Spokane http://www.kplu.org en Spokane Selects First Charter School, More Schools To Follow In Western Washington http://www.kplu.org/post/spokane-selects-first-charter-school-more-schools-follow-western-washington <p>The first charter school in Washington state will open in Spokane next year.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Pride Prep was chosen from a pool of three applicants by the board of Spokane Public Schools on Wednesday. Brenda McDonald, a former middle school principal, will run the school for sixth&nbsp;through&nbsp;</span>12<sup>th</sup><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;graders. The school will focus on math and science, and have both a longer school day —&nbsp;eight hours instead of six — as well as a longer school year.</span></p><p> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 22:36:06 +0000 Florangela Davila 12834 at http://www.kplu.org Spokane Selects First Charter School, More Schools To Follow In Western Washington Hoopfest weekend attracted thousands of players to Spokane http://www.kplu.org/post/hoopfest-weekend-attracted-thousands-players-spokane <p>Kids, coeds and pros. This past weekend more than 250,000 people turned out to the city of Spokane for the twenty-third annual Hoopfest weekend.</p><p>More than 7,000 teams took to 458 courts stretching across 42 blocks in downtown Spokane.</p><blockquote><p>&quot;We had to turn away over 200 teams,&quot; said Hoopfest Chairman Terry Kelly. &quot;The demand continues to grow each year and the numbers reflect that.&quot;</p></blockquote><p> Tue, 03 Jul 2012 00:50:13 +0000 Evan Hoover 5472 at http://www.kplu.org Hoopfest weekend attracted thousands of players to Spokane Swinging sisters: The Madrigal girls are tops in NW boxing http://www.kplu.org/post/aiming-olympic-gold-madrigal-sisters-are-tops-nw-boxing <p><em>&quot;To challenge yourself, you have to fight someone who actually knows how to fight.&rdquo; </em></p><p>Up until the last few decades it was considered indecent for women to box. This year, women&rsquo;s boxing will make its Olympic debut in the Summer Games of London.</p><p>The contenders for the first-ever U.S. Olympic women&#39;s boxing team face off in Spokane. It&#39;s a big development on the international stage. But the face of boxing has already been changing in small clubs across the Northwest.</p><p>Enter the Madrigal sisters.</p><p> Thu, 09 Feb 2012 17:44:09 +0000 Jessica Robinson 4103 at http://www.kplu.org Swinging sisters: The Madrigal girls are tops in NW boxing More than Bing Crosby: Spokane's punk rock scene exposed in film http://www.kplu.org/post/more-bing-crosby-spokanes-punk-rock-scene-exposed-film <p><em>&quot;I wonder what Bing (Crosby) would think about this film. He was a pretty hep cat so he might dig it.&quot;</em></p><p>Thirty years ago, Spokane was home to a small, passionate group of punk rockers. Artist David Halsell was part of that scene. (Studded leather jacket. Mohawk. Member of a band that threw up on people).</p><p>Now he and several other ex-punk rockers have made a documentary based on interviews with 30 musicians about that alternative music scene in their hometown.</p><p> Sun, 08 Jan 2012 16:55:03 +0000 Florangela Davila 3630 at http://www.kplu.org More than Bing Crosby: Spokane's punk rock scene exposed in film City of Spokane gives a gift instead of parking tickets http://www.kplu.org/post/city-spokane-gives-gift-instead-parking-tickets <p>SPOKANE, Wash. &ndash; The City of Spokane parking enforcement will give out special tickets this year, but it&rsquo;s not what you think.</p><p>It&rsquo;s a courtesy parking ticket issued by the city of Spokane in conjunction with Downtown Spokane Business Improvement District. The ticket gives extra time instead of a citation, and encourages the owner to move their vehicle.</p><p> Wed, 21 Dec 2011 17:18:34 +0000 The Associated Press 3517 at http://www.kplu.org Diamond ring dropped in Spokane Salvation Army kettle http://www.kplu.org/post/diamond-ring-dropped-spokane-salvation-army-kettle <p>SPOKANE, Wash. &mdash; An anonymous donor dropped a diamond ring wrapped in a dollar bill in a Salvation Army red kettle in the Spokane area.</p><p> Tue, 06 Dec 2011 17:57:18 +0000 The Associated Press 3372 at http://www.kplu.org Diamond ring dropped in Spokane Salvation Army kettle Erratic driver flees, killed in log truck crash http://www.kplu.org/post/erratic-driver-flees-killed-log-truck-crash <p>An erratic driver who sped away from Spokane County, Wash., deputies even after a tire was flattened by a spike strip finally collided with a loaded log truck and was killed.</p><p> Tue, 21 Jun 2011 02:03:02 +0000 The Associated Press 1915 at http://www.kplu.org Radiation and climate change drive Marshall Islanders to Northwest enclave http://www.kplu.org/post/radiation-and-climate-change-drive-marshall-islanders-northwest-enclave <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-960537.mp3</p><p>Most schools are used to working with children whose native language isn&#39;t English. In most of the Northwest and the nation, that means Spanish.</p><p>But in Spokane, immigrants from a remote set of South Pacific islands have sent schools scrambling to find translators for a language most of us have never heard of. It&#39;s called Marshallese. Turns out,&nbsp; people from the Marshall Islands are leaving their tropical home for the Northwest in large numbers.</p><p> Wed, 30 Mar 2011 20:35:49 +0000 Jessica Robinson 1104 at http://www.kplu.org Radiation and climate change drive Marshall Islanders to Northwest enclave Spokane backpack bomb suspect plea: not guilty http://www.kplu.org/post/spokane-backpack-bomb-suspect-plea-not-guilty <p>The Colville man accused of planting a bomb along Spokane&rsquo;s Martin Luther King Day parade route pleaded not guilty today.</p><p>It was Kevin Harpham&rsquo;s second appearance in federal court. The 36 year old wore a tan Spokane County Jail uniform and ankle shackles. His plea means the case is now headed to trial. Thu, 24 Mar 2011 00:44:09 +0000 Jessica Robinson & KPLU News Staff 1063 at http://www.kplu.org Spokane backpack bomb suspect plea: not guilty Grand jury issues indictment in Spokane bomb case http://www.kplu.org/post/grand-jury-issues-indictment-spokane-bomb-case <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-959070.mp3</p><p>The man charged with planting a bomb along the route of Spokane&#39;s Martin Luther King Day parade will appear in federal court today.</p><p> Wed, 23 Mar 2011 10:14:06 +0000 Jessica Robinson & KPLU News Staff 1055 at http://www.kplu.org Suspect in bomb case expressed Neo-Nazi views as “Joe Snuffy” http://www.kplu.org/post/suspect-bomb-case-expressed-neo-nazi-views-%E2%80%9Cjoe-snuffy%E2%80%9D <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-957106.mp3</p><p>This week Northeast Washington learned one of its residents is suspected of being a Neo-Nazi terrorist. The FBI arrested 36-year-old Kevin Harpham for allegedly planting a bomb in a backpack along the route of Spokane&#39;s Martin Luther King Day Parade. Harpham is now being held at the Spokane County Jail.</p><p> Fri, 11 Mar 2011 16:11:45 +0000 Jessica Robinson & KPLU News Staff 980 at http://www.kplu.org FBI arrests man with Neo-Nazi ties in Spokane bomb case http://www.kplu.org/post/fbi-arrests-man-neo-nazi-ties-spokane-bomb-case <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-956882.mp3</p><p>The FBI has arrested a man with Neo-Nazi ties in connection with the attempted bombing on Martin Luther King Day in Spokane. Agents arrested the man in rural Stevens County.</p><p> Thu, 10 Mar 2011 15:57:26 +0000 Jessica Robinson & KPLU News Staff 966 at http://www.kplu.org FBI arrests man with Neo-Nazi ties in Spokane bomb case Does political incivility go hand-in-hand with change? http://www.kplu.org/post/does-political-incivility-go-hand-hand-change <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-955859.mp3</p><p>A <a href="http://foley.wsu.edu/civility">national conference in Spokane</a> focuses on something a lot of people fear is dying out: civility in American politics. Many see the January shooting in Tuscon as just one sign that the nation&#39;s civic discourse has been replaced with mudslinging, threats, and even violence.</p><p>Spokane itself was shaken by backpack bomb discovered along the route of a Martin Luther King Day parade.</p><p>But consider this: Incivility can sometimes play a positive role in democracy, at least according to some experts.</p><p> Fri, 04 Mar 2011 17:01:23 +0000 Jessica Robinson & KPLU News Staff 930 at http://www.kplu.org Does political incivility go hand-in-hand with change? Spokane backpack bomb 'unusually sophisticated' http://www.kplu.org/post/spokane-backpack-bomb-unusually-sophisticated <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-946441.mp3</p><p>The FBI says a backpack bomb found along the Martin Luther King Day parade route in Spokane could have hurt many people. A bomb disposal unit safely defused the device Monday. Now the federal government has enlisted a joint terrorism task force to track down the would-be bomber.</p><p> Wed, 19 Jan 2011 15:25:30 +0000 Tom Banse & KPLU News Staff 557 at http://www.kplu.org Spokane backpack bomb 'unusually sophisticated' Festival preserves legacy of Washington native Bing Crosby http://www.kplu.org/post/festival-preserves-legacy-washington-native-bing-crosby <p>There are certain songs and films that are so ubiquitous they just scream the holidays are here. Some feature a legendary Washington native, Bing Crosby. The Christmases he used to know were in Spokane. This weekend the city hosts the Bing Crosby Film Festival, featuring “White Christmas” and “Road to Morocco.” But an equally strong draw is the promise of long-lost footage showing other dimensions of the Hollywood star.</p><p> Fri, 10 Dec 2010 15:10:14 +0000 Tom Banse 335 at http://www.kplu.org Festival preserves legacy of Washington native Bing Crosby