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Richardson has stepped up for Seahawks

Paul Richardson’s been down three different times before getting to the NFL – and then again during the first half of his pro-debut season. So, no, he couldn’t wait to get up.

Stern improved NBA

David Stern remembers the days when an NBA staff that numbered about two dozen was just trying to keep some teams in existence long enough to get them on national TV. Now the former commissioner looks at a league that has games televised around the world, whose players average more than $5 million a year in salary as the highest-paid team athletes in sports. “All you can do is focus on small chunks of it, but it’s great fun to contemplate how the NBA family has pulled together to be at a place where our players are now at the top of the celebrity period. Pretty, pretty amazing and great,” Stern said. He will be enshrined Friday in the Hall of Fame, along with former players Alonzo Mourning and Mitch Richmond, along with NCAA coaches Nolan Richardson and Gary Williams. – Associated Press

Franklin Elementary students have fun with egg drop

Carried by balloons and construction paper parachutes, cushioned by bubble wrap and supported by Popsicle sticks and straws, raw eggs sailed through the air at Franklin Elementary School’s egg drop on Tuesday. A group of product development engineers from Siemens spent the morning with third- and fourth-grade students, coaching them through the development of a contraption that would carry an egg safely through the air starting with a 6-foot drop and ending with a 25-foot drop.

Seahawks sign second-round pick Paul Richardson

The Seattle Seahawks officially signed wide receiver and 2014 second-round pick Paul Richardson on Wednesday. Like all non-first-round picks, Richardson signed a four-year contract. The Seahawks selected the speedy but slim Richardson 45th overall out of Colorado with their first pick of this year’s draft. Richardson participated in rookie minicamp last weekend, where he had two touchdowns the first day. He had to sit out the other two days because of a shoulder injury. Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said Richardson would be fine and was sitting out as a precaution. Tacoma News Tribune

Seattle drafts speedy receiver

After twice trading down, the Seattle Seahawks picked Colorado wide receiver Paul Richardson with the No. 45 overall pick in the second round of the NFL draft on Friday. Seattle was originally scheduled to pick at No. 40 before making a second draft trade, this time with Detroit. By moving back five spots, the Seahawks were still able to get a speedy receiver to add to their roster and help make up for the loss of Golden Tate in free agency.

Goodwill seek mentors for youths

Goodwill Industries of the Inland Northwest received a $350,000 grant in January to fund its GoodGuides youth mentoring program. It’s the second time Goodwill received this grant from the federal Office of Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention. The GoodGuides program matches small groups of young people, ages 12 to 17, with business leaders who mentor the youths for 12 months.

Mourning enters hall

Alonzo Mourning went to Georgetown to play basketball, not discover the world. The 6-foot-10 center who won an NBA title with the Miami Heat was voted to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Monday, adding that honor to becoming a board member at his alma mater. “I didn’t understand the prestige of this university; the global prestige of this university,” Mourning (pictured) said. “Never in my wildest dreams would I ever thought as a freshman that I would be sitting on the board of that university. Now I’m rubbing elbows with CEOs and billionaires and individuals that helped change this world.” Mourning was elected along with former NBA star Mitch Richmond and NCAA championship-winning coaches Nolan Richardson and Gary Williams. They’ll be inducted Aug. 8 in Springfield, Mass. – AP

Indians unite Spokane youth baseball

Negotiating Spokane’s youth baseball maze became much easier Wednesday with the click of a mouse. The Spokane Indians unveiled a nonprofit collaboration with three youth baseball leagues that will set aside years of turf battles that often left parents and players frustrated.

As SCRAPS prepares to run city animal control, others pursue joint efforts

Matthew Copeland spent Halloween morning getting to know Omar, a 7-month-old Australian Kelpie puppy who lapped at Copeland’s hands and sniffed around the spacious pen at a north Spokane PetSmart location. “He’s a good-looking dog,” Copeland said, as the black-and-tan sheepdog lifted his paw in an effort to “shake.”

Primping for 40 years

It’s a lot harder than it would seem at first – dogs don’t necessarily like baths. For more than 40 years, Debbie’s Dog Grooming have been giving Spokane Valley pets their baths and cuts.

Budgets’ numbers beat expectations in Millwood

The Millwood City Council was treated to good budget news during last week’s regular City Council meeting. City Treasurer Debbie Matkin said three funds that were expected to have large deficits for 2013 – water, sewer and general – had improved significantly since her presentation the previous month.

Cleveland rookie Richardson may miss first game

Trent Richardson may miss his first game for the Cleveland Browns. The highly regarded rookie was not in pads, his left leg was wrapped, and he did not participate in practice at all on Tuesday.

True community effort

Samantha Davis, 2, squealed and giggled as her mother, Malissa Davis, applied sunscreen to her arms and shoulders at the Millwood City Park wading pool Thursday. Samantha’s sister, Gabby, 5, pretended to be a dolphin, splashing in the water as she scooted through the water on her belly.

Gains over five years have cut sharply the use of euthanasia

Spokane animal shelters are nearing a long-sought goal of not killing healthy cats or dogs, in large measure by increasing pet sterilizations in recent years. The “live release rate” in Spokane – the percentage of pets adopted out or returned to owners – has risen to 73.6 percent during the first five months of 2012, from 55.9 percent in 2008.