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Jury pool for cop who killed black man asked about biases

Prosecutors and defense attorneys in the murder trial of a white Dallas police officer who killed her unarmed black neighbor inside his apartment are working to sort out potential biases …


UPDATED: Thu., June 20, 2019, 7:41 p.m.

Summer solstice represents long-running support for Ferris student with tumor disease

The summer solstice is best known for being the longest day of the year and the first day of summer, but for the past eight years, it has also been …


Close to his heart: Almost two years after surgery, Steve Lee is ready to jog Bloomsday

It was during a 2017 trip to Butte, a month after he ran the 2017 Bloomsday for the 38th time, that Steve Lee felt off.


Bloomsday 2019 is Sunday: Here’s what Bloomies need to know

Downtown roads will close at 5 a.m., and participants are reminded that backpacks aren’t allowed on the Bloomsday course due to safety concerns. If you’re looking for last-minute registration and …


They were raised to be ‘colorblind’ – but now more white parents are learning to talk about race

It’s natural for kids to notice differences between people they meet, says Beverly Daniel Tatum, president emerita of Spelman College in Atlanta and the author of “ ‘Why Are All …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 31, 2019, 10:17 p.m.

Junior Bloomsday returns to Spokane

Children too young or inexperienced to participate in the annual Bloomsday race in Spokane can again participate in the smaller Junior Bloomsday run, which will resume after a two-decade hiatus.


GOP candidate called ‘Bigfoot erotica’ devotee wins race

Despite being labeled a “devotee of Bigfoot erotica,” a Republican candidate won a closely watched congressional race in Virginia.


Race dominates debate in final stretch of campaigns

The final stretch of the midterm campaign is increasingly dominated by debate over one of the most sensitive issues in American culture: race.


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 10, 2018, 12:54 p.m.

Fox’s Laura Ingraham: I wasn’t talking about race

Fox News Channel’s Laura Ingraham is disavowing the support of white nationalists and claims her views about the nation’s demographic changes have been distorted, although that hasn’t quieted critics who …


Heritage, CWU say they won’t abandon race considerations

Last week, the Trump administration announced it would


UPDATED: Wed., June 20, 2018, 9:09 p.m.

Rachel Dolezal makes first public court appearance on charges of felony welfare fraud

Rachel Dolezal made her first public appearance in court Wednesday morning on accusations of stealing from the Washington welfare system.


Shawn Vestal: Between officials and reformers, a growing rift in efforts to improve Spokane’s criminal justice system

We have plenty to be proud of in the city’s push towards a fairer criminal justice system. But two years after receiving an award from the MacArthur Foundation, a significant …


UPDATED: Mon., May 7, 2018, 9:32 p.m.

Number of Bloomsday finishers shrinks for seventh straight year, lowest since 1985

Preliminary estimates showed 38,187 people crossed the Bloomsday finish line on Sunday, marking the seventh straight year that participation has declined. That figure, which is subject to change because of …


Sandpoint man set to run 100 miles in firefighting gear to promote a healthy, cancer-fighting lifestyle

Gwen LeTutour strains against the laces on his large, cumbersome firefighting boots, pulling the leather tight against his intricately tape-wrapped feet and ankles. He shrugs on his heavy black and …


Southwest ‘casta’ paintings spotlight race, popular culture

Masked Mexican rebel leader Subcomandante Marcos, wearing a purple three-piece suit, is paired with Britney Spears in a Wonder Woman costume. Their child is a tiny albino Marcos, smoking a …


UPDATED: Sun., Feb. 25, 2018, 9:13 p.m.

Billy Graham had pride and regret on civil rights issues

The Rev. Billy Graham was single-minded when he preached about God, prefacing sermon points with the phrase “The Bible says …” Yet he had a complicated role in race relations, …


Ta-Nehisi Coates deletes widely read Twitter account

Ta-Nehisi Coates, the influential author and journalist, has deleted his widely followed Twitter account, writing “peace, y’all. I’m out.”


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 30, 2017, 9:44 p.m.

‘It’s okay to be white’ posters spark mixed responses

Posters reading “IT’S OKAY TO BE WHITE” have generated various responses since they were found and removed Monday morning from Glenn Terrell Mall on the Washington State University campus.


For the first time in Grammy history, a white man isn’t nominated for album of the year

Before the 2018 Grammy nominations were announced Tuesday, many prognosticators thought the race for album of the year would boil down to two artists: British pop star Ed Sheeran for …


Milbank: Trump was on the ballot and lost

Essentially, Gillespie turned the Virginia gubernatorial race into a cultural war, much as Trump did with the 2016 election. But this time, the cultural warrior lost, as he sorely deserved …


Issue of race is again a focus in ex-cop’s 4th murder trial

Three hung juries in the case of a white former Oklahoma police officer charged with fatally shooting his daughter’s black boyfriend had one thing in common besides unwillingness to convict: …


Are white shooters called ‘lone wolves,’ by default?

When Stephen Craig Paddock – a white American – was identified as the gunman who rained bullets on multitudes at a Las Vegas concert, he was quickly characterized as a …


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 2, 2017, 12:03 p.m.

Terrorism, race, religion: Defining the Las Vegas shooting

The mass shooting in Las Vegas is the deadliest in modern U.S. history, but is it terrorism? While much will hinge on the motives of a white gunman attacking a …


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 30, 2017, 9:41 p.m.

Spokane’s Alyssa Hawley takes bronze at Spartan World Championship

After a grueling three-hour trial through an arid, obstacle-laden swath of California’s Olympic Valley, Spokane athlete Alyssa Hawley, 27, claimed the bronze at the Reebok Spartan Race World Championship Saturday.


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 24, 2017, 9:18 p.m.

Trump signs proclamation restricting travel from 8 countries

Citizens of more than half a dozen countries will face new restrictions on entry to the U.S. under a proclamation signed by President Donald Trump on Sunday that will replace …


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 24, 2017, 8:53 p.m.

Black lawmakers ponder Trump agenda at annual gathering

On the campaign trail last year, then-Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump sought the support of black voters by asking them, “What the hell do you have to lose?” An answer …


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 23, 2017, 3:46 p.m.

Some forcibly arrested in St. Louis weren’t protesting

An undercover St. Louis police officer and an Air Force lieutenant who lives in the neighborhood were among several people who say they were forcibly arrested last weekend even though …


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 23, 2017, 9:07 p.m.

State of Missouri lands at center of racial conflict – again

Missouri is again at the center of a racially charged conflict after a judge acquitted a white former St. Louis police officer of first-degree murder in the death of a …


Survey: White Christians are now a minority of US population

The share of Americans who identify as white and Christian has dropped below 50 percent, a transformation fueled by immigration and by growing numbers of people who reject organized religion …


Can Trump stem wave of racism?

Because Americans make so many judgments through a partisan lens, any position Trump takes drives most Republicans to embrace the same position.