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Spokane City Council votes to endorse NACTO Urban Street Design and Bikeway Guides

Spokane City Council votes to endorse NACTO Urban Street Design and Bikeway Guides

On Monday night, the Spokane City Council voted to join the Washington State Department of Transportation, six states, and over 40 major cities nationwide in endorsing the National Association of City Transportation Officials’ (NACTO) Urban Street Design and Bikeway Guides.

“The NACTO Urban Street and Bikeway Design Guides will be an integral and effective policy tool to design streets and public spaces in Spokane for all our citizens, no matter how they choose to travel,” said Councilwoman Candace Mumm, the sponsor of the resolution.

The Urban Street Design Guide is a tool City engineers can use to implement the Transportation Element of the City’s Comprehensive Plan as it represents a vision for world-class city street design with safety in mind.

“Support from all levels of government is essential to achieving this vision for better city streets,” said Linda Bailey, NACTO Executive Director.

The City of Spokane joins Seattle and Tacoma in Washington state endorsing the street design recommendations.

Spokane residents march in support of Ferguson

About 200 people marched peacefully around downtown Spokane on Tuesday night in response to the grand jury decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson.

Ralliers held signs and chanted, "black is not a crime," "stand in unity, stand in solidarity," and "hey hey, ho ho, these killer cops have got to go."

"It's important for us to feel what's going on in our nation, to really be a part of the Ferguson rallies and protests," explained Rachel Dolezal, newly-elected President of Spokane's Chapter of the NAACP, and one of the rally organizers.�"To have an opportunity to express that black lives do matter in Spokane locally. This is not just an issue that's far away. It's right here."

Dolezal explained the rally was bigger than the specifics of the Michael Brown case. She said it's about systematic racism that still exists.

"When injustice reaches a certain threshold, it boils over," she explained,�"just like the quote by Martin Luther King, 'riots are the voice of the unheard.' It is�a way in which people express their frustrations with the system and there is still a problem with institutionalized racism in America and we need to face that."

Working 4 you: Avoiding germ "hot beds" on airplanes

Wednesday is one of the busiest travel days of the year, and if you're not careful all that time on the airplane could make you sick. Planes are full of germy hot spots, and the stress of travel can wear down your immune system.�

One of the worst parts of going home for Thanksgiving is catching a cold. There's nothing worse than finally making it home for vacation, then spending the entire trip sneezing and coughing.�

Researchers say the best way to protect yourself is by keeping your hands to yourself. Researchers say the air on the plane isn't quite as bad as most people think, but airplane surfaces are where the germs lie. They say to use lots of hand sanitizer, wipe down your surfaces and stay hydrated and get plenty of sleep.�

According to Forbes Magazine, researchers have pinpointed some trouble areas where germs are easily transferred.�

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.

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.�