May 27, 2008 in City

In brief: Students can apply to journalism camp

The Spokesman-Review
 

Twelve students entering grades 6-12 will be selected to attend a week-long day camp at The Spokesman-Review.

The journalism camp is sponsored by the Vox, the student publication published by The Spokesman-Review, and offers an opportunity for students to become familiar with the field of journalism.

Students selected will receive instruction in news writing, journalism ethics, reporting, photojournalism and editing, and will produce pages to be published in The Spokesman-Review. Participants will work alongside professionals from The Spokesman-Review and be mentored by Vox staff.

Camp will be Aug. 11-15 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the downtown Spokesman-Review building. Lunch and snacks will be provided, and there is no charge. Participants will receive certificates of completion.

To apply, download an application at spokesman review.com/blogs/vox/ (look for “application” on the right-hand side). Deadline for applications is June 20.

E-mail questions to erind@spokesman.com.

Consumers warned of e-mail tax scam

Authorities want to warn people of a phony IRS Tax Alert making the e-mail rounds.

The scam is titled “Payment Tax: Notification” and carries the name of agent Terry Hensley, said Spokane County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Dave Reagan.

“It states that after annual calculations, the receiver must pay a tax of $1,500 that must be wired by Western Union only,” Reagan said. “It cautions that any other form of payment will void the transaction and the receivers’ right to a refund.”

Western Union is often used by scammers because the transactions are difficult for law enforcement to trace, officials said.

To learn more about IRS scams, visit www.irs/gov.

PORTLAND

Boy scratched by peacock at zoo

Oregon Zoo officials say a male peacock has been shut in an enclosure while they investigate a weekend incident involving a 4-year-old boy.

Deputy director Carmen Hannold says the free-roaming peacock scratched the boy under his eye when it landed on his head Saturday. The boy didn’t require medical treatment.

The boy’s parents told KGW-TV he did not provoke the bird.

Two years ago, a zoo peacock was sent to live on a farm after it scratched a boy on the arm when both went after the same piece of candy on the ground.

Zoo officials will determine if the bird that attacked this boy must also go to a farm.

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