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Monday, October 26, 2020  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Roll out the giant chess set: Spokane Sidewalk Games back for the third year

Heavy winds Wednesday toppled more than a few signs as vendors set up for the Kendall Yards farmers market, but two giant Connect Four boards stood tall. The games signaled the beginning of the third summer of Spokane Sidewalk Games, which has put giant versions of checkers, chess, chutes and ladders and more in public spaces.

Attacker drives van into Barcelona crowd; 13 dead, 100 hurt

A white van jumped up onto a sidewalk and sped down a pedestrian zone Thursday in Barcelona’s historic Las Ramblas district, swerving from side to side as it plowed into tourists and residents. Authorities said 12 people were killed and 80 were wounded, 15 of them seriously, in what they called a terror attack.

Van plows into diners on Los Angeles sidewalk, 8 hurt

The driver of a van that plowed into a group of people dining on a Los Angeles sidewalk, striking and injuring at least eight people, was arrested Sunday on suspicion of hit-and-run, authorities said.

Spokane Sidewalk Games builds community through oversized boardgames

After experiencing oversized sidewalk games in Seattle, Spokane Sidewalk Games founder Ryan Oelrich saw their potential for bringing the Spokane community together. “It was such a great experience to watch business professionals and tourists and homeless play games together,” Oelrich said. “I wanted to come back and make it uniquely our own.”

Vaults under Spokane sidewalks pose hidden threat

Some sidewalks in downtown Spokane have hidden dangers beneath them. Underground vaults installed in the old days to provide space for shipping and storage are becoming a concern, so the city of Spokane hired a consultant to look at their conditions.

Spokane City Council expands downtown sit-lie law

The Spokane City Council voted 4-3 to toughen an ordinance that makes it illegal to sit or lie on sidewalks in the downtown area during business hours. The Monday vote fell along a familiar political line with council members Nancy McLaughlin, Mike Fagan, Mike Allen and Steve Salvatori casting yes votes.

Bella Lago issue revisited

The Liberty Lake City Council revisited old business at Tuesday night’s council meeting as it heard concerns from a neighborhood group from Bella Lago development about the lack of a pedestrian sidewalk or pathway from the corner of Bella Lago Lane to Valleyway/Lakeside Avenue. Several residents spoke at length at the frustrations they have felt with the council about what the homeowners in Bella Lago deemed were procedural errors in the council passing a decision to amend the Spokane County Engineering Condition No. 22 at the council meeting on Jan. 5. Condition 22, as it is known, originally specified the construction of a pedestrian walkway/sidewalk from Bella Lago Lane to Valleyway/Lakeside Avenue. While homes have sprouted up in the area, the pedestrian walkway remains undeveloped, forcing a safety issue upon the residents of the neighborhood, according to the group.