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Tuesday, April 23, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Depths of despair: Climbing family loses son to greatest fear

UPDATED: 9:33 a.m.

The bodies of climbers Jess Roskelley, of Spokane, and two Austrians were recovered Sunday from an avalanche-hit area of the eastern Canadian Rockies. Among the recovered items was a phone Roskelley was carrying that contained an image of the trio smiling, suggesting they had reached the summit before their deaths.

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For summer road trips, a new app turns insect splats into a detective game

For this summer’s road trips, skip the license plate game and 100th viewing of “National Lampoon’s Vacation” and try a new diversion we’ll call Name That Splat. All you need is a windshield, some unlucky bugs and the app created by University of Florida professor Mark Hostetler and his son, Bryce, a college student. Last fall, the pair released That Gunk on Your Car, a free iOS app that helps amateur etymologists identify the bugs killed on their windshields. The app contains several features, including an illustrated guide to identifying bug splats, a glossary and car games, such as My Side/Your Side (each player claims a section of windshield and accumulates points) and Insect Art (plastic wrap required). We recently spoke with the inventors about the app, collecting bugs and the largest splat. Here is an edited version of the conversation. Q: What was the inspiration for the app?

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Medicare, Social Security face shaky fiscal futures

The financial condition of the government’s bedrock retirement programs for middle- and working-class Americans remains shaky, with Medicare pointed toward insolvency by 2026, according to a report Monday by the government’s overseers of Medicare and Social Security.