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Krakauer Book on Campus Rape Rocks Mont. Town

'Missoula' scrutinizes sexual assaults at university and how victims were treated

(Newser) - Jon Krakauer, the author of Into the Wild and Into Thin Air, has a new book out today, and there's one town in particular that's been steeling itself for its release for months. Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town stays true to its title,... More »

Montana Lawmaker Fails to Ban Yoga Pants

House rejects bid to strengthen indecent-exposure law

(Newser) - A Montana legislative panel moved to kill an indecent-exposure bill yesterday after the lawmaker who introduced it said he thinks yoga pants should be illegal. Members of the House Judiciary Committee voted unanimously to table House Bill 365, introduced by Rep. David Moore. The proposal would have expanded the definition... More »

35K Pounds of Raw Chicken Found Rotting in Truck

Driver allegedly demanded ransom

(Newser) - Getting rid of a little rotting raw chicken: not a big deal. Getting rid of a 53-foot trailer filled with more than 35,000 pounds of rotting raw chicken: a pretty big deal. Missoula County officials are finding that out after a stolen truck was discovered Tuesday at a Wye... More »

Police: Montana Man Laid Trap, Killed Teen

Victim was German exchange student Diren Dede, 17

(Newser) - A Montana couple frustrated by recent thefts allegedly set a trap for potential burglars—and upon hearing a would-be intruder after midnight on Sunday, the husband fired four shots into the darkness, he says. Now, Markus Kaarma of Missoula has been charged in the death of German exchange student Diren... More »

Snowboarder 'Triggers Avalanche' That Buries 3

Two adults, 8-year-old boy buried in snow that destroyed house

(Newser) - Rescue officials say about 100 neighbors in Missoula, Montana, converged to help find three people buried Friday during an avalanche that may have been caused by a snowboarder. The avalanche swept down a mountain in a residential area of Missoula and crushed a house at the bottom. "It was... More »

DOJ: Prosecutor Said 'Boys Will Be Boys' About Rape Case

Feds say it's part of a 'disturbing pattern' in Montana's Missoula County

(Newser) - The Justice Department thinks prosecutors in the Missoula County Attorney's Office in Montana take reports of sexual assaults so lightly that it "places the safety of all women in Missoula at risk," reports Mother Jones . It's not the first time DOJ has gotten involved , but the... More »

'Obama Library' at GOP Meeting: Bullet-Riddled Outhouse

Graffiti says 'for a good time, call Michelle'

(Newser) - What happened inside a Missoula, Montana, GOP convention this weekend—including a Newt Gingrich speech—was overshadowed by what turned up outside: an outhouse marked "Obama Presidential Library" and covered in painted-on bullet holes. The outhouse contained a fake Obama birth certificate that was stamped "bullsh**," as... More »

Feds Investigate Mont. Town After 80 Rapes in 3 Years

They think authorities may not be aggressively pursuing sexual offenders

(Newser) - There have been more than 80 reports of rapes in Missoula, Montana, over the past three years, and that figure now has the Justice Department getting involved. DOJ yesterday announced a wide-ranging investigation into allegations that police aren't properly investigating or prosecuting sexual assaults due to gender discrimination, MSNBC... More »

Fire-Ravaged Montana's Burning

Governor declares state of emergency as highways close, residents evacuate

(Newser) - After over a month of wildfires throughout Montana, a fire that started Friday near Missoula prompted the governor to declare a state of emergency. No homes have burned, but 200 were evacuated and a 30-mile stretch of highway was closed. The state fire information officer estimated containment at 0%, "... More »

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