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Empire Health Foundation head Antony Chiang announces departure

Chiang has led Empire Health Foundation as its first and only president since the nonprofit was formed following the sale of Deaconess and Valley hospitals in 2008. The 51-year-old is leaving Spokane for a job as chief executive officer of health philanthropy startup Dogwood Health Trust based in Asheville, North Carolina, with his last day in Spokane scheduled for next month.

Fox reveals how ‘Empire’ will handle Jussie Smollett’s character’s departure in final season

Although it was officially announced that FX’s popular hip-hop series “Empire” was ending its final season, no one really knew how the Lee Daniels-created drama would handle the departure of one of its biggest stars. In the aftermath of the legal woes surrounding Jussie Smollett following accusations he fabricated a hate crime against himself in January, Daniels announced in June that he will not be returning for the show’s sixth season, which is set to premiere Sept. 24.

‘Fall of the American Empire’ review: a Montreal caper, with a little philosophy on the side

Was there a time, not long ago, when a smoothly operating hypocrite of a movie such as “The Fall of the American Empire” might’ve stolen the hearts of art-house audiences worldwide, even – or especially – in America? You don’t have to look this far back, but the commercial American cinema of the 1970s in particular couldn’t get enough of caper and heist movies steeped in post-Watergate institutional loathing, paying lip service to social injustice while treating everyone pretty shabbily (“Fun with Dick and Jane,” et al.). Not a lot has changed. We love to imagine tremendous wealth obtained the easy way. We relish the narrative payback of seeing rich weasels get theirs, now more than ever, probably.

Then and Now: Spokane had its own Empire State Building

It could never be mistaken for the skyscraper in New York City, but Spokane’s Great Western Building, formerly called the Empire State Building, had a local claim to fame: It was probably the first steel-framed, fireproof brick structure in town.

100 Years Ago in Spokane: Memorial for Navy men

Groups planning to hold a memorial service for the Navy’s fallen had arranged to have flowers scattered from the Monroe Street Bridge over the Spokane River and a gun salute by an honor guard.

Charges against ‘Empire’ actor Jussie Smollett dropped

Prosecutors still insist Jussie Smollett faked a racist, anti-gay attack on himself in the hopes that the attention would advance his acting career. The “Empire” star still says he was assaulted by two men late at night in downtown Chicago.

Jussie Smollett pleads not guilty to lying about attack

“Empire” actor Jussie Smollett pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges accusing him of lying to the police about being the victim of a racist and homophobic attack in downtown Chicago a few weeks ago.

‘Empire’ producers cut Smollett from season’s last episodes

Actor Jussie Smollett’s character on “Empire” will be removed from the final two episodes of this season in the wake of his arrest on charges that he staged a racist, anti-gay attack on himself last month in downtown Chicago, producers of the Fox TV show announced Friday.

‘Empire’ actor charged with making false police report

“Empire” actor Jussie Smollett was charged Wednesday with making a false police report when he said he was attacked in downtown Chicago by two men who hurled racist and anti-gay slurs and looped a rope around his neck, police said.