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Merger announced for Lake City Playhouse, Interplayers

Merger announced for Lake City Playhouse, Interplayers

A major announcement from the Inland Northwest arts scene – Coeur d'Alene's Lake City Playhouse and Spokane's Interplayer's Professional Theatre have announced they are merging, with Lake City taking operational control.

Interplayers has presented live, professional dramas and comedies since it was founded in 1980, but financial challenges have remained persistent. Despite best efforts by management, staff and board members, Spokane's professional non-profit theater has found it difficult to attract the kind of support in the form of season subscriptions, individual ticket purchases, donations and corporate sponsorships that it needs to ensure sustainability. Unwilling to close, the Board of Trustees decided to seek support from another local theater.

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Free dental care this Friday at NorthView Family Dental

Free dental care this Friday at NorthView Family Dental

Open wide and say,”ahhhh!” NorthView Family Dental is opening their hearts and doors this Friday for some pro bono dental work.

On September 19th, adults 18 years and older who are unable to receive dental work anywhere else is welcome to show up for their choice of a filling, extraction or cleaning.

Registration begins at 7:30 am. Only the first 100 patients are guaranteed to be seen on a first-come, first-served basis so everyone is encouraged to show up early. Patients should also dress appropriately for the weather and bring chairs, water and snacks as they may be waiting outside to be seen.

Work begins at 8 am and runs until 4 pm, with additional patients seen only if time allows.

The NorthView Family Dental offices are located at 5901 North Lidgerwood Street, Suite 225. For more information you can check out their website, or give them a call at (509) 489-2538.

Free documentary screening Wednesday at the Lincoln Center

Free documentary screening Wednesday at the Lincoln Center

The Spokane Regional Health District is inviting all interest parties to a free advanced screening of The Raising of America. The six-part documentary explores the importance of early child health and development:

We all want what's best for our children, so why is child well-being in the U.S. So much worse than in other rich nations? How does the squeeze on young families and caregivers – the squeeze for time, money and resources – 'drip down' on infants and young children, altering the wiring of their developing brains with potential long-term consequences?

This six-part documentary explores how a strong start for kids leads to a healthier, stronger and more equitable America.

The documentary will be shown this Wednesday, September 17 at 7 pm at the Lincoln Center, 1316 N. Lincoln St. Rachel Poulain, the co-producer of The Raising of America, will be on hand to share her insights on the making of the documentary. You can reserve your free tickets online here.

Police demonstrate body camera use to city leaders

Police demonstrate body camera use to city leaders

The Spokane Police Department rolled out their new body cams today at the police training center Friday, demonstrating them to journalists and members of the city council alike and raising questions about how they will be used.

?"I made a promise to the community that we were going to do this and we a holding to our promise," Spokane Police Chief Frank Straub said.

So far the cameras worn on an officer's chest have performed well. Police roll their video on each call for service they make. However, because Washington is a two party consent state, police have to announce they're making a recording.

Also, officers cannot record while inside a hospital without violating patient privacy rules, and they cannot record video while responding to a call inside someone's home.

"If you say no in your house to that recording, do we have to turn off our body cameras," Straub asked.

The problem is if police can't record in privates homes the cameras are going to miss a lot of the action.

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Meters cause parking problems for Lewis & Clark students

Getting to drive your car to school for the first time is almost like a rite of passage. As a junior, it was something Brooklyn Dixon and her friends enjoyed.

"You could come 15 to 20 minutes before school and you would be able to come and get a parking spot," said Dixon.

However, with the new meters added on the lower South Hill, the facade has faded. Student lots fill up quicker, forcing students to park at the meters. When those meters aren't paid? Tickets, for students unable to leave class to add more time.

"I've gotten two and they're both 19 dollars," said Dixon.

Dixon said in order to park in the student lot, you have to arrive an hour before classes start. The five dollar a year parking pass to park in the student lots, doesn't guarantee a spot. The alternative? Pay $5 a day just to plug the meter.

"Some of us don't have $5 in change every day to park in the meters or to come outside during school to fill the two hour meters because we have a closed campus," said Dixon.

Dixon did more than just complain to KXLY, she took the issue to administrators.

Spokane Police searching for assault suspect

The Spokane Police Department is asking for the public?s help in identifying a possible assault suspect from an incident that occurred in the early morning hours August 30, 2014, at Manito Park.

On September 1, 2014, the victim contacted Spokane Police to report the assault had occurred the night of August 30th in Manito Park. SPD officers followed up with the victim, who indicated she was assaulted by a male of Asian descent, in his 30s, approximately 5?3? - 5?9?, with a light build, dark hair, missing teeth, and driving a small, dark colored (possibly dark blue or dark purple), newer model SUV.

Officers conducted investigative follow-up at a local convenience store and acquired the attached photo of a person of interest in the assault.

Anyone with information on the males identity is asked to Crime Check at 509-456-2233.

SCRAPS offering adoption special on cats

SCRAPS offering adoption special on cats

The Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service (SCRAPS) is bursting at the seams with cats! According to Shelter Operations Manager Mary Reynolds-Paullin, SCRAPS has been inundated with cats all summer and now the other local rescue groups are full.

“Our cat room is overflowing with beautiful, adoptable cats that desperately need loving homes,” Reynolds-Paullin said.

SCRAPS is offering a great cat adoption special starting on Friday, September 12th and Saturday, September 13th. Cat adoption fees will be waived and cats and kittens can be adopted for just the price of a license ($15).

SCRAPS also reminds the public that they have spay/neuter vouchers available for both cats and dogs. For the price of a pet license, SCRAPS will provide you with a ‘dollars off’ coupon to have your pet spayed or neutered.