SPORTS: With the Gonzaga Bulldogs pulling off a few close wins last week, Will Maupin reminds us why it's fun to watch games that are actually competitive — even if they do stress you out.
CULTURE: Samantha Wohlfeil highlights the No Fear in Love race, a local 6-mile competition that aims to help 16-24-year-olds discuss what it means to be in healthy relationships. People in that age range often experience dating violence, which can set the course for future relationships.
NEWS: In the Nevada desert, engineers are working on Virgin Hyperloop One, an innovative form of mass transit that's designed to move people and cargo in small wheel-less pods in a vacuum tube at speeds up to and over 600 mph. (New York Times)
IN OTHER NEWS...
After upsetting the applecart with his lefty populist insurgent campaign in the 2016 Democratic primary, Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vermont) has officially announced that he's jumping into the 2020 presidential race. (New York Times)
Not your monies
Sixteen states are suing President Donald Trump over his plan to use the executive branch's emergency powers to divert billions in federal money to help construct his wall along the southern border. Washington state is not among them. (New York Times)
Terri Cooper, a court commissioner in Airway Heights, has been making judicial decisions for over 16 years, and presides over all court proceedings except for jury trials. The thing is, she doesn't have a law degree. (Spokesman-Review)
Snow fight lock-up
Last Friday, two north Spokane neighbors fought over where to pile snow. The scuffle sent one man to the hospital and the other to jail. (Spokesman-Review)