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Shawn Vestal
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Shawn Vestal shawnv@spokesman.com (509) 459-5431

Shawn Vestal joined The Spokesman-Review in 1999. He currently is a columnist for the City Desk.


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Sept. 19, 2018, 5 a.m.
In the pages and pages of records surrounding the Jason Gesser case, Jack Thompson’s comment was not the most significant, perhaps, nor is he the person most responsible for taking action, since he’s not a university employee. But it seemed to fit a pattern of a cover-up.

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July 22, 2018, 5 a.m.
In the annals of overhyped disappointments, the canyon fizzle holds a unique place. It had been touted for weeks in the newspapers, on television, on radio, in magazines. Evel Knievel sold the event as a celebrity-filled extravaganza. He had hired a legitimate space scientist to design a steam-powered rocket, the X-2 Skycycle.

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Oct. 6, 2015, 12:37 p.m.
Hap Klopp was riding in a Copenhagen taxi last year when he spotted a familiar design on the shoulder of the driver’s jacket: the North Face logo.</p><p>“I was thinking, ‘I don’t remember getting involved with the design of gear for taxicab drivers,” Klopp said. “ ‘This is getting a little far afield.’ ”</p><p>The North Face – which sold $12 billion worth of backpacks, tents and puffy coats last year – has definitely flown far from the gear-and-granola days when Klopp started it in a storefront on Telegraph Avenue in Berkeley, California.

News >  Spokane
Aug. 21, 2009, midnight
Scores of Spokane Shock fans will descend on Las Vegas this weekend for the equivalent of arenafootball2’s Super Bowl. But for one Shock fan, just being able to watch the game from his hospital bed could be thrilling enough. Henry Wozow, 68, is emerging from a coma of several weeks, and several players – who have formed relationships with him and his family – hope they can help boost his recovery with a win Saturday.