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Buckle That Belt Stop Thinking ‘It Can’t Happen To Me’ And Use Your Head

What is the first thing you do when you get into your car? Adjust the radio or pop in that new CD? I hope not. If you are involved in …


Lifeguards, Clean Water Big Draw For Pool-Goers

Flipping headfirst off the diving board at Holmbert Pool, Joel Perkins was one of dozens of kids making a splach at the outdoor county pool. Photo by Dan McComb/The Spokesman-Review


Jack In The Box Ignored Food Safety Regulations, Court Documents Say

The Jack in the Box fast-food chain knew about but disregarded Washington state laws that would have prevented the deadly 1993 outbreak of E. coli food poisoning, according to recently …


Deter Home Burglaries With Proper Lighting

In the next three months, more Americans are expected to travel on their vacations than they have for many years. Travel-industry employees aren’t the only people happy with this prospect. …


Horse Sense Horse Riding Is A Risky Sport, But Measures Can Be Taken To Make It Safer And Still Fun

1. Randy Lamey-Ochsner, 7, gets instructions from trainer Monty Collison, who says the most important safety factors are knowing your horse and riding at your skill level. Photo by Kristy …


Dole Proposal Deadly, Groups Say Measure Would Limit Efforts To Prevent E. Coli Infections

A coalition of 200 groups asked Congress on Tuesday to reject a bill restricting the government’s regulatory authority, saying it would lead to more food-poisoning illnesses and deaths. The bill, …


How Old Is Too Old To Drive? Senior Citizens Not Required To Pass Any Extra Testing

In 1918, Thelma Wilson got behind the wheel of a car for the very first time and drove away. She was 91 years old before she finally stopped.


Integrity Of Train Rail Questioned

Burlington Northern freight trains rumbling through Rathdrum have weakened a railroad crossing, says a mechanic who works nearby. Don Head of Norm’s Conoco Service on Idaho Highway 53 said the …


Seat Belts Helping Lower Traffic Fatalities In State Number Killed Last Year Lowest On Record Since 1970

Nearly 6,200 people killed on Washington highways, roadways and byways during the past year! That would have been the horrifying headline last Jan. 1 had the state’s traffic death rate …


Nuclear Plant Operator Faces Fine State’s Only Commercial Reactor Cited For Violating Control Room Procedures

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has proposed a $50,000 fine for operators of the state’s only commercial nuclear reactor for violating control room requirements. The Washington Public Power Supply System, which …


CV District Safety Program Is Meeting Topic

Safety and peer mediation programs at Central Valley schools will be discussed at a community policing organization meeting Thursday. Karl Ota, Central Valley School District’s safety committee chairman, will talk …


Leak In Natural Gas Furnace Causes Carbon Monoxide Scare

Dennis Larsen can’t say enough good things about the carbon monoxide detector he had installed in his Spokane Valley house. On April 22, it alerted his wife and four children …


Hepatitis Outbreak Prompts Precautions

After two new cases of hepatitis A in a week, health officials have ordered Kootenai County restaurant and day-care workers to wear gloves when handling ready-to-eat foods. A similar order …


Restaurant Workers Told To Wear Gloves

After two new cases of hepatitis A in a week, health officials have ordered Kootenai County restaurant and day-care workers to wear gloves when handling ready-to-eat foods. A similar order …


Most Of Dams In India Unsafe

Most of India’s dams are unsafe and could be swept away by floods, according to a confidential World Bank document published in newspapers Thursday. The study comes as hundreds of …


Chrysler Agrees To Replace Latches On 1984-94 Minivans

Chrysler Corp. said Monday it will replace the rear lift-gate latches on all of the automaker’s 1984-94 minivans, ending an 18-month investigation into whether the rear lift gates open on …


Four Incidents Reported Of Man Approaching Kids

Four incidents of a suspicious man approaching Valley schoolchildren have been reported to the Sheriff’s Department this month. The first two incidents appear to be related, Sheriff’s Detective Bill Francis …


Firefighters Gather To Analyze Tragedy

From left, firefighters Andy Lang, Richard Bacon and Paul Lines are in Coeur d’Alene for a conference seeking to improve safety procedures for hotshot crews in the wake of 28 …


Fda Faces Major Surgery But Officials Say Proposed Changes Would Imperil Public Health

Tombstones flank the grim headline: “If a murderer kills you, it’s homicide. If the FDA kills you, it’s just being cautious.” The full-page newspaper ads are part of a campaign …