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Rob Curley: Channeling our past can lead us to the future

Last year on Thanksgiving, our newspaper published my first column as the new editor of The Spokesman-Review. It was the first time we talked about some of the philosophical changes we were making at our community’s newspaper of record.

100 years ago in Spokane: Newspapers rush publication of draft lottery results

The “most stupendous of all lotteries, in all ages” took place in Washington D.C., affecting the military fate of 10 million young Americans. It was the World War I draft lottery, in which all eligible men were assigned a number. The 1,370,000 with the lowest numbers would be eligible for the first call-up, and local draft boards would then select 687,000 of those men to be “ordered to colors,” i.e., ordered to report for service. The plan was to immediately create an army of 500,000 men to fight in Europe.

Blaine Stum: Destigmatize mental illness

For years I struggled to deal with or talk about my diagnosis. The term “mental illness” was something I could not bring myself to say. And starting therapy seemed like admitting defeat to me. While I felt alone in those feelings at the time, I now recognize that millions of people across the country experience the negative impacts of societal stigma against mental illness. That is why I was concerned as I read The Spokesman-Review editorial “Strengthen the grip on mental illness” (May 16). I can, of course, appreciate calls for greater funding and a shifting of priorities when it comes to our country’s mental health system, but the context in which we make those calls, and the language we use to do it matters.

Dorothy Dean turns 80

The Spokesman-Review’s beloved homemakers service was launched this week in 1935

Downtown Spokane gas line rupture spurs evacuations

Several downtown Spokane businesses were evacuated Monday afternoon when a city street contractor ruptured a 12-inch natural gas line at Monroe Street and Sprague Avenue. Work to fix the damaged line interrupted gas service to 226 customers Monday afternoon and was expected to continue through the night, said Debbie Simock, an Avista Utilities spokeswoman.