Born and raised in Spokane. Graduated from high school in 1969. Spent 4 years in the Air Force and went into broadcasting after discharge in 1975. Dean has been in the Spokane market since 1982. He is married with 2 children and 2 grandchildren. When Dean’s not working you will most likely find him on the golf course or watching sports!
Teresa has been on the air in Spokane for more than two decades as a co-host & news anchor on two successful morning radio shows and a familiar face to Inland Northwest TV viewers as a morning news reporter and anchor. Her work behind the scenes includes producing and hosting numerous special programs like 4-Your Health, ExplorerTV, and Bloomsday coverage.
TMI - The kids say that stnads for "Too Much Information." In this case it is true. Social media users have been known to be guilty of over-sharing aspects of their lives. The worst offenders are those who constantly update their friends and followers about their diet and fitness regime, which 53-percent say is the most irritating of social media habits. Other posts people find particularly annoying include photos of meals and vague or cryptic status updates about being unhappy. Respondents are also irked by people who "check in" to locations wherever they go. More than half say updates like these have forced them to cut back on how much social media they use.
Even though many of us have that neighbor who is the eye sore of the neighborhood. Overall, many Americans believe their yard reflects how they feel about their home. On a scale of one to ten, 73-percent of the respondents in a new Harris Interactive poll would rate the importance of maintaining their yard at a seven or higher, with 23-percent giving it a ten. For 42-percent, taking care of their yard is one way they show pride in their home. Fifteen-percent believe a well-maintained yard helps them maintain the value of their property. Sixteen-percent tend to their yard so they can have an outdoor space to relax. That's also the most common use of the yard, with 26-percent saying the go out for some relaxation. Seventeen-percent enjoy gardening, and 14-percent will do things in their yard as a family. Eleven-percent use their yard primarily as a space for their pets to play and get exercise. The majority of Americans have a yard. Just 12-percent of the respondents don't have any yard or landscaping around their home.
Manhattan Most Expensive Place To Marry
Weddings appear to be recession-proof. According to TheKnot.com and WeddingChannel.com's annual "Real Weddings Study," just 26-percent of the women who got married in 2012 say the economy had an affect on their wedding plans. The price tag of a wedding also continues to climb, with the average ceremony last year costing nearly 28-thousand-500-dollars. The most expensive place to tie the knot is Manhattan, where the average wedding budget in 2012 was 76-thousand-687-dollars. But couples spent significantly less throughout the rest of the New York metro area, which takes third on the list with the average cost in the 39-to-49-thousand-dollar range. Chicago ranks second for expensive weddings, with brides, grooms, and their families shelling out an average of 49-thousand-810-dollars on the event. Weddings in Northern, Central, and Southern New Jersey ranged from 35-thousand-375-to-48-thousand-496-dollars. Rhode Island couples set aside 47-thousand-399-dollar for their wedding.
A 106-year old Beverly, Massachusetts man can now call himself a high school graduate. According to the "Boston Globe," Fred Butler dropped out of school in eighth grade to help his family out with the bills. Apparently, the decision was something he always regretted. All that changed on Monday when Beverly High School honored Butler with a special ceremony where students from this year's graduating class presented him with an honorary diploma. Butler was grateful for the tribute and thanked "everybody who is responsible" for allowing him to feel like a graduate. He says that he "never expected to get anything like that." Cathy Bulter, one of Fred's relatives, says that although he never graduated, he "stands for all the values a high school community hopes to represent."
Identity theft is on the rise in a big way. Credit.com co-founder Adam Levin says a lot of people will become victims during tax season. The Federal Trade Commission logged 400-thousand complaints of identity theft last year. That's a 32-percent increase over 2011. Levin says criminals are using all avenues, taking advantage of unprotected Internet connections and unlocked mail boxes alike. While consumers can take measures to protect themselves, Levin says it's simply impossible to completely prevent identity theft.
The recent Carnival Cruise catastrophe appears to have soured people on cruises in general. Fifty-seven-percent of all respondents in a new Harris Interactive poll say they believe it's "much more reliable" to fly than to take a cruise, and 50-percent think flying is "much safer." And overall, just 35-percent feel a cruise is "worry free." But opinions vary depending on experience. Among those who've taken a cruise before, 53-percent would describe them as "worry free," compared to just 25-percent of those who haven't ever been on a cruise. And of the experienced cruise travelers polled, 64-percent feel air travel is less reliable and 55-percent think planes are less safe. However, even those who've been on a cruise are now thinking twice about future trips. Forty-three-percent of former cruise travelers admit they're less inclined to take a cruise now than they were a year ago, along with 58-percent of those who've never gone on a cruise. However, even though the early spring to Spokane has brought a great feeling, dreaming about sunshine while on a cruise still feels pretty good.
Many Americans admit they have a tough time taking a vacation. More than 60-percent of the respondents in the Best Western Vacation Citation survey say it was hard for them to take time off work over the past 12 months, and many expect that they won't be using up all of the days they're entitled to take this year. More than half add work concerns prevent them from really unwinding while they're away. Fifty-five-percent simply cannot let a full five days go by without checking their work e-mail or voicemail, while 45-percent say five days is the longest they can go without checking in. But 64-percent also admit their job is why they need a vacation in the first place. But work demands aren't the biggest vacation obstacle. A third won't take all their vacation time because they're worried that they'll spend too much money, while 16-percent say "too much work" will keep them from taking all of their allotted time off.
Most people will likely be dining on chicken. Forty-three-percent of the respondents in a FoodNetwork.com poll say the versatile bird is their "go-to main dish." And chicken leads the list by a pretty hefty margin. Ranking second is beef, with 26-percent expressing confidence that they could easily whip up something tasty using the red meat.
Meanwhile, just 16-percent say they have a reliable fish dish at their disposal. Another 16-percent go meatless, and are most inclined to prepare a vegetarian dish if they have nothing else planned.
Washington D.C. Named Worst City For Traffic Congestion
People who live in Washington D.C. lose more hours to traffic than any other major U.S. city, according to the Texas A&M Transportation Institute's annual survey. Commuters in the nation's capital lose an average of 67 hours a year. That's almost 30 hours more than the average American commuter. Los Angeles and San Francisco are tied in second place, with drivers in both California cities spending 61 hours a year stuck behind the wheel in traffic. Fourth place goes to Newark, New Jersey, followed by Boston. Houston, Atlanta, Chicago and Philadelphia all rank in the top ten as well. However, the most recent numbers are significantly lower than the traffic figures from before the 2007 recession, which experts say could be due to fewer employed people being on the roads during regular work hours. So the next time you are stuck in traffic in Spokane, be thankful you are not in D.C. Because around here, you are still just 15 minutes from anywhere.