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Skate event helps PFD set marks

Spokane’s Public Facilities District – which manages the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena and Convention Center – just posted its most successful first quarter, said Kevin Twohig, the PFD’s executive director.

The PFD set sales and attendance records primarily because it hosted the 2007 State Farm U.S. Figure Skating Championships in January, Twohig said.

So far this year, the PFD’s operating profits total $647,000, said Brittany Medley, a PFD accountant.

Figures also show that during the first two months of this year, 372,000 people attended events in the two venues, she said, an increase of 33 percent over the same time period in 2006.

On May 1, Sandy Wade will take over as chairwoman of the PFD’s board of directors. Currently vice chairwoman, she’ll be replacing Rick LaFleur, who has led the board for three years and is moving to El Paso, Texas.

Career fair today at downtown site

More than 60 regional employers will be on hand to meet job seekers today at the 12th annual Inland Northwest Career Fair, held at the Spokane Convention Center.

Doors will open at 10 a.m. and close at 3 p.m. Among the sectors to be represented are technology, health care, marketing, sales, finance, hospitality, education, manufacturing and the military.

The event is free and open to the public.


Suit follows loss of Beatles photos

Boxes of photographic material – including the only remaining original transparencies from a 1963 Beatles photo session – were thrown out by a cleaner despite a note warning they weren’t trash, a lawsuit filed in Britain’s High Court claims.

Apple Corps. Ltd., guardian of the Fab Four’s commercial interests, and EMI Records Ltd., which distributes the Beatles’ music, filed the lawsuit against the cleaning company, Crystal Services PLC, earlier this year.

The lawsuit, obtained Tuesday by the Associated Press, says more than 450 photographs, negatives and transparencies were lost.

One box included seven transparencies of Beatles photos taken in 1963 by Angus McBean. The photos were used on the cover of “Please Please Me,” the Beatles’ first official album, and the “Red Album,” a compilation released in 1973.