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Working 4 you: Avoid ticket scammers

Consumers have plenty of reasons to want to buy tickets for events, with the NFL well underway, holiday shows right around the corner and not to mention plenty of fall concerts. But that also means more opportunities for scammers.�

The internet gives consumers so many options to buy big tickets that it's no only important to find the best deal, but to find a legitimate seller or re-seller who won't leave you on the outside looking in.�

No matter where you buy your tickets, the National Consumers League recommends buying them with a credit card. That will give you the best protections against possible unfair or unauthorized charges.�

So, how can you be sure you're buying from a legitimate source?

The NCL recommends �that you buy tickets from sites that guarantee those tickets, and will replace or refund them if you get the wrong tickets, get invalid tickets or if an event is cancelled.�

The Better Business Bureau also says to search the ticket location ahead of time. Find out where your section, row and seat number are. Then you won't be disappointed by an obstructed view or worse, a seat that doesn't even exist.�

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Parks and streets measures on November ballot

The streets and Riverfront Park plan is on the November Ballot and, if approved, current streets and park funding would remain in place, giving the city $60 million to improve Riverfront Park and $25 million to spend on upgrades to Spokane streets.

The master plan for Riverfront Park includes a promenade on Howard Street, a new and improved carrousel, moving the ice rink to the edge of the park, and creating a destination playground.

Residents in favor of improving the park said they'd like to see Riverfront Park get this makeover to help keep Spokane's downtown vibrant and thriving.

"I don't think there's anything wrong with the park," explained�Spokane resident Theo Anderson.�"I like the garbage goat and the sculptures of the runners. It's a really nice park, but�I think it's good to keep the momentum going and make it better."

Resident Taylor Main agreed, saying, "I think Spokane is on their way to becoming a bigger city, so the more you can attract people downtown with entertainment with better parks is better for Spokane."

The Spokane City Council voted unanimously over the summer to allow the two measures to go to a vote.

City Council lays out Spokane's legislative priorities

How do you think state tax dollars should be used in Spokane? The city council has and an idea and they put it in writing at Monday nights council meeting.

People advocating for both the University of Washington and Washington State University shared why they thought their medical programs should be on the city's legislative agenda.

Each year the city writes up a list of things they want legislatures to focus on in Olympia.

This year, WSU's $2.5 million in start-up funds for an accreditation for a new medical school is a top priority.

A little further down the list is the University of Washington's Spokane medical program's expansion.

Those advocating for the university of Washington say they want to send a unified message, that both programs should have an equal priority.

WSU advocates say a four year program has more benefits to the city.

"The only thing we are really missing in this health care operation in Spokane is an accredited medical school, this is the final piece." Dean and Associate Professor of WSU Medical Sciences Ken Roberts said.

Spokane Police search for coffee stand robbery suspect

A man believed to be responsible for two Spokane coffee stand robberies in the past two days is still at large as of Sunday evening. Spokane Police are looking for a man described as an African American in his 20s or 30s.

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Warm weather delaying opening of Riverfront Park's Ice Palace

A warmer than average fall is keeping the Riverfront Park Ice Palace from opening. The rink was planning to open on Oct., 22nd, but says it's pushed the opening day back to Oct.. 29th, pending cooler weather.

Officials with the rink say they need 6�or more�days of cooler weather, and then a stretch of average fall temperatures for the ice to form and stick around.�

The delay has sent more business to other indoor ice rinks like Eagles Ice-A-Rena.

"We will accommodate," Manager Josh Wattam said. "A lot of people don't like skating super late, but we will stay open till midnight if need be."

He says this is the first time he has ever seen a delay in opening the Riverfront rink.

"It is definitely having an impact," Wattam said. "Usually they are able to get their ice in already but it's just the strange weather."

Zombie Hike returns to Riverside State Park

Zombie Hike returns to Riverside State Park

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission and the Riverside State Park Foundation invite the public to attend the third annual “Return of the Zombies” hike in Riverside State Park.

The annual pre-Halloween event takes place from 6-9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, at the Riverside State Park 7-Mile Airstrip, 7903 W. Missoula Road, in Nine Mile Falls.

Touted as the “scariest half-mile hike ever,” the event is open to all ages. Admission to the haunted zombie hike is $10 for adults; $5 for youths age 3-12; and free for children under 3. Adults are issued a flashlight, and kids ages 3 to 12 receive a glow-in-the-dark bracelet that come with the admission fee. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Pets are not allowed at the event.

Local finalist in PETA's Sexiest Vegan over 50 contest

Local finalist in PETA's Sexiest Vegan over 50 contest

When you hear vegan, what's the first thing that pops into your head? It's probably not “sexy,” but that's what PETA is trying to change with their current competition for Sexiest Vegan over 50. The field has been narrowed down to just 14 men and women from around the US and one of them is from right here in Spokane.

Atania Gilmore is marking her two-year anniversary as a vegan this month. She's a runner and says it was another runner's book that encouraged her to make the change for what she calls selfish reasons.

“As a runner you're always looking for an edge,” she said.

Gilmore says it was “Eat and Run,” a book written by ultra-marathoner Scott Jurek that inspired her. In the book, Jurek explains that his record setting speeds to his vegan diet.

“I'm a turtle when I run,” said Gilmore. “I wanted to be faster so I thought it was worth a try.” So she decided to give it a try for the 30 days leading up to Thanksgiving and see if it made a difference.