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June 14, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
A recall petition against Mayor James E. West over a homosexual sex scandal can proceed to the signature-gathering phase, a judge ruled in Spokane. Superior Court Judge Craig J. Matheson threw out two of the allegations made against West by Shannon Sullivan, a Spokane resident, but said the allegation that West improperly offered city jobs to prospective male dates could be put before voters.
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April 19, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Victims of clergy sexual abuse and parishes that will pay part of the costs have voted to approve a $48-million settlement, setting the stage for the Spokane Catholic Diocese to emerge from bankruptcy. In documents filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court, 161 people who filed abuse claims, individual parishes and other creditors voted to accept payments outlined in a court-mediated settlement. The settlement would pay individual victims $15,000 to $1.
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April 19, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Victims of clergy sexual abuse and parishes that will pay part of the costs have voted to approve a $48-million settlement, setting the stage for the Spokane Catholic Diocese to emerge from bankruptcy. In documents filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court, 161 people who filed abuse claims, individual parishes and other creditors voted to accept payments outlined in a court-mediated settlement. The settlement would pay individual victims $15,000 to $1.
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January 4, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Dennis P. Hession was sworn in as Spokane mayor, replacing former Mayor James E. West, who was recalled last month after a City Hall sex scandal. In remarks during a 10-minute ceremony in City Council chambers, Hession, 55, pledged "to be bold and creative" in moving beyond the circumstances of the last seven months. "It's not the situation that defines us ... but how we respond to it," Hession said of the scandal that brought him to office.
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May 13, 2005 | From Associated Press
The state of Washington will defer to the FBI in an initial investigation of Mayor James E. West, who has been accused of using his office to seek sexual favors from men, the attorney general said Thursday. Atty. Gen. Rob McKenna said the state would prefer to wait for the outcome of a preliminary FBI investigation into whether any crimes had occurred.
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November 1, 2004 | From Times Wire Services
If attorneys for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Spokane do not reach a settlement with dozens of alleged victims of clergy sex abuse, the diocese may be forced to declare bankruptcy, Bishop William Skylstad said. Skylstad issued the warning in a letter sent to parishioners in preparation for settlement talks this week with 28 alleged victims of a former priest who has admitted sexually abusing boys.
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May 6, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
The Spokesman-Review newspaper ran interviews with two men who alleged that Spokane Mayor James E. West, a Republican foe of gay rights, molested them when they were young. West, 54, denied the allegations, but acknowledged he "had relations with adult men." No criminal investigations are underway, according to the sheriff and police departments, which said the statute of limitations for any charges had run out. West said he was not gay.
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February 14, 1998 | From Associated Press
An hour after 200 people prayed and dropped rose petals from a bridge to remember five women apparently slain by a serial killer, police said there is a sixth victim. All six victims may have been involved in drugs, prostitution or both, said police Capt. Chuck Bown, a commander of a city-county task force investigating the killings. The women all died of gunshot wounds, and their bodies were found in rural areas, Bown said Thursday. Authorities would not say whether there are suspects.
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October 8, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
Spokane Mayor Jim West, embroiled in a City Hall sex scandal, will face a recall election Dec. 6 now that opponents have gathered enough signatures to put his fate on the ballot. Elections Supervisor Paul Brandt said that workers stopped counting after verifying 12,684 signatures, 117 more than needed for a recall election. West, 55, is accused of misusing his office by seeking dates from young men over a website and offering them gifts, trips and jobs at City Hall.
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January 4, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Dennis P. Hession was sworn in as Spokane mayor, replacing former Mayor James E. West, who was recalled last month after a City Hall sex scandal. In remarks during a 10-minute ceremony in City Council chambers, Hession, 55, pledged "to be bold and creative" in moving beyond the circumstances of the last seven months. "It's not the situation that defines us ... but how we respond to it," Hession said of the scandal that brought him to office.
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October 8, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
Spokane Mayor Jim West, embroiled in a City Hall sex scandal, will face a recall election Dec. 6 now that opponents have gathered enough signatures to put his fate on the ballot. Elections Supervisor Paul Brandt said that workers stopped counting after verifying 12,684 signatures, 117 more than needed for a recall election. West, 55, is accused of misusing his office by seeking dates from young men over a website and offering them gifts, trips and jobs at City Hall.
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June 14, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
A recall petition against Mayor James E. West over a homosexual sex scandal can proceed to the signature-gathering phase, a judge ruled in Spokane. Superior Court Judge Craig J. Matheson threw out two of the allegations made against West by Shannon Sullivan, a Spokane resident, but said the allegation that West improperly offered city jobs to prospective male dates could be put before voters.
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May 13, 2005 | From Associated Press
The state of Washington will defer to the FBI in an initial investigation of Mayor James E. West, who has been accused of using his office to seek sexual favors from men, the attorney general said Thursday. Atty. Gen. Rob McKenna said the state would prefer to wait for the outcome of a preliminary FBI investigation into whether any crimes had occurred.
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May 6, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
The Spokesman-Review newspaper ran interviews with two men who alleged that Spokane Mayor James E. West, a Republican foe of gay rights, molested them when they were young. West, 54, denied the allegations, but acknowledged he "had relations with adult men." No criminal investigations are underway, according to the sheriff and police departments, which said the statute of limitations for any charges had run out. West said he was not gay.
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November 1, 2004 | From Times Wire Services
If attorneys for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Spokane do not reach a settlement with dozens of alleged victims of clergy sex abuse, the diocese may be forced to declare bankruptcy, Bishop William Skylstad said. Skylstad issued the warning in a letter sent to parishioners in preparation for settlement talks this week with 28 alleged victims of a former priest who has admitted sexually abusing boys.
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June 26, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
A rare series of earthquakes jolted the eastern Washington city of Spokane, breaking some dishes but causing no serious damage or injuries. That quake had a magnitude of 3.4 and was centered about two miles southwest of Spokane, said Waverly Person of the National Earthquake Information Center in Golden, Colo. A second quake with a magnitude of 2.8 was reported about six miles northwest of the city about 8:01 a.m. A third quake with a magnitude of about 2.
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June 26, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
A rare series of earthquakes jolted the eastern Washington city of Spokane, breaking some dishes but causing no serious damage or injuries. That quake had a magnitude of 3.4 and was centered about two miles southwest of Spokane, said Waverly Person of the National Earthquake Information Center in Golden, Colo. A second quake with a magnitude of 2.8 was reported about six miles northwest of the city about 8:01 a.m. A third quake with a magnitude of about 2.
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August 29, 2004 | Ronald Brownstein, Times Staff Writer
Where do President Bush and Sen. John Kerry think November's presidential election will be decided? The best hint is to follow the money. A look at the 20 media markets where each campaign has run the most television ads from March 3 through Wednesday shows that the targets for the two sides overlap substantially. But the data, provided to The Times by the nonpartisan TNSMI/Campaign Media Analysis Group, also reveal intriguing divergences in strategy.
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February 14, 1998 | From Associated Press
An hour after 200 people prayed and dropped rose petals from a bridge to remember five women apparently slain by a serial killer, police said there is a sixth victim. All six victims may have been involved in drugs, prostitution or both, said police Capt. Chuck Bown, a commander of a city-county task force investigating the killings. The women all died of gunshot wounds, and their bodies were found in rural areas, Bown said Thursday. Authorities would not say whether there are suspects.
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