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Spokane bishop says church’s abuse-prevention policy is sound

The Spokane bishop who heads the child protection committee for U.S. Roman Catholic bishops insisted today that no significant changes were needed in the church’s abuse prevention policy despite recent …


Catholic religious order files for bankruptcy

SEATTLE (AP) — The Christian Brothers, a Catholic religious order that runs schools in Seattle and across the country, has filed for bankruptcy. It is the second Catholic order in …


Woman shot by officer faces charges

An unarmed pregnant woman shot during a drug raid in Spokane nearly two weeks ago faces felony crack cocaine charges under a police recommendation announced Wednesday. Keamia D. Powell, 24, …


Accuser takes the stand again in Morning Star trial

Attorneys defending Morning Star Boys’ Ranch rested their case on Monday after bringing the ranch’s accuser, Kenneth Putnam, to the stand in the civil trial’s last day of testimony.


Putnam often combative, witness says

A former Morning Star Boys’ Ranch employee and close friend of a counselor accused of abusing a former ranch resident testified Thursday that he never saw inappropriate conduct. Ray Roberts, …


Day care owner appeals closure

A large Spokane child care center shut down by the state has appealed what its owner said is an “unfounded” decision. The Academy of Little Bears closed last week after …


North Spokane day care appeals suspension

A large Spokane child care center shut down by the state has appealed what its owner said is an “unfounded” decision.


Abuse victims slow to block addresses

CALDWELL, Idaho— So far a dozen Idaho residents have taken advantage of a new law allowing victims of domestic violence, stalking and sexual assault to keep their addresses out of …


Girl’s abuser gets 10-year sentence

Blackened, dead flesh on toddler Kyra Wine’s hand and feet and black patches of scalp were among the injuries police saw during a welfare check at the child’s home near …


Lawsuit Claims Disabled Abused At State-Run School

Several advocacy groups for the developmentally disabled sued the state-run Rainier School on Monday, claiming clients at the residential rehabilitation center in Pierce County are abused and neglected. The Washington …


A Glaring Loophole In Domestic Violence Law Task Force Wants State To Allow Protection Orders For Abused Dates

Kim was 17 years old when her mother found her beaten and frightened on a street corner. The girl’s blue eyes were ringed with black. Dark imprints lined her arms. …


Battling Bullies

Here are some tips to help parents deal with bullies: Helping victims Begin early: Two-year-olds can learn to say, “I don’t like that, that hurts.” If children reveal they’ve been …


Living In The Shadow Of Fear

We received more than a dozen stories of bullying - past and present - from our readers when we put out a request two months ago for those stories. Some …


Bullies Must Not Be Tolerated

Quick. Name a bully from your elementary school days. Most likely you remember both the first and last name of the bully. The power of bullies is so great we …


Stand Up For Yourself, Your Rights

Lisa Johnson


Tell Parents About Harassment

Guy Thomas


Self-Reliance Grew From Experience

First person I am 69 years old now, but I still remember the suffering I experienced in high school from fellow students who harassed and ridiculed me. I was extravagantly …


A Life Spent Fending Off Bullies

Jacob Stellmon III


Comatose Rape Victim To Have Baby

A woman comatose since a 1985 car crash was raped at a nursing home and is five months pregnant, her family’s lawyer said Tuesday. The family wants her to give …


Neglect Of Elderly Woman Investigated

State social workers are investigating a north Spokane woman after an elderly woman in her care was found so filthy that hospital workers had trouble cleaning her. The patient reportedly …


Sewn Into A Corner Cheap-Labor Controversy Rips Garment Industry

Miguel Perez, a transplant from Puebla, Mexico, carries clothing at Twin Fashions, a Los Angeles sewing shop that stitches dresses for one of California’s major women’s labels. Photo by Associated …


Hazel O’Leary Travels In High Style Gets First-Class Seats, Top Hotels

U.S. Energy Secretary Hazel O’Leary defends her department against budget-cutting proposals by portraying herself as a master economizer in government - reducing her work force, boosting efficiency and saving money. …


Toy Stores Troubled When Kids Left Alone - For Hours Managers Nervous About Use As Cheap Child-Care Centers

Toy store manager Trish Moon has a problem. Photo by Associated Press