New magazine coming this summer


A new magazine, Spokane Metro, will makes its debut this summer, publisher Collin Klamper said Wednesday.

Klamper said the glossy publication will report on politics, dining, business, style, sports, arts and entertainment.

“Spokane Metro will be a true city magazine that keeps readers abreast of the politics, players, culture and trends of city living,” said Klamper, who is also president of Spokane Publishing Inc., which will produce the magazine. He was co-owner of Vivo Publications Group.

Metro will be edited by Cheryl-Anne Millsap, an editor and columnist at The Spokesman-Review. Millsap has resigned her positions at the newspaper, but will continue to write a column.

“Each month we’ll bring you the best of life in Spokane,” Millsap said.

Spokane Metro’s initial monthly readership of 45,000 will include direct mail to 12,000 Spokane metro area households, plus direct mailing of an additional 3,000 copies to area businesses and organizations.

– Bert Caldwell


Miners’ familes sue over deaths in Utah

The families of six men killed at Utah’s Crandall Canyon mine are suing the mine’s owners, claiming the deaths were caused by an unsafe plan to harvest coal.

The lawsuit filed Wednesday in 3rd District Court contends Murray Energy Corp. and its affiliates continued to mine using a risky technique last summer, despite a mountain “bounce” in March 2007.

“It was a preventable tragedy,” Colin King, one of several attorneys representing the families, said Wednesday. “They were gambling with the safety of the miners.”

A thunderous collapse, so powerful it registered as a 3.9 earthquake, trapped the men in the mine on Aug. 6. Their bodies remain entombed there. Three other men were killed 10 days later trying to tunnel in to rescue the miners.

– Associated Press


Settlement near in credit card breach

Discount retailer TJX Cos. could pay as much as $24 million in a settlement with MasterCard International Inc. over a massive breach of customers’ card data.

The agreement announced Wednesday hinges on banks that issue MasterCards agreeing to participate. Framingham-based TJX says issuers of at least 90 percent of eligible MasterCards must accept by May 2 for the settlement to take effect.

The $24 million would help MasterCard issuers recover breach-related expenses including costs to replace customers’ payment cards. A similar $41 million deal was reached in December with Visa.

– Associated Press


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