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UPDATED: Tue., June 25, 2019, 11:05 a.m.

Spokane police investigating 33-year-old man for homicide in the death of his mother in her downtown apartment

Police suspect man may have given his mother a lethal dose of drugs in downtown Spokane apartment.


UPDATED: Sat., June 22, 2019, 5:34 p.m.

Second childrens’ book reading at downtown Spokane library by drag queens draws similar protest numbers

Supporters and protesters turned out once again Saturday at a public reading for children hosted by drag queens. Police were present, but no arrests were made before or after the …


UPDATED: Thu., June 20, 2019, 2:10 p.m.

Spokane mayoral campaign pushes community to question, defend safety of downtown library

Spokane police are called much more often to the STA Plaza and other public locations downtown than the library. But a social media conversation started by mayoral candidate Nadine Woodward …


UPDATED: Wed., June 12, 2019, 10:51 p.m.

Thieves pretending to need help flag down driver and steal her car in downtown Spokane, police say

Spokane police say a woman could only watch as a pair of alleged thieves drove away in her car early Wednesday morning after feigning a need for help.


It takes two: The Mango Tree blossoms with second location

The Mango Tree, a new restaurant featuring mostly northern Indian cuisine, opened the downtown space formerly occupied by Hill’s, and its staff is striving to serve some of the freshest …


Bloomsday 2019 is Sunday: Here’s what Bloomies need to know

Downtown roads will close at 5 a.m., and participants are reminded that backpacks aren’t allowed on the Bloomsday course due to safety concerns. If you’re looking for last-minute registration and …


Riverfront Park outdoor summer movies will not take place in 2019, event promoter says

The Western Washington-based company that had been organizing the outdoor movie series in Riverfront Park since 2013 cited long travel times and the “transitions” in the downtown park as the …


Then and Now: Granite and Paulsen buildings

A tale of two neighbors: The Granite Block was the result of a massive rebuild after the Great Fire of 1889; the Paulsen Building had roots in the sudden wealth …


Spokane’s oldest organized church, Westminster Congregational Church of Christ, prepares for 140-year celebration

The church has withstood challenges from without and within in its 140 years of existence, which makes Westminster older than Spokane itself. Within its stately stone walls, a congregation meets …


‘Seattle is Dying’ report prompts political response to homelessness in Spokane

City Council President Ben Stuckart declared from the dais last week that neither Seattle nor Spokane is dying, but the divisive KOMO-TV report has prompted a wide-ranging discussion on the …


Downtown cameras, security measures would be pushed under new plan considered by Spokane City Council

The panel is being asked to give its OK to a program that would encourage downtown businesses to put up more lighting and cameras to combat crime by giving them …


UPDATED: Sat., March 16, 2019, 6:05 p.m.

David Condon walks St. Patrick’s Day Parade as kilted mayor

Mayor David Condon was in his element Saturday afternoon. No criticism, no problems. Just tossing candies, shaking youngsters’ hands and wearing a kilt.


City Council mulling new laws that would make sidewalks safer after dog electrocuted, killed

After a dog was electrocuted on a sidewalk in downtown Spokane earlier this month, Spokane City Council members are in early talks of creating new laws that would make old …


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 7, 2019, 10:21 p.m.

Dog electrocuted in downtown Spokane in apparent ‘stray voltage’ incident outside bank

Washington Trust Bank at the corner of Wall Street and First Avenue has shut off all outdoor power after a man reported his dog was electrocuted Tuesday. The incident bears …


Fewer lunches and coffee breaks by federal workers begin to cut into profits at downtown Spokane eateries

In what is already a slow time of year for small businesses in downtown Spokane, the partial government shutdown means even fewer customers entering their doors.


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 21, 2018, 6:46 a.m.

Shelter for young adults to open in downtown Spokane at Westminster Congregational Church

Westminster Congregational United Church of Christ will soon be able to host up to 25 young people in a warming center a 10-minute walk from downtown Spokane.


Lyft, Uber drivers will have to pay new fees, follow new rules under Spokane City Council proposal

After more than two years of talks, the Spokane City Council seems poised to pass new local regulations on ride-hailing company drivers that will include a new driver’s license fee …


Police arrest man downtown after reports of gunshots

A man was arrested Monday night after multiple people reported a drive-by shooting in the area of Sprague Avenue and Browne Street in downtown Spokane.


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 1, 2018, 4:30 p.m.

Man carrying flowers hit by car downtown

A man was injured Thursday afternoon when he was struck by a car in downtown Spokane.


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 26, 2018, 9:51 p.m.

Here’s what the proposed downtown stadium could look like

By no means is it official, but a local architecture firm released a sample rendering for what a $31 million downtown sports stadium might look like in Spokane.


Police investigate weekend stabbing in downtown Spokane

A man was stabbed and hospitalized for minor injuries after an altercation early Sunday morning in downtown Spokane.


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 6, 2018, 5:14 p.m.

Semitrailer crash blocks part of I-90 east near downtown

An overturned semi truck blocked two lanes of eastbound Interstate 90 near downtown on Saturday morning. No injuries were reported.


Two new skywalks open on old Macy’s building

Second-story pedestrians, rejoice. Spokane’s skywalk system is whole again.


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 1, 2018, 11:26 p.m.

Vice President Mike Pence to appear for Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers in downtown Spokane on Tuesday

The vice president, a former colleague of McMorris Rodgers in the U.S. House of Representatives, will speak at an afternoon fundraiser at the Spokane Convention Center. Tickets to the event …


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 27, 2018, 10:06 p.m.

City Council seeks emergency shelters as House of Charity cuts loom

City Council voted unanimously to solicit proposals from organizations that could operate overnight shelters nightly during the winter, not just when temperatures dipped below freezing.


Then and Now: The Spokane River

The Spokane River connects Idaho and Washington, Natives and white settlers, and a variety of landscapes and ecosystems.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 1, 2018, 7:04 a.m.

Downtown Spokane stadium plan gets backing from boosters, maybe a second chance from City Council

City Councilwoman Lori Kinnear is working against the clock to have her colleagues reconsider their vote against a bond measure that would ask taxpayers to cover the cost of building …


UPDATED: Mon., July 30, 2018, 8:23 p.m.

City Council rejects plan for downtown Spokane sports stadium; mayor calls vote ‘disappointing’

The Spokane City Council rejected an ambitious effort led by the mayor to build a downtown sports stadium in partnership with Spokane Public Schools.


House of Charity, city of Spokane agree to end 24/7 shelter, citing health and safety concerns

Around-the-clock staffing will end Sept. 1 at the downtown emergency shelter House of Charity, which has been put on life support multiple times by city funds since opening two years …


Boutique boom: Cluster of boutiques amid Spokane’s rebounding downtown scene suggests economic turnaround

Indicators point to a cluster economy of local clothing boutiques at the center of a downtown renaissance.