MORNING BRIEFING: Tornados, Tumblr and an IHOP crash



Spokane City Council will hold hearings tonight on two controversial citizens initiatives. One would expand neighborhood rights and environmental protection. The other would outlaw private lobbying and corporate contributions to local campaigns. (Inlander

After searching a Browne's Addition apartment on Saturday, the FBI still has not made any arrests concerning a pair of letters tainted with ricin. (S-R)

A drunk woman plowed through the side of a Coeur d'Alene IHOP on Sunday morning. No word on whether she ordered the Pick-A-Pancake Combo or classic Two x Two x Two. (KHQ)

Today’s the last day to register for Hoopfest. Get on it, kids! (KXLY)


Tornados touched down in the Midwest, killing two in Oklahoma. (USA Today)

Someone in Zephyrhills, Fla. is now $590 million richer. (NBC)

Yahoo has agreed to buy Tumblr for a cool billion. Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer has promised “not to screw it up.” #LeanIn (NY Times)


This summer, Washington state will allow underage undergrads at three community colleges to taste wine for class — as long as they don’t swallow. (Seattle Times