Spokane

Charter Schools
2:36 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Spokane Selects First Charter School, More Schools To Follow In Western Washington

cdsessums Flickr

The first charter school in Washington state will open in Spokane next year. 

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 through 12th graders. The school will focus on math and science, and have both a longer school day — eight hours instead of six — as well as a longer school year.

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Sports
5:50 pm
Mon July 2, 2012

Hoopfest weekend attracted thousands of players to Spokane

Men's 6-foot-and-over elite division teams playing on the Nike Center Court.
Evan Hoover

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.

More than 7,000 teams took to 458 courts stretching across 42 blocks in downtown Spokane.

"We had to turn away over 200 teams," said Hoopfest Chairman Terry Kelly. "The demand continues to grow each year and the numbers reflect that."

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Olympic Sports
9:44 am
Thu February 9, 2012

Swinging sisters: The Madrigal girls are tops in NW boxing

Maira Madrigal, 24, of Wenatchee is one of the Northwest’s top amateur female boxers.
Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

"To challenge yourself, you have to fight someone who actually knows how to fight.”

Up until the last few decades it was considered indecent for women to box. This year, women’s boxing will make its Olympic debut in the Summer Games of London.

The contenders for the first-ever U.S. Olympic women's boxing team face off in Spokane. It's a big development on the international stage. But the face of boxing has already been changing in small clubs across the Northwest.

Enter the Madrigal sisters.

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Artscape
8:55 am
Sun January 8, 2012

More than Bing Crosby: Spokane's punk rock scene exposed in film

"I wonder what Bing (Crosby) would think about this film. He was a pretty hep cat so he might dig it."

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).

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.

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parking matters
9:18 am
Wed December 21, 2011

City of Spokane gives a gift instead of parking tickets

SPOKANE, Wash. – The City of Spokane parking enforcement will give out special tickets this year, but it’s not what you think.

It’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.

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Holiday spirit
9:57 am
Tue December 6, 2011

Diamond ring dropped in Spokane Salvation Army kettle

Moved by the holiday spirit, someone put a $5,000 ring in a Salvation Army red kettle.
Evan P. Cordes Flickr

SPOKANE, Wash. — An anonymous donor dropped a diamond ring wrapped in a dollar bill in a Salvation Army red kettle in the Spokane area.

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Other News
7:03 pm
Mon June 20, 2011

Erratic driver flees, killed in log truck crash

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.

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Northwest Cultures
1:35 pm
Wed March 30, 2011

Radiation and climate change drive Marshall Islanders to Northwest enclave

Most schools are used to working with children whose native language isn't English. In most of the Northwest and the nation, that means Spanish.

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's called Marshallese. Turns out,  people from the Marshall Islands are leaving their tropical home for the Northwest in large numbers.

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Law & Justice
5:44 pm
Wed March 23, 2011

Spokane backpack bomb suspect plea: not guilty

FBI evidence photo of backpack found on a downtown Spokane street corner bench.
FBI

The Colville man accused of planting a bomb along Spokane’s Martin Luther King Day parade route pleaded not guilty today.

It was Kevin Harpham’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.

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Backpack Bomb
3:14 am
Wed March 23, 2011

Grand jury issues indictment in Spokane bomb case

The man charged with planting a bomb along the route of Spokane's Martin Luther King Day parade will appear in federal court today.

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Spokane Backpack Bomb
8:11 am
Fri March 11, 2011

Suspect in bomb case expressed Neo-Nazi views as “Joe Snuffy”

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's Martin Luther King Day Parade. Harpham is now being held at the Spokane County Jail.

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Law & Justice
7:57 am
Thu March 10, 2011

FBI arrests man with Neo-Nazi ties in Spokane bomb case

FBI evidence photo of backpack found on a downtown Spokane street corner bench
FBI

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.

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Civility in Politics
9:01 am
Fri March 4, 2011

Does political incivility go hand-in-hand with change?

Richard Butler lead the Aryan Nations from a 20-acre compound in North Idaho and was considered a major leader in the U.S. Neo-Nazi movement until his death in 2004.
Southern Poverty Law Center

A national conference in Spokane 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's civic discourse has been replaced with mudslinging, threats, and even violence.

Spokane itself was shaken by backpack bomb discovered along the route of a Martin Luther King Day parade.

But consider this: Incivility can sometimes play a positive role in democracy, at least according to some experts.

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MLK Parade Scare
7:25 am
Wed January 19, 2011

Spokane backpack bomb 'unusually sophisticated'

"FBI evidence photo of backpack found on a downtown Spokane street corner bench
FBI

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.

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Arts & Culture
7:10 am
Fri December 10, 2010

Festival preserves legacy of Washington native Bing Crosby

Tacoma-born Bing Crosby was raised in Spokane. Crosby was the state's most famous export for decades. He's pictured here in a 1958 recording session.
AP

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.

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