WEDNESDAY, MAY 24, 1995
The U.S. Supreme Court didn't vindicate Tom Foley when it struck down term limits for Congress, the man who defeated the former House speaker said Tuesday. Monday's 5-4 ruling that term limits require a constitutional amendment will move the issue to the top of the agenda in 1997, U.S. Rep. George Nethercutt predicted.
TUESDAY, MAY 23, 1995
FOR THE RECORD: (May 24, 1995): The Spokesman-Review incorrectly identified the position of Defense Secretary William Perry in Tuesday's editions.
SUNDAY, MAY 21, 1995
Spurred by Susan Brigham and other members of the slain psychiatrist's family, Sen. Patty Murray is leading a bipartisan group of lawmakers in demanding the Air Force explain how the tragedy occurred. The group also wants some proof changes are being made. "We have concluded that significant mistakes were made and that the Air Force missed important opportunities in their handling of the Mellberg case," the 13 lawmakers wrote in a letter last week to Defense Secretary William Perry.
1. Susan and Thomas Brigham, with daughter Caroline. 2. Thomas Brigham's daughter, Caroline, and brother Billy share a quiet moment after memorial services last June for Fairchild shooting victims. File/The Spokesman-Review
SATURDAY, MAY 20, 1995
FRIDAY, MAY 19, 1995
Air Force officials hurriedly rescheduled the court-martial over the fatal crash of the last B-52 at Fairchild Air Force Base. A spokesman for the 12th Air Force said late Thursday afternoon that the trial of Col. William Pellerin would begin this morning, rather than June 6 as originally planned.
THURSDAY, MAY 18, 1995
Fred Schoch of the 8th Air Force Historical Society shows off his patches and pins Wednesday. Photo by Dan Pelle/The Spokesman-Review
The Department of Defense should conduct a full-scale investigation into events leading to the shooting of 26 people by a deranged airman at Fairchild Air Force Base last summer, more than a dozen members of Congress say. Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., and a bipartisan group from the House and the Senate want an explanation of how Dean Mellberg stayed in the Air Force so long after being diagnosed as dangerous, was given access to records he used to target the doctors who had recommended his discharge, then was released without a treatment plan.
THURSDAY, MAY 11, 1995
Fairchild Air Force Base is all but certain to escape closure this year as the nation continues to scale back its military. A special federal panel compiled a list Wednesday of bases it wants to compare to the bases the Pentagon wants to close or shrink. Fairchild isn't on that list, or the earlier one from the Defense Department. "We believe that on this round we are in the clear," said Rich Hadley, president of the Spokane Area Chamber of Commerce, which was prepared to spend up to $175,000 in a fight to keep Fairchild open. "It's a great feeling."
MONDAY, MAY 8, 1995
1. Larry Lee served during World War II in Italy and Africa. 2. Larry Lee in a 1945 photo taken outside of Venice.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 3, 1995
THURSDAY, APRIL 27, 1995
Was pilot trying to avoid nuclear bunkers? Investigator says that's "pure speculation." File photo
TUESDAY, APRIL 25, 1995
Top Air Force officials used "unlawful command influence" to force the court-martial of a former Fairchild official after last June's B-52 crash, military defense attorneys contend. They want the charges against Col. William Pellerin dropped.
MONDAY, APRIL 24, 1995
Phil Slocum of Coeur d'Alene helped liberate the Dachau death camp. Photo by Dan McComb/The Spokesman-Review
Community observes Holocaust. Soloist Barbara Baumgarten sings "Under Your Starry Heaven" during an observance of the Holocaust at Temple Beth Shalom on Sunday. Photo by Shawn Jacobson/The Spokesman-Review
THURSDAY, APRIL 20, 1995
1. Merwick 2. Malosh 3. Lehman 4. Medley
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 19, 1995
The Air Force is giving portions of a secret report to the attorneys for the former Fairchild officer facing court-martial over the crash of the base's last B-52. Air Force Secretary Sheila Widnall said Tuesday attorneys for Col. William Pellerin should receive parts of the confidential Safety Board Report of the June 24 crash that killed the four-man crew last year.
Congress is tackling America's problems by cutting the federal government and strengthening families, U.S. Rep. George Nethercutt said Tuesday night. Along the way, it may trade the current income tax system for a flat rate tax, the freshman Republican told a crowd of about 275 people at North Central High during his first town hall meeting in Spokane.
SUNDAY, APRIL 16, 1995
McCarthy discusses Vietnam. Photo by Sandra Bancroft-Billings/The Spokesman-Review
THURSDAY, APRIL 13, 1995
Marilyn Quayle speaks to Gonzaga students Wednesday night. Photo by Shawn Jacobson/The Spokesman-Review
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 12, 1995
If women want a full share of political power, they must do one thing, the leader of a women's political organization said. Run. "You cannot get to 50 percent of the government if you are just 14 percent of the candidates," Harriet Woods, president of the National Women's Political Caucus said Tuesday in Spokane.
The U.S. secretary of the interior should decide how - or even whether - to save endangered plants and animals from extinction, U.S. Sen. Slade Gorton said Tuesday. The Republican senator said his upcoming rewrite of the Endangered Species Act would clarify the politics of handling questions such as how to save the northern spotted owl and the Snake River salmon.
FRIDAY, APRIL 7, 1995
Helen Chenoweth had her doubts when she signed the "Contract With America" during last fall's campaign, the Idaho Republican representative admitted Thursday. She believed proposals such as term limits, a balanced budget amendment and welfare reform were worthwhile and would be passed if Republicans controlled the House. But promising to vote on everything in the first 100 days?
THURSDAY, APRIL 6, 1995
Mike Wilhelm, of the city Water Department, uses an aquaphone to search for the break in the 6-inch water main that ruptured at Wellesley and Post on Wednesday. Photo by Colin Mulvany/The Spokesman-Review
TUESDAY, APRIL 4, 1995
Washington state's only commercial nuclear plant may have violated safety rules, a federal agency said Monday. Inspectors for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission said they found four possible violations this year at a reactor operated by the Washington Public Power Supply System on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. The possible violations revolve around the emergency ventilation system at WPPSS No. 2 control room, which is supposed to make sure that plant operators have a safe area during an emergency.