Different Roads

Different Roads

Tim Benn and Kate Burke want many of the same things for northeast Spokane — but have different ways to get there
Tim Benn vs. Kate Burke

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Change Agents

Councilman Breean Beggs, known for outside-the-box ideas, faces a challenge from council critic Andy Dunau
Breean Beggs vs. Andy Dunau

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Lane Splits

The Monroe Street lane reduction has become the defining issue in the District 3 race, but it's not the only one
Candace Mumm vs. Matthew Howes

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Opposing Forces

Five challengers try to change the balance of power on the far-right Spokane Valley City Council
ELECTION 2017: Spokane Valley City Council

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Volatile Debate

An oil-train-fueled explosion would devastate Spokane, but is a proposed enforcement method even legal?
Every day, several trains hauling coal or crude oil move through downtown Spokane on elevated tracks.

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The Hot Seat

Why the leader of Spokane's volunteer police oversight commission has stepped down from her role
For the second time in two years, the chairperson of Spokane's police ombudsman commission was asked to resign after becoming embroiled in controversy over the role of the volunteer panel. Deb Conklin has stepped down from her position as chair of the volunteer commission charged with directing police oversight in Spokane.

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'black-and-white Issue'

After 4-2 city council vote, MLK Center will run the East Central Community Center
By the time the decision came before the Spokane City Council Monday night, what seemed like a simple question — who would get the contract to run the East Central Community Center — had become an imbroglio, involving race, conflicts of interest and questions of basic fairness. The seeds of the conflict were planted in December 2012, when the city of Spokane — looking to save money — handed over control of the community center to a private nonprofit, the East Central Community Organization.

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Saving the Stars

America's first Dark Sky Reserve is taking shape in central Idaho
Earlier this week, the Weather Channel announced that "The Big Dark" is coming. Signs of future, dark rain clouds stretch from China to Washington's coast.

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Hate Studies conference, Paw-louse 5k and more

Do something: How to get involved in your community this week
Top researchers and thought leaders focused on hate and justice participate in the 4th annual international conference, titled "Engaging with Communities for Justice." Sponsored by the Gonzaga University Institute for Hate Studies, Kootenai County Task Force for Human Relations, Spokane County Human Rights Task Force and Gonzaga University Center for Global Engagement.

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Bowing to Lincoln

No surprise; pouring salt on the wound of racism won't help it heal
Engaging in cheap political theater, Mike Pence left the stadium in Indianapolis — on the same day that Indiana's hero of heroes, Peyton Manning, was to be honored. Doing his best Trump dance, he registered disapproval of football players who were making a quiet protest against what they perceive to be government-sponsored violations of everything the American flag is supposed to stand for.

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Readers respond to gun suppressors, politicized firefighters and more

Letters to the editor
Readers respond to "Not Silent, Still Deadly" (10/12/17), our story about the Spokane Police Department equipping its service rifles with sound suppressors: Steven Bateman: While I don't like the suppressors, I understand the point of them.

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On the Street

What's your favorite thing about autumn?
ANDREW MILLER Well, that it's the gateway to winter, seasons changing, that kind of thing.

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Green Zone

Driving Too High

Why the state of Washington needs to explore alternatives to its current DUI testing
In recent weeks, the Green Zone has examined potency studies conducted for the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board, as well the misnomer of likening THC and THCA levels to percentages of alcohol by volume. Another major concern with the pairing of alcohol and cannabis as recreational drugs involves discerning impairment.

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'Hard to Get'

Teenage pot use hits a 20-year low
A constant argument for pot prohibition is the concern that recreational weed stores will mean easier access for teenagers. That's among the reasons why Washington's law requires the Washington State Institute for Public Policy (WSIPP) to perform regular cost-benefit analysis of legalization in relation to aforementioned adolescent usage, along with prenatal effects and impaired driving.

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Weed on Wheels

Will legal cannabis delivery be the next big thing in Washington state?
You settle in after a hard day's work. Or maybe you're just waking up — whatever you do.

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Nation & World

Soldier’s Widow Says Trump Struggled to Remember Johnson’s Name

By YAMICHE ALCINDOR © 2017 New York Times News Service

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A Big Test of Police Body Cameras Defies Expectations

By AMANDA RIPLEY © 2017 New York Times News Service Usually, we behave better when we know we’re being watched.

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Californians Will Soon Have Nonbinary as a Gender Option on Birth Certificates

By CHRISTINA CARON © 2017 New York Times News Service Californians who don’t identify themselves as male or female will soon be able to get a gender-neutral birth certificate.

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