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Home badly damaged in northwest Spokane fire

Fire crews are investigating a house fire Wednesday morning in northwest Spokane.

Firefighters believe the fire started just after 7 a.m. in the back bedroom of the home located in the 1900 block of W Mansfield. 

Two adults, a teenager and one child who were in the home all made it out safely. 

Investigators are still not sure what caused the fire. 

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City of Spokane proposes new well design to ensure reliable and safe water

City of Spokane proposes new well design to ensure reliable and safe water

 

On Tuesday, the City of Spokane announced it  is pursuing the development of a new well site to improve efficiency and ensure reliable, safe drinking water for the City’s water customers into the future. The Washington State Department of Ecology approved the change application needed for the new well today.

 

The new well, which is proposed in the Emerson-Garfield area, would have a smaller impact on Spokane River flows and be located farther away from sources of potential contamination than other City well sites.

 

According to the City, the well isn’t needed to increase the amount of water Spokane is currently pumping, nor is the City seeking additional water rights.  In fact, over the last 20 years, the total amount of water pumped by the City has decreased, even while population and the total number of utility accounts has increased.

 

Whitworth's Bruner-Welch Chair to explore history of Christianity in free lecture on March 11

Whitworth's Bruner-Welch Chair to explore history of Christianity in free lecture on March 11

 

James R. Edwards, Whitworth University Professor of Theology, will present his final lecture as the Bruner-Welch Endowed Chair of Theology. Edwards’ lecture, “The First Christian Generation: From Jesus to the Church,”  will take place on Wednesday, March 11 at 7:00 p.m. in Weyerhaeuser Hall’s Robinson Teaching Theatre on campus. The lecture is free and open to the public.

 

Edwards’ lecture will explore the movement of the early church through both the changes and continuities exhibited in the first 75 years of Christian history after Christ’s death.



“I know few people who have developed the kind of intellectual root system as broad and deep as Jim Edwards,” says Jerry Sittser, Whitworth professor of theology and chair of the theology department. “He has written extensively on the gospels, but he has also invested so much time and energy into the early Christian period, driven by a curiosity to discover why and how the Christian movement transitioned so quickly and successfully from the Jewish culture of Palestine to the Greco-Roman culture of the Mediterranean world.”

 

Whitworth to host Vandana Asthana for Feb. 26 lecture on India's changing political landscape

Whitworth to host Vandana Asthana for Feb. 26 lecture on India's changing political landscape

 

Vandana Asthana, Eastern Washington University Professor of Government, will speak on "Modi's Rise and the Remaking of India" on Thursday, February 26th at 7:30 p.m. in the Robinson Teaching Theatre in Weyerhaeuser Hall at Whitworth University.

 

Asthana's lecture is the second of five in Whiworth's 57th annual Great Decisions Lecture Series. This series brings notable speakers to campus to address important socio-political issues taking place around the world. These lectures are free and open to the public.

 

“We are fortunate to be able to connect with Dr. Asthana to hear an Indian perspective on significant changes in the Indian political landscape,” said Patrick Van Inwegen, Whitworth associate professor of political science.

 

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Friends, family raise funds for injured teen

Friends and family of Alli McKernan gathered at Brews Bros North in Spokane on Saturday to raise funds for the injured teen's medical expenses.

"She's energetic, positive, always super silly, you've never seen her give up on anything," said Alli's friends.

Alli's not giving up now. McKernan was injured in a sledding accident at Priest Lake on New Year's Day. After being airlifted to Sacred Heart, she immediately had surgery on her spine.

After spending 13 days in the ICU, where she celebrated her 13th birthday, McKernan is now rehabilitating at Seattle Children Hospital.

"She's just working really hard everyday, and everyday she improves," said Michelle Widner, McKernan's aunt. "So we're expecting her to do amazing and be home really soon."

Saturday, $1 of every purple Alli-Gator sold, was donated to help with her medical expenses.

"I think that no matter what life throws at her, she's going to get through it and I think that everything that businesses like Brews Bros is doing is great," said some of Alli's friends.

Brews Bros North to host alliSTRONG fundraising event Saturday Feb. 21

Brews Bros North to host alliSTRONG fundraising event Saturday Feb. 21

 

Brews Bros North will hold a fund raising event on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The fund raiser is for Allison McKernan.

 

Alli is a 7th grader at Mountainside Middle school who was severely injured in a sledding accident on New Year's Day. She was airlifted to Sacred Heart Medical Center where she immediately underwent spinal surgery. Following the surgery, she spent 13 days in the ICU, and is spending the remainder of her recovery at the Seattle Children's Hospital.

 

To support Alli during her road to recovery, Brews Bros North will be donating $1 for every “Purple Alli-Gator” beverage sold on Saturday. The Purple Alli-gator is a huckleberry Italian Soda. Additionally, Brews Bros will make a matching donation of up to $500 for every “Allie-Gator” sold.

 

Yale professor to present Whitworth's 2015 Simpson-Duvall lecture

Yale professor to present Whitworth's 2015 Simpson-Duvall lecture

 

On Friday, Whitworth University announced Yale University Professor Kathryn Lofton will present the 2015 Simpson-Duvall lecture, "Do Not Tamper with Clues: What Goldman Sachs can Tell Us About Religion," on February 23 at 7:00 p.m. in Weyerhaeuser Hall's Robinson Teaching Theatre. This lecture is free and open to the public.

 

Lofton is a professor of religious studies, American studies, history and divinity, and is also chair of women's gender and sexuality studies at Yale. In addition, she is a historian of religion with a particular focus on the cultural and intellectual history of the United States.