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Wharton has helped thousands as a nurse, chaplain, Red Cross volunteer, counselor and more

Days after the Freeman High School shooting, Barb Wharton sat in a circle with about 15 teachers who had locked down their classrooms that day to keep the gunman out.

Then and Now: The Palace and J.C. Penney

The old Palace building got a complete makeover in mid-century style, for the incoming J.C. Penney store.

100 years ago in Spokane: After dodging bullets overseas, 20-year-old dies in a fall

Charles Fred Eberlin, 20, just returned from wartime service, died after falling 130 feet from the Seventh Avenue bridge over Hangman Creek.

From 50 to 50,000, ‘Leopard of the Kootenai’ makes spectacular rebound in Kootenai River

In the early 2000s, the world’s only freshwater cod was all but gone from the waters of the Kootenai River in north Idaho and British Columbia. Once counted in the …

Professor names beetle species after ‘Game of Thrones’

A Nebraska entomologist has named three of his eight newest beetle discoveries after the dragons from the HBO series “Game of Thrones” and George R.R. Martin book series “A Song …

Tesla names two new directors

Tesla announced two new independent directors Friday, naming Oracle founder Larry Ellison and Kathleen Wilson-Thompson, a Walgreens Boots Alliance executive, to its board.

Kids who assault on U.S. bases can still escape accountability

Despite new rules addressing sexual assault among the children of U.S. service members, the federal government failed to fix a flaw that on many military bases has let alleged juvenile …

UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 30, 2018

After being blocked, evangelist Franklin Graham claims Facebook ‘is censoring free speech’

Franklin Graham, the son of the evangelist Billy Graham and a staunch supporter of President Donald Trump, said Sunday that he accepts “Facebook’s apology” after the platform blocked him for …

911 outage prompted Washington’s first statewide use of cellphone alert system

At around 11:30 Thursday night, people around Washington were jolted awake by their cellphones. The devices blared and vibrated, delivering an urgent 88-character message: “Widespread 911 outage in WA. In …

UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 30, 2018

Spokane police investigating suspicious death of 62-year-old man in Sunset Hill area

Officers found Richard White’s body facedown on the floor of his kitchen, with a pool of blood under his torso. His housemate “either truly believed, or acted like, he did …

UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 30, 2018

GlowTato? Potato Truck? Spuddy Buddy? Yep! Here’s how to ring in New Year’s – Idaho style

This year, partygoers will see the GlowTato ascend at 6 p.m. and drop at midnight from the Inland Crane, all while fireworks light up the sky.

UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 30, 2018

Crab season set to open in Oregon, Washington state

Fishery managers say commercial fisherman in parts of Oregon and Washington State will finally be able to set their Dungeoness crab gear on Tuesday

UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 30, 2018

French police brace for New Year’s Eve unrest

France is deploying more than 147,000 security forces nationwide to gird for New Year’s Eve unrest as yellow vest protesters prepare to join the public revelry.

Journalist group counts 94 slayings of media staff in 2018

An international trade association says on-the-job slayings of journalists and news media staff rose again in 2018 following an overall decline during the past half-dozen years.

Chief of staff Kelly: Trump backed away from wall months ago

President Donald Trump long ago backed away from his campaign pledge to construct a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, his outgoing chief of staff said, as the president’s demand for …

UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 30, 2018

Minimum wage rising in 20 states and numerous cities, including Seattle

New minimum wage requirements will take effect in 20 states and nearly two dozen cities – Seattle among them – around the start of the new year, affecting millions of …

After scandal-filled year, what’s next for Facebook?

Facebook is closing out 2018 the same way it began the year: in defense mode. A new report recently revealed the social networking giant shared user data with other tech …

Bighorn sheep herds inter-mingling in southwestern Montana

A state biologist says bighorn sheep from a southwestern Montana herd has joined another herd on the other side of the Madison Range, traversing miles of sheep-free territory.

Additional $300,000 in improvements slated for Centennial Hotel Spokane

Since its change in ownership in July, the Centennial Hotel Spokane has seen a number of improvements, and more are coming. Upcoming work includes the addition of four new meeting …

2018 was the year of 5G hype. The 5G reality is yet to come.

Despite the hype, 5G is still a long way from becoming a reality for everyday Americans.

Business Beat

Aviation Spokane International Airport CEO Larry Krauter has been selected by the American Association of Airport Executives to serve as secretary/treasurer on the association’s executive committee. The vacancy filled by …

Week Ahead

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Motley Fool: Cancer-fighting biotech

It’s rare to find rapid growth coupled with a relatively low valuation in the biotech industry, but that’s what you get with cancer-drug developer Exelixis,

Nerd Wallet: It’s time to fix Social Security’s tax burden

Over half of Social Security recipients are taxed on at least part of their benefits – and the proportion is rising.

Family remembers 17-year-old with scholarship dedicated to her passion for helping others

Spokane Valley resident Sophie Hawley had aspirations of becoming a pediatric nurse since she was seven years old.

Eye on Boise: Your W-4 is way off, and you need to fix it now

It’s very, very likely that the W-4 form on file with your employer is off – way off. And as a result, you could have to pay hundreds of dollars …

Tom Kelly: Higher appraisal brings out an agent’s competitive side

In a recent column, we asked if a person who serves homebuyers and sellers for a living should be held to different guidelines if they are competing to purchase a …

Paul Turner: Yesterday’s free range baby boomers

It’s almost always best to resist the urge to make self-serving statements that begin “Back when I was a kid.”

100 years ago in Spokane: End of flu quarantine announced for New Year’s Day

The news everyone was waiting for finally arrived: The partial flu quarantine would be lifted on New Year’s Day.

Lynn Everson provides safety and support through needle exchange program

For the past three decades, Lynn Everson has greeted society’s outcasts with a cookie, a clean needle and a welcome ear.