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Faith and Values: Man can’t improve on God’s design for humanity

“Jurassic World” and our world have far too much in common these days. As the film is released this weekend, millions of us will pay millions more to see man play God, insisting he can create an alternate reality, only to end up with a world far worse than anyone imagined.

Dolezal keeps quiet as questions persist

Questions surrounding Spokane’s embattled NAACP president Rachel Dolezal continued to mount Friday as the black man she claims is her father seemed to imply otherwise. Albert Wilkerson Jr., who used to live in North Idaho and volunteered at the Human Rights Education Institute where Dolezal worked, said during a brief phone call Friday that he has “nothing negative to say about Rachel” but was reluctant to get involved in the controversy.

Cda Press editorial: Because the truth matters

There is no joy or sense of vindication in exposing Rachel Dolezal. Just sadness. Dolezal is purporting to be what she almost certainly is not: a mixed-race African-American woman. The two people who should know her ethnicity - her biological parents - swear their daughter is caucasian. And they have the birth certificate backing up their claim. Read more below. Does this story matter to you? Why or why not?

Spokane police: investigation into Rachel Dolezal hate mail now closed

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Spokane police said Friday they’re no longer investigating racial harassment claims made by Rachel Dolezal, the head of a local NAACP chapter whose integrity was thrown into question when her mother said she’s a white woman pretending to be black.

The second “War Pigs” letter sent to Dolezal was an apology, not a threat

Much of the recent news about local NAACP President Rachel Dolezal was sparked by the news that a letter allegedly dropped in the NAACP's P.O. box had no postal date stamp or barcode, raising questions about whether the letter had been delivered to the P.O. box at all. Forensics did reveal some unidentifiable male DNA on the letter, but as of yesterday, the Spokane police suspended the case pending further investigation.

National office of NAACP stands behind Rachel Dolezal

The national office of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is standing behind Rachel Dolezal, the embattled Spokane chapter leader under fire for representing herself as a black women and using that status to gain prominence when her family claims she is white.

Spokane NAACP president Rachel Dolezal’s claims about background disputed

Controversy is swirling around one of the Inland Northwest’s most prominent civil rights activists, with family members of Rachel Dolezal saying the local leader of the NAACP has been falsely portraying herself as black for years. Dolezal, 37, avoided answering questions directly about her race and ethnicity Thursday, saying, “I feel like I owe my executive committee a conversation” before engaging in a broader discussion with the community about what she described as a “multilayered” issue.

Updated: Credibility of local NAACP leader questioned

Controversy is swirling around one of the Inland Northwest’s most prominent civil rights activists, with family members of Rachel Dolezal saying the local leader of the NAACP has been falsely portraying herself as black for years. Do you think these allegations have undermined Dolezal's ability to lead the NAACP?

Task force member had doubts about Dolezal’s truthfulness

Seems like questions about Dolezal have been swirling around for quite awhile. Kurt Neumaier, former board member of the Kootenai County Task Force on Human Relations said he urged board members to go public with the concerns, but they refused. Why do you think so many people for so many years have kept quiet about their concerns re: Rachel Dolezal?

Credibility of local NAACP leader Rachel Dolezal questioned

Controversy is swirling around one of the Inland Northwest’s most prominent civil rights activists, with family members of Rachel Dolezal saying the local leader of the NAACP has been falsely portraying herself as black for years.

Cda Press: Dolezal, Black like me?

COEUR d'ALENE - She's risen from North Idaho civil rights champion to positions of power in Spokane as a self-described black woman. But what if Rachel Dolezal is really white? Dolezal, chair of Spokane's Office of Police Ombudsman Commission and president of the city's chapter of the NAACP, has made claims in the media and elsewhere about her ethnicity, race and background that are contradicted by her biological parents.

Questions raised about NAACP hate mail

Looks like NAACP Spokane chapter president Rachel Dolezal will top the local news today. You may remember she was onced employed by the HREI in Cda and reported several threatening incidents. Now, KXLY has launched an investigation into her most recent report of hate mail and uncovered some troubling questions.

Crowd of 2,000 turns out for Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade

About 2,000 people took to downtown Spokane streets Monday to honor the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. and reflect on the ongoing difficulty of race relations in America. It was a young crowd, too. The Rev. Happy Watkins of New Hope Baptist Church did his traditional reading of King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, which was met with cheers and cries of agreement. But younger community leaders also spoke about King’s legacy.

New NAACP leaders bring growth, fresh approach

On move-in day, the new office for Spokane’s NAACP was humming with activity. Two young men in the corner of the room had a wide-ranging conversation about everything from Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman to the Black Lives Matter movement, while other members put together a bookshelf or dropped in to see the new space.

Breean Beggs picked to represent ombudsman commission

A local attorney who has pushed city leaders for stronger police oversight has been selected to represent Spokane’s new ombudsman commission. Breean Beggs was selected over a former mayor and another candidate.

Outgoing police ombudsman Tim Burns wants Spokane to focus on the progress

In his last days in office, outgoing police ombudsman Tim Burns said ongoing mistrust of Spokane police is rooted in past events, and that it’s time for the community to acknowledge the large strides that have been made in police reform. “Oversight will always be on the agenda, from Otto Zehm’s day forward,” he said.

Spokane NAACP elects new president

The local NAACP has a new leader. Rachel Dolezal, formerly the director of the Human Rights Education Institute in North Idaho, was elected president of the Spokane NAACP last week in a contested race with incumbent James Wilburn.