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December 7, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Spokane filed for bankruptcy protection, saying it did not have the money to cover lawsuits alleging sexual abuse by clergy. Spokane is the third Catholic diocese to file for bankruptcy in the nationwide scandal involving sexual abuse by priests. Portland, Ore., and Tucson are the other two.
William H. Cowles III, president and publisher of the two Spokane daily newspapers, died after suffering a heart attack while jogging near his home. Cowles, 60, was publisher of the Spokane Chronicle and Spokesman-Review. He was taken to Spokane's Sacred Heart Medical Center where he was pronounced dead after being stricken on Saturday.
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.
February 13, 1985 | United Press International
Kevin Coe, the accused "South Hill Rapist" believed responsible for more than 40 rapes in Spokane, was convicted Tuesday of three assaults, but the jury failed to reach a verdict in a fourth case. Coe, 38, alternately described as the victim of mistaken identity and a "crafty" tactician who meticulously planned his vicious attacks, showed little emotion as the verdict was announced after 37 hours of jury deliberation. Coe faces a maximum sentence of 20 years to life on each of the three counts.
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.
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.
November 20, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
A private investigator hired by the Spokane City Council says Mayor Jim West, who is facing a recall election over a sex scandal, violated the city's Internet policy and state law. In an 18-page report, Mark Busto concluded that the mayor broke state law by offering a position on the city's Human Rights Commission to a young man he pursued for a sexual relationship. The mayor has denied any wrongdoing and has not been charged with a crime.
April 30, 1996 | From Associated Press
A shrapnel-filled pipe bomb exploded in a doorway of City Hall early Monday, hurling 3-inch nails more than a block away into a park. It was the Spokane Valley's third bombing in less than a month. The building was unoccupied and no one was injured in the 3 a.m. blast, officials said. Heavy oak doors deflected the force of the explosion.
July 25, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Investigators suspect someone started an enormous fire at a fuel distribution center that destroyed buildings and sent thousands of gallons of petroleum products into storm sewers and the Spokane River, the fire chief said Tuesday. A day after the blaze rocked Whitley Fuel with several explosions and damaged surrounding businesses and vehicles with its intense flames, the state Department of Ecology tried to assess the contamination.
Maureen Davidson, executive director of the Ventura Arts Council through three years of growth and occasional controversy, has resigned to take a job out of state. Davidson, whose last day of work will be June 15, said she will start July 1 as director of the Spokane Art School in Washington state. But the changing nature of her job here, she said, also played a role in her decision. "Before, it was a fairly freewheeling 'Hey, kids, let's put on a show' kind of attitude," she said.
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