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

Most Recent Stories

Sept. 25, 2020, 3:45 a.m.
In the mind of Francis Adewale, it’s past time to stop debating whether we need to accept the fact that there is systemic racism in the justice system, or making semantic arguments against trying to achieve equity in the legal system.

Sept. 23, 2020, 3 a.m.
It is a sign of the terrible times that even as the wildfires screamed across the West, another blaze was burning – a conflagration of conspiracies.

Sept. 20, 2020, 5 a.m.
A lot of us remember the case chiefly as one of the most unusual crimes in Spokane – a murder for hire on the South Hill, solved by investigators following the pathways laid down by the discovery of the killer’s dropped glove.

Sept. 18, 2020, 5 a.m.
Breathing all this smoke is similar, in some ways, to contracting a virus.

Sept. 16, 2020, 5 a.m.
I wrote a column last week about a research paper that estimated the Sturgis (South Dakota) motorcycle rally had been a massive COVID-19 superspreader event.

Sept. 13, 2020, 4 a.m.
Knezovich remains devoted to this explanation though it has not, so far, been buttressed by the public evidence. It has prompted a measure of skepticism and scoffing that was ramped up during a recent dispute over his agency’s arrest, at a Black Lives Matter demonstration, of a local Democratic Socialist activist on a seven-year-old warrant from another county.

Sept. 10, 2020, 4:17 p.m.
Campfires and cigarettes. Sparking machinery and fireworks. Slash piles and debris burns that grow out of control.

Sept. 9, 2020, 4 a.m.
In early August, almost a half-million Americans from all around the country gathered at the annual motorcycle rally in Sturgis, South Dakota.

Sept. 6, 2020, 5 a.m.
Mark Wiener vividly remembers the Great Portland Fluoride Battle of 2013.

Sept. 4, 2020, 5 a.m.
I had a pretend gun and a hypothetical badge.

Aug. 23, 2020, 5 a.m.
Two years ago, the investigative news organization ProPublica looked into the algorithms used by courts to assign risk levels to criminal defendants.

Aug. 16, 2020, 5 a.m.
It’s been a season of extra pungency in the pastures of the alt-reality-right.

Aug. 14, 2020, 4 a.m.
One obituary is a portrait of a life. Several obituaries, taken together, form a portrait of a community.

Aug. 12, 2020, 4 a.m.
Upon winning her umpteenth nonrigged mail election last week, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers – or perhaps a tipsy aide – took to Twitter to thank voters and proclaim: “Together, we will find the courage to dream again.”

Aug. 9, 2020, 5 a.m.
As an undergrad, Bevan Maxey didn’t start out thinking he’d go into law.

Aug. 2, 2020, 5 a.m.
A friend from high school with a brutal headache and fever for days.

July 26, 2020, 5 a.m.
What if Spokane did a better job of telling its stories?

July 24, 2020, 5 a.m.
Ryan Sparks is watching the Senate debates about coronavirus relief closely.

News >  Spokane
July 20, 2020, 4 a.m.
The historic Ming Wah sign fell during a windstorm in April. Now, with the help of local artist Chris Bovey, owner Kam Kwong is trying to raise the money to put it back up.

July 19, 2020, 4 a.m.
Roberta Wilburn says one of the most important things we can do to understand people is listen to their stories.

July 17, 2020, 5 a.m.
More than three months ago, a Spokane police officer racing for no good reason at 65 miles per hour down the steep pitch of Lincoln Street – where the lower South Hill plunges into downtown – rammed into a car trying to cross Lincoln at Fifth Avenue.