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UPDATED: Mon., June 8, 2020

Seattle council members protest after tear gas used on crowd

Just days after Seattle’s mayor and police chief promised a month-long moratorium on using a type of tear gas to disperse protesters, the department used it again during an overnight …

UPDATED: Mon., June 8, 2020

Thousands mourn George Floyd in Texas amid calls for reform

The last chance for the public to say goodbye to George Floyd drew thousands of mourners Monday to a church in Houston where he grew up, as his death two …

UPDATED: Mon., June 8, 2020

Democrats unveil ambitious police reform bill; McMorris Rodgers says she’s reviewing it

Democratic leaders from the House and Senate rolled out a broad police reform bill Monday, seeking to channel the energy of nationwide protests into changes at the federal level.

UPDATED: Mon., June 8, 2020

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Spokane County Marriage licenses

UPDATED: Tue., June 9, 2020

Listen to the Eyer Family Band for Spokane’s Street Music Week

Carey Eyer hopes this year’s virtual Street Music Week event will be just like walking down Main Street, hearing a new song from a different busker every 100 feet – …

UPDATED: Mon., June 8, 2020

Fruit processor reopening after virus outbreak infected 132

Firestone Pacific Foods in Vancouver, Washington, has started reopening after a coronavirus outbreak infected 132 people and forced the fruit processor to halt operations.

Cristobal now a depression drenching Mississippi River basin

Tropical Storm Cristobal weakened into a depression early Monday after inundating coastal Louisiana and ginning up dangerous weather along most of the U.S. Gulf Coast, sending waves crashing over Mississippi …

Crews inspect, but won’t yet remove, Richmond’s Lee statue

Workers for the state of Virginia inspected Richmond’s huge statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee on Monday before its planned removal. While protesters have toppled some other Confederate statues and …

When protesters cry ‘defund the police,’ what does it mean?

Protesters are pushing to “defund the police” over the death of George Floyd and other black Americans killed by law enforcement. Their chant has become a rallying cry – and …

In Minneapolis, rage over George Floyd extends beyond cops

To truly understand the rage people in this city felt as they watched a video of George Floyd begging, gasping and slowly succumbing beneath the weight of a police officer’s …

France to abandon police chokeholds amid Floyd death anger

France’s top security offical says police will no longer conduct chokeholds that have been blamed for multiple cases of asphyxiation and have come under renewed criticism after George Floyd’s death …

UPDATED: Mon., June 8, 2020

Democrats kneel at Capitol, plan to unveil police overhaul

Democrats proposed a far-reaching overhaul of police procedures and accountability Monday, a sweeping legislative response to the mass protests denouncing the deaths of Black Americans in the hands of law …

‘All eyes’ on New York: Reopening tests city torn by crises

Scarred by the deadliest coronavirus outbreak in the nation, New York City gradually began reopening Monday in a turning point in the three-month-long crisis and a life-and-death test of the …

Floyd’s casket arrives at Houston church for public viewing

The body of George Floyd arrived at a church Monday in Houston for a final public memorial for the man whose death at the hands of police in Minneapolis sparked …

Officer charged in Floyd’s death has 1st court appearance

The Minneapolis police officer charged with second-degree murder in George Floyd’s death was scheduled to make his first court appearance Monday.

100 years ago in Spokane: Newspaper celebrates Prohibition; severed human hand found at lumber company

The Spokane Daily Chronicle celebrated what it believed was the final triumph of Prohibition. A new court ruling upheld the Volstead Act, ensuring that Prohibition would be enforced in every …

Spokane’s R & R Custom Colorlab grew graduation orders during pandemic

Erin Cramer became the owner of R & R Custom Colorlab three months before Washington’s stay-home order. She’s convinced if she can get through this year, she can get through …

Getting There: Survey says 82% support Centennial Trail project in West Central; some question city’s engagement process

While the city has a long list of transportation visions, ideas and plans it hopes to pursue, the Six Year Comprehensive Street Program is where projects go when the city …

Then and Now: Brown Metal Works

Thoburn C. Brown, born in 1907, was an inventor who knew his way around a pair of tin snips. Thoburn and his older brother William, born in 1902, attended Lewis …

Bolton plans June release for book about time in White House

WASHINGTON – John Bolton is forging ahead with plans to publish a memoir about his time in President Donald Trump’s White House and is in negotiations with network television channels …

Mad magazine legend Al Jaffee retires at age 99 after a record-breaking career

Mad magazine’s iconic back-page Fold-In is about to fold it in. Finito after 56 years. Because Al Jaffee, officially the longest-working comic artist ever, has decided to retire at age …

NY Times editorial page editor resigns amid fury over op-ed

The New York Times says its editorial page editor has resigned in the wake of outrage over the publication of an op-ed by a Republican senator who advocated using federal …

Bloodied store manager describes life in the age of COVID-19

Retail workers across the country are facing insults, threats and even attacks from customers angry over being told to comply with coronavirus restrictions in stores

‘Harry Potter’ author J.K. Rowling’s tweets blasted for being anti-transgender

“Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling is in hot water again with social media users and transgender activists over controversial tweets. On Saturday, the British writer commented on an op-ed about …

UPDATED: Mon., June 8, 2020

Spokane protesters stop burning of flag during demonstration downtown on Sunday

Twice a small band of protesters attempted to light an American flag on fire during demonstrations against police brutality on Sunday in downtown Spokane. And twice fellow demonstrators stamped out …

AP FACT CHECK: Trump exaggerations on blacks’ economic gains

President Donald Trump is exaggerating economic gains for African Americans during his administration

UPDATED: Sun., June 7, 2020

Watery end for statue of slave trader in UK city of Bristol

Anti-racism protesters in southwestern England have pulled down the statue of a slave trader and then dumped it into a harbor

UPDATED: Sun., June 7, 2020

Less police force as peaceful protests push reform; Romney marches in D.C.

A day after thousands of people filled the streets of Washington and other cities to demand action against police brutality and systemic racism, local and national figures on Sunday moved …

Driver struck and killed by stolen car Saturday night in Spokane Valley, Sheriff’s Office says

The crash occurred at the intersection of Sprague Avenue and Park Road just after 9:30 p.m. Saturday.

UPDATED: Sun., June 7, 2020

When protesters cry ‘defund the police,’ what does it mean?

Protesters are making the demand, “defund the police,” as they show their anger at the police custody death of George Floyd and other black Americans killed by police officers.