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Heritage, CWU say they won’t abandon race considerations

Last week, the Trump administration announced it would


UPDATED: Wed., June 20, 2018, 9:09 p.m.

Rachel Dolezal makes first public court appearance on charges of felony welfare fraud

Rachel Dolezal made her first public appearance in court Wednesday morning on accusations of stealing from the Washington welfare system.


Shawn Vestal: Between officials and reformers, a growing rift in efforts to improve Spokane’s criminal justice system

We have plenty to be proud of in the city’s push towards a fairer criminal justice system. But two years after receiving an award from the MacArthur Foundation, a significant …


UPDATED: Mon., May 7, 2018, 9:32 p.m.

Number of Bloomsday finishers shrinks for seventh straight year, lowest since 1985

Preliminary estimates showed 38,187 people crossed the Bloomsday finish line on Sunday, marking the seventh straight year that participation has declined. That figure, which is subject to change because of …


Sandpoint man set to run 100 miles in firefighting gear to promote a healthy, cancer-fighting lifestyle

Gwen LeTutour strains against the laces on his large, cumbersome firefighting boots, pulling the leather tight against his intricately tape-wrapped feet and ankles. He shrugs on his heavy black and …


Southwest ‘casta’ paintings spotlight race, popular culture

Masked Mexican rebel leader Subcomandante Marcos, wearing a purple three-piece suit, is paired with Britney Spears in a Wonder Woman costume. Their child is a tiny albino Marcos, smoking a …


UPDATED: Sun., Feb. 25, 2018, 9:13 p.m.

Billy Graham had pride and regret on civil rights issues

The Rev. Billy Graham was single-minded when he preached about God, prefacing sermon points with the phrase “The Bible says …” Yet he had a complicated role in race relations, …


Ta-Nehisi Coates deletes widely read Twitter account

Ta-Nehisi Coates, the influential author and journalist, has deleted his widely followed Twitter account, writing “peace, y’all. I’m out.”


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 30, 2017, 9:44 p.m.

‘It’s okay to be white’ posters spark mixed responses

Posters reading “IT’S OKAY TO BE WHITE” have generated various responses since they were found and removed Monday morning from Glenn Terrell Mall on the Washington State University campus.


For the first time in Grammy history, a white man isn’t nominated for album of the year

Before the 2018 Grammy nominations were announced Tuesday, many prognosticators thought the race for album of the year would boil down to two artists: British pop star Ed Sheeran for …


Milbank: Trump was on the ballot and lost

Essentially, Gillespie turned the Virginia gubernatorial race into a cultural war, much as Trump did with the 2016 election. But this time, the cultural warrior lost, as he sorely deserved …


Issue of race is again a focus in ex-cop’s 4th murder trial

Three hung juries in the case of a white former Oklahoma police officer charged with fatally shooting his daughter’s black boyfriend had one thing in common besides unwillingness to convict: …


Are white shooters called ‘lone wolves,’ by default?

When Stephen Craig Paddock – a white American – was identified as the gunman who rained bullets on multitudes at a Las Vegas concert, he was quickly characterized as a …


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 2, 2017, 12:03 p.m.

Terrorism, race, religion: Defining the Las Vegas shooting

The mass shooting in Las Vegas is the deadliest in modern U.S. history, but is it terrorism? While much will hinge on the motives of a white gunman attacking a …


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 30, 2017, 9:41 p.m.

Spokane’s Alyssa Hawley takes bronze at Spartan World Championship

After a grueling three-hour trial through an arid, obstacle-laden swath of California’s Olympic Valley, Spokane athlete Alyssa Hawley, 27, claimed the bronze at the Reebok Spartan Race World Championship Saturday.


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 24, 2017, 9:18 p.m.

Trump signs proclamation restricting travel from 8 countries

Citizens of more than half a dozen countries will face new restrictions on entry to the U.S. under a proclamation signed by President Donald Trump on Sunday that will replace …


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 24, 2017, 8:53 p.m.

Black lawmakers ponder Trump agenda at annual gathering

On the campaign trail last year, then-Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump sought the support of black voters by asking them, “What the hell do you have to lose?” An answer …


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 23, 2017, 3:46 p.m.

Some forcibly arrested in St. Louis weren’t protesting

An undercover St. Louis police officer and an Air Force lieutenant who lives in the neighborhood were among several people who say they were forcibly arrested last weekend even though …


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 23, 2017, 9:07 p.m.

State of Missouri lands at center of racial conflict – again

Missouri is again at the center of a racially charged conflict after a judge acquitted a white former St. Louis police officer of first-degree murder in the death of a …


Survey: White Christians are now a minority of US population

The share of Americans who identify as white and Christian has dropped below 50 percent, a transformation fueled by immigration and by growing numbers of people who reject organized religion …


Can Trump stem wave of racism?

Because Americans make so many judgments through a partisan lens, any position Trump takes drives most Republicans to embrace the same position.


Leonard Pitts Jr.: Charlottesville didn’t spring from nowhere

How many Hillary Clinton voters do you really think were out there rallying for racism? Indeed, whose name did those bigots chant?


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 17, 2017, 5:28 p.m.

Speaker with controversial race theories leads to cancellation, move of Idaho Freedom Foundation annual banquet

A major Boise convention center and hotel canceled the Idaho Freedom Foundation’s upcoming banquet – forcing a change of venue just 11 days before the event – because it learned …


Nation can only weep at Trump’s response

We don’t find it difficult to distinguish between a monument to George Washington, say, and statues to Confederate generals that were erected in the 20th century with the goal of …


UPDATED: Sun., Aug. 13, 2017, 7:58 a.m.

In aftermath of Charlottesville violence, local lawmakers, activists express rage and sorrow

The greater part of a continent separates Virginia from the Inland Northwest, but even so, the aftershocks of Charlotteville’s violent clashes could be felt across the region Saturday.


UPDATED: Sun., Aug. 6, 2017, 9:37 p.m.

Ivy League schools brace for scrutiny of race in admissions

A Justice Department inquiry into how race influences admissions at Harvard University has left selective colleges bracing for new scrutiny of practices that have helped boost diversity levels to new …


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 5, 2017, 9:37 a.m.

Controversial appointment clouds U.S. Senate race in Alabama

Alabama Sen. Luther Strange got his appointment to Congress earlier this year from a governor who later resigned under the cloud of an ethics scandal.


Black women picking up firearms for self-defense

It’s hard to find definitive statistics on gun ownership, but a study by the Pew Research Center released this month indicated that just 16 percent of “non-white women” identified themselves …


NAACP to embark on listening tour to plan its future

The NAACP announced a new interim leader on Saturday, along with a nationwide listening tour that will allow it to talk to local members and figure out what the future …


Alton Sterling’s family sues over black man’s shooting by police

The children of a black man killed by a white police officer in Louisiana’s capital sued the city on Tuesday, claiming the shooting fit a pattern of racist behavior and …