A Forever Home

A Forever Home

On National Adoption Day, families become whole
In Judge John Cooney's courtroom, attorney Jodi Felice asks the Jorgensen family for their testimony. She begins with the requisite questions:

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It's Exploding

Why lawmakers and cops are worried about people blowing themselves up
The explosion peeled the wall back like a scab, exposing all the layers underneath: wood, tattered insulation, someone's home. Firefighters responded late one night last week to an East Sprague mobile home park where law enforcement suspects the blast that tore the side off a mobile home was caused by its residents trying to extract THC from pot.

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GU Shake-Up

The woman overseeing reports of sexual assault at Gonzaga resigns; plus, a new study on Lakeland Village
An Unexpected Resignation After two weeks of students calling on Gonzaga University to better address sexual assault, the school's TITLE IX COORDINATOR resigned unexpectedly last Wednesday.

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Video Dragnet

As police cameras capture private details, broad records requests threaten to overwhelm agencies
Each stumble and slur goes into the record. As a suspected drunken driver in Liberty Lake fails a roadside sobriety test, officers wearing chest-mounted body cameras capture each mistake and incriminating statement in detail.

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We're in this together

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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Spilled Votes

One last look at the conservative domination of the Idaho elections earlier this month
OUCH! It's hard, very hard, being a Democrat in Idaho.

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Making Spokane Pop

Publisher's Note
I found Jerry Schmidt over by the Clock Tower, setting up lights in the near-freezing rain for his latest effort, the Winter Glow Spectacular. Somebody had remarked to him earlier, "Wow, you actually put up the lights, too?"

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Size Matters

Class size isn't a silver bullet, but it will help
Earlier this month, Washington voters approved a mandate on smaller class sizes by a tiny margin. When an initiative campaign like this one gathers sufficient interest to reach the ballot, it's safe to say that the public is both interested in the policy and dissatisfied with current representatives' ability to address the issue adequately.

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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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Skunky

Tips to keep your home smelling weed-free this holiday season
Grandma doesn't need to smell your stash of Killer Skunk. Nor should she discover the Technicolor buds of Pink Candy cannabis in the cookie jar you keep by the door.

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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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