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Charles Apple

Stories by Charles Apple

Current Position: designer editor

Charles Apple joined The Spokesman-Review in 2019 as a design editor. He designs features pages and weekly Further Review pages that covers subjects such as the history of comics, William Shatner, Tiger Woods, autism spectrum disorder and even how to get your Spokesman-Review aboard the International Space Station. Apple has worked for papers across the nation, large and small. He is considered an informational graphics guru, winning countless international awards and his work consulting and training newsrooms around the world.

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Future Trek

Here’s a look at the technological and sociological advances predicted — some accurately and some not quite so much — by the 55-year-old “Star Trek” television and movie franchise.
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Katy Perry’s ‘Friday Night’ turns 10

Ten years ago today, singer and songwroter Katy Perry scored yet another No. 1 hit with “Friday Night (T.G.I.F).” This was the fifth track from Perry’s “Teenage Dream” album to hit No. 1, which tied Michael Jackson’s “Bad” for most No. 1 hits from a single album.
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Another Brick in the Wall

On this date 60 years ago, the Soviet-backed government of East Germany began building a wall around West Berlin which was cut off from the rest of West Germany but controlled and occupied by Western countries. The reason given, at the time, for the wall was to keep the Western fascists out of East Germany. The real reason was to stem the tide of thousands of East German citizens defecting to the West.

A&E >  Movies

The biggest blockbusters of the past 46 summers

It’s that time of year again – time for baseball, heading to your favorite vacation spot, relaxing ... and sitting in an air-conditioned theater watching that summer blockbuster everyone can’t stop talking about. Will this summer’s great flick be the “Space Jam” sequel?
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Operation Crossroads and the era of high-stakes nuclear proliferation

Seventy-five years ago today, the United States tested an atomic bomb on a tiny island in the Pacific Ocean. It was the world’s fourth atomic explosion – after the first test in New Mexico in August 1945 and then the bombs that were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. But Operation Crossroads kicked off an era of high-stakes nuclear proliferation and Cold War one-upmanship.
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What you can find at Resorts World Las Vegas

Resorts World Las Vegas opened Thursday featuring more than 3,500 guest rooms and suites via three Hilton hotels, a mammoth casino, 100,000 square feet of nightclubs, restaurants, retail stores, a spa and a 5,000-seat concert venue. Here’s a look at what guests will find there:
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The life and work of Alan Turing

While others were working on computing machines before Alan Turing’s heyday before and during World War II, Turing was one of the first to consider computers more than just souped-up calculating machines and more of a way of solving real human problems.
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What’s gone wrong with Brexit?

Five years ago Wednesday, the British people shocked the world and the European community – and a large part of themselves – by voting to leave the European Union. What came to be called Brexit would take four years to pull o and, even now, there are still aspects of the union that have yet to be dissolved.
A&E >  Music

The sometimes questionable art of album covers

Growing up in the 1970s, I became fascinated with what appeared to be a wonderfully creative field: rock and roll album cover design. Some album covers featured photos of the artist. Some used abstract art. Some were amusing. Some were deadly serious.
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History of Apartheid in South Africa

In America, it was called Jim Crow. In South Africa, the term was apartheid: strict racial segregation enforced by law that began in the late 1940s and early 1950s and didn’t end until, under tremendous pressure from the international community, South African leaders decided apartheid had to go. That happened on June 17, 1991: Thirty years ago today.
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The career of golfer Phil Mickelson

Last month, Phil Mickelson stunned the golf world by winning the PGA Championship at Kiawah Island, South Carolina – the oldest golfer to win a major tournament. Today, Mickelson turns 51.
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The most powerful volcanic eruptions

Thirty years ago today, Mount Pinatubo – a peaceful unassuming mountain 50 miles northwest of Manila in the Philippines, erupted in what would be the second-largest volcanic event of the 20th century.
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History of computing

Seventy years ago today, the first electronic computer built specifically for commercial purposes was put to use by the customer that bought it: the U.S. Census Bureau.
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The Pentagon papers: the true extent of U.S. involvement in Vietnam

Fifty years ago Sunday, the New York Times began publishing a series of reports culled from a top-secret analysis compiled for the Pentagon regarding the true extent of U.S. involvement in Vietnam and in the Vietnam War. The report embarrassed a number of career politicians and leaders. At one point, the series would be shut down for 15 days by a court order.
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U2 makes its U.S. TV debut

On this date 40 years ago, the Irish band U2 made its national TV debut in the U.S. on Tom Snyder’s late-night talk show, “Tomorrow.” For many of us, it was our first look at what would soon become one of the biggest acts in rock.
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How Henry Ford’s Quadricycle impacted America

125 years ago Friday, Henry Ford introduced what he called a Quadricycle – an early automobile. It didn’t have a steering wheel or rear-view mirrors or turn signals or Bluetooth so he could connect his audio system to his smartphone. Still, his Quadricycle and its descendants would profoundly impact the lives of every American.
News >  Health

The AIDS epidemic

Forty years ago Saturday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a report on a lung condition found in previously healthy gay men in Los Angeles over the previous months. This paralleled growing rumors of a “gay cancer” that was quietly spreading through the gay communities in New York and San Francisco. Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome – or AIDS – didn’t yet have a name. But it would soon become a household word.
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A Spokane icon: the Steam Plant

Avista – known once upon a time as the Washington Water Power Company – announced last week it was selling the Central Steam Plant it bought 102 years ago to a local developer. Over the past century, the plant went from being a source of heat and electricity for downtown residents and businesses to a high tech commercial and dining hub and an icon of the Spokane skyline.
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The career of baseball legend Willie Mays

On this Friday, 70 years ago, the man who would become one of the greatest Major League Baseball players of all time, Willie Mays, hit his first home run. What’s more: The 20-year-old slugger for the New York Giants hit that dinger off the all-time left-handed wins leader, Warren Spahn.
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The massacre in Tulsa

One hundred years ago Monday, arguably the worst racial conflict in U.S. history broke out in Tulsa, Oklahoma – in a section of town called the Greenwood District, where Black folks lived and prospered. Booker T. Washington himself coined a nickname for the area: Black Wall Street. For decades, what happened in Greenwood was referred to as a race riot, but no longer – what happened that day was no riot. It was an attack on the Black community by an armed and organized white mob.