Between Love and the Law

Between Love and the Law

He was a criminal. She was a crime fighter. Their relationship would cost them both dearly
"Just two people who happened to live on different sides of the fence? On the wrong sides of the law?

'All Lives Matter'

A deeper look at Pasco as it grapples with the police shooting of a vulnerable man
It was just a rock. That's the rallying cry — and phrase seen on numerous protest signs — in Pasco, Washington, since Feb. 10.

Promise Keepers?

The city of Spokane tries to keep its promise not to raise taxes; plus, the fight against public nudity
Tax Mistake When supporters of the Spokane streets levy were campaigning, one message was hammered home again and again: It would not RAISE TAXES.

'I Do Not Trust Muzlims'

Comments by the wife of Spokane County Prosecutor Larry Haskell have raised questions about his office's impartiality
In the months preceding his successful bid for Spokane County prosecutor, Larry Haskell campaigned as a reformer despite his establishment roots. The longtime former deputy prosecutor touted his integrity and track record of fairness.

Worth a Shot

As preventable disease breaks out, concern for public health reaches a fever pitch
Jess Asien never thought it could happen so fast. She was at the gym when she found out her brother was in a coma.

Taxes, Wages and Pot

Idaho looks to fix its crumbling roads; plus, a trial is set for the Kettle Falls Five
BRIDGE TOLL Idaho's roads and bridges, as anyone who's taken a drive from Coeur d'Alene to Bonners Ferry knows, are awful.

Won't Back Down

Opponents of the state's new gun background check law are still fighting against it
On the fourth day of the legislative session this year, state Rep. Matt Shea, R-Spokane Valley, took to the Capitol steps, flanked by gun activists openly wielding rifles and sidearms, and urged civil disobedience against laws intended to keep dangerous weapons away from dangerous people. "An unconstitutional law is no law at all," he said.

Fagan's World

City councilman Mike Fagan has unconventional views on vaccinations. So, what else does he think?
City council study sessions are usually as dry as they sound. But last week, the small conference room where they are held was electric.

Tax Corrector

Our tax system rewards all the wrong people, says journalist David Cay Johnston — but he has a plan to fix it
Investigative journalist David Cay Johnston has spent so much time diving into the mess of the U.S. tax code, exposing outrageous loopholes, he has a Pulitzer Prize to show for it. But it's one thing, in books like Free Lunch and Perfectly Legal, to prove the system is broken.

Taxes: Idaho vs. Washington

How do the two states stack up?
There's no great mystery why Idaho has trouble funding its schools and fixing its roads: The state has low taxes and low wages. Relative to its income level, Idaho has the 41st lowest tax rate in the nation, according to the Idaho State Tax Commission.

State of Play

Medical education and gun safety get hearings in Olympia
HOUSE CALLS The House Higher Education Committee of the Washington State Legislature, in a 12-1 vote, approved a bill that changes a century-old statute, paving the way for Washington State University to build its own MED SCHOOL in Spokane.

Hard to Swallow

Big changes could be coming to how Washington state regulates medical pot
The number keeps growing. Nearly 100 bills related to marijuana have been introduced in Olympia so far this legislative session.

Hedging Bets

The Coeur d'Alene Tribe cancels the Julyamsh Powwow; plus, here comes the 8th Man movement
COMMUNITY RESPONSE Monday's Spokane City Council meeting was supposed to be short and simple: Members of the city's legislative body would hear from a few regulars during public comment, pass a few mundane ordinances and resolutions and everyone would go home early.

Untold Damages

For three wrongfully convicted Spokane Valley men, the fight for justice isn't over
Paul Statler wants his four years, seven months and 10 days back. That's how long he spent behind bars, in a cramped, concrete cell, for a crime he says he didn't commit.

Where School Bonds Go to Die

Central Valley School District's bond and levy package wouldn't increase property taxes a dime — but don't tell that to Duane Alton
Central Valley School District is crammed. It's been like this for years, ever since Liberty Lake exploded.

Chewed Out

A Spokane city councilwoman wants to change how City Hall staffers eat on the public dime
Salted cashews ordered from Amazon.com. Cases of bottled water.

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