Rafael Beier was living two lives. One of them consumed the other
How does one person become two? Or more to the point: How does a generous, give-you-the-shirt-off-his-back country doctor become a pill-pushing drug dealer with a Hummer and cadre of strippers?
In his final days as state superintendent of public instruction, Randy Dorn keeps shouting on behalf of schools. Has anyone listened?
Randy Dorn thought he could make a difference. In 2008, he campaigned for Washington State Superintendent of Public Instruction because he said there had been little progress in state funding of K-12 education in past years.
Stuckart reverses course on fining coal and oil trains; plus, which students will a proposed CdA magnet school attract?
HITTING UNDO When the city council voted last month to put an measure on the November ballot that would fine railroads for sending COAL AND OIL TRAINS through Spokane, the decision was unanimous.
It took years of compromise for the council to agree on a sick-leave policy for Spokane — but if a state initiative passes, those compromises will disappear
The Spokane City Council meeting in January was a five-hour marathon of testimony from business owners, activists, nurses and cancer victims — capping off two years of task-force discussions, policy papers and surveys of more than 300 businesses.
Criminal defense attorneys, left out of a solution for defendants not competent to stand trial, aren't happy about it
As Washington's Department of Social and Health Services grapples with a federal order to provide criminal defendants with adequate and timely mental health services, the rights of some of those defendants remain hazy. In an email obtained by the Inlander, a DSHS employee articulates an "elegant solution" for people whose mental state prevents them from understanding criminal charges.
As Craig Meidl prepares to lead the Spokane Police Department, here are the 14 most pressing challenges he'll face as chief
Craig Meidl didn't want to be Spokane's next police chief. And why would he?
The WSU football team wants to move on from a house-party brawl weeks ago, but victims want the players held accountable
Anyone who plays for Mike Leach knows the rules. Don't abuse women.
The fallout continues from Straub's rocky tenure as Spokane police chief; plus, DSHS settles with former mental health patients
THE OTHER SPOKESWOMAN For more than a year, the city has weathered the fallout from the transfer of former police spokeswoman Monique Cotton to the Parks Department after she approached Mayor DAVID CONDON with allegations of sexual harassment by then-police Chief Frank Straub.
Would electing the city attorney make them more accountable to the people — or just more swayed by the whims of the mob?
Even before the explosive report came out last month, City Council President Ben Stuckart was flirting with the notion of yanking the power to pick Spokane's city attorney out of the hands of Mayor David Condon and placing it in the hands of the public. But the independent investigative report pushed him over the edge: It concluded that the city attorney's office intentionally withheld important documents concerning a police chief scandal until after the mayor's election last November.
Spokane's rental housing has problems, but landlord and tenant groups are split on a solution
A miracle turned into a nightmare at the apartment complex on West Augusta Avenue. About a year and a half ago, Benjamin Loraas and Kami Holgate were living in homeless shelters.
Why public defenders united to avoid a particular Spokane judge's courtroom
Appear before Spokane County District Court Judge Gregory Tripp, and you might not get a fair shake. At least that's the message sent by some Spokane County public defenders.
Spokane finds its new police chief from within; plus, pro-charter-school money floods a contentious Supreme Court race
CONDON'S PICK Spokane Mayor David Condon rebuffed the media's portrayal of former police chief FRANK STRAUB as his "hand-picked" choice for the job.
How an airport's purchase of one piece of land could impact crucial research at Washington State University
The yellow earth movers digging into the ground by the Pullman-Moscow Regional Airport can't move any farther west, for now. The hill above still belongs to Washington State University's Tukey Horticulture Orchard, where the roots of the fruit trees have been digging into the ground for decades.
Condon administration aims to close the controversial Frank Straub chapter — but last week's scathing report has irrevocably changed the narrative
On the seventh floor of Spokane City Hall, three city councilmembers sit lined up like a tribunal, facing a thicket of cameras and reporters. Every single person guilty of withholding public documents, City Council President Ben Stuckart says, should resign immediately.
The people, places and moments that defined and shaped the Inland Northwest's distinct neighborhoods
The places we live define us as much as we, the residents, define them. Some of us deliberately choose these spots we call home, while others, for myriad reasons, have little choice.
An influx of creativity and businesses has this Northside neighborhood looking good
When it comes to neighborhood tour guides, you can't beat David Jacobs. The 57-year-old artist moved to North Hill three years ago, attracted by the close-knit community vibe, and particularly the artistic bent of Garland Avenue.