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Morning Review: First day of school, local responses to Syria and food trucks

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Out of the mouths of babes: More than 2,340 kindergartners started school Tuesday in Spokane Public Schools, where for the first time all 34 elementary schools are offering full-day kindergarten. But don’t worry. Recent kindergarten graduates had advice to share.

The Inland Northwest on Syria: Local lawmakers are hesitant to support President Barack Obama on military action in Syria, where President Bashar Assad ordered a nerve agent attack on the Damascus suburbs last month.

Healthcare calling: At 7:30 a.m., the switchboard turned on and immediately the phones began to ring. Callers from all over Washington wanted to know how to qualify for health insurance coverage. They dialed the right place: a new facility in Spokane Valley dedicated to helping the uninsured obtain coverage as a part of the Affordable Care Act of 2010.

Stringing along: Career criminal Frank Uhyrek has a lot of free time on his hands as an inmate in Spokane County Jail. Uhyrek was keeping himself busy, though. Jail staff say he was tying together a 350-foot rope from sheets, jumpsuits and rags, presumably to crawl through his window to freedom.


Truckin’ it: Spokane isn’t quite Little Portland, but it does have its fair share of delicious food trucks to fit your busy schedule. Check out Cindy Hval’s feature on a few of Spokane’s inexpensive offerings.


Kindergartner Kierra Moore recites the Pledge of Allegiance at the beginning of her first day of school at Westview Elementary in north Spokane on Tuesday. This year Spokane Public Schools is offering full-day kindergarten at all elementary schools.

(Jesse Tinsley/The Spokesman Review)

Top stories in Spokane

Freeman students march in unity to honor memory of slain classmate Sam Strahan

UPDATED: 9:38 p.m.

Drenched in sunshine and a sharp spring wind, more than 70 students marched Friday out of Freeman High School behind a “Freeman Strong” banner to the same football field where they sheltered in fear last September following the shooting that killed 15-year-old Sam Strahan and injured three girls.