Report: City officials intentionally withheld information in Straub ouster until after election

Report: City officials intentionally withheld information in Straub ouster until after election
Spokane Mayor David Condon, right, and Frank Straub in 2013. (Dan Pelle)
City of Spokane
Spokane’s mayor and three members of his staff “intentionally withheld” damaging information about the city’s ex-police chief from the media and the public until after he won re-election, a report by an independent investigator concluded.

Clark: Cheesy Riders vindicated with 145-mile scooter quest
Doug Clark

Clark: Cheesy Riders vindicated with 145-mile scooter quest

There’s an important lesson that an aging overweight man can learn when he enters hour six of a nine-hour grind on a glacial-paced hobbyhorse with knobby tires and no shock absorber to speak of. The lesson is that I would not bear up well under torture. “I’m in Hellllll,” I hollered into the uncaring winds as the miles dragged by.
Maple Street mural celebrates 25th anniversary of Waste-to-Energy plant
Local news

Maple Street mural celebrates 25th anniversary of Waste-to-Energy plant

People motoring up and down the Maple and Ash corridor on the north side of the Spokane River may have noticed the eyes already. They seem to be looking at you. Several pairs of them make up a new mural painted on the concrete retaining walls at the north end of the Maple Street Bridge over the past two weeks.



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President Barack Obama and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton appear onstage together on the third day session of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Wednesday, July 27, 2016. (Andrew Harnik / Associated Press)
President Barack Obama and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton appear onstage together on the third day session of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Wednesday, July 27, 2016. (Andrew Harnik / Associated Press)

Obama boosts Clinton: Carry her like you carried me

Their political fates now entwined, President Barack Obama will implore voters Wednesday to elect Hillary Clinton to the White House, appealing to the women, minorities and young people who powered his rise and are now crucial to hers.




Idaho

A fashion portrait of Alison Midstokke, a Sandpoint native born with Treacher Collins syndrome. The genetic disorder affects the development of the cheek bones, jaw, chin and ears. Midstokke is realizing her dream of modeling and acting in New York City. (Rick Guidotti, Positive Exposure)
A fashion portrait of Alison Midstokke, a Sandpoint native born with Treacher Collins syndrome. The genetic disorder affects the development of the cheek bones, jaw, chin and ears. Midstokke is realizing her dream of modeling and acting in New York City. (Rick Guidotti, Positive Exposure)

Fashion model from Sandpoint shows different is beautiful  

Far from the shores of Lake Pend Oreille where she grew up, Alison Midstokke is showing the world “a different kind of beauty.” The 31-year-old New Yorker is realizing her dream to be a fashion model and actor - ambitious goals for anyone, but especially challenging for a woman who has endured scores of surgeries on her face since birth.



Region

Washington may revisit dairy farm rules  

BELLINGHAM – Dairy farmers and environmentalists are criticizing new manure-control rules the state Department of Ecology plans to finalize early next year. The Capital Press reported that at a public hearing on Tuesday farmers said dairies already are heavily regulated ...



Sports

Megan Lindsay, right, of the Spokane Shadow, leads the Northwest Premier League with 16 goals. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)

Shadow women have recipe for soccer success 

new New team. New league. New coach. Lately that’s been part of the formula for soccer success in the Inland Northwest. This year’s big winner is the Spokane Shadow women’s team, which has run away with the title in the inaugural ...



Features

George MacKay, from left, Viggo Mortensen, Annalise Basso and Samantha Isle appear in a scene from "Captain Fantastic." (Erik Simkins / AP)
George MacKay, from left, Viggo Mortensen, Annalise Basso and Samantha Isle appear in a scene from "Captain Fantastic." (Erik Simkins / AP)

Movie review: ‘Captain Fantastic’ is funny and sweet – and fantastic 

new The sweetly impossible dream that is “Captain Fantastic” imagines just how it might look to step away from the quotidian banality of everyday life of America in 2016. The idea of living off the grid, raising radical liberal kids, hunting and fishing and foraging and celebrating Noam Chomsky might be escapist, but it’s steeped in current realities. Who hasn’t felt the tug to pack it in and retreat to woods in this confusing and terrifying year?



Outdoors

The public has access to Bonnie Lake, which is surrounded by private land in northern Whitman County, by boating up a narrow outlet stream for approximately one mile. The area has premier wildlife habitat the state Fishand Wildlife Department would like to preserve. (RICH LANDERS richl@spokesman.com)

Easy Paddler: 6 choice flatwater trips near Spokane 

With summer temperatures soaring, the Spokane-area’s wealth of water routes are suddenly more attractive. Even less-active people who don’t own a canoe, kayak or stand-up paddle board can get the urge to venture onto a lake or stream when the thermometer reads 85 or higher.



Voices

An old electric toothbrush can be used to help pollinate tomatoes and peppers. Simply place it just behind a flower cluster and turn it on for three to four seconds to shake the pollen loose. (Pat Munts / The Spokesman-Review)
An old electric toothbrush can be used to help pollinate tomatoes and peppers. Simply place it just behind a flower cluster and turn it on for three to four seconds to shake the pollen loose. (Pat Munts / The Spokesman-Review)

Gardening: Tricks to help garden vegetables pollinate 

With the cool start of summer, we’ve lost a lot of growing time and the next four weeks will be critical to getting a crop. Our summer weather begins to cool after the middle of August, especially at night. So it’s time to practice a little intervention to help the plants set fruit.



Business

An Associated Press reporter holds a mobile phone showing the Facebook Messenger app icon in San Francisco, Wednesday, July 27, 2016. (Jeff Chiu / Associated Press)
An Associated Press reporter holds a mobile phone showing the Facebook Messenger app icon in San Francisco, Wednesday, July 27, 2016. (Jeff Chiu / Associated Press)

Facebook is pushing more people to an app they didn’t choose 

SAN FRANCISCO – Facebook is once again getting pushy about how people message one another. Two years ago, the social-media giant forced its users to adopt its Messenger app for direct communication, a change it enforced by deactivating messages in the main Facebook app and steering users to the app. There was an uproar; some users thought Messenger violated their privacy, while others just resented having to add yet another app.



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Butterfly walk

Butterfly walk

Butterflies embelish our lives with colorful moments. Outdoors editor Rich Landers tagged along with John Baumann of the Washington Butterfly Association as he led a class – including a gaggle of fascinated kids – on a field trip to go beyond enjoying butterflies onto a path toward understanding these beautifully designed insects.


Nuclear reactor at WSU

Nuclear reactor at WSU

Video 

There is a small nuclear reactor at Washington State University that is used to train reactor operators and to help students complete projects, mainly in the field of radio chemistry.


Riverfront Park archeological dig

Riverfront Park archeological dig

Photo gallery 

A pair of archeologists are sifting through the Riverfront Park ahead of redevelopment construction, looking for remnants of businesses and communities that occupied the park more than a century ago.

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