Game Changer

Game Changer

Since Condon became mayor, Jan Quintrall has been responsible for some of the biggest changes in the city of Spokane — and some of its biggest controversies
Spokane City Planning Director Scott Chesney walked into the City Hall conference room on Wednesday, Nov. 5. When he walked out about 15 minutes later, he was no longer employed.

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In Contempt

A Spokane judge rules that the mental health system has willfully failed to follow evaluation deadlines
Challenging the state's mental health priorities, a Spokane County judge last week issued the first contempt of court ruling against an Eastern Washington psychiatric hospital for failing to conduct timely evaluations of several jailed defendants awaiting trial, fining the hospital $200 a day for the delays. Judge Salvatore Cozza ruled Friday that Eastern State Hospital had willfully violated multiple orders by not conducting competency evaluations, or even scheduling them, within court-established deadlines.

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Never Again

Washington state lawmakers push reforms after last July's murder-suicide; plus, Spokane's police ombudsman is leaving
Sheena's Laws Third District legislators Rep. Marcus Riccelli and Sen. Andy Billig are planning to introduce two bills — one dealing with mental health, the other with gun safety — in the upcoming session in response to the shooting death of a Spokane woman at the Deaconess Medical Center campus earlier this year.

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More Than Skin Deep

A woman loses a tattoo to start a new life
A faded tattoo wraps around the left side of Evelyn's neck. In curlicue letters, it bears a name she'd rather not see.

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The Forest and the Trees

Idaho would lose out if it took over federal lands; plus, county budgets and committee assignments
Risky Management A divisive study from the UNIVERSITY OF IDAHO finds the state could lose up to $111 million a year by taking over management of federally owned lands, shouldering increased costs for wildfire protection, recreation facilities and other expenses.

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Duty to Protect

A Spokane case examines how psychiatrists handle potentially dangerous clients
No one predicted such horror — a double murder, a teen's throat slashed, soon followed by the attacker's suicide. When Jan DeMeerleer killed his ex-fiancée and her son before taking his own life in 2010, friends and family expressed shock despite years of troubling behavior.

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The Selfie Generation

Ambitious and independent, we millennials are defined by no one but ourselves. Now please love us
Millennials will save the world, or so influential trend-watchers Neil Howe and William Strauss predicted in their 2000 book, Millennials Rising: The Next Great Generation. The authors argued that young millennials — those born between the early '80s and the early 2000s — would be a heroic counterweight to selfish baby boomers.

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Corporate Pot's Coming-Out

The subsidiary of Privateer Holdings is met with few tough questions, showing what a difference a year makes
NBC's Today Show giddily announced an exclusive last month: Privateer Holdings, the Seattle marijuana company long acclaimed locally for its straight, corporate image and Ivy League-educated bosses, was launching "the first global pot brand" based on the legacy of Bob Marley. "If you believe the hype, we're going to look back and say this is where it all started — where pot got an image makeover," NBC correspondent Kate Snow enthused.

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School Rivalry

The latest salvo in the fight over medical education in Spokane; plus, a Washington group takes on immigration
New Alliances A few days after the University of Washington trounced Washington State University in the Apple Cup, the two rivals both made big announcements about their diverging plans for MEDICAL EDUCATION in Spokane.

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Women's Movement

The Zags are thrilling their fans and filling the stands in a way few women's programs are anywhere
June Daugherty, Washington State women's basketball coach, put it succinctly: the Gonzaga women's basketball program "has an amazing fan base." She's right, of course, but perhaps it's even hit the level of phenomenon.

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Cultural Warrior

Publisher's Note
What's all the ruckus? Last month, the office was abuzz when they called me to the lobby.

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Sorry, Senator Risch

But transparency isn't the problem with torture
Earlier this month, the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee released a report about the CIA's enhanced interrogation program. It made clear that the CIA repeatedly tortured prisoners, received little information of value from it and lied to Congress about it.

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A Solid Foundation

Rather than the same old politics, Republicans can start solving immigration issues at the grassroots level
The two biggest stories of the past month — the Ferguson, Missouri, fiasco, and President Obama's unilateral immigration order — have America's attention. Republicans will control Congress in January, but there are ways outside the legislative process to address America's racial divide and its immigration challenge, if only lawmakers — and all Americans — will do so.

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Hitting a Nerve

Publisher's Note
There's been quite an uproar over the tiny item in the City of Spokane budget calling for a $7,000 raise for the mayor. David Condon has rejected the raise he never asked for, but not before the flap went into full bloom.

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Let Us Breathe

Spokane joins national protests over the failure to indict white officers for killing black civilians
By now, you've probably decided to care, or not care, about the #BlackLivesMatter campaign sweeping America. Translated for black families: You've decided to care or not care about us.

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No Dope

New cannabis strains and legislation sidestep THC effects
It's not about the high anymore. Medicinal marijuana dispensaries say patients increasingly prefer strains that relieve pain, but don't come with dazed, psychoactive effects.

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Locavore's Dilemma

A marijuana grower says consumers aren't ready to buy local
The farm-to-table weed movement hasn't hit Spokane. While dispensaries in Los Angeles and Seattle have hosted cannabis farmers markets, Spokane dispensaries and growers say consumers aren't ready to buy local due to high sales taxes on marijuana and competing black market prices.

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Green Screen

The cannabis canon of movies
Holiday movies are upon us, which means you're either stuck with re-runs of Rudolph, a pellet-gun-wielding Macaulay Culkin, or a Bing Crosby musical. Sure, blockbusters the likes of The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies and Exodus: Gods and Kings will grace the theaters, but why not take time this holiday season to review the cannabis canon of films?

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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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