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UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 18, 2017, 12:16 p.m.

Shawn Vestal: Angela Davis remains an important voice in America’s struggle with racism

She grew up amid the church bombings in Birmingham, Alabama, of the 1960s – and went on to study at the Sorbonne. She was fired by the University of California …


Vestal’s novel ‘Daredevils’ claims top prize at Washington State Book Awards

Vestal’s win marks the third straight year the fiction prize has gone to a Spokane author.


Shawn Vestal: Sheriff says he doesn’t want to be Mayor Ozzie

He must be running for mayor. That’s the current conventional wisdom with regard to Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich.


Shawn Vestal: ‘I thought, this is my day to die’

Since 1973, 159 Americans have been exonerated following death-penalty convictions. Two of them shared their stories at Gonzaga University Wednesday night.


Shawn Vestal: Spokane Valley parental rights proposal endangers the rights of others

Should a parent who refuses to vaccinate their children be allowed to send them to school during a disease outbreak? Under a “parental rights” ordinance being floated by a Spokane …


Shawn Vestal: WSU researcher’s work rescuing frogs from extinction earns him national ‘Golden Goose’ award

WSU researcher Allan Pessier studied the fungus growing on the skin of frogs. His findings lead to a better understanding of why the world’s amphibians are dying off.


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 26, 2017, 10:55 p.m.

Shawn Vestal: This year’s state-by-state horse-trading with health care is offensive

If you need a further reason to be appalled by the congressional health care travesty, consider the current “repeal and replace” proposal in terms of the Washington-Idaho border.


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 24, 2017, 12:53 p.m.

When Luke met Ginger: Spokane couple breathe life into local arts scene

The 10th anniversary of Terrain is remarkable for many reasons. The annual downtown arts show has been a catalyst – maybe the catalyst – for renewed energy and creativity in …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 22, 2017, 12:17 p.m.

Shawn Vestal: Spokane is a leader as body cameras catch on at more police departments

Denis McCormick’s job is to monitor complaints about Denver police officers. When the department was getting ready to start wearing body cameras, he found out by reading about it in …


Shawn Vestal: Feds retreat from police reforms leaves Spokane without confirmation of major progress

Trump administration’s retreat from police reform efforts leaves Spokane without a final grade on its yearslong changes regarding transparency, oversight and community relations.


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 13, 2017, 6:01 a.m.

Shawn Vestal: Even if the homeless can’t be ‘fixed,’ Spokane should keep offering help

Randall and Steven, and people like them, represent perhaps the toughest frontier in the effort to combat homelessness – people who, for a host of reasons, remain unhelped, unhoused, un-“fixed”.


Olympia isn’t so different than that other Washington

Over the past few years, as Washington’s Legislature has deepened into intractability, some state lawmakers have occasionally tried to gloss over their difficulties by comparing themselves to their counterparts in …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 8, 2017, 2:37 p.m.

Shawn Vestal: Bigot bros put on a melodrama at WSU

They called it a “free speech rally.” A better description of the gathering at WSU’s Glenn Terrell Mall might have been “Alt-Right Melodrama,” starring Washington’s most famous bigot bro: James …


Personal Foodstory: Shawn Vestal makes – and listens to – his own bread

It is a simple, superior, satisfying food. But, for him, baking sourdough bread is not merely about eating it. Otherwise he’d just buy one of the excellent loaves at any …


Shawn Vestal: Mentoring lifts the grades of foster care kids failing school

Halfway through the last academic term, Rayanne was failing every one of her classes at Lewis and Clark High School. All six of them.


Shawn Vestal: In the silo of the true believers, where a fact is whatever you say it is

If you’re fearful about what might arise from an unstable, trigger-happy North Korea – to say nothing of how the current administration might handle it – you’re not alone.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 9, 2017, 11:43 a.m.

Shawn Vestal: Fagan’s case of Roswellian Syndrome a sign of the times

Does Spokane City Councilman Mike Fagan think extraterrestrials crash-landed at Roswell, New Mexico, in 1947, and that the government snatched up their bodies and constructed a cover-up? This is not …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 8, 2017, 3:49 p.m.

‘Daredevils,’ the debut novel by SR columnist Shawn Vestal, is a finalist for Washington Book Award

Former Spokane residents Sherman Alexie and Timothy Egan also up for the state’s highest literary honor.


Summer Stories at the River: ‘All Signs Dark’ by Shawn Vestal

Welcome to The River, the 2017 edition of The Spokesman-Review’s Summer Stories series. Beginning this week, we will feature 10 new works of short fiction by Spokane-area writers in the …


Shawn Vestal: Spokane Prosecutor Larry Haskell’s ‘get tough’ policies hinder successful Drug Court

Drug court is a proven alternative to jailing offenders, however Spokane County Prosecutor Larry Haskell is reluctant to use the program for those with lengthy criminal records.


UPDATED: Tue., June 27, 2017, 11:22 p.m.

Shawn Vestal: Kreidler fears ‘dumbing down’ of health insurance

Mike Kreidler calls it “dumbing down” health insurance. The Congressional Budget Office uses a different metric to measure the worsening of health insurance now proposed in Congress: sinking actuarial value.


Shawn Vestal: At its core, Hoopfest is a festival of play

A columnist’s dip into coaching shows him that fun, rather than fundamentals, is what underpins Hoopfest.


Shawn Vestal: The current political zeal for cutting poverty programs will leave millions of vulnerable children and adults hungry

Every month, more than 16,000 households in Spokane County receive federal help buying food.


UPDATED: Wed., June 14, 2017, 12:02 a.m.

Vestal: Let’s hope Idaho’s Sen. Jim Risch and other Republicans can stop playing for Team Trump

Last week, as millions of Americans tuned in to hear former FBI chief Jim Comey testify, Idaho Sen. Jim Risch took the lead in the weakest defense of presidential misbehavior …


UPDATED: Thu., June 1, 2017, 11:38 a.m.

Shawn Vestal: It’s early, but Stuckart’s heartened by polling

The election is 18 months away, but Ben Stuckart is finding fodder for optimism in early polling on his effort to unseat Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers.


UPDATED: Tue., May 30, 2017, 10:32 p.m.

Vestal: Rep. Matt Shea makes a desperate and silly attempt to shield himself from defamation lawsuit

Just curious: What kinds of defamation and libel laws will we have here once we’ve created the new God-honoring, gun-loving, Eastern Washington state of Liberty?


Robert Smith: Misconceptions surround self-defense cases

Even if we don’t carry a gun, at the least we may want to understand why cases sometimes end up with a verdict that may not make sense to us.


Shawn Vestal: Legislature collects another F over school funding

Ho hum. The Legislature flunks again.


UPDATED: Thu., May 18, 2017, 10:36 p.m.

Shawn Vestal: Homelessness is up, according to report, but that may not be a bad thing

Officially, Spokane’s homeless numbers went up significantly this year. Rob McCann thinks that’s great news.


Shawn Vestal: Spokane juries keep showing a loose definition of self-defense

Is there any kind of vigilante shooting-in-the-back that a Spokane jury won’t bless with a not-guilty verdict?