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Photo:Butterfly Effect

Thu., May 25, 2017, 9:55 a.m.

A butterfly flies away from a lilac bush near Hauser Lake in the late afternoon sun on Tuesday, May 23, 2017. (Kathy Plonka / The Spokesman-Review)
A butterfly flies away from a lilac bush near Hauser Lake in the late afternoon sun on Tuesday, May 23, 2017.

Spokane agrees to settle sexual harassment lawsuit by former wastewater employee for $875K

UPDATED: Wed., May 24, 2017, 10:11 p.m.

FILE - Spokane City Hall (Christopher Anderson / The Spokesman-Review)
Sonya O’Brien, who left city employ in 2013 after what she described as five years of harassment from male coworkers that included intimidation and defacing of a women’s locker room, will receive about a third of the amount she requested in an original tort claim against the city. The employees at the center of the allegations are no longer employed by City Hall, officials said.

Fab 4 friends reunite for Mother’s Day

Wed., May 24, 2017, 1:26 p.m.

Annie Holcomb, of Spokane Valley, center, the “Italian Mama,” is pictured with her daughter, Carol Millard, right, of Hobe Sound, Fla.; and Carol’s childhood friends, clockwise from left, Sharon Thompson of Tacoma; Linda Smith of West Medical Lake; and Sandy Scheer of Atascadero, Calif. Not pictured are: Sandy’s “Swedish mom,” May Fierce-Johanson,  and Sharon’s “Swedish mom,” Wanda Thompson, both of north Spokane;  and Linda’s “English/Irish mom,” Dorothy Parsons, of south Spokane. (Courtesy of Sharon Thompson)
A group of four women reunited in Spokane over Mother’s Day weekend to honor their mothers and a friendship that has lasted over six decades.

Freeman Scotties seek first state championship game

UPDATED: Wed., May 24, 2017, 1:04 p.m.

The third time is a charm for the Freeman Scotties. Freeman takes on Cedar Park Christian of Bothell in the semifinals of the state Class 1A baseball tournament Friday at Yakima County Stadium.

Steve Christilaw: Best coaches teach athletes to excel

Wed., May 24, 2017, 1:02 p.m.

Liz Wardsworth is never going to mince words. I called her the other day to see how her University High School track and field athletes had fared at the regional meet, and to figure out who was headed on to the state meet this weekend. “This is going to be a short conversation,” she said.

Agency spells out rules, safe practices for backyard fires

UPDATED: Wed., May 24, 2017, 12:32 p.m.

A metal fire pit is set up in a Hayden garden on June 24, 2014. The Spokane Clean Air Agency is emphasizing outdoor burning safety and clean-burn tips as backyard fires are becoming more popular, a spokeswoman said. (Kathy Plonka / The Spokesman-Review)
The popularity of backyard fires appears to be growing, especially with metal backyard fire pits. Now the Spokane Clean Air Agency is spelling out the do’s and don’ts for safe, legal burning

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Police arrest woman in Orofino slaying case

She was remanded to the custody of the Clearwater County Jail and bond was set at $500,000. Clearwater County public defender William J. Fitzgerald, of Lewiston, was appointed to represent ...