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Sept. 28, 2014, midnight
When Chris Wetherell gets off shift as a firefighter at Spokane International Airport early in the morning, he takes a long drive to his home in Spokane Valley. On his way, he opens up a Lyft app on his phone, throws a pink moustache on his car and picks up someone in the city looking for a ride. Wetherell has been a Lyft driver since May and was one of the first five drivers to operate in the city. Lyft and its competitor Uber are ride-share companies that use phone apps to arrange transactions to transport passengers. But since Lyft and Uber arrived in Spokane, taxi companies have questioned their legality.
Sept. 26, 2014, midnight
Gonzaga University officials are working with the Spokane Police Department to determine the source of a bomb threat that cleared the Spokane campus for several hours Thursday morning. Police said in a news release that they received a call just before 7 a.m. from a “male” stating there was a bomb on the Gonzaga campus. School officials said the threat was called in from an off-campus telephone number.
Sept. 25, 2014, midnight
A new requirement that first-year students live on campus at Eastern Washington University has put a record 2,100 students in the dorms there. The first day of classes began Wednesday at EWU, making it the last local college to start the 2014-15 school year.
Sept. 23, 2014, midnight
As teen pregnancies decline nationally, new data suggests the dip may be even steeper in Spokane. While this is encouraging to local school and health officials, there seems to be little consensus as to what is causing the drop.