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2 Spokane Seahawks fans savoring Super Bowl experience

Of the thousands of Seahawks fans headed to the Super Bowl, there are two from Spokane who have a very special bond, and are savoring their once-in-a-lifetime experience and living life to the fullest while they can.

Chad Hawley must have the best boss in the world. Months ago, he told him:

?'For your 20 year, I'm going to send you to the Super Bowl if the Seahawks go,'? quoted Hawley.

Chad and his wife immediately thought to invite Mike Williams, his best friend and brother-in-law.

?It took me about maybe a half a second to say, 'Yeah, I'm totally in,'? said Williams.

It took a generous season ticket holder from Spokane named John Gannon, $4,600, and a signed Steve Largent football, but Chad got it done, coming in just under his boss' $5,000 limit.

?I called Mike up immediately and said, 'We've got tickets,'? Hawley recalled ?'I've got them in hand.' And it was glorious.?

Glorious, because back in June, Mike was diagnosed with brain cancer. Stage three. He's had surgery and chemo. So scoring Super Bowl tickets is the ultimate pick-me-up for someone who's been having a rough go.

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Local robotics team prove Girl Scouts go beyond cookies

Local robotics team prove Girl Scouts go beyond cookies

For most, the Girl Scouts are associated with one thing- cookies. However in addition to selling cookies, many Girl Scouts are dedicating hours of their time to something else- engineering.

 

Six girls make up the Rambunctious Robot Dancers, a local Girl Scouts robotics team whose members spend several hours each week programming an autonomous robot for FIRST Lego League (FLL) competitions.

 

Working 4 you: What you need to know about measles

California is in the midst of a measles crisis, and it's spreading across the U.S. �Just this month, 14 states have reported new cases, and one school district is forcing more than 60 students to stay home because they haven't been vaccinated.�

Measles is one of the most contagious airborne viruses on earth, and there's alarm over how quickly it's spreading.�

If someone has measles, 90% of the people around them will also get the virus if they haven't been vaccinated. On top of that, you don't even need to be in the same room as someone with the virus to get it. If they were in the room even an hour or two before you, it's still lingering in the air.�

Measles starts out looking like a cold, with symptoms like a sore throat, a fever, a runny nose and maybe even pink eye. But those infected soon develop a red, itchy rash that starts at the hairline.

Most people do recover from having measles, however it can cause pneumonia, brain damage and in some serious cases even death. Two or three of every 1,000 people who get measles will die.�

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Working 4 you: Lack of sleep contributing to childhood obesity

Doctors say childhood obesity is an epidemic, and they point to a new study, which shows a lack of sleep could be a contributing factor.�

The number of kids who are overweight has doubled in the last 30 years. In 2012 more than one-third of all children in the U.S. were either overweight or obese. A recent study in the Journal Pediatrics found that a lack of sleep is a contributing factor.

Doctors say sleep is important for kids, as it helps them grow and helps your immune system and heart health. It also helps kids focus in school and contributes to good behavior. But even more, sleep helps with appetite.�

Doctors say not getting enough sleep may mean suppressing your appetite and make you want to eat more. That can lead to problems like heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes.�

And doctors say sleep is an important part of a balanced healthy lifestyle, including at least one hour of exercise each day and a healthy diet.�

According to the CDC, newborns should be sleeping on average 16 to 18 hours a day, preschool aged kids should sleep 11 to 12 hours and school aged kids should sleep about ten hours a night.�

Spokane ministry says goodbye to one of their own

A Spokane ministry honors the life of a homeless woman, who so many had forgotten and overlooked.

Blessings Under the Bridge serves food to more than 200 of Spokane's homeless and less fortunate every Wednesday downtown under the I-90 overpass. Their goal is to restore hope and dignity to the people they serve.

"She showed me love that I'd never seen before," explained Clay Brock. He remembers his wife Carrol Ann as spunky, spiritual, and outrageous.

Carrol Ann carried that positive attitude with her throughout a difficult life, riddled with addiction and homelessness.

"It was hard," Clay said.�"We were out on the streets, she was sick, and of course we're both addicts, even though she was dying of alcoholism she had to keep drinking."

Mike and Jessica Kovac with Blessings Under the Bridge met Carrol Ann out on those streets. She came to get a hot meal every Wednesday, and their friendship grew.

"It's like losing a friend or family member," Mike explained.

Restaurant Week unveils 2015 menus

The Inlander Restaurant Week kicks off February 20th, but the menus were unveiled Wednesday night�at the Lincoln Center.

During the ten day food festival, 97 local restaurants will offer special three course meals for either $18 or $28.

"This time frame in February tends be slower for restaurants. It's an opportunity for them to bring people in, and it's really kind of an opportunity for them to show off their wares, what they can do," said The Inlander's Jer McGregor. �

Ironically, the restaurants weren't present. Instead, local beer, wine and spirit brands treated guests to some Spokane suds.

"Just basically try to get some of restaurant partners to be able to taste our beer to see if something they would work with for restaurant week," said Emily Schwartz with River City Brewing.

She said that local libations have become a key part of the event.

"Last year with had a bunch of places that paired not only our beer with their meals but they cooked some of their meals with our beers."

It's a big boost for the economy at time when tourism is often slow.