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Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Man suspected in other assaults

A man accused of raping a woman at the Davenport Hotel last weekend also is a suspect in two sexual assaults involving minors, court officials said Wednesday.

Bruttles moves out of Davenport

Bruttles Candy Shoppe has a new downtown home. The candymaker, known for its soft peanut brittle, has moved out of the Davenport Hotel to a new storefront across the street, 828 W. Sprague Ave.

Suspect in jail after alleged weekend rape

A Spokane man is accused of raping a woman last weekend at an upscale downtown hotel. Benjamin F. Cooper, 25, was arrested early Saturday after the alleged victim said he attacked her in a room she’d rented with her boyfriend at the Davenport Hotel Tower. The woman and her boyfriend met Cooper at a bar, and the woman asked Cooper to walk her back to her hotel when her boyfriend wanted to stay out, according to court documents filed in Superior Court this week.

Taste Washington tickets available

Tickets to Taste Washington Spokane are on sale. The Washington Wine Commission is hosting the annual event in which more than 100 wineries pour up to three of their wines. More than 25 restaurants will be there, with chefs preparing some of their favorite dishes.

Driver runs into Davenport Hotel

A driver who sideswiped several cars and then plowed into the Davenport Hotel late Saturday has been arrested on charges of driving under the influence and hit and run. According to the Spokane Police Department, Alecia C. Crawford, 41, was driving west on Sprague when she hit a parked car and a tree near Sprague and Howard just before 11 p.m. Saturday. The car continued, hitting a taxi near Sprague and Post, then a Ford Mustang, before jumping the sidewalk and hitting the hotel. The building had minor damage, according to police.

Driver hits the Davenport Hotel

Spokane Police say a woman who sideswiped several cars and plowed into the Davenport Hotel late Saturday was likely drunk.

Doug Clark: We’ll miss Davenport’s ‘curator’

Pardon me. But have you bozos over at the Davenport Hotel lost your (insert your favorite expletive) minds? I’m still pinching myself in disbelief over the local news shocker of the week: Tom McArthur lost his job as the Davenport’s communications director.

Davenport Hotel lays off three managers

Spokane’s Davenport Hotel let go three managers on Wednesday, including Tom McArthur, the company’s historian and communications director since 2003.

World-class figure skaters take to the ice today

Spokane climbs onto a national stage today as it begins hosting the 2010 U.S. Figure Skating Championships at Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena. Skaters and their fans have already begun arriving for competitions that will decide the U.S. Olympic team for next month’s games in Vancouver, B.C.

Davenport’s Lemon Drop Martini hits the spot

Maureen from British Columbia recently sent a wistful note, asking for the recipe for the Davenport Hotel’s lemon drop martini. “Whenever we go to Spokane (my hometown) we have a Lemon Drop in the lobby of the hotel. It’s the best part of our trip,” she wrote in an e-mail message.

Worthy expansion

The owners of one of Spokane’s best-known hotels have bought another historic downtown inn. Karen and Walt Worthy this week purchased the Hotel Lusso, at 1 N. Post St.

Davenport owners buy Hotel Lusso

Another Spokane downtown landmark, the Flour Mill, has changed owners. Northern California owner Maxwell Drever, who has owned the seven-story building along the Spokane River for nearly 30 years, concluded a sale of the historic mill’s bottom four floors.

Honoring ‘The Prairie Troubador’

Nicholas Vachel Lindsay may have been born in Springfield, Ill., but for nearly five years the man many people called “The Prairie Troubador” lived in Spokane. Lindsay, who died in Springfield in 1931 at the age of 52, will be honored in a special event Sunday at the Davenport Hotel. “An Evening with Vachel Lindsay,” which will feature a lineup of area writers, will begin at 4 p.m.

John Reed

John Reed has been involved with the Davenport Hotel since 1943.

Evelyn Conant

Evelyn Conant lived in the Davenport Hotel while it was closed to business.

A master’s magic

Third-generation woodcarver Petr Shiva creates magic in his home studio in south Spokane. From restoring antique furniture for private residents to carving safari friezes for the Davenport Tower, Shiva fashions hardwood into beautiful objects of art. A Russian immigrant, Shiva moved to the United States from Kazakhstan in 1992. After five months in Los Angeles, he and his family moved to Spokane for a quieter life. In 1998 he started his own woodcarving business. Today he can barely keep up with the demands for his masterly skills.