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UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 9, 2019, 10:37 p.m.

Former Whitworth baseball coach ‘Spike’ Grosvenor leaves lasting legacy on, off the field after his death

A curveball that didn’t curve. That’s how I met Spike Grosvenor.


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 26, 2019, 9:35 p.m.

Ex-French President Chirac, who stood up to US, dies at 86

Jacques Chirac, a two-term French president who was the first leader to acknowledge France’s role in the Holocaust and who defiantly opposed the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003, died …


Robert Hunter, Grateful Dead’s poetic lyricist, dies at 78

Robert Hunter, the man behind the poetic and mystical words for many of the Grateful Dead’s finest songs, has died at age 78.


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 10, 2019, 5:38 p.m.

Groundbreaking photographer Robert Frank dies at age 94

Robert Frank, a giant of 20th century photography whose seminal book “The Americans” captured singular, candid moments of the 1950s and helped free picture-taking from the boundaries of clean lighting …


Robert Mugabe, longtime leader of Zimbabwe, has died at 95

Robert Mugabe, the longtime leader of Zimbabwe who was forced to resign in 2017 after a military takeover, has died.


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 30, 2019, 10:11 p.m.

Valerie Harper, TV’s sassy, lovable Rhoda, dies at 80

Valerie Harper, a four-time Emmy winner for playing TV’s sassy, lovable Rhoda, dies at 80


Billionaire conservative donor David Koch dies at 79

Billionaire industrialist David H. Koch, who with his older brother Charles poured a fortune into right-wing causes, transforming the American political landscape and shaping U.S. policies on such issues as …


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 16, 2019, 10:31 p.m.

‘Easy Rider’ star and writer Peter Fonda dies at 79

LOS ANGELES – Actor Peter Fonda, the son of a Hollywood legend who became a movie star in his own right after both writing and starring in the counterculture classic …


’Easy Rider’ star and writer Peter Fonda has died at age 79

‘Easy Rider’ writer and actor Peter Fonda, a key counter-culture figure, has died at 79


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 9, 2019, 6:04 p.m.

ALS warrior Jenny Hoff dies at 61, after 13 years with disease

Even when ALS made speaking near-impossible, Jenny Hoff had a voice, advocating for a cure and providing guidance and support to fellow ALS sufferers. Making the most of her 13 …


UPDATED: Sat., July 27, 2019, 9:58 p.m.

Russi Taylor, longtime voice of Minnie Mouse, dies at 75

Russi Taylor, an actress who gave voice to Minnie Mouse for more than three decades, has died.


UPDATED: Sat., July 27, 2019, 10:31 p.m.

‘His spirit just bloomed’: Renowned AIDS activist, art scholar Douglas Crimp, who grew up in Coeur d’Alene, dies at 74

Douglas Crimp grew up in a house on Sanders Beach in Coeur d’Alene and became a renowned and controversial art scholar and AIDS activist with ACT UP. He died this …


UPDATED: Tue., July 23, 2019, 8:04 p.m.

Former players remember ex-Whitworth coach Daryl Squires as even-tempered gentleman

Even in Whitworth’s most gut-check moments, former head football coach Daryl Squires maintained an even-keel disposition.


UPDATED: Mon., July 22, 2019, 5:56 p.m.

Chris Kraft, 1st flight director for NASA, dies at 95

Chris Kraft, who created NASA’s Mission Control and made split-second white-knuckle decisions from the first daring Mercury mission to the triumphant moon landings, has died. He was 95.


UPDATED: Fri., July 12, 2019, 10:33 p.m.

Jim Meehan: Golf loses prominent figure with passing of longtime Esmeralda pro Bill Warner

Warner spent 37 years as the pro at Esmeralda, simultaneously running the busy city course while providing instruction to players of all levels and life lessons to young employees. Warner …


UPDATED: Thu., July 11, 2019, 4:08 p.m.

Larry Stone: Jim Bouton made sure the Seattle Pilots would live forever with his seminal book ‘Ball Four’

The thing about Jim Bouton that always amazed me – and warmed my heart – was the pure joy he derived from his masterpiece, “Ball Four.”


UPDATED: Wed., July 10, 2019, 9:21 p.m.

Beloved Gonzaga Prep cross country coach Joe Feryn dies after 3-year battle with cancer

Gonzaga Prep cross country and track coach Joe Feryn died July 5, after battling blood and bone-marrow cancer since 2016.


UPDATED: Tue., July 9, 2019, 10:58 p.m.

Emmy-winning actor Rip Torn has died at the age of 88

Rip Torn, the free-spirited Texan who overcame his quirky name to become a distinguished actor in theater, television and movies and win an Emmy in his 60s for his comedy …


UPDATED: Tue., July 2, 2019, 9:05 p.m.

Former Chrysler CEO Lee Iacocca has died at age 94

Former colleagues say retired Chrysler CEO Lee Iacocca has died at age 94 in Bel Air, California


UPDATED: Wed., June 19, 2019, 10:24 p.m.

‘Greening of America’ author Charles Reich dead at 91

Charles Reich, the author and Ivy League academic whose ‘The Greening of America’ blessed the counterculture of the 1960s and became a million-selling manifesto for a new and euphoric way …


UPDATED: Wed., June 5, 2019, 10 p.m.

Tulip Town co-owner and man behind Skagit Valley Tulip Festival, Tom DeGoede, dies at 85

Tom DeGoede, who owned Tulip Town with his wife Jeannette and helped start the annual Skagit Valley Tulip Festival, died Sunday at 85.


UPDATED: Mon., May 27, 2019, 7:24 p.m.

Edmund Morris, known for his biography of Reagan, dies at 78

Presidential biographer Edmund Morris, best known for writing a book about the life of Ronald Reagan, has died. He was 78.


WWII Code Talker and longtime NM lawmaker dies at 94

John Pinto, a Navajo Code Talker in World War II who became one of the nation’s longest serving Native American elected officials as a New Mexico state senator, has died. …


John Blanchette: Heart-and-soul Spokanite Randy Burkhart truly whistled while he worked

During summers at Priest Lake, Randy Burkhart was known to drag his son Jackson down to the boat before breakfast, motor offshore of Kalispell Island, bring a megaphone to his …


Herman Wouk, a consummate writer until the end, dies at 103

Herman Wouk, author of ‘Caine Mutiny’ and World War II epic ‘Winds of War,’ has died at 103.


Herman Wouk, 103; Pulitzer Prize-winning master of sweeping historical fiction

Herman Wouk, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the Navy drama “The Caine Mutiny” whose sweeping novels about World War II, the Holocaust and the creation of Israel made him one …


I.M. Pei, architect who designed Louvre Pyramid, dies at 102

I.M. Pei, the versatile, globe-trotting architect who revived the Louvre with a giant glass pyramid and captured the spirit of rebellion at the multi-shaped Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, …


UPDATED: Thu., May 16, 2019, 4:31 p.m.

Former North Idaho College baseball coach Jack Bloxom dies at 80

Jack Bloxom was the face of North Idaho College’s baseball program for 30 years and a fixture in the region’s baseball scene.


UPDATED: Thu., May 16, 2019, 1:14 p.m.

Ex-Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke dies at age 89

Bob Hawke, Australia’s longest-serving Labor Party prime minister, whose charisma and powers of persuasion earned him near-folk hero status among many Australians, died on Thursday, his wife said. He was …


UPDATED: Mon., May 13, 2019, 3:26 p.m.

Doris Day, whose wholesome screen presence stood for a time of innocence in ’60s films, has died

Doris Day, the sunny blond actress and singer whose frothy comedic roles opposite the likes of Rock Hudson and Cary Grant made her one of Hollywood’s biggest stars in the …