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Washington, Idaho Residents Criticize Proposed Silicon Smelter

This week, a silicon smelter to be built just south of Newport, Washington was thrust back into the news. The project was proposed more than a year ago by a Canadian company originally known as HiTest Sands, but which now goes by the name PacWest Silicon. People in the greater Newport area, including in north Idaho, have been discussing it ever since.

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Attorneys for Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who accused Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her at a high school party in the 1980s, have begun discussing terms of her appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee next week.

"She wishes to testify, provided that we can agree on terms that are fair and which ensure her safety," Debra Katz, Ford's lawyer says in an email to committee aides first reported in the New York Times and confirmed by NPR.

It was a damp and dreary November nearly three years ago, when the London Metropolitan Police decided it was time to act. People kept calling with reports of grisly findings: mutilated cats, some with their heads and tails removed in and around the borough of Croydon.

Multiple People Killed And Wounded In Maryland Shooting

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Three people were killed in a workplace shooting Thursday morning in northeast Maryland. The shooter, a woman, also died; she shot herself in the head. Several other people were wounded during the attack at a Rite Aid distribution center.

Harford County Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler told a news conference, "It appears to be a single weapon that was used, a single handgun. ... We do not believe that there is an additional threat anywhere to our Harford County community."

Inland Journal, September 20, 2018

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This week on Inland Journal (9/20/18; Thursday at noon on KPBX; Thursday at 3 pm on KSFC):      
    ▪    We’ll hear excerpts from hearings in Spokane and Newport related to the state environmental review of a proposed silicon smelter in Newport.
    ▪    General election stories: We’ll review the races for Spokane County assessor and treasurer.
    ▪    The progressive activist group Emily’s List comes to Worley, Idaho to train female candidates about how to run a political campaign.
    ▪    An eastern Washington man continues his fight for recognition by the Canadian government.

Spokane Assessor's Race Features Two Republicans

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Leonard Christian

Spokane County voters will see a new leader in the county assessor’s office, come next year. The incumbent, Vicki Horton, is leaving at the end of her term. One of her lieutenants is vying to replace her, as is a local realtor who once filled in for a year as a legislator in Olympia. Both are Republicans.

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When Spokane County voters cast their ballots in the next week-and-a-half, one of the down-ballot races will be for county treasurer. The incumbent, Rob Chase, is leaving to run for county commissioner. The race involves two candidates who have fundamental differences about the role of the treasurer.

British Prime Minister Theresa May's hopes of persuading her peers in the European Union to keep the U.K. in the bloc's single market were dashed at an informal summit in Salzburg that ended on Thursday.

She appealed for compromise to ease the United Kingdom's departure from the EU, speaking in the theater where "So Long, Farewell" was performed by the Von Trapp family in the 1965 film The Sound of Music. But EU leaders clearly were not feeling nostalgic.

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When the creators of the HBO series The Deuce first approached Maggie Gyllenhaal about starring in the show as a sex worker, she didn't immediately say yes.

Set in New York City in the 1970s, The Deuce centers on the intersection of sex work, pornography, organized crime, the police, politicians and feminists. Gyllenhaal didn't have a problem with the role, but she did have strong feelings about how the power dynamics of sex should be portrayed.