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New housing for the homeless to open at Donna Hanson Haven

UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 18, 2017, 8:48 p.m.

Brianne Howe, a community court coordinator, checks out one of the rooms in the new Donna Hanson Haven community housing project on Friday, Nov. 17, 2017, in Spokane, Wash. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Crews are still putting the finishing touches on the four-story building, the newest homeless housing to be built by Catholic Charities in Spokane. The organization’s staff gathered with community members and diocese leaders to dedicate and bless the new building Friday.

Sue Lani Madsen: Bring back the slap

Sat., Nov. 18, 2017

Sue Lani Madsen, an architect and rancher, will write opinion for the Spokesman-Review on an occasional basis. Photo taken Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)
The conversation on sexual harassment has been stifled since 1998, when the leader of the National Organization for Women defended a man in executive position who took advantage of women under his authority.

Reindeer Cletus and Clyde make welcome addition to River Park Square festivities

UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 17, 2017, 10:49 p.m.

Adam DeVleming introduces his son Finn, 2, to Cletus the reindeer, on Friday, Nov. 17, 2017, at Riverfront Park in Spokane, Wash. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
River Park Square typically prepares for the holiday season each November by hanging garlands in walkways, stringing bright lights in storefront windows and setting up the 50-foot Christmas tree in the center of the mall. But this year, visitors were surprised by a new addition welcoming Santa’s arrival. “Oh, my gosh, it’s a reindeer!” said Sarah Cleveland, riding the escalator down to the main floor with her infant daughter in tow.

Spokane officials balk at billing for sidewalk snow clearing

Fri., Nov. 17, 2017, 5 a.m.

LDS Sister Hunter Andruski, left, and Sister Kassidee Gooch clear the sidewalk and steps for Martha Hess, rear, Feb. 8, 2017, on Carlisle Avenue in Spokane. The city has backed off of plans this snow season that would have billed home owners to clear their sidewalks of snow. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)
The proposal, which has been tabled for this snow season, would have allowed the city to hire crews to clear trouble areas near schools and businesses. Officials also say they won’t ticket for failure to adhere to the new rule requiring parking on the odd side of the street throughout the winter months.

Spokane Valley residents face fines for not clearing snow from sidewalks

Fri., Nov. 17, 2017

This map of Spokane Valley shows areas of Tier I (yellow) and Tier II (blue) priority for snow removal, as well as safe routes to schools (red). (City of Spokane Valley)
Spokane Valley could begin imposing fines this snow season for residents who don’t shovel their sidewalks. The City Council passed an ordinance last month requiring residents to clear snow and ice from their sidewalk within 48 hours if accumulation is three inches or more, or face a $52 fine.

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