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Verner proposes limiting city’s health care increases

Because of an editing error, a story in Thursday’s Spokesman-Review incorrectly described Mayor Mary Verner’s budget proposal related to health care costs. Her plan is to limit increases in the city’s cost of providing employee health care to 4 percent annually, asking workers to pay any amounts over that or redesigning coverage plans.


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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.