In the aftermath of the presidential election, local residents seek ways to love and support their refugee friends
Aytan Faris' eyes grow red, and she clutches her hands to her mouth as her husband Khalil Omar talks about the mortars that shelled Damascus a few years ago. Faris talks about how the shells killed her sister-in-law and left her niece with shrapnel in her legs.
Task force says officers should be held responsible for police shootings; plus, state auditor clears Spokane Valley firing of city manager
FINGER ON THE TRIGGER A joint legislative task force has voted to recommend changes to the portion of state law protecting police officers who shoot people.
Could the President-elect's support of school choice trickle down to Spokane?
For Lily Eskelsen García, the president of the nation's largest teachers union, schools like Rogers High School can teach the country a lesson. "We're always looking for a story about a school that's doing something creative, that's doing something real," says García, president of the National Education Association.
Why it seems like hate crimes are on the rise, and why it's so difficult to catch the perpetrators
There is no video evidence, or DNA. There are no fingerprints or physical evidence left behind.
Spokane Transit Authority tried to eliminate controversy by changing its bus ads policy — but 2016 had other plans
Spokane Transit Authority had a huge electoral victory this month. But the day before the election, E. Susan Meyer — the Spokane Transit Authority CEO who's pictured on the cover of this week's Mass Transit magazine — took an action that the transit agency estimates could cost it as much as $50,000 in revenue.
Spokane's new police chief raises eyebrows; plus, WSU suspension news
SPOKANE POLICE REORG A major shake-up in the Spokane Police Department's COMMAND STRUCTURE is the first since its former chief was ousted more than a year ago.
Following a national trend, syphilis is on the rise locally
Nobody wants to hear about syphilis. And for a while, nobody had to.
A Washington state inmate's book is banned inside prison's walls, sparking a First Amendment debate
Arthur Longworth's dog-eared manuscript was inconspicuously shuffled among the other essays that the volunteer English teacher had to grade. Held together with a thick black clip, the tattered document had yet to be read by anyone beyond prison walls.
Isaiah Wall wants to get his life on track. But first, he's gotta buy drugs for the police
His phone is buzzing again.
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Trail Mix: Trump's gifts to civics teachers everywhere
THE FLAMES OF FREEDOM "Nobody should be allowed to burn the American flag - if they do, there must be consequences - perhaps loss of citizenship or year in jail!"
America has gone down this road before, and it's a dead end
In February 1942, shortly after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, President Franklin D. Roosevelt ordered 120,000 Japanese Americans to register for internment camps, contained by barbed wires and armed guards. During this time, it became normal for patriotism to turn into anger and resentment.
The social media dream of the 2000s is fading, but we can reset the system by sticking up for the truth
Remember when social media was still a baby? So cute!
Trail Mix: Trump's theater criticism, and WA's tight race for superintendent
IT'S ALL ABOUT THE TRUMP
Did you know that DONALD TRUMP settled his Trump University fraud case this week for a jaw-dropping $25 million? That Trump's Attorney General nominee, Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions, was once rejected by the Senate Judiciary Committee for calling the NAACP un-American and the Ku Klux Klan "OK, until I found out they smoked pot."?
How new living arrangements can bring us closer together
In my family, Thanksgiving was traditionally celebrated potluck style. Dozens of aunts, uncles and cousins would crowd into my grandparents' house every year for Kay's famous cheesy potatoes.
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Attention turns to the Great Green North's legalization plans
O Canada! The specter of a Donald Trump presidency has some Americans contemplating an emergency emigration northward to huddle in fear with our Canadian cousins.
Local dispensaries balk at a Trumpian future hostile to cannabis
When the chips fall in the latest round of cannabis legalizations, and the markets are legally primed for business (it took 18 months here in Washington state, from the ballot box to implementation), more than 67 million Americans will be living in a state that permits the recreational use of marijuana. "It's a growing movement nationwide, and to stifle that process towards full legalization would be very silly to do," argues Doug Glendenning, operations manager and assistant purchasing manager at Cannabis & Glass in North Spokane.
After the election, question marks surround the future of marijuana legalization in America
C ome 2017, adult citizens of four more states (California, Maine, Massachusetts and Nevada) will be free to participate in a legal recreational cannabis market (only Arizona's initiative failed at the ballot box last Tuesday). Medical marijuana programs were also approved in Arkansas, Florida, Montana and North Dakota.
Some say that cannabis slang words are offensive. Really?
"Language is important because it defines our ideas. Words have a power that transcends their formal meaning.
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