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Getting in on the joke: CNN’s ‘History of Comedy’ is a laughing, learning matter

One of the great things about comedy is it demands so little effort to enjoy. Grins and guffaws can seem to issue directly from a tickled funny bone. On the other hand, prolonged analysis of humor can kill the joke. But not always, as CNN demonstrates with “The History of Comedy,” a docuseries that keeps the funny in the fundamentals of the comedy it probes.

100 years ago in Spokane: Work on Post Street Bridge suspended after two men killed and many injured when falsework collapses

Work on the Post Street bridge was stopped until further notice, because to proceed “would be criminal,” said the city engineer. Two workers, including the project superintendent, Dave Cullen, died when the falsework supporting the structure collapsed and sent dozens of men into the icy Spokane River. A third man, previously missing and believed dead, had been found alive. Yet many others were still in the hospital with serious injuries.