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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?


Shawn Vestal: Department of Justice review of Spokane Police Department has prompted changes the community can embrace

In big, broad ways, there is reason to feel proud of Spokane on this front: We have evolved from the city that sued and blamed the family of Otto Zehm …


Shawn Vestal: Racist truck sign honors shameful history

It’s not like the guy could be all that smart. But there’s no way Jim Valentine could be quite this dumb: The Post Falls man stuck a gross caricature of …


UPDATED: Thu., April 13, 2017, 11:02 p.m.

Shawn Vestal: Public records law strong for everyone but lawmakers

None of your business. Wondering how the Legislature’s coming along in its negotiations over funding education? Wondering who the legislative leaders are meeting with as they try to hash it …


Shawn Vestal: Refugee came too far to be greeted with racist fliers

Refugee Aung Zaw’s life has been full of enough strife that a few racist posters pasted to the door where he works didn’t rattle him too much. But the rest …


Shawn Vestal: The tale of how Pat and Patty met on St. Patrick’s Day

It was the Friday before St. Patrick’s Day, 1992, which meant St. Patrick’s Day season was well under way. Patty Henchel went to the Hi-Neighbor Tavern on North Monroe with …


UPDATED: Mon., March 13, 2017, 5:10 p.m.

Vestal: McMorris Rodgers backs GOP health care plan stripping insurance from Eastern Washington’s poor

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers and the GOP are yanking the rug out from under the poorest and most vulnerable people in her Eastern Washington congressional district.


Shawn Vestal: It’s a mad time, and that’s democracy

Are you mad? Seems that everyone is these days. And perhaps that’s okay, because sometimes incivility is a necessary and messy part of democracy.


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 16, 2017, 9:02 p.m.

Shawn Vestal: Ed Murray remembers the slow – then sudden – evolution toward marriage equality

Twenty years ago this month, the Washington Legislature passed the first of two bills “defending” marriage from gay people. Five years ago this month, the Washington Legislature became the first …


Shawn Vestal: When cops seize property, due process is lacking

When the president met with law enforcement officials this week, what made news was his flip comment that he might “destroy” a state senator’s career. What got less attention was …


Shawn Vestal: Breitbart and the ‘devastation’ of Twin Falls

Breitbart News’ treatment of Twin Falls, Idaho is illustrative of its approach to “news.”


Shawn Vestal: Turning the safety net over to states is a way to erode it, not reform it

Turning over welfare to the states has resulted in more people being mired in “deep poverty.”


Shawn Vestal: Rising wages associated with healthier infants

Do bigger paychecks help produce bigger babies? Some recent research suggests they might. That was one of several interesting and unexpected results of a recent attempt to check on the …