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Lesbian Loses Lawsuit Against Nordstorm

A $500,000 damage suit filed by a former Nordstrom employee who said she was denied promotions because she is a lesbian was rejected Friday by a King County Superior Court jury.

The panel deliberated more than five hours before rejecting the claims of Janice Grounds, who said she was forced to quit by being passed over repeatedly for advancement.

Her lawyer, Shelley M. Kostrinsky, said she might appeal. Grounds now owns a coffee shop in Tigard, Ore.

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Then and Now: Comstock Park

James M. Comstock, born in 1838 in Wisconsin, arrived in Spokane in time to witness the great fire of 1889 and start Spokane Dry Goods with Robert Paterson. It became the Crescent, Spokane’s premier department store for a century. He also worked in real estate and owned other businesses. He served a term as Spokane mayor, starting in 1899. James Comstock died in 1918.