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UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 20, 2019, 11:56 a.m.

Shawn Vestal: Family pushes parish to change course, after decision to stop allowing girls as altar servers

“I started to cry,” Emily Leonard said about her reaction hearing why girls could no longer be altar servers. “Before we left, I said, ‘Please let the girls who are …

Shawn Vestal: The chill between cops and watchdog deepens, as controversial case approaches public release

The relationship between police chief and ombudsman – always bound to have some inherent tension – has devolved into a chilly estrangement, growing partly from criticisms regarding a still-secret case …

Shawn Vestal: New project puts torture program, and its Spokane architects, on silver screen

“The Report,” a new film that aims to be in the tradition of 1970s political thrillers like “All the President’s Men,” is set for a theatrical release in November.

UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 8, 2019, 1:17 p.m.

Shawn Vestal: Students will turn out to see astronaut and Spokane native Anne McClain this week – but some schools are staying away

Gonzaga Prep invited students from several local schools to attend a presentation by Anne McClain. But some schools passed on the chance, including Cataldo Catholic School. The reason? Some upset …

Shawn Vestal: There it is again – the center of Spokane is the state’s poorest district

These figures are new, but the phenomenon isn’t. But incomes in the city are not just low compared to booming Seattle – they are hovering near the poverty line, indicating …

Shawn Vestal: Another winter without a plan, as mayor’s commitment to shelter system appears to wane

This week’s announcement that the city would again pursue temporary solutions, almost all of which still have yet to be identified, for sheltering the homeless during winter put an exclamation …

Shawn Vestal: Be the hero the republic – and Republicans – truly need, Representative

Preserve some honor, Congresswoman. Support the impeachment inquiry. Use whatever influence and leverage you have to set an example. Be the leader your words would have us believe you are.

Shawn Vestal: A helicopter pilot for LBJ. A Harlem Globetrotters opponent. An expert on J.R.R. Tolkien. Recent obituaries share our stories.

One obituary is a portrait of an individual. Bring several together and you have a portrait of a place.

UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 20, 2019, 8:33 a.m.

Shawn Vestal: Realtors and other rich interests are pouring money into funds to back Nadine Woodward and other Spokane candidates

As special-interest money pours into local elections, do donors with $50 to contribute deserve 100 or even 1,000 times less free speech than the deep pockets? What about people without …

Shawn Vestal: Matt Shea’s bad ideas aren’t the only bad ideas behind the bad idea of Liberty State

Don’t hold your breath waiting for bike lanes in the Liberty State.

Shawn Vestal: Spokane should expand its successful community court program

If we wanted to be smart about the nexus of homelessness, addiction and crime, we’d double the city’s community court program tomorrow.

Shawn Vestal: A sad end to a difficult life provides a ‘miracle’ for five families

Joshua Conklin was more than his worst times. More than a John Doe OD. He was Kirsten Zurfluh’s friend and special charge, and she has worked to give his life …

Shawn Vestal: Union membership is growing again in Washington

On this Labor Day, amid a longtime downward trend in national union membership and following a recent Supreme Court decision celebrated by union busters, it’s interesting to note that it’s …

Shawn Vestal: The new ‘Curing Spokane’ video is an inaccurate and shallow report on Spokane’s homeless

Spokane is sick, apparently. And the snake oil has arrived.

Shawn Vestal: Absence of body-cam footage leaves questions about January police shooting

An important question looms following last week’s decision by Prosecutor Larry Haskell that the shooting of David Novak by Spokane police was justified: Where is the body-cam support?

Shawn Vestal: It’s up to Matt Shea’s voters to do the right thing – and they haven’t done it yet

If anything, the growing condemnation of Matt Shea by local officials, in response to the latest details about our region’s foremost conspiratorial, paranoid, gun-worshipping, anti-government zealot, will just fuel his …

UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 15, 2019, 7:46 a.m.

‘There are so many great writers in town’: Summer Stories contributors join readers at Northwest Passages event

Spokane authors got the chance to meet local readers and Spokane readers got a chance to hear from a slate of local writers Wednesday night, during a Northwest Passages Book …

Shawn Vestal: Where should we look for housing solutions? Not here, not here, not here

Everyone agrees we need affordable housing and services for the poor. Everyone has, they assure everyone else, a heart for the suffering among us. And everyone concludes, over and over …

Shawn Vestal: Clean summer air is but a dream

Every single day of 1999, the air was safe to breathe. Imagine.

Shawn Vestal: For the Marlows, ALS has ushered in the hardest time, and the most rewarding

When she hears her father’s voice, Remi Marlow’s bright blue eyes find him across the room and lock on, tracking him with a broad smile. And when Dan Marlow spots …

UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 6, 2019, 11:15 p.m.

Shawn Vestal: Change is coming, but we still have to decide how much

The early primary results included both signs of swing – chiefly in Nadine Woodward’s leap to the front of the mayor’s race and strong performances from other critics of the …

Shawn Vestal: Despite delay, price hike, Central City Line holds great potential in itself and as a model

The people overseeing the Central City Line say the sharp recent increase in the project’s estimated budget is not a red flag marking an emerging boondoggle. In fact, they argue …

UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 2, 2019, 9:49 a.m.

Shawn Vestal: Explanations for letting man accused of ‘child torture’ off the hook aren’t a good excuse

Despite an explanation of the decision not the press charges against a man who has an extensive history of credible reports of abusing his three children, it remains inexplicable how …

UPDATED: Wed., July 31, 2019, 9:49 a.m.

Shawn Vestal: ‘Who, me?’ racist taints Coeur d’Alene’s Fourth of July celebration

Jim Valentine’s defense of the racist imagery he paraded through Coeur d’Alene’s Fourth of July celebration embodies the representative species of our racist moment – the “Who, me?” racist; the …

Shawn Vestal: Nadine Woodward views Spokane’s homelessness issues from an ‘aloof, fearful distance’

Nadine Woodward has distinguished herself as someone who seems to gaze upon the city from a castle window, viewing problems from an aloof, fearful distance. This is unfortunate if you …

Shawn Vestal: Longtime activist looks back on half-century of progress since Stonewall riots

Christopher Lawrence has seen massive social changes in the 50 years since the riots at the Stonewall Inn, and he’s helped a lot of those changes come about in Spokane …

Summer Stories: ‘New Mom’ by Shawn Vestal

The Spokesman-Review’s annual short-fiction series looks back 50 years to the Summer of ’69.

Shawn Vestal: It may not seem like it, but crime in Spokane is down

Would it surprise you to know that crime in Spokane – and crime downtown, in particular – is down significantly so far this year?

Anna M. Bohach: It is time to take off the dress

Women have every right to be offended and outraged when a man dons womanface.

Shawn Vestal: Teachers make lasting, important impressions

As another academic year comes to a close, as schools mark the end of this season, celebrate graduations and promotions, and commence summer vacation, I remember all of my teachers.