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Blending brings out the best in wines

Most of the time when you are looking for that perfect bottle of wine to buy for dinner, you look for your favorite varietal such as cabernet sauvignon, merlot, chardonnay and my favorite: sauvignon blanc. But what you might not realize is that most of the time even these are blends.

Spokane City Council finalists lean liberal

Not even a year ago, Spokane City Council President Ben Stuckart was stymied by a conservative majority on the city’s legislative body on votes concerning tax issues, urban growth and protections for City Hall employees. In about three weeks, Stuckart and a liberal bloc of five out of seven votes could be unstoppable. Stuckart announced Monday the five finalists for the District 3 City Council seat left vacant with the resignation of Steve Salvatori, a fiscal conservative who moved to Texas last month because of work. It may be no surprise that the top five, who were chosen from a list of nearly two dozen applicants, are also Stuckart’s top five choices, according to a tally sheet handed out to media.

Treasured Pirate

Football games on television continue to haunt former Whitworth University great Michael Allan. The worst comes when he sees players he tested against in the 2007 NFL scouting combine or those he later shared locker rooms with on the rosters of the Kansas City Chiefs and Seattle Seahawks.

DSHS agrees to pay former foster children $5.3 million

The Department of Social and Health Services agreed Monday to pay $5.3 million to four people who were subjected to years of physical and sexual abuse as children in a Stevens County foster home. The payout would be among the highest of its kind in state history and settle a federal lawsuit. Litigation began in 2008, and the case now awaits final approval by U.S. District Court Judge Justin Quackenbush.

Rush, Allen lock horns

As a member of the Spokane City Council, Richard Rush hasn’t been afraid of controversy. He led the charge to create the city’s new controversial water rates, and while others are backpedaling, Rush has stood firm. He says reverting to a flatter rate structure proposed by critics likely would mean most water customers will be forced to pay more.

Allen vs. Rush, Water Rates

City Councilman Richard Rush and former City Councilman Mike Allen debate the city's new water rate structure. Allen is challenging Rush’s bid for re-election for his seat representing South Spokane.

Allen vs. Rush, Budget Cuts

City Councilman Richard Rush and former City Councilman Mike Allen debate budget cuts. Allen is challenging Rush’s bid for re-election for his seat representing South Spokane.

Allen vs. Rush, Jefferson School

City Councilman Richard Rush and former City Councilman Mike Allen debate the relocation of Jefferson Elementary School. Allen is challenging Rush’s bid for re-election for his seat representing South Spokane.

Spotlight: Chewelah’s Stone hits No. 3 on national Soul charts

A 24-year-old singer from Chewelah found himself firmly in the Top Ten of the national R&B/Soul charts this week. Allen Stone released his self-titled sophomore album on Tuesday. By Thursday, the album was hovering at No. 3 on the iTunes R&B/Soul charts.

Two face retaliation charges

Three young Spokane men are learning how serious the federal court system can be. Two friends of a 19-year-old suspected Ecstasy dealer are accused of retaliating against the informant who helped the Drug Enforcement Administration investigate him.

DSHS settles abuse case from ’70s for $1.7 million

A Spokane man molested in the 1970s after being placed as a foster child in the home of a convicted child molester will be paid $1.7 million by the state Department of Social and Health Services as part of a settlement that avoids a civil trial that was to begin Monday. Attorneys informed Superior Court Judge Tari Eitzen that they reached the settlement Sunday night, which avoided a civil trial scheduled to last five weeks.

Former Stevens County sheriff will be region’s marshal

Former Stevens County Sheriff Craig Thayer will begin his new job next week in Spokane as the U.S. marshal for Eastern Washington. Thayer stepped down as sheriff Tuesday and traveled to Washington, D.C., to be sworn in as marshal. The Senate confirmed President Barack Obama’s nomination of Thayer, a fellow Democrat, last month.

Man sought in West Side killings arrested in Spokane

A man wanted for killing three people and wounding another in Salkum, Wash., on Saturday was captured Wednesday in Spokane. Members of the Eastern Washington Fugitive Task Force arrested John Allen Booth Jr., 31, at 5:30 p.m. at a home at 1911 W. Gordon St. in Spokane. He was booked into the Spokane County Jail, police said.