August 15, 2013 in City

Morning Review: Rising stars, pumpkin punks and the great outdoors

Check out our guide to today’s top Spokesman-Review stories
By The Spokesman-Review
 
Weather
Today will be mostly sunny with a high of 90 degrees and a low of 65 degrees. Here’s the extended forecast for the Spokane area.

Getting There
If you’re traveling to the west side, there’s an hour of rock blasting closures scheduled at 7 p.m. tonight at Snoqualmie Pass. For more traffic delays, read this week’s Getting There column.

Today’s events
Check out these events around town, or visit the full list at Spokane 7.

Local news

Rising star: Spokane native Cami Bradley is on to the semi-finals on “America’s Got Talent” after her cover of “Believe,” by Cher on Tuesday’s episode. She told AGT she’s most uncomfortable when she’s on stage (hard to believe after that performance). If you haven’t heard about the local star, check out our profile of Bradley.

Above average: A conservative think tank released a study indicating pay for Spokane’s police and firefighters is better than their peers in larger Northwest cities. City officials say the pay scale fits what police and firefighters are trying to accomplish.

Punks attack pumpkin: Veggie vandals slashed a pumpkin well on its way to becoming a half-ton contender, killing Dave Jensen’s dream of seeing it at the Spokane Interstate Fair. Columnist Doug Clark has the scoop.

Sports

“We were awful last year”: But the way Washington State offensive line coach Clay McGuire tells it, the Cougar running backs are 100 percent better. Check out part two in Christian Caple’s series on WSU position previews.

Good sport: Shaquille Hill still gets teased about his kickoff return last year against Illinois State, where he dropped the ball just before scoring a touchdown. But the Eastern Washington return man can still smile after last year’s success for the Eagles’ special teams.

Outdoors

The happiest place on Earth: Well, Spokane might not be named the happiest place on Earth anytime soon. But it’s up there for Outdoors Editor Rich Landers and the folks at Outside magazine, which ranked Spokane among 18 of the best places for outdoor access.

Arts and entertainment

Bad bosses: Franklin Hart Jr. is a terrible boss. A terrible boss whose sexist and bigoted antics are the story behind “9 to 5,” a musical opening tonight at the Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre. Doors for the revenge comedy open at 7 p.m.

Photo

Robert Thomas, 10, left, and Drew Jackson, 10, of Keller Wash., cool off before taking an inaugural ferry ride across Lake Roosevelt on the new ferry near Keller on Wednesday. The Sanpoil replaced the aging Martha S, which went into service in 1948. (Colin Mulvany/The Spokesman-Review)

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