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Shawn Vestal
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Shawn Vestal shawnv@spokesman.com (509) 459-5431

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


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News >  Spokane
June 11, 2005, midnight
PULLMAN – Blame Grandma's genes. New research at Washington State University suggests that environmental toxins can permanently alter the genes of entire generations of animals, causing infertility and disease at levels that don't decline from one generation to the next.

News >  Idaho
June 9, 2005, midnight
The Idaho Board of Education is proposing changes to the way universities and their fund-raising foundations operate in the wake of the multimillion-dollar collapse of the University of Idaho's attempted expansion into Boise. The rules would prohibit or limit many activities that were a part of the University Place deal, which cost the UI and its foundation more than $25 million and put the university into a deep financial hole, as well as prompting federal and state criminal investigations.

News >  Spokane
June 5, 2005, midnight
When Stephen Jordan pulls out of Cheney this month, he'll leave behind a very different Eastern Washington University than he found when he pulled in. Record enrollments have replaced a steady decline. The number of students who live on campus has more than doubled. A withering commuter school with "an institutional inferiority complex," as one retired professor put it, has been replaced with a growing residential university.

News >  Idaho
June 4, 2005, midnight
The University of Idaho has sued its insurer and joined a lawsuit against two Boise law firms that provided advice on the failed University Place expansion in Boise. The suit filed in Ada County District Court against Cincinnati-based Great American Insurance Co. seeks the payment of up to $10 million on a policy that insured the state against losses caused by any dishonest acts or omissions by employees.

News >  Spokane
May 25, 2005, midnight
In the real world, crime scene investigation is anything but glamorous, two experts said Tuesday. Sometimes, it's as grubby as picking through the contents of a vacuum cleaner bag, bit by filthy bit. But when that pays off – as it did in a 1999 rape in Canada – it breaks cases that would have remained unsolved 20 years ago.

News >  Spokane
May 22, 2005, midnight
When Kendra Phoenix went back to school, she needed more than books. Struggling with despair after her daughter's suicide and a divorce, she needed counseling. She needed job skills. She needed a math refresher and computer training. A lot of the time, she felt she desperately needed someone to talk to.

News >  Idaho
May 21, 2005, midnight
Investigators gave up the search in the woods near Wolf Lodge Bay on Friday for two children missing since three bloody homicides earlier this week. Now they're sifting through a mountain of information – tips, sightings, rumors and even psychic visions – in their efforts to find Dylan and Shasta Groene. The siblings haven't been seen in the week since their 13-year-old brother, mother and her boyfriend were found bound and beaten to death Monday in their home in the forested area near Lake Coeur d'Alene.

News >  Idaho
May 14, 2005, midnight
To Brian Sumption, 3-D is only natural. "We were born with two stereoscopic eyes and plopped down in a sandbox in the first couple of years, and we played with balls in 3-D and built 3-D sandcastles," said Sumption, a University of Idaho professor. "Then they put us in school, and from that day on 99 percent of our education is taught through 2-D."

News >  Idaho
May 12, 2005, midnight
WORLEY, Idaho – For more than a century, everybody but the Coeur d'Alene Tribe got their piece of Lake Coeur d'Alene's shore. Now the Coeur d'Alenes have gotten a piece back – 36 acres and 700 feet where the land meets the water.

News >  Spokane
May 10, 2005, midnight
When Dean Lynch was serving on the Spokane City Council, he received an invitation to the Mayor's Prayer Breakfast. "To council member and spouse."

News >  Spokane
May 7, 2005, midnight
When David Ruiz enrolled at Washington State University, he had no idea how to pay for it. With so-so grades, he didn't see himself as a scholarship candidate. Family support was limited – he'd spent his teen years working the orchards with his father, traveling with the seasons.

News >  Spokane
May 6, 2005, midnight
At last, Heather Fitzgerald's mother will see her graduate. Fitzgerald missed her high school ceremony, lying broken from neck to ankle after a drunken driving accident. On Sunday – the 10-year anniversary of that wreck – Fitzgerald will finally make it to a commencement ceremony, when she collects her bachelor's degree from Gonzaga University.

News >  Spokane
May 6, 2005, midnight
Mayor Jim West has insisted that his offers of an internship to someone he met in an Internet chat room did not amount to an abuse of office. But several political scientists said Thursday that such uses of an elected office and public resources represent an ethical transgression, if not a legal one.

News >  Spokane
May 3, 2005, midnight
Americans need a rejuvenated democracy that includes respect for the natural world and a wide range of dissent and difference, naturalist and writer Terry Tempest Williams told a crowd at Spokane Community College on Monday night. "I do not believe we can look for leadership beyond ourselves," Williams told a crowd of more than 200 in the SCC Lair-Student Center. "We are in need of a reflective activism, born of humility and not arrogance."

News >  Spokane
May 2, 2005, midnight
The bride wore white – white shorts, white running shoes and a white veil attached to her white visor. Then, minutes after her second wedding, 75-year-old Elisabeth Johnson walked her first Bloomsday. The groom, 78-year-old Hugh Lewis, stayed by her side in a tuxedo T-shirt and top hat. A wedding party of six joined them on the 12-kilometer route.

News >  Spokane
May 2, 2005, midnight
It started with hula dancers and ended with rock 'n' roll. In between came a course full of snappy punk, cowboy twang, bucket drummers and belly dancers.

News >  Spokane
April 30, 2005, midnight
CHENEY – The Jore Schoolhouse celebrated its 100th birthday Friday, thanks mostly to a rebirth sparked by Charles Miller. Miller, a retired history professor with a thing for schoolhouses, discovered the dilapidated building near Newport in 1999. He talked Eastern Washington University administrators into buying it, and now the school sits on campus, a smartly restored relic of another time.

News >  Idaho
April 29, 2005, midnight
The University of Idaho is proposing the elimination of little-used degree programs and the combination of departments, as part of the school's long-term effort to get back in the black. The proposals, which are preliminary pending a two-week public comment period, include phasing out the doctoral program in geophysics, master's programs in English literature and educational technology, and bachelor's programs in office administration, school and community health, and entomology.

News >  Spokane
April 19, 2005, midnight
MOSCOW, Idaho – Eleven years ago, nearly 1 million Rwandans died in a genocide, and the man who led the United Nations force there says the world is standing by and allowing a replay in the Sudan. "The term 'Genocide' has lost its ability to generate action," retired Lt. Gen. Romeo Dallaire of Canada told a crowd at the annual Borah Symposium here Monday night. "We could go in (to Sudan) right now."

News >  Spokane
April 16, 2005, midnight
ROSALIA, Wash. – Like all good horsemen, Gene Glasscock has a story about his hat. "I got this hat in Pierce, Colorado," the 70-year-old Glasscock says, referring to the slumping, weather-softened felt fastened to his head. "I had a straw hat when I started out, and about two days into it, the thing went sailing out into the gentle breeze of Colorado, over a barbed-wire fence …"

News >  Spokane
April 14, 2005, midnight
PULLMAN – Six Northwest journalists assessed the health of the mainstream media Wednesday night, and they agreed the patient is ailing. What seems less clear, according to the panelists at the 31st annual Edward R. Murrow Symposium, is what that means for society overall, as Web logs, talk radio and the explosion of cable TV erode the standing of traditional forms of journalism.