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Eight previous attacks in or on the U.S. Capitol

The incident Wednesday in which a mob of supporters of President Donald Trump overran the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., is not the first time the building has found itself under attack. Over the past 185 years, the building and its occupants have been bombed three times, seen one presidential assassination attempt, an attack with anthrax-laden mail and a gun attack by four armed men from the gallery of the House of Representatives. And one incident in which a congressman nearly beat a Senator to death.

New Year’s traditions

New Year’s Eve is nearly upon us already (and, seriously, good riddance to 2020). Here’s a look at some of the New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day traditions in the U.S. and around the world:

Christmas by the numbers

Christmas 2020 has certainly been an odd year for many of us: There are fewer public gatherings and shopping habits have changed. But still, people are shopping and, presumably, sharing of gifts and good cheer is still at the center of our holiday plans.

A super American: Captain America turns 80

The iconic comic book hero Captain America first hit newsstands 80 years ago this month, in a book with the cover date of March 1941. Cap has starred in movies and serials, served as leader of the Marvel Comics superhero team the Avengers – and was frozen in a giant block of ice for a couple of decades. Here’s a look at the (fictional) life and times of Captain America, Steve Rogers.

The kinda sorta real Election Day

You remember Election Day, right? Six weeks ago tomorrow? Lots of political ads? Guys on TV, excitedly talking in front of giant U.S. maps? What if we told you that was just one Election Day for 2020 ... and that our next president is actually elected today?

Updating NASA’s plan to return to the moon

In early 2019, 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 folks on Capitol Hill haven’t been favorable to more big-ticket items or more requests from the Donald Trump administration. Despite the apparent lack of funding, NASA on Wednesday named 18 astronauts – including Spokane’s Anne McClain – to its team of astronauts to fly its projected Artemis missions and has been moving forward on getting a real lunar landing vehicle built.

Very special holiday TV specials

Forget trimming our trees or singing Christmas carols. Let’s admit what we really look forward to this time of year is watching the annual broadcasting of our favorite holiday TV specials.

The all-too-brief life of John Lennon

Forty years ago today – Dec. 8, 1980, John Lennon – former leader of The Beatles – was gunned down by a fan with mental issues in front of his apartment building near New York’s Central Park. Here’s a look at highlights of the post-Beatles career of Lennon:

Dec. 7, 1941: The ships at Pearl

Japan attacked the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, 79 years ago today. Several of the ships damaged or sunk that morning returned to service, thanks to heroic efforts by officers, sailors and repair contractors.

An expert’s guide to Chick-fil-A

A new fast-food joint opened Tuesday in Spokane: Southern-born, Southern-styled and Southern-run chicken sandwich restaurant Chick-fil-A opened its doors. What’s all the fuss about? Luckily, the writer and designer of your favorite Further Review pages – um, that’s me – is from the South and has eaten at Chick-fil-A my whole life. So here’s what you need to know:

Hot toys of 2020

It’s that time of year again, when parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, older brothers and sisters stand in long lines all in hopes of scoring a super-cool Christmas gift for those special little ones. In hopes of making your season just a little bit merry, here’s a quick guide to some of this year’s hottest toys:

The first Thanksgiving

As any schoolchild can tell you, the first Thanksgiving was celebrated after the Pilgrims’ first harvest in the New World in 1621. They served turkey and other favorites and invited their local Native American friends to join in their bounty. Or did they?

Elvis Presley, hit maker

Elvis Presley – the original “King of Rock ‘n’ Roll” – graduated from the regional Memphis-based Sun Records to a major recording contract with RCA Records in late 1955. He’d go on to sell 50.5 million 45 rpm records – and that’s not counting his many albums or tickets to the movies in which he starred. Here’s a look at Elvis’ success as a singles artist.

Uneasy journey: The Pilgrims’ trip to the New World

History tells us that the journey across the Atlantic in the Mayflower and that first winter in the New World was tough for the English settlers known as “the Pilgrims.” But what you might not know: Just how tough it was.

The mouse that roared: The evolution of Mickey Mouse

Mickey Mouse – who made his first appearance in Hollywood’s first comedy short film with sound – is one of the most iconic figures in entertainment history. Here’s a look at how Mickey was conceived and how he’s continued to evolve over 92 years.

A Hughes success: ‘Home Alone’ turns 30

In the early 1980s, John Hughes began a new career as a comedy screenwriter. In addition to practically reinventing the genre of the teen comedy in the mid-1980s, Hughes would pen such classics as the “Vacation” series of movies, “Planes, Trains and Automobiles,” and a film that turns 30 today – “Home Alone” – that is still the highest-grossing comedy in movie history.

The long history of Disney’s animated movies as ‘Fantasia’ turns 80

Eighty years ago this week, Walt Disney Productions released its third animated feature film, The symphonic music-themed “Fantasia.” Today it is regarded as a classic, selected for preservation in the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress. Here’s a look at “Fantasia” and the rich history of Disney’s animated movies.

With Honor: Facts and figures about veterans in the Pacific Northwest

Fighting in the Great War in Europe ended at the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918. Soon after, thousands of U.S. servicemen who had served in Europe began flooding back across the Atlantic. A day observing their service has grown into what we call Veterans Day – which we’ll celebrate Wednesday. Here’s a look at facts and figures about veterans in the Pacific Northwest:

The ‘dot-com’ crash of 2000

It didn’t take long after the World Wide Web entered our lives for Wall Street to discover the quick, profitable returns possible by investing in online ventures. “Dot-coms” were hot, hot, hot at the time. And web creators were only too happy to sell stock in their work. But with easy, plentiful money came questionable managerial decisions, fast, frivolous spending and bloated payrolls – in some cases, with no viable product in hand. The result: What’s now called the Dot-com crash

A look at Dolly Parton’s career

Country music legend Dolly Parton has a new Christmas album that debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard holiday album chart and a new book detailing her career as a songwriter. Here’s a look at Dolly’s life and times:

Your guide to Election Night

Electoral votes and swing states and poll numbers and turnout and absentee ballots ... it’s all so very much to take in every four years. One big thing to know: It’s quite possible we won’t know the winner on Election Night.

What is a blue moon?

Only once in a blue moon can we report to you that we’ll have a blue moon this weekend. However, blue moons happen a lot more frequently than you might think. It’s only been 17 months since our last one.

A look at Bing Crosby’s hit records

After growing up in Spokane and performing regularly at the Clemmer Theatre – now called the Bing Crosby Theater – Bing Crosby and his pal Al Rinker left Spokane in 1925 to try to make it big in Hollywood. By the end of 1930, Crosby’s path was clear: He set out to become a solo artist. History – and the record-buying public – would take it from there.

A dozen classic skits from “Saturday Night Live”

A week during the closing stages of a presidential election cycle just isn’t complete until we see what the wiseacres at NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” have to say. Even in its 46th season, “SNL” provides some of the most biting political satire you’ll find anywhere. Today is the 30th anniversary of a non-political skit – an audition for Chippendales dancers in which ... something ... doesn’t seem quite right. In honor of that, here are a dozen great moments from the history of “SNL.”

Oops! The story behind one of the biggest headline goofs ever

The picture above – which was taken 72 years and nine days ago – is more than just about an incorrect headline. While the Chicago Tribune was certainly at fault here, plenty of blame can also go to poor polling techniques, overconfident politicians and voters who, by golly, just didn’t vote the way they were expected to.

Speed demons: The Blue Flame and other land speed recordholders

Fifty years ago Friday, race car driver Gary Gabelich set a new land speed record of 622.4 miles per hour driving a car with a rocket engine powered by peroxide and liquefied natural gas at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah. His record stood for 13 years.

Spokane’s Jess Walter has it where it counts: On the bookshelf

Spokane native, journalist and award-winning novelist Jess Walter is publishing his seventh novel this month: “The Cold Millions.” This is in addition to a 2013 collection of short stories and his first book, a 1995 retelling of the Ruby Ridge incident, which Walter covered for The Spokesman-Review and, along with others, was a finalist for the 1992 Pulitzer Prize. Here’s a look at Walter’s work and what book critics have said about it:

The old man and the novels: The life of Ernest Hemingway

Eighty years ago Wednesday, Ernest Hemingway’s novel, “For Whom the Bell Tolls,” was published. This was a haunting and tragic tale of a young American man serving as a volunteer, fighting fascists in the Spanish Civil War. America’s entry into World War II was still more than a year away.

The closest Presidential elections

Something to remember as we get closer to Election Day: Presidents aren’t elected on the basis of their overall vote total – “the popular vote” – but rather on the number of electoral votes they receive from the states. Five times in U.S. history – including the 2016 – the nation’s top vote-getter didn’t win the election. Here’s a look at the 17 closest presidential elections:

Where President Donald Trump and challenger Joe Biden stand on the issues

The 2020 presidential election between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden is as divisive a presidential race as the United States has seen in modern history. Polls indicate few voters remain undecided, with the winner likely to be decided by the outcomes in a handful of swing states.

We loved Lucy: Lucille Ball on TV

In 1951, comedian and actor Lucille Ball and her first husband – Cuban bandleader Desi Arnaz – created the format for today’s television situation comedies, shot on film – rather than videotape – with multiple cameras and in front of a live studio audience.

Murders, she wrote: Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple turns 90

Ninety years ago, mystery writer Agatha Christie published her first Miss Marple novel. Christie wrote 66 novels – plus a handful of others under another name – 14 collections of short stories and the world’s longest-running play, “Mousetrap.” She’s said to be the biggest-selling novelist of all time, outsold only by the Bible and by Shakespeare.

Attack on the USS Cole

On this date 20 years ago, two suicide bombers in a rubber boat rammed into the side of the U.S. Navy destroyer USS Cole as it was refueling in Aden Harbor in Yemen. In addition to the attackers, the blast killed 17 crewmen and injured 39 more.

20 questions for our Congressional candidates

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers is seeking her ninth term in Congress against Democrat Dave Wilson. The Spokesman-Review compiled a list of questions about policies involving the environment, health care, social justice and the response to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Trump White House: A revolving door

Not only does President Donald Trump face dire reports of his financial status, stiff opposition from Democrats and ever-growing COVID-19 numbers, he has also dealt with turnover within his administration – the most turnover in the past 40 years, in fact. Here’s a look at the numbers, as compiled by the Brookings Institution:

The sound of Spokane: 75 years of the Spokane Symphony

For 75 years, Spokane Symphony has survived recessions, strikes and conductor crises – all while growing into an exceptional arts institution. The orchestra has been led by a Pulitzer Prize-winning conductor. It has recorded CDs for major labels. It has accompanied legends. In the 2000s, it purchased and renovated the Fox Theater making it one of the few orchestras of any size to own its own hall. For these and other reasons, the Spokane Symphony has been called “the smallest major orchestra in the United States.”

Strange new worlds: 51 Pegasi b and the search for ‘exoplanets’

On this date 25 years ago, the first exoplanet – meaning a planet observed outside our solar system, orbiting a different star from our own – was discovered by Swiss astronomers Michael Mayor and Didier Queloz. Their discovery opened up an entirely new field of study for skywatchers: The hunt for new planets.

Testing positive: Trump just latest world leader to test positive for COVID-19

After months of downplaying the coronavirus and the use of face masks – and two days after he mocked Democratic Joe Biden for wearing “the biggest mask I’ve ever seen” – and flaunting local rules against large gatherings in order to hold political rallies, President Donald Trump announced late Thursday he and his wife, Melania, had tested positive for COVID-19. He’s just the latest worldwide political leader to contract the coronavirus.

A look back on the O.J. Simpson trial, 25 years ago

Twenty-five years ago Friday, a jury in Los Angeles found retired football star and Hollywood actor O.J. Simpson not guilty of the brutal double- murder of his estranged wife and her friend, a restaurant waiter. This happened despite the fact that Simpson didn’t have an alibi for the time of the murders and overwhelming evidence suggested he was guilty. Here’s a look back at the entire saga:

Charles Schulz’ ‘Peanuts’ turns 70

Seventy years ago Friday, the “Peanuts” comic strip by then-obscure St. Paul, Minnesota, cartoonist Charles M. Schulz made its debut in just seven newspapers around the world.

Cosmic Man: Carl Sagan’s ‘Cosmos’ debuted 40 years ago

Forty years ago today, “Cosmos: A Personal Journey” – a 13-art miniseries dealing with science, physics, the creation of the universe and the possibility of life among the stars – debuted on PBS. The writer and host was Cornell University astronomer and NASA consultant Carl Sagan, whose insight and ability to simplify complex scientific concepts made the show the most widely-watched PBS series until Ken Burns’ “The Civil War,” a decade later. Here’s a look at Sagan’s career:

Fake bands: Too good to be real

Pop music is an interesting business. Some bands are painfully authentic. Others are incredibly fake. And some are intentionally fake – like the ones that wind up in movies or TV shows.

The first Presidential debate: Kennedy vs. Nixon, 1960

Presidential debates offer candidates a chance to match wits in real time in front of a live TV audience. Unfortunately, it’s the wit – rather than command of the facts or their stances on the issues of the day – most viewers remember.

Some of the worst movies of all-time

On this date 25 years ago, the feature film “Showgirls” was inflicted upon the American moviegoing audience. It was a truly wretched film containing a wretched plot and wretched performances all around. But was it the all-time worst film ever made? Perhaps. Perhaps not ...

Looking ahead to Election Day 2020

With 42 days left until Election Day, most election experts expect two typically blue states that voted for Donald Trump in 2016 – Michigan and Pennsylvania – to swing back blue again. Even so, a lot will depend on seven states judged too close to call, along with their 105 electoral votes.

Examining women’s suffrage and the 19th Amendment

The 19th Amendment, guaranteeing women the right to vote, was ratified a century ago last month. However, before 1920, women had already won the right to vote in 15 states, including Idaho, Washington and Montana.

Faces of The Batman: From 1939 to next year’s movie

The Batman has lived through – some might say suffered through – a number of incarnations since his creation by Bob Kane and Bill Finger in 1939. Here’s a look at some of the most iconic:

Sail on, Sailor: Sailor Moon turns 25

Twenty-five years ago Friday, the Japanese animated character Sailor Moon and her team of guardians of the solar system made their debut on American TV. The character was already a hit among tween-aged girls in Japan on TV, manga comic magazines and supplemental art books.

The life and times of coach Vince Lombardi

Not many football coaches are a household name even among non football fans, but Vince Lombardi – who died 50 years ago today – is one of them. His name is synonymous with winning, and his quotes about hard work and perseverance decorate the walls of offices and boardrooms.

Here’s to beer: The origins of and the numbers behind the suds

Beer goes back a long, long way – after humans learned how to plant, grow and harvest grains, it didn’t take them long to stumble on the fermentation process that would create beer and other alcoholic delights. Here’s a look at the history of and the numbers behind the suds:

Lord of the Ring: The career of Muhammad Ali

Sixty years ago this week, U.S. boxer Cassius Clay won a gold medal at the Summer Olympics in Rome. Clay would go on to change his name to Muhammad Ali, win the world heavyweight boxing title three times and become one of the most respected – and most controversial – athletes of the 20th century.

Dogs of the White House

While not all occupants of the White House have been dog lovers – two examples: Harry Truman and our current president – many have been. Here’s a look at some of the notable pooches who have lived at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

A T-Rex named Sue

Thirty years ago this week, the largest and most complete Tyrannosaurus Rex fossil – at the time – was found in the Black Hills of South Dakota by Sue Hendrickson. The fossil would be named for her, but that name would prove to have a second meaning as well.

Vinyl humor: The 20 biggest novelty hits of all time

Back in the golden days of Top 40 radio, most of the songs you heard had some kind of hook that made you want to hear it again or even buy the 45 rpm vinyl single: a great dance beat or a terrific vocalization.

Long in the tooth: A look at fact and fiction of vampires

Count Dracula and his brothers in spirit – Edward Cullen, Lestat de Lioncourt, Angel and Spike, Stefan and Damon Salvatore and others – are based on a real-life historical figure. Was the real Count Dracula as bloodthirsty as his fictional counterparts? The answer: Kinda-sorta-maybe.

Boop-oop-a-doop: Betty Boop turns 90

Ninety years ago Sunday, the cartoon character of Betty Boop made her debut with the release of the Fleischer Studios animated short “Dizzy Dishes.”

Project Apollo: A recap of the effort to put man on the moon

America’s voyage to the moon started on this date 60 years ago, when NASA officials announced the launch of what they called Project Apollo. Over the next few months, NASA would open a Project Apollo office and begin taking bids for feasibility studies on the types of spacecraft that might be required for a trip to the moon. Here’s a look at every Apollo mission – both crewed and uncrewed – starting with the first test flight of the Apollo spacecraft in early 1966:

In 1945, a B-25 bomber crashed into the Empire State Building

A U.S. Army Air Force B-25 bomber, attempting to maneuver over New York City in a heavy fog, flew into the side of the Empire State Building on this date 75 years ago. All three aboard the plane and 11 in the building itself were killed.

When celebrities do stupid things

Thirty years ago Saturday, comedian and TV sitcom star Roseanne Barr attempted to sing the national anthem before a San Diego Padres game at Jack Murphy Stadium. The result – with wildly off-key notes, screeching, occasional giggles and a crotch-grabbing coda, was widely criticized. But for some celebrities, behavior like that is just another day at the park.

5 great running trails in the Spokane area

It's not too difficult keeping social distance in the great outdoors, especially when Spokane's outdoor population has a million and one places for choosing. Here are five highlights so you can select the most convenient.

Every Supreme Court Justice since 1789

Last week, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg announced more health issues, causing political observers to speculate whether or not she might be able to continue on the bench through the November election. Here's a look at every Supreme Court Justice and the political affiliation of the presidents who appointed them.

When the Navy learned how to fire missiles from under the sea

On this date 60 years ago, the first test missiles were successfully launched from a submerged submarine. The newly commissioned nuclear-powered U.S.S. George Washington fired two Polaris missiles from a depth of about 50 to 60 feet, 30 miles off Cape Canaveral, Florida. The successful test kicked off a new age of ballistic missile submarines.

‘The Gadget’ – The atomic age began 75 years ago today

On this date 75 years ago, the world’s first atomic weapon was detonated in a test in New Mexico. The intent was to prove that the bomb – the product of an $1.89 trillion project – would work. Three weeks later, two atomic bombs would be dropped on Japan, at great cost of civilian lives but ending World War II without a potentially even more costly invasion of that country.

The scoop on ice cream

July is National Ice Cream Month, so enjoy these facts about your favorite frozen treat.

Super movies: A look at every Marvel Comics movie

Two decades ago Tuesday, the first big Marvel superhero comic book movie, “X-Men,” went into wide release in the U.S. Here’s a look at all 77 feature-length Marvel comics feature films:

Baseball with no fans? It’s happened before…

Coronavirus is forcing Major League Baseball teams to play in empty stadiums. What will the fans think? Fans in some cities – like Baltimore, for example – will probably think they’ve seen this happen before.

Six degrees: The career of actor Kevin Bacon

Do you feel old yet? Actor, director and musician Kevin Bacon – the kid who couldn’t be stopped dancing in “Footloose,” the man who got “Apollo 13” home from space and who was so deliciously evil in “X-Men: First Class” – turns 62 today. It’ll take more than six degrees to get your head around his major Hollywood credits, though:

Legacy of racism: Indian nicknames in sports

Indian nicknames have been a source of controversy for decades in American pro and college sports teams, including the Washington Redskins. But the truth is, the controversy over that nickname is a direct descendant of the racist history of the team’s original owner.

Fact-checking the musical ‘Hamilton’

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical “Hamilton,” about one of America’s more interesting founding fathers, has been a huge hit everywhere it’s played: Off Broadway, on Broadway, a series of national tours and, now, on Disney+. But how closely does the storyline of the show you watched this weekend match up with historical fact? In places: Not very closely.

Game changer: When Jack Johnson defeated James Jeffries

One hundred and ten years ago Saturday, Black heavyweight champion Jack Johnson took on former white heavyweight champion James Jeffries. The result sent shock waves throughout the sport and throughout the country.

The Zeppelin aircraft era

On this date 120 years ago, Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin of Germany succeeded in getting his first rigid airship off the ground. This would begin a golden age for the aircraft that would carry Zeppelin’s name.

The creation of ‘America the Beautiful’

One hundred and twenty-five years ago, Wellesley College English professor Katharine Lee Bates published a poem inspired by a cross-country railroad trip and a climb to the top of Pikes Peak in Colorado. That poem would later be set to music to become “America the Beautiful.”

The real cost of stamps

Perhaps 55 cents to mail a typical letter seems like a lot of money to you. Perhaps it doesn’t. Either way, when you adjust for inflation, the price of a first-class stamp hasn’t really changed that much over the past half-century.

Mir: The first International Space Station

For more than 15 years, Mir floated 200 miles above the Earth, making 86,331 orbits and providing a laboratory where 105 astronauts and cosmonauts – including 82 non-Russians – learned how to work and live in space.

A history of the printing press

The opening of a new state-of-the-art printing facility in Spokane Valley is the culmination of 581 years of printing technology, going back to Johannes Gutenberg, who developed the first real printing press in Mainz, Germany.

Broken presidential campaign promises since 1916

Campaign promises are often made in the heat of the moment. They’re sound bytes, aimed at gaining positive media coverage. Perhaps it’d be wise if all American voters added a virtual asterisk to every campaign pledge they hear or read.

Control of House and Senate since 1900

Will the Republicans retain control of the Senate after Election Day in November? Or will Democrats wrestle it away from them and run both chambers on Capitol Hill? It’s way too early to say. Here’s how control of the House and Senate have shifted over the past 120 years:

How Instagram hit one billion users

More than one billion monthly users have uploaded 50 billion photos to Instagram – and chances are, you’re one of them. With Social Media Day coming up next week, let’s take a look at the history of the popular photo sharing and networking app and site.

UFOs over Washington: The first report of ‘flying saucers’

On June 24, 1947 – 73 years ago Wednesday – automatic firefighting system company owner and licensed pilot Kenneth Arnold of Boise, flying from Chehalis to Yakima, spotted nine large metallic-looking objects flying rapidly near Mount Rainier. It would be the first of many reports of “flying saucers” or unidentified flying objects from around the world.

The history of the World Wide Web

On June 23, 1980 – 40 years ago tomorrow – English computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee of CERN, a physics lab in Switzerland, began working on a project he called ENQUIRE. This work would eventually evolve into hypertext, HTML and the World Wide Web.

What is Juneteenth and why we celebrate it

While America celebrates its birthday on July 4, African-Americans celebrate another Independence Day on June 19 – today – the day in 1865 that slavery ended forever in the United States.

Father’s Day turns 110

On this date 110 years ago, Spokane’s churches and businesses took time to celebrate their fathers. Here’s how a Spokane daughter sold area residents on the idea and then took Father’s Day national:

A look at the career of Sandra Tsing Loh

Author, essayist, comedian, radio commentator, (deep breath) musician and performance artist Sandra Tsing Loh just published her sixth book of edgy, modern-woman essays — seven, if you count her 1996 novel. Here’s a look at her unusual and remarkable career:

75 years of presidential approval ratings

The most powerful person in the world? Never mind that. All too often, the man in the Oval Office seems at the mercy of approval ratings. Here’s a look at 75 years of presidential job approval ratings as measured by Gallup Inc.

How German rocket scientists took us to the moon

In 1944, German rocket scientists developed the world’s first guided missiles and used them against Belgium, France and England. After the war ended, the U.S. Army brought those scientists on board and set them to work developing missiles for our side. Their work would eventually help put America on the moon.

Alanis Morissette’s ‘Jagged Little Pill’ turns 25

A quarter-century ago Friday, Canadian pop singer/songwriter Alanis Morissette released her third album which veered away sharply from her previous outings, more into grunge and angst-rock. It would go on to sell 33 million copies in the U.S., win five Grammy Awards and define a generation of independent female musicians.

The 50 best-selling movies of all time, adjusted for inflation

Are you missing movies yet? So far this year, we should have been enjoying “Mulan,” the 007 flick “No Time to Die”and “Black Widow” with Scarlett Johansson and we should be getting ready to go see “Wonder Woman 1984” with Gal Gadot. Instead, we’re all binge-watching TV and wishing microwave popcorn was as good as theater popcorn.

The career of cartoonist Stephan Pastis

Stephan Pastis chucked a nine-year career practicing law in California to draw a pun-filled comic strip starring a pig, a rat and a goat and, more recently, to launch a series of successful “illustrated middle-grade” children’s books. Here’s a look at the master of daily comic strip puns:

Children of famous musicians who became famous musicians

Thirty years ago today, a female pop trio placed its first single at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. It would be the first of four consecutive Top 10 hits for the three daughters of 1960s pop music icons.

Misquoted: When history gets it wrong

See the quote above, inscribed in the side of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, when it opened in Washington, D.C. in 2011? One little problem: He didn’t really say it that way.

Key moments in the struggle for civil rights

Change doesn’t come without sweat and tears. And all too often, change comes incredibly slowly and only after people bind together – or march together or sit together or boycott together – to show they support that change.

The evolution of the United States Air Force

On this date 100 years ago, Congress passed the National Defense Act, making the U.S. Army Air Service an autonomous part of the regular Army. This would be a huge step in the evolution of what is today’s Air Force.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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:


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:


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 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.


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.