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FBI: Nashville bomber driven by conspiracies, paranoia

The man who blew himself up inside his recreational vehicle in a Christmas Day bombing in Nashville was grappling with paranoia and eccentric conspiracy theories, but there are no indications he was motivated by social or political ideology, the FBI said Monday in closing out the investigation into the blast.

Small pleasures as Italy reopens after Christmas lockdowns

ROME — Much of Italy gingerly reopened Monday from pre-Christmas coronavirus closures, with the Vatican Museums welcoming a trickle of visitors to the Sistine Chapel and locals ordering their cappuccinos at outdoor tables for the first time in weeks.

Christmas bombing marks another dark day for Nashville

The Christmas Day explosion has sparked shock across the country after a bomb detonated in the heart of Nashville's historic downtown and killed the bomber, injured three other people and damaged dozens of buildings.

Faith and Values: Around Christmas, remember the humanity of Jesus, not just his infancy

It’s so easy to only embrace a sentimental understanding of Christmas, of “waiting for the baby Jesus” and all that involves. But maturing adults also do well to appreciate the deeper message of Christmas. It comes in the word “incarnation” – God became flesh in the person we call Jesus. First the baby, but definitively the man.

Manito Park’s drive-thru Christmas lights were a big hit this year

An estimated 66,000 people traveled the half-mile decorated route in the park on the South Hill earlier this month, according to a car count conducted by the city's Parks Department. That's up from the 13,000 people who usually tour the illuminated Gaiser Conservatory in years past. 

A pandemic Christmas: Services move online, people stay home

Families that usually reunite on Christmas over a hearty, lingering meal stayed home Friday, services were held online, and gift exchanges were low-key in one of the most unusual holiday seasons in decades. The coronavirus left almost no one unaffected.

North Central teacher spreads Christmas cheer, community spirit in ‘snazzy’ fashion

It’s the eve of Christmas Eve. A mustachioed man wearing a bright red suit and a Santa hat is leaving Macy’s at the NorthTown Mall in Spokane after some last-minute gift shopping. The pattern of his svelte outfit and matching tie – white and festive stripes of snowflakes, trees and Santa mushing his sleigh – wouldn’t look out of place beneath a Christmas tree.

Spin Control: The annual 12 Trivias of Christmas

Each year, Spin Control takes a break from politics around Christmas, partly because if the wolf can lie down with the lamb, as the Prophet Isaiah said, liberal progressives can raise a glass with conservative populists and Valley Republicans can share fruitcake with Spokane Democrats. In masks and socially distanced, of course.