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Not so fast: Phelps participating in Shark Week this summer

It’s not immediately clear what Phelps will be doing, although Discovery President Rich Ross said Tuesday he’s intrigued about seeing the fastest human swimmer interact with nature’s fastest. Perhaps Phelps can be encouraged to go underwater in a shark cage, he said.

Bayview hammer attack on Discovery Channel

Tuesday at 9 p.m. the Discovery Channel will feature the horrific hammer attack in Bayview ID that resulted in the death of Patricia Heath. The one-hour episode dubbed "Madness on the Lake" is part of the new documentary drama “Dead Silent.” Do you plan to watch it? CH

Judge rules Strandberg lawyer will also be defense witness

A judge ruled Monday that defense attorney Chris Bugbee will continue to represent accused crossbow killer Cole K. Strandberg. But the lawyer now has an added job title: witness. Bugbee has a different recollection of what his client said during a mental health exam regarding when he had sex with the victim than the doctors, putting the defense lawyer in the unusual position of having to present Strandberg’s legal defense as well as present testimony as a sworn witness.

Attorney says defendant was insane while killing

Accused crossbow killer Cole K. Strandberg remains mostly docile and focused while on medications. But a psychologist testified Monday that Strandberg always keeps one foot in a mystical, imagined world where others command him to kill to earn respect and he can time travel while he waits for his television-executive wife to take him to Europe. The hearing in Spokane County Superior Court, expected to last at least two more days, is to determine if Strandberg was insane on Jan. 7, 2008, when prosecutors allege that he used a crossbow to kill 22-year-old Jennifer Bergeron at Strandberg’s apartment at 1304 S. Chestnut St.