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Mental Health Resource Guide
Mental illness is not one person's problem. It touches our friends, family, neighbors, classmates and colleagues.

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'The Cloud I Call My Brain'

In Their Own Words
Teri Koski, 38, is the vice president of the National Alliance on Mental Illness-Spokane, a case manager for the elderly and disabled and an accomplished poet.

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'It For Sure Saved Me'

A Navy trainee makes his own luck after a brush with despair
It often comes on with the weight of a curse. Dalton Deatrich carries a dark seed deep in his psyche that he somehow brings bad luck.

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'It Feels Like You're Having a Heart Attack'

In Their Own Words
Blaine Stum, 29, is the legislative assistant to Spokane City Councilman Jon Snyder and a member of the Human Rights Commission. He spends his free time researching social issues, writing and creating art.

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'It Just Felt Right'

In Their Own Words
Up until three years ago, Bethany hated herself and contemplated suicide. Her struggles with depression improved when, living as a man, she came out to her wife and friends as transgender.

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'I Thought I Had Everything Under Control'

Bipolar, Tim McFarland spent years hospitalized. Now he's sharing a message of hope
The Sunday football game — Saints against the 49ers — plays quietly on the TV in the background, as 36-year-old Tim McFarland recounts living with bipolar affective disorder. "It's not like one day, I'm manic, and one day I'm depressed," McFarland says.

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'There's So Much More to Me'

How family and faith in the medical system helped Marieka McPhee overcome her schizoaffective disorder
Marieka McPhee was 19, preparing salad in her kitchen in Boise when she was ambushed by mental illness. She was seized with a notion: specific, horrifying and utterly convincing.

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'Simple Things Like Breathing'

In Their Own Words
Gloria M. Lopez grew up with an alcoholic and abusive father and constant depression. She still remembers her first drink, a shot of whiskey neat, at 5 years old.

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'We Want to Talk About Sex'

Can a group of students convince Gonzaga to change the way it handles sexual assault?
It's a Thursday night in College Hall on Gonzaga's postcard-perfect campus — the start of the weekend for plenty of college students. Instead, 40 of them sit here in hoodies and beanies, ready to talk about one of the most complex problems facing college campuses.

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Who's In Charge?

Scott Chesney's removal underlines confusion in our strong mayor system; here's what the city charter says
The curtain opens exposing the Wizard, revealing him as not the "Great and Terrible Oz," but rather just a little old man. Dorothy, dismayed, says: "Oh, you're a very bad man!" To which the Wizard replies, "No, my dear. I'm a very good man. I'm just a very bad wizard."

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From Pain To Progress

Publisher's Note
"Empathy." If I boil down, into one word, the past year's worth of journalism we've devoted to our "State of Mind" series, that's it.

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Republicans' Last, Best Chance

Will they take the presidency in 2016 or lose it all?
Earlier this month, Republicans swept into office with their largest majorities in Congress since 1928. They have unprecedented power in state legislatures across the country and control most of the nation's governorships.

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Exporting Our Values

The next generation of American leaders needs to find common ground with our allies around the world
Florence, Italy, is a magical place with centuries of rich history. It offers foods that delight the soul and vistas that stir emotions.

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Still on Probation

Publisher's Note
The political history of Spokane is like Groundhog Day. Starting in the 1890s, our little boomtown had neighborhood representatives and a full-time mayor.

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Heating Up

Racial tensions grow from Ferguson to Spokane as protesters, parents and students demand justice
"It's a high-stress, low-trust environment," says Johnetta Elzie, a protester awaiting the grand jury decision this week related to a white Ferguson police officer who killed an unarmed black teenager. What's shocking is that her words, quoted in USA Today, precisely describe the feeling 1,860 miles away from Ferguson, in Spokane's Davenport Hotel last Saturday.

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Green Zone

Mind Over Matter

Know before you toke — mind vs. body high
Smoking can cause quite the conundrum. Do you want the lay on the couch, eat a bag of Sriracha-flavored potato chips and call your best friend sort of high?

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Pet Smart

Veterinarians report an increase in dog-related marijuana accidents
You don't have to hide your stash anymore, but keep it away from your four-legged friends. Local veterinarians say since legalization in Washington state, they've seen an increase in pet-related marijuana accidents.

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Baked!

Two recipes from Green Light Spokane
Muddy Buddies Ingredients:

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Up in Smoke

Advice on the best smoking device for newbies
So you bought an ounce of weed and don't know what to do with it? If your fingers aren't nimble enough to roll a joint and a gravity bong scares the bejesus out of you, fear not.

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