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Local theaters opt not to show threatened film

Sony Pictures�will not release the upcoming film "The Interview," after major theaters chains decided not to air the movie, citing patron safety concerns. North Korea has threatened both Sony and the U.S. if it's released.

Among the major chains choosing not to show the movie, the AMC Theaters in downtown Spokane the Regal Cinemas in north Spokane and Spokane Valley.

Reaction from local movie-goers has been mixed.

"I don't see anything that's a threat as far as going into a movie theater, you know what I mean? It sounds pretty simple to me," says Rachael Greenley.

Others disagree, saying movie theaters have already been targets of attacks, and that a lone wolf sympathetic to North Korea could attack a theater, similar to Monday's hostage situation in Australia.

"I'm even threatened to go the theater before this story. Because I look up and down the isles if somebody gets up and they're wondering around. God forbid they have a trench coat on. You know it makes me nervous, just because of all the shootings," says Judith Spitzer.

Spokane honored as the 2014 Outstanding Runner Friendly Community by RRCA

Spokane honored as the 2014 Outstanding Runner Friendly Community by RRCA

Today, the Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) announced that Spokane has been named its 2014 Outstanding Runner Friendly Community. The RRCA said that Spokane's amazing credentials, and ability to meet the award's criteria made it the clear choice for this award.

Working 4 you: How weather impacts your income

You may envy people who live in bright sunny places, but there could be a downside, hitting you where it hurts most -- your wallet.�

A new study shows there is a direct link between temperature and the local economy. This means your income may be tied to how warm or cold it is right outside your window.�

This study was done by the National Bureau of Economic Research. They analyzed data over a 40-year period and concluded that daily temperatures play, what they say, is "a large role" in the economics of the community. And it's not all rosy when it comes to living in a warm climate. It's actually bad for the local economy.�

Their research says the warmer the climate you live in, the less money you make. For every degree increase in temperature above 59 degrees, productivity, of both workers and crops, decreases by almost 2%. That's because money is spent adapting to the climate.�

For example, compare a place that is 77 degrees to a location that is 55 degrees on average. Workers in the colder climate earned five dollars more.�

Working 4 you: Strategize your weight loss

2015 is fast approaching, and for many people that means it'll soon be time to focus on weight loss goals. And you can make your weight loss efforts just a little more effortless by doing some strategizing.�

No one is immune to temptation from foods we shouldn't be eating. That's especially true when you're just mindlessly snacking. You grab a bag of potato chips, then suddenly the whole bag is gone.�

Brian Wansink is the founder of Cornell University's food and brand lab, and he says, unfortunately, sheer will power doesn't work for 90% of people. He says changing your environment is much more effective.�

So when you're low on will power, as we all are at times, first try putting fresh fruit on the counter. Research shows that if you have a fruit bowl on the counter people will eat twice as much fruit as they normally would. The key is putting the bowl in a heavily traveled pathway, and make sure it's the only food allowed on the counter.�

Eastern State Hospital found in contempt of court

One of Washington's largest state agencies starts the work week facing new legal problems and costly fines from a Spokane judge. � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � �

Eastern State Hospital was found to be in contempt of court for moving too slowly to evaluate the sanity of inmates inside the Spokane County Jail.

The state hospital is accused of taking weeks and sometimes months to find out if suspected criminals are too mentally ill to stand trial.

Last December, a woman who was waiting for a court ordered mental health evaluation committed suicide before she could be evaluated by Eastern State doctors.

Attorneys in Spokane's public defender's office say state law requires their clients have their sanity evaluated with in seven days after the hospital receives the patient's case file.

Eastern State officials say they've seen a huge increase in the number of mental health referrals and staffing and funding shortage have made it impossible to keep up with demand.

Working 4 you: Stay healthy through the holidays

Christmas is coming up next week, and that means even more Christmas functions to come. And it can be difficult to resist overindulging on all that great food.�

Experts say moderation is the key to staying healthy this holiday season. It's important to remember the holidays bring out a lot of food that you're not used to eating, and eating too much can cause a rapid increase of cholesterol, weight gain and laziness.�

Top personal trainers spoke with Yahoo News and gave tips for staying fit and healthy through the holidays.�

First, never attend a party, business dinner or cocktail event hungry. Make sure you eat a substantial snack filled with fiber and protein before attending such an event. It will help you stick to your diet much easier.�

When attending events with open bars, sometimes you lose track of how many drinks you've had. Make sure that you're putting down your cocktail and drinking a glass of water every 30 minutes. It helps you slow down, gives your liver a break and saves you a few hundred calories and grams of sugar over the course of the night.�

WSU regents approve designs for University District Health Clinic in Spokane

WSU regents approve designs for University District Health Clinic in Spokane

The Spokane Teaching Health Center’s University District Health Clinic came closer to becoming a reality this morning with approval of schematic designs by the Washington State University Board of Regents.

 

STHC is a consortium of WSU, Providence Health Care and Empire Health Foundation.

 

The clinic will serve as the teaching health center for graduate medical education, or residencies, in Spokane and provide primary health care services to the community at low or no cost. Located on the WSU Spokane campus, the clinic will also provide inter-professional training for students on the Spokane campus.

 

Construction is expected to begin in early 2015.