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Zags men find out Sunday if they are No. 1 seed

While a dozen or more teams around the country fret over the last four in and the last four out, the question in these parts is if No. 1-ranked Gonzaga will be a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament. Our request to sit silently in the back of the selection committee’s hotel suite in Indianapolis was denied, so we asked’s Joe Lunardi, who has made Bracketology part of the college basketball lexicon. He pegged all 65 teams (31 are givens with automatic bids) in 2008 and had 67 of 68 last year.

It’s official: Gonzaga No. 1 in college basketball

The Gonzaga Bulldogs have gone where no Zags have gone before. The Bulldogs reached No. 1 in the AP men’s basketball poll Monday for the first time in program history. Gonzaga (29-2) received 51 first-place votes and 1,607 points to outdistance No. 2 Indiana (seven first-place votes, 1,517 points).

Zags up to 12th; Harris honored

One day after winning the Old Spice Classic, Gonzaga University got the attention of the national pollsters, and forward Elias Harris the attention of the West Coast Conference.

City Ranked High For Business Expansion

Spokane has been named by a national economic development and site selection magazine as one of the top 25 cities nationwide for business expansion and relocation. According to the Spokane Area Economic Development Council, Outlook Americas magazine bases its "25 Choice City Awards" on factors that corporate managers must consider when deciding where to move and grow their businesses.

Wwp Gets Stellar Marks For Efficiency Ranked Second In Nation

A new study prepared by a Portland consulting firm rates Washington Water Power Co. the second most efficient utility in the United States. Of the 94 electric companies included in the survey and analysis by Barakat & Chamberlain Inc., only American Electric Power Co. outperformed WWP.

We’re Marvels Of Mediocrity

Much hard work looms ahead, but if we pull together and tear down a hospital or two, Spokane can claim its rightful place as America's Most Average City. I always considered my birthplace the very apex of average. One need only endure a few snoozy seconds of Mayor Jack "Monotone" Geraghty at a City Council meeting to be convinced of our rampant blandness. Yet according to the newly released Macmillan's "Places Rated Almanac," Spokane is only the nation's second-most average city. How disappointing.

Home Affordability Slipped Last Spring

Kansas City and Minneapolis-St. Paul ranked among metropolitan areas with the most affordable housing last spring. They were the only cities with populations of more than 1 million to make the National Association of Home Builders' list of 25 most affordable areas during the April-June quarter, the trade group said Wednesday.