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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.
December 8, 2005 | From Associated Press
Even as he prepared to leave office after being recalled, Mayor James E. West sought Wednesday to burnish his legacy and shape the city's future. West told reporters he intended to stay involved in some fashion "in making sure this community moves forward" after his long political career ends and he leaves office Dec. 16. West, 54, was recalled from office Tuesday night by about a 2-1 margin on an abuse-of-office charge.
June 4, 2005 | From Associated Press
Mayor James E. West on Friday rebuffed new calls for his resignation, saying he would be willing to take a polygraph test to show he did not molest two boys decades ago. "This has been an embarrassing, humiliating and painful experience, but it does not distract me from doing my job -- from leading -- and it doesn't need to distract the city," West said at a news conference. State and local Republican Party leaders were the most recent voices to join a chorus calling for West's resignation.
December 15, 2002 | PETER H. KING
They came marching up Main Street behind a blue banner covered with the word "peace" in many languages. There were at most 150 of them, and the carols they sang as they shuffled through downtown often were drowned out by the din of passing traffic. The turnout was only about half what the march organizers had anticipated. They blamed the weather.
August 23, 2013 | By Rick Rojas and Matt Hamilton
SPOKANE, Wash. - When Glenn Longstorff's mind goes back to that room at the hospital a few nights ago, he hurts for his friend, the man people around here knew as Shorty. He thinks of the kid drafted to war at 18. The soldier shot in the leg on the beach at Okinawa, who never cared to say too much about it. The fixture around town - at the Sportsman Cafe & Lounge for coffee almost every morning, and at the Eagles Lodge on many nights. Delbert Belton, 88, was in his car outside the lodge watering hole Wednesday night, waiting for his girlfriend to meet him to shoot some pool, when he was robbed and beaten.
April 30, 1996 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A shrapnel-filled pipe bomb exploded in a doorway of City Hall in Spokane, Wash., 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, officials said. No one immediately claimed responsibility, and police found no notes or other written materials with the debris.
July 3, 1989 | From Times wire services
Great Western Financial Corp. of Beverly Hills said today that its Great Western Bank of Bellevue, Wash., signed a preliminary agreement under which it will sell its six Spokane retail banking branches to Washington Trust Bank of Spokane. Terms were not disclosed.
January 18, 2011 | By Abby Sewell, Los Angeles Times
A "potentially deadly" explosive device that could have caused severe casualties was found along the intended route of a Martin Luther King Day march in Spokane, Wash., half an hour before the event was to begin, the FBI said Tuesday. The annual Unity March was rerouted after city workers noticed a black Swiss Army backpack apparently abandoned on a bench about 9:25 a.m. Monday, said Frank Harrill, the supervisory senior resident agent in the FBI's Seattle division. The device inside "clearly would have had the potential to inflict multiple casualties, injury and death, to humans," Harrill said in an interview Tuesday.
February 17, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Federal officials said they had concluded a nine-month public corruption investigation of former Spokane Mayor James E. West without bringing criminal charges. The limited investigation found insufficient evidence that West had offered paid jobs or internships in exchange for sex to men he met online, said Mark Bartlett, an assistant U.S. attorney from Seattle who served as special prosecutor.
July 31, 1986 | United Press International
A former police undercover narcotics detective has filed a $2-million lawsuit against the city, contending that he became addicted to cocaine while on the job. Daniel Newlun, 35, filed the Superior Court suit this week, saying he was exposed to "dangerous substances" and provided with inadequate supervision and training after being assigned to the Spokane police vice unit in 1982.
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