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  • Ready for Anything
  • Ready for Anything

    Developing agility may help prevent injury
      Agility is what keeps an off-balance football player from going head-first into the turf. It’s what keeps an errant diver from belly-flopping into an Olympicsize swimming pool.
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  • PAML's Next Step
  • PAML's Next Step

      Francisco Velazquez insists on symmetry. Even sitting at a huge table flanked by leather-backed chairs and a jumble of expensive video equipment, he makes sure his Blackberry and iPhone (the former for business, the latter for pleasure) are situated in neat symmetry with each other.
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  • Burns Out
  • Burns Out

    As the city scrambles to keep Tim Burns around for a while longer, the police ombudsman says he may leave his post anyway
      The city administration announced last week that police ombudsman Tim Burns’s tenure would be coming to an end. But as for who is going to take over for him, when that changeover will take
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  • Political Mind Games
  • Political Mind Games

    Matt Shea starts another controversy, this time with Facebook; plus, eastside racism?
      WHO'S INTIMIDATING WHOM? In the primary election, State Rep. Matt Shea, R-Spokane Valley, dominated his Democratic challenger Amy Biviano, with 57 percent of the vote. His top finish came desp
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  • Invisible Wounds
  • Invisible Wounds

    For veterans, the war continues long after they’ve left the battlefield
      As his loved ones dashed to their cars

      and the police fielded 911 calls about a despondent man at a cemetery, Ed Pace sat on a bluff overlooking the Spokane River, an iPhone and a Smith &Wesson .44-caliber pistol in his hands.
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  • For Your Consideration - 8.9.12
  • For Your Consideration - 8.9.12

      TWITTER A spoof of the bestselling mommy porn of a similar name, 50 Sheds of Gray is an unholy melding of social media, bondage, and the hardware store. Don’t take my word for it. Consider
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  • Then There Were Two
  • Then There Were Two

    The low-down on the men vying to be Spokane’s next police chief
      This isn’t going to be easy. Running the Spokane Police Department is going to take some chutzpah, humility and endurance.íƒ�euro;ší‚  Whoever ends up being police chief will have to deal with a
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  • Picking Sides
  • Picking Sides

    The Jensen-Byrd battle; plus, Spokane’s Catholic bishop comes out against gay marriage in Washington
      STAY OF EXECUTION The Texas-based company that planned to replace the 103-year-old Jnesen-Byrd Building with student housing has backed out. Simultaneously, local developer Ron Wells has made h
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  • Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood
  • Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood

    KSPS and Spokane Public Schools to split; plus, no reprieve for residents of El Rancho
      SEPARATION ON SESAME STREET Way back in 1967, the Spokane School District created KSPS, Spokane’s PBS public television station. KSPS provided educational programming for the school distr
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  • Battle Lines
  • Battle Lines

    Despite non-stop campaigning and a west-side focus, Michael Baumgartner finds it hard to make up ground against Maria Cantwell
      There’s a chance a Republican will be in the Washington governor’s office next year. There’s a chance a Republican will be in the president’s office next year. But
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  • Getting It Dunn
  • Getting It Dunn

    Whether he’s defending a fired cop or the former director of the MAC, Spokane attorney Bob Dunn is on a roll
      embarrassed city leaders and enraged the public. Just last week, he was the man behind the scenes whose threaten of a lawsuit helped Forrest Rodgers, the fired director of the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture, get his job back..
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  • Packing Heat
  • Packing Heat

    Rep. Matt Shea’s road rage incident; plus, the FBI’s interest in the Ridpath
      The Ridpath Hotel may have a few new interested parties: The U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. One local businessman confirmed that he had been approached by both agencies and questioned about GREG JEFFREYS, the controversial owner of several pieces of the hotel.
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  • Trouble for Trolls
  • Trouble for Trolls

    An online commenter may be about to learn the hard way that even on the Internet, no one is truly anonymous
      What started with an insinuation regarding sticking money in a shirt has led to an odd dispute between a newspaper, a Republican leader and a mysterious online commenter.  The result c
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  • Stopping Short
  • Stopping Short

    Spokane City Council shoots down a proposal for neighborhood C.O.P. shops; plus, Washington benefits from the country’s drought
      ALL ALONE Using pizza-topping metaphors and a bike helmet as a prop, Spokane Councilman Steve Salvatori Monday defended his proposal to let neighborhood councils use red-light traffic ticket mo
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  • 6th District Showdown
  • 6th District Showdown

    Three Republicans go up against one Democrat in a newly shaped district on the outskirts of Spokane
      The outskirts of Spokane may be the closest the Inland Northwest has to a political battleground when it comes to deciding the power balance in the Washington Legislature. The 6th Legislat
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  • The Dark Horse
  • The Dark Horse

    A couple Republicans rally around a Dem; plus, a new proposal for red-light monies
      CROSSING THE AISLE The Democratic challenger to Rep. Matt Shea, R-Spokane Valley, has received endorsements from two Republican elected officials. A mailer distributed by Amy Biviano, an
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  • Cut for a Cut
  • Cut for a Cut

    Should Idaho chop more trees to pay for its underfunded schools and roads? Raul Labrador thinks so
      Some rural counties that once thrived off timber sales are hoping Congress will allow them to pay for roads and schools by increasing logging in national forests.  Idaho Republican Rep. Rau
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  • Bait And Switch
  • Bait And Switch

    Local agencies jockey for animal control contracts; plus, a new way to fund Public Facilities District projects
      TAX FOR A TAX Voters will probably need a second local tax increase in order to make the first one to work. In April, voters OK’d an extension of a tax to, among other things, hel
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  • A Second Chance
  • A Second Chance

    A Supreme Court ruling opens the door, ever so slightly, for people who killed as children
      Felicia Reese was buried in a wedding dress she never got to wear. She was killed by a 17-year-old wannabe gangster named Kevin Boot who has lived behind bars since he was convicted of agg
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  • Strengthening Your Core
  • Strengthening Your Core

    Pilates is both simple and complex — an art and a science
      Elizabeth Jones-Boswell’s Pilates studio is an expansive, wood-paneled room with mirrors on the walls and foam rollers on the floor. Pretty nice for an exercise regimen that started in prison.
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  • Special Attention
  • Special Attention

    Are Spokane police’s emphasis patrols fighting crime, or just moving it around?
      Green normally patrols a wide swath of southeast Spokane, but every shift, he takes an extra 15 minutes to patrol nine blocks surrounding the shelter. The area ranks among the highest in the city when it comes to calls about fights, robberies and other misdeeds, according to police data.
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  • Legal Limits
  • Legal Limits

    What’s going to happen when the state Supreme Court tells public defenders how many cases they should be taking?
      It’s halfway through the year. If she continues on this rate, McPeek, who says she has a caseload typical of misdemeanor defenders in the county public defender’s office, may eventually exceed new state Supreme Court limits on the number of cases a public defender may take in a year.
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  • Half the Food
  • Half the Food

    Spokane’s Marshallese are losing state funds that helped put food on the table
      In a room half-full of people, Linda Stone held up a piece of paper and circled two numbers to illustrate the bad news. The paper was a letter from the state, one that some of Spokane’s Marshallese had already received. It told them that, starting in July, the state Food Assistance Program benefits would be cut in half.
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  • Finding Spokane’s Faults
  • Finding Spokane’s Faults

    On the road to find the source of local earthquakes
      Once those lines are mapped and lined up, Cothburn, and his colleagues from the U.S. Geological Survey will be able to see a two-dimensional image of the ground that, they hope, will tell them what caused a spate of earthquakes in Spokane over a decade ago.
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  • In Otto’s Name
  • In Otto’s Name

    A pavilion in Mission Park to be named after Otto Zehm; plus, a resolution on coal trains
      A PAVILION FOR OTTO Spokane Mayor David Condon has proposed naming a Mission Park pavilion after Otto Zehm. According a letter sent to the Spokane Parks Board, Condon made the proposal to
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