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City closures planned for the holidays

City closures planned for the holidays

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Mail theft rising as Christmas gets closer

Mail theft rising as Christmas gets closer

Tis the season for your mail to get stolen. The Spokane County Sheriff's Office says reports of mail theft has spiked across Spokane County in the last month.

If you drive around, you'll likely find a trusting neighbor with a package on the front porch. Everyone is getting their last-minute shipments and deliveries ahead of Christmas.

Amy Chase is one of those trusting people. She put four presents ready to be delivered on the porch of her South Hill home. She was on the phone with a friend Monday night in a front room and saw an unmarked car pull up to her home. She thought maybe the United States Postal Service does that this time of year. After all, it is busy. But she wasn't correct.

"One [man] ran up to the front porch, grabbed all four of the packages that I had ready to go out, we were shipping to friends and family all over the country and they took my packages and threw them in the back of the car and sped off," Chase said.

It happened so fast she didn't have time to react.

"I thought maybe I should go after them but I'm eight and a half months pregnant and that would be a bad idea," Chase laughed.

Do you feel lucky?

Do you feel lucky?

The Mega Millions jackpot is at an astonishing $636 million and is what's on the mind of a lot of people Tuesday, many of whom would think twice about coming in to work Wednesday if they had the winning ticket.

"I would buy a whole bunch of new shoes," Robyn Nance said.

"I know exactly what I would get. I would get a monster truck," Mark Peterson said.

"Totally, I want naming privileges for Martin Stadium at WSU. It would be the Derek Deis Stadium ... and my wife has always wanted to buy Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch," Derek Deis.

Back to life, back to reality, at the Holiday Gas Station on North Division, manager Sharon Coggeshell was busy to say the least.

"Insane. We have been selling Mega Millions tickets since I walked in the door," she said.

How insane? In only a few hours time Tuesday morning the jackpot increased by $50 million.

"I don't think that the normal people who have never had a lot of money really understand the fathom of what that money will do for them," Coggeshell said.

So what would she do if she bought a ticket and won?

IMAX offering free holiday film festival

IMAX offering free holiday film festival

In just three days Spokane students will be on winter break and Riverfront Park has just the thing to help keep your kiddos occupied. The IMAX theater is holding a free holiday film festival starting on Saturday, December 21st.


From December 21st to December 29th, the IMAX theater will show four different Christmas movies back to back. Admission is free, but movie-goers are encouraged to bring a nonperishable food donation for Second Harvest Food Bank. Movies will not be shown on Christmas Day.

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NC student receives Spokane Human Rights Award

From Spokane Public Schools:

 

North Central teacher Paula Korus nominated seniors Austin Johnson and Purnima Karki for the inaugural Spokane Human Rights Award, with Karki ultimately receiving the honor.
 

Spokane council expands sidewalk sit-lie ordinance

Spokane council expands sidewalk sit-lie ordinance

The Spokane City Council passed an ordinance Monday night that expands the law that makes it illegal to sit or lie on downtown sidewalks during business hours.

The Spokesman-Review reports the vote followed nearly two hours of public testimony.

Opponents say it makes homelessness a crime.

Supporters say the sit-lie ban will create a friendlier downtown environment and officers have discretion to direct the homeless to shelters.

The ordinance expands the time people may not sit or lie on sidewalks from 6 a.m. to midnight.

Decorate a virtual sweater for Toys for Tots

Decorate a virtual sweater for Toys for Tots

Avista has a fun and easy way for you to give back this holiday season. For every virtual Christmas sweater designed on their website, Avista will donate $1 to Toys for Tots up to $10,000.


So far 2,610 sweaters have been generated. The fun online craft only takes a few minutes to put together and can be as personal or goofy as you’d like. You can either upload your own photo or choose from fun characters like a snowman or bear. From there you pick your sweater and start decorating!