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Sue Lani Madsen: Pre-planning by fire departments makes the difference between a chance to rebuild and total loss

Everything went according to plan at the Cathedral of Notre Dame last week. Except for the part where a fire broke out.

Steve Christilaw: Cycling star puts new face on homelessness

You meet some incredible, memorable athletes in this business.

UPDATED: Wed., April 17, 2019, 6:38 a.m.

Shawn Vestal: School layoffs and renewed push for higher local taxes show school funding far from fixed

After our local school district has revealed it will lay off hundreds of employees if it is not rescued – now, somehow, we are again considering the very money-generating mechanism …

Paul Turner: Game of Thrones, Bloomsday and Hoopfest share similarities

Long before there were people who resented HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” there were those right here in River City who held a grudge against Bloomsday and Hoopfest.

Paul Turner: Seniors aren’t simpletons, but that doesn’t mean they can’t use a little phone help

If you have elderly friends or relatives who live alone, it might be time to have the talk. No, not about giving up the car keys. This one is about …

UPDATED: Mon., April 15, 2019, 12:01 p.m.

Shawn Vestal: The ‘Not Nadines’ have a point about lack of coverage of their Spokane mayoral campaigns

When Nadine Woodward announced she was running for mayor, local media covered it as a capital-B capital-D Big Deal. When most other candidates announced, not so much.

Huckleberries: ‘The Bard of Sherman Avenue’ fans: This is not the time to procrastinate

It has been almost three years since Tom Wobker shuffled off this mortal coil. But his poetry, penned under the nom de plume, The Bard of Sherman Avenue, remains popular.

Steve Christlaw: Region’s jumpers, vaulters set high standard

There are some track-and-field events a normal person can picture doing.

Paul Turner: Do we dress like slobs?

There’s a difference between relaxed/not putting on airs and aggressively stupid. Not wearing a tuxedo isn’t necessarily the same thing as adorning oneself in stained, ill-fitting barbecue togs.

Paul Turner: How many cows will it take to pay my property taxes?

If Spokane County allowed for payment of property taxes through some sort of barter system, what could we offer?

Steve Christilaw: Welcome to the spring track season

Welcome to the REAL March Madness in the Pacific Northwest, where our motto is: “We Dare You to Take Off Those Snow Tires!”

Paul Turner: Readers weigh in on Marmot friendly neighborhood cats and Spokedonians

Reader feedback on a variety of topics - including cats.

Paul Turner: You can run from Spokane, but you can’t escape it

As you contemplate your 2019 family vacations, there’s something you probably ought to keep in mind.

Sue Lani Madsen: Opposition to I-1639 gets personal

On Monday, a meeting set up by a statewide grassroots group called “Washington Strikes Back 1639” drew more than 100 citizens to the Davenport Memorial Hall in Lincoln County, as …

Paul Turner: Duke? Ducks? Hokies? How to pick

If you have no particular interest in the local college team but still like watching the NCAA men’s basketball tournament on TV, how do you arrive at a rooting interest?

Paul Turner: Florida man’s got nothing on Spokane man

You might have encountered “Florida Man” – the internet buzz phrase focusing on the misadventures and criminal antics of various thusly described Sunshine State ne’er do wells.

Sue Lani Madsen: Showing true compassion for the homeless must include a candid assessment

A blue sedan turned into the side street as our patrol car pulled up to the stop sign, the driver frantically waving for attention. It had so far been an …

Steve Christilaw: Spokane area coaches crafty compensating for late arrival of spring

There’s that adage that gets thrown around all the time about life and lemons and some kind of drink recipe. You know the one.

Sue Lani Madsen: Rangeland fire protection associations should be created in Washington

What do you get when a state bureaucrat, two ranchers and a pair of environmentalists walk into an Olympia hearing room? Sometimes, a consensus for policy change. Unfortunately, the Governor’s …

Steve Christilaw: Coaches earn respect for teaching life lessons

Very few of the coaches that I have worked with over the years have I been able to call by their first name.

UPDATED: Mon., March 11, 2019, 1:35 p.m.

Shawn Vestal: 61 percent growth in WSU students over past 30 years is nothing compared to 861 percent growth in administrators

A lot has changed at Washington State University in the past 30 years, but nothing quite like the number of administrators.

Sue Lani Madsen: Risk, benefit and vaccine mandates

When the Spanish flu went viral in 1918, it didn’t mean trending on Twitter. Before vaccines, antibiotics, better sanitation and clean water, the leading cause of death was infectious disease. …

UPDATED: Sun., March 3, 2019, 8:48 p.m.

Dave Nichols: A special week for Spokane-area high school basketball

It was a special week for high school basketball in Eastern Washington. Maybe not quite as special as some would have hoped, but special nonetheless.

Paul Turner: Do not call when the Zags are on TV unless …

I committed an egregious “Spokane faux pas” the other night: phoning a friend while the Zags were on television.

Shawn Vestal: For Spokane man, years of family mystery ended abruptly with DNA testing

Don Sullivan has seen this photo most of his life, though the woman was always a mystery to him. When he was a child, growing up in the Los Angeles …

Sue Lani Madsen: Defining Hate Crime and the Drive to Just Do Something

An attention-seeking actor was arrested this week for allegedly staging a fake hate crime. Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson was clearly outraged when he held a news conference to announce …

Shawn Vestal: ‘Bribes’ to opt out of sex ed are a lousy use of federal dollars

Let me get this straight: Federal funding is being used to pay $20 “rewards” to Spokane teenagers who skip sex-ed courses and take an online abstinence course instead?

UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 12:15 p.m.

Rob Curley: Why America needs journalists – and the T-shirts to prove it

I like Facebook. Even with all of its problems. It’s where I keep up with my friends and the people I care the most about. The people I grew up …