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100 years ago in Spokane: Circus arrives on the North Side; man says he accidentally shot and killed his neighbors

The Carl Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus set up its tent city on Mallon Avenue, near Monroe Street, to the delight of Spokane’s youth. The menagerie tent was the biggest attraction, containing “lions, …

Cirque de la Symphonie returns to Spokane

Morihiko Nakahara conducts the “Cirque de la Symphonie” in SSO season’s first pops concert.

UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 17, 2018, 1:37 p.m.

Witness: Circus camel that hurt 7 spooked by thrown shovel

A startled camel started bucking during a circus when a child apparently threw a shovel at its feet, injuring six children and an adult and causing frightened circusgoers to flee …

Clowning around with Halloween decor

Films , TV shows and stories, including the current hits “It” and “American Horror Story,” have long imagined a dark side to circuses and side shows. No surprise then that …

UPDATED: Fri., June 30, 2017, 6:12 p.m.

Escaped circus elephant strolls through Wisconsin neighborhood

A full-grown elephant sauntered through Baraboo early Friday morning on a brief walk of freedom. The mammoth creature more suited for the “big top” clashed with the quiet residential neighborhood.

Spokane Arena gets creepy and crawly with touring Cirque du Soleil show

The Cirque du Soleil show “Ovo,” which lands at the Spokane Arena next week, presents a simple story of love in a colony of bugs. It’s also full of spectacle, …

UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 9, 2017, 10:27 a.m.

Wallenda says ‘Never Give Up’ after 5 tightrope walkers hurt

During a news conference in Sarasota, Florida, on Thursday morning, Nik Wallenda said the performs suffered broken bones, scrapes and bruises in Wednesday’s fall, but all are expected to fully …

Five Wallenda family circus performers injured during high wire practice

Five circus performers have been seriously injured while practicing a high-wire act in Florida.

UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 25, 2017, 4:04 p.m.

Front Porch: Something’s lost with the end of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus

The circus was never about the animals for me. It was about magic, make believe and those daring young men on the flying trapeze. Once upon a time it really …

UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 14, 2017, 7:59 p.m.

Ringling Bros. circus to close after 146 years

After 146 years, the curtain is coming down on “The Greatest Show on Earth.” The owner of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus told the Associated Press that …

Last dance: Final performance for Ringling Bros. elephants

Six Asian elephants danced, balanced on each others’ backs and sat on their hind legs during their last show in Providence, Rhode Island on Sunday.

Shrine Circus moves to U-City Mall

The El Katif Shrine Circus is moving from Spokane Valley Mall to the University City Mall on East Sprague Avenue.

Spokane City Council bans use of elephant hooks

A device used to control elephants will no longer be allowed to be used in Spokane. The Spokane City council voted 6-1 to prohibit the use of elephant hooks, Monday.

Spokane City Council to consider ban on elephant hooks

On Monday, the Spokane City Council will consider an ordinance banning the use of “bullhooks” - implements that resemble fireplace pokers with sharp, steel-hooked tips and that are used to …

Missoula to vote on banning animals from circus

Missoula City Council members will vote in August on a measure banning wild and exotic animals from circus acts.

Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago The Al G. Barnes Wild Animal Circus was in town, and nearly every seat was filled for the performances at Recreation Park.

Aerial exercise classes offer new spin on fitness

Donna DeVerniero celebrated her 62nd birthday earlier this month hanging upside down from a 20-foot silk cloth suspended from the ceiling. It’s this baby boomer’s way of running off and …

Incredible reality

An acrobat climbs another’s thighs and back to balance, inverted, on his partner’s shoulders – one set of feet planted and one pointed skyward. Aerialists scale suspended lengths of silk …

Incredible reality

An acrobat climbs another’s thighs and back to balance, inverted, on his partner’s shoulders – one set of feet planted and one pointed skyward. Aerialists scale suspended lengths of silk …

Shrine Circus opens today at Spokane Valley Mall

It’s been a Spokane tradition for 59 years. There are elephants, horses, trapeze artists and clowns, all for the entertainment of children of all ages. This week the El Katif …

High-flying fun highlights circus

Get ready for the world to turn upside down when the latest installment of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus rolls into town later this week. Really? Upside …