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UPDATED: Fri., May 26, 2017

Cornell funeral: ‘Chris was as melodic as The Beatles, as rocking as Sabbath and as haunting as Edgar Allan Poe’

Soundgarden music played from a portable speaker outside the cemetery’s gates as a group of about a dozen fans gathered outside. Chauffeured cars and sport utility vehicles arrived carrying mourners, …


UPDATED: Thu., May 25, 2017

Chris Cornell funeral set for Friday; widow pens letter

Late Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell will be laid to rest Friday at a private memorial service at a Hollywood cemetery that is the final resting place of numerous stars.


UPDATED: Sat., March 25, 2017

Reynolds and Fisher honored with humor, music and dance

Laughter, music and the tapping of dancing shoes reverberated throughout a public memorial to Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher, which loved ones say is just how the actresses would have …


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 28, 2017

Spokane funeral home sued for mistakenly cremating body

On Friday, March 18, 2016, Stella Merritt awoke to find her husband, Bob, dead. Four days later, she felt like she lost him again.


Fidel Castro laid to rest in private ceremony in east Cuba

A wooden box containing Fidel Castro’s ashes was placed by his brother and successor on Sunday into the side of a granite boulder that has become Cuba’s only official monument …


Slain San Antonio officer remembered at funeral service

The top leadership of Texas and law enforcement officials from across the nation joined family and friends of San Antonio police Detective Benjamin Marconi to pay tribute to the officer …


Israel mourns as preparations begin for Peres’ funeral

Israel on Wednesday mourned the death of Shimon Peres, a former president and prime minister whose life story mirrored that of the Jewish state, as the government began preparations for …


Trump praises Schlafly as ‘hero’ of conservatism

Republican presidential nominee Donald J. Trump said Saturday at the funeral for conservative icon Phyllis Schlafly that the “movement has lost its hero.”


Grief erupts in Italy as nation honors, buries quake dead

Mourners in Italy prayed, hugged, wept and even applauded as coffins carrying victims of the country’s devastating earthquake passed by at a state funeral Saturday, grieving as one nation after …


Funeral set for boy killed on Kansas waterslide

A funeral is set for a state lawmaker’s 10-year-old son who was killed while riding a Kansas waterslide billed as the world’s tallest.


Hundreds mourn officer killed in Dallas police shooting

A large U.S. flag hung from the ladders of two fire trucks as hundreds of mourners gathered for the funeral of Michael Krol, a Michigan native who moved to Dallas …


Leonard Pitts Jr.: Goodwill knocked out in Orlando

Animosities and separations are not conditions you are born with. Rather, they are conditions you choose.


Muhammad Ali’s Muslim prayer service is Thursday, funeral procession Friday

Muslim prayers over the body of Muhammad Ali will be witnessed worldwide Thursday, offering a window into a religion many outsiders know little about, but have come to scorn.


Funeral for former Montana Sen. Conrad Burns draws hundreds

Former Montana U.S. Sen. Conrad Burns is being remembered as a personable lawmaker who stirred controversy with his politically incorrect words but consistently delivered for his constituents.


Thousands mourn at funeral of kidnapped Navajo girl

Thousands of people from across the Navajo Nation came together Friday to share their grief at the funeral of an 11-year-old girl who was lured to her death by a …


UPDATED: Wed., April 6, 2016

Crow Tribe elder remembered as a ‘great man in two worlds’

A funeral is planned Wednesday on Montana’s Crow Indian Reservation for the man who was tribe’s the last surviving war chief, Joe Medicine Crow.


Mourners remember infamous former Toronto mayor Rob Ford

Mourners paid their respects Wednesday to infamous ex-Toronto mayor Rob Ford, who died last week at age 46 after fighting cancer.


Nancy and Ronald Reagan, inseparable in life, together again

Nancy Reagan called her husband’s presidential library “the shining city on the hill,” using a phrase that President Reagan had borrowed from history to describe his aspirations for the nation.


Mourning for former first lady Nancy Reagan begins

Three days of formal mourning for former first lady Nancy Reagan began Wednesday with a private service before her casket was taken in a police-escorted motorcade up an empty freeway …


Justice Scalia mourners to pay respects Friday

Thousands of mourners are expected to pay their respects to the late Justice Antonin Scalia as he lies in repose Friday at the Supreme Court.


Celine Dion says late husband protected, grounded her

Celine Dion’s husband protected her from the gritty business details of her career as he struck the deals that defined her superstar status, including saying yes to her mega hit …


100 years ago in Spokane: Five inmates escape state asylum; city celebrates beloved suffragist

From our archives, 100 years ago Five “insane criminals” made a bloody escape from the state asylum at Medical Lake and two of them −a murderer and burglar − remained …


MLB Notes: Baseball remembers Yogi Berra

A gold catcher’s mitt was placed on top of his remains. But on a day filled with stories from a lifetime in baseball, Yogi Berra was remembered for being more …


Service honors Sprague soldier’s life, cut short by friendly fire

Hundreds of friends and family members of Army Cpl. Justin Clouse gathered at Life Center church Saturday to bid farewell to the soldier killed in a friendly-fire incident in Afghanistan. …


Family questions how wrong body was cremated

CHEHALIS, Wash. — The family of Jerry Moon wants to know how the wrong body ended up in his casket at his Washington state funeral.


Remembering Delbert Belton

Natasha Belton struggled to stay calm when a member of the United States Army Area Veterans Honor Guard handed her the American flag that had covered her great-grandfather’s casket. “I …


Delbert ‘Shorty’ Belton buried with military honors

Natasha Belton struggled to stay calm when a member of the United States Army Area Veterans Honor Guard handed her the American flag that had covered her great-grandfather’s casket.


Slain veteran’s son fights cancer

Bill Belton won’t see his father, Delbert “Shorty” Belton, laid to rest with full military honors this afternoon. He can’t. The cancer destroying his body has left him bedridden, unable …


Farewell tour

Kevin O’Grady was the kind of guy who was never late. “If he told you he’d pick you up at 5 o’clock, he’d get there by 4:59,” the Air Force …


He was a colorful, interesting man to the end

Last Sunday, as the clock ticked a few beats past midnight, Spokane lost a wonderful guy. Charley Schlesinger died peacefully at Deaconess Medical Center. He was 61.