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Spokane pilots among angels who fly medical transports

Bob Proctor and his wife, Lee, right, live north of Spirit Lake and have to travel often to Seattle for his regular cancer treatments and follow-up doctor visits. They tried driving but with health and weather, that got to be overwhelming, so they started booking on Alaska Airlines. When that became cost-prohibitive, they learned about the nonprofit Angel Flight West, where volunteer pilots in small aircraft take patients at no cost. The Proctors traveled Dec. 13 over to Seattle with Norris Brown, left, a pilot who lives in Spokane Valley. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)
Angel Flight West is a nonprofit offering free medical transports in small aircraft for people in hardship situations, often rural residents needing treatments far from home. The trips are flown by volunteer pilots who donate their planes, time, and fuel in Washington and other Western states

Around the remote: Showtime’s ‘Homeland’ faces timely transition

A new president has just been elected and former CIA agent Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) is now working for a Brooklyn-based foundation that provides aid to Muslims living in the U.S. The season, we’re told, will deal with a transitional time where a “very fragile and complex transfer of power” takes place between the outgoing president and the incoming leader.

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Review: ‘Her Every Fear’ is effective, compulsive thriller

This image provided by William Morrow shows the cover of the book “Her Every Fear” by Peter Swanson. Swanson tells an engaging story of a woman battling severe anxiety who decides to radically change her life and the horrifying results that following in “Her Every Fear.” (William Morrow via AP) ORG XMIT: NYAG106 (AP)
Kate Priddy lives in London. She suffers from panic attacks and prefers familiarity to the unknown. When a cousin from the United States she’s never met suggests they swap apartments for six months, she feels like it is an opportunity for a fresh start.

Building bookcases? Make a prototype first

This is a modular built-in bookcase installation made with different hardwoods and special lighting. (Jay Helms)
I live in a 100-year-old wooden house in Norway and am doing all the refurbishing and maintenance myself that the laws of my country allow. I’m making floor-to-ceiling built-in bookcases for one of my living rooms and would love some tips. One of my challenges is the bookcase needs to span about 6 feet over a piano. What would you do to support those shelves so there’s no sag from the weight of the books? Any information you can share that would make this project look magnificent and be trouble-free would be appreciated.

Following the Frommers: Famous guidebook has been leading travelers for 60 years

Arthur Former, 87, right, poses with his daughter, Pauline, in New York. (Peter Morgan / AP)
This year the legendary travel guidebook writer Arthur Frommer celebrates 60 years since the publication of his 1957 book, “Europe on $5 a Day.” Frommer began writing about travel while serving in the U.S. Army in Europe in the 1950s. When his book of travel advice for American soldiers sold out, he launched what became one of the travel industry’s best-known brands.

Our favorite decor in Pantone’s Color of the Year, Greenery

Dash & Albert's Samode Indoor/Outdoor Rug pairs a vegetal green called “Sprout” with a warm ivory – and spills come out with a quick hose-down ($48-$672, dashandalbert.com). (Dash & Albert / Dash & Albert)
Pantone selected its 2017 Color of the Year, Greenery, based on research that shows everyone just wants a big, deep breath of air. “We don’t all have access to the green forest, but we do have access to things we can bring into our home environment,” says Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, which advises companies on color and forecasts trends.

Mini-stroke may be sign of major underlying health issue

Dear Doctor: While my wife and I were working in the garden, she got dizzy and couldn’t understand what I was saying. It went away after a few minutes, but I took her to the ER anyway. The doctors said she had a TIA. What is that, and is it dangerous? Dear Reader: Your wife experienced a transient ischemic attack, or TIA. Also known as a mini-stroke, a TIA happens when part of the brain is temporarily deprived of blood flow.

Nicole Kidman calls for Americans to support Trump

Nicole Kidman told the BBC in an interview released Tuesday that Americans need to support President-elect Donald Trump because supporting the president is "what the countrys based on. (Jordan Strauss / Invision/AP)
Actress, who hold dual U.S.-Australian citizenship, tells the BBC that now that Trump has been elected, “we as a country need to support who’s ever the president because that’s what the country’s based on.”

Leonardo DiCaprio foundation backing Utah national monument

Leonardo DiCaprio’s foundation among the groups supporting the creation of a new national monument in Utah. (Paul Drinkwater / AP)
Actor’s group is one of several donating to create the $1.5 million Bears Ears Community Engagement Fund, which officials said Friday will support tribal and local efforts to protect natural resources and the park’s trove of ancient archaeological sites.

Jamie Foxx goes undercover in the moody but rote Vegas cop thriller ‘Sleepless’

More honesty in criticism is one of my New Year’s resolutions, so here goes: “Sleepless,” a Las Vegas-set cop thriller starring Jamie Foxx, actually put me to sleep for a few minutes. Fortunately, like the character who bumps his head and almost drowns in a women’s spa, I wasn’t unconscious for long. OK, I missed the scene in which Foxx hides 25 kilos of cocaine in a men’s lavatory, but the exposition in this movie – even when yelled over the heavy drone of dance music and gunfire – is thick and repetitive enough to keep you from getting too lost.

Show that cast Joseph Fiennes as Michael Jackson is shelved

It’s quite possible that no one would have heard of the show “Urban Myths” if the Sky Arts network’s series hadn’t cast white actor Joseph Fiennes to play Michael Jackson. Social media users were up in arms that a series airing in 2017 would cast a white actor as a black man. The late singer’s relatives were equally horrified. Daughter Paris tweeted that the portrayal made her sick.

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