on Facebook, police say. The woman noted to police that Delcambre had borrowed her cellphone to make a call prior to the robbery.
Police identified the robber as James J. Williams, 28. Another woman, who said she was assaulted by Delcambre, told police she picked him up after the robbery and he removed a pullover jacket and black body armor while in her van. She allowed police to search her van and her house for evidence.
Police viewed the Facebook photos of Delcambre and Williams, according to court documents.
Williams is in jail on $150,000 bond for first-degree robbery. Delcambre is jailed on $25,000 bond for first-degree robbery and first-degree assault.
Here's a tip: When you steal something, don't post a picture of yourself on Facebook with the stolen item. Especially when that item is a 70-pound, fiberglass cow that's a local icon and has been the subject of news stories. “It's back home,” said Tracy Gagnon, owner of the antique, brown and white cow that was stolen April 27 from the front of the Paris Flea Market, 1815 N. Fourth St. The cow was recovered by police on a porch near Fourth Street and Coeur d'Alene Avenue on Wednesday morning. Police were tipped off by a caller, whose daughter saw photos of the suspect posing with the cow on his Facebook account. Detectives found the cow partially hidden under a blanket. Brandon M. Hiza, 23, Coeur d'Alene, was arrested for grand theft, a felony, and was being held without bond in Kootenai County jail. His first court appearance is scheduled today/Bill Buley, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.
Question: Have you ever posted something on Facebook that you wished you hadn't?
Facebook is about “connecting and sharing” - especially now it can help you donate your internal organs, Mark Zuckerberg announced today. Describing it as “a life-saving initiative”, the tousle-haired CEO officially announced a special button for people wanting to tell their friends that they are organ donors. “Became a organ donor” has been added to the list of health-related life events that a Facebooker can add to their “Timeline” alongside “buying new glasses” and “weight loss”. Logging your philanthropic wishes for your internals has been made easier and will automatically sync to your permanent profile information making it easier for your friends to see/Anna Leach, The Register. More here. (AP/ABC photo: Robin Roberts, host of “Good Morning America,” right, talks to Mark Zuckerberg, the founder and CEO of Facebook, during an interview in Menlo Park, Calif.)
Question: Do you want to share your organs with Facebook Friends?