EndNotes archive for April 2014


This image released by NBC shows Amanda Knox during an interview on the "Today" show, Friday, Sept. 20, 2013 in New York. Knox defended her decision not to return to Italy for a new appeals trial over the 2007 killing of her British roommate, even as she acknowledged that "everything is at stake," insisting she is innocent. In March, Italy's supreme court ordered a new trial for Knox and her former Italian boyfriend. An appeals court in 2011 had acquitted both, overturning convictions by a lower court. Italian law cannot compel Knox to return for the new legal proceeding. (Peter Kramer / Nbc)

Amanda Knox: the circus continues 

The Italian court now accuses Amanda Knox of fighting with her roommate over money. Who writes these plots? As Americans, we are accustomed to a legal system that relies on evidence. The Italians rely on imagination. May Amanda find a way to live each day...

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SUNDAY, APRIL 27, 2014

Pope Francis delivers his blessing during a solemn canonization ceremony in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Sunday, April 27, 2014. Pope Francis has declared his two predecessors John XXIII and John Paul II saints in an unprecedented canonization ceremony made even more historic by the presence of retired Pope Benedict XVI. (Alessandra Tarantino / Associated Press)

The saints go marching in…

Pope Francis I presided over the first joint canonization of two former popes today in Vatican City’s St. Peter’s Basilica. Pope John XXIII brought the Catholic Church into the present era in the early 1960s with the Vatican II Council. The Mass celebrated once in...

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Seeing spots? 

Measles. Those red spots of childhood, thought to be gone, have returned. Most of the 129 cases are in California with 58 cases reported this year. One culprit may involve travel to other countries, like the Philippines where 20,000 cases of the disease have been...

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FRIDAY, APRIL 25, 2014

The American flags surrounding the Washington Monument fly at half-staff as ordered by President Barack Obama following the deadly shooting Monday at the Washington Navy Yard, Tuesday morning, Sept. 17, 2013, in Washington. (J. Applewhite / Associated Press)

Military suicides

One day after viewing the movie “Heaven is for Real,” a friend tells me her young adult son has taken his own life. He was a soldier and spent time in Afghanistan. The suicide rate among military personnel now exceeds the rate among the civilian...

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Fog shrouds the Treasure Valley on New Year's Day, while Bogus Basin up above has blue sky and sunshine. (Betsy Russell)

Is heaven for real? 

I saw the movie “Heaven is for Real” the other day. After reading the book, I wondered how the story would translate from pages to screen - never very well for spiritual journeys, is my experience. But the story has added interest for me: the...

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Happy Children's Day! 

April 23 is National Children’s Day – in Turkey, the only country in the world to dedicate a national holiday to children. The event was named in 1920 to commemorate the first gathering of the Grand National Assembly (the Turkish Parliament). The day honors Mustafa...

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MONDAY, APRIL 21, 2014

Kenneth and Helen Felumlee, seated, of Nashport, Ohio, pose for a photo with their eight children in December 2012. They were married for 70 years. (Associated Press)

Until death do us part

Kenneth and Helen Felumlee eloped as young lovers and continued their mutual love for 70 years. Together, they raised the kids, cooked the meals, worked to pay bills; they held hands through all the anniversaries, holidays, children’s rites of passage - and at breakfast each...

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SUNDAY, APRIL 20, 2014

Looking for prizes, Lissette Palavicini, 6, cracks open the Easter eggs she gathered Saturday. (Dan Pelle)

Easter – it’s all about the egg 

Happy Easter, the springtime tradition that blends pagan and Christian symbols arrives. While women may wear fascinators atop their heads and happy toddlers suck on chocolate bunnies, most people recognize the egg as Easter’s central symbol. As we should. The egg recalls the rock at...

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Quirino Gonzales of Hirai Farms, left, and Roger Kortness of Second  Harvest Inland Northwest direct ears of sweet corn from a semi-trailer into boxes Wednesday  at a food bank in Spokane.  Hirai Farms donated 15 tons of corn that was harvested Wednesday morning. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

Hungry at Easter

While grocery store shelves fill up with chocolate bunnies and foil-wrapped chocolate eggs, some people are hungry for breakfast. In Spokane County 15.4 percent of residents are deemed “food insecure.” Families who rely on food banks and other resources may not always need extra help,...

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FRIDAY, APRIL 18, 2014

Lab-grown body parts

The world of science fiction continues to overlap with reality, offering previously unfathomable options. Science can now grow needed body parts – from the recipient’s own cells – and implant those generated body parts into the person. A study from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center...

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MONDAY, APRIL 14, 2014

Sunrise from the slopes of Mount Spokane on Dec. 26, 2013. (Warren D. Walker)

Holy week continues

Holy Week…Passion and Grace: we enter Palm Sunday with triumph and joy, a journey into Jerusalem; our own lives seek the journey to return home, to enjoy friends and wonder about our future. Jesus was deceived by false claims of devotion. We travel our lives...

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SUNDAY, APRIL 13, 2014

A week for Passion

Holy Week arrives. Jesus rides into Jerusalem on a donkey, palm branches strewn; disciples, strangers, love him and cheer, but finally turn away. Loyalty morphs into fear: the crowd condemns the man of justice, a counter-cultural man with a message of love. Who would I...

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Phyllis Frelich ~ actress

You may not know her name, but you have seen the results of her pioneering work. Phyllis Frelich was the first deaf actress to make her way onto the stage and walk away with a Tony Award. She inspired the play “Children of a Lesser...

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An American flag is raised over the new headquarters building at Fairchild Air Force Base.  (Nina Culver)

Fort Hood soldiers

The violence continues in our country. We honor people who serve, who protect and leave us too soon. May their families’ hearts heal, may our nation continue to seek effective care and treatment for those who suffer from mental illness. We remember soldiers who defended...

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Was there a Mrs. Jesus? 

An ancient papyrus document suggests Jesus may have been married. Harvard Divinity School Professor Karen King writes about the “Gospel of Jesus’ Wife” as the words on the ancient fragment have been termed. The authenticated fragment contains a phrase where Jesus, speaking with his disciples,...

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Isla Roberts looks at photographers as a large blue Morpho butterfly lands on her face, as she and other children take part in a media call for a new exhibition on tropical butterflies in a temporary venue outside the Natural History Museum Monday, March, 31, 2014. (Alastair Grant / Associated Press)

More moms staying home

A recent finding of the PEW Research Center tells us more mothers are staying home with their children than did at the turn of the century – the last turn of the century – 1999. In 1999, 23 percent stayed home while in 2012, 29...

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FILE - In this Jan. 5, 1942, file photo, Mickey Rooney, 21, Movieland's No. 1 box office star, and Ava Gardner, 19, of Wilson, N.C., pose together in Santa Barbara, Calif., shortly after the couple applied for a marriage license. Rooney, a Hollywood legend whose career spanned more than 80 years, has died. He was 93. Los Angeles Police Commander Andrew Smith said that Rooney was with his family when he died Sunday, April 6, 2014, at his North Hollywood home. (Associated Press)

Mickey Rooney dies at 93 

Mickey Rooney was irrepressible and delightful as an actor, singer, dancer, entertainer. He debuted as an infant and never stopped. He was the screen’s most famous teen face during World War II – starring as Andy Hardy, the active fun-loving teen. Rooney’s real life reads...

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In this May 18, 2012 photo, Facebook founder, Chairman and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, center, rings the opening bell of the Nasdaq stock market, from Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif. (Associated Press)

No more milk cartons

We used to see them on milk cartons: faces of missing children, the text describing the child and asking consumers, “Have you seen this child?” Today parents use social media to ask friends, strangers and anyone who accesses information with the click of a mouse...

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Gotta pen?

A life-saving device, similar to an EpiPen used to stop allergic reactions, has been approved for use to treat those who have overdosed on opioids. Prescription drug abuse is rampant, killing more Americans than heroin and cocaine combined. In 2010, more than 16,500 people died...

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Doris  Day
 (The Spokesman-Review)

Happy Birthday, Doris!

Okay, I admit it. I am not of the generation who listened to Doris Day in her teen years. I loved her when I was only a few years old. “Please play Dayis Doors,” I would ask my parents. Her records spun for hours on...

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Workers and volunteers search for articles and belongings at the scene of the deadly March 22 mudslide, Monday, March 31, 2014, in Oso, Wash. The number of confirmed dead has reached 24. More than two dozen people remain missing, authorities have said. (Sofia Jaramillo / Pool The Herald)

Oso strong

The digging, the waiting, the mud continues. The names of the deceased appear, the names of the missing posted. What happens to a community when so many simply vanish? How do we come to understand the catastrophe? When overcome with grief, how does someone survive?...

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Spokesman-Review features writer Rebecca Nappi, along with writer Catherine Johnston of Olympia, Wash., discuss here issues facing aging boomers, seniors and those experiencing serious illness, dying, death and other forms of loss.

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