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Business in brief: Kohl’s sites opening Oct. 3

Kohl’s is opening its NorthTown Mall store in Spokane and its Coeur d’Alene store Oct. 3.

The stores will be the first in the region for the retailer, which also has a store under way in Spokane Valley.

The value-priced Kohl’s sells a mix of housewares, clothing, accessories, small electronics and other goods.

At the NorthTown Mall store, doors will open at 8 a.m., after a 7:30 a.m. ribbon cutting, according to NorthTown’s spokeswoman. The 82,000-square-foot store will offer grand opening specials and the Spokane Shock mascot will be on hand to help with the celebration.

Ads coming to S-R front page

Every Thursday, starting this week, Spokesman-Review readers will see a new advertisement in the top right corner of the front page.

The roughly one-inch-square advertisements will be shared among two pizza parlors, a frame shop and a tire store and will continue, in a rotation, every Thursday for a year.

The ads, a first for the newspaper, are being sold to increase revenue at a time when newspaper revenue is challenged, Spokesman-Review Editor Steven A. Smith said. The advertisements will bring in some tens of thousands of dollars annually, he said.


Microsoft issues security fixes

Microsoft Corp. released four software patches Tuesday to fix security flaws, including one that could allow hackers to take over computers running the company’s instant-messaging programs.

Only one of the flaws carried the company’s most severe “critical” rating, and it applies only to the Windows 2000 operating system.

To be affected, users would have to visit a Web site and install a program that could then run malicious code on their computers, said Mark Griesi, a security program manager at the Redmond-based software maker.

The other security vulnerabilities – including the one affecting MSN Messenger and Windows Live Messenger – were assigned the second-highest “important” rating.

The IM flaw would allow hackers to run malicious code on computers if users click on an instant message link inviting them to check out a video.