In Their Best Interest

In Their Best Interest

Why many neglected kids don't have legal representation for critical decisions that could dictate their future
When Paul Kerbs was called to the school office as a 7-year-old to be told he would no longer live with his parents, he couldn't fully grasp the significance of that day. He didn't know he would languish in foster care for the next decade.

'Right Side of History'

The Washington Supreme Court rules against Arlene's Flowers; plus, two dogs call it a day
FLOWERS FOR EVERYONE A Richland, Washington, florist violated the state's anti-discrimination law when she refused to provide floral arrangements for a SAME-SEX WEDDING, the Washington State Supreme Court ruled last week.

Frozen Out

In the middle of a chaotic winter, the city of Spokane ousted its veteran street director, but won't give an explanation to the city council
On Jan. 9, during the worst winter of his term as mayor, David Condon stood beside Street Director Mark Serbousek, announcing yet another Stage 2 snow event. It would be the last time.

Crime and (Types of) Punishment

A homeless drug user will sit in jail for 270 days. His cases show how two courts in Spokane address homelessness and addiction differently
Homeless and high on drugs, Chance Bunting often finds himself in handcuffs.

Access Granted

How the Spokane Regional Health District is continuing its fight against opioid addiction
As people wait for their name to be called from a 150-, sometimes 200-person-deep waiting list to get into Spokane's Opioid Treatment Program, they continue using drugs, and often struggle to keep their lives together, says Matt Layton. "Whether it's pills or heroin, that means that they're committing crimes, and going to emergency departments, and often they're homeless," Layton says.

Reunited We Stand

With major provisions of Trump's executive order put on temporary hold, 11 Iraqi refugees reunite with their families in Spokane
If President Donald Trump had gotten his way, the events at Spokane International Airport on Saturday night would not have taken place. A little more than a week earlier, Trump's executive order would have made it illegal for these three Iraqi families — 11 men, women and children — to even enter the United States.

Working Blue

Spokane police officer under fire for profanity; plus, Tomi Lahren — and her opinions — are coming to town
TOUGH-TALKIN' COP SCOLDED A SPOKANE POLICE officer went on an expletive-laden rant against a domestic violence suspect who was taunting the officer from the back of his patrol car.

'Cautiously Optimistic'

Spokane Public Schools has seen improvement since committing to reducing suspensions, but the hardest part is yet to come
In a fourth-floor room in the Spokane Public Schools district office, the bar graphs and numbers on the projector screen look encouraging. Suspensions have gone down.

Revolution Road

What driverless cars mean for you, the Inland Northwest and beyond
Imagine a future where cars that drive themselves rule the road. Imagine you're heading to your job in downtown Spokane, typing away on your laptop, when your car gets an automated message about a broken water main on Riverside.

Obscene Gestures

Spokane political party leaders hope to harness post-election passion into civil discourse. But so far, there's only been more strife
Two weeks before a group of people simultaneously flipped her off as she blasted the Spokane City Council for barring a hypothetical religious registry, Spokane County GOP chairwoman Stephanie Cates was hopeful about the level of discourse in Spokane politics. In mid-January, as Donald Trump prepared for his inauguration and protesters prepared for the Women's March, Cates congratulated her local counterpart, newly elected Spokane County Democratic chairman Andrew Biviano, on Facebook.

Money For Something

GOP, Democratic plans take different approaches to fulfilling McCleary mandate; plus, a faster, better way to answer questions about Spokane
PAYING FOR SCHOOL For years, state lawmakers have been unable to agree on a plan to provide the MONEY FOR EDUCATION mandated by the state Supreme Court's 2012 McCleary decision.

Finders Keepers?

Efforts at the state and local levels attempt to rein in civil asset forfeiture laws known as "policing for profit"
While Andres Gonzalez was being arrested for driving on a suspended license, one of his two cellphones rang. It was his girlfriend, and he asked Sunnyside Police Sgt. Scott Bailey to answer, according to court documents.

Homeward Bound

The city of Spokane may be on the cusp of solving homelessness — and for those who are still homeless, the solution can't come fast enough
Homelessness is snuggling under a pile of blankets with two other people to stay warm, and it's using meth to stay awake, so you don't freeze to death in your sleep. Homelessness is teasing the downtown cop you know by name, and it's being arrested on a warrant at a substance abuse clinic.

The Next Yards

The gaps continue to be filled in at Kendall Yards
In 2010, Greenstone Homes began to fill in the vast swath of empty space in the center of the maps of Spokane. The Kendall Yards development has taken the 78-acre scar of old railroad land just north of downtown, and slowly began to occupy the gaps.

Suing Trump

Washington's AG pushes back
Earlier this week, Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson filed a lawsuit against President Donald Trump over his executive action on immigration. Ferguson, a Democrat, filed the suit in U.S. District Court in Seattle, asking a judge to declare key provisions in Trump's immigration ban unconstitutional.

Global Outreach

Washington State University plans to admit more international students to compete with top schools. But will that hurt in-state students?
It's been said that in order to be successful, one must learn from those who have already achieved success. Apparently, the same goes for Washington State University.

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