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UPDATED: Fri., July 21, 2017

Spokane Human Rights Commission will apologize to sheriff’s office for comments on Facebook

City of Spokane Human Rights Commission leaders to apologize for racist and sexist comments made on Facebook aimed at seven newly hired Spokane County sheriff’s deputies


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 3, 2017

Idaho human rights leader Marilyn Shuler dies at 77

Marilyn Shuler, a longtime human rights leader and director of the Idaho Human Rights Commission for 20 years, died at a Boise hospital early Friday morning. She was 77.


Washington’s gender-identity bathroom law contested

Special legislative committee asked to reject law allowing transgender bathroom use.


Transgender bathroom rule draws dueling protests in Olympia

A rule on use of public restrooms drew dueling protests to the Washington Capitol.


Rules on transgender restroom access sparked heated debate in Spokane Valley

Spokane Valley sent a letter in support of legislative efforts to repeal new state rules governing transgender people’s access to restrooms.


Spokane NAACP requests restart of hate mail investigation

NAACP leaders have asked the Spokane Police Department to restart investigations of who sent hate mail to the local chapter of the civil rights organization. Police announced last week that …


Shawn Vestal: It took a while, but cruel news spread fast

All day Saturday, Alison Collins was waiting for something to happen. For the police to stop by with follow-up questions. For the news media to report what had happened. For …


Two men arrested in beating of transgender woman

Two men suspected of beating a transgender woman in downtown Spokane were arrested Tuesday, eight hours after police sought the public’s help to identify the attackers. The victim of the …


Spokane’s SWAT unit renaming met with skepticism

In Spokane, SWAT is no more. The police department has rebranded the decades-old team of officers trained in tactical response as the “Emergency Response Unit,” as it seeks to broaden …


Awards recognize local efforts on betterment of human rights

For Spokane’s Human Rights Commission, choosing honorees for the first of what the organization hopes will be annual diversity awards meant winnowing decades of work into snapshots. “Some of these …


Clark: Click heels and repeat: There’s no disgrace like Thoma

One day Spokane Mayor David Condon declares there’s no good way out of the Brad Thoma tar pit. The City Council, he says, must vote to put Thoma back on …


City appointees fill spots on boards, commissions

The Spokane City Council on Monday filled positions on about 25 boards and commissions that have seats reserved for city elected leaders. Some seats are advisory or liaison positions, others …


Spotlight: Oelrich story to be featured in HBO film

The upcoming HBO film “When Strangers Click” will include the story of one young Spokane man whose name figured in the news here in 2005: Ryan Oelrich. Oelrich became entangled …


Court contends with faulty wheelchair lift

Les Burton doesn’t want anyone else to face what he did to get justice in Ferry County’s handicap-inaccessible courthouse. Burton has amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease. He had …


Spokane rights commission gets fresh voice

When Greg Terhaar graduated from Lewis and Clark High School in 2007, one of the classes he completed was Advanced Placement European History. Early in life, he decided that the …


City revamps human rights policy

Individual complaints regarding human rights violations no longer will be considered by the city’s Human Rights Commission. The Spokane City Council voted unanimously on Monday to prohibit the commission from …