Nebraska hires Washington State’s Bill Moos as athletics director

LINCOLN, Neb. — Nebraska football fans longing to recapture the Cornhuskers’ glorious past can be assured that the school’s new athletic director knows his history.One of the first anecdotes Bill Moos told at his introductory news conference Sunday was about tuning into those classic Nebraska-Oklahoma games when he was growing up on a ranch in eastern Washington in the 1960s.“Never missed one,” he said. “It’s a storied, storied athletic program and a very prestigious institution.”Moos comes to Nebraska from Washington State, where he’s been athletic director since 2010. The 66-year-old agreed to a five-year contract with a base annual salary of $1 million, plus incentives. He’ll start his new job Oct. 23.The university announced Moos’ hiring four weeks after the firing of Shawn Eichorst. Eichorst was let go the week after the Huskers lost to Northern Illinois at home. Moos was announced as his replacement less than 24 hours after Nebraska was routed 56-14 by Ohio State in Lincoln.Moos’ first task will be to decide whether to retain coach Mike Riley, who was a surprise hire from Oregon State three years ago. Riley is 18-15 with the Cornhuskers but has lost eight of his last 13 games.“Nebraska for years has been the hunted, and we’re not right now,” Moos said. “We need to get back into that position where everybody is putting Nebraska (in red) and circling it on the schedule. I believe that’s the Huskers’ rightful place, and we’re going to see what we can do to get back there.” MORE:For seven years in the late 1990s and early 2000s Riley was head coach of the Beavers while Moos was athletic director at rival Oregon.“I was surprised when he left to come here, but I thought he should do very, very well. I really haven’t talked to Mike much since he made that move,” Moos said. “As we speak right now, he’s my football coach Continue Reading

NAACP leader of Washington state chapter Rachel Dolezal leaned on adoptive kid brothers to help her lie about being black

Living a lie was full-time work for Rachel Dolezal, the Montana-born white woman who in recent years moved through the world as a black civil rights activist. Dolezal, 37, head of the NAACP’s Spokane chapter since January, leaned on her two adoptive kid brothers — both African-American — to abet her long-running racial ruse. She posted a picture of a black couple on her Facebook page, announcing them as her parents — while her real mom and pop were actually white and living in Montana. The African studies instructor eventually severed ties with her biological parents, telling a local television station they hadn’t spoken in years. “What I say to them is, ‘I don’t give two sh---- about what you guys think,’” she said in a Thursday interview with KREM-TV. “You’re so far done and gone out of my life ... I do not talk to (them) anymore.” Sibling Ezra recalled how his sister asked him not to “blow my cover” before a 2012 visit, and then criticized her strange double-life as akin to wearing blackface. “She’s basically creating more racism,” he told The Washington Post. “It’s a farce, really, is what it is.” #RACHELDOLEZAL HASHTAG DISPLAYS TWITTER USERS' BEST MATERIAL But Dolozel, in her TV interview, didn’t hesitate when asked asked if she identified herself as African-American despite her family tree. “I don’t like the term African-American,” she said. “I prefer black. If it was asked, I would definitely say I do consider myself to be black.” The racial controversy was coupled Friday with an announcement from Spokane police that they were suspending their probes into all racial harassment complaints filed by Dolezal. A release of local police records showed cops felt Dolezal’s Continue Reading

Study: ‘Exploding head syndrome’ has students sleepless at Washington State University

Just as you’re drifting off to sleep, you hear it — a huge explosion, the noise of a piano dropping from a great height, or even the sound of a giant guitar string snapping. The sounds aren’t real, but are actually auditory sleep hallucinations caused by “exploding head syndrome” — a condition that is much less rare than previously thought, a new study published in the Journal of Sleep Research found. Nearly one in five students at Washington State University have experienced the psychological phenomenon’s abrupt, loud noises at least once, clinical interviews of more than 200 undergraduates found. “This is obviously very troubling when you are sleeping but it’s not dangerous,” said study author Brian Sharpless, director of Washington State University’s psychology clinic. “In most cases, it’s nothing to worry about,” he said. However, Sharpless said the condition can impact people who experience the hallucinations often, making them fearful of falling asleep. “Exploding head syndrome” may be triggered by a burst of activity in the auditory neurons as the brain goes to sleep, researchers believe. Sharpless believes the syndrome may be linked to another sleep malady, called “sleep paralysis,” where people mentally feel awake but can’t move and sometimes see hallucinations. Both phenomenons are more common among people who suffer from sleep disruptions or insomnia, said Sharpless, co-author of the upcoming book “Sleep Paralysis: Historical, Psychological, and Medical Perspectives.” Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Washington state middle schoolers walk out of class to protest bullying after classmate commits suicide

Hundreds of Washington state middle schoolers walked out of class Monday in memory of a 12-year-old bullying victim who committed suicide. Amber Rose Caudel was mercilessly picked on, driving her to hang herself last week, her dad told KIRO-TV. Scores of her classmates at Evergreen Middle School in Everett marched off campus at noon to protest bullying and remember the 7th grade cheerleader and track star. "Amber wanted to be popular. Amber wanted to be one of those kids that everybody wanted to be with," her dad, Scott Caudel, told KING 5 News. "It doesn't matter if you knock their books out of their hand, or give them a dirty look, or call them a name, it hurts.” Caudel said his daughter was name-called and tormented online and in person. Cruel kids called her a geek, harassed her on social media and even spit on her, he said. He reported the abuse to her school at least twice, but nothing seemed to stop it, he told Q13 Fox. School officials could not immediately confirm those reports. Last Thursday, Amber’s teachers told her she’d have to repeat 7th grade if she didn’t bring her grades up — her poor academic performance was another symptom of the constant bullying, her dad said. Hours later, the 12-year-old hanged herself. Amber’s friends said she was on the cheer team and ran track. She was affectionate and kind — and undeserving of the torment. “She was an awesome person. I don't understand why anyone would do that (bullying) to her,” her friend Alyssa Glen-Strobel said. School officials said the students who walked out of class will not face disciplinary action. The district already has anti-bullying measures in place, such as a bullying hotline, but officials will hold meetings with students to discuss possible improvements to the current system, a district spokeswoman said. Caudel hope Continue Reading

Teen’s parents — including Washington state cop — destroyed evidence in son’s vandalism arrest: authorities

An 18-year-old vandal got a little help from his parents, including his Washington State Patrol trooper father, to destroy evidence from an alleged night of crime, authorities believe. Trooper Daniel Tindall and his wife, Melissa, initially refused to believe that their son, Wyatt Tindall, was behind the vandalism of a victim’s car when confronted by Olympia police investigators with video evidence, according to court documents obtained by KING-TV. But a search of their son’s room apparently uncovered the same jacket and mask shown in the video. It’s believed the teen tried to light a car on fire using the gas tank as fuel, but failed and then slashed their tires, according to surveillance footage captured by the car’s owner. He was arrested on April 16. The victim’s daughter, who goes to school with Tindall, identified him as the perpetrator and said they had recently had a disagreement, documents reveal. To protect their son, Trooper Tindall, a 24-year veteran of the state police agency, suggested they throw away the criminating clothes, but his mother, Melissa, recommended they burn it instead at their Eastern Washington property. A search warrant led investigators to charred evidence of the same clothes including the mask at the Winthrop residence. The teen’s parents face charges of tampering with physical evidence and criminal assistance. Trooper Tindall is on desk duty pending the results of the investigation, KING-TV reported. ON A MOBILE DEVICE? WATCH THE VIDEO HERE. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

City council member in Washington State resigns after slapping autistic child

A local lawmaker and former judge in Washington State has resigned after she allegedly assaulted an autistic student on a school bus she was driving. Jeanette Burrage, a councilwoman in Des Moines, 15 miles south of Seattle, resigned Wednesday after she was charged with fourth-degree assault, the Waterland Blog, a Seattle-area news outlet, reported. The charge stems from a March 10 incident in which Burrage allegedly slapped a special-needs child on the school bus she was driving. "It is with a heavy heart that I resign my position as a Des Moines City Council member," Burrage wrote in her resignation letter. "The City Council has important work to do and I anticipate the only way I can minimize the distraction to the City Council, caused by the recent school bus incident, is to resign effective immediately." Video of the incident, which was captured on a security camera inside the school bus, shows Burrage reprimanding a 6-year-old child who was standing on a seat in the bus and then slapping the child, whose mother says is autistic. Burrage, 62, is a former Washington state legislator and King County Superior Court judge. She has been a professional school bus driver for the Highline School District since 2012. She has been placed on administrative leave by the school district. ON A MOBILE DEVICE? WATCH THE VIDEO HERE Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Man accused of killing Washington state woman, setting her apartment on fire, arrested in California

A man accused of killing a woman in her Washington state apartment was picked up in California after a week on the lam, police said. U.S. Marshals picked up Song Wang in Siskiyou County, Calif., close to the Oregon border, without incident, the Bellevue, Wash., Police Department tweeted early Tuesday. Officers have not released further details of the arrest, KPTV reported. Police said Wang, 30, stabbed 37-year-old Kittaporn Saosawatsri to death inside her Seattle-area apartment on March 31, KIRO-TV reported. He then set fire to the sixth-floor unit inside Avalon Meydenbauer Apartments in downtown Bellevue to cover up the crime and fled the scene, police said. Days into the manhunt for Wang, police said they spotted him in Oregon, but he evaded capture. He continued to travel south until police picked him up in northern California, about 500 miles south of the crime scene. It’s not clear what charges Wang could face. ON A MOBILE DEVICE? WATCH VIDEO HERE. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Teacher tackles gunman at Washington state high school; no one injured

A gunman barged into a Washington state high school Monday but a heroic teacher took him down before anyone was hurt, students said. Students at North Thurston High School in Lacey, Wash., said that a classmate armed with a gun and smoking a cigarette entered the school's common area around 7:30 a.m., just before the morning bell. He fired two shots at the ceiling, sending students scrambling, witnesses told the Daily News. Brady Olson, the school's AP government and civics teacher, tackled the shooter just after he fired into the air, students said. "The first shot, Mr. Olson looked over, and on the second shot, he ran directly toward the shooter and jumped on him and tried to get the gun out of his hand, said freshman Isaiah Samson, who was about five feet away from the shooter. Students ran for cover in classrooms and sprinted off campus, Samson said. "It was right as the bell rang," he told the Daily News. 'There were a lot of people in the commons getting to class." After Olson wrangled the gunman, police took the shooter into custody. Officers did not identify the gunman, who is either 15 or 16 years old, and did not confirm that he was a student at the school. The campus went into lockdown after the attempted attack, and students were reunited with their parents after cops cleared the campus. Classes will be canceled for the rest of Monday. "We're just really thankful that nobody was hurt,” North Thurston School District spokeswoman Courtney Schrieve told KOMO News. “Everybody's safe and that's the most important thing.” The school district confirmed that the shooter was apprehended by a staff member, but did not name Olson as the hero. Olson was not immediately available for comment. This is a developing story. Please check back for updates. ON A MOBILE DEVICE? WATCH THE VIDEO HERE. Continue Reading

Washington state mom finds daughter, 12, naked in car with soldier, intending to ‘lose her virginity’: police

A mom searching for her runaway 12-year-old daughter says she found her in the back of a car, naked, with a soldier based in Washington state. The mother searched the rural roads of coastal Elma looking for her daughter, who went missing after going to bed late Sunday night. The woman called police after learning through the girl’s friend that she intended to meet a 14-year-old boy “to lose her virginity.” The "boy" turned out to be a 23-year-old suspect, later identified as Anthony Eloy Perez, a soldier based at Joint-Base Lewis McChord, according to court documents obtained by KING-TV. The mother, who is not identified because her underaged daughter is the victim of a sex crime, found Perez’s parked car just after midnight. She knocked on the window, forced him out of the vehicle — naked — and grabbed his keys before he could drive away, she told police. Perez allegedly met his young victim on Kik, a smartphone app. He told the victim he lived an hour away, a detail that suggested he was older than he said and could drive, the mother told Gray’s Harbor Sheriff’s Office. The girl’s father says she is going to be OK, but “words can’t describe” their ordeal, he told the TV station. Authorities said the girl was briefly hospitalized for a medical examination. Perez, a native of Alvin, Texas, works as a cryptologic linguist in the armed forces, KING-TV reported. He is charged with second-degree rape of a child and in custody at the Gray’s Harbor jail. With News Wire Services. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Washington state drug dog dies after inhaling meth

Barney, a police dog for a Washington state police department, died after being hospitalized for inhaling meth during one of the region’s largest drug busts, local reports said. The 11-year-old pup with Tacoma Police Department had been with the agency for five years and was assigned to Officer Henry Betts, who took him to a veterinarian Tuesday night. The dog mistakenly inhaled a dose of methamphetamine while sniffing around a storage unit for a suspected drug trafficker that evening, according to the Tacoma News Tribune. The dogs are trained to touch the drugs with their nose and in this case, the substance had not been wrapped. The overdose sent Barney’s body into hyperthermia with a 109-degree fever and a series of seizures. Despite being alert and responsive Wednesday afternoon, he died that night. His handler, Betts, described Barney as a “phenomenal dog,” according to KING-TV. The raid stemmed from a case against three men on drug charges. Authorities found 44 pounds of methamphetamine in the Puyallup storage unit that was apparently smuggled from the Southwest, in addition to $225,000 in cash stashed inside a pile of diapers at one of the suspect’s home, the Tribune reported. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading