From our archives, nine years ago
Today, we’re changing this column’s format slightly. We’re going to take a look at the issues that were consuming the Inland Northwest this day in 2001 – in the hours before the horrific news from New York and Washington, D.C., changed the world.
• Avista was asking for a 36.9 percent electricity surcharge because of low water flows.
• Coeur d’Alene was reeling from the slaying of a nurse by a man who had been stalking her for years.
• The top story in the Region section was about a South Hill church congregation voting to split up.
• The nation’s economy was limping along – but figures showed it was not in recession.
• The Seattle Mariners – in the midst of their best season ever – were on the verge of clinching the division.
• The “imminent return” of Michael Jordan to the NBA made the front page. Not the front page of the sports section. The front page of the paper.
Then, later in the morning, The Spokesman-Review rushed out with a special edition. The giant headline summed it up: “U.S. attacked.”
Also on this date
(From the Associated Press)
1954: The Miss America pageant made its network TV debut on ABC. … 1973: Chilean President Salvador Allende died in a violent military coup.
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