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    The Spokane VA hospital faces "further review" as officials take on lengthy wait lists
  • Peirone Prize Winner — Keirsten Hess
  • Peirone Prize Winner — Keirsten Hess

    A military mother dedicates her life to serving those who served
      As several white-haired veterans file into the dining room, Keirsten Hess kneels to greet each one, crouching down beside their wheelchairs to offer hugs and whisper warm welcomes into their ears.
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  • Forgotten Generation
  • Forgotten Generation

    America needs to bring back a broad-based investment in human capital, like we did with the G.I. Bill
      I recently enjoyed lunch in Seattle with a former student I hadn’t seen in several years.
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  • Into the Breach
  • Into the Breach

    A soldier’s view on last week’s announcement that women have the right to fight
      When the meal was over, she found another diner had covered her tab. “It’s crazy,” she says. “Everyday, people roll down their windows and say, ‘Thank you.’” She isn’t quite sure what to make of it, but is grateful for their respect.
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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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  • He Is Legend
  • He Is Legend

    In 1967, a young black soldier disappeared into the jungles of Vietnam. People are still searching for him.
      Nov. 9, 1967, a black Army private named McKinley Nolan ran into the jungles of Vietnam and disappeared. No one is exactly sure what happened next. No one is sure whether he was a traitor or a thief. He may have been a prisoner of war or a communist propagandist.
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  • Is War Over?
  • Is War Over?

    Soldiers who served in Iraq have a different timeline than the president’s
      justifications offered for the Iraq War have morphed and changed since American and coalition forces invaded in 2003. The one constant is that the war has kept going, year after year. Nearly 1 million American soldiers have served in Iraq, President Obama noted recently.
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  • Downplayed
  • Downplayed

    Ten stories the mainstream media ignored in the past year, according to Project Censored
      The rundown of stories Project Censored calls attention to this year serves as a reminder that mainstream media outlets favoring the superficial over the substantive don’t give us all the information we need.
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  • Ask and Tell
  • Ask and Tell

    On Sept. 20, soldiers can legally disclose they're gay. And a Spokane woman is one reason why.
      She had served for 18 years. Her record was exemplary — a year earlier she earned an Air Force commendation medal for saving someone’s life. So when, in July of 2004, Margaret Witt, a reserve flight-nurse from Spokane, was escorted to the commander’s conference room to speak with an investigator, she was still smiling.
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  • Rescue from Above
  • Rescue from Above

    What was really going on when the helicopters started flying over my campsite?
      With the leg stabilized, Poole’s son found a “big broken-off slab of tree. We shoved that underneath him. … We wanted him level so his leg wasn’t below his heart.” They hung some tarp for shade, and Poole allowed Beam a bit of water — not too much, though, because Poole knew Beam was headed to surgery.
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  • Soldier's Story
  • Soldier's Story

    A new court-based program helps veterans with PTSD and other wounds of war
      LaDeitrich Jones remembers the sweat, especially on his palms. He remembers the adrenaline, feeling his heart beat hard inside his chest, under his brown camo fatigues.
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  • Enough Already
  • Enough Already

    Julian Schnabel says Miral is a balanced portrait of the Israel-Palestine conflict. It’s anything but.
      sympathizer Vanessa Redgrave) calls the gathering an oasis for everyone, a place where no politics will be discussed, the film jumps to black and white stock footage of the birth of the state of Israel.
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  • 'The Taliban Shuffle,' Kim Barker
  • 'The Taliban Shuffle,' Kim Barker

    A former Spokesman-Review reporter digs into Afghanistan and lives to tell about it.
      There you are, hustling to get a fresh angle on the terror attacks in Mumbai. You’ve worked your sources. You’re about to get the scoop from a former Pakistani prime minister at his groomed estate in the countryside. You are the only reporter in the room.
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  • Feeling Paranoid?
  • Feeling Paranoid?

    Reefer rally at City Hall and the start of another war.
      On Monday, Ryan Seeley helped organize a group of dispensary owners to go before the Spokane City Council to demand clarification in the state law. Seeley, who co-owns Spokane Indicare, shut his dispensary down Friday after his bank account was frozen, he says.
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