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Chicago teachers went on strike Thursday, marching on picket lines after failing to reach a contract deal with the nation’s third-largest school district in a dispute that canceled classes for more than 300,000 students.


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Man accused of bringing stun gun, rifle to fist fight involving teens, is charged with multiple counts of assault

A 20-year-old man was arrested over the weekend under suspicion of shocking a 16-year-old girl with a stun gun and pointing a gun at several people during a late-night brawl at Meadow Ridge Elementary School in Mead.


Spokane Valley native National Guardsman, mom graduates from EWU 18 years after starting college

Ashley Cardinal signed up for the Army National Guard before her senior year of high school at West Valley High School in 2001. A career in the military and raising four children has delayed, but not diminished, her drive to graduate college, which culminated with commencement Saturday in Cheney.


AP: 3 million US students don’t have home internet

Nearly 3 million students around the country face struggles keeping up with their studies because they must make do without home internet. In classrooms, access to laptops and the internet is nearly universal. But at home, the cost of internet service and gaps in its availability create obstacles in urban areas and rural communities alike.


Five Mile Prairie senior Estir Konstantin says faith, family, teachers helped her through adversity

It’s easy for a person to let adversity define or impede them. Estir Konstantin doesn’t do what is easy.


Mead, Colbert residents say Highway 206, Market Street intersection should take priority in transportation plan

Residents of Mead and Colbert discuss the priorities for the Mead-Mt. Spokane Transportation Area plan.


Israeli scientists brew beer with revived ancient yeasts

Israeli researchers raised a glass Wednesday to celebrate a long-brewing project of making beer and mead using yeasts extracted from ancient clay vessels –some over 5,000 years old.


Mead School District board hears recommended areas to cut $12 million

In a lead-up to potential layoffs at the Mead School District, the board of directors heard recommendations on where to cut $12 million out of its budget.


Mead-area home partially destroyed in small landslide on private property

A northern Spokane County home on private property was partially destroyed in a small land slide this week.


New cyanide cleanup plan proposed for former Kaiser Aluminum smelter site in Mead

A groundwater plume stretching from the smelter shuttered in 2000 on Hawthorne Road would be pumped to the surface and treated near the new northside Costco under a plan proposed by the Washington Ecology Department and a public trust tasked with cleaning decades of contamination.


Girls were forced to wear skirts at school to ‘preserve chivalry.’ So they sued – and won.

This week a federal judge for the Eastern District of North Carolina ruled that a school’s policy toward girls’ clothing was unconstitutional, the culmination of a court fight that began in 2016 between three girls and the Leland, North Carolina, school’s administrators.


Elementary school teacher in Hayden arrested for alleged sexual abuse of a minor

Police arrested a 5th grade teacher in Hayden, Idaho, on Friday on suspicion of sexual abuse of a minor.


Chase Youth Awards celebrate students’ audacity, leadership among their peers

On Thursday night, Spokane celebrated the audacity of youth.


School climate strikes draw thousands to the streets in cities across the globe

A movement that began with a single teenager distributing homemade fliers outside the Swedish parliament last summer became a global phenomenon on Friday, as students worldwide skipped school and took to the streets to urgently demand that adults combat the perils of climate change.


Spokane’s Windsong School disputes claims of negligence, bullying of students

A lawsuit accuses a private school in Spokane of bullying kindergartners, encouraging them to bully each other and evoking “negative karma from past lives” to justify it all. Administrators at Windsong School have spent more than a year fighting the allegations, which they say are part of a smear campaign by disgruntled parents.


Washington State University, University of Idaho delay classes due to icy conditions

Washington State University in Pullman and University of Idaho in Moscow delayed classes Thursday morning as melting snow turned to ice overnight.


More eastern Idaho schools close because of illness

More eastern Idaho schools have been forced to close because of widespread flu-like illnesses.


Amid political turmoil, Ivanka Trump attempts a quiet swing through Idaho

The head of one of the world’s leading technology companies, and an adviser to and daughter of the nation’s president came to Idaho on Tuesday.


Combatting ‘compassion fatigue’: Initiative focuses on well-being of Clarkston School District’s staff and students

A large part of Bruns’ job is helping students at the high-poverty school in Clarkston. But now his responsibilities have grown to include a focus on the well-being of staff members after the Clarkston School District decided to pursue a wellness initiative focused on employees.