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Front & Center: North Central counselor Mary True

UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 10, 2017, 2:20 p.m.

Mary True, a college and career readiness counselor at North Central High School, has worked in education for almost 40 years. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)
During almost 40 years in education, Mary True has amassed her share of certifications, including principal credentials. “I thought maybe I’d go into administration,” she recalled. “But that just wasn’t in the cards for me. The interviews didn’t go well for whatever reason.

BBB Tip of the Week: Five ways to avoid fake websites and apps

Sun., Dec. 10, 2017

Time and money seem to be two things we always need more of, especially during the holidays. Scammers know consumers are making purchases faster than ever and they want to take advantage of hurried online shoppers. Better Business Bureau reminds consumers to be diligent when shopping online so phony sites and fake apps don’t ruin the holidays. During the 2016 holiday season, Washington victims reported losing nearly $48,000 to 137 online purchase scams. Recently, there has been an uptick in reports to Scam Tracker. The phony sites look more and more real, offer huge discounts, and some even include a logo, products and may even use the brand name in the URL. It is good to know the red flags. Even during great holiday sales, if it sounds too good to be true, it could be a scam.

Business Beat

Sun., Dec. 10, 2017

Education Gonzaga University’s parent and family office has been recognized for its student leader training program by the National Orientation Directors Association.

Women raise their profile in the auto industry

Sun., Dec. 10, 2017

The LA Auto Show Girls’ Pit Stop booth at the Los Angeles Convention Center on Nov. 30, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Tribune News Service)
About 28 percent of jobs in the motor vehicle manufacturing industry are held by women, and about 21 percent of dealerships’ employees are women, according to the U.S. Labor Department.

Judge halts clearing of rare forest targeted for Walmart

Sat., Dec. 9, 2017, 4:03 p.m.

Bulldozers downing trees on a property targeted for a Walmart-anchored shopping center were ordered to stop work after a federal judge issued an emergency injunction sought by environmentalists fighting to save the vanishing forest. (Alan Diaz / Associated Press)
Bulldozers downing trees on a property targeted for a Walmart-anchored shopping center were ordered to stop work after a federal judge issued an emergency injunction sought by environmentalists fighting to save the vanishing forest.

Recordings of Pilot president’s epithets could disrupt trial

Sat., Dec. 9, 2017, 11:31 a.m.

In this Feb. 9, 2016, file photo, former Pilot Flying J President Mark Hazelwood, left, leaves federal court after being arraigned in Knoxville, Tenn. (Michael Patrick / Associated Press)
Secret recordings of one of the defendants uttering racial epithets are threatening to disrupt the federal fraud trial of former executives and sales staffers at the truck stop chain controlled by the family of Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam and Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam.

New pergola planned for Manito Park

Sat., Dec. 9, 2017, 8 a.m.

A new pergola is coming to Manito Park in Spokane in February, replacing a more utilitarian structure that was damaged by a falling tree during the windstorm of 2015.

Patagonia, outdoor retailers fight Trump on U.S. monuments

UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 8, 2017, 3:36 p.m.

Pictured is the  Arch Canyon within Bears Ears National Monument in May 2017, in Utah. Outdoor clothing giant Patagonia and other retailers have jumped into a legal and political battle over President Donald Trump's plan to shrink two sprawling Utah national monuments, a fight that would scare off most companies but buoys customers of outdoor brands that value environmental activism. (Francisco Kjolseth / Associated Press)
Outdoor clothing giant Patagonia and other retailers have jumped into a legal and political battle over President Donald Trump’s plan to shrink two sprawling Utah national monuments, a fight that would scare off most companies but galvanizes customers of outdoor brands that value environmental activism.

Trump says fines for Wells Fargo will not be dropped

Fri., Dec. 8, 2017, 9:56 a.m.

This April 11, 2017, photo shows a Wells Fargo bank in northeast Jackson, Miss. (Rogelio V. Solis / Associated Press)
President Donald Trump weighed in on an investigation into scandal-plagued Wells Fargo, tweeting Friday that fines and penalties against the bank would not be dropped, and may actually be “substantially increased.”

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