Firefighters back Prop 2, bombings kill 300-plus in Somalia, morning headlines



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NEWS: Spokane's Firefighters Union has endorsed Proposition 2, which if passed by voters in November would make it a civil infraction and levy a fine on anyone who brings an uncovered coal train car or rail car of untreated crude oil through the city. 

 Ever wanted a closer look at what the crews in the refueling wing at Fairchild Air Force Base do? Here's our look at the way they run a gas station in the sky.


Switching off an on-ramp?
The eastbound Interstate 90 on-ramp at Walnut Street could be closed by the state because it's so dangerous: it saw nearly 100 rear-end crashes over a five-year period, reports the Spokesman-Review's Nicholas Deshais. 

Desertion in the desert
Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, from Hailey, Idaho, has pleaded guilty to desertion after he walked away from his base in Afghanistan in 2009 and was held captive for almost five years. Bergdahl told the government that he meant to walk to another base to report leadership problems in his unit, but reportedly said he decided to plead guilty because he didn't think he'd get a fair trial. (New York Times, Idaho Statesman)

More than 300 dead in Somalian truck bombings
Two massive truck bombs killed more than 300 people and injured at least another 300 in Somalia's capital of Mogadishu on Saturday, in what Time reports is one of the world's deadliest attacks in years.

So long, Moos!
Washington State University's athletic director, Bill Moos, left his job Sunday for the same post at Nebraska, where he'll be paid a base salary of $1 million a year (Seattle Times).