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Front Porch: A little murder mystery on the Columbia

We’d barely finished our appetizers when Jimmy “the Gyp” got bashed in the back of the head. I clutched my champagne glass as Crusher, the Don’s bodyguard, rushed past our …


Paul Turner: Let’s make kids bored again this summer

Some of us are concerned that kids in Spokane have lost their edge when it comes to complaining about being bored. The solution? Try a conversation about local current events.


Stephen Stromberg: More Trump fantasyland as the world fries

Hearing President Donald Trump during Tuesday’s State of the Union address – or, really, at any time – one would imagine that the greatest threat the country faces is a …


Paul Turner: With a dry winter comes the loss of a time-honored tradition – snowplow grumbling

A lot of people in Spokane have been out of sorts this winter because something in their lives has been missing.


Steve Christilaw: Mom’s OK, but let’s be careful out there

Indulge me while I bring up a topic that has weighed heavily on my mind since the day after Christmas.


Getting There: Lighting up the dark spots on Spokane’s roadways

Governing magazine this month examined data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, showing that between 2010 and 2017, annual nighttime pedestrian and cyclist deaths climbed 46 percent in the …


Shawn Vestal: Author Chris Crutcher bears witness for youth traumatized by school shootings

Schools struggling to move past tragedy are right in Chris Crutcher’s wheelhouse: the places that combine his service as a therapist for traumatized kids and his career as an author …


Eye on Boise: There’s a new Sen. Bayer, at least for now

With Sen. Cliff Bayer off to Washington, D.C., to be new Congressman Russ Fulcher’s chief of staff, Bayer’s mom, Regina Bayer, has been appointed to fill in as his temporary …


Paul Turner: That guy from the old photo album

Have you ever imagined, many years from now and long after you are gone, being that person in the photo no one can recognize?


Sue Lani Madsen: Beyond abortion

In the case of post-abortion stress syndrome (PASS), politics has superseded medicine.


Shawn Vestal: Rechecking the stats on pot and violence

Has legal pot ushered in a more violent era in Washington? That’s the possibility put forth in a New Yorker article by Malcolm Gladwell, the popular science writer and lightning …


Huckleberries: We suspect new Disneyland prices have Walt spinning in his grave

Count Evielynne Holbrook, of Spirit Lake and Spokane Valley, among those who aren’t impressed with the higher cost of visiting Mickey, Donald Duck, Goofy et al. in their natural setting, …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 8, 2019, noon

Getting There: The curious case of Benjamin Burr

Critics have skewered the unimaginative name of the University District Gateway Bridge. And let’s be honest, “Centennial Trail” does nothing to describe the 61 miles of paved trail that follows …


Paul Turner: Making the case for a life in the boonies

Why do so many people in our area choose to live way off by themselves, out in the country?


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 4, 2019, 7:11 p.m.

Faith and Values: A warming center born through the desire of others to

It’s not a simple thing to become an “emergency warming center” in the space of a month (more or less!).


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 2, 2019, 7:26 a.m.

Getting There: Local transportation officials fear ‘ripple effect’ from ongoing federal shutdown

It’s been more than a week since the federal government went dark.


Paul Turner: Yesterday’s free range baby boomers

It’s almost always best to resist the urge to make self-serving statements that begin “Back when I was a kid.”


Eye on Boise: Your W-4 is way off, and you need to fix it now

It’s very, very likely that the W-4 form on file with your employer is off – way off. And as a result, you could have to pay hundreds of dollars …


Faith and Values: Time to interrupt the norm

Good manners were important in my childhood home. Chew with your mouth closed. Say “yes ma’am” and “no ma’am.” Always say please and thank you, and never, ever interrupt.


Sue Lani Madsen: Campaign season is over – sort of

The brief December interregnum is over. For political parties and elected officials, the end of one campaign means it’s time to launch the next. A dozen candidates have already filed …


Getting There: Ever wonder how Santa logs all those miles in a night?

Christmas is upon us, and on this eve of all eves, there is just one question on everyone’s mind: What kind of rig does the man in red drive?


Paul Turner: Tips to outwit holiday package thieves

So here’s my better-late-than-never report on how to keep thieves from stealing packages from your front porch.


Sue Lani Madsen: North to Alaska – from Hillyard and Talk Radio to State Government

Local talk radio personality Rick Rydell has been off the air in Spokane for two years. He abruptly announced he was taking a sabbatical from KXLY in December 2016, amid …


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 21, 2018, 8:17 p.m.

Faith and Values: In the flesh, here and now

“One of the blunders religious people are particularly fond of making is the attempt to be more spiritual than God.” Wow, really? I think that Frederick Buechner was right when …


Getting There: The weird machines of Spokane’s past

Now that Lime and its electric scooters have come and gone, Spokane is back to being overrun with boring, old vehicles. You know the type: Sedans. Trucks. BMX bikes.


Sue Lani Madsen: When dealing with housing, start by defining the problem

It’s possible to develop decent policy without formal stakeholder meetings or a multiyear million dollar study by experts. But it’s difficult-to-impossible without a good definition of the problem. A problem …


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 15, 2018, 3:38 p.m.

Faith and Values: When friends disagree – A Buddhist perspective

Editor’s note: SpokaneFaVS.com has a feature called “Ask A Buddhist.” Recently someone wrote about a friendship gone sour, and asked for advice on how to handle disagreements with friends. This …


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 15, 2018, 4:46 p.m.

Paul Turner: Hallmarks of a Spokane Christmas

There are Spokane residents who don’t know what Christmas is like here.


Shawn Vestal: Shea finds questioners in Poland more to his liking

Good news, everyone: Matt Shea has found a couple of interviewers he apparently doesn’t consider too dirty, godless or hateful to answer.


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 10, 2018, 7:08 a.m.

Getting There: Near completion but yet unfinished, two major street projects go to rest for the winter

Next year, motorists and cyclists alike will have two new routes leading to Spokane’s core – one a revamped piece of history, the other a new road where none existed …