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FROM FOR THE RECORD (Tuesday, March 3, 1998): Correction Date incorrect: A forum about the River Park Square redevelopment project will be held tonight at 7 p.m. at West Central Community Center, 1603 N. Belt. The date was incorrect in Monday's paper.
Many people dream of turning their expertise into an entrepreneurial venture, but few actually do it. While you can make money working as a consultant, the real challenge is creating a business around your passion and knowledge. Daniel Yergin, energy expert, historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author, started Cambridge Energy Research Associates in 1985 with a used $2 filing cabinet and a research assistant. Last year, the 200-employee consulting firm generated $40 million in billings. To expand its operations, CERA merged in mid-February with MCM, a New York City-based consulting firm with 100 employees that specializes in the currency and debt markets. The companies will continue to work independently as well as together on projects, according to Yergin, who now serves as vice chairman of the parent company, Global Decisions Group.
Though they're probably very aware and responsive, Spokane's business people could probably use a cultural sensitivity course to prepare them for the expectations and customs of other nations. When is a handshake appropriate? How often and how long should you look your foreign counterpart in the eye? These questions and more will be answered at a seminar sponsored by the Spokane Regional International Trade Alliance.
Shaquille O'Neal comes up short against Charles Oakley. Photo by Associated Press
Post Falls Middle School students gather around the ruler as teacher Kaye Kamp explains the difference between inches and centimeters. Photo by Kristy MacDonald/The Spokesman-Review
Michael Finley scored 27 points and A.C. Green had a season-high 25 points and 11 rebounds as the Dallas Mavericks shocked the Washington Wizards 103-77 Saturday in Washington. Dallas improved its second-worst record in the league to 11-46 by handing Washington its worst defeat of the season. The Wizards' previous largest loss was a 22-point setback to New York in November. Rod Strickland led the Wizards with 27 points and nine assists, but Washington couldn't overcome a season-low 34.6 percent (28 for 81) shooting from the field.
Not in my back yard, Part I This week's solar eclipse seems to have sent weird waves everywhere. The Coeur d'Alene Chamber of Commerce says it isn't yet taking a position on the EPA's plan to look at mining pollution in the entire Coeur d'Alene Basin. This is the same chamber that sent a representative to Sandpoint a few weeks ago to lobby in favor of a mine that could muck up Lake Pend Oreille - that gem in Sandpoint's back yard. Not in my back yard, Part II
Q. This winter/early spring, I've been introduced to the sport of climbing (both rock and ice) and I think it's going to become my No. 2 hobby. Now, I feel it is time to buy some gear (my No. 1 hobby!). I have ice climbing boots but don't have any rock shoes or a harness. Do you have any suggestions for a beginner all-around harness that can be used for both rock and ice? Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks. Ben MacInnis Gear Guy: There are a number of good all-around harnesses on the market, Ben. One of the best, in my view, is the 3-D 550 from Metolius ($57). It's affordable, trim enough for rock, and comfortable enough for all-day wear. Plus, it has an adjustable rise for above-average fit. REI's Spire ($49) is a great bargain in a laminated-foam harness that also works well in most conditions. For a few bucks more, Climb High's Solstice ($80) has buckles designed to be easily threaded when wearing gloves. Finally, Black Diamond's Bod harness ($50) is a classic all-around design.
It almost sounds too good to be true, the way Spokane's Todd Horner tells it: He and a few other ingenious gamblers found a numerical pattern in the Coeur d'Alene Tribal Casino's on-line lottery and used it to win more than $45,000.
Royce Olney wasn't thinking about an NBA career. Never did. Never will. He was always pointing toward cracking New Mexico's starting lineup, turning a regional program into a consistent top-25 team, beating Utah, going further than one win in the NCAA tournament.
What are your chances for booking a cruise at the last minute and getting a great deal in the process? Cruise companies would like you to believe that with less than three months notice - their version of "last minute" - it's highly improbable. They want to fill their ships early, which is why the biggest discounts are offered for those who book six to 12 months out. "The last-minute market is not one we're interested in," sniffs Carnival spokesman Tim Gallagher.
At this rate, Paul Kariya might not be ready for the much-anticipated Chicago-Anaheim grudge match March 25 at the United Center. The Mighty Ducks' captain is still suffering from postconcussion syndrome after taking a Gary Suter cross-check to the jaw Feb. 1. Suter's four-game suspension ended Thursday and he was back in the Hawks' lineup, but Kariya remains on the sideline. When he'll return is unclear. "He gets a headache just talking to people," said Ducks coach Pierre Page. "Paul needs to be cleared for a week (before returning), and he hasn't been cleared for a day yet.
J.C. Penney Co. said fiscal fourth-quarter earnings rose 21 percent as the department store retailer reined in inventory costs during the holidays to offset a decline in sales.
Two hall of fame sportscasters died just two days and a thousand miles apart last week. Fittingly, they were linked by more than a common craft. Dick Wright, who spent two decades as the "voice of Valley sports" while at KZUN Radio, was an inveterate St. Louis Cardinals fan. Harry Caray was the St. Louis sportscaster for 25 years beginning when Dick listened to Cardinal broadcasts while growing up in Anaconda, Mont.
Garry Richards leaves work for the last time. Photo by Steve Thompson/The Spokesman-Review
In a funeral mass marked by more laughs than tears, the sports world said goodbye to Hall of Fame baseball broadcaster Harry Caray. He was remembered Friday as a people-loving master of the microphone who got generations of fans hooked on the game. "He led more fans to the ballpark than any other announcer in the history of baseball," declared Tribune Co. executive vice president Jim Dowdle. It was Dowdle who hired Caray 16 years ago to be the voice of the Chicago Cubs. "There's no one on the horizon who comes close to equaling the affection the fans had for him," sportscaster Brent Musberger said.
1. In her home office overlooking Coeur d'Alene, Susan Hagen Nipp works on another song for the Wee Sing series for children. Photo by Kristy MacDonald/The Spokesman-Review 2. Susan Hagen Nipp walks through the woods surrounding her home every morning. "It's part of the creative process," she said, although she doesn't usually wear the Sing-a-ling costume on her walks.
Bonners Ferry 160-pounder Travis Liermann, left, found his way out of trouble to earn a quarterfinal win by decision over Sugar Salem's Brandon John. Photo by Jason Clark/The Spokesman-Review
Investors continue to pour money into U.S. stock mutual funds, according to an industry research report. An estimated net $5.31 billion funneled into equity funds in the one-week period ended Monday, up from about a net $945 million in the prior week, according to Trim Tabs Financial Services Inc., which tracks mutual fund money flows. A big chunk of the fresh investments in the latest week, or about $3.04 billion, went into "growth" and "aggressive growth" stock funds, Trim Tabs reported.
Several Valley churches are planning special Wednesday night events that will run throughout Lent. The Holy Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 2511 S. Pines, will host midweek 7 p.m. worship services beginning this week. Each service will include the dramatization of a Biblical story told through the eyes of a Biblical character. A soup supper will precede each worship service at 6 p.m. There is no charge for the meal, but those wanting to attend are asked to call the church office at 926-7966 so organizers know how much soup to prepare.