Friday's presidential debate may have been entertaining, but it didn't change many minds – at least for a group of seniors who gathered to watch the debate at Spokane Falls Community College. After an hour and a half of ideas, barbs and banter, only one of more than 60 people assembled by the AARP said the contest had made her decide how to cast her ballot.
A sales tax increase approved by voters last month may help improve public safety in Spokane County – but probably not by putting police officers on the beat. That's because leaders are hesitant to use the tax, which will last for five years starting Jan. 1, to fund long-term positions.
A man fired a gun multiple times at his girlfriend's ex-husband Thursday afternoon at an apartment complex in North Spokane, injuring the ex-husband and causing a nearby school to go into lockdown mode, police said. Officers were dispatched to the scene at about 2:15 p.m. when the alleged shooter, Omar C. Jones, reported to police that he had fired shots at a man at Graymayre Crossing apartments, 636 E. Magnesium Road, said Spokane Police Sgt. Gary Warren.
Two men were charged Wednesday with first-degree murder in a case that's gone unsolved for 17 years. Tina E. Phillips was found dead on Sept. 11, 1987, near Ninth Avenue and Ivory Street in Grant Park. An autopsy determined that she died from stab wounds to her chest and also suffered injuries to her neck and head.
Yolanda Smith says she has turned her life around in the six years she has spent in prison. Her motivation to better herself – her two children – were at Pine Lodge Corrections Center for Women in Medical Lake on Saturday for the prison's family fun day.
Members of the Spokane Transit Authority Board of Directors said Wednesday that money raised from a sales tax increase approved in May will not be used to build a light rail system. Although the board did not vote on light rail funding, the six board members attending an STA meeting Wednesday said that new taxes will be focused on STA's existing services, not light rail. They also said that if light rail is ever constructed in Spokane, it will require a vote.
About 300 people observed the International Day of Peace on Tuesday in Spokane not by talking politics, but by sharing a meal and celebrating their cultural differences. "What better way to celebrate world peace than for our own community to come together?" said Pat Moseley, a board member of the Interfaith Council, which sponsored the event at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Spokane. "If we can do this one day out of 365, what a message we can send to other members of our community."
A Vietnam veteran who served with John Kerry told area veterans and other Democratic faithful not to worry much about some polls that show President Bush in the lead. Wade Sanders, who like Kerry skippered a river boat in Vietnam, was the headlining speaker for a Kerry campaign organizing meeting Saturday at the Carpenters Local 98 hall in North Spokane.
A 16-year-old boy who lives at a Spokane Valley home for children with mental disabilities was arrested this week on a charge of raping another boy at the residence. The victim, who was 11 years old at the time of the incident, told a Spokane County Sheriff's deputy that in mid-August the teen promised to give him a trading card if the younger boy would agree to anal sex and also perform oral sex on the teen, according to court documents. The victim also told the deputy that he asked the 16-year-old to stop having anal sex with him because it hurt, but the teen continued.
An 18-year-old woman allegedly tried to kill her ex-boyfriend and his new girlfriend by trying to run them over with her car Wednesday afternoon near Sullivan Park. The man was not hit, but his 16-year-old girlfriend suffered bruises on her ankle.
A transient accused of killing a Spokane man last summer under the Monroe Street Bridge pleaded guilty this week to manslaughter. Richard Humphreys, 36, was sentenced Tuesday to 78 months in prison for the July 2003 death of Larry D. Pritchett. Humphreys was given credit for 14 months already served.
People often donate cans of metal to the Habitat-Spokane Builders Surplus Store. It's not often, however, that the metal is precious. On Sept. 2, a woman donated two boxes of building material to the store, 850 E. Trent Ave. Her gift included a lime-green Tang can filled with nails that covered a cloth bag stuffed with 13 pounds of coins, mostly silver.
Spokane Valley fire investigators believe a man set fire to his home after assaulting his girlfriend Wednesday evening. William C. Szabrowicz, 33, was arrested at the fire scene on suspicion of choking his girlfriend. A charge of first-degree arson was added Thursday afternoon.
The campaign of Spokane County Commission candidate Bill Burke is hard to miss at this year's Pig Out in the Park. Signs adorn the music stages, many Pig Out workers wear his T-shirts and Burke's campaign ad takes up most of the back page of this year's program.
As George W. Bush accepted his nomination and capped off the convention, Spokane-area supporters gathered to watch his speech and local opponents fanned out across the city to urge union members to help defeat him. Some 60 Republicans, mostly college students, viewed the speech at David's Pizza and cheered enthusiastically along with GOP delegates in New York, chanting "Four More Years!" and "Viva Bush!"
State officials and unions have entered the final month of negotiating contracts for 60,000 state employees, and both sides say they're hopeful agreements are within reach. But the largest of the unions involved in negotiations, the Washington Federation of State Employees, is holding a rally today in Spokane to keep pressure on Gov. Gary Locke's office, which is negotiating the contracts.