Thursday, October 27, 2011

Scary movies this week

Posted on Thu, Oct 27, 2011 at 12:27 PM

Halloween is the one time of year when it's "socially acceptable" to watch sick, perverse, grisly films. If you're not into the latest Paranormal Activity or Human Centipede movies (p.s. you're totally missing out) check out your local movie theaters. They've got all the aliens, zombies, and torture porn your sick twisted heart desires.

Oct. 26 at 7 pm, Kroc Center
Monster Hours - Family
Three fifth-graders try to defeat a house that is stealing toys from all the children in the neighborhood.

Oct. 29 at midnight, Garland Theater
Rocky Horror Picture Show - Cult classic musical
An unsuspecting couple wanders into an alien transvestite's home, mayhem ensues. There's enough sex, costumes and murder to classify this as a Halloween movie.

Oct. 30 at 8 pm, Kenworthy Performing Arts Centre
Night of the Living Dead - Zombie
When unexpected radiation raises the dead, a microcosm of average America has to battle flesh-eating zombies.

Oct. 30, times vary, Bing Crosby Theater
6 pm, The Legend of Sleepy Hallow - Family
Bing Crosby narrates and sings this cartoon classic based on Washington Irving's All Hallow's Eve tale

7 pm, Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy - Comedy
Bud and Lou find themselves pursued by an Egyptian cult for a special medallion linked to a walking mummy.

9 pm, Halloween (1978) - Massacre/suspense
A psychotic murderer institutionalized since childhood escapes and stalks a high school girl and her friends while his doctor chases him through the streets.

Oct. 31 at 7 pm, Kenworthy Performing Arts Centre
Psycho - Hitchcock suspense /thriller
Marion Crane visits the Bates Motel, where a deranged man named Norman and his dominating mother wreak havoc.

Oct. 31 at 6 pm, Magic Lantern Theater (three movies per showing)
Theater 1:
Night of the Living Dead - Zombie
When unexpected radiation raises the dead, a microcosm of average America has to battle flesh-eating zombies.

The Thing - Alien
Researchers in the remote Antarctic dig up the remains of a spacecraft that has long been frozen in the ice, but the alien life unthaws and infects the living.

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) - Gore/torture porn
A group of five young friends face a nightmare of torment at the hands of a depraved Texas clan. It has been called grisly, sick, and perverse

Theater 2:
Ghostbusters - Comedy
Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis and Ernie Hudson star as a quartet of Manhattan-based paranormal investigators.

Night of the Living Dead - Zombie
When unexpected radiation raises the dead, a microcosm of average America has to battle flesh-eating zombies.

Army of Darkness - Comic-book horror
A one-armed supermarket employee is transported by the powers of a mysterious book back in time with his Oldsmobile '88 to the 14th century.

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Paying to see your favorite criminal

Posted on Thu, Oct 27, 2011 at 12:06 PM

The Kootenai County Jail has found a new way to bring in money, according to the Coeur d'Alene Press. By charging to see inmates.

Where the jail used to allow only two visits a week per inmate, now the facility is allowing folks to visit more often — for 25 cents per minute or $7.50 for a half-hour

"For those who can afford to have more visits, they can pay for those," the jail's boss, Capt. Kim Edmondson, told the paper.

The money raised by such ingenuity will go to upgrading some jail technology. But, judging by the photo, the place is already pretty high-tech, with its computer monitor and digital icons. Especially compared to the visiting booths at the Spokane County Jail and its scratched windows.

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Superloads running through town are on their way to Alberta tar sands

Posted By on Thu, Oct 27, 2011 at 10:18 AM

A spokesman for Imperial Oil has confirmed that superloads running through Spokane are carrying oil-sand mining equipment to Alberta. About ten oversized loads have already come through Spokane, Jon Harding says.

In all, there will reportedly be 250 loads, weighing 200,000 pounds and will reach higher than 16 feet. The loads are only permitted to move between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m., so many drivers will likely never see them.

Since the spring of 2010, the phrase “megaloads” has been an item of hot debate in Idaho. Massive 100-ton trucks are carrying ExxonMobil/Imperial Oil mining equipment to the Kearl Oil Sands mining project in Alberta. At first, protesters worried that widening the scenic Highway 12 to allow for the huge trucks to travel on it would turn the bucolic road into a busy trucking route. But protesters soon turned their focus on to what they described as massive environmental degradation caused by the mining to the north.

Harding says the shipping has been approved with the state department of transportation and the city of Spokane. They will be escorted by the Washington State Patrol. Roads will not be close.

“There is an agreement with the city of Spokane to cover of any damages to the roads caused by our shipments,” Harding says.

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Stone rocked Conan

Posted By on Thu, Oct 27, 2011 at 8:58 AM

Last night Chewelah's Allen Stone got one chance to rock it on Conan — and as you can see here, that's exactly what he did. 

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MORNING BRIEFING: Zehm trial, billion dollar deficits, state health care

Posted on Thu, Oct 27, 2011 at 6:55 AM


Otto Zehm trial — Thompson takes the stand today as the defense's final witness (KXLY)

Govenor Gregoire — The govenor will discuss Washington's $2 billion deficit (KREM)

Health care
— Governor Gregoire wants state employees to pay more for health care (SR)

Out There

$35 Android tablet — India develops Aakash tablet (Washington Post)

U.S. economy — Economy grows by 2.5 percent (New York Times)

Lost dog — A Jack Russel terrier is found 500 miles away from home (SR)

Disparity of wealth — The richest 1 percent of Americans are getting richer (SR)

Video of the Morning

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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Kirkpatrick clarifies changes to property crimes division in video

Posted on Wed, Oct 26, 2011 at 3:51 PM

Spokane Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick appeared in a YouTube video on Wednesday to talk about the recent disbandment of the Property Crimes Unit.

"Now, while we have eliminated our Property Crimes Unit due to budget constraints, we are proactively meeting the Spokane Police Department's goals of reducing vehicle theft, vehicle prowling and burglary," Kirkpatrick says in the minute-long video. She says those crimes will be investigated by officers from other units.

However, only about 5 percent of property crimes will be investigated, as a result of the disbandment of the unit and the loss of its eight detectives, which was announced in early October. 

Police spokeswoman Jennifer DeRuwe says the department has received numerous calls, since the announcement, from locals worried that there will be no more theft investigations. This video is intended to clear that up, she says.

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Spokane artist responds to sculpture theft

Posted on Wed, Oct 26, 2011 at 12:57 PM

Rick Davis, one of two area artists whose work has been recently stolen, says he doesn't think his sculpture was stolen for the metal.

"Mine was just steel, you don't get much for scrap steel," Davis told The Inlander Wednesday afternoon.

Which perhaps makes the theft even more puzzling. 

"It was just kind of a shock, it's just hard to say if I was disappointed or if it was just weird," says Davis, a 45-year-old electrician by trade who lives in the Spokane area.

"If anything, I thought my Ganesh would have gotten vandalized," he adds, referring to his statue of a Hindu god in Coeur d'Alene that sparked threats. "Kind of a religious intolerance kind of thing, they didn't like the idea of a foreign god coming to town."

Davis, who has been sculpting for most of his life but recently started getting serious about six years, will get to send a replacement statue to Coeur d'Alene.

"I actually just emailed some pictures over to the art councils for a couple of pieces," he says.

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MORNING BRIEFING: Cocaine bust, suspicious behavior, UI killler's records

Posted on Wed, Oct 26, 2011 at 7:13 AM


Crack cocaine bust — Couple sells drugs out of a nail salon (KXLY)

Suspicious behavior — Prairie View Elementary receives four reports of a man attempting to lure children into his truck (KREM)

UI killer — The University of Idaho will release personal records of a professor accused of killing his student (SR)

Idaho's budget — Lawmakers say they can balance the budget without further cuts (SR)

Out There

Poll results — New poll claims people don't trust the government (New York Times)

$70 Million corruption — U.S. government attempts to seize assets, including Michael Jackson memorabilia, from Equatorial Guinea (Washington Post)

Shark attacks — Four people killed in Australia (Washington Post)

U.S. begs Google — Government requests personal information for so-called criminal investigations (Los Angeles Times)

Video of the Morning

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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Halloween: A sitcom's holiday

Posted By on Tue, Oct 25, 2011 at 2:14 PM


Dramas may prefer Christmas – a time for sappy speeches, mid-season finales and special guest stars. But Halloween is a sitcom’s holiday. Quickly, here’s five reasons why:

1. Where Christmas thrives on sadness and sentimentality, Halloween thrives on  mischief, hijinks and general goofiness. While sadness and sentimentality can deepen a sitcom, goofiness propels it. There are holidays for adults and children – but Halloween has rapidly become a holiday for adults to act like children. And isn’t that, at its heart, what every sitcom is all about?

2. Halloween gives simple story structure. Writers provide structure, normally. But a lot of times, they just don’t do a good job. The A plots lead nowhere, the B plots feel arbitrary. But Halloween, with its pranks, and costume searching and trick-or-treating and ill-advised parties, provides a skeleton of a structure for you.

3. Costumes allow for key insight into characters’ personality. A sitcom develops, not through an ongoing plot, but through the way deepens its characters, showing new aspects of their personalities, discovering new layers, exploring how they’d react in different contexts. Choosing a costume – or lack of costume – for each of the characters makes for a fun gag and reiterates key aspects of the characters. Yes, on Community, geeky Abed dresses up in an elaborate Alien costume, slacker handsome Jeff dresses up by putting on a cowboy hat, and politically correct Britta chooses an unflattering costume to counter sexist expectations.

4. Nothing makes mistaken-identity-based farce easier than a whole bunch of people dressed up in face-concealing costumes.

5. Halloween – with its whole model of scary stories –allows for a bit of non-canonical goofiness. Even long into the decline of the Simpsons, the yearly Tree House of Horror episodes still managed to amuse. Even when writers struggle with coming up with creative sitcom plots, telling a scary story or spoofing a classic scary movie is easy. The gags write themselves. (Which, incidentally, could be the premise for a 30 Rock Steven King episode)

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Are sculptures being stolen for scrap metal?

Posted on Tue, Oct 25, 2011 at 11:21 AM


Alas, another bird snatched. 

Last weekend, the Coeur d'Alene Press reported that thieves absconded with a heron sculpture in Coeur d'Alene. The pillage comes just weeks after "Omay," a Pelican sculpture disappeared from Novato, Calif.

Both statues are made of bronze, which is a mixture of copper and other metals. 

Are area sculptures really being stolen for scrap? It's been hinted at by Coeur d'Alene artist David Clemons, creator of "Omay," pictured at right.

"It seems obvious that this act was not about stealing art but about stealing materials that can be melted down and sold," Clemons writes. "The perpetrators chose to cut the feet off of the statue with a tool that would complete the theft of the bulk of the bronze quickly rather than steal the art entirely intact." 

"I understand that the price of metal is climbing at a rate that far outshines the stock market and if the statue is melted down and sold for raw materials it could bring an influx of cash into a desperate situation. But these are desperate times for all of us."

A member of the Novato Police Department told local media out there that copper is currently selling for about $9 per pound. Bleeding the copper out of a 700-pound statue, then, could bring home lots of dough.

The second statue, "The Great Blue Heron" by Spokane artist Rick Davis probably weighed about 40 pounds, according to news reports. (We shot Davis an email yesterday and have yet to hear back.) 

Will we see more thefts like this? After all, you can steal a Picasso from a snooty museum and keep it in your basement for eternity. Go down there and stare at it by candlelight. Show it to your significant other. Of course, you'll have to then kill them.

Or you can steal sculptures by local artists and sell them for scrap metal. Money in the pocket pays for beer down the gullet or baby formula for your hungry kid.

Nope, I'm not buying the hungry kid bit, either.

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