MORNING HEADLINES: The growing fungus menace


Spokane Symphony gets Labor Day off  Budget problems have consequences. So it is with the Spokane Symphony Labor Day concert, which has taken place for 25 years and sometimes drawn crowds of 5000 people. But when sponsorship dwindled, the Symphony was forced to cancel. The result is $36,000 in savings and a comparatively silent park on Labor Day. (SR)

The fungus among us A killer fungus has taken hold in the Pacific Northwest. How killer? It's already taken the lives of 15 people and caused 60 others to get sick (KREM)

You know, I learned something today The Barefoot Bandit — the 19-year-old kid who spent two years stealing planes, running from the law, and grinning in cheeky Facebook pictures — has a message for kids: It's not as fun as it looks. (KIRO)

Remember when cars were made in America? We finally have a winner in the age old General Motors/Ford debate. It's the one actually beginning to make a profit. By the end of 2011, projections say, Ford will have more cash than debt. (NYT)