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Nicholas Deshais is a former news editor and staff writer for The Inlander. He has reported on city, county and state politics, as well as medical marijuana, transportation and development. In May 2012, he was named as a finalist for the prestigious Livingston Award for an Inlander story about (now former) Assistant... more
  • Rehab Reality
  • Rehab Reality

      Toys are stacked on the front porch of the Isabella House, but the kids are nowhere to be seen. Inside the front door and behind a red, velvety curtain in the imposing 113-year-old house on the edge of Coeur d’Alene Park in Browne’s Addition, their playroom is also abandoned.
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  • Studying Spokane
  • Studying Spokane

    One third-year med student relishes his time at UW East
      The bright young students at the University of Washington’s medical school always spend their second year of studies in Seattle.
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  • Ever Ready
  • Ever Ready

    What happens after you dial 911?
      A hangar at Felts Field holds many movable hospitals. One helicopter sits fueled up, the pilot and medical crew just a few steps away.
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  • Yogic Confinement
  • Yogic Confinement

    Inmates across Washington and Idaho are discovering the ancient exercise while behind bars
      Picture if you can a man serving a life sentence in prison for a violent crime. Before him and a dozen others like him is a slight woman teaching them to stretch purposefully, breathe mindfully and to practice ahimsa, a tenet of hatha yoga that is Sanskrit for “do no harm.
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  • It's Like Walking, But In The Snow
  • It's Like Walking, But In The Snow

    Snowshoeing isn’t about adrenaline or speed — it’s about great views and quiet
      Holly Weiler spends a lot of time up on Mount Spokane, regardless of season. In the winter, snowshoes joined to her boots, her favorite hiking loop starts near Selkirk Lodge, cuts through the snowboun
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  • Could It Be Low T?
  • Could It Be Low T?

    Hormone replacement therapy for men carries benefits and risks
      In the last few years, Stephen Willis has talked to more and more patients about the hormone that, physically speaking, makes men be men: testosterone.
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  • The UnHospital
  • The UnHospital

      The future of American health care is being built from the ground up right off Interstate 90 at the Sullivan exit in Spokane Valley.
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  • A Case for Being Delusional
  • A Case for Being Delusional

    Obama’s going to win Washington state and Romney’s going to take Idaho. Why not vote for someone who has no chance of winning?
      There is exactly one undecided voter left in America. Pollsters and campaign gurus are busily trying to find that person, shower him with obscene amounts of money and negative ads and just see what ha
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  • All Creatures Great and Small
  • All Creatures Great and Small

    Veterinary surgeon Joseph Harari has landed in the Inland Northwest after many travels
      In 1976, an Israeli-born, New Jersey native arrived in Pullman. After a lifetime in tight, urban spaces, a trip across the country and four rejections, Joseph Harari had finally been accepted to study veterinary medicine in this small, rural, middle-of-nowhere, land grant-university town.
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  • Where the Wild Land Is
  • Where the Wild Land Is

    Exploring the 300 acres just added to the Dishman Hills Natural Area
      If you count all the Douglas fir, the singing birds and two white-tailed deer, then I wasn’t hiking alone through the latest addition to Spokane’s official wildlands.  But if we
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  • Repeat Performance
  • Repeat Performance

    Working after retirement will make you happier and healthier — all while earning a paycheck
      Cris Mudd wasn’t a big fan of being retired. After teaching in the athletic department at the Community Colleges of Spokane for decades, Mudd, 66, did what so many people do in middle age. She left the nation’s workforce.
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  • High Water Marks
  • High Water Marks

    How the Inland Northwest was shaped by Earth's greatest floods.
  • The Godless
  • The Godless

    As politicians fight over faith, more and more people are losing it.
      It´s Sunday in Moscow, Idaho, and all eyes turn to Tyler Palmer. “I couldn’t be happier,” he tells the group congregated before him. Palmer, 32, has a boyish quality to him, despite the day or two of stubble on his face. The sleeves of his military-style shirt are rolled up. Every Sunday, Palmer and the people here meet to talk about their beliefs. Unlike the vast majority of Americans, what binds them together isn’t a shared faith, but rather a shared faithlessness.
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  • The Garland District
  • The Garland District

    Where the hip and working-class hang out. Separately, a block apart.
      The soul of Garland is broken, cracked in two. On one end of this brightly-lit strip of Spokana, a pub serves wet pints sloshing with cheap, domestic beer. A block away, hip young ones gingerly sip ar
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  • Big-Screen Beer
  • Big-Screen Beer

    A bill in Olympia could allow you to drink at the Garland. If the theater can afford it.
      There’s nothing finer than watching a second-run movie for a fistful of dollars while drinking a cold beer.Thanks to some legislation slowly making its way through Olympia, this may soon be poss
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  • Q&A with Darren McCrea
  • Q&A with Darren McCrea

    The pot activist explains his new University of Spokamsterdam.
      For the past 10 years, Darren McCrea’s life has been medical marijuana. He launched Spocannabis, a patient support group and proto-dispensary before dispensaries existed. He manned a cannabis bo
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  • The Ask
  • The Ask

    Activists cause records requests to triple at Spokane Public Schools.
      %uFFFD€œThey probably make up 70 percent of the time, I%uFFFD€™d say,%uFFFD€%uFFFD Anderson says of the time needed to process requests made by Laurie Rogers, Breean Treffry and Paul LeCoq, three outspoken critics of the district. %uFFFD€œThe nature of the requests are getting more and more expansive.
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  • Gerrymandered?
  • Gerrymandered?

    Democrats say a rising star was taken out by GOP mapmaking.
      But as a longtime Democratic Party functionary, he has worked behind the scenes as a policy advisor and campaign manager for people whose names you would recognize: U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, former state Sen. Chris Marr, congressional candidate Don Barbieri.
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  • For Your Consideration
  • For Your Consideration

    New work from Jonathan Lethem. Plus, an election app from the New York Times and the source of much Internet madness.
      quickly, so refresh, refresh, refresh! At one point last week, the site featured a link to Lettermon.com, which satirized David Letterman and turned him Rasta; photos of Michael Cera and Hitlerâeuro;™s mom (they look alike!); and a video of a former Australian premier chugging a beer.
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  • Forever Man
  • Forever Man

    How we'll live longer, and why this may not be good for us.
      Huguette Clark died last year at the age of 104, obituaries spoke of the immense wealth she had inherited from her father, a Montana copper baron who had bought himself a U.S. Senate seat and, in the early 1900s, founded Las Vegas. At the time of her death, she had $500 million and owned a 42-room âeuro;œapartmentâeuro;� right on Central Park in Manhattan.
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  • They Swear
  • They Swear

    New leadership takes over in Spokane, promising change
      âeuro;œImmediatley today, Rocky is no longer the police adviser,âeuro;� Condon says. He added that he still didnâeuro;™t trust Treppiediâeuro;™s legal opinions, but that the longtime, and controversial, city attorneyâeuro;™s employment status is not yet settled..
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  • Fruit and Cake
  • Fruit and Cake

    A national eye on Inland Northwest edibles
      âeuro;œHotellingâeuro;™s law describes a tendency for competing firms to end up making their products as similar as possible,âeuro;� Caitlin Knowles Myers, an economist at Middlebury College in Vermont, told NPR. âeuro;œThis could mean that theyâeuro;™re producing virtually identical goods or that theyâeuro;™re locating next to each other spatially.
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