The sea is calm and the sky clear the night Alex Schenck dies aboard the SS John Straub in the waters off Alaska. He stands on the bridge of the ship, waiting to be relieved. It is shortly before midnight, April 18, 1944. The next man on watch arrives. Schenck leaves, probably for bed or maybe to watch a poker game. Darkness, cold and chaos are about to engulf him.
1. Special effort. Reggie Smith, top left, coach for a Community Colleges of Spokane team, congratulates his players on their effort during the Special Olympics basketball tournament in Cheney on Sunday. Photo by Jason Clark/The Spokesman-Review
2. Austin Brodeur of the Issaquah Panthers is congratulated by his grandparents, Shirley and Tony Goodfellow of Bellevue, after his team took the silver medal in the junior division on Sunday. Photo by Jason Clark/The Spokesman-Review
Despite filing for bankruptcy last November, the Mars Hotel in downtown Spokane on Thursday became the second casino in Eastern Washington authorized for Las Vegas-style, house-banked card games. The Washington State Gambling Commission approved the status Thursday after the Mars upgraded its security - a requirement for state approval.
House banking allows the Mars to play against patrons in numerous card games - like blackjack - in the same way Las Vegas casinos do.
The future of a proposed $17 million casino near Spokane would be doomed if it hinged solely on the public opinion registered with Gov. Gary Locke.
The governor's office has received more than 200 comments on the Kalispel Tribe of Indians' proposal to build a casino in Airway Heights since the plan was made public in June 1996.
Roughly 65 percent of the recorded comments on the casino proposal urge its rejection. And that doesn't include a 1,583-signature petition from opponents. The governor has set no deadline on receiving citizen input.
Junior Bloomsday, the world's largest children's running event, is giving away money this year - lots of it, organizers said Wednesday.
"Rather than be complacent and sit on our laurels, we decided to do a little bit more," said Dan Petek, spokesman for the 13-year-old Spokane event.
This year, the race's entry fee rises from $3 to $4, but each additional dollar will go to Camp Goodtimes, a summer camp for children with cancer.
Jerry Kapelke, city maintenance shop foreman, welds the boy runner sculpture back on its base Tuesday. It had been stolen from Riverfront Park. "This one's tough because it's so small," says Kapelke. "I hope they pick an easier one next time." Photo by Torsten Kjellstrand/The Spokesman-Review
The World Wide Web isn't ready for the runners of the world's largest timed road race.
On Sunday, a full-page advertisement in The Spokesman-Review trumpeted registration for Bloomsday, the massive foot race scheduled for May 3.
The ad included a registration form and a note about a handy Web site where runners could "Use your Visa or Mastercard to Register Online!" at http://www.bloomsdayrun.com.