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CBS and Viacom are set to reunite

CBS and Viacom said Tuesday they will reunite, bringing together their networks and the Paramount movie studio as traditional media giants challenge streaming companies like Netflix.

Theater review: ‘Hamilton’ proves why it’s a theatrical sensation

When it comes to “Hamilton,” it’s magical to be in the room where it happens. Since it opened in New York three years ago, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s sung-through musical about America’s first treasury secretary, Alexander Hamilton, has been a sensation. Fans not able to make the trip to New York or Chicago or Los Angeles have made do by listening to the best-selling cast recording. Seeing it in person, however, even after listening to that cast album 8,000 times, puts the show in a whole new light.

Mary Anne Stuckart: As public schools improve, so does our democracy

I look back with joy and satisfaction on my career as an educator. In 1981, I began teaching preschool at a local church. Much to my delight, in August of 1986, I was hired as a kindergarten teacher by Spokane Public Schools. Thus began my 34 years in public education. Every day held new surprises, challenges and joy as I interacted with the students, parents and fellow staff. I held a variety of educational positions: classroom teacher, Title I teacher, assistant principal and principal.

100 years ago in Spokane: Big stars help celebrate birthday of today’s Bing Crosby Theater

Some of Hollywood’s biggest stars were scheduled to help the Clemmer Theatre, known today as the Bing Crosby Theater, celebrate its second birthday. Mary Pickford, the biggest star of all, was one of several film idols scheduled to send a film clip in which she “speaks a word of greeting to Clemmer patrons” and congratulates the theater on its birthday. One of Pickford’s films had opened the Clemmer two years earlier and her movies “have been seen there exclusively ever since.”

Hollywood movie producer apologizes for using news footage of B-52 crash

Hollywood producer Michael Bay apologized Wednesday for including a two-second clip that appears to be the fiery plane crash of a B-52 bomber that went down while practicing for an air show at Fairchild Air Force Base in 1994. The footage in the movie “Project Almanac” has been removed, according to the Air Force Times newspaper.

Washington AG warns high court of ‘slippery slope’ in public education case

OLYMPIA – The Washington Supreme Court should not go down a “slippery slope” and punish the Legislature because it didn’t come up with a complete plan to improve public schools, the state attorney general’s office said. Although public education is the state’s “paramount” duty, it is not the only duty, and the Legislature still has to pay for programs for public health, safety and welfare, Attorney General Bob Ferguson and a group of senior assistants said this week in their last written argument before all sides in the case appear before the state’s highest court next Wednesday.

Here’s the Dirt: TierPoint’s growth continues with new 15,000-square-foot facility

TierPoint, the Liberty Lake data center company, has opened doors on its third addition, a 15,000-square-foot facility. TierPoint provides corporate customers with secure and environmentally controlled business and network management services. The new TierPoint 3 project came to $8.5 million, with design by Spokane-based Bernardo Wills Architects; construction general contractor is Mike Silvey.

State penalizes lender

OLYMPIA – Washington’s state financial regulatory agency said Tuesday it intends to revoke the business license and fine Paramount Equity Mortgage Inc., for “deceptive lending practices.” The California-based company, with offices in Bellevue and Spokane, is widely known for radio ads featuring owner Hayes Barnard.