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Thursday, January 17, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Architecture American Institute of Architects Spokane has elected its 2019 board of directors. Newly elected officers are President Becky Blankenship and President-elect Kathy Russell, both of ALSC Architects; Treasurer Georgia Harter of NAC Architecture; Secretary Ryan Zane of Bernardo|Wills Architects; and Immediate Past President Dave Buescher of Integrus Architecture. Elected directors are Boyd Lusaretta of MMEC Architecture and Interiors, Brad Hakala of Integrus Architecture, Michael Cole of NAC Architecture and Gale Stanley of ALSC Architects. Stephanie Aden is the board-elected executive director.
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Motley Fool: Video game growth

Video game developer Activision Blizzard (Nasdaq: ATVI) is known for titles such as “Call of Duty,” “World of Warcraft,” “Hearthstone” and “Candy Crush.” Over the past few months, its stock has fallen more than 40 percent. That slump could turn out to be an overreaction by short term-focused investors – and an opportunity for long-term ones. Sure, the video game developer is facing challenges. Its base of engaged gamers has declined for more than a year, and a few recent launches have underperformed management’s targets. Yet user engagement just hit a record high of more than 50 minutes per day per user. And profitability continues to expand as gamers enthusiastically take up digital downloads both for extra content and for full-game purchases.
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Whatever happens, Sears’ legacy will endure

Now facing the possibility of liquidation – a bankruptcy judge is expected to decide the retailer’s fate in the coming weeks after Chairman Edward Lampert raised his bid to keep the company in business – Sears may soon be relegated to the history books.
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Week Ahead

Conventions 2019 Bridal Festival - The Bridal Festival, Today, Spokane Convention Center, 1,800 attendees.
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Amazon reportedly developing a subscription video game streaming service

UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 11, 2019, 7:53 p.m.

Amazon is planning to use its massive cloud computing service to jump into the streaming market for video game play, according to a new report from the Information. The service, which could potentially bring top-notch titles to virtually anyone with a smartphone or streaming device, could make Amazon a major competitor in the space already in play by Microsoft and Google.
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Brazilian government approves Boeing’s acquisition of Embraer’s commercial jet operation

New Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and his government have approved the terms of Boeing’s strategic move to acquire 80 percent ownership and full control of Embraer’s E-Jet commercial airplane and services operation. Because the Brazilian government holds a so-called “Golden Share” ownership stake in Embraer that gives it veto authority over any sale, its approval is seen as the last major hurdle before the deal can be finalized. At a meeting Thursday, Bolsonaro and his top Cabinet ministers concluded that “the final proposal preserves sovereignty and national interests.”