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Art views from the 5th Congressional District

Former Washington poet laureate Tod Marshall cast a wide net in seeking comment about the importance of arts and humanities in politics and governance. Here is what people had to say.

Survive: Diana, Meg, Knox and Hunt

“It was truly an illness that took him. He loved life. I know the depth of our love and our life together.”

Survive: Paul

“The biggest thing was the sense of failure. It’s demoralizing.”

Spokane celebrates its arts scene with the October Arts Month

All the leaves may be turning brown, but Spokane’s local arts scene is sprouting more creativity than ever. Dozens of happenings are popping up this season at art galleries, theaters, and cultural centers all over the city. Spokane Arts, the nonprofit promoting Spokane as a cultural hub for the region, is highlighting these events as part of its 2018 Fall Arts Tour. The following is just some of the fun things to see and do, for free, to enjoy Spokane’s creative nature. Come up with your own top 10 list of art events, readings, plays or films you want to attend by checking it all out at

N.Y. inmate-artist freed after being cleared of 1991 slaying

A New York prison artist who never played golf but became known for drawings of lush courses he could only imagine was set free Wednesday after authorities agreed that another man committed the murder that put him behind bars for nearly three decades.