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Somebody Needs You

Wed., Nov. 22, 2017, 5:37 p.m.

The goal of Somebody Needs You is to match donors with the specific requests of needy Spokane residents.

Freeman football coach steps down

Wed., Nov. 22, 2017, 5:33 p.m.

Freeman High football coach Jim Wood announces his retirement after 17 years at the Rockford school.

Front Porch: All in all, there are plenty of reasons for thanks, Hval writes

Wed., Nov. 22, 2017, 5:33 p.m.

In 10-plus years of writing this twice-monthly column, I’m almost positive the Thanksgiving writing duty has mostly fallen in my lap. Oh, I know colleague Stefanie Pettit has tackled it a time or two – but still that’s a lot of gratitude, and frankly, I’ve been feeling less than grateful lately.

Mayor, police chief lament lack of Justice Department report on police reforms, tout work in the department

UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 22, 2017, 6:56 p.m.

FILE - Spokane Police Chief Craig Meidl, standing behind Spokane Mayor David Condon, listens as Condon announces his intention to appoint him for the position of permanent chief during the press conference Monday, Sept. 26, 2016. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)
Mayor David Condon said Wednesday his appeal earlier this fall to the Trump administration to release a report highlighting the Spokane Police Department’s reform efforts sought to highlight the city’s three-year efforts to change police culture. It was not meant to criticize changes to the voluntary federal program, enacted under President Barack Obama, to review department policies and procedures.

City Council shifts lodging tax allocations to Spokane Valley events

UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 22, 2017, 5:06 p.m.

Hotel taxes collected in Spokane Valley should stay in Spokane Valley, city officials decided this week. The Spokane Valley City Council on Tuesday modified how it plans to spend the lodging tax it expects to collect next year by diverting money from regional groups like the Spokane Sports Commission to Spokane Valley organizations like Crave NW and Valleyfest.

Spokane City Council may ban businesses from asking for job seekers’ criminal backgrounds on applications

UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 22, 2017, 6:41 a.m.

Carmen Pacheco-Jones, right, talks with her clients, including Tiffany McCracken, right, and Tammara Shoulders, center, in a class called Essentials, where she teaches groups of women a variety of life skills, shown Tuesday at the YWCA in Spokane. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)
Three years after eliminating the question about criminal history from applications for jobs at City Hall, lawmakers are proposing a measure that would extend to all employers within city limits. Supporters say the measure eliminates a debilitating hurdle for those leaving jail and looking for employment, but some lawmakers and officials are wary about how the city law would co-exist with efforts currently underway in Olympia.

100 years ago in Spokane: Sheriff accuses county commissioners of ‘childish displays’

UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 22, 2017, 3:01 p.m.

Spokane County Sheriff George L. Reid declared that two county commissioners played a “most contemptible trick” on him, the Spokane Daily Chronicle reported on Nov. 22, 1917. (Spokesman-Review archives)
Sheriff George L. Reid declared that two county commissioners played a “most contemptible trick” on him. They asked him to go along with them on a tour of warehouses where food is stored, to discuss plans for placing guards around them. The commissioners, Charles R. Howard and W.H. McVay, told the sheriff to meet them at 8 a.m.

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