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UN virus therapy trial pauses hydroxychloroquine testing

The World Health Organization said Monday that it will temporarily drop hydroxychloroquine – the anti-malarial drug U.S. President Trump says he is taking – from its global study into experimental …


‘We’re just doing the best we can’: Spokane cemeteries alter Memorial Day plans during pandemic

For the first time in 10 years, there won’t be a remembrance on Memorial Day at the Washington State Veterans Cemetery in Medical Lake. Other cemeteries, usually a gathering place …


Enterprising Spirit: Digital Imaging Solutions owner prepares for new normal of office supplies

Penny Antonelli-Flegel was an employee of Spokane Valley-based Digital Imaging Solutions for more than 20 years and most recently held the position of chief financial officer before purchasing the business …


Washington schools to decide in coming weeks what classrooms will look like in the fall

The Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction convened a 123-member task force to review at least seven potential options for the next school year. Those options include pairing distance …


Getting There: Colbert bike builder works alone out of his garage, sells his singular bikes around the world

Elephant Bikes are built by one man in a Colbert garage, where Glen Copus turns out bikes known for their idiosyncratic designs and expert craftsmanship. But Copus is disarmingly unpretentious …


Treatment for substance abuse, including art, is out there during the coronavirus pandemic, Spokane experts say

With a stay-home order in place, substance abuse treatment services are still widely available, though many have transitioned to telehealth. In fact, new patient visits can now be conducted through …


Then and Now: Spokane College

With roots in the First Methodist Church, Spokane College lasted for about a decade before folding as the demand for education changed.


Baby gorilla badly injured in family skirmish at Seattle zoo

Zookeepers at the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle say a baby gorilla was badly injured Saturday when he was caught in a skirmish between his family group members.


Faith and Values: Getting unstuck takes some effort

Even for those of us who endure the coronavirus pandemic with a minimum of disruption, I sense we all live in some degree of “stuck.” Arguably, everyone alive right now …


100 years ago in Spokane: ‘Erma’ Army tank is the star of the Memorial Day parade

“Ermentrude” as it was formally known drove the streets of Spokane for an Army recruiting drive.


UPDATED: Sun., May 24, 2020

Smaller classes, online reservations new norm as gyms reopen

Big-box gyms and local fitness studios are reopening under a patchwork of protocols based on state and local guidance, but most are following some basic protocol


Alligator rumored to have been Hitler’s dies in Moscow

An alligator rumored to have once belonged to Adolf Hitler has died in the Moscow Zoo.


UPDATED: Sun., May 24, 2020

Memorial Day weekend draws crowds and triggers warnings

In the Tampa area, the crowds were so big that authorities closed parking lots because they were full.


UPDATED: Sun., May 24, 2020

New Zealand’s prime minister carries on with TV interview during earthquake

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern barely skipped a beat when an earthquake struck during a live television interview.


UPDATED: Sun., May 24, 2020

SpaceX’s 1st astronaut launch breaking new ground for style

The first astronauts launched by SpaceX are breaking new ground for style with hip spacesuits, gull-wing Teslas and a sleek, matching rocketship.


Coronavirus, underlying issues drive fruit packing house workers to strike

Rosalinda Gonzalez was almost 22 years old when she started working at Columbia Reach Pack. Now at age 41, after 19 years with the company, Gonzalez is participating in her …


Memorial Day even more poignant as veterans die from virus

One was a 94-year-old veteran of World War II who was the first of his 11 brothers to enlist in the military. One was a Vietnam veteran who lost his …


Police arrest Utah man suspected of killing his Tinder date

Police say a Utah man was arrested early Sunday morning on suspicion of murder after he allegedly reported the death of a 25-year-old woman he’d met on the dating app …


UPDATED: Sun., May 24, 2020

U.S. Muslims try to balance Eid rituals with virus concerns

With no congregational prayers or family gatherings, Salsabiel Mujovic has been worried that this year’s Eid al-Fitr celebration will pale. Still, she’s determined to bring home holiday cheer amid the …


UPDATED: Sun., May 24, 2020

Spokane churches chart different paths after President Trump says worshipping should resume immediately

The Rev. Ken Peters of Covenant Christian Church criticized Gov. Jay Inslee’s orders to stay home on Sunday, while other worship leaders said they didn’t want to risk their congregations’ …


UPDATED: Sun., May 24, 2020

18 new cases of coronavirus reported in Spokane County on Sunday; health officials say it’s not spreading in community

In a statement, Health Officer Bob Lutz said the recent increase in positive cases is likely due to increased testing of people who are asymptomatic.


Spokane Valley firefighters extinguish blaze behind a gas station on North Barker Road early Sunday

The fire was reported in a burn barrel behind the station at 1220 N. Barker Road. No firefighters were injured fighting the blaze and an employee exited the business safely, …


Ellen Robey, who led fight to save Davenport Hotel, dies at 81

Robey, who died on May 12 at age 81, was a prolific volunteer for more than four decades, helping lead numerous community groups while working as the business manager for …


The state of our vacations: Some options open for summertime fun, but others unknown during pandemic

When summertime fun returns, it’s likely going to look a lot different. As summer unofficially kicks off Monday, it’s still a bit unclear what our usual pastimes will be like …


‘It’s just overtaking me’: Those who survived the deadly Silver Mountain avalanche say it offers painful lessons

The storm formed off Canada’s west coast, north of Seattle, in early January. It was a typical winter storm in the Pacific Northwest: heavy precipitation first, followed by a front …


Loved ones remember how 3 killed in Silver Mountain avalanche sought adventure, spread goodwill

As thousands of pounds of snow swept down Silver Mountain Resort in January, the avalanche plucked up the souls of three people who, in many aspects, couldn’t have been more …


Shawn Vestal: When the call to fight COVID-19 arrived, Dorothy MacEachern came out of retirement to answer it

For years, when an infectious disease reared up in Spokane, there was a simple but important reaction: Call Dorothy MacEachern.


WSU researchers identify protein that may help crops survive climate change

Researchers at Washington State University have pulled back the curtains on a mysterious plant protein that could change agriculture in a world overheated by climate change.


Spokane County asked how it should spend $90 million – rent, food, small businesses aid were most common answers

According to a survey that garnered more than 1,100 responses, the public would like the county’s $90 million in COVID-19 aid funding to be spent on child care, food, rental …


With three dozen running in primary, Washington governor’s race sets statewide record

Washington voters are unlikely to complain about their lack of choices for governor this year. They can choose among 36 people who want the job, a record for a statewide …