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100 years ago in Spokane: Popular actor Tyrone Power plans to build movie studio

The Spokane Daily Chronicle reported on Aug. 16, 1917 that Tyrone Power, one of the country’s leading movie actors, was proceeding with plans to establish a movie studio in Spokane. (Spokesman-Review archives)
The Spokane Daily Chronicle reported that Tyrone Power, one of the country’s leading movie actors, was proceeding with plans to establish a movie studio in Spokane. The Washington Motion Picture Co. would soon be incorporated and a site for a studio would be announced within two weeks, said C.J Ward, Power’s manager.

Spokane County Commission reverses course on property tax vote

Spokane County Commissioner Al French speaks during a news conference about the county’s budget shortfall Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017 outside the county courthouse. At left: Spokane City Administrator Theresa Sanders and Commissioner Josh Kerns. (Chad Sokol / The Spokesman-Review)
Spokane County voters won’t be asked whether they want to raise property taxes this year. The county commissioners, Al French and Josh Kerns, voted to rescind a tax proposal on Tuesday, a month after they, along with then-Commissioner Shelly O’Quinn, voted to put it on the November ballot.

In rare Spokane town hall, Sen. Maria Cantwell faces friendly audience critical of GOP, Trump

Sen. Maria Cantwell fields questions Tuesday during a town hall meeting at Gonzaga University in Spokane. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
In contrast to Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Sen. Maria Cantwell spoke unimpeded during a 90-minute town hall session at Gonzaga University on Tuesday to a half full room at Gonzaga University. Cantwell criticized the latest GOP health plan, which failed in the Senate, as a tax cut for the rich and also expressed disappointment at President Donald Trump’s statements on the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.

East Spokane pot shop gets OK to move, as video arcade that blocked it files lawsuit

Old Fashion Fun Arcade’s second location on East Sprague Avenue is about 450 feet from marijuana store Smokane’s new storefront, which opened Friday. (Kip Hill / The Spokesman-Review)
Smokane quietly opened in its new location on East Sprague Avenue last week, a few months after the Spokane City Council stepped in to shrink the buffer zone between pot shops and arcades in response to concerns a sham business was preventing a legitimate business request to move. The arcade at the center of the controversy has sued the Washington Liquor and Cannabis Board for allowing the relocation.

Hundreds of new beekeepers help Spokane honeybees rebound

Kimberlee Kealiher lives on the South Hill and runs a hobby bee operation in her yard, July 18, 2017, in Spokane. Her bee hives are colorful and the location is unique being located on a tiny hill that overlooks 29th Avenue. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)
In Spokane, the number of concerned locals has been steadily increasing in recent years. To accommodate the growing interest, a group of small-scale keepers started the Backyard Beekeeper’s Association (BYBA) as an educational outlet for those looking to pursue hobby keeping.

Shawn Vestal: No compassion visible in imperious judgment of transgender people

Shawn Vestal (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)
A column in last Saturday’s newspaper stated that transgender identity was neither normal or acceptable. That’s a lie. Or perhaps lie isn’t the right word – it’s probably not a lie if you believe it, no matter how false and hateful. But it’s as wrong as the day is long, and the idea that it’s Massey’s place to make this declaration, on behalf of God, to those of us who don’t attend his church, is wronger still.

Gathering outside City Hall calls for peace, unity after Virginia violence

Ellie Weitz holds a sign she made that shows her diverse friend group during a rally in reaction to racist marches and subsequent violence in Charlottesville, Va., on Monday, Aug. 14, 2017 outside Spokane City Hall. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
About 100 people gathered Monday evening outside Spokane City Hall to call for peace and unity in the aftermath of the violent demonstrations in Charlottesville, Virginia. It was the second rally held at City Hall since the massive weekend gathering of white supremacists in Charlottesville, which devolved quickly into street brawls between the racists and far-right groups and “anti-fascist” counterprotesters.

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