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ACLU report critical overall on school resource officers but cites Spokane Public Schools for good policing policy

Fri., April 28, 2017, 5 a.m.

School resource officer Ed Richardson greets students at Mullan Road Elementary in Spokane on  March 9, 2017. Spokane public schools have proposed a change in policy reguarding use of force. (Kathy Plonka / The Spokesman-Review)
new  Police in Washington schools are expensive, largely unregulated and widespread, according to a report published by the ACLU earlier this week. And although Spokane Public Schools’ school police force is better regulated than most, it’s still costly. During the 2014-15 school year Spokane Public Schools paid $1 million in salary and benefits to its resource officers, the highest in the state.

Shawn Vestal: Racist truck sign honors shameful history

Fri., April 28, 2017, midnight

Jim Valentine, who runs a landscaping and excavation business in Post Falls, stands near a sign he put up warning homosexuals that they're not welcome in Idaho Friday, Oct. 20, 2006.     Valentine believes all homosexuals are pedophiles. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)
It’s not like the guy could be all that smart. But there’s no way Jim Valentine could be quite this dumb: The Post Falls man stuck a gross caricature of a young African-American girl eating a big slice of watermelon on the side of one of his business’s trucks. When decent people criticized it, prompting news reports this week, Valentine pretended not to understand what all the fuss was about.

1914 technology: ice, electricity, telephones, porcelain tubs

Thu., April 27, 2017, 6 a.m.

When the Davenport Hotel opened on Aug. 30, 1914, a 10-page section of The Spokesman-Review trumpeted the new building’s marvels. Headlines and opening paragraphs included these: “Hotel to make its ice. Complete and unique refrigerator system ... Five tons of ice a day.” “The Davenport hotel ice-making, water-cooling and refrigerating plant demonstrates one of the most complete and unique systems of its kind in the hotel service of the United States.”

ESPN anchors often surprise the Davenport with free advertising

Thu., April 27, 2017, 6 a.m.

Whenever ESPN broadcasts a Gonzaga basketball game, the Davenport Hotel’s marketing director fires up his DVR. Because Matt Jensen can just about count on some gratis gratitude from the network’s on-air personalities. It started, Jensen said, in the early days of Coaches vs. Cancer. Gonzaga basketball Coach Mark Few and his wife, Marcy, would host a fundraiser at the Davenport Hotel. ESPN commentators sometimes served as emcees for the event, which would include a black-tie dinner, rounds of golf and attendance by lots of really tall people from all around the country.

Mission accomplished, Friends of the Davenport Hotel disband

UPDATED: Thu., April 27, 2017, 9:16 a.m.

Last week a group called Friends of the Davenport disbanded. Thirty-one years have come and gone since the group was created. Years marked by cutthroat business competition, some of most divisive political battles the city of Spokane has ever experienced, and, in the end, a triumph – a victory not just for a much-loved building, but also for the spirit of a community, a city of people who each considered the Davenport Hotel to be theirs. More on the Davenport Hotel, including historic and new photos, can be found in The Spokesman-Review’s

Meth, often mixed with opioids, leads spike in Spokane County drug overdose deaths

UPDATED: Thu., April 27, 2017, 10:01 a.m.

 (Jonathan Brunt / The Spokesman-Review)
Spokane police haven’t busted a methamphetamine lab in at least three years, almost the same amount of time Breaking Bad and its methamphetamine-cooking protagonist have been off the air. But methamphetamine is contributing to more drug overdose deaths than any other drug in Spokane County, and that number rose significantly in 2016.

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