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Car Tragedies Can Be Avoided

Well, this settles the argument over who gets to sit in the front seat. Auto makers and safety advocates are now saying children under 13 shouldn’t be in the front …


Toys Can Be Deadly Consumer Group Urges Caution

Holding an NBA Squirt Ball, 22-month-old Nick Magavern plays with Talentoy’s Puppy Play House during a news conference where the U.S. Public Interest Research Group announced its list of dangerous …


Protective Gear Really Works Not Enough In-Line Skaters Wear The Right Equipment

The flood of fractures and more serious injuries caused by in-line skating falls could be stemmed if skaters actually wore the protective gear safety experts have touted for years, a …


Outbreak May Prompt Juice Review Health Officials Considering Pasteurization Of Juices

An outbreak of E. coli bacterial poisoning thought to be caused by a health food fruit juice sold in seven Western states has prompted some federal and state health officials …


E. Coli Cases Are Traced To Fruit Juice Odwalla Inc. Recalls Beverages Made With Fresh Apple Juice After Outbreak

Health officials said Wednesday that 10 cases of E. coli bacterial contamination, including at least nine in children, have been traced to fruit juice made by Odwalla Inc., a company …


Retaining Wall Buckling From Years Of Car Crashes

The barrier holding up the street at Illinois and Crstline has taken quite a bit of battering over the years. Photo by Christopher Anderson/The Spokesman-Review


Lawmakers Hail Invention Of ‘Smart Gun’ Weapon Being Made For Police Can Be Fired Only By Its Owner

House lawmakers unveiled a high-tech “smart gun,” being developed for use by law enforcement officers, which can be fired only by its owner. The .40-caliber semiautomatic pistol, being developed by …


America West Plans To Boost Work Force

America West is adding more than 50 employees, including mechanics, after a federal inspection raised questions about its maintenance procedures, federal regulators said Wednesday. The Federal Aviation Administration conducted an …


Hazards To Get The Shaft A Little Dynamite Will Help Forest Service Seal Dangerous Abandoned Mine Openings

Getting ready to rumble. Forest Service workers drill holes for dynamite in the entrance to an abandoned mine shaft. Photo by Craig Buck/The Spokesman-Review


Pilots Told To Take Off More Slowly

Delta Air Lines advised its pilots Tuesday to take off more slowly to reduce engine stress after federal investigators said a crack in a recycled metal part may have caused …


Keeping Heads Above Water Flotation Devices Can Often Save Lives

With the summer boating season upon us in the Inland Northwest, it’s important to not only have, but wear and know how to use, personal floatation devices. File/The Spokesman-Review


Rules Will Govern Young Pilots

New limits probably will be set on young people flying airplanes, including a ban on their trying to set airborne records, Transportation Secretary Federico Pena said Thursday. Pena ordered a …


District 81 Works To Halt Gun Incidents Statistics For Current Year Show Number Of Weapons Cases Tapering Off, But True Picture May Be Year Away

While the number of weapons incidents in Washington public schools fell last year, the Spokane School District’s weapons cases kept climbing. Better news for Spokane may be a year away. …


Isles Don’t Pin Injuries On Helmets

The New York Islanders are wearing helmets these days with two safety-approved decals and warning stickers in both English and French. The first two sentences read: “Ice hockey is a …


Speeding Drivers Put Students In Jeopardy

With two pickups stopped and three students beginning to walk across Sprague, the car at left races throuth the crosswlak outside Greenacres Junior High. Photo by Steve Thompson/The Spokesman-Review


Schweitzer Chairlift Closed For Season

The high-speed quad chairlift at Schweitzer Mountain Resort will remain closed for the rest of the ski season, resort officials said Friday. The lift was shut down last month after …


Security Concerns Prompt City To Give Id Tags To Workers

In an effort to tighten security at Spokane City Hall, the city is issuing photo identification cards to its 2,000 employees. City officials alarmed by increased violence in Spokane and …


Schweitzer Quad Lift Closed For Inspection

Schweitzer Mountain Resort closed its high-speed quad chairlift for five days, beginning Thursday, to inspect parts that may be defective. Lift Engineering and Manufacturing Co, the builder of the quad …


Asbestos Posed Risk, Parents Say

A lump of asbestos that fell from ceiling panels of a north Spokane elementary school posed no health risk to students, health officials said Wednesday. But the incident last week …


Space Heaters Require Plenty Of Space Fire Officials Warn People To Be Careful When Keeping Warm

Coeur d’Alene and Post Falls firefighters have been called to 27 chimney fires this winter. The Lake City Playhouse caught fire after a space heater with a spliced cord sat …


Helmet Foes Make Annual Trek To Capitol

Blue jeans and leather jackets joined the suit and tie crowd Monday at the Capitol. In an annual event, dozens of bikers from around the state rolled into town to …


Nuclear Rods Being Stored In Area Warehouse

Thousands of fuel rods destined for a commercial nuclear reactor at Hanford are being stored temporarily at a guarded warehouse in the Spokane area. The new fuel for the Washington …


A Few Last-Minute Reminders For Keeping Halloween Safe

Halloween is supposed to be scary, but it shouldn’t be dangerous. With a little care by parents and children, the day can be great fun and be safe. Since most …


Tracker, Corvette Fare Poorly In Study

The Geo Tracker and the Chevrolet Corvette have the highest driver death rates among 1989-93 passenger vehicles - nearly three times the average, according to a study funded by the …


Wear Bright Colors In Hunting Seasons

Hiking Fall is a brilliant season for backpacking, but it’s also the hunting season. While accidental shootings are extremely rare during hunting seasons, there’s no sense taking a chance of …


No Pranks For These ‘Frosh’ Officers Ease Into New Role At High Schools

City police officer Phil Trimble greets students at Coeur d’Alene High Wednesday, his first day on the job as a school resource officer. Trimble and officer Christie Westlake at Lake …


Drowsy Drivers Raise Highway Death Toll Some Suspect Holiday Weekends Even More Dangerous

Lindy Cater figures the empty coffee can was her downfall. “I’m usually tanked up on coffee,” she said. “We didn’t have any in the house.” So Cater started her weekly …


Head Smart Wearing A Bicycle Helmet Is One Simple Step To Health And Safety

A simple $25 purchase may be the best thing parents can do to protect their child against the No. 1 health threat to children today. Dr. Terence Neff, a pediatrician …


Propeller Worry Prompts Faa Order

The Federal Aviation Administration on Friday ordered the grounding of any planes similar to the Southeast Airlines turboprop that crashed Monday in Georgia if they are equipped with Hamilton Standard …


‘D-Zone’ Patrol Finds Variety Of Violations

Turning onto Division Street, the state trooper glanced at the license plate of a GMC Jimmy waiting to turn left near Hawthorne Road. Bingo. The patrol car’s lighted flashed on. …