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Initiative or no, federal law trumps state on marijuana

Suppose voters decided that they’ve had it with federal drug rules that make marijuana an illegal substance akin to heroin or cocaine, and they change Washington state law to make …


Council may fight ombudsman move

The Spokane City Council appears ready to challenge Mayor David Condon’s decision to dismiss the city’s first police ombudsman. Tim Burns, who helped pioneer Spokane’s still-fledgling police oversight program, was …


Council addresses recent downtown assaults

An ordinance that bans sitting or lying on downtown Spokane sidewalks during a 14-hour period of the day could be expanded to include more hours after a surge of assaults …


Finding culture another home

Spokane Arts Director Karen Mobley says that by the end of the year she’ll likely be out of a job. Her bosses won’t go that far. Nothing has been finalized, …


Council approves Zehm deal

The Spokane City Council on Monday closed one chapter of the excessive force case that has dominated Spokane headlines for six years by finalizing the $1.67 million settlement with the …


Why city chose to blame Zehm remains unexplained

Spokane city leaders finally are admitting that mistakes were made during a 2006 police confrontation that led to the death of Spokane resident Otto Zehm. But it remains unclear if …


Tab tax work stalls

More than half the money allotted for street paving and improvements this year from Spokane’s new vehicle tab tax may not be spent in 2012, as officials debate whether to …


City Hall remodel focuses on users

A plan to remodel the first floor of Spokane City Hall to make it more customer-friendly could cost more than $1.4 million. Moving services to the ground floor that are …


Council tables gay marriage resolution indefinitely

The Spokane City Council late Monday effectively killed a resolution in support of the state’s gay marriage law. After five hours of testimony and debate, the council voted 4-3 to …


Mayor wringing water rates

Summer water bills for most city of Spokane water customers appear headed to a tumble. But winter bills and costs for people who use the least water likely will increase …


Public notice on casino at issue

The Spokane City Council on Monday will consider rushing its normal voting procedure to oppose the proposed Spokane Tribe of Indians casino on the West Plains. Councilman Mike Fagan is …


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 27, 2012, 6:42 p.m.

Spokane City Council rejects Thoma settlement

The Spokane City Council will vote tonight on a proposed settlement with fired Spokane Police Sgt. Brad Thoma afterall.


District seeks input on new Spokane schools chief

While area leaders suggest a variety of traits are needed in the next head of Spokane Public Schools, they all agree that the new superintendent must have one characteristic in …


Divided council may find plenty in common

Sitting with Ben Stuckart for coffee, I thought I heard The Who whispering in my ear: Meet the new boss. Same as the old boss? It doesn’t seem so. As …


Body cameras considered for Spokane police officers

Spokane’s elected leaders are ready to push for the use of body cameras on police officers to record their interactions with the public. The Spokane City Council on Feb. 6 …


Votes usher in new power

There’s a new majority in town. The Spokane City Council’s new, more conservative majority flexed its muscle in its first meeting of the year on Monday when it voted 4-2 …


New council already has its feathers ruffled

The honeymoon period for the new Spokane City Council may have ended before its first regular meeting, with a debate about which council member should represent the city on the …


Stuckart takes oath for City Council post

Incoming Spokane City Council President Ben Stuckart promised Wednesday during his swearing in ceremony to help City Hall become a happier place for the people who are being served by …


Condon to take oath as mayor

The new faces of Spokane city government will take their oaths of offices on three successive days late next week. Mayor-elect David Condon will be sworn in at 10:30 a.m. …


Many candidates, issues familiar from past ballots

Washington voters checking their ballots this weekend for the first time may feel a sense of déjà vu. They voted last year on proposals to get the state out of …


Hession-Stuckart race is a contrast in styles

Primary election voters in Spokane didn’t seem eager for a change. They gave incumbent Mayor Mary Verner a big victory over her opponents and former Mayor Dennis Hession a first-place …


Nicks set to retire as chief steps down

The Spokane Police Department’s top two officers are on their way out, leaving city officials to find new leadership as they struggle with the continuing legal fallout surrounding the death …


Spin Control: Council president race in North Side voters’ hands

The race for Spokane City Council president would appear to be a tossup, particularly in many north Spokane precincts where a clear favorite has yet to emerge. No duh, you …


Varied views spice up council race

A late entry in the race for Spokane City Council president turned what otherwise would have been a sleepy primary into a campaign with interest. Voters can chose among a …


Q&A: Ben Stuckart, running for Spokane City Council president

Ben Stuckart gives his positions on taxes, libraries, streets and other issues facing the city in The Spokesman-Review’s Spokane City Council candidate questionnaire. Stuckart faces Dennis Hession, Steve Corker and …


Centers aim to steer students on right path

Glover Middle School student William Fausett already has figured out how he’ll pay for college, manage a budget and make sensible purchases. He learned his lessons in the Comcast College …


Boys & Girls Club program supports struggling students

Billie McMahon struggled in the sixth grade because her math skills were stuck at the kindergarten level. But after she got involved in Be Great: Graduate, her arithmetic abilities shot …


Children’s advocates optimistic about fund

Supporters of Spokane’s proposed tax levy aimed at helping children stay in school are confident voters will say yes in November despite competing with multiple state initiatives that, if approved, …


Spokane hopes to establish a school-based health clinic

No workday is the same for Spokane Public Schools nurse Marianne Fischer. But there is one given – she’ll spend it running. By 11 a.m. Wednesday, Fischer had handed out …


School health clinics subject of grant award

Communities in Schools has received a $50,000 grant from the Gates Foundation to research opening a school-based health clinic.