Former U.S. attorney to take over Spokane Police Department

Former U.S. attorney to take over Spokane Police Department
In this June 22, 2009 photo, Jim McDevitt, United States Attorney for the Eastern Washington District of Washington announces, at the United State Federal Courthouse in Spokane, a two count federal grand jury indictment of Spokane Police Officer Karl F. Thompson for repeatedly striking and injuring Otto Zehm on March 18, 2006, and for making a false entry in the federal investigation. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)
City
Interim Spokane Police Chief Rick Dobrow abruptly announced his retirement on Friday, throwing more uncertainty in the leadership of the department. He will be temporarily replaced by former U.S. Attorney Jim McDevitt, Mayor David Condon announced in a news conference Friday afternoon.

City likely to back affordable housing vision for Ridpath Hotel
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City likely to back affordable housing vision for Ridpath Hotel

Whether the shuttered Ridpath Hotel reopens as a hotel or becomes low-income apartments may be decided next week in a Las Vegas bankruptcy courtroom. But a resolution that will come before the Spokane City Council as early as Monday will show which way council members are leaning



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OLYMPIA - Sen. Brian Dansel, R-Republic, urges the rejection of Lynn Peterson as state transportation secretary during Friday’s debate. (Jim Camden / The Spokesman-Review)
OLYMPIA - Sen. Brian Dansel, R-Republic, urges the rejection of Lynn Peterson as state transportation secretary during Friday’s debate. (Jim Camden / The Spokesman-Review)

Senate rejects state transportation secretary  

OLYMPIA – A politically divided Senate refused to confirm state Transportation Secretary Lynn Peterson on Friday, essentially firing her after three years on the job. Republicans, who control the Senate, said they were responding to growing complaints about the state’s ...



Nation/World

Audience members watch as Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., speaks at a campaign event at Gilbert H. Hood Middle School Friday, Feb. 5, 2016, in Derry, New Hampshire. (David Goldman / AP)
Audience members watch as Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., speaks at a campaign event at Gilbert H. Hood Middle School Friday, Feb. 5, 2016, in Derry, New Hampshire. (David Goldman / AP)

What to look for as the Republicans debate in New Hampshire

Republican presidential candidates have one more chance to debate before Tuesday’s primary election in New Hampshire. This time, Donald Trump will join other GOP candidates on the stage Saturday night.




Idaho

Orofino High School mascot, for the “Orofino Maniacs” (Lewiston Tribune)

Idaho lawmakers told specialty license plate for Orofino “Maniacs” would be offensive  

After hearing from advocates for the mentally ill and people who suffer from mental illnesses that an “Orofino Maniacs” specialty license plate would be offensive, Idaho’s House Transportation Committee on Thursday backed amending the specialty plate bill to remove its four references to the word “maniacs,” but still authorize a special plate with the emblem. Orofino is the location of State Hospital North, the state mental hospital; Orofino High School has had “Maniacs” as its school mascot since the 1920s.



Region

Ben Matthews, of Port Huron, Mich., awaits the funeral service for Arizona rancher Robert “LaVoy” Finicum outside a church in Kanab, Utah, on Friday. Matthews says he met Finicum during a takeover of federal land in Oregon. (Felicia Fonseca / Associated Press)

Oregon occupier’s supporters mourn his death  

Sympathizers of the Oregon armed standoff rolled into this desert town Friday in pickup trucks flying American flags, ready to mourn an Arizona rancher and occupation spokesman who was killed last week in a confrontation with authorities.



Features

Mirchani Tigress cubs at the Patpara Nala waterhole camera trap. (Steve Winter / ©2010 Steve Winter)
Mirchani Tigress cubs at the Patpara Nala waterhole camera trap. (Steve Winter / ©2010 Steve Winter)

7 Nights Out 

Symphonic Films at the Fox 1: “City Lights” The 1931 romantic comedy follows the misadventures of Charlie Chaplin’s iconic Little Tramp as he falls in love with a beautiful blind flower seller. In addition to directing and playing the starring ...



Sports

The Cougars struck gold with walk-on quarterback Luke Falk. (Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press)
The Cougars struck gold with walk-on quarterback Luke Falk. (Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press)

WSU in rare situation regarding quarterbacks 

new Barring unforeseen attrition, Washington State will begin next football season with a junior quarterback, a sophomore quarterback, a redshirt freshman and, if Justus Rogers develops as the coaches hope he will, a true freshman who can redshirt.




Outdoors

A bighorn sheep ewe, apparently pregnant, stands at right with a yearling bighorn on Vulcan Mountain in Ferry County. (J. Foster Fanning / J. Foster Fanning photo)
A bighorn sheep ewe, apparently pregnant, stands at right with a yearling bighorn on Vulcan Mountain in Ferry County. (J. Foster Fanning / J. Foster Fanning photo)

Reader photo: Here’s looking at ewe 

A bighorn sheep ewe, apparently pregnant, stands at right with a yearling bighorn on Vulcan Mountain in Ferry County.



Voices

Corinne Webster, Cataldo Catholic School sixth-grader, is prepped in the Ferris High School auditorium green room for a red wig for her lead role as "Annie Jr." Cataldo's drama program, including third through six grade students, is being assisted by Ferris students. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)
Corinne Webster, Cataldo Catholic School sixth-grader, is prepped in the Ferris High School auditorium green room for a red wig for her lead role as "Annie Jr." Cataldo's drama program, including third through six grade students, is being assisted by Ferris students. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

“Annie Jr.” the culmination of months of work for Cataldo school students  

A large-scale “Annie Jr.” musical arrives Thursday and Friday, a feat of 60 Cataldo Catholic School students who have rehearsed since October. Both 7 p.m. shows in Ferris High School’s auditorium bring period costumes, choreographed dances and the play’s well-known ...




Business

Card dealer Wei Li, center left, deals a game of blackjack to patrons Wednesday at Twin River Casino, in Lincoln, R.I. (Steven Senne / Associated Press)
Card dealer Wei Li, center left, deals a game of blackjack to patrons Wednesday at Twin River Casino, in Lincoln, R.I. (Steven Senne / Associated Press)

Tattoos, martial arts and poker? Casinos wooing millennials 

BOSTON – Casinos worried that millennials aren’t getting into traditional gambling like their parents and grandparents are bringing in tattoo studios, mixed martial arts competitions and other offbeat attractions to attract a younger clientele. In New England, where a regional casino war is afoot, Connecticut’s Foxwoods is remaking one of its gambling floors – now christened “The Fox” – as a hip, fun scene in the sprawling 30-year-old casino complex.



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