MORNING BRIEFING: Lightning, bikini baristas and the cover of Rolling Stone


Around here

Spokane County Commissioners are backtracking on their plans to expand the urban growth area. (SR)

Mount Spokane gets a new chairlift; environmentalists worry. (KREM)

Lightning struck the state of Washington almost 500 times last night, but authorities say they haven't received any reports of wildfires. (KXLY)

City Councilman Mike Fagan is working on an ordinance targeting bikini baristas. (Bloglander) 


Out there

Dozens of Indian children are sick and 22 are dead after eating a tainted school meal. (BBC)

Rolling Stone put a stylized image of Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on its cover, sparking anger online. (USA Today)

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau finally has a leader, giving it some teeth to oversee lending practices. (NYT)