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Shawn Vestal

Shawn Vestal

Shawn Vestal joined The Spokesman-Review in 1999. He currently is a columnist for the City Desk.
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News >  Marijuana

Shawn Vestal: Rechecking the stats on pot and violence

Has legal pot ushered in a more violent era in Washington? That’s the possibility put forth in a New Yorker article by Malcolm Gladwell, the popular science writer and lightning rod who frequently draws criticism for elevating the hints and possibilities of scientific research into absolute natural laws.


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News >  Spokane

Shawn Vestal: On climate, we ignore Chapter 24 at our peril

UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 28, 2018, 8:28 a.m.

Hotter, drier, smokier summers. More rain and less snow in the winters. Droughts, overflowing rivers and coastal surges. Sunburned apples and softer berries. More heatstroke and Lyme disease. Less skiing and boating, more respiratory problems, suffering fisheries. That’s what’s in store for the Northwest, according to the Fourth National Climate Assessment.

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News >  Spokane

Shawn Vestal: Discovering gratitude in the unlikeliest of moments

The abundance and ease of the average American life in 2018 is a marvel, and it’s surpassingly easy to simply list the reasons we have to be thankful. But isn’t there more to it than that – than being glad we’ve got love in our lives along with nice things and happy moments?

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News >  Spokane

Shawn Vestal: At long last, a great race in the 5th District

UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 6, 2018, 9:59 p.m.

In almost every way, the hotly contested race between Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers and challenger Lisa Brown has been a more positive, more passionate and less cynical electoral exercise than our current moment would give us the right to expect.

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