Can robots take over local sports coverage?
Before players in this year's NCAA College World Series clear out of the dugout, the Associated Press will have a game story ready to go on its newswire. The same will go for women's Division I basketball and D-II and D-III basketball and football — all areas the AP hasn't covered in the past.

Dude, Where's My Bike?

A new tool to protect your bicycle; plus, finding a new police ombudsman
REUNITED The city of Spokane has developed a new tool to help reunite citizens with their lost or STOLEN BIKE.

The Contenders

Candidates have filed to run for office in Spokane. Here's what's at stake
A quiet parade of people filed into a county building last week to take the first step in determining the balance of power at City Hall. More than a dozen candidates — some well-funded and well-known, others with little name recognition or funds — turned out for last week's filing deadline for seats on the Spokane City Council and in the mayor's race.


After years of train hopping, Chuck Lawrence wants to go home. It won't be that simple
Chuck Lawrence is breaking Rule No. 1: Don't get too drunk. You can't really blame him.

Hierarchy of Needs

Spokane experiments with Housing First programs
Renee Shelton knows what it's like to be cold, lonely and out of options. She rocks back and forth ever so slightly as she sits at the kitchen table in her one-bedroom apartment at Father Bach Haven Home, her face bathed in the soft glow of an antique lamp.

Good Old Boys?

Allegations swirl around Todd Mielke's county CEO aspirations; plus, fire season kicks off
'Abused his position' On Monday, former Spokane County Commissioner Bonnie Mager sent a letter to the county prosecutor asking the selection process for Spokane County's CEO be investigated for ETHICAL VIOLATIONS and violations of Washington's open meetings act.

Promises and Payments

A deal struck by the mayor and an influential hotelier may come undone after city council raises legal questions
Spokane hotel magnate Walt Worthy thinks it's a good deal, and he'd offer it to just about anybody else. He's spent millions to build the 716-room Davenport Grand Hotel in downtown Spokane, which he says will generate tens of millions of dollars in economic activity and taxes after opening next month.

Deaths in the Family

Students, teachers and administrators are grieving after five suicides in Spokane schools — and uniting to find a solution
Wendy Bleecker was four minutes from work last week when she got a call on her Bluetooth. "At that moment, you get a phone call, everything on your schedule drops," says Bleecker, director of Student Support Services for Spokane Public Schools.

Pushing Prevention

Talking about suicide is key after a string of deaths at local high schools
Americans have trouble talking about death. Suicide, even more so.

The Collaborator

Patty Murray is among the country's most liberal senators — so how does she keep striking compromises with Republicans?
Make no mistake, Sen. Patty Murray is very liberal. Her voting record has twice earned her National Journal's "Most Liberal Senator" ranking, and the liberal magazine Mother Jones called her "as far left as you can go without alienating the centrists in the party."

So Long, Farewell

State Rep. Susan Fagan resigns amid an ethics investigation; plus, an apparent suicide at Spokane County Jail
THE ROADS NOT TAKEN Facing a heap of ethics allegations, Rep. Susan Fagan, R-Pullman, resigned last week.

With Open Hands

Why defendants in Spokane County courtrooms no longer wear shackles
A young man stands with his hands clenched behind his back in a Spokane County Superior Courtroom one afternoon. His palms are red and sweaty from squeezing so tight, and he's wearing yellow pants and a yellow shirt that says "Spokane County Jail" on the back.

Priced Out

Spokane rents aren't as bad as in some other cities, but tell that to people spending more than half of their income on housing
At nearly 62, Maggie Lankford wishes she was preparing to enter her golden years. But these days, she doesn't feel so golden.

In the Spotlight

Do you have the right to project your slogan on someone else's wall?
When Ziggy Siegfried and Valerie Waley, two of a handful of people still active in the Occupy Spokane movement, wanted to protest oil train traffic last October, they went big. Rather than simply painting slogans on tagboard or printing them on fliers, their message was blown up across the entire wall of the Spokane Convention Center.

Idaho's Oil Country

Idaho is poised to tap its fossil fuels; plus, Inslee signs pot reforms into law
LET THE FRACKING BEGIN Idaho is many things.

This Old House

If it could talk, it could tell stories of three generations, along with a lot of griping from neighbors
Sometimes Henry Pierce thinks about tearing down the house that's been in his family for nearly a century. He thinks about pulling down the weather-beaten pilasters, the porch that's become littered with lumber and the remnants of the balcony that have become charcoal gray and stand in contrast to the white siding that lines the walls, interrupted by the black tar paper used to patch up a hole.


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