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Shawn Vestal
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Shawn Vestal joined The Spokesman-Review in 1999. He currently is a columnist for the City Desk.

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News >  Spokane
March 30, 2020, 4 a.m.
Police officers are the line of last defense when someone falls through the cracks and finds themselves with nowhere to go, a host of chronic illnesses and not a cent to their name. They are on the front lines for the people in crisis in the community, and in this moment that means being out and about among people, putting themselves at risk to help others.

News >  Column
March 29, 2020, 4 a.m.
I finally viscerally felt that these eccentric days, which had done such violence to routine, would lurch into another gear: Not normal, but suffused at last with a sense that underneath it all, if we stay healthy, these plague days would hold fast to a resilient core of what matters most.

News >  Column
March 26, 2020, 8:04 p.m.
When Laura Fish-Leat saw the images of empty shelves everywhere, she thought of her neighbors. Many of the people in her Chief Garry Park neighborhood are older and have health conditions that make life difficult in the best of times.

News >  Spokane
March 24, 2020, 5:04 p.m.
It starts with people donating five or 10 bucks each from the healthy, socially distant comfort of home. It ends with scores of hot meals going to the neediest people in the city.