Cutting the Crap

Cutting the Crap

China is cracking down on contaminated recyclables, which could mean big changes for the Pacific Northwest
Six days a week, truckloads of plastic bottles, cardboard, glass and newspaper run along an intricate set of conveyor belts and bins to be sorted at Waste Management's Spokane Materials and Recycling Technology (SMaRT) Center. Rubber wheels with teeth grab bottles and containers while pushing paper and flat cardboard up onto another belt.

The Price of Popularity

South Perry contemplates parking options; plus, helping homeless teens
THE PERRY PARKING PLIGHT The transformation of South Perry into a thriving businesses district has been one of the most celebrated successes of the city's Centers and Corridors plan, filled with beloved businesses like the Shop, Casper Fry and South Perry Pizza.

Darkness in Olympia

Will the Washington legislature ever be willing to play by the same public records rules as a city council or mayor's office?
Back in February, many months before the #MeToo movement started a wave of revelations about sexual harassment by powerful men, Northwest News Network public radio reporter Austin Jenkins tried to use public records law to force the legislature to show their dirty laundry. Inspired by reports of bad legislator behavior in states like Oklahoma and Tennessee, Jenkins made a public records request.

Of His Peers

Lawyers have been allowed to discriminate when choosing jurors. How Washington state is trying to change that
Antonio Cook is surrounded by faces that don't look like his. Of all the people in the courtroom — the judge, the prosecutor, potential jurors and his own attorney — only one, Juror No. 15, is black like him.

A Call in the Night

When sexual assault survivors need help during the worst of times, these volunteers are there
There's one night a week when Carol Ulland knows that if her phone rings, someone may be having the worst night of their life. She's there to help.

Dangling the Carrot

Scammers increasingly target seniors for their money, and there's little anyone can do to stop it
There was always a voice in the back of Jill's head telling her it wasn't real. No way did she win millions of dollars, the voice told her.

Who Owns the Internet?

Efforts to rollback "net neutrality"; plus, Spokane bans the box citywide
NOT NEUTRAL Come Dec. 14, the Federal Communications Commission could decide to let internet service providers speed up or slow down websites of their choosing, or charge internet users based on the sites they want to access.

Good Eats

Programs aim to make fruits and vegetables more accessible for low-income community members
Gabriel Robinson really likes tomatoes.

'Out of Compliance'

Washington Supreme Court says legislature's effort to fund education falls short; plus, highway honors Freeman High hero
GRADE: INCOMPLETE Last week, the Washington Supreme Court gave a progress report on the state legislature's latest attempt to AMPLY FUND EDUCATION.

Hungry Decisions

Second Harvest works to switch food banks in Eastern Washington and North Idaho to client choice
Just after 8 on a Tuesday morning, Loretta Kern starts pulling canned goods off a shelf and filling brown paper bags, which she places in a few grocery carts lined up along another aisle.

Taking Their Medicine

We know the best way to fight opioid addiction — so what's stopping us?
A collision with a logging truck, on a sunny December day in 1999, broke Mindy Harris' collarbone, lower back and three vertebrae in her neck.

'Where's Your Papers?'

Local attorneys are seeing immigration enforcement ramp up — especially around the Spokane Intermodal Center
Manel Perdomo struggles to stand from her seat on a Greyhound bus. A U.S. Border Patrol agent is waiting nearby.

Clearing the Field

Brown takes aim at McMorris Rodgers; plus, proposed tax abatement could spur growth in downtown Spokane
TAKING THE FIFTH It's difficult to undersell just how much of an underdog any Democrat will be going up against U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers.

The People Have Spoken

Results and analysis from last week's election
MOVE TOWARD MODERATION Ed Pace thought it would be a close race.

The Smell Test

After legalization, should the mere odor of marijuana be enough to kick a kid out of school?
In October, not long after she dropped her son off at Mary Walker High School, Sheila Goforth got a call. It was the school.

Mic Dropped

Stuckart gavels a city council meeting to an abrupt halt; plus, Eastern star QB arrested and Cathy's power vote


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