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Zags stay close to home

Fourth-seeded Gonzaga packs for Portland

Gonzaga University’s 11th consecutive appearance in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament will require a short road trip.

The Bulldogs, champions of the West Coast Conference, received a No. 4 seed in the South Region when the tournament field was announced Sunday. Gonzaga will open the 65-team event Thursday in Portland against 13th-seeded Akron of the Mid-American Conference.

The University of Washington, the Pac-10 Conference’s regular-season champion, earned its first tourney berth in three years. As the No. 4 seed in the West Region, UW plays Mississippi State on Thursday in Portland.



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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.