Washington state is planning a statement of regret for a 121-year-old injustice -- the hanging of an aboriginal teen by an American lynch mob in the Fraser Valley.
Fourteen-year-old Louie Sam had been accused of murdering a Nooksack, Washington man, and was being held in custody by B.C. police.
About 120 American vigilantes rode north at Sumas Prairie in 1884, seized the teen and hanged him from a tree just north of the international boundary.It's believed to be Canada's only lynching.
It turns out the kid was innocent. There is also an audio link to an interview with a professor who did the research on the event.
PHOENIX - An Arizona bookstore owner charged with eco-sabotage in Washington was found dead in a Flagstaff jail cell early Thursday, authorities said.
William C. Rodgers, 40, of Prescott, Ariz., committed suicide, according to the Coconino County Sheriff's Office. The county medical examiner determined that Rodgers suffocated after placing a plastic bag over his head while he was being held in a one-person cell.
Rodgers was one of six people arrested this month in connection with eco-terrorist attacks in Oregon and Washington in recent years. He was charged in the firebombing of a government wildlife lab outside Olympia, Wash.
My own comment: I don't understand why there was a plastic bag in his cell.
It's a zero-sum game, at least in my opinion. In order for the US to have, say, 56, we have to take 56 from the rest of the world. If China is at 40 and want to add another four, they're going to have to get it somewhere. We must ensure that four doesn't come from our 56.
The devil made me do it.
That is my excuse and I'm sticking to it. I know better. Venturing into a shopping mall mere days before Christmas is nearly a suicidal act. But I needed a walk, the Decatur Woods Park giant gophers have banned me from their domain, and I was curious.
As of five minutes ago, there are some parking places available. Take the bus or walk in though if you can. Listen to friendly upbeat music in preparation.
I stepped into the temple of shopping and immediately was reminded of the low rumble of voices I'd hear before mass began in our parish Catholic Church. Not bad, I can handle this. Of course then as I progressed the voices got louder, the knots of people denser, and everything sillier.
The Library had study desk modules grouped into quarters. If viewed from above, the top of the panel separators formed the shape of a swastika. We found this to be a bit unsettling. Click here for a larger image.
The building industry association said in a statement that the new regulation "foists unreasonable demands and unattainable goals on the backs of hardworking contractors, and was adopted by unelected (Ecology Department) bureaucrats.
People sure sound adversarial, hopefully everyone can figure out how to chill and talk with one another again soon.
Hope everyone is warm and cozy on this shortest day and longest night of the year. Time for hot spiced cider and mulled wine and whatever else we want to lift in toast to the season.