MORNING BRIEFING — Ombudsmen, iPhones and (tragic) Anniversaries

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Around Here

So first City Hall tries to get rid of Ombudsman Tim Burns, then they maybe buy him more time. Now, irony of ironies, the NATIONAL OMBUDSMAN CONFERENCE is coming to Spokane. Suddenly, Burns is "cautiously optimistic" that he'll be around through the new year. Coincidence? (Bloglander)

Meanwhile, Spokane gets a new "Director of Law Enforcement," Read: police chief. (KXLY)

Officer, a spider caused my car crash. (KREM)

There are still hella wildfires. (S-R)

Out There

Bush Administration ignored 9/11 warnings for a long time. (NYT)

IRS gives tax whistleblower a 104 million-dollar thank-you for being a narc. (WaPo) 

The new iPhone could single-handedly add one-half of one percent to America's ENTIRE GDP. (WSJ)

Nerds and nerd bloggers prepare to do their part. (Engadget) 

And Lastly

18-year-old soldier has 9/11 explained to him by much older soldier. (the Onion)

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