Monday, October 31, 2011

Spokane City Council to consider budgets and public urination tonight

Posted on Mon, Oct 31, 2011 at 2:42 PM


Mayor Mary Verner will present her proposed 2012 budget to the Spokane City Council tonight.

The Council will then have until the end of the year to work out a final budget proposal and will hold hearings on Mondays through November, according to a statement from the city.

In other business, the Council will consider whether to use money from a city reserve to fix drainage issues at the Indian Canyon driving range and replace a cart at Downriver Golf Course.

They will also vote on an ordinance raising garbage rates in the new year.

Two ordinances dealing with public urination will have their first reading: one that removes the crime from under the umbrella of the lewd-conduct statute, and a second that creates a new section in the municipal code that makes public urination a misdemeanor.

The provision argues that relieving oneself in public is not a sexual act, and therefore it is not appropriate for it to be dealt with under the lewd-conduct statute.

Another ordinance on first reading will align the city's drug paraphernalia statute with state law.

The meeting, in City Council chambers, begins tonight at 6:30 p.m., a half-hour later than usual.

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Thirteen songs for Halloween

Posted By on Mon, Oct 31, 2011 at 2:12 PM

It may be Monday, but at least it’s Halloween. Here are 13 songs to get you into the spirit of the day. Some are classics, and some are much more recent.

We start with the deliciously creepy Screamin’ Jay Hawkins and make our way through twisted, sad, fun, campy and disturbing.

We end with Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky’s terrifying “Night on Bald Mountain.” Even as an adult, and even without Disney’s Fantasia animation, “Bald Mountain” is, to me, the scariest piece of music ever written.

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MORNING BRIEFING: It would have been Otto Zehm's birthday today

Posted By on Mon, Oct 31, 2011 at 9:05 AM


It would have been Otto Zehm's birthday today, if he hadn't died in Spokane police custody five years ago. In a moment of cosmic irony, the trial of the officer charged in his death, Karl Thompson, should wrap up today with closing arguments. (SR)

This weekend DEA agents set up an unwanted-prescription-drug booth in Spokane to take back legally prescribed pills that people didn't want any more. Most of the people who took the DEA up on the offer appear to have been people suffering a severe allergy to fun. (KXLY)

People were eating ribs here 14,000 years ago ... mastodon ribs, to be exact. The finding, by a WSU scientist, was published in the journal Science today and proves we were barbecuing Flintstones-style in the Inland Northwest about 1,000 years earlier than previously believed. (SPR)

Out There

The hyper-conservative Koch Brothers helped bankroll climate research done by a noted climate-change skeptic at UC Berkeley. His findings: Yep, shit's getting warmer, alright.

Everybody wants their baby to be the 7 billionth Related: People who track global population warn, "You breeders are kinda missing the point."

After denying it, then blaming it on others, and the media, and opponents, Herman Cain admits to being accused of sexual harrassment. But is all, like, "I totally didn't do it. You guys are jerks for bringing it up."

Chart of the Morning 

Incidental Comics via Boing Boing

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Friday, October 28, 2011

THIS WEEKEND IN MUSIC: Blue Scholars! Silver Treason! Koffin Kats!

Posted By on Fri, Oct 28, 2011 at 2:02 PM



Seattle's Blue Scholars approach hip-hop in a brainy, bookish kind of way. Read our interview with them here and check them out tonight at A Club. It's $15, and all-ages. Starts at 7 pm

Downstairs at Mootsy's, a few locals congregate: Diamond Speedboat, Team Growl, BBBBandits and Casey Rogers. 10 pm. $5. Gotta be 21.

And if you're in the Moscow area, head on over to the Kenworthy Theater where the Horse Thieves (who we wrote about in last week's paper) will host their second CD Release show at 7:30 pm. Bart Budwig opens. $10-$12. All-ages.


If you missed the Blue Scholars in Spokane, head southward to check them out at the Belltower in Pullman on Saturday night.

At the Baby Bar/Neato Burrito, honky-tonkers Silver Treason, one of our 2011 Bands to Watch, play alongside the Perennials. Shows there start around 10 pm, and are usually free. All-ages.

Just over the Monroe Street Bridge, at the Hop!, Detroit punks the Koffin Kats will be back to rock the house. They play with locals Reason for Existence, Losing Skin, Mercy Brown, the 45s and Rockin Yotes. 6:30 pm. $13. All-ages.

Downtown at Mootsy's, local purveyor of the very darkest of music, Dan Ocean (another one of our 2011 Bands to Watch), hooks up with Justin East to produce Brothers of Midnite — a creepy DJ project spinning darkwave, drag and witchhouse. $3. 9 pm.

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BACON ALERT: Bacon Chocolate Bar

Posted By on Fri, Oct 28, 2011 at 12:32 PM

Welcome to the second-ever edition of BACON ALERT — your only local news service passionately devoted to round-the-clock coverage of any and all things bacon in the Inland NW.  

Let's get crackling.

Our dear Lady Bacon can be a fickle mistress indeed. She often appears in delicacies only to vanish off the menu after a short, passionate rendezvous with our taste buds ... and our hearts.

Our previous Bacon Alert cataloged her appearance at Sante, where she took the form of bacon ice cream. Today, she has moved on to something much more solid.

Amy Edwards of Amy E's Bakery in Moscow, Id., has made a special order of bacon chocolate bars for the Moscow Food Co-Op after their previous bacon bar was discontinued. Think the sexy saltiness of bacon combined with the rich essence of chocolate. It's arousing, to say the least.

But alas, it seems that like its predecessor, our time with this new bacon love is short.

"I don't know when I'll be making it again, or if I will be [at all]" says Edwards. "I'm too busy with my other candy."

Well. If that's how it's gonna be ...

Stock up now, for the end is nigh. I mean, they're bound to run out at some point. Sigh. Bacon, why must we forever chase after you?

Moscow Food Co-Op • 121 E. 5th St., Moscow, ID • Open daily from 7:30 am-9 pm • • 208-882-8537

Do you have something you'd like to share with the class? Send your hot, sizzling bacon tips to [email protected]

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Half-price menus at the Davenport

Posted By on Fri, Oct 28, 2011 at 12:26 PM


Free food is ideal. But half-off is still an awesome deal.

To celebrate the reopening of its newly renovated Palm Court Grill, the Davenport Hotel is offering half off lunch, dinner and late-night menus. The deal is being offered at the Peacock Room Lounge and Davenport Lobby, in addition to the Palm Court Grill, through Nov. 23. Happy-hour drinks are also half-price in the bar 4-6 pm daily.

In a press release about the event, Davenport owner Walt Worthy said, “It was important that we lower our menu prices and make it less of a destination for only special occasions, and turn it into a destination for everyday occasions.”

Renovations to the Palm Court Grill include additional seating, a bar in the restaurant, and historic pictures of the Davenport’s rich history.

This deal just began this week and you still have about a month to enjoy it, but it’s sure to draw some crowds, so reservations are probably a good idea. Make them online at or call 509-789-6848.

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Two more cool videos to start your morning

Posted on Fri, Oct 28, 2011 at 8:01 AM

This video, which uses adorable cartoon blue whales to depict the floods ravaging Thailand, is meant to explain to the Thai people why the floods are happening and what they can do to — calmly — prepare themselves. Good message, better animation.

Smashing pumpkins at 1000 frames per second

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MORNING BRIEFING: Crime spree, suspicious death, getting drunk onstage

Posted on Fri, Oct 28, 2011 at 6:43 AM


Crime spree, suspicious death — A Spokane man is sentenced to 184 1/2 years in prison, and police investigate a suspicious death in Finch Arboretum (SR)

Performers can now drink onstage — An amendment to Liquor Control Board code no longer classifies onstage performers as employees of a venue (KXLY)

House fire — A man in Spokane Valley is transported after another house fire (KREM)

Out There

Lobbies raise millions — Despite a pledge not to take money from lobbyists, President Obama accepts campaign donations (New York Times)

European debt pact — European leaders agree on a plan to end their 2-year-old debt crisis (SR)

Horn-honking conviction — Supreme Court overturns a woman's dispute with her neighbor (Seattle Times)

Sex scandal — An Ohio gym teacher is convicted of having sex with multiple students (Seattle Times)

Video of the Morning

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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Bustamante may have designed core assignments around 'stalking behaviors'

Posted By on Thu, Oct 27, 2011 at 2:54 PM


Ernesto Bustamante, the University of Idaho professor who allegedly stalked and killed one of his former students before committing suicide, may have developed a large assignment for one of his psychology classes based around stalking behaviors.

At the university, Bustamante taught Psych 218, where he met Katy Benoit, the woman he allegedly entered into a sexual relationship with, stalked, threatened with a gun, and killed.

In a series of emails between Aug. 24 and 25, which were recently released to the media, several of Bustamante's colleagues discussed whether the subject matter for Psych 218 (Introduction to Research in the Behavioral Sciences) should be changed. Research papers and writing assignments were geared toward discussing stalking behaviors, with a “Stalking Behaviors Survey” assignment originally due Sept. 23, 2011.

A student, retaking the course, wrote in email to say, "This is just friendly advice, in the light of recent events the stalking behavior subject matter is inappropriate and even offensive. I would kindly suggest that the psychology department consider changing the topic of our research paper to account for sensitivity of recent events.”

"Given what happened it is pretty unnerving that Ernesto chose stalking as a topic (at least I’m assuming he came up with these assignments),” wrote Kenneth Locke,the chair of the school's psychology department, in an email.

While one redacted source said he or she was not sure if Ernesto had created the assignments, another redacted source noted, “I believe that Ernesto did create the assignment since Brian did not use it when he taught 218.”

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TRAILER THURSDAY Whet Your Rum Whistleblower edition

Posted By on Thu, Oct 27, 2011 at 1:07 PM

It’s China, late seventh century, and Empress Wu is set to be the first woman to ascend to the throne. But a slew of fiery deaths stirs fear in the royal jet-set. The empress (Carina Lau) frees Detective Dee (Andy Lau), a revolutionary doing hard time, to investigate the murders. Helping him is the empress’s right-hand woman, as well as an apparently albino investigator and a comrade of Dee from his dissident days. Great visuals, but the supporting characters are thin. At Magic Lantern (JO) PG-13

The rich can live forever. The poor die young. It's 21st century Darwinism in the new film In Time, written and directed by Andrew Niccol (Gattaca). In the future, people stop aging at 25 and must work to put more time on the mortal clock. When a young man finds himself with more time than he can imagine, he's got to run from corrupt police. Starring Justin Timberlake, Amanda Seyfried and Cillian Murphy, all of whom themselves never appear to age. Conspiracy? (JO) PG-13

Gil is a Hollywood screenwriter struggling to finish his first novel when he and his fiancee Inez travel to Paris. Gil falls in love with the city, but Inez is dismissive. One night, Gil wanders the streets and finds himself mysteriously transported to the 1920s and repeats the journey each night. His encounters with historical greats the likes of Cole Porter, Ernest Hemingway and Pablo Picasso lead him to realize the shortcomings of his relationship with Inez and their divergent goals. At Magic Lantern (LZ) Rated PG-13

The adorable feline (voiced by Antonio Banderas) from the Shrek franchise has gotten his own feature film. Before Puss met Shrek and Donkey, he had his own sidekicks Humpty Dumpty (Zach Galifianakis) and Kitty Softpaws (Salma Hayek). With their help, Puss sets off on a dangerous adventure to stop two murderous outlaws, Jack and Jill, who have discovered an ancient power that could destroy the world. (LZ) Rated PG

The Rum Diary is based on an early, semi-autobiographical novel by Hunter S. Thompson (with Johnny Depp reprising the barely disguised lead role), inspired by Thompson’s exploits in Puerto Rico in 1960 — a period during which he found his voice and invented gonzo journalism. Writer/director Bruce Robinson (How to Get Ahead in Advertising) adapts the material with an ear for piercing dialogue, an eye for crucial atmospheric details, and a sensitivity to the romanticism of the novel. The Rum Diary is a damn funny movie with a lot on its mind. It’s great fun to watch and listen to Johnny Depp play Hunter S. Thompson again. If you miss Hunter as much as I do, you don’t want to miss this movie. (CS) Rated R

Kathryn Bolkovac, a former police investigator from Nebraska, is working as a U.N. International Police Force monitor in the late 1990s when she uncovers a human-trafficking scandal involving a U.S. military contractor and the United Nations in post-war Bosnia. Rachel Weisz plays Bolkovac in this new thriller about her attempts to investigate and expose the corruption and cover-ups of a world of multinational diplomatic doubletalk. Based on actual events. At Magic Lantern (LZ) Rated R

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