The local rental market squeezes ever tighter, spurring massive new apartment complexes, but also trapping low-income tenants without options
Bad luck caused Camille Pinson, her fiancé and her two kids to lose their apartment.
Inside the effort to build the region's first cohousing development
You're a parent with young kids.
Wedding-crashing thieves tripped up by selfie station; plus, lengthy jail wait times for mental-health treatment could cost DSHS
A deeper look into the Spokane Police Department's leak investigation
The Spokane Police Department spent four months chasing a leaker, trying to identify whoever tipped off a local blogger to the existence of an embarrassing video showing an SPD officer hurling profanities at a handcuffed suspect. Internal Affairs detectives interviewed fellow officers, scanned emails and reviewed printer logs in what ultimately was a fruitless effort to unmask the culprit, according to recently released police records.
The Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation are leading the way, growing some of the first industrial hemp in Washington
Below the shrub-steppe hills that hug the southern border of the Colville Reservation, situated between golden fields of grain, 60 acres of bright green hemp plants fan their leaves to collect sunlight along the Columbia River.
McMorris Rodgers, Cantwell agree to Spokane town halls; plus, Mt. Spokane ski expansion gets the green light
TALK OF THE TOWN HALL
More charter schools are on the way in Washington state, possibly signaling increased confidence that they won't be shut down
Ever since charter schools were approved by a voter initiative five years ago, they have been entangled in court battles about whether they're legal at all. Less than two years ago, the state Supreme Court ruled that they weren't.But now, with plans for more charter schools in the state starting to emerge, there seems to be growing confidence that charters are here to stay.
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Believe that progress is still possible, act on that belief, and share your vision
Our politics, on both the right and the left, have become darker, more cynical, and more about what we hate than what we hope for. We've come to mistake cynicism for intellect, overt darkness for depth.
Do something: How to get involved in your community this week
Join Spokane Poetry Slam to celebrate the release of their first full-length anthology, Uncensored: Spokane Poetry Slam Collected, the sale of which supports the upcoming Individual World Poetry Slam in Spokane this fall. Attendees can hear poems from contributors and purchase books, iWPS festival passes and swag.
After Charlottesville, President Trump can't hide — and he has nowhere to run
Trump and Charlottesville. What can we say?
Letters to the editor
Readers respond to our blog post "Two days after attending white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, WSU College Republicans' president resigns" (8/14/17): Jesse Vaughan: Refusing to support in any capacity all WSU events until this guy is expelled from the university and is back home hiding behind his mommy's apron.
What are your plans for the solar eclipse on Monday?
JOE LAKE We were going to watch it in Madras, Oregon, but when we looked at the skies a week ago, they were bad so we moved over to Newport.
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At the edge of California's Mojave Desert, you may soon find the country's first cannabis-focused community
A few weeks ago in this column, we introduced you to the concept of cannabis tourism and how it's already taken off in places like Seattle. In the Emerald City, there's everything from vaporizer rentals for out-of-towners to guided tours of producers, processors and retail shops.
A pair of proposed bills aim to end national cannabis prohibition
The Trump Administration's Justice Department has made it clear that they are no fans of marijuana, and Attorney General Jeff Sessions has indicated that the Justice Department may go after states that have legalized either recreational or medical cannabis use. With this threat looming, two lawmakers introduced legislation in the past two weeks to prevent a step backward in federal cannabis policy.
Let's take a look at marijuana data in Spokane
The cannabis industry is big business... perhaps even bigger business than you realize. You may have seen a full parking lot at your local marijuana retailer and figured that they must be doing brisk business, and that strong, skunky scent you pick up while driving down the freeway gives you an idea that somebody is growing a hell of a lot of pot somewhere nearby, but you might not know how to quantify all of this.
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© 2017 New York Times News Service CHARLESTON, S.C. — Americans across the country this weekend began a great, if brief, migration, rushing toward a swath of territory stretching from Oregon to South Carolina for a chance to witness a total eclipse of the sun.
By DAVE KEHR
© 2017 New York Times News Service Jerry Lewis, the comedian and filmmaker who was adored by many, disdained by others, but unquestionably a defining figure of American entertainment in the 20th century, died Sunday morning at his home in Las Vegas.
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