Monday, February 28, 2011

MORNING HEADLINES: Stealing people

Posted on Mon, Feb 28, 2011 at 9:35 AM

Don't steal people — That's the moral from the story of Adrian Garcia, who stole a Spokesman-Review delivery truck while the delivery driver's wife was napping in the back. Garcia thought he was nicking a sweet ride with its load of booty — thousands of Spokemans! — but instead the woman jumped out of the back. The police were soon alerted and Garcia was arrested. (KXLY)

Reverse vampire? — That's the Spokesman's description of Boeing's winning the new tanker deal — "very hard to bring to life, and easy to kill." Way to rain on the parade! And I thought I'd get my own super jet. (SR)

If legislators won't stop it, God will — The megaloads headed north out of Lewiston, Idaho, have been delayed in Kooskia by inclement weather. (KREM)

And, most importantly, who was Gwyneth Paltrow wearing? —  Yes, the Academy Awards were presented last night and some films won them. But did you see the fashion!? (The Guardian)

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Friday, February 25, 2011

THIS WEEKEND IN MUSIC: Punks and ravers!

Posted By on Fri, Feb 25, 2011 at 4:28 PM


You can head to Aclub now for an early, all-ages deal: Straight to our Enemies, A Pyrrhic Victory, Doc Holliday, We Sleep to Dream and FAUS (one of The Inlander's Bands to Watch last year). Lots of thrashing guaranteed. $7. All-ages.

Kicking off its second week of existence, The Hop! (which we gave readers a first look at here) throws a good old punk rock party tonight with performances by Prophets of Addiction, the Sissies, Lobster Jaw, Hotbox, Collateral Damage and They're Watching. Show is at 7:45 pm. All-ages. $5.


If you're hopping on this hot new dub-step train, you might want to get out your best dancing clothes and head to Mario Party #1 — a big ol' electronic party tomorrow night. We originally reported in our print edition that this would be held in the Valley, but since then it has been moved to the Masonic Center (1108 W. Riverside). Performances by Big Chocolate, Tap Attack, Max Go & Chris Lawr, Dirty Panda, Bluebrain and Rishkin. $20. All-ages. (Read our story here about the rebirth of the local electronic scene before you go)

It's been awhile since we've seen the excellent Whiskey Dick Mountain rock it — so we'll probably head to the Baby Bar for a show by the local preacher punks. Show at 10 pm. Free. Gotta be 21.

Hit Mootsy's, too, for another local punk rock show: Hotbox, the Camaros and Neutral Boy. Hotbox – we think — is Spokane's only all-girl punk rock band. (Correct us if we're wrong.) Check them out at 9 pm. $5. Gotta be 21. 

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Watch our slideshow with 'Privilege' director Maria Caprile

Posted on Fri, Feb 25, 2011 at 4:27 PM

Interplayers' production of Paul Weitz's Privileged opens officially tonight. We talked to director Maria Caprile this week for background on the show:

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MORNING HEADLINES: Change - and bitter cold - is in the air

Posted By on Fri, Feb 25, 2011 at 9:08 AM

Idaho's no Wisconsin — The Idaho state senate has OKed two of State Superintendent Tom Luna's school reforms. Those would decrease the teacher's union bargaining rights and set up a merit-based performance pay plan. But the third bill — which would have fired 770 teachers and increased class sizes to save money in the budget to pay for the two provisions — was sent back to committee. Every Democrat in the Idaho senate opposed the measures but stayed and voted against it, instead of fleeing to Montana. (SR)

City plunged back into winter; coffee baristas hardest hit — Some occupations like "TV reporters and drive-through coffee baristas," KREM reports, still have to work in the outdoors during this cold, cold winter temperature. If only they had a warm beverage to give them comfort and keep them awake. (KREM)

Tonight, on COPS — Spokane's law enforcement already has dashboard mounted cameras. But now they want to add a camera mounted on their body, which would be required to be turned on at the beginning of a call. That's good news for cops/people skeptical of cops/fans of Robocop.

Libya's liberation — At one time, peaceful protests in Libya may have been possible. But with gunshots fired into the crowd, Libya's looking more and more like it's doomed for civil war. (Washington Post)

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Thursday, February 24, 2011

THEATER THIS WEEKEND: Spoiled rich kids, pseudo-Elizabethan actors, frozen lovers and anti-segregation singers

Posted on Thu, Feb 24, 2011 at 2:05 PM

Openings this week include a chance to brush up on your Shakespeare at Gonzaga; three Civic actors joining LCHS students in a raucous musical; and   a dramedy about family-financial malfeasance at Interplayers.

Interplayers presents Privilege — a dramedy about the effects on a wealthy family when Dad gets indicted for financial hanky-panky — on Thurs-Sat 7:30 pm, Sun 2 pm. Tickets: $10-$22. Look for our slide show of production photos, with voiceover by director Maria Caprile.

The Compleat Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) will be performed at GU's Magnuson Theater (east end of College Hall, 502 E. Boone Ave.) on Thurs-Sat 7-8:15 pm. (That's right, ten actors will allude to all 37 plays in just 75 minutes.) Directed by Kevin Connell, principal at G-Prep. Free!

Nunsense is sold out at the Civic; it runs through March 6. Read a preview.  


At Lake City Playhouse, Almost, Maine presents nine blackout scenes about people falling in and out and in and out of love. Thurs-Sat 7:30 pm, Sun 2 pm; closes March 6. Read a review. (Photo: Janelle Frisque and Aaron Baldwin)

Lewis and Clark High School's production of Hairspray presents three guest artists associated with the Civic: Thomas Heppler and Troy Nickerson as Wilbur and Edna Turnblad, and David McElroy as Seaweed J. Stubbs. Thurs-Sat 7 pm; closes March 5. $10. 521 W. Fourth Ave. Visit (It's an Inlander Pick in our Feb. 24 issue — see p. 46 for more information.)

Theater Arts for Children presents a musical version of Anne of Green Gables on Fri 7 pm, Sat 4 pm and 7 pm, Sun 2 pm, continuing through March 6. $10; $5, children. TAC is at 10814 E. Broadway Ave., Spokane Valley. Call 995-6718.

NIC presents Crimes of the Heart on Thurs-Sat 7:30 pm inside Boswell Hall, 1000 E. Garden Ave., Coeur d'Alene. Call (208) 769-3220.

Christian Youth Theater presents The Little Mermaid on Fri 7 pm, Sat 3 pm and 7 pm, and Sun 3 pm; closes March 6 at the Kroc, 1765 W. Golf Course Rd., Coeur d'Alene. Call (208) 277-5727)

CYT in Spokane presents Music Man Jr. at the Bing on Fri 7 pm, Sat 3 pm and 7 pm. Tickets: $10-$14.

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Spring! (is in their step) Plus, reader photos

Posted on Thu, Feb 24, 2011 at 11:11 AM


It was quiet out on the city streets this morning. Too quiet.

A little investigative reporting determined that the Spokane School District called a snow day. (Thank you, KPBX)

I live across the street from an elementary school and mornings are usually a crazy snarl of cars jockeying and jostling for a slot at curbside, much like hockey players going hard to the boards. Then the buses come and give their horns an angry blast.

Today. Muffled silence. Nine inches of wind-smoothed fresh powder piled up everywhere. I hear the mayor has eyes and spies everywhere, so I break out the shovel and get to work on the long sidewalk. Even though the jail is filled to critical, they will make room for lazy, cynical scofflaws who don't promptly clear their sidewalks. (And don't put it in the streets!) Damn the stern overlords who run this city.

So I'm sweating away and see two kids trudging towards the school. I mean trudging. Weight of their enormous backpacks bending them earthwards, heads down.

"Hey! You kids!" I yell. "No school today. It's closed by snow!"

The two kids, brothers I'd guess, stand tall. Their backs straighten. Heads swing up. And they spin round and prance — skip and prance — on the way back home.

It's winter on the streets, bro. But there is spring in their steps.

Bonus: —-

Here are some pics that users have sent in, of their own snow experiences in the last 24 hours.



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Posted By on Thu, Feb 24, 2011 at 9:35 AM

The long-anticipated snow day — Spokane Public Schools are closed today, due to the awful, horrible, cursed snow. This is a big deal — in the last 14 years, Spokane Public Schools have only taken nine snow days (and all within a two-year period.) (SR)

Release the snowplows — The city of Spokane has called a stage-two snow emergency. (KXLY)

Crash into me — The Coeur d'Alene press reports massive accidents in Kootenai County yesterday, as you might expect. Drive extremely slow and overly cautious, in the way that out-of-towners like to complain about. (CDAP)

Blaming Bin Laden for everything is soooo 2003 — Muammar Gaddafi has finally figured out what's behind the revolt in his country. No, not years of his despotic rule. Osama Bin Laden. He also claims that protesters were under the influence of hallucinogenic pills put in their coffee. Sure, he sounds crazy. But wouldn't it be insane if he were right? (Washington Post)

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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Rusty Nelson brings a frank take on war to Patty Murray's hearing

Posted on Wed, Feb 23, 2011 at 3:48 PM

Rusty Nelson, center, in blue
  • Rusty Nelson, center, in blue

"I am often told, 'Thank you for your service,' when someone finds out I am a combat veteran from Vietnam. This disturbs me a great deal."

Rusty Nelson was one of the last to speak Wednesday at a veterans' affairs hearing in Spokane with U.S. Sen. Patty Murray. In simple, declarative sentences — delivered calmly and plainly — he wrenched the session into a larger framework.

For 90 minutes, many important topics regarding veterans had been introduced and discussed, either by a panel of local service providers or from the many veterans who packed Spokane's VFW Post 51 with a standing-room only crowd. Murray, recently named chair of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, held her first listening post here and local veterans shot up a forest of raised hands when it came time for comment from the audience.

She was told how a volunteer Veterans Court is keeping vets who are struggling to re-integrate to "normal society" out of jail or prison. She was told how female soldiers struggling with MST — military sexual trauma — were quickly discharged under a finding of "personality disorder" that prevented them from getting help. She heard about homeless vets, and about the still-increasing rates of suicide among soldiers who have been deployed as many as eight times.

It was serious, sober business — a range of injustices committed upon people who answered the nation's call for service.

Rusty Nelson added his clear voice to the larger injustice: war itself.

"When I came home [from Vietnam] ... nobody spat on me or called me a baby-killer. They offered me jobs and shook my hand," he said. "Plus I got a couple of Bronze Stars and other stuff, too, so I don't need to be thanked for that. I was also paid more, during my year in Vietnam — considering inflation — than I have been since.

"I got these rewards for doing the ugliest things I've ever done in my life. I have spent the last 25 years of my life trying to work for peace and justice and I'm rarely thanked for that," Nelson said. "I think most of us who are veterans want to be — instead of being a little special-interest group — we want to be part of our society and part of our country. We want to see good things for everybody. And let's think where our problems as veterans came from — war is an institution that's broken and can't be fixed.

"We should be working, as military people and military veterans, to prevent war and get us out of the stupid wars we are in right now. I think the Veterans' Administration and Veterans' Affairs needs to be a part of that."

The room, crowded with men and women who have often seen the worst humanity can offer, applauded.

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Hump Day Happy Hour

Posted on Wed, Feb 23, 2011 at 9:48 AM

Each Wednesday on Bloglander, we give you a taste of happy hours going on at bars around town that night. (Read previous posts.)

At Jimmy'z, happy hour runs from 4-7 pm. Specials include: $5 appetizers like pancetta and havarti dill sliders, bacon-wrapped beef skewers, garlic fries and more; $2 off select wine; $2 domestic draft beers; $3 micros; $3 wells and $5 martinis.

Hugo's on the Hill celebrates happy hour from 3-6 pm. Specials include: $4 signature martinis; $3-$5 appetizers, including Hugo's sliders; mini-dog sliders and gorgonzola fries; and $3 beers.

The Blue Spark serves happy hour from 4-8 pm. Specials include: $1 off all pints and $1 off all well drinks.

The Steelhead Bar and Grill offers happy hour from 3-5:30 pm. Specials include: $2.50 pints of Bud Light, Coors Light, Kokanee and Blue Moon; $5 Schooners (gigantic) Bud Light, Coors Light, Kokanee and Blue Moon; $5 select glasses of wine; $5 specialty drinks and $6 appetizers.

The Steam Plant Grill serves happy hour from 3-6 pm. Specials include: $2.75 micro brew pints and half-priced appetizers.

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MORNING HEADLINES: Sinking, grounding, and expanding

Posted By on Wed, Feb 23, 2011 at 9:08 AM

Breaking convention -- A mere five years after opening the Spokane Convention Center, the Public Facilities District wants to add on a $65 million, 90,000 expansion. But what of C.I. Shenanigans? There won't be a C.I. Shenanigans, after the PFD gets through with it. (SR)

Sinking anchor – Remember TV anchor Debra Wilde? The Washington State Toxicology Lab does. A blood test revealed that the reason her Jeep Cherokee jumped the guardrail, drove down an embankment and ended up in the creek was, in all likelihood, alcohol related. (KREM)

Chopping the chopper – The Spokane Sheriff's helicopter has aided in rescues, searched for criminals, and excited four-year-old boys who spot it in the air for years. But, due to budget trouble, the chopper may soon be grounded. (KXLY)

A no vote on voting – There won't be a public vote on the proposed McEuen field plan in Coeur D'Alene. The Coeur D'Alene city council may kill the plan, or pass it, but they won't let the voters decide either way. (CDAP)

Chicago's hope -- Rahm Emmanuel, Obama's foul-mouthed former chief of staff, has been elected the new mayor of Chicago. But in a notoriously corrupt city, does Emmanuel think he can change how things get done in the Chicago? Will he even try? (Chicago Tribune)

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