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  • Altering Spokane Park Board authority in wake of U.S. Pavilion flap would undo century of independence

    City Council President Ben Stuckart said no formal proposal is on the table to alter the uniquely Spokane form of governing the park system, but concerns over early designs featuring …


  • Breean Beggs picked to represent ombudsman commission

    A local attorney who has pushed city leaders for stronger police oversight has been selected to represent Spokane’s new ombudsman commission. Breean Beggs was selected over a former mayor and …


  • Former Mayor Hession among finalists for ombudsman attorney

    Former Spokane Mayor Dennis Hession is among three finalists under consideration to serve as the Spokane police ombudsman commission’s attorney. Hession was an early advocate to create a police ombudsman …


  • Former Mayor Hession among attorney candidates to represent ombudsman commission

    Former Spokane mayor Dennis Hession is among the three attorneys the police ombudsman commission is considering contracting with for independent legal advice.


  • Fraud investigators targeting Spokane DVD mogul

    A California DVD mogul who promised to build a high-tech production facility in downtown Spokane, drawing the endorsements and support of local business and political leaders, is being investigated by …


  • Changes begin among city staff as three top administrators depart

    Even before he officially took office, Mayor-elect David Condon shook up City Hall on Friday when he informed three top administrators that they won’t be back to serve with him …


  • 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 …


  • Consultant poised for Zehm case review

    When Spokane Mayor Mary Verner promised this month that there will be an internal review examining the death of Otto Zehm, it wasn’t the first time a city leader has …


  • 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 …


  • Timeline of events in Otto Zehm case

    • March 18, 2006: Otto Zehm, 36, a mentally ill and unemployed janitor, is beaten, Tasered and hogtied inside a Zip Trip convenience store by seven Spokane police officers after …


  • 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: Dennis Hession, running for Spokane City Council president

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


  • Ex-mayor to run for council president

    Former Mayor Dennis Hession shook up Spokane politics on Thursday by announcing his entry into the race for City Council president. He joins City Councilman Steve Corker and Ben Stuckart, …


  • Hession joins race for Spokane City Council president

    Former Mayor Dennis Hession shook up Spokane politics today by announcing his entry in the race for City Council president. He joins City Councilman Steve Corker and Ben Stuckart, the …


  • Face Time: Judge has relished chance to help change lives

    For 36 years, Richard “Rick” White has reported to his job at the Spokane County Courthouse, mostly on foot. White started in 1975 working as a juvenile probation officer, a …


  • Pay raises lag in public sector

    An analysis of recent wage increases shows that the pay of many local government workers is rising slightly slower than the rate of workers in the private sector. From 2002 …


  • Triplet named to Superior Court

    Spokane County Court Commissioner James Triplet had to keep the secret all Sunday night: He’d been chosen by Gov. Chris Gregoire to replace Neal Rielly as Superior Court judge. “She …


  • Council to consider plan for stronger ombudsman

    An effort to expand the powers of the city of Spokane’s police ombudsman may go before the City Council on Monday night. The proposed ordinance would allow Ombudsman Tim Burns …


  • Hession applies for EPA position

    A former Spokane mayor and a top Senate staffer are among applicants for Northwest jobs in the Obama administration. Former Mayor Dennis Hession has applied to be the top administrator …


  • Hession, Murray aide up for Obama posts

    A former Spokane mayor and a top Senate staffer are among applicants for Northwest jobs in the Obama administration.


  • Gregoire proposal combines museums

    Gov. Chris Gregoire wants to cover a small piece of the state’s projected shortfall by combining the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture with the Washington State History Museum in …


  • Plan would combine MAC, Tacoma museum

    Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire wants to cover a small piece of the state’s projected shortfall by combining the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture with the State History Museum in …


  • Hession at the MAC: right man, right place

    Look at the big brain on Dennis Hession. Word broke this week that Spokane’s most recent ex-mayor has been appointed the new interim CEO of our Northwest Museum of Arts …


  • Presidential candidate’s signs sighted among local placards

    Look closely at the campaign signs multiplying in the rights-of-way faster than milfoil in a lake, and you might notice one for a candidate who isn’t even running this year. …


  • Verner to run for Spokane mayor

    City Councilwoman Mary Verner is joining the race for Spokane mayor. Verner confirmed Monday she will run for the city’s top executive spot, campaigning as someone with “positive, decisive leadership,” …


  • Use of rebreather mask restricted for firefighters

    Spokane firefighters are under new orders to no longer use a so-called “anti-spitting” device like the one strapped to the face of Otto Zehm, who died two days after lapsing …


  • Mayor looks outside

    Bowing to public pressure, Spokane Mayor Dennis Hession said Monday he will hire an outside expert to examine the Police Department’s handling of two recent scandals that have sparked outrage …