Spokane County Democrats tap Nina Turner, prominent Sanders supporter, to give address
Nina Turner, an Ohio politician and supporter of Bernie Sanders during the 2016 Democratic presidential primaries, will deliver the keynote address at the Spokane County Democrats’ Tom Foley Legacy Dinner on March 25. (SHELLEE FISHER / Spokane County Democrats)

Spokane County Democrats tap Nina Turner, prominent Sanders supporter, to give address

UPDATED: TUESDAY, FEB. 21, 2017, 6:51 P.M.

Nina Turner, an Ohio politician and outspoken supporter of Bernie Sanders during the 2016 Democratic primaries, will speak in Spokane next month at the invitation of the local Democratic Party at the Tom Foley Legacy Dinner & Fundraiser.





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Rick Shaffer, prime minister of Wallace, Idaho, is shown in top hat and finery at the annual Accordion Festival in his historic mining town, which is also known locally at the Center of the Universe. (Diane Reifer courtesy photo)
Rick Shaffer, prime minister of Wallace, Idaho, is shown in top hat and finery at the annual Accordion Festival in his historic mining town, which is also known locally at the Center of the Universe. (Diane Reifer courtesy photo)

Huckleberries: From Dante’s Peak to Center of the Universe

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 22, 2017, 5:30 A.M.

Now just a darn minute, says Rick Shaffer, the prime minister of historic Wallace, Idaho. “Dante’s Peak” may not have received critical acclaim, but it was fun. Yes, Rick said, he received his “2 minutes of fame” as an extra on the set of “Dante’s Peak.” And, yes, Rick is the prime minister of the Shoshone County seat by official proclamantion of the City Council.



Region

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray cracks a smile during his annual State of the City address Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017, in Seattle. (Steve Ringman / Associated Press)
Seattle Mayor Ed Murray cracks a smile during his annual State of the City address Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017, in Seattle. (Steve Ringman / Associated Press)

Seattle mayor may sue Trump over immigration information

UPDATED: TUESDAY, FEB. 21, 2017, 7:50 P.M.

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray wants to know exactly what President Donald Trump has planned for cities like Seattle that vow to resist federal immigration enforcement actions. Murray, in his annual state of the city address delivered Tuesday from a local mosque, said Seattle was filing public records requests with the Department of Homeland Security.



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Business

Parker’s Maple Barn employee Kyle Gay pours maple tree sap into a larger bucket Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017, in Brookline, N.H. (Elise Amendola / Associated Press)
Parker’s Maple Barn employee Kyle Gay pours maple tree sap into a larger bucket Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017, in Brookline, N.H. (Elise Amendola / Associated Press)

Maple syrup producers face challenges in warming world

TUESDAY, FEB. 21, 2017, 6:20 P.M.

DURHAM, N.H. – New Hampshire’s maple syrup producers say they are feeling the impact of climate change, as winters become warmer and frigid nights so critical to their business become fewer. Producers joined climate experts and Democratic U.S. Sen. Maggie ...



Opinion

Editorial

Distracted driving law needs an update

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 22, 2017

Common sense says a driver shouldn’t be holding a phone. So if you’re wondering why people aren’t being pulled over as they poke at them, it’s because the Legislature has failed to update the law.

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