The 'Necessity Defense'

The 'Necessity Defense'

Spokane activists accused of blocking train tracks hope for a sympathetic ear in court this week
The women clad in floral patterned dresses and floppy hats march onto the train tracks in East Central Spokane. They hold signs condemning coal and oil trains — "Coal and Oil Planet Boil," one of them reads.

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Good For a Year

Coeur d'Alene Public Schools' new (interim) superintendent; plus, change comes slowly for Regional Law and Justice Council
NEW LEADERSHIP IN CDA Following the resignation of superintendent Matthew Handelman in April, Coeur d'Alene Public Schools has found a new superintendent — at least for the time being.

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Shelter In Place

For years, homeless shelters have been subject to the ups and downs of funding; now, the city of Spokane seeks stability for its shelters
For four months, the House of Charity provided shelter for essentially any adult who needed it.

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Dual Roles

Why deaths are investigated differently in Washington's smallest counties
When she was first elected prosecuting attorney of Columbia County, Washington, 11 years ago, Rea Culwell also got the gig of county coroner — whether she wanted it or not. Trained as a lawyer, not a medical professional, she was tasked with investigating unattended and unexpected deaths in the small southeast Washington county of about 4,000 people.

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The End of Summer?

A longer school year could start shrinking summer break in Washington schools
This week, school bells all over will ring for the final time this academic year, and students will rush out of their classrooms for the start of the long summer break. Summer days will be spent by the water, or inside playing video games, or whatever it is kids do, their minds unburdened by schoolwork.

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New Blood

Fresh leadership for a local teachers union; plus, a lawsuit over charity-care investments
READY FOR CHANGE After eight years leading the SPOKANE EDUCATION ASSOCIATION teachers union, Jenny Rose has been ousted as SEA president.

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Justice Isn't Free

Three wrongly convicted men to get $2.25 million in a settlement
In the five years since these men were released from prison — their convictions and decades-long sentences overturned — they've worked to rebuild themselves. Robert Larson is working as a drug and alcohol rehab counselor, he says, and is focusing on raising his three children.

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Opt Local

We must invest in the independent businesses that enrich our lives, while we still can
With Amazon's proposed acquisition of Whole Foods last week, pundits are buzzing over the race between the internet giant and Walmart to strike the best mix of online and offline sales in our cutthroat modern economy. But which entity will cross the finish line first, and why, are not the questions we should be asking ourselves.

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Spokane Scrumpy Cider release party

Do Something: How to get involved in your community this week
Spokane Scrumpy Cider Release Party Liberty Ciderworks releases a special batch of cider to benefit Second Harvest, made using apples rescued from backyards, roadsides and abandoned orchards.

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No Place Finer

Stop a minute to think about how great North Idaho really is
Idaho is my beat. I confess I've made a habit in the past of complaining, whining and even bitching a lot about the state of the state of Idaho.

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Readers respond to more school in the summer

Letters to the editor
Thinking of the Children As a parent of children who lost their dad to suicide, there needs to be a program to support and educate the children left behind.

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On the Street

What would your Hoopfest dream team look like?
TESS COX On my team, more like some awesome celebrity like Selena Gomez.

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Celebrate Summer

A rundown of cannabis events happening in the state of Washington
Summer is festival season here in the Northwest. There are music festivals, food festivals, beer festivals, and a gathering for pretty much any other interest you might have.

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Saying No

The Spokane Regional Health District reminds expecting mothers that cannabis and pregnancy don't mix
We all know that pregnancy brings with it a host of uncomfortable symptoms along the way, and you can't blame an expecting mother for going in search of something to relieve the discomfort. But pregnant women should not use cannabis to alleviate pain and nausea, according to recent studies.

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Green Greens

Washington will soon be the first state to have organically certified cannabis
If you're conscious about how what you eat and drink is produced and what sort of ingredients or man-made chemicals are involved in that process, there's a good chance you have the same concerns about your cannabis. For you eco-minded folks, there's some good news here — Washington will soon have certified organic cannabis.

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