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  • Smart Bombs: Homework on education needed

    You can’t fully understand the complexities of funding basic education without reading the two bills the Legislature adopted to accomplish this constitutional mandate. ESHB 2261 and SHB 2776 were passed …


  • Jamie Tobias Neely: Time to admit Iraq War errors

    It shouldn’t have come as a surprise to any television viewer with even a passing acquaintance with Showtime’s “Homeland.” The leader of the Islamic State, speculated to have been killed …


  • As U.S. hits targets, humanitarian crisis in Iraq worsens

    The U.S. unleashed its first airstrikes in northern Iraq against militants of the Islamic State group Friday amid a worsening humanitarian crisis. The extremists took captive hundreds of women from …


  • Shawn Vestal: Army veteran survived battle, but not its aftermath

    Pictures cover the refrigerator in the kitchen at Todd and Renee Watson’s North Side home. In one of them, their son, Cody, smiles out at a camera in 2009. “This …


  • Veteran overcomes brain injury to obtain master’s at EWU

    Chris Carver spent weeks in a coma after encountering an improvised explosive device in Iraq. Doctors gave him little chance of survival; the U.S. Army flew his wife and parents …


  • Invasion brought years of violence, trauma to Iraq

    BAGHDAD – It’s been more than six years since a bomb ripped away the eyes from Shams Karim, killed her mother, and left the little girl, now 7, blind and …


  • Gravely injured soldier helps other scarred veterans recover

    Shawn Graves said a final goodbye to the world as he lost consciousness. A man wearing a suicide vest had blown himself up inside a dining hall in northern Iraq. …


  • Veterans’ fertility treatment bill passes U.S. Senate

    A bill that would provide in-vitro fertilization coverage through Veterans Affairs unanimously passed the U.S. Senate today.


  • Vestal: Flap over Baumgartner’s expletive misses point

    In recent weeks, the 2,000th American soldier died in Afghanistan. And Michael Baumgartner used one expletive.


  • US audit: $200M wasted on Iraqi police training

    BAGHDAD — U.S. auditors have concluded that more than $200 million was wasted on a program to train Iraqi police that Baghdad says is neither needed nor wanted.


  • Family believes Iraq fires caused soldier’s death

    Lindsay Weidman clutches a picture of her daughter tight to her chest. She’ll carry it during Saturday’s Armed Forces Torchlight Parade in downtown Spokane.


  • Panetta formally shuts down US war in Iraq

    After nearly nine years, 4,500 American dead, 32,000 wounded and more than $800 billion, U.S. officials formally shut down the war in Iraq — a conflict that U.S. Defense Secretary …


  • Guard members to be honored

    Coeur d’Alene soldier Jason Rzepa will receive the Purple Heart in a 6 p.m. ceremony today at Red Lion Templin’s Hotel in Post Falls. Staff Sgt. Rzepa lost both legs …


  • Crowds honor soldiers as remains come home

    More than 400 people lined the streets of Coeur d’Alene Friday afternoon to pay their respects to Spc. Nicholas W. Newby, one of two Coeur d’Alene soldiers killed recently in …


  • Hundreds view procession for fallen soldier

    More than 400 people lined the streets of Coeur d’Alene on Friday afternoon to pay their respects to Spc. Nicholas W. Newby, one of two Coeur d’Alene soldiers killed recently …


  • Veteran recalls the fallen

    WINCHESTER, Idaho – It’s been more than eight years since Jessica Lynch was taken prisoner in the early days of the Iraq War, but the former Army supply clerk still …


  • Fallen soldier remembered as dedicated to family

    A Medical Lake soldier was killed Sunday in Baghdad, Iraq. Sgt. 1st Class Clifford E. Beattie, 37, died of wounds sustained when enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised …


  • Vet pleased by Iraq success

    Sgt. 1st Class Josh Olson has a lot invested in the future of Iraq, and he would like to believe his sacrifice was not in vain. What he saw in …


  • Writing, therapy help Iraq vet cope

    The New Year’s Eve party was at a friend’s Coeur d’Alene home, and Kenny McAnally had gone outside for a smoke. Suddenly, fireworks began exploding all around him, and the …


  • North Idaho troops likely headed to Iraq

    Army National Guard members in North Idaho likely will head to Iraq next year. About 3,500 citizen soldiers from Idaho, Montana and Oregon have been told to prepare for a …


  • Combat vets find support from peers

    As a Marine combat engineer, Jesse Bruce helped destroy the remnants of Saddam Hussein’s rule and restore infrastructure to war-torn Iraq. But after an enemy mortar shell exploded in his …


  • Technicality in tuition program cuts off help for Iraq war widow

    Army Sgt. James E. Craig was born in Spokane, married in Spokane and after being killed during his third tour in Iraq, he was buried in Spokane. Although few would …


  • Campaign war talk a point of frustration

    With her son and her husband both called up for Iraq with the Washington National Guard’s 81st Combat Brigade, Cindy Ashworth used to listen when the candidates talked about their …


  • Float symbolizes shared grief of reborn Gold Star mothers chapter

    In the three decades since the Vietnam War, Spokane’s Gold Star Mothers had all but disappeared. Only a handful remained when the chapter was dissolved several years ago. “If we …


  • U.S. must accept help in Iraq, Cantwell says

    The United States needs to bring the world community to the negotiating table – and convince Iraqi factions that such a table exists – to have any hope of making …


  • Solemn vigil marks four years of war

    A solemn gathering with prayers, poetry, and the reading of the names of Washington state residents killed in the Iraq war spilled out of the U.S. Courthouse plaza in downtown …


  • Pain of war

    Two years after serving in Iraq, Staff Sgt. Shawn Green lives on pain pills and the charity of the Salvation Army while he applies to the Department of Veterans Affairs …


  • Iraq veterans join POW ceremony

    The war veterans on one side of the aisle bore the physical scars of wounds in Iraq. Those on the other side carried the invisible emotional scars of surviving prisoner …


  • Wounds of war

    The attack that was to end Cpl. Ian Anderson’s career in the Marines began with the explosion of rocket-propelled grenades, followed by rifle fire from an unseen enemy less than …

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