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Russian athletes visit Spokane area to learn about parasports

The athletes came to Spokane thanks to the Open World Program. Since its launch in 1999, nearly 23,000 individuals from a wide variety of professional fields have traveled to communities in all 50 states to meet and share knowledge with their professional colleagues and to learn about life in America.

No easy solutions as Friendship House, businesses seek ways to coexist

After Friendship House’s recent decision to at least temporarily reduce the number of meals it serves to the homeless, neighbors of the nonprofit hope it’s the beginning of a solution to problems they say have grown with the number of homeless people coming through the area.

Investing in friendships for two generations

A Spokane Valley investment club, the Lilies, started 21 years ago. They’re all women who love coffee, so in fall 1995 their first choice ignored a financial adviser’s caution about a then-smaller Seattle company, Starbucks. Various investments later, they’ve grown both a sizable portfolio and tight friendships. And now, some of their daughters have started a second investment club, the Dandies.

Front Porch: A friend is taken: Dementia stole her before death could

If you had seen my friend Mary Ellen Myrene in the last few years of her life, she’d have seemed pretty unremarkable – a tall and slender white-haired woman who blended into the landscape of other older women living on the periphery of the mainstream world.

Dear Annie: Business among friends gets sticky

Dear Annie: I am a real estate agent in a wealthy part of Southern California. In my part of town, everyone knows everyone, especially in real estate. I have my group of mom friends. Some of us work. Others do not. All of our kids go to the same school. We see one another multiple times every week.

Movie review: ‘Love & Friendship’ is immensely charming, laugh-out-loud funny

Since 1990, auteur Whit Stillman has made five movies that are perfectly rendered unto the worlds that he creates on screen. These acerbic comedies of manners are located among the upper crust of Manhattan youth (“Metropolitan”); career kids by day/club kids by night (“The Last Days of Disco”); American expats (“Barcelona”); college kids attempting to wrest some control over the libertine university atmosphere (“Damsels in Distress”); and now, 1790s England in “Love & Friendship.” There’s plenty of sex and intrigue between the sexes in Stillman’s films, but they aren’t romantic – they’re more interested in dissecting the intricacies of mating rituals between men and women. “Love & Friendship,” though it takes place 200 years ago, falls squarely into that realm. Adapted from the Jane Austen novel “Lady Susan,” it follows the scheming of the widowed Lady Susan Vernon (Kate Beckinsale) as she navigates life in England’s stratified class system.

Front Porch: Friend’s move brings sadness

A good friend of mine is leaving the area, and though she hasn’t quite gone yet, I already miss her terribly. It’s hard when a really good friend moves away. Moving away is better, of course, than the other way I have lost good friends recently – through death – but it is still a loss.

Early morning dog walkers find friendship and support

What began as a random meeting of casual dog-walkers has grown into a tight-knit group of friends, drawn together by a love of their neighborhood park and by dogs who needed early morning exercise.

Front Porch: Rewarding friendships take work

Her name was Feather. She had huge blue eyes and wavy black hair, and she was my first best friend. My sister informed me that her name was actually Heather, but I thought Feather was a far more exotic and suitable name for my flighty friend.

Girl’s wish for heart-shaped tree park becomes reality in Spokane

After plenty of pestering by a precocious 9-year-old, there’s a new grove of freshly planted trees in a north Spokane park. Holly VanVoorhis was 7 when she asked her dad, landscape architect and Park Board member Ken VanVoorhis, if she could help him design a park. He let his daughter tinker in his drafting software until she’d designed a heart-shaped tree park.