(Photo by Jose Mariscal-Cruz)

‘UndocuGraduation’ celebrates immigrant students who beat the odds

Undocumented students who graduated from Washington colleges, universities and high schools celebrated at a special UndocuGraduation ceremony last weekend.
Jun 28, 2016
An oil train passing through Portland. (Photo from Flickr by Sam Beebe)

Jobs from oil train terminals? Three Northwest car guys know better

Big oil has set its sights on Vancouver, WA as the terminus of a rail route to transport millions of gallons of crude for export. Three car dealers say "no way!"
Apr 7, 2016
The Spokane Interfaith Council started a GoFundMe to help pay the damages at the Sikh Temple of Spokane. (Screenshot of GoFundMe.)

Spokane Sikh temple vandalized; man faces hate crime charge

According to deputies, the man said he came to the mistaken conclusion that the Sikh temple was a mosque connected to ISIS.
Mar 3, 2016
Weseem Shoulub, 7, resting in the Palestine Children's Relief Fund office in Gaza last year. Shoulub underwent surgery to amputate both legs at Spokane Shriners Hospital on October 7th. (Photo courtesy PCRF)

Young visitor from Gaza underscores lack of medical access in Palestine

7-year-old Weseem Shoulub is in Washington this month for a surgery he can't get near his home in Gaza.
Oct 22, 2015
Zainab Haji (left) gives cookies to Kent Chadwick, who turned out in support of the Islamic Center of Kitsap County. Despite plans for an anti-Islam rally the Bremerton mosque, no protestors actually showed Saturday. (Photo courtesy CAIR-WA)

A hate group called for protests at local mosques. Guess who showed up?

They expected armed anti-Islam protestors. What they got was a group of neighbors who turned out to show support for religious freedom.
Oct 14, 2015
Rachel Dolezal resigned as President of the Spokane NAACP after it was revealed that she'd misrepresented her race for years.

How Rachel Dolezal’s lies hurt black people

For Rachel Dolezal, appropriating a black identity was easier than putting in real work as a white ally.
Jun 15, 2015
Rachel Dolezal interviewed by Al-Jazeera America on spokane police accountability. Photo by Spokane NAACP via Facebook.

Spokane NAACP president questioned on her racial identity

Rachel Dolezal, the president of the Spokane NAACP, has claimed she is part black, but her parents say she has been misleading the public about her race.
Jun 12, 2015
A North Korean army (or is it Chinese?)  invades Spokane in the remake of Red Dawn, opening this weekend. (Photo by Sarah Stuteville)

North Koreans invade Spokane, xenophobia invades box office

A sunny morning in Spokane — shaggy green lawns, puffy clouds and compact SUVs parked outside of 100-year-old houses. Then a boom, a rattling snow globe featuring the Space Needle and the blue sky fills with white parachutes. The North Koreans have just invaded Washington state. To children of the ’80s this might sound vaguely […]
Nov 23, 2012