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Hal proves civility in political discourse possible

Hal Dixon once told me that we live in different worlds. Different political worlds, surely – Hal is a conservative, and I am not. But Hal, who is the most …


Conflicting evaluations mar trooper’s struggle with brass

Second of two parts. Is Allen Larned fit to return to work as a Washington State Patrol trooper?


Vestal: Trooper’s tangle stems from brain injury maze

First of two parts. One August midnight four years ago, Washington State Patrol Trooper Allen Larned was sitting in his patrol car on the side of Interstate 90.


Vestal: Mayor’s proposed cuts come at price of safety

Mayor David Condon’s proposed city budget accomplishes his main objective: keeping his campaign promise not to raise taxes. It does not, however, do what he says it does: preserve the …


Battling both cancer and the health care system

About a month ago, Donna Preece, held a car wash with some family and friends. They stood out on Division holding signs. They took donations. They washed cars Friday and …


Shawn Vestal: How about sharing the NCAA wealth?

We’ve heard all the perfectly reasonable reasons for the wild salaries being paid to the new football coaches at Washington State University. You gotta pay to compete. Everybody does it. …


Few funds, big impact

There’s nothing to do. If every child in every town in every state in every nation of the world hasn’t said this, they must have felt it, at least once. …


Shawn Vestal: Face-Off’s focus on students is debatable

Jennifer Walther is incensed that anyone would insult her Ferris High School students. So let’s be clear: It’s not Walther’s students who deserve to take heat over the planning of …


Anti-noise plan deserves a hearing

How loud do you like your amplified blues harmonica? That’s the real question underlying the proposal to change Spokane Municipal Code 10.08.020.


Love and hate – it’s all in how you look at it

Maybe this is what they mean by a love-hate relationship. Call a bigot on their hatred and all they can talk about is love. Their love of white people. Their …


Shawn Vestal: In a recession, honesty is at an all-time low

So, to recap: The country sinks into a massive recession, caused by a fraudulent, out-of-control, unwatched-over financial institutions and free-market wheeler-dealers. The rest of us suffer. Jobs vanish, pay cuts …


Shawn Vestal: Pardon would let wayward kids hear Ague’s story

Gov. Chris Gregoire has been fairly tight-fisted with pardons. But Starcia Ague presented a case the governor couldn’t refuse. Ague – a young woman who has spent eight years triumphing …


Shawn Vestal: Spokane man strikes hard bargain for rare book on ‘Pawn Stars’

Rick MacKinnon’s day-to-day life sometimes resembles reality TV: “American Pickers.” “Hoarders.” “Storage Wars.” But it was MacKinnon himself lending reality to television recently, when a 220-year-old book he discovered while …


Vestal: School fire destroyed big part of tribal member’s past

In the late 1970s, after a stint at secretarial school and a time in Spokane, Mariane Nomee moved home. For Nomee, that meant DeSmet, Idaho. The Coeur d’Alene Reservation. And …


Shawn Vestal: Taco can be the way to answer region’s racists

Matt Anderson grew up not far from the old Aryan Nations compound. He’s seen all the haters have to offer, but he didn’t necessarily expect them to come out against …


Shawn Vestal: Ombudsman shows aptitude for his job, however defined

The police chief has an excellent question about the city’s cops watchdog. What, exactly, is Tim Burns’ authority?


Trio has strange way of showing love for kids

John Beal, Marilyn Montgomery and Duane Alton just love children. They love them so much, in fact, that they’ve spent thousands of dollars opposing bond measures in districts where they …


Shawn Vestal: Years after West scandal, man finds compassion, learns caution

Years after West scandal, Ryan Oelrich finds compassion, learns caution. Subject of documentary hopes film clears clouded perception of his role in Mayor West scandal.


Vestal: Faulty airbag deployment, GM rattle driver

Alana Brown-Clutter was driving her nice, newish Pontiac G6 out of her apartment complex in August when she was rocked by a loud explosion. “I thought someone had shot me,” …


Vestal: Sparks of creativity ignite engaging evening

Someone ought to steal this approach for business meetings. Got a big idea? Take five minutes.


Vestal: Kirkpatrick’s ‘protocol’ lecture missed the point

Earlier this week, 13 days after a cop fatally shot a citizen on his own property, Spokane police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick appeared before the public. Basic information about the shooting …


Shawn Vestal: Murderer in the clear is two lives in the red

In August 1959, Edmond Gray punched, kicked and beat his wife with a belt so badly she had to seek medical care. On April 22, Gray made a brief appearance …


Changing course after serving time

One April morning eight years ago, police in Thurston County showed up at the home of young Starcia Ague and her father. The mobile home and shed were filled with …


the falls, shawn vestal, marion jones, larry craig

If you’re ever in big trouble, the kind of trouble that requires a press conference apology, remember this: Be deeply sorry. It’s the perfect phrase for the dubious apology. Larry …