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March 28, 1998, midnight
1. Susan Pine has been the first and only woman Valley firefighter since 1987. Photo by Steve Thompson/The Spokesman-Review 2. When the big red fire engine pulls up to the scene of the fire, it might be Susan Pine at the wheel. Photo by Steve Thompson/The Spokesman-Review

March 26, 1998, midnight
Spokane's counterfeit bill problem took a strange twist Saturday night at the DejaVu. A 26-year-old dancer at the night club on East Sprague called police to complain that someone had tipped her with two fake $1 bills. The woman, who had been entertaining a group of three or four men, tried to determine the culprit by playfully asking "Who gave me the cool money?"

March 26, 1998, midnight
Testimony filled more than 10 hours and spilled over to a second day at a public hearing on a proposed affordable-housing development in the Dishman-Mica area. More than 100 people turned out Friday for the hearing. About half returned for its completion Monday afternoon. Most who turned out opposed the zone change request, which would allow for much denser development in the neighborhood, including apartments, duplexes and triplexes.

March 26, 1998, midnight
A robber in a ski mask struck a Pizza Hut employee in the head with a gun early Sunday morning, then pointed the gun at the man's head while forcing a second employee to unlock the restaurant's safe. The robbery occurred at about 1:30 a.m. at the Pizza Hut at 323 N. Sullivan Road, sheriff's deputies said. The 21-year-old restaurant worker, who was in the process of closing up, told police he heard something unusual in the bushes behind the restaurant while taking trash to a Dumpster. When he went to investigate, he discovered the masked robber, armed with a semi-automatic handgun.