Fall Out Boys

Fall Out Boys

Mayor David Condon and Chief Frank Straub have parted ways. What that means for the SPD and next month's mayoral election
The timing couldn't have been much worse for Spokane Mayor David Condon. But there he was last week — well-financed and well-positioned to secure an elusive second term — explaining to reporters why the ax was falling on his hand-picked chief of police.

Worked Up

Envision Spokane's new initiative would take the city beyond a $15 minimum wage; businesses say it hurt workers
"What this proposal is about is not too hard to grasp," says Kai Huschke, standing under the gaze of hard-hat-wearing workers depicted in a labor-themed mural outside of the Laborers Local 238 office. "The way the economy works sucks."

Let It Rain

The Northwest's drought continues; plus, surprising support for Washington's charter schools
RUNNING DRY Remember that HISTORIC DROUGHT you spent the summer hearing about?

Captive Audience

Anyone can say anything they want at Spokane City Council meetings; is this the best way to get the public's input?
It's the most democratic three minutes in Spokane. After Council President Ben Stuckart gavels the city council's evening legislative session to order, after the Pledge of Allegiance and a couple of proclamations are read, it's time for open forum, when anyone gets three minutes to share their thoughts on almost any subject with the city's lawmakers.

From Peter to Paul

Spokane Public Schools looks to cut after handing out raises; plus, heat-packing protesters
MIND THE GAP There's no such thing as a free lunch — or, in the case of Spokane Public Schools, no such thing as free raises for lunch ladies.

The Syrian

One family from Syria has found welcoming arms in Spokane, and many others may follow
Hussein doesn't want his full name printed. The 40-year-old Arabic man with a trimmed black beard doesn't want his face in the paper, either, at least not while Syrian president Bashar al-Assad is still in power.

Inside or Out?

A longtime businesswoman faces off against a seasoned City Hall staffer
The race for Spokane City Council's soon-to-be vacant District 2 seat has the potential to push the already liberal council majority even further left. The two candidates running to replace outgoing councilmember Mike Allen, considered part of the council's conservative minority, bring different backgrounds to the table.

Another Chance

Why the case of a convicted murderer sentenced to life is getting a new look
At just 35, Vy Thang has spent more time in prison than he has out of it. In 1999, he was convicted of aggravated murder in the first degree — the state's most serious murder charge — for kicking an elderly woman to death in her home two years earlier.

Close to Home

The community mourns the loss of a father and two young girls; plus, delays in setting Mayor David Condon's salary
A Driver's Death

Strike Force

How the Spokane Education Association became more active, confrontational and willing to strike
Spokane Education Association President Jenny Rose has been wrong about her members twice in the past year. The first time was this spring, when her members staged a one-day walkout to protest over-testing and underfunding of Washington state schools.

The Price of Freedom

Poor people — some innocent — will languish behind bars before they're convicted. Time inside can cost them jobs, homes and children
Just $50 stands between David Hill and his freedom.

Half-Hour Bonus

Spokane Public Schools' elementary schools will get 30 extra minutes of class time every day this year
When Rocky Treppiedi, a Spokane Public Schools board member since 1996, first got a real sense of how unusual Spokane's elementary school schedule was, he was horrified. "This was the district's dirty little secret for decades, it turned out," Treppiedi says.

Checks and Balances

Washington's charter schools ruled unconstitutional; plus, Envision says its worker rights initiative would be an economic boon
CLASS DISMISSED Spokane International Academy had been open for only eight days when it was threatened with extinction.

The Third Eye

Does the Spokane County Sheriff's Citizens Advisory Board count as independent oversight?
At one time, Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich looked upon the city of Spokane's police oversight system and liked what he saw.

First Day of School

Spokane International Academy marks the city's first real experiment with charter schools
It's the first day at a new school for Brayden Goldner.

Getting Schooled

Spokane teachers contemplate strike; plus, Mayor Condon unveils his budget
STRIKE ZONE Washington state law, on its face, appears to say that TEACHER STRIKES are illegal.


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