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THURSDAY, DEC. 22, 2016

A paint horse watches traffic from a frosty enclosure at a rural home on Spokane's West Plains, Thursday, Dec. 23, 2016. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

THURSDAY, DEC. 22, 2016, 2:27 P.M.

Photo: Winter watch

A paint horse watches traffic from a frosty enclosure at a rural home on Spokane's West Plains, Thursday, Dec. 23, 2016.

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Isabella Huartson, 2, listens to the seventh-grade singers from Sacajawea Middle School run through several Christmas carols to entertain those waiting in line at the Christmas Bureau Monday, Dec. 12, 2016 at the Spokane Fair and Expo Center. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

THURSDAY, DEC. 22, 2016, 7 A.M.

Christmas Fund in danger of missing goal

The Christmas Fund has a long way to go before it hits its fundraising goal, and with Christmas right around the corner, the possibility of hitting the goal looks increasingly uncertain. The stack of Christmas Fund donations reported today totaled $14,649, given by 69 donors, and ranging from $10 to $2,500.

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Jessica Kovac, founder of Blessings Under the Bridge, chats with families in need as they wait for a Christmas dinner on Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016, Under the Interstate 90 bridge downtown Spokane, by the old skate park in Spokane, Wash. The program provides services for the homeless, including hair cuts, clothing, food, counseling and many other necessities. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)

THURSDAY, DEC. 22, 2016, 5 A.M.

Jessica Kovac changes lives through the gift of a meal

It may have been cold last Saturday, but that didn’t matter to 500 people who formed a line curling beneath the Interstate 90 bridge waiting for a prime rib dinner with all the trimmings. Linen covered tables and snowflake centerpieces helped Jessica Kovac welcome the city’s hungry and homeless.

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THURSDAY, DEC. 22, 2016

Leah Grisafi: I shunned my upbringing and Jewish faith, until literature opened my eyes

As a child, I didn’t notice that I was raised in an unorthodox setting. I was given love, affection and attention; I never went hungry and always had clean clothes to wear. So, when I was taunted for being the only little girl not being raised by her mother and father, for living with an elderly set of grandparents, and Jews at that – I really had no idea why they laughed. Why they pointed, why they jeered. “Why don’t you celebrate Christmas? Why do you smell like garlic all the time? Why are those clouds in your soup?” (Of course, they were referring to the matzo ball soup my grandmother made me for lunch).

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THURSDAY, DEC. 22, 2016

Washington records

Spokane CountyMarriage licenses Mariam D. Youssef, of Pasadena, California, and Joseph A. Kravig, of Spangle. Alexandrina E. Bracher and Nicholas A. Miller, both of Spokane. Amarah B. Dodson and Jordan N. Malik, both of Spokane. Michael L. Lanning, of Spokane, ...

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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 21, 2016



Icicles form on a gutter of a dwelling on Pacific Avenue, Dec. 14, 2016, in Spokane’s Browne’s Addition. DAN PELLE danp@spokesman.com (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 21, 2016, 5:08 P.M.

Chances of a white Christmas? Good this year

If you are dreaming of a white Christmas, then you are in luck. Forecasters said chances are good that the ground will be covered and there will be enough fresh powder to whiten the landscape. The forecast calls for snow ...

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Two dogs killed these three wallabies at a home in north Spokane. (Power of the Paw Facebook page)

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 21, 2016, 2 P.M.

Police believe pet wallabies killed by dog

Three pet wallabies were killed in north Spokane Wednesday, launching an investigation into whether the deaths were deliberate. The woman who owned the wallabies initially reported that someone may have intentionally killed the animals, said Spokane police spokesman Officer Shane ...

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