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Positions filled on new police oversight board

A five-member advisory board to give further oversight of the Spokane Police Department will include the former director of a human rights organization and a retired military official who most recently served at the Pentagon. Voters approved the creation of the citizen oversight commission in early 2013, and members are expected to begin their work within a month, after they pass criminal background checks and the City Council officially approves their appointments.

Huckleberries: Word of advice brings chocolate-chip reward

Everyone seems related to everyone else in North Idaho. This includes the female jogger that S-R sports scribe Greg Lee and I met near the LCSC/UIdaho branch campus Wednesday. We flagged her down during a noon walk along Coeur d’Alene’s waterfront – to warn her. Greg and I had seen a strange guy hiding in the thick pines a short distance up the trail. We made eye contact with him – and he moved deeper into the trees. The jogger thanked us and turned around.

Huckleberries: Journey from teacher to Dope Magazine

Meghan Ridley had resigned as a special ed teacher in the Lakeland School District and was headed for doctoral studies at Gonzaga University when we visited with her almost a year ago. Now, she’s a writer with Dope Magazine, Seattle’s new medical marijuana journal. How do you go from a teacher of the year in Rathdrum to a medical pot advocate in the Emerald City? In two words? Tom Luna. The Idaho superintendent of schools chased the former teachers union rep from education with his so-called 2011 reform that values online experimentation more than hands-on teaching.

Human rights educator Rachel Dolezal resigns

The education director of the Human Rights Education Institute in Coeur d’Alene has resigned, citing “issues of fairness and equity” after she was passed over for the institute’s top job. “For all intents and purposes it was a forced resignation,” said Rachel Dolezal, who has worked for the past two years for the institute, which was established to combat racial intolerance through education.

Unfurling banners of racial tolerance

Human rights activists in Coeur d’Alene have decided to fight flags with flags. For months, people have been walking into the Human Rights Education Institute in Coeur d’Alene asking what they can do about two nearby residences flying white supremacist flags, said Rachel Dolezal, the institute’s education director.

Rights educator finds noose on porch of Spokane home

A black woman who directs educational programs for Coeur d’Alene’s Human Rights Education Institute awoke Sunday morning to find a noose on the doorstep of her north Spokane home. It is the most recent in a spate of incidents Rachel Dolezal, 31, has experienced since April, when three skinheads walked into the education institute and asked her personal questions, including where she lived and where her son attended school. After that, her Coeur d’Alene home was burglarized and Aryan Nations fliers were distributed in her neighborhood.