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Then and Now: Federal courthouse in downtown Spokane

The Thomas S. Foley United States Courthouse was originally envisioned as a joint federal and municipal building, but voters failed to pass a $10.4 million bond to combine the two governmental buildings.

Then and Now: Federal Building and Post Office

The expansion of federal government agencies during the Great Depression prompted a search for more office space in Spokane. The 1909 Post Office was expanded in 1941.

Oklahoma City bombing ‘Survivor Tree’ DNA to live on

Science and technology are helping Oklahoma City to sustain the DNA – and the spirit – of a tree that has symbolized hope in the 24 years since the deadliest act of domestic terrorism in U.S. history shook the city to its core.

Moscow considers Federal Building for police department

The city of Moscow has had “preliminary” discussions with officials at Gritman Medical Center in regards to purchasing the Federal Building for use as a potential police station and for other city office space, City Supervisor Gary Riedner told City Council members Monday night.

Spokane flagpole painter rescued in Yakima after passing out

YAKIMA – Having painted flagpoles for more than a half century, Warren Hinrichs was a little worried about the heat as he prepared to climb atop the federal courthouse in Yakima this week. With temperatures forecast to rise above 100, he got permission to bring his dog, Stitch, up to the roof rather than leave the dog in his truck.

Agency to help fund ADA work at Sorensen

The Lake City Development Corp. will help pay for $421,000 worth of improvements needed for Sorensen Elementary School to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Plans to turn Sorensen into a magnet school ups the ante for compliance with the federal act, said Hazel Bauman, assistant superintendent for the Coeur d'Alene School District.

Pre-Trial Hearing Opens In Bomb Case

Victims and relatives who will testify in the Oklahoma City bombing trial were barred from the courtroom Wednesday by the judge, who said the mere sight of the two men accused of killing their loved ones could taint their testimony. U.S. District Judge Richard Matsch issued the ruling at the start of a three-day pre-trial hearing on a defense move to have certain evidence thrown out. Defense attorneys claim federal agents mishandled searches and interrogations and allowed tests by unqualified investigators. Prosecutors have said they did no wrong.

Residues May Link Tim Mcveigh To Blast

Federal law enforcement officials revealed Monday that residues found on Timothy J. McVeigh's clothing and other possessions appear to link him to the Oklahoma City bombing, and they also said that he warned a friend shortly before the blast last year to "watch what you say" because the "G-men" might find out. The new allegations are included in court papers prosecutors filed in Denver asking a federal judge to deny defense requests to suppress critical evidence at the trial of McVeigh and co-defendant Terry L. Nichols.

What A Difference A Day Makes

It was a day that started like so many others - and then a bomb shattered the ordinariness, taking the lives of 168 mothers, fathers, sons and daughters. One year later, here are the stories of some of the people changed by the blast: For better or for worse, Edye Smith has grieved in the eyes of the public. When reporters seek comment from a victim's family member, they often turn to Smith, who lost both her young sons in the April 19, 1995, bombing. "I've received a lot of criticism from other bombing victims for doing a lot of interviews and sharing my feelings," she says. But as uncomfortable as some people may be with it, she says, the talking has ensured one thing: "Most people know the Smith boys and how they were killed."

Mcveigh Won’t Use Insanity Defense

Timothy McVeigh will not use an insanity defense when he goes on trial in the Oklahoma bombing, his lawyers said Thursday. "The psychiatric and psychological evaluations aren't 100 percent completed, but from what we know at this point we have no reason to assert a mental defect," attorney Stephen Jones said. "He's as sane as any lawyer or reporter." He said McVeigh has been pronounced competent by Dr. Seymour Halleck, a University of North Carolina psychiatrist who testified for the defense in Susan Smith's trial for drowning her two sons in South Carolina. Other experts also were examining McVeigh.

‘Ordinary Guy’ Caught In Media, Political Cross Fire Arkansas Man Says He’s A Victim As Officials Probe Link Between Robbery Of His Farm, Oklahoma Bomb

First, Roger Moore lost $60,000 in guns, precious metals and cash in November when robbers ransacked his isolated rural home near here. Now, he says, he also has lost his privacy and reputation as federal officials and news organizations have investigated a suspected link between the robbery and the nation's worst terrorist bombing.

Terry Nichols Won’t Get Bail

Terry Nichols, one of the two men charged with the Oklahoma City bombing, was denied bail Friday by a U.S. judge who ruled that the defendant posed a risk to public safety and might flee the country. The judge, David L. Russell, acted at a hearing at the El Reno Federal Correctional Institution where Nichols is confined. The judge also ordered that the government not dispatch any more mental health professionals to interview Nichols without the court's approval.

Feds Order Colbern Held Without Bond Possible Links To Oklahoma City Bombing Are Investigated

A fugitive gun enthusiast was ordered held without bond Saturday on charges stemming from an old federal firearms case and from a scuffle with agents who tracked him to a tiny desert town. The hearing didn't touch on any connection to the Oklahoma City bombing, though a string of coincidence and Washington sources suggest the possibility that a link is being probed.

New Lawyer

Timothy McVeigh got a new attorney Monday because his original public defenders said they had friends killed in the explosion and could not adequately represent the bombing suspect. Judge David Russell appointed Stephen Jones, 54, of Enid, Okla., as a federal public defender.

We Mustn’t Become Desensitized

Watching news coverage of the bombing in Oklahoma City, we have all been deeply moved. Watching the body of a three-year-old pulled out of the rubble, my wife, Gail, turned to me and said, "My heart is breaking." Among my many feelings as I've seen the bodies being removed from the wreckage is a fear that we will come, before we realize it, to see these bodies as "bodies" - my fear that we'll become desensitized to all the life those bodies have carried in them, and with them. In tribute to them, I offer today this poem, titled "Reciprocity," adapted from the poem by the same name in my book of poems, "Emptying." When my heart is breaking, poetry is a place of spiritual depth to which I turn in search of meaning. With so many dead and so many still missing, I hope each of you can find your own way to lift a piece of spirit out of the carnage and pain. If each of us does not find our own way to make spiritual meaning of a tragedy like the one in Oklahoma, we make inside us only hate and fear. If this is all we make, the dead died in vain.

Donations To Top $100,000 After Oklahoma City Blast

Cash donations in Spokane County after last week's Oklahoma City federal building explosion will exceed $100,000, American Red Cross officials said Wednesday. Money raised in the area was directed into two budgets, the Red Cross National Disaster Relief Fund and the Oklahoma City Disaster Fund. Exactly how much money came through Spokane's contributions won't be calculated until later this week, said Spokane chapter spokeswoman Tina Maurais.

Panhandle Helping Bombing Victims

North Idaho residents have donated more than $15,000 to the American Red Cross since last week's bombing in Oklahoma City. "It's been overwhelming," Panhandle Chapter spokeswoman Wendy Meador said Wednesday of the response.