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UPDATED: Thu., July 16, 2015, 6:38 p.m.

Two crashes, including fatality, involve drivers who admit marijuana use

A bicyclist was killed and a motorcyclist was seriously injured in separate accidents Wednesday and in both cases the drivers who caused the accidents admitted to recently smoking marijuana.


Shawn Vestal: Iconic Garland Theater marks 70th birthday

The Garland Theater will show a special movie Saturday night, but they’re keeping the title under wraps. This time, the theater itself is the main attraction.


Kathleen Parker: Show kids by example to think before drinking

For a variety of reasons, I gave up alcohol Jan. 4. I have your attention, don’t I?


Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago Three boys, ages 10 to 14, got hold of a keg of cider “from some boy whose name they did not know.” It turned …


Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago After years of emotional debate, the state of Washington voted to go dry three years before the nation at large.


Females face gender-specific challenges in fighting, treating alcoholism

MIAMI – “Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus” trumpeted a popular book in the 1990s. Author John Gray didn’t sell 50 million copies of his book and spark …


To keep business, Washington considers cutting alcohol taxes

OLYMPIA – In an effort to keep Washington’s liquor drinkers from heading to Idaho or Oregon for cheaper booze, some legislators are looking at cutting alcohol sales taxes. That could …


Tougher DUI penalties proposed in Washington Legislature

OLYMPIA – Drunken drivers could face prison on their fourth conviction if the Legislature can find a way to pay for the extra burden on state prisons and county jails. …


Rock Doc: Old drug offers new hope for quitting alcohol

Alcoholism runs in part of my family. I lost a grandfather to it, and a couple of others in the family have been affected by it to greater or lesser …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 29, 2013, 12:23 p.m.

CdA officer involved in shooting identified

Coeur d’Alene Police Chief Wayne Longo said Thursday that Officer Spencer Mortensen, a six-year veteran of the force, is the officer who shot and killed Eric B. Johnston on Sunday.


Doctor K: Moderate alcohol use safe after mild heart attack

DEAR DOCTOR K: My husband recently had a mild heart attack. He’s never been much of a drinker, but now he wants to have wine with dinner every night because …


WSU makes plans to combat binge drinking

Washington State University will take new steps to try to reduce binge drinking and drug use by students, including scheduling more Friday morning classes and notifying parents if an underage …


Reckless driving ends in Spokane Valley fatality

SPOKANE VALLEY — The Washington State Patrol says a driver was speeding recklessly and passing cars when he collided head-on with an oncoming car Wednesday in Spokane Valley, killing the …


Gorge Amphitheater won’t change security after concert death

SPOKANE – Despite the death of a young man during a music festival from a possible drug overdose, no major changes are planned for security at the popular Gorge Amphitheater. …


Vestal: Liquor sales must age more to fully assess

Private booze just had its first birthday. How’s this baby doing? As might have been expected: Predictions of falling prices have not come true, on average. Predictions of dire public …


Alcohol suspected in serious Moses Lake crash

A 67-year-old Moses Lake man is in critical condition after crashing his motorcycle in Grant County Tuesday evening.


Board recommends lowering drunk-driving threshold to .05

WASHINGTON (AP) — States should cut their threshold for drunken driving by nearly half — from .08 blood alcohol level to 0.5 — matching a standard that has substantially reduced …


Area around WSU-owned property has violent history

Bodies on a packed dance floor start to bounce as techno music pulsates from stacked speakers; bikini-clad women spin down poles and a DJ exhorts the crowd, “If you’re not …


‘Good Samaritan’ law covers alcohol too

OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee has signed a law that allows underage drinkers to call for medical help without fearing prosecution. The law is meant to encourage minors to call …


2 die in crash into Moses Lake

MOSES LAKE, Wash. — Two young men have died in a crash into Moses Lake. Witnesses told police they saw a speeding SUV about 1 a.m. today. It left a …


Drunken driver bill facing challenges

OLYMPIA – Efforts to fast-track a crackdown on repeat drunken drivers, announced with bipartisan fanfare Tuesday, hit some go-slow warnings Thursday from prosecutors, judges and police. They’re raising so many …


Lawmakers act on bills, including TCEP ban and alcohol sales

On Wednesday, houses of the Washington state Legislature passed several measures, and Gov. Jay Inslee signed others into law:


Judge releases one suspect in WSU assault

No booze, bars or taverns – that’s what a judge told a Washington State University senior when he released him Thursday pending a first-degree assault charge in an attack on …


Police cracking down on infused drinks

BOISE – The Idaho State Police has bolstered the Alcohol Beverage Control Unit and is cracking down in Boise on infused alcohol such as bacon-infused whiskey and basil-infused vodka. Lt. …


Woman killed in Highway 2 accident identified

The Washington State Patrol has identified the woman killed in a Tuesday night accident on state Highway 2 about four miles north of Spokane.


Happy hangover

If you’re a little fuzzy on the details of last night’s celebration, imagine the poor caveman. Oooh, jackpot, he thought, following his nose to a pile of fermented fruit. Little …


WSU student hurt in fall from balcony

Police say alcohol was a factor in another incident at Washington State University, where a student fell two stories early Sunday from a fraternity balcony. Griffin E. Healey, 19, was …


WSU student died of intoxication

A Washington State University freshman who died Oct. 27 had blood alcohol content that was five times the level considered legally intoxicated. Kenneth D. Hummel, 18, died early Saturday morning …


Neighborhood council meeting has heated tone

The West Central Neighborhood Council wants its neighborhood out of the alcohol impact area. Though the neighborhood council previously supported being part of the voluntary AIA, where sales of single-serving …


Red Sox will no longer party hardy

In 2011, the Boston Red Sox partied like it was 1999. As the team collapsed in September, starting pitchers reportedly were drinking beer in the clubhouse on their days off …