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Our Republic

Not just another small town heroin tragedy
This could be a story about heroin in the heartland, about lives torn apart by a cursed and powerful drug devastating small-town America from Washington state to New Hampshire.

Opening New Doors

A Spokane college fills a need for refugees and international students, while changing how English is taught around the world
In Donetsk, Ukraine, Tanya Koval built a life for herself. During her early 20s, she went to school, visited museums, frequented the theater and hung out in local parks.

Coming to Terms

County, activists reach agreement on longstanding Urban Growth Area conflicts; plus, new developments in the death of Ryan Holyk
BORDER TRUCE For 18 months, Spokane County and several groups of neighborhood activists had been locked in a tug-of-war behind closed doors, ordered to hammer out an agreement on four long-running land-use fights.

The Last Stand

Riverfront Park's sparsely attended IMAX Theatre remains on the chopping block, but could its biggest fan save it?
If Riverfront Park's renovation had stuck to the initial timeline it outlined for the state last year, it already would be too late. The park's iconic five-story IMAX Theatre already would have been under demolition, and nothing anyone said could have stopped it.

Beneath the Surface

Will changing conditions in Lake Coeur d'Alene stir up its toxic history?
Adrienne Cronebaugh, executive director of Kootenai Environmental Alliance, stands at the bottom of Tubbs Hill in Coeur d'Alene. The surface waters are clear, she explains, but deep beneath them are the remnants of a prosperous, toxic and bygone era of North Idaho that she and others worry could threaten the area's future.

Resigning Women

HR director is the third female staffer to leave City Hall since April; plus, a plan to halt coal and oil trains in Spokane
LOWE GOES Spokane Assistant City Attorney Erin Jacobson resigned in April.

Fighting Words

Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich has threatened one of his most persistent critics with a defamation lawsuit, and not for the first time
Ron Wright sometimes gets it wrong. Throughout the past eight years, the 64-year-old retired detective from California, who calls himself Ron the Cop, has cast a critical eye on high-profile police investigations via blog posts, email blasts and in some cases, face-to-face conversations with the Spokane County sheriff.

Corrective Actions

How Spokane Public Schools is trying to solve its student discipline problem
For the second day in a row in mid-October, René Bross got a call from Ridgeview Elementary about a problem with her 10-year-old son. She feared it was another altercation with his teacher, like the day before.

Running a Fine Line

North Central's boys cross country program was found to have wrongfully recruited kids; is it possible that coaches don't actually know the rules?
Even though the North Central boys cross country team has won a record-breaking 10 straight state championships, coach Jon Knight says he would have quit a long time ago if his program was only about winning. "That's not what makes me tick," he says.

Under the Needle

For the past quarter-century, Lynn Everson has led a controversial means of making drug users healthier
At the Spokane Regional Health District's needle exchange, there are two 5-gallon orange buckets emblazoned with biohazard symbols. Each day the exchange is open, clients file in, plunk used syringes into the buckets and pick up new ones.

Good News, Bad News

Federal poverty designation boosts the Spokane Tribe, but not northeast Spokane; plus, is criminal justice reform on the horizon?
PROMISES FULFILLED With one in three members of the SPOKANE TRIBE battling poverty, and one in four unemployed, the Obama Administration has designated the Spokane Tribe as a "Promise Zone," the White House announced Monday.

Ugly Breakup

The long-running rift between the mayor and the city council president just got worse
There was a time — just last September — that Mayor David Condon and City Council President Ben Stuckart stood side by side. Together, they responded to the volley of reporters' questions at the press conference announcing the sudden resignation of Police Chief Frank Straub.

Transition Phase

How the latest culture war and civil rights frontier is playing out in the Inland Northwest
Jamie Breedlove didn't want to die as the wrong person. Breedlove, 65, had spent most of her life doing what was expected of "macho men."

Beggs for a Solution

In the three months Breean Beggs has been on the council, he's pitched out-of-the-box ideas for some of the city's stickiest problems
With only three months on the job, Breean Beggs is the greenest member of the Spokane City Council. But in another sense, he's had his hands in Spokane's messiest debates for longer and deeper than any other councilmember.

Who Built Hanford?

We all know about the Manhattan Project and central Washington's role in it, but the African American history there has been nearly forgotten
The B Reactor at Hanford was the nation's first industrial-scale nuclear reactor. It brought us the atomic bomb — in fact, it produced the plutonium for the first atomic test blast, Trinity, and the bomb that was dropped on Nagasaki.

Hanging Tough

Striking Triumph machinists decry Mexican outsourcing; plus, is Spokane up for another round of daiquiris?
THE WILL OF TRIUMPH Weeks after the 400 union workers at Triumph Composites Systems' factory overwhelmingly rejected a final contract offer from management on May 9, the STRIKE continues at the Airway Heights aerospace-parts manufacturer.

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