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Spokane budget adds police, upgrades alleys and maintains homeless funding amid Public Works concerns

UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 12, 2017, 11:27 a.m.

FILE – Members of the Spokane Police Department forensics team and major crimes detectives pay close attention to a Subaru Legacy at the scene of a homicide, July 30, 2016, on the 1300 W. Maxwell in Spokane, Wash. The Spokane City Council approved a budget for 2018 that will pay to hire more police officers. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)
Lawmakers unanimously approved a spending plan bolstered by healthy sales and real estate tax receipts, but not before ushering through a series of amendments aimed at reversing some of the proposed wage revisions in the city’s Public Works division. The budget will add 10 police officers to the force, continue funding for sheltering the homeless and provide a half-million dollars to grade dirt alleyways offering trash collection service next year.

100 years ago in Spokane: Lumberjack’s request granted, and he will fight for British in Mesopotamia

Tue., Dec. 12, 2017

John Cohen, 34, a Jewish lumberjack, went to the British military recruiting office in Spokane and asked to serve in the British army, The Spokesman-Review reported on Dec. 12, 1917. (Spokesman-Review archives)
John Cohen, 34, a Jewish lumberjack, went to the British military recruiting office in Spokane and asked to serve in the British army. “Send me direct to the kaiser’s palace and give me a gun,” declared Cohen, who was born in England, but came to America as an infant. “I don’t care where you put me. I’ll start tonight, and I only wish I could be in England tomorrow. I’m a little off in sight, but I can fight all right yet.”

About 150 march in Spokane in protest of Republican tax reform plans

UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 11, 2017, 11:55 p.m.

Protesters walk from the federal courthouse in downtown Spokane to the Peyton Building to protest the federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the Republican tax reform proposal. They spelled out “no more” on the street in front of U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers’ office to protest her vote for the House version of the bill. (Liz Kishimoto / The Spokesman-Review)
About 150 protesters gathered Monday afternoon in downtown Spokane to denounce Republican tax reform proposals moving through Congress. All In For Washington, Greater Spokane Progress and the Peace & Justice Action League of Spokane organized the event. Protesters marched from the Thomas S. Foley United States Courthouse to the local office of U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers on Post Street.

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