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Justices deciding fate of Backpage.com lawsuit

OLYMPIA — A website sometimes used by pimps to advertise prostitutes shouldn’t be able to claim immunity from state sex-trafficking laws because it doesn’t write the ads, an attorney for three teenage victims of sex trafficking told the state Supreme Court on Tuesday.

Pulitzer Prize poet Carolyn Kizer dies

Spokane native Carolyn Kizer, who won a Pulitzer Prize for poetry, died Thursday in Sonoma, California. She was 89. Kizer, who won the prize for her collection titled “Yin” in 1985, was known for lengthy poems and for the often biting tone in her work.

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Small landslide exposes graves at Spokane cemetery

Cemetery officials will take a closer look today at a small landslide that exposed several graves over the holiday weekend at Fairmount Memorial Park in Spokane. The slide on the northwest side of the cemetery carried one concrete vault containing a casket partly down a slope and exposed the ends of several other vaults, said Denny York, president and CEO of Fairmount Holdings Inc., a division of the nonprofit Fairmount Memorial Association that owns the cemetery.