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Bringing back game night

Our family doesn’t have a regular game night each week, but you can easily spot us sitting down to spend some quality time with a child throughout the week, especially during the winter.

Want smarter kids who sleep through the night? Feed them fish, a new study says

A new University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing study found that children who ate fish regularly scored nearly five points higher on a standard IQ test that measures cognitive function in children. The kids who favored fish over traditionally kid-friendly items like, say, chicken fingers and fries, also slept better and had fewer sleep interruptions.

How to replace movie nights with family fitness dates

Mt. Spokane Ski & Snowboard Park offers night skiing Wednesday through Saturday. (courtesy Mt. Spokane Ski & Snowboard Park)
Ditching weekly family pizza and movie nights, some parents are gearing calendar events instead toward regular family fitness dates. Here are some ideas to book in that action for 2018 around the Inland Northwest.

State Attorney General: OxyContin maker Purdue pushed prescriptions

Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson talks Nov. 28, 2017, at a news conference in Seattle. (Elaine Thompson / Associated Press)
Vancouver nurse practitioner Kelly Bell prescribed more than $1.5 million worth of OxyContin in a six-month span in 2008 – months before federal agents raided the Payette Clinic, according to court documents filed Friday. The scope of Bell’s prescribing and her interactions with OxyContin manufacturer Purdue Pharma were included in an unredacted complaint against Purdue filed by Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson.

Pope on Epiphany: Don’t make money, career your whole life

Warsaw residents take part in the annual Epiphany procession Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018 in Poland. (Czarek Sokolowski / Associated Press)
Pope Francis on Saturday advised against making the pursuit of money, a career or success the basis for one’s whole life, urging in his Epiphany remarks to also resist “inclinations toward arrogance, the thirst for power and for riches.”

Dead-of-winter trips from northern lights to festivals

This Jan. 30, 2015, file photo shows John Houghton, of Vermontville, N.Y., and his sled dog team, giving a ride to a couple, in a snow fall, around Mirror Lake in Lake Placid, N.Y. (Mel Evans / Associated Press)
Despite frigid temperatures plaguing some parts of the U.S., winter does have unique charms, whether it’s getting cozy by a fireplace with a mug of hot chocolate in a mountain inn or heading outdoors to a magical landscape of forests and mountains sparkling with snow.

Sue Lani Madsen: Security and freedom

Sue Lani Madsen, an architect and rancher, will write opinion for the Spokesman-Review on an occasional basis. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)
There is common ground on health care – the system isn’t working. Everyone has favorite anecdotes about what’s working the worst, either before or after the Affordable Care Act or both. Lots of both.

How to keep your house running smoothly, month by month

Prevention is the best medicine with your house, as well as your body. “We go for our annual checkups to our doctor and dentist, so why not do it for our home?” says Mike Holmes, host of HGTV’s “Holmes on Homes.”