'Critical for our students in Spokane': Bank of America provides $100,000 grant to Washington STEM

<p><p>Statewide nonprofit Washington STEM announced Tuesday that it received a $100,000 grant from Bank of America to increase access to science, technology, engineering and math skills and pathways to postsecondary credentials for students in the Spokane region and across Washington state.</p></p><p><p>Washington students need STEM access to give them the skills they need to succeed, a…Continue Reading

Driver reportedly hits pedestrian north of Coeur d'Alene, flees

<p><p>The driver of a vehicle struck a pedestrian and then fled late Tuesday afternoon in Hayden, according to the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office.</p></p><p><p>The sheriff’s office received the report around 4:20 p.m. and responded to Ramsey and Tugboat roads. The victim was treated at the scene and taken to Kootenai Health in Coeur d’Alene for non-life-threatening…Continue Reading

No testimony from Aguirre as both sides rest cases in former officer's murder trial; store clerk, suspect's sister take stand

<p><p>The former Pasco police officer accused of a 1986 murder didn’t testify at his trial as the defense and prosecution rested their cases Tuesday. </p></p><p><p>Richard Aguirre, 57, is accused of murdering Ruby Doss, 27, who was <a href=”https://www.spokesman.com/stories/2021/nov/30/attorneys-give-opening-statements-in-cold-case-mur” target=”_blank”>found beaten and strangled</a> near Playfair Race Course on Jan. 30, 1986. Doss was a sex worker,…Continue Reading

Major outage hits Amazon Web Services; many sites affected

<p><p>Amazon Web Services suffered a major outage Tuesday, the company said, disrupting access to many popular sites.</p></p><p><p>The company provides cloud computing services to many governments, universities and companies, including the Associated Press.</p></p><p><p>Amazon said in a post an hour after the outage began that it had identified the root cause and was “actively working towards recovery.”…Continue Reading

Starbucks bid to halt union vote count is rejected by labor board

<p><p>Bloomberg</p></p><p><p>The National Labor Relations Board rejected Starbucks Corp.’s bid to quash the counting of unionization ballots from three of its upstate New York restaurants, paving the way for a Thursday vote count that could create the first labor foothold among the coffee chain’s thousands of corporate-run U.S. locations.</p></p><p><p>“We just want a voice in our workplace…Continue Reading

Washington State quarterback Jayden de Laura earns offensive freshman of the year, three Cougars pull in first-team honors from Pac-12

<p><p>Washington State’s football team received three first-team all-conference postseason honors Tuesday, plus an award for quarterback Jayden de Laura as the Pac-12’s offensive freshman of the year.</p></p><p><p>NFL-bound right tackle Abraham Lucas, edge rusher Ron Stone Jr. and Dean Janikowski, a first-year starter at place-kicker, raked in first-team accolades for the Cougars.</p></p><p><p>A WSU player had never…Continue Reading

'Absolute last resort': Spokane City Council approves $3.4 million to cover unanticipated firefighter overtime

<p><p>The Spokane City Council begrudgingly pulled $3.4 million from city reserves to compensate for the Fire Department’s massive use of overtime pay this year. </p></p><p><p>The city has pledged to conduct a review of its sick leave usage after overtime pay surged this year, exacerbating <a href=”https://www.spokesman.com/stories/2021/nov/25/spokane-fire-department-budget-soars-5-million-pas” target=”_blank”>an issue members of the City Council have been…Continue Reading

Denver-based private capital firm KSL Partners buys Davenport Hotels

<p><p>After restoring The Historic Davenport Hotel in Spokane’s downtown and building a brand of luxury hotels in its wake, developers and hoteliers Walt and Karen Worthy announced Tuesday the sale of their five properties.</p></p><p><p>Colorado-based KSL Capital Partners bought the 1914 landmark and the Worthys’ other four properties, comprising more than 1,700 guest rooms in the…Continue Reading

Seattle socialist politician faces tight race in recall push

<p><p>SEATTLE – Preliminary results Tuesday showed Seattle voters narrowly in favor of recalling socialist City Councilmember Kshama Sawant, a firebrand who pushed the city to adopt a $15 minimum wage, raged against hometown tech giant Amazon for its business practices and angered many with her aggressive political tactics.</p></p><p><p>But the election is being conducted by a…Continue Reading