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The crush begins for local wine makers

The key to any good bottle of wine is high quality grapes. Barrister winery in downtown Spokane will use 85 tons of them to create 60,000 bottles of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and more.�

"We get our grapes basically from the Columbia River Basin. Walla Walla on the East side, all the way to Tri-Cities and Prosser and up to Mattawa," says Barrister winemaker Michael White.

The "crush" is a time honored tradition in wine making. When the grapes finally arrive and begin their journey to your glass.

First, rocks and debris are removed by hand before the de-stemming process begins, which requires a specialized machine.

From there, the grapes are gently crushed between two automated rollers.

"We try to adjust it so it just kisses the grapes and pops them open. We don't want to damage those skins because that's where the tannin comes from. We like our wines to have soft, gentle tannins," says White's wine making partner Greg Lipsker.

The grapes now resemble raisins. During fermentation, yeast converts the sugar to alcohol and carbon dioxide.

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Working 4 you: Study shows 40% of Americans harassed online

For the past 25 years, the internet has opened countless possibilities for human interaction, but that interaction also has a darker side.�

A new survey from Pew Research appears to the be the most detailed study yet looking at how people treat each other on the web.�

The Pew study covers more than 2,800 web users and 40 percent of them said they had personally experienced online harassment.�

The harassment breaks down into two categories: the first including things like name-calling and embarrassment.�

Pew said about one in four people surveyed said they've been called offensive names and that it's so common that people say they often just ignore it.�

Then there's more serious harassment, including things like stalking, physical threats and sexual harassment.�

The Pew study says women experience this second kind of harassment more often than men. Twenty six percent of women age 18 to 24 said they had been stalked online.�

This study says social media is where a lot of people find the most unsocial behavior. Two out of three people who said they'd been harassed online say it happened most recently on a social media website or app.�

Free dental and health screenings for seniors

Spokane-area seniors are invited to a free oral health and wellness screening this Friday, October 24th.  "Senior Smile Day" is part of "Teeth Week"  and will include:

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.