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Commemorating World AIDS Day in Spokane, Dec. 1

Commemorating World AIDS Day in Spokane, Dec. 1

December 1st will once again mark the arrival of World AIDS Day, a global event held each year to honor the lives lost to HIV/AIDS, and to offer our hope and support to those living with HIV. Spokane Regional Health District and Spokane AIDS Network are co-chairing the event this year, and together, they invite the community to join them in commemorating World AIDS Day.


Spokane’s event will take place on Monday, December 1, 2014, at the STA Plaza, 701 W. Riverside Ave., in the upstairs gala area. The commemoration will take place from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., and complimentary refreshments will be served. The evening will culminate in a silent vigil by candlelight to pay homage to those who have passed away.


Over 18,000 people in Washington state have been diagnosed with HIV since the first case in 1982. Of these, nearly 8,000 people died. But with advances in HIV medications, affected people are living longer and healthier lives. HIV medications, taken daily as prescribed, also decrease the chances a person will transmit the virus to others.

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WSU Athletic Hall of Fame to induct Steve Gleason at Apple Cup on Saturday

WSU Athletic Hall of Fame to induct Steve Gleason at Apple Cup on Saturday

Washington State University will induct Steve Gleason as the 178th member of the school's Athletic Hall of Fame during this year's Apple Cup game. The ceremony is set to take place during an on-field ceremony between the first and second quarters of Saturday's game against Washington.

 

“I'd encourage fans to be there to make sure they don't miss anything,” said Associate Director of Athletics, Bill Stevens.

 

Stevens said each year a selection committee determines who is elected into the hall of fame.

 

Working 4 you: Thanksgiving health concerns

The holidays can serve up a lot of good food and good times with friends and family, but there are some health concerns to be aware of. The deadliest day of the year may be Christmas, but Thanksgiving has many of the same health hazards.�

The first to watch out for is car accidents. This year the National Safety Council predicts there will be 418 fatalities and nearly 45,000 injuries from car crashes just over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. According to the National Highway Safety Association, more than 40% of holiday car accidents involve alcohol. Don't drink and drive.�

Also be aware of "Holiday Heart Syndrome." Since the 1970's, the American Heart Journal has found that overindulging in wine and eating too much can lead to Holiday Heart Syndrome, which disrupts regular heart rhythms, especially for those who are older or obese. A recent University of California study also found that men and women have a spike in heart attacks when rooting for a losing football team.

Ferguson verdict protest planned in Spokane

Streets in Spokane were quiet Monday night while cities throughout the country erupted with protestors, a peaceful protest will take place in Spokane on Tuesday.

Protestors in Chicago and New York Monday night.

In Seattle, a peaceful protest took a turn as demonstrators marched onto I-5 and began throwing large fireworks at police officers.

Seattle Police department using pepper spray and noise devices to disperse the crowd.

Here in Spokane the streets were quiet on Monday but a rally is planned for Tuesday evening.

Several activist groups will participate including the Don't Shoot coalition, a group working to decrease violence in Spokane and hold police accountable for their actions.

Justin Pimsanguan of the Don't Shoot coalition says the protest will be a peaceful march from city hall to the STA bus plaza, meant to show support to Michael Brown's family.

"We want to raise awareness and we also want to show solidarity and show that we care about these issues and we care about the violence in our communities and we care about police accountability locally and nationally,? said Pimsanguan.

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Spokane YFC presents: The Resiliency Project

Spokane YFC presents: The Resiliency Project

Spokane Youth for Christ will be holding a  fund raising event called The Resiliency
Project: A Story of Life in Unlikely Places. It is an initiative of YFC providing young people a
platform to share their stories with our greater community through creative arts.


The event will be held at The Bing Crosby Theater on December 3, 2014. Social hour begins at
6:00 p.m. with the event to start at 7:00 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online at ticketswest.com or at the
door for $20.

Youth for Christ provides life transforming programs to at-risk youth living in Spokane’s most
impoverished neighborhoods. Each week hundreds of kids stream through their youth center
doors to participate in strategic programs addressing systemic issues young people face. YFC
holistically develops young people in the areas of education, economic literacy, health and
wellbeing, civic literacy and spiritual direction. This ministry impacts the lives of hundreds of
youth each week.

More information can be found by visiting www.spokaneyfc.org, or by calling call 509-327-7721

INBC and PSBC host Apple Cup Blood Drive competition

INBC and PSBC host Apple Cup Blood Drive competition

Cougar and Huskies fans have yet another reason to get competitive this week. This year, the Inland Northwest Blood Center (INBC) and the Puget Sound Blood Center (PSBC) have teamed up host an Apple Cup Blood Drive to see which fan base can donate the most blood for Washington.

 

Along with providing one group of fans additional bragging rights, donors will have a chance to win one of two $500 Visa Gift cards. INBC's Marketing Communication Officer, Elizabeth Giles, said as of Friday, Husky fans led by 100 donations, but the Cougs still have plenty of opportunities to catch up this week.

 

Working 4 you: Holiday deals start now

There are more than 140 million Americans getting ready to hit the stores for Black Friday, but it turns out the best deals might not wait for the end of the week. Experts say the biggest price cuts actually begin Monday.�

The cheapest deals of the week will actually be on Thanksgiving day, but many do not want to shop on a day that is meant for family. That's why you can get a jump on your holiday shopping now. But if deals are happening all week, how do you know when a deal is really a good deal?

Shopping guru Mark Ellwood says he uses this rule of thumb: don't buy anything that is less than 30% off. He says if it's not below 30% off, wait because it's likely that price will drop.�

And to make sure you're getting the best deals Ellwood says turn to social media. He says one of the best ways to learn about deals is by following retailers and experts on Twitter.�

He also says if you're shopping online, get the latest savings apps, one in particular is called Poach It. This savings app will let you type in an item and it will scrounge the internet for discounts on that specific item.�