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How 5th District candidates stand on Social Security

Social Security is one of the key issues Democrat Lisa Brown is highlighting in her quest to unseat Republican incumbent Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers in Congress. She has pledged to “fight any cuts to Social Security and Medicare” in one of her campaign ads now running on TV. McMorris Rodgers is stressing that no changes to Social Security are imminent, in large part because President Donald Trump doesn’t support major changes to the system.

How 5th District candidates stand on drugs and health

Since Washington and Colorado voters approved the recreational use of marijuana in 2012, federal officials have struggled to decide how to enforce federal marijuana law, which considers the drug as harmful as heroin. U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers has opposed legalization, though some of her positions on the drug have softened in recent times. Her opponent in the November election, Lisa Brown, has been more open to legalization. Here are their positions on marijuana policies, the nation’s opioid crisis and a few other health issues:

How 5th District candidates stand on abortion

In the race for Congress to represent Eastern Washington, two candidates mostly have differing views on the subject of abortion. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers has a long legislative record of supporting policies opposed to abortion. Her opponent, Lisa Brown, is a longtime supporter of abortion rights and has been endorsed by abortion rights groups.

Everything you need to know about Amazon’s new Spokane fulfillment center

Online retail giant Amazon's $181 million fulfillment center in west Spokane, with a footprint nearing 700,000 square feet, will begin hiring more than 1,500 full-time employees in 2019 to work alongside Amazon Robotics to pick, pack and ship items like games, housewares, school supplies and pet toys to the company’s ever-increasing customer base.

How 5th District candidates stand on the environment

Heading into Washington’s Aug. 7 primary elections, seven-term incumbant U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Spokane, faces four challengers to her seat in Congress. We asked three of the candidates for the 5th District congressional seat where they stand on 15 environmental issues, ranging from climate change to wildlife.

Looking for a Spokane-area home? Prices vary by neighborhood

Many factors influence housing prices, including the number of bedrooms and bathrooms, condition of the house and the school district. But consumers’ interest in particular neighborhoods, and the number of homes for sale there, are key to pricing.

Ten defining eras of the Spokane Indians minor league baseball franchise

John Barnes arrived in the Northwest to develop the Pacific Northwest League in 1890. He operated the Spokane franchise, which won the first pennant with a team featuring minor-league legends Piggy Ward, Abner Powell and George Borchers. Over the 127-plus years since then, the franchise has gone through ten notable eras, each with defining moments you can read about inside.

Innovia Foundation drives community transformation throughout the region

Since 1974, Inland Northwest Community Foundation has connected donors with what it sees as the region’s most pressing causes. Through donor generosity, it manages over 500 funds and its assets have grown to over $120 million and it has donated more than $70 million in grants to organizations in a 20-county area of our region to improve lives and communities.

Looking back a decade after the SuperSonics left Seattle

For the longest time, the state of Washington had one major professional sports champion - the SuperSonics - who delighted Northwest fans for many of their 41 seasons in Seattle, assembling teams of indelible players and etching themselves into our collective memory bank with unforgettable winning seasons.

The Odessa Aquifer that took an ice age and 10,000 years to fill is all but drained

Have you had a 10,000 year-old glass of water? The water that’s pumped up from the Columbia Basin’s deepest irrigation wells (some as deep as 2,500 feet) has been there for at least that long. Unfortunately, this prehistoric glass of water wouldn’t taste very good. Because of high pressure, water that deep is hot, about 125 degrees or as hot as a latte.

Cascade eruptions are a matter of when, not if

Located on the northeastern rim of the seismically active Ring of Fire the West Coast of the United States serves as a hotbed for boundless volcanic activity. Many of the more sizable peaks in the Cascade Range, stretching from British Columbia in the north to California in the south, house volcanoes - considered dormant but very much alive - that have shaped our region for hundreds of thousands of years.

One-day drives: How far can you get in 8 hours or less?

Whether you favor high country or the ocean, familiar landscapes or new experiences, you can see it all across the region’s four states and two Canadian provinces. All you need is a light packing job and a game plan, because two tanks of gas and a day’s drive can transport you farther from home than you think. Here are some spectacular Northwest destinations you can reach before dinnertime.

Bloomsday 2018 race day primer

Through last year’s run, Bloomsday’s downtown finish lines have welcomed 1,678,943 who’ve completed the 12- or 13-kilometer course. Just over 1.8 million started a Bloomsday race, making for 91.6 percent of starters making it all the way to the end. Here's what you need to know before you lace them up for the start of this year's run.

Bloomsday’s first 11 years

From its debut just over four decades ago, Bloomsday has annually captured the imagination - and many of the streets - of the city of Spokane. The first 11 years of the race saw record turnout follow record turnout, while the image of downtown avenues teeming with runners graduated from phenomenon to celebration, and finally, city icon.

Churches and religion

The modern religious landscape of the Inland Northwest, much like that of the United States as a whole continues to change, most notably driven by a decline in alignment with mainline Protestant churches in favor of evangelical and other nondenominational organizations.

Here’s how Gonzaga has come of age in recent NCAA Tournaments

While the Zags in their infancy may have started by walking before they could crawl in 1999, storming into the NCAA Tournament’s Elite Eight in just their second appearance and following that with consecutive Sweet 16 bids, Gonzaga fought through subsequent growing pains and arrived at the precipice of tournament adulthood in 2015.

Gonzaga’s decade of dominance in Las Vegas

Since the West Coast Conference moved its year-end tournament to Las Vegas in 2009, Gonzaga has owned the league's automatic NCAA tournament bid, winning eight men's titles and seven for the women. Some historic performances from other teams' players have dotted the headlines, but a quick look at the banners hanging from GU's rafters leaves no doubt as to who's top dog.

Ponderosa Pine: Love it or hate it

The Ponderosa Pine is native to our region and often cursed because it sheds large piles of needles and cones each year. But there are plenty of reasons to appreciate this giant. A mature ponderosa is not fire prone and though our area has seen many tumble in storms, the tree is considered "one of the most stable of trees," according to Spokane city arborist Jeff Perry.

Winter Olympics bring world’s focus on Pyeongchang

The Olympic symbol, five interlocking rings representing the North/South American, European, Asian, African and Australian continents, was designed as a symbol of global representation of the Olympic movement. The 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, mark the return of the winter games to the Asian continent after a 20-year absence.

TET OFFENSIVE

Hank Melanson was 18 years old and had just landed near Khe Sanh in central Vietnam when he witnessed a fellow Marine shot and killed. The battle launched what came to be known as the Tet Offensive, the bloodiest period of a war that changed America forever.

Columbia space shuttle disaster

Thirty minutes after firing braking rockets and beginning re-entry to Earth's atmosphere over the Pacific Ocean, some temperature and tire pressure sensors went offline. Eleven minutes later, commander Rick Husband made a radio response just west of Houston that said "Roger . . . " and was then interrupted by static noise. Less than one minute later, 38 miles above Earth and traveling over 18 times the speed of sound, the vessel had disintegrated.

Remembering Great Alaska Quake, Tsunami

After a powerful undersea quake and a blast of cellphone alerts early on Jan. 23, 2018, Alaskans braced for a tsunami that was expected to smash into the state's southern coast and western Canada. The National Weather Service also issued lower-level watch advisories for Washington, Oregon, California and Hawaii. It stirred echoes of the Great Alaska Earthquake of 1964, a massive 9.2 magnitude that claimed 139 lives.

100 years ago, the world learned what a truly awful flu season was like

The 2017-2018 flu season has been extraordinary, but the numbers pale in the history of the world. The Spanish Flu (1918-19) saw as much as 40 percent of the world's population affected. In the U.S. alone, 675,000 died and more than 50 million worldwide. The Asian Flu (1957-58) killed 69,800 in the U.S. and 1-1.5 million worldwide. A decade later the Hong Kong flu killed one million and a decade after that another million died from the Russian flu.