The Badge and Their Shield

The Badge and Their Shield

When cops find themselves on the wrong side of the law, one man will step up to defend them
Rob Cossey springs off the curb in front of his corner law office on a recent sunny afternoon, with two men by his side.

Time Travel

Spokane is taking its first steps to becoming the city of tomorrow
Waiting at a red light, whether at an empty intersection or behind a train of 20 cars, can feel excruciatingly long. Waiting for a late bus, getting there 10 minutes early just to be sure, can feel even longer.

Hot Topic

Spokane council codifies climate position; plus, new authority will manage airport-area development
GREEN GOALS Back in 2010, the city of Spokane passed an aspirational resolution: The city would seek to reduce the level of CARBON EMISSIONS to 30 percent under 2005 levels by 2030.

The 10 Contenders

We tackle he biggest issues facing Spokane City Council candidates in August primary
On Aug. 1, a total of 10 city council candidates — two incumbents and eight challengers — will face off across three districts. Only six will advance to November's general election.

Decision Be Dammed

Congressional reps want to sidestep ruling on lower Snake dams; enviro groups say salmon a priority
Depending on who you ask, a bill introduced in Congress last week will either save dams and ensure affordable electricity for the Pacific Northwest for generations to come, or is a "death warrant" for the remaining endangered salmon species that still return to the Snake River. The legislation, introduced by Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers and a bipartisan coalition of representatives from Washington and Oregon, would essentially subvert a March ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Michael Simon.

Thurman Charged

First-degree manslaughter for ex-Lincoln County reserve deputy; plus, state budgets $15 million for Spokane medical schools

From The Top Down

In the creation of the Washington Department of Children, Youth and Families, some see new hope for foster care statewide
When Annie Blackledge first heard about a state bill that would create a new government agency for at-risk kids and their families, she was skeptical. The foster care system, she says, needs real innovation.

Nation Building

The Spokane Tribe is tapping into renewable energy as it reimagines the town of Wellpinit
As fields that will soon be filled with canola and grain fade from view and stands of conifers gain in number, Jason Campbell points his truck down a straight road where about a dozen homes are spread out on the east end of the Spokane Indian Reservation.

Power Over Police

Spokane Valley may want its own police force someday, but for now it will settle on the appearance of one
By the end of February 2016, the rumors were out of hand. Spokane Valley Mayor Rod Higgins and Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich called a press conference and stood together for a common cause: asking everyone to stop talking about the police contract.

The 11th Hour

State lawmakers finally agree to a budget; plus, donations wanted for homeless youth
SHUTDOWN AVERTED Last week, it looked like Washington could be headed for a government shutdown, with lawmakers unable to reach an agreement on how to FUND EDUCATION.

Hard Cyber

How does a state like Idaho gird itself against the international scourge of hackers?
For the record, most Idaho state treasurer messages don't start with the black flag of ISIS. And as a general rule, the message on the page uploaded to the Idaho State Treasurer's Office website last month wasn't the sort endorsed by Idaho State Treasurer Ron Crane.

See You, Latah?

Like many small places in America, the Spokane County town of Latah is struggling to survive — and not everyone is convinced it should
The rule is well known: On weekday mornings, whichever old-timer arrives first at the workshop next to the fuel pumps on the edge of town makes the coffee. Sometime around 9, the other guys start to show up and take their seats in mix-and-match folding chairs set around two long tables, sipping Folgers from styrofoam cups, the whiff of gasoline fumes in the air.

Failure to Launch

When it comes to planned sex-ed curriculum change, Spokane Public Schools backs out; plus, another 44 patrol officers for SPD?
LET'S (NOT) TALK ABOUT SEX After a months-long process to add the item into the school board meeting agenda, Spokane Public Schools came close to changing its SEXUAL EDUCATION CURRICULUM.

Talk of Torture

Takeaways from testimony of CIA officials and Spokane psychologists who developed torture interrogation program
When watched side by side, the footage is chilling. Videotaped deposition testimony, originally reported by the New York Times, shows a stark contrast between the effects that two former military psychologists believed "enhanced interrogation" had on post-9/11 detainees, and the reality.

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.

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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