Buried in the Headlines

Buried in the Headlines

Big stories largely ignored by the mainstream media
Throughout its 40-year history, Project Censored has covered a lot of ground that the corporate mainstream media has missed. Begun by Carl Jensen, a sociology professor at California's Sonoma State University, shortly after Watergate in 1976, it's become an institution involving dozens of faculty members and institutions working together to come up with an annual list of the Top Censored Stories of the Year.

A Sense of Détente

In only two months, the seemingly intractable battle between mayor and council has turned into an exuberant truce
A year ago, the last stop for victorious City Council President Ben Stuckart on Election Night was the party celebrating the historic re-election of his occasional ideological opponent. "The last thing I did on Election Night was to see the mayor and congratulate him," Stuckart says.

Not Green Enough

State says no carbon exemption for Spokane Waste-to-Energy Plant; plus, settlement reached in Priest River high school football concussion lawsuit
FEELING BURNED When it comes to greenhouse gases, incinerating garbage in Spokane's WASTE-TO-ENERGY PLANT has far less of an impact on the environment than dumping garbage in a landfill, whereas methane emissions perpetuate climate change at a far faster rate than carbon dioxide.

Common Ground

As colleges nationally weigh the importance of free speech and the need for safe environments, WSU's Trump Wall demonstration went as administrators had hoped
In the middle of Washington State University's campus last week, red caution tape encircled an 8-foot-tall wall with "TRUMP" spray-painted on it. About a dozen college-age men stood near the wall inside the tape, supporting Donald Trump's presidential campaign — more specifically, his idea to build a wall across the U.S.-Mexican border to keep out illegal immigrants.

Token Democracy

Would letting Washington voters give taxpayer money to politicians reduce the power of interest groups — or just subsidize politicians?
When state Sen. Andy Billig first ran for state representative back in 2010, he campaigned the old-fashioned way. Through winter snow and spring rain and summer heat, he knocked on door after door after door.


Breaking down some of the issues you'll get to vote on this year
I-732 (carbon tax) The measure would create a new tax on carbon emissions, a pollutant caused by the burning of fossil fuels that's believed to contribute to climate change.

Shea's World

As Matt Shea seeks re-election, his presence may be felt more in other local races than in his own
In the Spokane County Democrats' office lobby, there's a stack of brochures for Tim Fennessy, a candidate for Spokane County Superior Court judge. On the back of each brochure, under the list of endorsements, a name is blacked out with what looks like Sharpie ink.


The region's options for state government
Senate, 3rd District Andy Billig vs. James Apker


Breaking down voters' options for state offices
Governor Jay Inslee vs. Bill Bryant


Transit, County Commission and Superior Court among choices for county voters
County Commissioner Shelly O'Quinn vs. Andrew Biviano

'Null and Void'

How a Prosser, Washington, couple became ensnared in Arizona's civil forfeiture law
Terry and Maria "Ria" Platt, a couple from the small town of Prosser, Washington, haven't been to Arizona in decades.But because of that state's civil forfeiture laws, prosecutors in Navajo County, Arizona, are trying to seize their car. Earlier this year, the Platts, who live about 170 miles southwest of Spokane, loaned their 2012 Volkswagen Jetta to their son Shea for a road trip to Florida.

Report Card

Graduation rates nationally and locally are rising; plus, a new University of Idaho program will help Native Americans teach in their own communities
THANKS, OBAMA? A new report released by the White House confirms a national trend: More students are graduating now than ever.

'Trust But Don't Verify'

Sexual misconduct in the 10-officer Colville Police Department was allowed to run rampant, attorneys say
In a matter of six months in 2014, three Colville police officers either resigned or were fired. Two of the officers were accused of sexual misconduct at the time.


Taking a look at the region's options of who to send to D.C.
President of the United States Hillary Clinton vs. Donald Trump

The Jay Walk

Jay Inslee probably will be re-elected governor — but how effective has he actually been during the past four years?
There's no question about it: Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has a good shot at being re-elected. The most recent poll last week showed him 10 points ahead of his Republican rival Bill Bryant, a former Seattle Port Commissioner.

No More Sanctions

The Supreme Court's decision on education funding disappoints Dorn; plus, the Spokane City Council backs a trio of resolutions
'KICK THE CAN' Since the state Supreme Court ruled in 2012 that Washington was failing in its duty to amply FUND BASIC EDUCATION — a decision known as McCleary — justices have hit lawmakers with ongoing sanctions for failing to come up with a plan to fulfill the obligation.


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