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  • The Meat Grinder
  • The Meat Grinder

    When the debt-collection machine comes for its pound of flesh
      Miller, a young, tireless consumer law attorney, is after information about the robo-signer’s work at Midland Credit Management, an arm of Encore Capital. Every year, Encore buys billions of dollars in credit-card debts and then sets out to collect — filing hundreds of thousands of lawsuits against the debtors.
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  • The Importance of the Dolphin Kick
  • The Importance of the Dolphin Kick

    And other things learned in 24 years as a swim coach
      Diane Giebel-Nuess stood at her kitchen counter last Thursday, surrounded by friends, talking about the way the sport has changed since 1968, when she swam the 200-meter breaststroke in the Mexico City Olympics at age 15. “When I swam they didn’t even have goggles,” she says, “I hate to tell you that.
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  • Phantom Menace
  • Phantom Menace

    One man’s fight against his brain, body and science
      Jim Boyer’s toes feel cramped in his sneakers. The 57-year-old from Post Falls twitches his silver moustache and fingers through salt-and-pepper hair while explaining that it feels like his left foot is asleep..
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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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  • 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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  • Talking Points
  • Talking Points

    Three people are running for a county commission seat, but they’re all saying the same thing
      Commissioners run the county’s budget and operations, and help determine zoning policies in the county. Spokane County Democrats Vice Chair Dave Koch says Republican control of the commission has left his party’s values ignored, and he’s hoping Romeyn can change that.
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  • Five-Man Cage Fight
  • Five-Man Cage Fight

    The scramble to represent Spokane’s 3rd District
      Three Democrats and two Republicans are vying to represent a swath of central Spokane. The 3rd District encompasses the city out east as far as Havana Street, south as far as 29th Avenue, west as far as the Spokane River, and north as far as Francis Avenue.
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  • Golden Age
  • Golden Age

    The oldest team at Hoopfest plans to keep winning.
      Jahr and Hauff are half of Team “Past Primetime,” the oldest to hit the downtown streets this year. Jahr is a 65-yearold Army veteran who retired from Aluminum Company of America, and Hauff, 66, is a retired school superintendent.
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  • INTERVIEW — Sheriff Knezovich
  • INTERVIEW — Sheriff Knezovich

      “What we hear from the courts is that these are just property crimes,” Knezovich says. “But here’s what the results are: Last fall, a vehicle was broken into and a gun was stolen and that gun was used to shoot two deputies. That’s not just a property crime.
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  • European Union
  • European Union

    From food to service and design, Beignets wants to evoke the Old World without caricaturing it
      In July of last year, Judie Sowards and her son, Ryan, approached HDG about designing their cafe, Beignets. Ryan says they didn’t have many preformed ideas. He and his mom wanted a small space that sold the namesake French pastry and chicory coffee (that concept has since added a full bar, six crepe stones and been upsized by a factor of 10).
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  • Case Aborted
  • Case Aborted

    An abortion challenge is tossed; plus, the city to part with East Central Community Center
      DAVID JACQUOT (pronounced “ja-coh”) was also given time served in jail — over two years during his two trials — after pleading guilty to a single count of travel with intent to engage in illicit sexual activity, according to court documents. He must also register as a sex offender.
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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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  • 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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  • Handcuffing Lawmakers
  • Handcuffing Lawmakers

    Are ballot measures that restrict taxes good public policy?
      But legislators have pushed back, voting to annul the initiatives as soon as they could. And now the courts are involved: The 2010 law was ruled unconstitutional earlier this year by a state Superior Court judge.
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  • Redneck Fascist Hipster Pinkos
  • Redneck Fascist Hipster Pinkos

    Two local artists ponder election-year discourse, and beat each other up in the process
      A bald-headed man in white coveralls stands in the center of a white room. Another man âeuro;” also in coveralls, also bald âeuro;” walks up to the first. Carefully, calculatedly, he raises the weapon in his hand âeuro;” a foam boffer of sorts âeuro;” and smacks the first man across the belly.
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  • What Things Remain
  • What Things Remain

    A local artist on little black dresses and how so much of creation is about erosion.
      McWilliams’ art works with notions of creation and destruction, both mental and environmental, so it’s fitting that her artist’s studio — a disintegrating, two-story brick storefront across from Piggy Mart on Third Avenue — is, in her words, “condemnable.
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  • Rogers Rising
  • Rogers Rising

    A few years after Rogers High’s physical renovation, it undergoes an academic one.
      Now, the school has earned a $3.7 million grant from the federal government, giving it an opportunity to renovate its academics as well. It’s a chance to keep the school’s rebirth going, to improve the education it provides and, maybe more importantly, to burnish its own — as well as Hillyard’s — reputation.
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  • The Big Chill
  • The Big Chill

    Frozen yogurt shops are popping up everywhere. What’s behind this new-ish obsession?
      You can make your own masterpiece,” says Froyo Earth owner Steve Kraft. Kraft opened his downtown self-serve frozen yogurt store last summer — and already plans to open northside, Valley and South Hill locations by the end of June. At Froyo Earth, customers choose from 10 different flavors of frozen yogurt and sorbets and more than 50 toppings.
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  • Cheap Drinks, Friendly Staff
  • Cheap Drinks, Friendly Staff

    The Refinery
      The ball-like French pastries were to be filled with duck confit and a roasted shallot aioli, then put on a plate with a scratch-made whole-grain mustard, but the confit wasn’t ready, so the gougères just sat there, giving off a warm musk of baked cheddar.
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  • Day of the Undead
  • Day of the Undead

    ROCK HOLIDAY Local record stores celebrate another year of business and an upswing in sales during this year’s Record Store Day.
      the back room of her record store, Deon Borchard is pawing through a box, excitedly calling out things she finds inside: CDs, bags, buttons, samplers. Every year this box of freebies — which gets sent to her by the organizers of Record Store Day — seems to get fuller as more and more record stores sign up to participate around the world.
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  • Graveyard Girls
  • Graveyard Girls

    Ever since Harry, Abe and Murray passed, their wives have been sniffling, dithering and prowling
      Getting together with the girls can be fun, but clubs that meet in somber settings are doomed to fracture — and sure enough, Doris, Ida and Lucille differ in their grieving styles, their attitudes toward tradition, their willingness to re-enter the social scene.
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  • Black Diamonds
  • Black Diamonds

    Mastodon gets better and better with every record.
      Just hours before their guitarist’s brain hemorrhaged, putting him in a three-day coma, Mastodon had finished one of the most important and high-profile performances of its career — playing “Colony of Birchmen” at the 2007 MTV Video Music Awards with Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme.
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  • Red Light, Green Light
  • Red Light, Green Light

    Sandpoint bypass construction prep reveals an older, raunchier city
      A huge archaeological dig in advance of highway construction has just wrapped up after collecting some 600,000 artifacts that paint a clearer picture of what city founders labeled a Restricted District that remained near Sand Creek and the railroad tracks after today’s city moved farther inland in the early 1900s.
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