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Hanford becomes comical punching bag for HBO’s John Oliver

Energy Secretary Rick Perry, left, closely observes as worker trainers Joni Spencer, center, and Dean Beaver prepare to give a respirator demonstration, Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017 at the HAMMER Training Facility in Richland, Wash. The federal facility offers a wide variety of training to Hanford Nuclear Reservation workers. Rep. Greg Walden R-Ore. stands next to Perry and Sen. Maria Cantwell D-Wash. stands in between the workers at right. (Bob Brawdy / AP)
Just days after Energy Secretary Rick Perry made his first trip to the Hanford nuclear reservation, HBO’s John Oliver used the polluted nuclear site as a satirical punching bag for the nation’s decades of failure to find a permanent storage solution for the millions of gallons of nuclear waste.

Bananas, cats and cookies come into view as eclipse watchers crowd bleachers at EWU’s Roos Field

Sreenath Panchagnula uses a pair of dark glasses as a filter to film a partial solar eclipse during an eclipse watch party held by the EWU Astronomy Club on Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, at Roos Field in Cheney, (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Pulling his cardboard eclipse glasses tight around his face, Cole Cullen squinted at a crescent of sun and counted down the minutes. From his vantage point in the football bleachers at Eastern Washington University, the 8-year-old wanted to see the sun when it was most obscured at about 10:30 a.m. Monday. “It started out looking like a cat,” he said, matter-of-factly. “And as the moon started coming in, it started looking like a banana!”

In downtown Spokane, the eclipse brought wonder and an eerie sky but no big moment

From Spokane, the moon only obscured approximately 90 percent of the sun during the eclipse, Monday, Aug. 21, 2017. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)
The light dimmed, the air cooled and the solar eclipse showed its growing crescent in shadows cast by leaves. For a moment, as people turned their eyes sunward, or stared at their pinhole projections on the ground, or wondered what everyone was looking at, the world slowed down. Traffic calmed. Jackhammers stilled. People gathered on sidewalks.

Then and now: Duncan Garden reaches its peak

May 2017 - Duncan Garden, with a European Renaissance layout of planting beds, is shown in May of 2017 before the annuals are planted in a massive effort by parks personnel. By August and September, the colors and profusion overwhelm visitors, especially those who are gardeners. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)
The European Renaissance-style garden in Manito Park that draws hundreds of thousands of visitors each summer was planted around Memorial Day of this year with tens of thousands of begonias, marigolds, dahlias, snapdragons, petunias, geraniums and others to create the profusion, color and elegant symmetry of a royal garden. It is now a feast for the eyes. It’s worth a visit for those who haven’t been recently.

‘Sanctuary city’ opponents in Spokane receiving legal, financial support from national anti-immigration groups

A large crowd stands at Main Avenue and Monroe Street in protest over President Donald Trump’s executive order pertaining to immigration from some countries in January. A ballot initiative that would undo Spokane’s non-biased policing law, which some have criticized as a “sanctuary city” policy, has drawn national legal and financial support. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)
The political advocacy group Respect Washington has received thousands of dollars and legal advice from organizations tied to John Tanton, a Michigan-based activist who has been criticized for holding staunchly anti-immigrant views some have said rise to the level of white nationalism. The group will make the argument Spokane voters should have a say in whether the city’s nonbiased policing policy, which they say makes the city a sanctuary for illegal immigrants, should remain in place.

Driver accused of vehicular assault in Lincoln County crash that injured 2

A driver is expected to face a vehicular assault charge after the car she was driving rolled into a ditch in Lincoln County, according to the Washington State Patrol. Dana Y. Birdtail, 25, was driving a Mazda Protege east about 5:30 p.m. on state Highway 174 when she lost control of the car, the WSP said in a news release. The crash occurred about 4 miles northwest of Wilbur, Washington.

Revitalization in mind, city weighs plan to reactivate dormant commercial buildings

Kelly Shirley sands a bit of the skirting on a former service repair shop, Aug. 17, 2017, at W. 2425 Broadway, in Spokane, Wash. The site is being readied by Kelly Chadwick of Spirit Pruners. Old commercial buildings in residential neighborhoods in Spokane are being brought back to life. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)
Way back when, corner groceries and next-door bakeries were commonplace in neighborhoods, walking distance for everyday staples in the time before cars. With the raging popularity of the automobile in the last century, neighborhoods homogenized, becoming purely residential. City planners set rules segregating where we live from where we shop.

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