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Chad Sokol

Chad Sokol

Chad Sokol joined The Spokesman-Review in 2015. He is a reporter for the City Desk covering higher education and county government.

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FRIDAY, APRIL 19, 2019



News >  Education

WSU settles class action suit over 2017 hard drive theft

UPDATED: Fri., April 19, 2019, 10:23 a.m.

A King County judge on Thursday approved a settlement in a class-action lawsuit against Washington State University over a potential data breach in April 2017. WSU and its insurers agreed to pay up to $5.26 million and provide potential victims an additional two years of free credit monitoring.

THURSDAY, APRIL 18, 2019


TUESDAY, APRIL 16, 2019

News >  Washington

Patriot Prayer, Three Percenters demonstration at WSU draws meager turnout

UPDATED: Tue., April 16, 2019, 10:10 p.m.

There was a “Don’t Tread on Me” flag. There were students chanting about democracy and immigrant rights. There were police officers keeping watch from the library roof. And there was a giant inflatable beach ball, on which students scribbled political messages with black markers. This was the scene Tuesday at Washington State University.

News >  Education

Gonzaga University forming panel to address clergy sex abuse

UPDATED: Tue., April 16, 2019, 10:06 p.m.

Four months after Gonzaga University was criticized for allowing sexually abusive priests to live on campus, Gonzaga President Thayne McCulloh announced Monday he is assembling a commission to address the abuse crisis that continues to grip the Catholic Church.

MONDAY, APRIL 15, 2019

News >  Spokane

Patriot Prayer, Three Percenters leaders to speak at WSU

UPDATED: Mon., April 15, 2019, 11:03 p.m.

Joey Gibson, who founded Patriot Prayer in Vancouver, Washington, and Matt Marshall, who leads the Washington Three Percenters, plan to speak on the Pullman campus from noon to 3 p.m., according to a Facebook page that bills the event as a “Build the Wall – Bill of Rights Bash.”


News >  Spokane

Man stabs himself after standoff with police at downtown Spokane motel

UPDATED: Mon., April 15, 2019, 10:03 p.m.

A four-hour police standoff at a downtown Spokane motel ended Monday evening when the suspect emerged onto a second-floor balcony while repeatedly stabbing himself with a knife. SWAT officers fired “less lethal” rubber-tipped rounds to disarm the disarm the suspect, 53-year-old Jimmy R. Engleman, at the Downtowner Motel at 165 S. Washington St.

News >  Spokane

EWU restructuring programs, cutting positions to fix $3.6 million shortfall

Facing a projected $3.6 million budget shortfall, Eastern Washington University is working to cut costs by restructuring colleges and academic departments – a process that will affect jobs. EWU President Mary Cullinan and Uriel Iñiguez, chairman of the board of trustees, made the announcement in an April 8 email to faculty and staff, saying the university can’t afford to continue dipping into reserves.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 10, 2019


News >  Spokane

Ice buildup may have caused barge to capsize at North Idaho Navy base

A Navy spokeswoman said the Feb. 11 incident remained under investigation Tuesday, but a buildup of ice may have been a contributing factor. The Naval Safety Center classified the incident as a “Class A” mishap, meaning the vessel may be totally lost or damage may exceed $2 million.

MONDAY, APRIL 8, 2019



SUNDAY, APRIL 7, 2019

News >  Spokane

‘Build it and they will come’: A history of the Spokane County Jail

Local leaders have set out again to determine whether Spokane County needs a new jail. This time, vocal community members and reform-minded criminal justice experts are pushing back against the idea, arguing the county should fundamentally reconsider its reliance on incarceration, especially for those awaiting trial. As talks continue, the history of local detention facilities might offer some valuable insights.

FRIDAY, APRIL 5, 2019

THURSDAY, APRIL 4, 2019

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 3, 2019

TUESDAY, APRIL 2, 2019

MONDAY, APRIL 1, 2019

News >  Spokane

Gonzaga hosting hate studies conference Tuesday through Thursday

Billed as “one of the world’s leading interdisciplinary academic forums on hate, related social problems and ways to create socially just and inclusive communities,” the conference will run Tuesday evening through Thursday afternoon in Gonzaga’s Hemmingson Center.

News >  Spokane

Four hospitalized after three-car crash north of Spokane

UPDATED: Mon., April 1, 2019, 8:43 p.m.

The Washington State Patrol reported Jessica H. Fisk, 21, was driving north on U.S. Highway 395 and failed to stop at a red light just before 11 a.m., crashing her Dodge Challenger into a Toyota minivan in the Hawthorne Road intersection.

THURSDAY, MARCH 28, 2019

News >  Spokane

Former Spokane County employee stole $1.38 million by falsifying liability claims, auditors claim

UPDATED: Thu., March 28, 2019, 10:50 p.m.

Over the course of a decade, a former Spokane County employee stole more than $1.38 million in taxpayer money using dozens of relatives and acquaintances to cash checks for falsified liability claims, according to county officials and state auditors. The same woman, Rhonda S. Ackerman, 50, was recently accused in a civil lawsuit of stealing money from her mother, who has dementia, after assuming power of attorney over her bank and retirement accounts.