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Local author publishes book to benefit Vanessa Behan

Local author publishes book to benefit Vanessa Behan

A local professor and author has found a way to combine his love of words with his love for the children at the Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery. Available this week, You've Made Your Bed Now Go Bounce On It, looks at the world of children while giving the proceeds back to the nursery that inspired it.

 

“I've long had a love affair with quotes,” said Gordon Jackson, a professor of journalism at Whitworth University. This is the seventh anthology of quotes that Jackson has complied, and this time, because the topic was close to his heart, he chose to self publish.

 

Five Spokane students semifinalists for National Merit Scholarship

Five Spokane students semifinalists for National Merit Scholarship

From Spokane Public Schools:

Five Spokane Public Schools students are among the roughly 16,000 Semifinalists in the 59th annual National Merit Scholarship Program announced today by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. Andrew Chuang attends Ferris High School; Caroline Cunningham, Ruxandra Ionescu and Christopher O’Donnell attend Lewis and Clark High School and Thomas Colvin attends North Central High School.

These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 8,000 National Merit Scholarships worth about $35 million that will be offered next spring.

Beep baseball brings pride to Spokane's blind community

Beep baseball brings pride to Spokane's blind community

It takes patience, timing and good form to make a solid connection to a ball with a bat. Now, imagine doing all of that blind, guided only by a beep being emitted from the ball as it comes toward you. On Saturday, Spokane Pride Beep Baseball will play their fist home game guided only by the sounds around them.

 

“It can be challenging, but it's all worth it,” said Spokane Pride coach Troy Leeberg. This is the second season for the city's only beep baseball team, and it's the first season that there's been another team close enough for them to play against. On Saturday, the team will face off against a new team out of Seattle for a double header.

 

Beep baseball looks and plays differently than the traditional game. The sport is a cross of baseball and softball that's been adapted so that the visually impaired can take part in America's favorite past time. The ball is slightly larger than a softball and is equipped with a speaker that signals the players to it's location with a loud, continuous beep.

Local hair dresser heads to New York fashion week

Local hair dresser heads to New York fashion week

Spokane Hair Dresser and Editorial Stylist, Douglas McCoy, dreamed of styling hair for just one show at New York Fashion week. Four seasons and over a dozen shows later, McCoy is preparing to head to New York once again, and is bringing with him an even bigger dream.

 

“It's a pretty special thing,” said McCoy of his experiences at fashion week. McCoy has been styling hair for 24 years and works on the Bumble and Bumble styling team at various shows each season. He started practicing and learning for his audition in 1997 and a few years ago he finally flew to L.A. for an open call with hundreds of other hair dressers from across the country.

 

“There's so much riding on every show,” said McCoy. “It's pretty structured, but there's always that last minute oh my god moment.”

 

Millwood man honors friend with 1,898 pound potato donation

Millwood man honors friend with 1,898 pound potato donation

Last week a Millwood man donated 1,898 pounds of potatoes that he grew in his own back yard to Second Harvest. For Jim Youngman the donation was about more than feeding the hungry, it was about keeping a promise to a friend.

 

In May 2012, Youngman was visiting with a good friend and fellow Vietnam veteran shortly before he died of cancer. Youngman's friend asked him about the land behind Youngman's home and then asked him to do him a favor.

 

“He asked me, 'Would you do something for me?',” said Youngman. “So to honor his memory I did what I did.”

 

So to honor a request made by a dear friend to grow a crop for Second Harvest, Youngman purchased a tractor and started tilling about an acre of land. When the Millwood community got wind of what Youngman and his wife, Paige, were up to they stepped up to lend a hand.

 

Hundreds gather to remember and honor the life of Delbert "Shorty" Belton

Hundreds gather to remember and honor the life of Delbert "Shorty" Belton

As police search for the remaining teen accused of beating Delbert "Shorty" Belton to death, friends and family honored the WWII Veteran during a candlelight vigil on Friday night.

At least 1,000 people attended the vigil, some of them complete strangers.

The enormous crowd filled the parking lot of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles. People of all ages from young kids to fellow veterans sang "God Bless the USA" and "Amazing Grace."

Family and friends described Belton as a kind, sweet and gentle man who would give you the shirt off his back.

"He never asked for anything in return, time, friendship, laughter, he will be greatly missed. He was just a wonderful, wonderful uncle," Janice McCallum, Belton's niece, said.

About a dozen people spoke at the vigil. Some of those that spoke didn't even know Belton but felt compelled to say something. In fact, the vigil was organized by a complete stranger.

"I am really amazed. I didn't know it would get this big, but I am so glad. It shows the support of the community. It shows we won't tolerate this," Kandis Workman, who organized the vigil, said.