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John McLaughlin, conservative political commentator, dead at 89

John McLaughlin, the conservative political commentator and host of the namesake long-running television show that pioneered hollering-heads discussions of Washington politics, has died. He was 89.


‘Big Lebowski’ actor David Huddleston dies at 85

David Huddleston, a character actor best known for portraying titular roles in “The Big Lebowski” and “Santa Claus: The Movie,” has died. He was 85.


Former longtime SR editorial cartoonist Shaw McCutcheon dies at 94

Former editorial cartoonist Shaw McCutcheon, who worked for The Spokesman-Review for 36 years before retiring in 1986, died Wednesday in Spokane. He was 94.


Elie Wiesel, Holocaust survivor and author, dead at 87

NEW YORK (AP) — Nobel laureate and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel has died. His death was announced Saturday by Israel’s Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial. No other details were immediately available. …


Muhammad Ali, who riveted the world as ‘The Greatest,’ dies

Muhammad Ali, the magnificent heavyweight champion whose fast fists and irrepressible personality transcended sports and captivated the world, has died. He was 74.


Rap pioneer Phife Dawg of A Tribe Called Quest dies at 45

NEW YORK – Phife Dawg, a masterful lyricist whose witty wordplay was a linchpin of the groundbreaking hip-hop group A Tribe Called Quest, died Tuesday from complications resulting from diabetes, …


‘Rockford Files’ star Joe Santos dies at 84

NEW YORK – Joe Santos, who played Lieutenant Dennis Becker on “The Rockford Files,” has died at 84. Santos died Friday in Santa Monica, California, after a heart attack earlier …


George Martin, who guided the Beatles to global fame, dies at 90

George Martin, the Beatles’ urbane producer who quietly guided the band’s swift, historic transformation from rowdy club act to musical and cultural revolutionaries, has died, his management said Wednesday. He …


Senate GOP to Obama: Don’t bother nominating Scalia replacement

Senate Republicans united behind Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in insisting that President Barack Obama’s successor fill the Supreme Court vacancy created by Justice Antonin Scalia’s death. Democrats looking to reclaim …


In victory or dissent, Antonin Scalia was a man of strong opinions

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia kept your attention, whether you liked him or not.


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 13, 2016, 4:35 p.m.

Justice Antonin Scalia dead at 79

WASHINGTON – Antonin Scalia, the influential conservative and most provocative member of the Supreme Court, has died. He was 79. The U.S. Marshal’s Service in Washington confirmed Scalia’s death at …


Former NHL enforcer Todd Ewen dies at 49

Todd Ewen, the former NHL enforcer called “The Animal” for his rugged play and fighting ability, died Saturday. He was 49. The St. Louis Blues confirmed Ewen’s death without providing …


Al Arbour, who coached Isles to 4 Cup titles, dies at 82

Al Arbour, the bespectacled gentleman of a coach who molded a young and talented New York Islanders franchise into an NHL dynasty that won four straight Stanley Cups in the …


Ex-NBA star Darryl Dawkins, aka ‘Chocolate Thunder’ has died

Darryl Dawkins died Thursday at a hospital in Allentown, Pennsylvania, according to the Lehigh County coroner’s office. He was 58, and even though officials said an autopsy would be performed …


Special Olympics pioneer Marty Sheets dies at age 62

Special Olympics pioneer Marty Sheets died Thursday at the Greensboro, North Carolina, home he shared with his parents. He was 62. Sheets was born with Down syndrome. He won seven …


G&T guest column – Bill Moos: Recalling an Edwall superstar

Recently we lost an exceptional athlete and a wonderful man. Bob Simpson passed away on May 11 at the age of 68. Bob was raised in the small farm town …


Earl Lloyd, first black player in NBA, dies at 86

Earl Lloyd, the first black player in NBA history, died Thursday. He was 86. Lloyd’s alma mater, West Virginia State, confirmed the death. It did not provide details.


Former Dodger, Rocky Bridges, dies in Coeur d’Alene

Everett Lamar “Rocky” Bridges, 87, who lived in Coeur d’Alene, passed away early Tuesday from natural causes. Bridges’ professional career began in 1951 with the Brooklyn Dodgers and ended in …


Longtime ESPN sportscaster Stuart Scott dies at 49

Stuart Scott was in his element, working a “Monday Night Football” game, when he was forced to leave for an appendix operation. Doctors discovered a tumor during surgery and Scott …


2-time Horse of the Year Cigar dies after surgery

Cigar, the two-time Horse of the Year whose 16-race winning streak is considered one of racing’s greatest achievements, has died. He was 24. A release from Kentucky Horse Park said …


Barbara Washburn, McKinley’s first lady, dies at age 99

OUTDONE – Barbara Polk Washburn, first woman to climb the highest peak in the United States, died in Massachusetts on Sept. 25 at the age of 99. The climb of …


Jets goalie Seth Martin dies at 81

Seth Martin, who was the Spokane Jets’ goaltender when they became the first team from the United States to win senior amateur hockey’s Allan Cup, died Saturday at the age …


’Dogtown’ skateboarding rebel Jay Adams dies at 53

Jay Adams, who helped transform skateboarding from a simple street pastime into one of the world’s most spectacular sports, has died at age 53. The Skateboarding Hall of Famer died …


War hero, Olympian Louis Zamperini lived ‘unimaginable drama’

LOS ANGELES – Seventy years ago, the world was convinced that Louis Zamperini was dead. There had been no word of the track star and former Olympian since his World …


Diving champion Lenzi dies

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Mark Lenzi struck gold when he switched from wrestling to diving in the mid-1980s. Over the next decade, he became the 1992 Olympic 3-meter springboard champion, earned …


Former Spokane Indians pitcher Billy Harris dies

KENNEWICK – The Tri-Cities lost one of its sports icons this weekend when Billy Harris, 79, died at his Kennewick home Friday. His wife, Alice, found him unresponsive Saturday morning.