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  • Could parking meters be used to reduce panhandling?

    The city of Pasadena is letting homeless people keep the change. The Los Angeles suburb is turning 14 parking meters into repositories for donations made to nonprofits that serve the …


  • City, Downtown Spokane Partnership campaign to target panhandling

    As a round of cars passed Douglas Seibold and his crinkled cardboard sign that read “anything is nice?” at Division and Third, he finished the last of his late-morning beer …


  • Shawn Vestal: Instead of clearing sidewalk, learn to share

    I walked through downtown Spokane – and lived to tell about it. Just went out and walked around. Crazy, huh? Intrepid? Down Riverside. Over to the park. Looked at the …


  • Guilds’ School penny drive moving full-speed ahead

    A local organization that helps young children with disabilities adapt to school life now has to adapt its own fundraising practices to comply with Spokane’s new panhandling laws. The Spokane …


  • Council approves panhandler ordinance

    The Spokane City Council voted 6-1 on Monday to outlaw aggressive panhandling in a portion of the city despite calls for allowing people to continue to beg for handouts. Council …


  • Shawn Vestal: No reason to prohibit panhandling

    Are we really going to outlaw street-corner begging in Spokane and pretend it’s about safety? Or are the politicians who represent the homeless, the downtrodden, the drunk and disorderly, the …


  • Panhandling ordinance would hinder some nonprofits

    Richard Henderson stood on the busy corner of Division Street and Third Avenue on Thursday, occasionally reaching into the street to accept a couple bucks from drivers stopped at the …


  • Transient couple generate calls

    Liberty Lake police officers spent the week of June 13-20 getting to know a pair of transients who have apparently set up camp somewhere along the Centennial Trail in the …


  • Panhandling ban paying off, Spokane Valley leaders say

    Panhandlers have been a familiar sight at busy intersections in Spokane Valley for years. Now, however, tough new rules against panhandling seem to have encouraged them to move down the …


  • Panhandler’s dubious plea sparks one-man protest

    We all like to think that we’re in control of our destinies, but are we really? Take John C. Fisher, for example. The 49-year-old Spokane Valley man swears he never …


  • Guilty plea in murder gets man 11-year term

    A man who helped restrain a woman before his accomplice killed her was sentenced Tuesday to 11 years in prison. Matthew T. Shope, 19, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder for …


  • Brother remembers panhandler as quiet, intelligent

    A longtime panhandler found dead in a downtown parking lot Wednesday attended Spokane schools as a child but dropped out of society at 19 after failing in the Army, his …


  • City reins in panhandling

    Panhandling in Spokane will be greatly restricted as a result of two new laws approved by the City Council on Monday night. One set of regulations will prohibit begging within …


  • Committee will address panhandling issues

    The Constitution guarantees your right to ask a buddy for a dime, but not his willingness to listen. Especially not if you’re standing at a Spokane Valley intersection with a …

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