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Spokane doctor brings first retina laser to Angola

Spokane doctor brings first retina laser to Angola

It took two years of fundraising and a mountain of paperwork for Dr. Eric Guilielmo of Spokane Eye Clinic to install a retina laser at a hospital in Angola, a country located on the southwest shore of Africa. Many of the patients there suffer from retinal eye conditions and up until Dr. Guilielmo brought the disassembled laser to the country there was nothing available to save them from blindness.

Restaurants preparing to move into Dutch's Building downtown

Restaurants preparing to move into Dutch's Building downtown

The Dutch's Building on Main Avenue downtown continues to undergo its restoration and will soon be home to some familiar local restaurants.

Just five months after purchasing the Dutch's Building, new owners Bobby Brett and Chris Batten are already making some big progress on the renovation.

"It's kind of exciting to finally see some things happening right now," Brett said.

There's still much work to be done and spaces to fill. One of the unknowns is what this basement will become.

"It has a tremendous history, down in that basement, of the prohibition years, one of the rumors was kind of a place where they were drinking alcohol when it was outlawed at that particular time," Brett said.

Deb Green is hoping to bring that time back to life when she and her two kids open Durkin's Liquor Bar in July, a saloon similar to the one that Spokane liquor tycoon Jimmie Durkin owned in the 1800s.

"We're going to be in the exact same location of 15 West Main and one of the interesting things about it is the original ceiling tiles, the tin tiles that were the ceiling of his salon are still in the location," Green said.

Gonzaga sues Daiquiri Factory owner for copyright infringement

Gonzaga sues Daiquiri Factory owner for copyright infringement

Gonzaga University has filed suit against Jamie Pendleton, the owner of Spokane Downtown Daiquiri Factory, for using Spike, the Gonzaga Bulldogs mascot, and Gonzaga University's trademarks to promote his business.

A suit was filed Tuesday on behalf of the Corporation of Gonzaga University against Pendleton Enterprises, LLC, Pendleton Broadcasting, Inc. and Jamie Pendleton. The suit claims that Pendleton has been using Gonzaga University's trademarks -- including Spike -- to promote his businesses.

A nine-page addendum to the suit is filled with pictures of a person dressed as Spike, wearing a Gonzaga University sweatshirt with a bulldog head and paws, in various scenes either acting as a DJ for 104.5 JAMZ, standing in front of the establishment, holding a bottle of Fireball liquor inside the bar or holding a glass next to a beverage machine with a stenciled name on its face that reads "Bulldog Lemonade."

Ben & Jerry's scoops up free cones Tuesday

Ben & Jerry's scoops up free cones Tuesday

It looks like Tuesday will be the warmest day of the year so far, and Ben & Jerry’s has the perfect way for you to celebrate. Tuesday is National Free Cone day, and the scoopers at Ben & Jerry’s in Riverpark Square have been hard at work training to dish up your favorites.


Ben & Jerry’s started Free Cone Day to celebrate their flagship store’s first anniversary back in 1979. Since then, it’s been their way to say thank you for keeping their ice cream churning.

British Airways names Spokane top city with weird name

British Airways names Spokane top city with weird name

From Visit Spokane:


Once again, the hub of the Inland Northwest has gained notoriety simply because of its name.


British Airways has included Spokane in a list of "Seven U.S. Cities With Weird Names (And Why You Should Visit)." In fact, Spokane finds itself at No. 1 on the list.

Our Kids are Our Business

Our Kids are Our Business

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month.  Eight years ago the Spokane community decided enough was enough!  It was rocked to the core by the horrific death of little Summer Phelps and was jarred into taking a stand for children.

KXLY has joined with 34 other businesses and individuals (Spo-Can Council) for the month-long initiative "Our Kids Our Business". The focus is on the prevention of child abuse and neglect. The council holds regular meetings, and next week will hold it's annual luncheon.  

Hoopfest selects Santangelo as next director

Hoopfest selects Santangelo as next director

Sources close to KXLY confirm former Gonzaga Bulldogs standout Matt Santangelo, who helped lead the Zags on their 'Cinderella story' Elite Eight run in 1999, has been tapped to take over as executive director for Hoopfest.

Hoopfest officials would not confirm Santangelo's hiring, but did confirm a formal announcement will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday.

"The new Executive Director has a passion for basketball. He is looking forward to leading Spokane Hoopfest Association programs and will work closely with Rick Steltenpohl and the seasoned staff through Hoopfest 25 to ensure a successful transition," said Spokane Hoopfest Co-Founder Rick Betts in a media release.

Santangelo, 36, was a junior guard on Dan Monson's 1999 squad that earned a berth to the NCAA tourney that tore through the competition, making it all the way to the Elite Eight where they fell to the eventual tourney champions from Connecticut.