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Spin Control: Got an excuse for not voting? We’ve got a response.

Answers to frequent excuses for not voting in the primary.

100 years ago in Spokane: Speed rider ‘Cannonball’ Baker rolls through the city

E.G. “Cannonball” Baker, an auto and motorcycle speed record holder, made a quick stop in Spokane.

Shawn Vestal: From snowplow gates to parks, Condon’s legacy is creative progress

Mayor David Condon’s legacy will be one of getting things done at City Hall and not taking ‘No’ for an answer.

Week Ahead

Conventions KuroNekoCon - Sunday, Spokane Convention Center, 2,000 attendees.

Business Beat

Accounting The Spokane Chapter of the Washington State Society of CPAs has elected its new board of directors. They are: Lisa Cushman, chair; Kate Casbon, vice chair/treasurer; Amanda Kelly, secretary; …

Nerd Wallet: Insurers turn to technology to woo drivers

Though most auto insurers have a long way to go, major companies and new players have rolled out technology-based features to win over new customers and meet drivers’ demands.

BBB Tip of the Week: Postcards from senior supplemental referral service mislead

Better Business Bureau is alerting consumers nationwide of misleading mailings from the insurance referral company,

War on sharks: How rogue fishing fleets plunder the ocean’s top predator

An Ecuadorean Navy patrol vessel, guided by advanced radar and a small plane, bore down on a ship the length of a football field making a beeline across the Galapagos …

UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 4, 2018, 9:46 p.m.

Venezuela’s Maduro: Drone attack was attempt to kill him

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro dodged an apparent assassination attempt when drones armed with explosives detonated while he was delivering a speech to hundreds of soldiers being broadcast live on television, …

UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 4, 2018, 8:49 p.m.

Going strong at 107, Hillyard parade has hijinks for the whole neighborhood

Regular attendees and newcomers lined Market Street in Hillyard for the 107th Hi-Jinx Parade Saturday morning under sunny but hazy skies.

UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 4, 2018, 6:12 p.m.

Eastern Washington voters concerned about family separation policy

Eastern Washington voters in survey have concerns about Trump administration “zero tolerance policy” that separates immigrant families arrested for improperly crossing the border.

Idaho officials settle lawsuit over 2011 fatal crash

A settlement has been reached in a lawsuit following a fatal crash involving a southwestern Idaho sheriff’s deputy and a New Plymouth man.

UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 4, 2018, 9:39 p.m.

Gov. Brown asks Trump for wildfire aid as California battles 17 blazes

Gov. Jerry Brown on Saturday called on President Donald Trump to help California fight and recover from another devastating wildfire season.

Confirmed Ebola cases rise to 13 in Congo’s latest outbreak

The number of confirmed cases in Congo’s new outbreak of the Ebola virus has risen to 13, including three deaths, the health ministry said late Saturday.

Moscow school focusing on children with special needs

Merilee and Faris Paxton knew their son, Henry, who was diagnosed with autism, needed a different type of education curriculum than what Moscow offered, but they did not know where …

UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 4, 2018, 4:23 p.m.

Newseum pulls ‘fake news’ shirts after outcry from journalists

At the end of a week in which getting the White House to clarify whether it considers the news media “the enemy of the people” was a major story, Poynter …

UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 4, 2018, 5:19 p.m.

Central Idaho wildfire enters remote, mountainous terrain

A central Idaho wildfire grew to 100 square miles on Saturday and entered remote, mountainous terrain.

Cow’s milk was added to Almond Breeze, FDA says, sparking a recall in 28 states

In the decades-long war over milk – with purveyors of cow juice on one side and the people who make an increasing array of ecru-colored plant- and nut-based drinks on …

UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 4, 2018, 4:16 p.m.

Angel Springs fire north of Davenport continues to grow Saturday; evacuation orders remain in place

The Angel Springs fire 7 miles northeast of Davenport continued to burn throughout Friday night, and remains active Saturday, having increased in size and claimed an additional structure.

UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 4, 2018, 6:38 p.m.

Some arrested as right-wing rally, counter-protesters clash

Small scuffles broke out Saturday as police in Portland deployed “flash bang” devices and other means to disperse hundreds of right-wing and self-described anti-fascist protesters.

Brazil party names jailed leader as presidential nominee

The Workers’ Party in Brazil named jailed former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva on Saturday as its nominee for the country’s top job.

Feeling sidelined, Israel’s Druze protest Jewish nation bill

Tens of thousands of members of Israel’s Druze minority and their Jewish supporters, some chanting “equality,” packed a central Tel Aviv square Saturday night to rally against a contentious new …

UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 4, 2018, 11:24 a.m.

Rural Idaho town seeks to benefit from Boise’s booming growth

As Boise braces for more booming growth, rural Idaho has prepared for a very different challenge.

Romania probes anti-Jewish graffiti on Elie Wiesel’s house

Romanian police began an investigation Saturday after anti-Semitic graffiti appeared on the house of late Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel in northwest Romania.

UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 4, 2018, 4:20 p.m.

Bring on the cake: France’s baby panda celebrates his 1st birthday

France’s first baby panda celebrated his first birthday Saturday with a cake of bamboo, honey, apples, oranges, strawberries and lemons.

UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 4, 2018, 10:33 a.m.

Idaho Republican candidate uses Muslim slur on social media

BOISE – A Republican candidate for the Idaho Statehouse defended the use of a Muslim slur on his public Facebook page by saying he likes to trigger debate by making …

‘Hazardous’ smoky air shuts Yosemite in peak tourist season

Yosemite National Park’s iconic cliffs are shrouded in so much smoke from nearby wildfires that the air quality is worse than anywhere in America and is rivaling Beijing.

Top U.S., North Korean diplomats exchange pleasantries, barbs

Roller-coaster nuclear diplomacy between the United States and North Korea hit highs and lows on Saturday as the countries’ top diplomats traded polite words and barbs, leaving efforts to rid …

Finnish brothers killed by lightning as they heated sauna

Finnish police say they suspect two men died from a lightning strike’s electric charge while they were heating up a sauna near a summer cottage in eastern Finland.

Ai Weiwei says Chinese authorities raze his Beijing studio

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei says authorities have begun razing his Beijing studio.