A Forever Home

A Forever Home

On National Adoption Day, families become whole
In Judge John Cooney's courtroom, attorney Jodi Felice asks the Jorgensen family for their testimony. She begins with the requisite questions:

It's Exploding

Why lawmakers and cops are worried about people blowing themselves up
The explosion peeled the wall back like a scab, exposing all the layers underneath: wood, tattered insulation, someone's home. Firefighters responded late one night last week to an East Sprague mobile home park where law enforcement suspects the blast that tore the side off a mobile home was caused by its residents trying to extract THC from pot.

GU Shake-Up

The woman overseeing reports of sexual assault at Gonzaga resigns; plus, a new study on Lakeland Village
An Unexpected Resignation After two weeks of students calling on Gonzaga University to better address sexual assault, the school's TITLE IX COORDINATOR resigned unexpectedly last Wednesday.

Video Dragnet

As police cameras capture private details, broad records requests threaten to overwhelm agencies
Each stumble and slur goes into the record. As a suspected drunken driver in Liberty Lake fails a roadside sobriety test, officers wearing chest-mounted body cameras capture each mistake and incriminating statement in detail.

We're in this together

Mental Health Resource Guide
Mental illness is not one person's problem. It touches our friends, family, neighbors, classmates and colleagues.

'The Cloud I Call My Brain'

In Their Own Words
Teri Koski, 38, is the vice president of the National Alliance on Mental Illness-Spokane, a case manager for the elderly and disabled and an accomplished poet.

'It For Sure Saved Me'

A Navy trainee makes his own luck after a brush with despair
It often comes on with the weight of a curse. Dalton Deatrich carries a dark seed deep in his psyche that he somehow brings bad luck.

'It Feels Like You're Having a Heart Attack'

In Their Own Words
Blaine Stum, 29, is the legislative assistant to Spokane City Councilman Jon Snyder and a member of the Human Rights Commission. He spends his free time researching social issues, writing and creating art.

'It Just Felt Right'

In Their Own Words
Up until three years ago, Bethany hated herself and contemplated suicide. Her struggles with depression improved when, living as a man, she came out to her wife and friends as transgender.

'I Thought I Had Everything Under Control'

Bipolar, Tim McFarland spent years hospitalized. Now he's sharing a message of hope
The Sunday football game — Saints against the 49ers — plays quietly on the TV in the background, as 36-year-old Tim McFarland recounts living with bipolar affective disorder. "It's not like one day, I'm manic, and one day I'm depressed," McFarland says.

'There's So Much More to Me'

How family and faith in the medical system helped Marieka McPhee overcome her schizoaffective disorder
Marieka McPhee was 19, preparing salad in her kitchen in Boise when she was ambushed by mental illness. She was seized with a notion: specific, horrifying and utterly convincing.

'Simple Things Like Breathing'

In Their Own Words
Gloria M. Lopez grew up with an alcoholic and abusive father and constant depression. She still remembers her first drink, a shot of whiskey neat, at 5 years old.

'We Want to Talk About Sex'

Can a group of students convince Gonzaga to change the way it handles sexual assault?
It's a Thursday night in College Hall on Gonzaga's postcard-perfect campus — the start of the weekend for plenty of college students. Instead, 40 of them sit here in hoodies and beanies, ready to talk about one of the most complex problems facing college campuses.

Put a Name on It

The plaza next to Spokane City Hall gets a name; plus, a reward offered in the shooting death of Zachary Lamb
Something For Everyone The Spokane City Council voted on a new name for the PLAZA next to City Hall this week but escaped having to actually play favorites among the three suggested names — and then some.

Troubled Tales

Smart Justice works to leverage personal stories into policy reforms
Each story swerves from despair to hope, sometimes several times. As men and women step to the microphone at the Smart Justice Symposium on Saturday, they share troubling testimony of criminal childhoods, institutional injustice, abuse and often redemption.

The Lives on the Bus

Can the STA redesign the Plaza in a way that makes everyone happy?
Controversy over the STA Plaza isn't new: Sift through the past two decades of newspapers and you'll find scores of complaints about the Plaza's central location, frowning about the "riff-raff" who gather there, fretting about whether Plaza sidewalk loiterers drive away customers or scare pedestrians.

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