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Ex-National Security Council official testifying to Congress

Fiona Hill, a former top National Security Council expert on Russia, was testifying to Congress behind closed doors Monday, the latest former Trump administration official to be subpoenaed as part …

Spokane police updates use-of-force policy to emphasize use of de-escalation techniques

The update, released Oct. 4, includes a new section on de-escalation, reporting of ethical misconduct and deadly force.

UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 14, 2019, 8:31 a.m.

Police presence increased at Ferris High School in response to threats

Extra Spokane police officers were stationed at Ferris High School this morning in response to two threats posted on social media over the weekend.

Oregon may allow BYO food containers in stores, restaurants

Oregon may soon allow customers to bring their own reusable food containers to grocery stores and restaurants in an effort to curb plastic waste.

UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 14, 2019, 7:50 a.m.

U.S. pulls troops in north Syria, threatens Turkey sanctions

The United States appears to be heading toward a full military withdrawal from Syria amid growing chaos, cries of betrayal and threats Monday by President Donald Trump to hit Turkey …

New childhood obesity data shows progress, room for improvement in Spokane and nationwide

With recent national attention on childhood obesity rates, newly released data for Washington show that 7,100 youth ages 10-17 are obese. The state’s rate for this age group is 11%, …

Spokane Valley fire commissioner candidates clash over communication, fire commissioner leadership

Candidate for the Spokane Valley Fire Commission Bradley Mertens said he hopes to improve communication and work with unions, while incumbent Patrick Burch said a fire commissioner’s first responsibility is …

Getting There: Northeast City Council candidates discuss North Spokane Corridor, street planning, public transit

Northeast Spokane has seen several major transportation construction projects in the past few years, including changes to Crestline and Sprague. An even larger one looms with completion of the North …

The Zone Project in northeast Spokane seeks to help students overcome generational obstacles

Grant funding has allowed neighborhood proponents to push for support services for students in an area of Spokane that has long-standing poverty and educational issues. That includes an emphasis on …

Then and Now: Federal courthouse in downtown Spokane

The Thomas S. Foley United States Courthouse was originally envisioned as a joint federal and municipal building, but voters failed to pass a $10.4 million bond to combine the two …

100 years ago in Spokane: Extradition sought for sisters believed to be involved in death of W.H. McNutt

Jewell Marie McDonald and Helen Fay McDonald Wilkinson had been implicated in the mysterious death of the Spokane real estate man. Court paperwork showed that there had been a business …

Faith and Values: ‘Running the homeless out of the city is running Jesus out of the city’

When someone lands on the street we have a moral obligation to care for them in whatever way we can. Maybe for some of us that’s through prayer or volunteering …

UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 13, 2019, 10:57 p.m.

Rob Curley: Hearing the candidates one more time before you vote, with a little more discussion and a little less debate

There have been so many dang debates in Spokane this election season that it’s hard to tell whose heads are swimming the most: the candidates’, the voters’ or the journalists’. …

Trump orders withdrawal of U.S. forces from northern Syria, administration scrambles

President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw U.S. troops from northern Syria left the region in upheaval Sunday and the administration scrambling to respond to fast-moving events.

Voters weary of more investigations as impeachment ramps up

Polling finds that support for the impeachment inquiry has grown since House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the start of one last month following a whistleblower complaint.

Pope canonizes John Henry Newman, 19th-century theologian

With Prince Charles looking on, Pope Francis on Sunday canonized Cardinal John Henry Newman and praised the 19th-century Anglican convert who became an influential, unifying figure in both the Anglican …

Serial killer’s victim portraits could help crack cold cases

The FBI is hoping that portraits drawn by a California inmate will help law enforcement crack cold case homicides around the country.

Hunter Biden to step down from Chinese firm’s board

Hunter Biden is stepping down from the board of directors of a Chinese-backed private equity firm.

UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 13, 2019, 6:25 p.m.

Washington, D.C., approves emergency measuring renaming holiday ‘Indigenous Peoples’ Day’

City lawmakers have been trying for five years to rename the holiday. They succeeded last week, passing an emergency measure that brings Washington, D.C., in line with several other cities …

UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 13, 2019, 9:46 p.m.

U.S.-allied Kurds strike deal to bring Assad’s Syrian troops back into Kurdish areas

Syrian government troops began moving toward towns near the Turkish border Sunday night under a deal struck with Syrian Kurds after a chaotic day that saw the unraveling of the …

Holocaust survivor who is Anne Frank’s stepsister to speak in Spokane

“The world unfortunately has forgotten what has happened, or they never even knew what had happened. It hasn’t really changed. There’s still prejudice, discrimination and wars going on,” Schloss said.

Real estate site ranks Spokane first for freelancers

A study released by ranked Spokane as the top city for freelancers. Kelly Naumann, StartUp Spokane community manager, said rankings like this are great for Spokane.

MacFarlane emphasizes security, Slagle diversity in race for Spokane Public Schools board

Teaching came naturally to Spokane Public Schools board candidate Kelli MacFarlane, but some of the greatest rewards came after the lessons were over. “I love hearing from students that say …

UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 13, 2019, 2:20 p.m.

100 years ago in Spokane: Local families awaited final word on WWI soldiers

The war in Europe had been over for almost a year, but the uncertainty continued for some some local parents. Five Washington men, including two from Spokane, were still listed …

Spin Control: Time to rethink rides on World War II bombers

Even though it means the organizations will lose a source of funding from the contributions they get for short flights over the host cities, the public rides should stop. The …

The Dirt: Former Vien Dong restaurant home sold, to be renovated

A historic building on East Sprague Avenue that long housed the Vien Dong Vietnamese restaurant has been sold and will be renovated, according to city permit data.

UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 13, 2019, 6:19 p.m.

Front & Center: Forest consultant planted with no desire to retire

Maurice Williamson maintains more than 700 client files. His services include timber management – appraisal, evaluation, planting and harvesting supervision – contract negotiations and expert-witness testimony.

Spokane police change dispatch policy for dangerous animals after dog attack

After Bonnie Rae’s dog Downey was killed and her daughter was bitten by a loose dog in north Spokane in September, she reached out to local officials about changing the …

Woodward aims to use trust amassed over broadcast career to bring about change if elected Spokane mayor

Nadine Woodward has been hesitant to bring her political views into the nonpartisan race, declining to seek the endorsement of either political party. Instead, she’s argued that the election is …

Stuckart vows to stick to facts, principles that have guided his City Hall career if elected Spokane mayor

As Ben Stuckart faces November’s vote, he contends with a well-documented, eight-year record at City Hall. But he also offers a deep, hands-on background in local government in politics. Stuckart …