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A week of protests across the country

The horrific death of a Black man in police custody in Minneapolis ­– and the slow rate at which the wheels of justice seemed to turn afterward – ignited a firestorm of protests around the country this weekend. Here’s a look at some of the major happenings:

The birth of cable news

Once upon a time, you could watch TV news in the mornings (think NBC’s “Today” show), in the evenings and maybe again at night. The rest of the time, you relied on radio or newspapers. All that changed 40 years ago today with “the 24-hour news cycle” brought on by the creation of CNN.

The decline of smoking

In the 60 years since the American Heart Association found much higher death rates from heart attacks among heavy smokers than among nonsmokers – and the 56 years since the surgeon general’s office issued its first report on the harmful effects of smoking – Americans are lighting up less frequently.

The 50 richest people on the planet

The world is in the grip of a pandemic. Folks are working at home, being furloughed. Unemployment offices are swamped with record numbers of applicants.

53 essential No. 1 disco hits

Forty years ago Sunday, “Funkytown” by Lipps Inc. hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, becoming the final big hit of the disco era. Here’s a look at 53 essential No. 1 disco hits to help you remember how to shake, shake, shake your booty.

1940: The evacuation from Dunkirk

Eighty years ago today, Britain began an enormous rush to pull its troops out of France. British Prime Minister Winston Churchill feared this would become known as the greatest military disaster Britain had ever seen. Instead, it would be one of its most heroic moments.

Weird movie coincidences

In the drama business, sometimes art imitates life. Often that’s intentional (think biopics and historical dramas). Sometimes, it’s not. But even more strangely, sometimes LIFE imitates ART. Now, THAT can be an opportunity to get awfully freaked out.

‘Newhart’ and 14 other memorable TV sendoffs

When a TV series ends, does it go out with a typical episode? With a “clip show,” revisiting moments over the life of the series? Or does it take the premise of the series a step further and make a creative leap that leaves fans aching for more?

Through the tail of Halley’s Comet and 15 other notable mass freakouts

On this date 110 years ago, the Earth passed through the tail of Halley’s comet. A French astronomer noticed that a spectroanalysis of the comet suggested the presence of cyanogen, a toxic gas. So, naturally, he announced the gas would “impregnate the atmosphere and possibly snuff out all life on the planet.”

From Mercury to Artemis, spacesuit fashions through the years

Sorry, Darth Vader, but our spacegoing heroes will not be wearing long, flowing black capes and scary breathing masks. Instead, they’ll wear pretty much what they’ve always worn: Practical suits designed to keep them alive and safe, far above the Earth.

Eruption of Mount St. Helen’s

At 8:32 a.m. on May 18, 1980, all the rumblings, the trembling, the minor earthquakes, the bulges in the mountain and the occasional venting of steam led to an enormous eruption that generated the thermal energy equal to 26 megatons of TNT, hurled ash 15 miles into the air, killed 57 people and caused more than $1 billion in damage.

McDonalds and the largest chains for fast food

On this date 80 years ago, the first McDonald’s restaurant opened in San Bernardino, California. Before long, the U.S. would be stuffed from sea to shining sea with fast food franchise restaurants.

A tally of every space launch by every nation

There was a moment in the 1983 movie about the early history of NASA, “The Right Stuff,” when an astronaut comments: “No bucks, no Buck Rogers.” Space travel is expensive.

‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz’ turns 120

Playwright, chicken farmer and children’s book author L. Frank Baum published “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” 120 years ago Sunday. The book would sell out its first run of 10,000 copies in eight months and go on to sell a total of 3 million copies before it fell into the public domain in 1956.

The history of constitutional amendments

In the 231 years and two months that the U.S. Constitution has been operating, congress and the various states have updated that constitution 27 times. Here’s a closer look at our constitutional amendments – plus a few that didn’t pass.

Glacier National Park turns 110

On this date 110 years ago, Glacier National Park was created in Montana, becoming the nation’s 10th national park.

The end of smallpox

Forty years ago today, the World Health Organization declared smallpox eradicated from the face of the Earth.

NFL coach Don Shula’s legendary career

Don Shula – who died Monday at age 90 – won more games than any other NFL coach and was the only NFL coach who led a team to a perfect Super Bowl-winning season. Shula had just two losing seasons over 33 seasons as coach of the Baltimore Colts and the Miami Dolphins. Here’s a look at Shula’s remarkable career:

Nurses, the unsung heroes of today’s coronaviral world

Nurses – surely the unsung heroes of today’s coronaviral world – come in all varieties. They have different levels of training, different specialties and different acronyms to describe their profession. One thing they all have in common: They aim to make life a little better for patients and their families.

Smokey Bear was found 70 years ago

When the U.S. Forest Service needed a symbol to draw the nation’s attention to the danger of wildfires, Uncle Sam just wouldn’t do. Bambi, despite his success in a popular Disney movie, wouldn’t do either. Only Smokey Bear – a little bear cub who was found after a forest fire 70 years ago Saturday – could do the job.

How low can gas prices go?

Just when you don’t need gas – because there’s nowhere to go – gas prices have hit their lowest point in 12 years.

National Guard fires on unarmed student protesters at Kent State in 1970

On this date 50 years ago, National Guard troops fired on unarmed student protesters at Kent State University in Ohio, killing four and wounding nine. The incident would become a key point in the turning of American public opinion against the Vietnam War. Here’s how the tragedy unfolded:

How ‘the U-2 incident’ went down

Sixty years ago today, the Soviet Union shot down a U.S. spy plane and took its pilot prisoner. What came to be called “the U-2 incident” would derail peace talks and set back international diplomacy for years. Here’s how it all went down:

History of North Korea’s Kim Dynasty

On April 15, North Korea celebrated the Day of the Sun: The birthday of the founder of the country, Kim Il Sung. A notable no-show for the annual celebration: Kim’s grandson and current head of state, Kim Jong Un. This has led to several questions: Where is the 36-year-old Kim, why has he not been seen in public and what might that mean to the balance of power on the Korean peninsula? Here’s a look at the Kim dynasty:

The end of World War II in Europe

Seventy-five years ago this week and next, the European phase of World War II finally came to an end as Allied troops neutralized German defenses, liberated captured cities and prison camps and overran most of Germany itself.

Nancy Drew, through the years

Nancy Drew – sometimes a supersmart sleuth, sometimes a hardworking amateur who gets lucky at solving mysteries, but perpetually a teenager – turns 90 today.

The career of baseball legend Babe Ruth

Today is National Babe Ruth Day, in honor of one of the greatest baseball players ever. Ruth played 22 seasons, setting records for most years leading the league in home runs, most total bases in a season, highest slugging percentage in a season and most career home runs – the latter mark would stand for 39 years.

Work stoppages in professional sports

When it comes to what they hate, sports fans have a number of things in common: inflated ticket and concession prices; star athletes who use performance-enhancing drugs; Skip Bayless. Also high on that list would be strikes and lockouts.

YouTube and seven internet icons, from their beginnings

On this date 15 years ago, the first video was uploaded to YouTube. A year later, the video-sharing platform would sell itself to Google for $1.65 billion, and today it brings in an estimated revenue of $15 billion a year. Here’s a look at the origins of YouTube and some other popular websites.

50 years of Earth Day

Earth Day is the day to celebrate our home planet, to make ourselves more aware of environmental issues that affect it and to do what we can to make our little corner of it healthier and safer. Today is also the 50th anniversary of the first Earth Day.

Newspapers 101

To help you understand why we’re not “fake news,” it might help if we explain how newspapers work and the divisions between news reporting and commentary.

Fake News - What is it?

How did we go from the trustworthiness of “Uncle Walter” and “Chet and David” of the 1960s to today, when so many Americans say they neither trust nor like the news media? It has less to do with news reporting and editing and more to do with rapidly changing technology, nefarious manipulators and a public that often doesn’t take the time to stop and engage in critical thinking.

90 years of “Looney Tunes”

On this date 90 years ago, Warner Bros. released its very first “Looney Tunes” animated short. Here’s a look at the animation studio’s cartoon legacy.

A history of assassination attempts on a President

155 years ago today, President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated by a famous actor who was angry in how the Civil War had turned out. He would be the first of four presidents to be killed in office.

Apollo 13, 50 years later

On this date 50 years ago, NASA nearly lost three astronauts when an oxygen tank aboard Apollo 13 exploded en route to the moon. Here’s how the mission unfolded:

COVID-19 SPOKANE COMMUNITY RESOURCES

During the COVID-19 quarantine, questions crop up every day: Can I apply for unemployment? How can I feed my kids? Where can I go with help for the rent? Here is a list of resources to help Spokane-area residents navigate life during coronavirus.

Advertising Mascots

Fifty-five years ago this fall, the Pillsbury Dough Boy made his debut in advertisements and quickly became a part of American pop culture. Here are 34 iconic ad mascots from the past 133 years.

Quarantines Through History

Mary Mallon was an Irish-born cook who immigrated to New York City in the 1880s. She carried the bacteria that causes typhus but was apparently immune to it herself. City officials finally traced sporatic cases of typhus to Mallon. In 1907, “Typhoid Mary” was placed in quarantine at North Brother Island in the East River, near Rikers Island and what is now LaGuardia Airport.

SECOND ACTS - Athletes with Other Teams

While the rest of the world was busy dealing with the coronavirus, Tom Brady shook up the NFL by leaving New England — his home for the past 20 years — for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. But Brady won’t be the first professional player to change teams near the end of his career:

CELEBRITY BRUSHES WITH DEATH

On this date 30 years ago, Miami Sound Machine singer Gloria Estefan nearly lost her life when a semi truck crashed into her tour bus. Estefan isn’t the only famous musician, actor or writer to nearly be killed. Here’s a dozen examples — some of which you might remember:

The endangered middle class

While the stock market may have reached new heights over the past few months, the simple fact is: Not much of that prosperity has trickeled down to the middle class. For the middle class, income is stagnant, buying power is reduced and hope for the future is diminished. A look at the numbers:

Keeping Your Kids Busy

Your children are home from school for the next several weeks. Their teachers are sending work for them to do. That’s keeping them occupied for — what? — maybe 45 minutes a day? That still leaves an awful lot of free time for kids to become awfully bored. And for parents to become awfully frustrated. And desperate.Fear not: We have suggestions.

Green Day - St. Patrick’s Day in the USA

Next Tuesday, put on your finest green shirt, pin a shamrock to your chest, buy a corned beef sandwich for lunch and drink a Guinness. Or two. For Tuesday will be St. Patrick’s Day, the day to celebrate all things Irish. Here’s how some of the more common traditions began

Primary Colors

Primary presidential elections in Washington and Idaho. For Republicans, the choice will be easy: President Donald Trump is running unopposed. Democratic voters will find 13 names on their ballots, but several — Pete Butigieg, Amy Klobuchar, Michael Bloomberg and Elizabeth Warren — have dropped out of the race. Here’s a look at the last eight presidential election cycles in Washington and Idaho:

Testing for the Coronavirus

It’s become clear — as more people in Washington state and across the nation are diagnosed with the coronavirus — that COVID-19 has been with us for weeks. Why wasn’t it detected earlier? It all comes down to testing: Officials simply weren’t able to test earlier.

Your Guide to Super Tuesday

After smaller primaries and caucuses in a handful of states, a whopping 1,357 delegates are up for grabs in Super Tuesday primaries across 14 states and territories. Just to make things more interesting, two candidates — Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar — have dropped out of the race.

NASA Plans Return to the Moon

Last spring, the White House directed NASA to put astronauts on the moon by 2024. That would require an enormous increase in the agency’s budget — and at a time when D.C. politics aren’t favorable to more big-ticket items or more requests from the Trump administration. Meanwhile, NASA is recruiting more astronauts to fly its projected Artemis missions and is moving forward on getting a real lunar landing vehicle built.

Valentine’s Day

The average American will spend $196.31 on Valentine’s Day candy, cards, jewelry or other items. But how did Valentine’s Day get its start as a day to treat your sweetie?

A Curling Primer

Curling has been around since 16th-Century Scotland — although many Americans weren’t familiar with it until it reappeared in the Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan, in 1998. The 2020 USA Curling Nationals will be held beginning Saturday at Eastern Washington University.

A History of Newspaper Puzzles

Puzzles are a relatively recent addition to daily newspapers. The first crossword puzzle appeared in Joseph Pulitzer’s New York World only 106 years ago. Here’s a look at how your favorite pastime developed over the years:

Your Guide to the 2020 Primaries

It might seem like the 2020 campaign has been under- way for months, now. In fact, Republicans in Hawaii assigned their convention delegates in December. Here’s what you need to know about primary season:

Superbowl Victory Margins

Sometimes, the Super Bowl is super. Other times, not quite so much. Here’s a look at victory margins over the game’s 53-year history.

Everything You Need to Know About Impeachment

The first and most important thing to know: “impeachment” is like an indictment. It’s a finding that a crime may have been committed. After an official has been impeached, he or she faces a trial in the Senate. Only a two-thirds vote in the Senate will remove that official from office.

Dimensional Duplication - 3D Printing Guide

3-D printing — also called additive manufacturing — is a process in which a solid object is created by laying down successive layers of material such as plastic or polymer, among other materials.

1910 Fire - The Big Burn Across Montana and Idaho

The Great Fire of 1910 — better known in these parts as The Big Burn — came to life on Aug. 20, 1910, when gale-force winds caused a number of smaller wildfires throughout northern Idaho and Northwestern Montana to grow and combine into much larger blazes.

Klay Thompson Returns to WSU to Retire His Jersey

NBA great Klay Thompson — part of three NBA championship teams with the Golden State Warriors and half of the famed Splash Brothers duo — returns Pullman today to have his college hoops jersey retired by Washington State University.

The Life and Times of Steve Gleason and ALS

Over the last quarter-century, Steve Gleason went from being a student at Gonzaga Prep to a standout football star at Washington State, a professional football player for the New Orleans Saints, a symbol of that city’s recovery from Hurricane Katrina and, now, a beacon for patients with ALS. A look at the life of Gleason, who received a Congressional Gold Medal in Washington, D.C., Wednesday.

Steve Gleason Receives Congressional Gold Medal

Next week, Spokane’s Steve Gleason will join an elite group of military heroes, explorers, civil rights figures and scientific figures who have received the Congressional Gold Medal.

Bowling for Dollars - College Bowl Counts and Facts

Once upon at time, playing in a bowl game meant something. It meant your team was one of the best of the best — good enough to merit a bonus game during the holidays ... preferably, in a warm climate.

Elite of the Elite - How Gonzaga Compares to the Top 8 Teams in the League

What would it take for Gonzaga to join the elite men’s college basketball programs? Name recognition would help — you can’t buy publicity like the program received from Jimmy Kimmel’s ribbing last season. And more wins to dive deeper into the bracket each year would help, of course.

WSU - A Half-Century of Nursing

Washington State’s College of Nursing is celebrating its 50th birthday this year. The program has grown from a class of 37 in 1969 to more than 650 undergraduates on six campuses across the state.

Midnite Mine - Radioactive Uranium Mine

In the midst of this gorgeous natural paradise we call the Inland Empire is a ticking time bomb — a radioactive Superfund site that has possibly poisoned hundreds of local residents and won’t be cleared of danger — to the federal government’s standards, at least — for another half-decade.

WSU Football Passing Records - Passing into History

Already the leading single-season yardage passing leader in Washington State history, quarterback Anthony Gordon is likely to join the 5,000-yard club during today’s game against Washington.

Parallel Paths - Eric “Big Ed” Edelstein Acting Career and the Zags

Hollywood actor Eric “Big Ed” Edelstein will make a return appearance to Spokane on Monday when he co-hosts an event to help kick off Gonzaga’s 2019-2020 basketball season and to commemorate how the school’s international recruiting efforts have been instrumental in building the Zags into one of college basketball’s elite programs.

27 Questions for Your 2019 Spokane Mayoral Candidates

The Spokesman-Review asked Ben Stuckart and Nadine Woodward, Spokane’s candidates for mayor, a series of questions to learn their positions on important issues that may not make it to a debate stage or candidate profile. Their answers have been edited and paraphrased for brevity. Quotes are directly from their responses.

Football Concussions

It’s that time of year again: The increasing crispness of the fall air, the marching bands, cheerleaders and the renewal of football rivalries. All too often, however, this is also the time of year a lot of young people begin suffering from traumatic head injuries due to collisions on the field — especially a football field. Here’s what you need to know about high schoolers and sports head injuries.

1969: a year that shaped history

Momentous events. Artistic or technical achievements. Cultural touchstones. Moments of pain or delight. Call them what you will, the Summer of 1969 — in fact, the whole year — was full of them.

The most-loved comics in history: a timeline

Civilizations come and go. Politicians come and go. Poets and authors and TV actors come and go. Comic strips come and go, too. The biggest difference between them and the others, perhaps: Comic strips are fondly remembered.

A look at the career of “Non Sequitur” cartoonist Wiley Miller

“Non Sequitur” returns — by popular demand, no less — to the pages of your Spokesman-Review Sunday. And Monday, the creator of the comic strip, Wiley Miller, will appear at Spokane’s Bing Theater for a town hall-type session with SR editor Rob Curley. Here’s a brief look at Wiley’s cartooning career:

The history of the comics section

The first newspaper comic strips developed about 124 years ago — give or take a couple of voice balloons — but why? Not to make readers smile — although that’s a good reason to have them. Not to sell plush animals and calendars and paperback book reprints. Not to give artists something to do. No, newspapers created comic strips in the 1890s for one main purpose: To sell newspapers, of course. They’ve done a pretty good job of that for more than a century.

Fifty years ago today: Apollo 11 lands

On this date a half-century ago, two NASA astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first Earthlings to set foot on the moon while an estimated 530 million people back home watched on live TV. There was no one-hour photo-developing service on the moon in July of 1969 and Instagram wasn’t quite up and running just yet. So Neil and Buzz would be forced to bring their film back to Earth before they could see their pictures.

Spokane’s Looff Carrousel is 110 years old today

On this date 110 years ago, the Looff Carrousel began operating at Spokane’s Natatorium Park. Since then an estimated 25 million riders have climbed aboard the original hand-carved, hand-painted and regularly-restored horses for a three-and-a-half minute merry-go-round ride through history.

Fifty Years ago today: Apollo 11 launches

On this date 50 years ago, NASA launched three astronauts into space. Four days later, two of them would make history by becoming the first Earthlings to set foot on the moon. What may be one of mankind’s greatest technical achievements was a technological marvel that came to be called the Saturn V rocket.

How to deliver a newspaper to the International Space Station

Astronaut Anne McClain, who recently returned from six months on the International Space Station, subscribed to The Spokesman-Review’s daily e-edition during her time in orbit. We hope she enjoyed reading her hometown paper. But this brings up an interesting question: If we had to, just how could we deliver a printed copy of The Spokesman-Review to McClain in orbit?

Thirteen fun facts about the Fourth of July

Before you dive into your barbecue and hot dogs(or your barbecued hot dogs), check out these 13 things about our nation’s birthday that you might not know.

The Stonewall Inn raids and the history of Pride Month

It was a fairly routine police raid on a mafia-owned bar that catered to Greenwich Village’s carefully-closeted gay and lesbian clientele. But this raid, in the wee hours of the morning 50 years ago today, would lead to a week of skirmishes with police, rioting, protests ... and the birth of the Gay Pride movement.

June 28 in history: the beginning and the end of World War One

One hundred and five years ago tomorrow, a Serbian nationalist assassinated Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, setting into motion a dizzying series of international events that led to the start of what would become World War I. One hundred years ago tomorrow, world leaders signed a treaty in Versailles, France, aimed at bringing peace to all of Europe forever, at the expense of Germany.

How the summer solstice compares to the rest of the year

Today will be the longest day of 2019 in and around Spokane. Daylight hours today will last just 23 seconds shy of 16 hours — which will be 7 hours and 34 minutes longer than the shortest day of the year, our winter solstice on Dec. 21.

The 39 times attorney general Bob Ferguson has sued the federal government

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson and his office have filed or joined in 39 lawsuits against the federal government since Donald Trump took office as president on Jan. 20, 2017. Ferguson will appear at a town hall June 12, 2019 at Spokane’s Montvale Event Center, in a conversation with Spokesman-Review Olympia Bureau Chief Jim Camden.

75 Years Ago Today: the D-Day Invasion of France

The tide of World War II had already begun to turn for Germany. The Axis’ march into Eastern Europe was halted by the Soviet Union. Germany was pushed out of North Africa. Rome fell to the Allies on June 4. But France had spent four long years under German occupation. Months in planning, the Allies’ Operation Overlord launched from the coast of England with nearly 7,000 vessels and more than 100,000 troops — the largest amphibious invasion in history.

Man of the House

Thirty years ago this week, Spokane’s Tom Foley was elected Speaker of the House of Representatives. Foley served 15 terms in the House, representing Washington’s 5th Congressional District, chaired the House Agriculture Committee and served as U.S. ambassador to Japan. Here’s a look at Foley’s political career:

Our War Casualties

Each tiny star making up this U.S. flag represents a serviceperson from Washington or Idaho who became a casualty of war in order to protect our freedom.

A History of U.S. Tariffs

Tariffs are essentially a tax on imports. Last year, the U.S. expected to take in about $40.4 billion in customs duties and fees on imported goods. You’re hearing a lot of partisan talk these days about increases in tariffs — especially goods from China. But the truth is, this kind of talk is nothing new. Tariffs in the U.S. have always been politicized. They’re often protectionist or retaliatory. And while it’s easy to argue that higher tariffs often backfire — like during the Great Depression — one can also argue that they’ve been effective at times in protecting U.S. business interests.

Tom Sneva at Indy

On this day 45 years ago, Spokane’s own Tom Sneva drove in his first Indianapolis 500 race. He’d go on to run 18 Indy 500s, win once, finish second three times and qualify to start in first place three times. Here’s a look at Sneva’s history in the Indy 500:

William Shatner - a long and prosperous career

The movie and TV actor, author, singer, documentary maker and one of the most visible icons from 1960s pop culture — as Capt. James T. Kirk on “Star Trek” — appeared Friday, May 17, at the FICA. Here's a look at his career.

THE FIGHT AGAINST POLIO

The world has made progress in the fight against polio, but it still has a ways to go before the disease is eradicated completely. Here’s a look at polio and its status in the world today.

A (subtle) change in your change

Coming soon, to your pocket: Quarters with a tiny “W” on them. This denotes they were created at the U.S. Mint facility in West Point, N.Y. The Mint says these new “W” coins are a limited edition — only 10 million will be made. This is about 1% of the quarters made this year.

Hit the road

The 43rd running of the annual Lilac Bloomsday Run, a 12-kilometer race through the streets of Spokane and the surrounding area.

Bing Crosby: Swinging on a Star

Seventy-five years ago today, the movie “Going My Way” was released in theaters. The musical featured Spokane’s own Bing Crosby in a role that would win him an Academy Award and that featured him singing a song that would win an Oscar.

The Idea Man

Edmund O. Schweitzer III, founder and chief technology officer of Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories of Pullman, will be inducted Thursday into the Inventors Hall of Fame in Washington, D.C., for his invention of the SEL-21 multifunction digital relay. Here’s a look at his life and work.

A superhero movie viewer’s No. 1 problem

The good news: The latest installment in the popular Marvel Comics Cinematic Universe opens today: “Avengers: Endgame.” The bad news: It’s long—very long. Which could pose a problem to those of us who do not have superpowered bladders.

On Broadway

Spokane is about 3,000 miles away from Broadway, the world-renowned theater district in the heart of Manhattan. But that hasn’t meant that local performers have found steady work and success on the “Great White Way.” Here are a few of the talented writers, producers and actors from throughout the Inland Northwest who have had their theater dreams come true.

Further Review: Autism Spectrum Disorder

More than 3.5 million Americans live with autism spectrum disorder — a developmental disability that has no blood test, no illness-causing virus, and no cure. Why are so many children diagnosed these days with the disorder and what can be done about it?

The Tiger Woods Effect

The Tiger Effect was a phenomenon first detected not long after Tiger Woods entered the world of pro golf. Any tournament — especially the majors — in which he contended saw a big TV ratings bump.

Stop your phone’s incessant ringing from unwanted robocalls

Advances in technology have unfortunately allowed illegal, seemingly local robocalls to be made from anywhere in the world and more cheaply and easily than ever before. That’s why it’s become more of a problem for consumers and a more difficult problem to solve.

Spanish Flu outbreak in Spokane

At midnight on Oct. 8, the city orders all schools, churches, theaters, dance halls, poolrooms and other places where people would congregate closed. Public weddings and funerals were also banned ...

EWU vs. NDSU, a playoff rematch eight years in the making

After it nearly happened in four of the past six seasons, today Eastern Washington finally has second-division behemoth North Dakota State in its sights for an FCS title game showdown for the ages. The burgeoning rivalry between two of the FCS’ top teams stems from EWU’s dramatic 38-31 overtime win at home in the 2010 quarterfinals.

Hey WSU football, how’s your bowling game?

The Cougars’ postseason results have been a split over past 15 seasons. WSU awaits its highest-profile bowl matchup since 2003 as it looks to clean up after back-to-back Holiday Bowl letdowns

End of ‘Great War’ brought soldiers and civilians alike into the streets to celebrate

Following more than four years of bitter fighting across Europe, an official cessation of hostilities between Allied and Central powers on the Western Front of World War I took effect at 11 o’clock in the morning on the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918. Many Allied nations followed France and Great Britain in declaring Nov. 11 a national holiday.

In their view: How 5th District candidates weight these issues from a bit lighter side

The two candidates seeking Eastern Washington’s seat in Congress have spent the past several months answering questions about health care, immigration, the environment and taxes. They spent Monday afternoon talking about condiments. Ahead of the Nov. 6 conclusion of the closely watched contest between Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Lisa Brown, both women agreed to field questions on the lighter side on Election Day eve.

Taking a deeper look 5th District campaign finances

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers and challenger Lisa Brown have set fundraising records in the race for Eastern Washington’s Congressional seat, a contest that will likely cost greater than $10 million when the dust settles later this month. That has included frenzied advertisement buys on TV, radio and the internet, fueled in large part by both political action committees and individual donors.

How are things stacking up for both parties heading into Decision Day?

Despite a booming economy under Republican President Donald Trump and his populist administration, Democrats look to regain control of the House of Representatives for the first time since the 2010 midterms. Taking control of the Senate, however, will be a much tougher task this go round.

How 5th District candidates stand on health care

Cathy McMorris Rodgers has been firmly opposed to the Affordable Care Act since she cast her vote against it in 2010. She also was in favor of the Republicans’ replacement plan, the American Health Care Act, which barely failed a vote in the Senate last year. Her Democratic opponent, Lisa Brown, is more in line with Affordable Care Act, but supports significant upgrades, though she’s not advocating a Bernie Sanders’ Medicare-for-all system.

How 5th District candidates stand on finance

In the 5th District race for Congress, both candidates stress economics in their pitch to voters. The focus of incumbent Republican Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers is last year’s tax cuts. Democrat Lisa Brown stresses what she sees as a Republican emphasis on tax cuts favoring big businesses and the wealthy while debt skyrockets, creating pressure to cut programs helping the poor and middle class.

Kaiser Aluminum, 20 years after the strike

Two decades ago, USW Local No. 338, at 2,000 strong, walked off from what was believed to be a lifetime job to fight for better wages and safer working conditions at Kaiser Aluminum.

How 5th District candidates stand on Social Security

Social Security is one of the key issues Democrat Lisa Brown is highlighting in her quest to unseat Republican incumbent Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers in Congress. She has pledged to “fight any cuts to Social Security and Medicare” in one of her campaign ads now running on TV. McMorris Rodgers is stressing that no changes to Social Security are imminent, in large part because President Donald Trump doesn’t support major changes to the system.

How 5th District candidates stand on drugs and health

Since Washington and Colorado voters approved the recreational use of marijuana in 2012, federal officials have struggled to decide how to enforce federal marijuana law, which considers the drug as harmful as heroin. U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers has opposed legalization, though some of her positions on the drug have softened in recent times. Her opponent in the November election, Lisa Brown, has been more open to legalization. Here are their positions on marijuana policies, the nation’s opioid crisis and a few other health issues:

How 5th District candidates stand on abortion

In the race for Congress to represent Eastern Washington, two candidates mostly have differing views on the subject of abortion. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers has a long legislative record of supporting policies opposed to abortion. Her opponent, Lisa Brown, is a longtime supporter of abortion rights and has been endorsed by abortion rights groups.

Everything you need to know about Amazon’s new Spokane fulfillment center

Online retail giant Amazon's $181 million fulfillment center in west Spokane, with a footprint nearing 700,000 square feet, will begin hiring more than 1,500 full-time employees in 2019 to work alongside Amazon Robotics to pick, pack and ship items like games, housewares, school supplies and pet toys to the company’s ever-increasing customer base.

How 5th District candidates stand on the environment

Heading into Washington’s Aug. 7 primary elections, seven-term incumbant U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Spokane, faces four challengers to her seat in Congress. We asked three of the candidates for the 5th District congressional seat where they stand on 15 environmental issues, ranging from climate change to wildlife.

Looking for a Spokane-area home? Prices vary by neighborhood

Many factors influence housing prices, including the number of bedrooms and bathrooms, condition of the house and the school district. But consumers’ interest in particular neighborhoods, and the number of homes for sale there, are key to pricing.

Ten defining eras of the Spokane Indians minor league baseball franchise

John Barnes arrived in the Northwest to develop the Pacific Northwest League in 1890. He operated the Spokane franchise, which won the first pennant with a team featuring minor-league legends Piggy Ward, Abner Powell and George Borchers. Over the 127-plus years since then, the franchise has gone through ten notable eras, each with defining moments you can read about inside.

Innovia Foundation drives community transformation throughout the region

Since 1974, Inland Northwest Community Foundation has connected donors with what it sees as the region’s most pressing causes. Through donor generosity, it manages over 500 funds and its assets have grown to over $120 million and it has donated more than $70 million in grants to organizations in a 20-county area of our region to improve lives and communities.

Looking back a decade after the SuperSonics left Seattle

For the longest time, the state of Washington had one major professional sports champion - the SuperSonics - who delighted Northwest fans for many of their 41 seasons in Seattle, assembling teams of indelible players and etching themselves into our collective memory bank with unforgettable winning seasons.

The Odessa Aquifer that took an ice age and 10,000 years to fill is all but drained

Have you had a 10,000 year-old glass of water? The water that’s pumped up from the Columbia Basin’s deepest irrigation wells (some as deep as 2,500 feet) has been there for at least that long. Unfortunately, this prehistoric glass of water wouldn’t taste very good. Because of high pressure, water that deep is hot, about 125 degrees or as hot as a latte.

Cascade eruptions are a matter of when, not if

Located on the northeastern rim of the seismically active Ring of Fire the West Coast of the United States serves as a hotbed for boundless volcanic activity. Many of the more sizable peaks in the Cascade Range, stretching from British Columbia in the north to California in the south, house volcanoes - considered dormant but very much alive - that have shaped our region for hundreds of thousands of years.

One-day drives: How far can you get in 8 hours or less?

Whether you favor high country or the ocean, familiar landscapes or new experiences, you can see it all across the region’s four states and two Canadian provinces. All you need is a light packing job and a game plan, because two tanks of gas and a day’s drive can transport you farther from home than you think. Here are some spectacular Northwest destinations you can reach before dinnertime.

Bloomsday 2018 race day primer

Through last year’s run, Bloomsday’s downtown finish lines have welcomed 1,678,943 who’ve completed the 12- or 13-kilometer course. Just over 1.8 million started a Bloomsday race, making for 91.6 percent of starters making it all the way to the end. Here's what you need to know before you lace them up for the start of this year's run.

Bloomsday’s first 11 years

From its debut just over four decades ago, Bloomsday has annually captured the imagination - and many of the streets - of the city of Spokane. The first 11 years of the race saw record turnout follow record turnout, while the image of downtown avenues teeming with runners graduated from phenomenon to celebration, and finally, city icon.

Churches and religion

The modern religious landscape of the Inland Northwest, much like that of the United States as a whole continues to change, most notably driven by a decline in alignment with mainline Protestant churches in favor of evangelical and other nondenominational organizations.

Here’s how Gonzaga has come of age in recent NCAA Tournaments

While the Zags in their infancy may have started by walking before they could crawl in 1999, storming into the NCAA Tournament’s Elite Eight in just their second appearance and following that with consecutive Sweet 16 bids, Gonzaga fought through subsequent growing pains and arrived at the precipice of tournament adulthood in 2015.

The Rings that bind

The Olympic symbol, five interlocking rings representing the North/South American, European, Asian, African and Australian continents, was designed as a symbol of global representation of the Olympic movement. The 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, mark the return of the winter games to the Asian continent after a 20-year absence.

Gonzaga’s decade of dominance in Las Vegas

Since the West Coast Conference moved its year-end tournament to Las Vegas in 2009, Gonzaga has owned the league's automatic NCAA tournament bid, winning eight men's titles and seven for the women. Some historic performances from other teams' players have dotted the headlines, but a quick look at the banners hanging from GU's rafters leaves no doubt as to who's top dog.

Ponderosa Pine: Love it or hate it

The Ponderosa Pine is native to our region and often cursed because it sheds large piles of needles and cones each year. But there are plenty of reasons to appreciate this giant. A mature ponderosa is not fire prone and though our area has seen many tumble in storms, the tree is considered "one of the most stable of trees," according to Spokane city arborist Jeff Perry.

Winter Olympics bring world’s focus on Pyeongchang

The Olympic symbol, five interlocking rings representing the North/South American, European, Asian, African and Australian continents, was designed as a symbol of global representation of the Olympic movement. The 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, mark the return of the winter games to the Asian continent after a 20-year absence.

TET OFFENSIVE

Hank Melanson was 18 years old and had just landed near Khe Sanh in central Vietnam when he witnessed a fellow Marine shot and killed. The battle launched what came to be known as the Tet Offensive, the bloodiest period of a war that changed America forever.

Columbia space shuttle disaster

Thirty minutes after firing braking rockets and beginning re-entry to Earth's atmosphere over the Pacific Ocean, some temperature and tire pressure sensors went offline. Eleven minutes later, commander Rick Husband made a radio response just west of Houston that said "Roger . . . " and was then interrupted by static noise. Less than one minute later, 38 miles above Earth and traveling over 18 times the speed of sound, the vessel had disintegrated.

Remembering Great Alaska Quake, Tsunami

After a powerful undersea quake and a blast of cellphone alerts early on Jan. 23, 2018, Alaskans braced for a tsunami that was expected to smash into the state's southern coast and western Canada. The National Weather Service also issued lower-level watch advisories for Washington, Oregon, California and Hawaii. It stirred echoes of the Great Alaska Earthquake of 1964, a massive 9.2 magnitude that claimed 139 lives.

100 years ago, the world learned what a truly awful flu season was like

The 2017-2018 flu season has been extraordinary, but the numbers pale in the history of the world. The Spanish Flu (1918-19) saw as much as 40 percent of the world's population affected. In the U.S. alone, 675,000 died and more than 50 million worldwide. The Asian Flu (1957-58) killed 69,800 in the U.S. and 1-1.5 million worldwide. A decade later the Hong Kong flu killed one million and a decade after that another million died from the Russian flu.