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John McKay

I'm a 25-plus-year radio veteran with a passion for talk radio and democracy. I grew up in Tri-Cities and studied journalism at Whitworth University. I love sports, particularly the Green Bay Packers and NASCAR. I threw hammer and played college ball. I've been at Newstalk since 2005.
U-96 loses Gold Cup for zone infraction during championship heat
U-96 loses Gold Cup for zone infraction during championship heat (Townsquare media image)
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Gold Cup Disqualification Brings Look at Top Sports “Cheats” of All-Time

Because it was in the 'Super Bowl' of hydro racing, the Gold Cup,  Jean Theoret's disqualification in the HAPO Gold Cup Sunday made us think of other famous athletes or teams who thought they'd won the "big one" only to lose it because of errors or cheating. The O-Boy Oberto, the defending H1 national champion driven this year by Jimmy Shane, was awarded the win. Theoret was accused of cutting through was H1 officials call the "DMZ," or a restricted area on the course in order to try to gain an advantage on the start of the Gold Cup final race.

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Water bombers used on Blue Creek Fire
Water bombers used on Blue Creek Fire (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
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Walla Walla Blue Creek Fire “Highest Priority In Nation” Says Official

The wildfire burning about ten miles East of Walla Walla is now the Number One firefighting priority in the U.S, according to the area incident commander.

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Court rules all WA pharmacies now must dispense 'morning-after' birth control
Court rules all WA pharmacies now must dispense 'morning-after' birth control (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
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Court Rules Washington Pharmacies Must Dispense Plan B Birth Controls

In a reversal of a 2012 ruling, the U.S. 9th. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Thursday pharmacies in Washington state must now dispense emergency contraceptives, including Plan B birth control meds.  Opponents are already saying this compares to bakeries, florists and other businesses being forced to serve same-sex wedding clients despite their religious objections, from a biological medical standpoint.

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Citizens guard recruiting stations where soldiers can't carry guns
Citizens guard recruiting stations where soldiers can't carry guns (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
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Northwest Residents Stand Guard at Military Recruiting Stations

After the tragic, senseless shooting of five U.S. military servicemen in Tennessee, citizens all over the country are taking up their guns, and standing guard outside military recruiting and other service stations.

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