OK, Hold Your Nose

OK, Hold Your Nose

Everything you need to know before Election Day
Donald Trump. Or Hillary Clinton.

Base of Support

Polling local leaders and opinion-makers about presidential politics
Liz Moore Director of the Peace and Justice Action League of Spokane (speaking for herself and not her organization).

The Messenger

Local leaders weigh in on how Donald Trump's campaign has impacted racism in America
Even before Donald Trump ran for president, he was the most prominent voice in the conspiracy theory that the nation's first black president was not, in fact, born in America. The birther movement, as it's called, continued after President Barack Obama produced his birth certificate in 2011.

Trump vs. Jesus

Why my conservative Christian parents can't vote for the Republican for president this time
This was the year Dad finally lost his faith. Not his faith in Jesus, mind you, but what faith he had left in the Republican Party.

A Toast to America

The official Clinton vs. Trump debate drinking game
There is more hype about this first presidential debate than any other in recent memory, but it's not because this is the political equivalent of Ali vs. Frazier. This is more like Rocky Balboa vs. Hulk Hogan (or "Thunderlips," as he was known in that film) or maybe Evel Knievel vs. the Snake River.

Steep Learning Curve

As the state looks to integrate behavioral services, local drug rehab centers have struggled with the transition
It was an idea that seemingly everyone agreed with. Since people treated for drug addiction so often end up being the same people treated for mental health issues, it's only logical, the thinking goes, that the dollars for those services come from the same place.

$1.5 Million Short

East Valley neglects to collect transportation levy funds; plus, the Spokane City Council funds further research into police contacts and racial disparities
COSTLY ERROR Everyone makes mistakes.

Think Global, Tax Local

Depending on who you ask, I-732 is a sensible first step to solving climate change or will cast uncertainty over the state's economy
In a conference room at the Davenport Grand Hotel, Yoram Bauman, a stand-up comedian from Seattle, tells the crowd assembled there that he's not going to be funny today. Instead, he has a serious question.

Guns Down

Statewide Initiative 1491 would give power to family and police to restrict access to firearms for those who pose a threat to themselves or others
The death of Sheena Henderson, a tireless mother and phlebotomist at Deaconess Hospital who patients requested by name, might have been avoided. In the summer of 2014, Sheena Henderson's estranged husband, Christopher, fatally shot her at the Rockwood Cancer Treatment Center before turning the gun on himself.

Bank Shot

Could Spokane create a nonprofit to turn foreclosures and vacant lots back into thriving neighborhoods?
Chris Venne, senior housing developer for Community Frameworks, is standing in the run-down car lot next to the Checkerboard Bar on East Sprague. He's holding posterboards filled with renderings of modern three-story apartments and narrow, gray two-story townhomes.

On the Move

Spokane County Jail addresses inmate-screening concerns; plus, mobile market would be wheel relief for city's northeast 'food desert'
HEAD START A new report from Disability Rights Washington, a statewide advocacy group, has found that most jails across Washington state fail to ADEQUATELY SCREEN INMATES for brain injuries, cognitive disabilities or mental health disorders.

Makers and Takers

For a second time, Idaho is subsidizing a business to set up in Post Falls. Proponents say this time will pay off; critics say it's a giveaway
The big, white building on the outskirts of Post Falls has been the center of bad news and good news over the past two years. In 2014, there was bad news when Kimball International, Inc., a furniture manufacturer, announced that it would move its Post Falls metal fabrication operation from the building to its headquarters in Indiana (where the company was being offered millions in tax breaks), taking more than 200 jobs with it.

Last Call

The federal government is banning the herbal supplement kratom — drawing criticism from those who benefit from its mood-lifting and opiate-like effects
It's not even noon on Friday last week and Jerome Simmons has already sold $720 worth of kratom from his one-room, bare-bones head shop in north-central Spokane. That's 3 kilograms (a little more than 6½ pounds) of the plant-based supplement made from the finely ground leaves of the tree of the same name.

Young and Homeless

As Washington state tries to tackle youth homelessness, kids are being swallowed by the streets
Angelina left home in May of this year, two months before her 17th birthday. Her dad told her she couldn't live in the house if she brought drugs inside.

School's Out, Forever

The end for ITT Tech; plus, five years after privatizing liquor sales, Washingtonians' buyer's remorse
AN EDUCATION WITHOUT A FUTURE When the U.S. Department of Education handed down a series of restrictions on ITT TECH a couple of weeks ago, it was thought to be the for-profit college chain's death sentence.

Show Them the Money

Why the Kootenai County public defender wants to know how prosecutors are paying for the case against Renfro
The Kootenai County Prosecutor's Office has not spent a single cent on the capital case against Jonathan Renfro, according to the prosecutor's project expense report, a document that shows what money has gone toward specific office expenditures.


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    • Hey, Hillary didn't go into a coughing fit and Trump looked presidential. Who would have…

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    • We appreciate all of the services available to our children. As addiction assessments determine treatment…

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