Hundreds dead in Mexico quake, Hurricane Maria lashes Puerto Rico, morning headlines

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People in Mexico City walk past debris after an powerful 7.1 earthquake struck the metropolitan area of 21 million. - THE NEW YORK TIMES
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  • People in Mexico City walk past debris after an powerful 7.1 earthquake struck the metropolitan area of 21 million.

ON INLANDER.COM

EARTHQUAKE: A 7.1 quake struck the central Mexican state of Morelos yesterday; the epicenter was 76 miles south of Mexico City, where at least 44 buildings are reported to have collapsed or been severely damaged, with many people buried under the rubble. The death toll, currently more than 200, is expected to rise. (via New York Times)

SNOW:
With three days left in a long, hot, smoky summer, Schweitzer Mountain Resort in Sandpoint received its first measurable snow yesterday. More snow falling in Montana began extinguishing long-burning wildfires.


IN OTHER NEWS

Maria slams Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico

After striking the U.S. Virgin Islands as a Category 5 storm, leaving widespread flooding in its wake, Hurricane Maria weakened slightly to Category 4 before slamming into Puerto Rico this morning with winds of 155 miles per hour; at least 12 of 18 inches of rain are predicted, and the entire island is expected to lose power. (New York Times)

More on the Mexican earthquake
Watch: Here's what it looked like during and after yesterday's 7.1 quake. (Los Angeles Times)
• This is just the latest in Mexico's history of cataclysmic earthquakes. (Washington Post)
• In a grim coincidence, yesterday's quake struck on the 32nd anniversary of an 8.0 earthquake in 1985 that claimed thousands of lives. (Los Angeles Times)

I-90 crash claims life of Spokane artist

Michaelanne Foster, a Gonzaga Prep graduate who grew up in Spokane and was a member of the city's Richmond Art Collective and an Inlander contributor, died on Monday night when the car she was driving struck the rear end of a stopped semitruck on I-90 near the Freya overpass. She was 24. (Spokesman-Review)

Preu to hang up his baton
Eckart Preu, the Spokane Symphony's longtime music director and conductor, announced that the 2018-19 season would be his last with the orchestra he has led since 2004. (Spokesman-Review)

Ethics complaint targets 7th District's Kretz

Rep. Joel Kretz, an Omak Republican representing northeast Washington's 7th District, is the subject of an ethics complaint, filed by the group Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, claiming that repeatedly over the past six years, Kretz inappropriately pressured and threatened WSU officials to take action against Dr. Robert Wielgus, a leading wolf researcher. Kretz denies that any ethical violations took place. (Spokane Public Radio)

No boundaries here

Bonners Ferry's Boundary County Library has been named the 2017 "Best Small Library in America" by Library Journal magazine. The annual award, which comes with a $5,000 prize, honors exemplary work of libraries serving populations under 25,000, more than double the size of the North Idaho county. (Spokesman-Review)

Call for action against WSU College Republicans

A dozen Democratic members of the Washington state legislature wrote a letter to WSU President Kirk Schulz urging him to take punitive action against the campus chapter of the College Republicans. James Allsup was forced to resign as WSU College Republicans president last month after the extent of his involvement in the violent, deadly "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, was revealed. (Spokesman-Review)

For now, FBI staying put
The federal government canceled a costly, decade-long search for a new Federal Bureau of Investigation headquarters that spanned the Bush, Obama and Trump administrations. (Washington Post)