Desperate Measures

Desperate Measures

How was a suicidal inmate able to kill himself inside the Spokane County Jail?
The corrections officer walked along the mezzanine of Floor Two West at the Spokane County Jail on May 4, peeking through the window in the cerulean blue door of each cell. Then he saw John Everitt's limp body hanging from the chest-high bunk, a jail-issue bedsheet pulled taut around his throat.

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We Can Help Parkinson's Patients Speak Up

WSU Spokane's Mark VanDam is building a device to fight the neurodegenerative disease
The whiteboard in Mark VanDam's office in the Washington State University Spokane Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences bursts with sine waves and strange equations scrawled in bright primary colors. VanDam, gesturing around the room, says he's working on a multitude of projects.

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We Can Build a Better Artificial Limb

Modern replacements for lost limbs are far from optimal. A U of Idaho researcher seeks to change that
In 2012, Oscar Pistorius became the first amputee to compete in the Summer Olympics, finishing second in a 400-meter heat. Running with two j-shaped carbon fiber prosthetic limbs, Pistorius bested his more able-bodied competitors, earning him the nickname "Blade Runner."

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We Can Resurrect Lost Chinese Characters

An EWU computer-imaging expert is using his expertise to uncover an ancient Chinese artist's work
Kosuke Imamura remembers the prominence of Chinese artist Wang Xizhi, the revered "Calligraphy Saint," when he was a little kid growing up in Japan. Japanese cartoons and comic books told stories about the ancient artist and how he came to create a calligraphy piece called Ji Wang Sheng Jiao Xu — literally translated, "Preface of Sacred Book by Collected Characters."

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We Can Learn about Cancer from Fish and Worms

When they lose an important gene, their cells go crazy. What that might tell us about cancer
The creatures are microscopic, in the most literal sense. They can be seen moving through the lenses of microscopes, in a sleek lab at Whitworth University's new science building.

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We Can Fix The Wi-Fi Traffic Jam

In a time when everyone has a smartphone, a Gonzaga professor can clear up wireless traffic
You're sitting outside on the patio of your favorite café, surfing the Internet. You catch up on the daily news, watch a few videos, shop for some new hiking boots and tweet a picture of the boots when you're done (#outdoorlyfe).

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Caught on Tape

The Spokane Police Department adds more body cameras; plus, the Coeur d'Alene School Board adds more moderates
Action! The SPOKANE POLICE DEPARTMENT will roll out 90 more body cameras on Monday.

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Teacher Skip Day

The Washington State Legislature already plans to increase teacher salaries and school funding — but that wasn't enough to stop schools from striking
This is the year the Washington State Legislature finally is ready to give schools a little more of what they're constitutionally guaranteed. Yet dozens of school districts, fed up with those same state lawmakers, have voted for a one-day strike.

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The Hunt for Pat and Jason

Two Coeur d'Alene families haven't given up their search, even though local law enforcement did
On a Friday after work, Pat Lusk and his buddy Jason Gritten loaded up Lusk’s truck and camper to spend the weekend on the Salmon River, a routine they’ve gone through many times before. As the two men pulled out of the driveway May 15, looking excited about a weekend of hiking and canoeing, the daughter of Lusk's elderly neighbors was arriving at her parents' house for a visit.

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Teacher Of Generations

Publisher's Note
It was one of those only-in-Spokane moments — the joy of living in a big town/small city that hits when everything feels connected. I brought my youngest son, Jay, to his music lesson down at the charming Amend Music Center.

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Put Kids First

Why adults in Olympia must come together to pass the Early Start Act
When people sing Spokane's praises, one of our top truisms is that this is a great place to raise a family. We've got splash pads in our parks, a well-respected public education system (despite unacceptable cuts and test mania), and summer camps abound.

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A Persistent Life

Scott Reed won more cases than he lost in life, and the beauty of the Coeur d'Alene area has been the beneficiary
After a lifetime of work, play, learning and loving, my best friend and roommate has moved on — perhaps to a place where wise souls gather to plot their next adventures. My husband Scott Reed grew up as the only child of two very sharp, strong-minded parents.

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Hiring Among Friends

What's wrong with this picture? Todd Mielke wants the top job in Spokane County and his colleagues get to decide
Sitting Spokane County Commissioner Todd Mielke likely expects to become our next Spokane County Chief Executive. I would vote no.

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Walking to Where, Exactly?

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To walk, or not to walk? That's the question Spokane public schoolteachers have been wrestling with since their union, the Washington Education Association, asked them to make a big, bold statement about education funding.

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Too Early to Tell

What's your opinion of Emily Farris? Hint: You probably shouldn't have one yet
Recent polling shows that Emily Farris has little chance of becoming the next Republican nominee for president of the United States. Seventy-seven percent of Republican primary voters told Public Policy Polling they've never heard of her.

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Now What?

Medicinal patients and dispensaries navigate state marijuana reforms
Justin Johnson's patients are frantic. They're calling old dealers and scouring the black market to find the right products and quantity of marijuana it takes to manage their disease, pain or anxiety without going bankrupt.

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Summer Reading

Memoirs, hemp history and a smoker's activity book
The cannabis literary canon is growing by leaps and bounds, and there's no time like the present to catch up on your summer reading. This list of cannabis-themed books will teach you how to host a cannabis dinner party, how to grow flowers and will reveal the repercussions of a lifetime of smoking.

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Weed on Wheels

The Spot Medical LLC dabbles with delivery and deals with drunks
Weed delivery isn't all it's cracked up to be, says Joe Doherty. He owns the Spot Medical LLC — one of five medicinal marijuana delivery companies in the Spokane area.

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Unparalleled Lines

Researchers debunk "gateway drug" marijuana theory
Marijuana is at the forefront of political debate as more states move toward legalization and the 2016 presidential campaign gets underway. Politicians like New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie have vowed to crack down on marijuana, offering dated rhetoric about marijuana as a gateway drug.

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