Spokane physicians struggle to explain reasons behind $191 million bankruptcy
After a federal bankruptcy hearing, Dr. Debra Ravasia with her husband Dr. Sajid Ravasia leave the U.S. Post Office Building Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017, in downtown Spokane, Wash. Ravasia and her husband, Dr. Sajid Ravasia, who works as a psychiatrist for Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center, filed the Chapter 7 bankruptcy on Jan. 18. While they declared up to $191.2 million in potential liabilities to about 8,000 creditors, the entire case surrounds dealings with Dr. Debra Ravasia’s businesses. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)

Spokane physicians struggle to explain reasons behind $191 million bankruptcy

FRIDAY, FEB. 24, 2017, 6 A.M.

The Spokane physicians who filed a $191 million bankruptcy painted a chaotic self portrait Thursday of a couple mostly clueless about their own personal finances, let alone the complex workings of their now-failed medical companies that served thousands of patients. Drs. Sajid Ravasia and Debra Ravasia testified under oath in a U.S. Bankruptcy Court hearing where creditors got their first chance to hear them explain how they plunged into such a huge financial mess.





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In this photo taken Sept. 6, 2016, and released by the World Food Programme (WFP), South Sudanese women carry bags of cereal on their heads as they return home after receiving food assistance from WFP in Malualkon, near Aweil, in the Bahr el Ghazal region of South Sudan. (George Fominyen / WFP via AP)
In this photo taken Sept. 6, 2016, and released by the World Food Programme (WFP), South Sudanese women carry bags of cereal on their heads as they return home after receiving food assistance from WFP in Malualkon, near Aweil, in the Bahr el Ghazal region of South Sudan. (George Fominyen / WFP via AP)

Analysis: The world is ignoring an ‘unprecedented’ starvation crisis

SATURDAY, FEB. 25, 2017, 5:14 A.M.

new The world is in the grip of an astonishing and acute crisis: More than 20 million people in South Sudan, Somalia, northern Nigeria and Yemen face starvation in the next six months, according to the United Nations. Nearly 1.4 million children are at “imminent risk” of death. The scale of the hunger epidemic was described last month by U.S.-based researchers as “unprecedented in recent decades.”




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John R.K. Howard takes a seat during his sentencing hearing, Friday, Feb. 24, 2017, at the courthouse in Twin Falls, Idaho. District Judge Randy Stoker has sentenced John R.K. Howard, a high school football player to three years of probation and 300 hours of community service after prosecutors said he took part in a brutal locker room assault on a black football player in a small Idaho town. (DREW NASH, TIMES-NEWS / Drew Nash / The Times-News)

Judge sentences high school football player in assault case

UPDATED: FRIDAY, FEB. 24, 2017, 6:47 P.M.

An Idaho judge has sentenced a high school football player to three years of probation and 300 hours of community service after prosecutors said he took part in a brutal locker room assault on a black football player in a small Idaho town.



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Jimmy Kimmel has hosted the Emmys twice, drawing rave reviews this past September. (Associated Press)
Jimmy Kimmel has hosted the Emmys twice, drawing rave reviews this past September. (Associated Press)

Politics, performance issues are on host Jimmy Kimmel’s mind

SATURDAY, FEB. 25, 2017

LOS ANGELES – Jimmy Kimmel’s late-night talk show isn’t taping today, but Kimmel’s working. He’s always working. Right now he’s wearing his standard uniform when he’s not on the air – shorts, a Dickies work shirt and black socks. “I’m a very glamorous guy,” Kimmel says, laughing, noting the incongruity of him hosting the Oscars this year, an event that’s often billed as “Hollywood’s most glamorous night.” He’s about to head to a tuxedo fitting, a trip-to-the-dentist-type task he tried to dodge, asking if he could just use the same tux he wore when he hosted the Emmys in September.



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 (Damian Dovarganes / AP)
(Damian Dovarganes / AP)

Security firm discloses bug that exposed passwords

UPDATED: FRIDAY, FEB. 24, 2017, 7:15 P.M.

Security firm Cloudflare disclosed late Thursday that a long-running bug in its security systems may have leaked information, including potentially personal information, from thousands of sites including Uber, Fitbit and OK Cupid. The problem was first uncovered by Google security ...



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Clay Bennett, Chattanooga Times Free Press (Clay Bennett / Chattanooga Times Free Press)
Clay Bennett, Chattanooga Times Free Press (Clay Bennett / Chattanooga Times Free Press)

Editorial

Political calculations threaten government data

SATURDAY, FEB. 25, 2017

The U.S. government produces some of the best and most complete data in the world – information that helps the economy work well. Trustworthy statistics are a vital national asset.

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