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UPDATED: Wed., June 19, 2019, 10:24 p.m.

‘Greening of America’ author Charles Reich dead at 91

Charles Reich, the author and Ivy League academic whose ‘The Greening of America’ blessed the counterculture of the 1960s and became a million-selling manifesto for a new and euphoric way …


UPDATED: Wed., June 5, 2019, 10 p.m.

Tulip Town co-owner and man behind Skagit Valley Tulip Festival, Tom DeGoede, dies at 85

Tom DeGoede, who owned Tulip Town with his wife Jeannette and helped start the annual Skagit Valley Tulip Festival, died Sunday at 85.


UPDATED: Mon., May 27, 2019, 7:24 p.m.

Edmund Morris, known for his biography of Reagan, dies at 78

Presidential biographer Edmund Morris, best known for writing a book about the life of Ronald Reagan, has died. He was 78.


WWII Code Talker and longtime NM lawmaker dies at 94

John Pinto, a Navajo Code Talker in World War II who became one of the nation’s longest serving Native American elected officials as a New Mexico state senator, has died. …


John Blanchette: Heart-and-soul Spokanite Randy Burkhart truly whistled while he worked

During summers at Priest Lake, Randy Burkhart was known to drag his son Jackson down to the boat before breakfast, motor offshore of Kalispell Island, bring a megaphone to his …


Herman Wouk, a consummate writer until the end, dies at 103

Herman Wouk, author of ‘Caine Mutiny’ and World War II epic ‘Winds of War,’ has died at 103.


Herman Wouk, 103; Pulitzer Prize-winning master of sweeping historical fiction

Herman Wouk, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the Navy drama “The Caine Mutiny” whose sweeping novels about World War II, the Holocaust and the creation of Israel made him one …


I.M. Pei, architect who designed Louvre Pyramid, dies at 102

I.M. Pei, the versatile, globe-trotting architect who revived the Louvre with a giant glass pyramid and captured the spirit of rebellion at the multi-shaped Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, …


UPDATED: Thu., May 16, 2019, 4:31 p.m.

Former North Idaho College baseball coach Jack Bloxom dies at 80

Jack Bloxom was the face of North Idaho College’s baseball program for 30 years and a fixture in the region’s baseball scene.


UPDATED: Thu., May 16, 2019, 1:14 p.m.

Ex-Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke dies at age 89

Bob Hawke, Australia’s longest-serving Labor Party prime minister, whose charisma and powers of persuasion earned him near-folk hero status among many Australians, died on Thursday, his wife said. He was …


UPDATED: Mon., May 13, 2019, 3:26 p.m.

Doris Day, whose wholesome screen presence stood for a time of innocence in ’60s films, has died

Doris Day, the sunny blond actress and singer whose frothy comedic roles opposite the likes of Rock Hudson and Cary Grant made her one of Hollywood’s biggest stars in the …


Sydney Brenner, who helped decipher genetic code, dies at 92

Sydney Brenner, a Nobel Prize-winning biologist who helped decipher the genetic code and whose research on a roundworm sparked a new field of human disease research, has died. He was …


Ex-US Senator Ernest ‘Fritz’ Hollings of South Carolina dead at age 97

Ernest F. “Fritz” Hollings, the silver-haired Democrat who helped shepherd South Carolina through desegregation as governor and went on to serve six terms in the U.S. Senate, has died. He …


Artist who created first paint-by-numbers pictures dies

An artist behind the first paint-by-numbers pictures who helped make the kits an American sensation during the 1950s has died


UPDATED: Thu., March 14, 2019, 5:18 p.m.

Former North Idaho basketball standout Chris Harrison dies of heart attack

Chris Harrison had a smile for everyone he met and brought his charisma onto the basketball court, along with a fierce competitive streak.


UPDATED: Wed., March 6, 2019, 10:16 p.m.

‘Brilliant’ man who was an inventor of the calculator dies

Jerry Merryman, one of the inventors of the hand-held electronic calculator, has died in Dallas


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 21, 2019, 1:41 p.m.

Peter Tork of the Monkees is dead at 77

The made-for-TV rock band landed in the old Spokane Coliseum during a nationwide tour in 1967.


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

Frank Reynolds, beloved child cancer doctor at Deaconess and Sacred Heart, dies at 83

Colleagues, patients and co-workers remember the longtime doctor’s devotion to the care of the whole patient at a time when many families faced uncertain futures and frightening diagnoses. Reynolds insisted …


Perennial presidential candidate Lyndon LaRouche dead at 96

Lyndon LaRouche Jr., the political extremist who ran for president in every election from 1976 to 2004, including a campaign waged from federal prison, has died. He was 96.


‘Top Chef’ star dies after battle with cancer

“Top Chef” star Fatima Ali, who battled bone and soft tissue cancer, has died at 29 years old, Bravo announced Friday.


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 18, 2019, 8:20 p.m.

Music pioneer and hitmaker Bonnie Guitar dies

Music pioneer and legend Bonnie Guitar died early Sunday morning. She was 95.


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 15, 2019, 5:38 p.m.

Effervescent ‘Hello, Dolly!’ icon Carol Channing mourned

Tributes from stars like Kristin Chenoweth and Bette Midler poured in to honor the life and career of Carol Channing, the three-time Tony Award-winning musical comedy star who delighted American …


Family, friends mourn Wapato woman who long sought answers in sister’s 1971 disappearance

For most of her life, Trudi Lee Clark wondered what happened to her sister, Janice Marie Hannigan. Lee Clark, whose search for her missing sister intensified after her parents passed …


Acclaimed author Amos Oz dies at 79

Israeli author Amos Oz, one of the country’s most widely acclaimed writers and a pre-eminent voice in its embattled peace movement, died on Friday after a battle with cancer, his …


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 26, 2018, 4:48 p.m.

Sigi Schmid, winningest MLS coach, dies at 65

Sigi Schmid, the winningest coach in MLS history, has died. He was 65.


Audrey Geisel, widow and promoter of Dr. Seuss, dies at 97

As Dr. Seuss neared the end of his life, the children’s author told his wife that she would have to look after the Cat in the Hat, the Lorax, the …


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 18, 2018, 1:14 p.m.

Penny Marshall, sitcom star and hitmaking director of ‘Big’ and ‘League of Their Own,’ dies at 75

The actress parlayed her sitcom success into a directing career, and she became the first woman to direct a film that made $100 million.


UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 2, 2018, 6:53 p.m.

An echo of history as Locomotive 4141 carries George H.W. Bush to his final resting place

When the curtain parted in College Station, Texas, revealing a two-toned blue locomotive standing nearly 16 feet tall and bearing the number 4141 in his honor, former president George H.W. …


UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 2, 2018, 7:39 p.m.

Bush mourned as a great statesman, a man of uncommon decency

Americans will begin saying goodbye to former President George H.W. Bush on Monday when his body arrives in Washington for public viewing in the Capitol Rotunda – a rare honor …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 30, 2018, 11:54 p.m.

Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush dies at age 94

George H.W. Bush, a patrician New Englander whose presidency soared with the coalition victory over Iraq in Kuwait, but then plummeted in the throes of a weak economy that led …