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Neighbors File $2 Million Suit Over Compost Odors

The Colbert compost plant "emits foul, offensive, noxious and otherwise unreasonable odors" that harm the property values and lifestyles of nearby residents, says a claim filed against the city and county of Spokane. The claim filed late last month asks taxpayers for at least $2 million for property damages and emotional distress.

Smith Warranties Should Be Honored

A settlement agreement will give Washington customers of Smith's Home Furnishings who bought warranties on purchases from the defunct chain most of their money back. General Electric Credit Corp., which underwrote Smith's revolving credit plan, agreed last week to provide repair services or coupons good for purchases from other stores.

Hurt Pianist, 81, Awarded $620,000

An 81-year-old Grammy-nominated concert pianist was awarded nearly $620,000 because a shoulder injury from a car crash has limited his playing. "I'm very pleased they recognized my difficulty," Earl Wild said. "For me to go through this at my age was very difficult."

Settlement Reached In Bombing Bombing Of Move Headquarters Killed 11, Destroyed 61 Houses

The city has reached settlements with relatives of two members of the radical MOVE group who were killed when police bombed their fortified rowhouse. Under the agreements reached earlier this month, the city will pay more than $500,000 each to the estates of MOVE founder John Africa and Frank James Africa, who were among 11 people found dead after the city's confrontation with the group in 1985.

Ex-Student: Porn Videos Led To Rape ‘I Was Scared To Death Of Him,’ Woman Testifies

Heather Giles thought her high school guidance counselor wanted to help her launch a career in fashion modeling. Instead Charles Jungblom lured her into a secretive world of pornography, raped her repeatedly, and threatened to show classmates a videotape of her stripping if she turned him in, she tearfully told a U.S. District Court jury Friday in Spokane.

Homeowners Challenge Rezoning Decision By County Commissioners

Gleneden homeowners are going to court to challenge a decision by Spokane County commissioners to rezone a parcel of land north of Timberwood Circle, allowing 55 homes to be built on 11 acres. The case will be heard in Spokane County Superior Court, with an initial hearing set Feb. 7.

Suits Accuse WSU Of Discrimination Four Women Say They Were Denied Promotions, Pay Raises

Three female education teachers and one former faculty member have sued Washington State University, alleging they were denied promotions and pay raises because of their gender and their opposition to budget-cutting plans. College of Education professors Sue Durrant and Marilyn Mowatt filed separate suits in Whitman County Superior Court last week, while associate professor Joanne Washburn filed suit Jan. 7. A fourth woman, former education faculty member Cynthia Christie, sued Dec. 13.

Battle Over Ski Resort Seems Headed Downhill Disputed Logging Roads Across Silver Mountain Ski Runs Prompted Dispute Over Lease Transfer, And Legal Fight Is Heightening

A court ruling over Silver Mountain Ski Resort's lease was put on hold Monday, but serious questions about the ski area's change in ownership last year could develop into a nasty legal fight. The city of Kellogg transferred the lease to Silver Mountain to Eagle Crest Partners in May 1996. The previous operators, Von Roll AG of Switzerland, lost nearly $17 million in bonds it secured because the resort didn't make any money in the first six years of operation.

Hoover Sucks Up More Problems

Hoover just can't seem to sweep up the mess from a sales promotion that became one of the bigger blunders in corporate history. On Thursday, some four years after Hoover Europe offered two free overseas airline tickets to anybody in Britain or Ireland who bought a vacuum cleaner, disgruntled customers who never flew are taking Hoover to court.

Man Accused Of Taking $244,000 Aids Foundation Sues Former Employee For Embezzlement

The Northwest AIDS Foundation has sued a former employee, claiming he took $244,000 meant to provide health insurance for AIDS patients by funneling it into phony insurance accounts. The former employee, Tim Menard, said he had been cautioned by his attorney not to discuss the case, but told The Seattle Times: "The only thing I can say is I'm so, so sorry if this hurts people with AIDS, if this hurts the program or the foundation. I don't know how I'll live with that."

Around The Nba

A federal jury in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Thursday ordered Miami Heat Ltd. to pay $10,000 in damages, ruling in favor of a woman who said she was publicly humiliated by the team's mascot at a 1994 exhibition game. Yvonne Gil-Rebollo had sued for $1 million.

Group Sues Over Utah Monument Clinton Violated Act In Creating Escalante Landmark, Suit Says

A federal judge has been asked by a conservative states' rights advocacy group to overturn President Clinton's Sept. 18 declaration of a 1.7 million-acre national monument in southern Utah. The Western States Coalition's suit makes the request of U.S. District Court Judge J. Thomas Greene, arguing Clinton overstepped his authority in creating the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.

Families File $1.5 Million Claims In Mine Deaths Two Men Died Last Year Inside Abandoned North Idaho Mine On Forest Service Land

The families of two men who died in an abandoned North Idaho mine last year have filed separate $1.5 million claims against the U.S. Forest Service. Terry Novak, father of one of the victims, confirmed Tuesday that the claims were filed last week because of the deaths and because of the hazards posed by the dilapidated mines. Novak, former Spokane city manager, directed all other questions to the families' attorney.

Father Files Wrongful Death Suit

The father of murder victim Denise McCoy has filed a wrongful death suit against the estate of Walter Schoolcraft, the man suspected of killing her, but an attorney says there's nothing in the estate. Victor McCoy filed the suit this month in Lincoln County. A coroner's inquest jury last month ruled that Schoolcraft murdered Denise McCoy and her four children on June 11.

Victim’s Mother Files Suit Against County

The mother of a slain 9-year-old girl filed suit Wednesday against Spokane County for more than $1 million, contending the coroner invaded her daughter's privacy when he publicly discussed her autopsy. Dexter Amend's remarks that Rachel Carver had been sodomized in the past touched off an unsuccessful recall drive against the Republican coroner, who used the death investigation to condemn homosexuality.

A Breast Implant Maker Loses A Jury Verdict, For A Change

Bucking a recent national trend, a Massachusetts jury has awarded $1.5 million to a woman who claimed silicone breast implants made her sick. After a 4-1/2-week trial and five days of deliberation, the jury ordered Baxter International Inc., a suburban Chicago-based health products maker, to pay the damages to Florence Vassallo, 67, and her husband.

Building Owner Responds To City Order With Suit

A developer who claims officials are trying to force him to rehabilitate his run-down building is suing the city of Spokane. The city ordered Ram Gopal last month to either submit plans for repairing the building at 2616-2622 W. Sunset Boulevard or tear it down.