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An Eye for Every Storm

After losing out to Idaho Falls, Coeur d'Alene gets its crisis center; now the city has to prove it works
The atmosphere in the North Idaho Crisis Center building couldn't be a starker contrast to an emergency room. There's no anxiety-inducing chaos of crying babies or ringing phones or stressed family members.

'Evil Intent'

Monique Cotton resigns from Spokane's parks division; plus, Washington state lawmakers take up the issue of police violence
Cotton resigns While raising concerns about sexual harassment from SPOKANE POLICE Chief Frank Straub last April, former police department spokeswoman Monique Cotton asked the mayor for two big things: Confidentiality regarding her allegations, and a new job away from Straub. She was promised both.

The Macy's Plan

Council President Ben Stuckart doesn't just want to sit back and let the market decide what happens to the Macy's building
Like plenty of people in Spokane, Ben Stuckart has a shopping list for what he'd like to see in the 11-story downtown Macy's building after the struggling retailer vacates it. He'd love to see a downtown grocery store or an urban Target.

Uneasy Transitions

Why community college students in Washington state have trouble transferring to four-year schools
When Washington state community colleges were faced with budget cuts during the recession, they had a choice: Either keep instructors, or keep advisors. The colleges chose to keep instructors, thinking that would let them offer the same number of courses, which would help students to graduate on time.

Bipartisan Agreement?

Labrador and Democrats agree: reduce mandatory minimum sentences; plus, ACLU's suit against Idaho is dismissed
LAWYERED DOWN The Idaho chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union has lost a battle in its campaign to bring sweeping changes to the way the state provides legal defense for poor people accused of crimes.

Shifting Precincts, Shifting Stories

The downtown police precinct's move is still causing turmoil
It probably doesn't matter where the Spokane police downtown precinct is located — or at least that's what Interim Chief Rick Dobrow has said ad nauseam. "The physical location of the precinct is probably one of the least important factors in the crime reduction strategy downtown," he says.

Stars and Prison Stripes

Why the Washington State Department of Corrections is housing veterans together
Behind razor wire and under the watchful eyes of corrections officers, a venerated ritual is held each morning. First, a voice comes through the intercom in two housing units: "Veterans to the flag."

'Use and Abuse of Power'

Sexual misconduct in the Spokane Police Department has community members calling for a culture audit
Less than 48 hours after Officer Chris Conrath responded to a woman's report of domestic violence, he was hooking up with her in an out-of-the-way hotel room at 3 am. The woman, whose name has not been made public, had been arguing with her husband on Sept. 7 when he spat on her and abandoned her downtown, according to Spokane police records.

Shots Fired

Spokane's sheriff calls out Oregon occupiers; plus, an "accidental" shooting is under investigation
OZZIE: SPECIAL EDITION Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich made waves last summer with his "THE THREATS WE FACE vs. The Myth of Police Militarization" presentation, in which he criticizes far-right extremism.

The Ethicists

A city watchdog almost never bites; now it's facing an unprecedented number of complaints against the city's top elected official
What could be a pivotal moment for Spokane Mayor David Condon began with a lawyerly splitting of hairs. The city of Spokane Ethics Commission — a citizen panel broadly charged with holding city officials and employees accountable — held its initial hearing last week on a salvo of complaints filed against Condon.

Wanted: Teachers

A shortage of educators has given urban school districts the upper hand in recruiting candidates
Rob Roettger had to find some way to replace half of his districts' math teachers before the start of the school year. But by the time Roettger, the superintendent of Lind-Ritzville Cooperative Schools, called the few teachers who applied last June, they had all been hired elsewhere.

The Main Name

As Brian Main opens a new chapter, he's still haunted by two of Spokane's most infamous businessmen
Real estate developer Brian Main — with his long, dirty-blonde hair, his suit jacket, gold pocket square and cowboy boots — is back. He's lived in Italy and New York, but now he's returned to Spokane.

High Road

Since legalization, interest in a pot breathalyzer is high. Researchers are trying to find a way to pick out stoned drivers
A conversation two Washington State University professors had five years ago could be the solution to a problem that law enforcement has increasingly faced since marijuana has become legal in Washington state: detecting impaired drivers. Nick Lovrich, a now-retired political science professor, had been working with data from the Washington State Patrol on traffic stops.

From Prison to Olympia

A group of released felons head to Olympia with a mission — persuade "tough on crime" Sen. Mike Padden to support reform
Like most of the crowd gathered here in a loose circle in the Community Building atrium, eating pizza on a Wednesday night, Layne Pavey is a felon.

Sick and Tired

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter lays out his priorities; plus, the Spokane City Council passes a paid sick time ordinance
UPGRADING IDAHO Last year, two Inlander cover stories tackled serious deficits in the state of Idaho.

Mind the Gap

How kids in Washington fall through the state's child welfare system, and the new law intended to plug the gaps
When parents refuse to pick up their kids from juvenile detention in Washington state, the facility calls the Department of Social and Health Services.

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