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When good role models go bad

It seems that there are only a few short years between the time a celebrity makes it big and when he or she starts making salacious headlines. From internet-famous celebs such as Logan Paul and PewDiePie, to pop culture influencers like Kylie Jenner, good role models can go bad. Sometimes beloved celebrities, such as Michael Jackson, attract headlines in such a negative fashion that it’s really hard to explain news coverage about them to kids who’ve looked up them. The media seem to egg celebs on. Media frenzies can blow an isolated incident totally out of proportion. They can also glamorize bad behavior to the point that kids fantasize about doing – or even acting out – a star’s misdeeds. And repeated stories of stars falling from grace can make kids jaded and feel like they’re all big fakes.

Volkswagen promises to roll out 2 new models every year

Volkswagen plans to offer two new U.S. models every year for the foreseeable future and double the length of its warranties as it tries to attract new customers and recover from a 2015 emissions-cheating scandal.

French fashion giants agree to ban size 0 models

Two of the world’s biggest luxury goods conglomerates announced a joint charter Wednesday which they said aims to protect the health of fashion models by making those who are unhealthily thin ineligible to work.

Tesla chief teases new details on the Model Y, Model 3

At Tesla’s annual shareholder meeting Tuesday, chief executive Elon Musk confirmed the production schedule for the new Model 3, the company’s entry-level auto priced at $35,000, and offered a glimpse of a future sport-utility vehicle, the Model Y.

Christine M. Flowers: Hero worship can harm both sides

A few years ago, Charles Barkley got into a lot of trouble for making the audacious observation that sports figures didn’t need to be role models. Legions of fans and professional journalists (who are simply glorified fans with a byline) were outraged at this attack on the fundamental principle that the person who jumps highest must aim highest, the person who tackles the running back must also be able to tackle life’s problems with grace, the person who hits it out of the park must swing for the cheap seats in real life as well. The problem is not that we look to these people for perfection when they take off their uniforms. It’s that we expect anyone to be our proxies for perfection, as if hitching our ordinary wagons to these extraordinary stars will pull us up with them, to heady heights.

The Verve: Lynch-Chevalier finds own path in fashion, burlesque

On Saturday, dozens of local models will walk the catwalk, showing off the works of local designers during the sixth annual Runway Renegades fashion show. The lineup includes collections called Girls with Guns and Boys with Bombs, Leather and Lace Dripping in Gold, Kizmet, Walk of Shame, Smoke and Mirrors, and Record Couture. The latter is created by Kelly Lynch-Chevalier, of Chevalier Designs, who is all about “owning it.”

Advertisers see growing markets for boomers in fashion, acting

Trudy Raymond has been modeling since she was 2, when she starred in a fashion show at Finch Elementary School in north Spokane. Raymond is now 68 and Friday, she’ll model in “Fire on the Runway 2013” – a fundraiser for American Red Cross Inland Northwest Chapter. She believes she’s the oldest woman in the show, but she embraces the chance to send a message to the audience.

Dads serve as ’watch dogs’ at Spokane school

SPOKANE — A group of men is patrolling the grounds of Roosevelt Elementary School in Spokane. The “Watch Dogs” group organized earlier this year as part of a national program to involve more fathers and male role models in schools.

LA takes shape in CdA

After 10 years of painstaking work late into the night, Larry Kmetz says he’s done. He’s built a city in his basement and is ready now to devote his time to other passions.

Sprint boats return to Webb’s Slough

It’s been a five-year journey for Matt and Amanda Webb, who own and operate Webb’s Slough in St. John. As their 10th race on the popular United States Sprint Boat Association gets into high gear this weekend, the Webbs will work hard right up to the opening of the pits on Saturday morning, just as they have prior to the previous nine stops of the series. “Webb’s Slough is a favorite among fans and racers because of the time and maintenance that is put into the venue and our event planning. This work is easy to see when the fans and racers arrive and we’re not resting or savoring that,” Webb’s Slough’s chief promoter, Amanda Webb, said. “Our 10th race is just as stressful as our first. In fact, we think it’s more so. There are more elements and we know our fans expect bigger and better each time they come to the slough.”