Thursday, June 30, 2011

Far West Billiards is closing (everything half-off tonight)

Posted By on Thu, Jun 30, 2011 at 4:13 PM

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For reasons as-yet unknown, Far West Billiards is closing its doors after tonight. Until then, all food and drinks are half-price, and food will be served until 2 am. 

Around 4 pm today, Far West employee Johnny Dandurand announced the closure on his Facebook page and word spread within minutes.

To go say goodbyes or get a first and last look at the downtown bar before it's gone, visit them from now until 2 am at 1001 W First Ave.

Stay tuned for a follow-up post on what happened to warrant the sudden closure, and what will become of photographer Geoff Scanlan's exhibit there, which would have opened tomorrow.

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Phone book lawsuit dismissed

Posted By on Thu, Jun 30, 2011 at 9:06 AM

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A federal judge dismissed Dex One’s lawsuit against the City of Seattle’s Yellow Pages opt-out service, ruling that it does not violate the First Amendment, as several phone book companies argued.

“The route the City of Seattle has chosen to take is completely unnecessary,” Local Search Association President Neg Norton wrote in a statement Wednesday. “Seattle taxpayers should be outraged that the City continues to waste its resources on a system that is unnecessary and, we believe, illegal.”

The lawsuit was filed in May when Seattle launched its Stop Phone Books website. Phone book companies argued that directories provide community and political information in addition to ads and commercial information, comparing yellow pages to newspapers. The Inlander earlier looked into the growing controversy of phone books ("Paper Cuts," March 31, 2010).

The phone book companies argue that the city’s website will not protect privacy as well as their commercial site, www.yellowpagesoptout.com.

“We believe that the city’s redundant site is not necessary and is unfairly leading residents to believe it has spent the government’s time and the taxpayer’s money on something new…” says Norton in a statement.

But in his ruling, U.S. District Court Judge James Robart said that phone books are commercial speech, which has less protection under the Constitution.

The ruling comes shortly after state Rep. Reuven Carlyle, D-Seattle, announced he would introduce a bill to take the opt-out registry statewide in 2012.

According to a statement, publishers intend to appeal the decision to the U.S. Court Appeals for the 9th Circuit in San Francisco.

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MORNING HEADLINES: Fireworks, of all kinds

Posted By on Thu, Jun 30, 2011 at 8:15 AM

A little extra stimulus -- Washington State is getting $98 million in new stimulus funding from the federal government. While a third goes to a new unemployment benefits computer system, the rest goes to pay unemployment benefits. A new rule, established in 2009, gives benefits to those who quit their job because of family emergencies, domestic abuse, or a moving spouse. (SR)

Loss of patriotism -- Airway Heights, once a haven of roman candles and cherry bombs, have now passed an ordinance banning setting them off on city streets and fields. Violators are fined $1000. (KREM)

Not-so-great escape -- A convicted murderer, from Spokane, had been given a 45-year sentence. He only got to five of those years before he tried to break out of prison, taking a corrections officer hostage with a pair of scissors and driving a forklift through a door, and was fatally shot. (KXLY)

The other forgotten war --  In Iraq -- remember Iraq? -- the death toll for American troops has spiked to a monthly high not seen since 2008. (NYT)

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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Western governors in town (and in leather)

Posted By on Wed, Jun 29, 2011 at 3:21 PM

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter
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We always thought that when you were the governor you could pretty much wear whatever you wanted, whenever you wanted.

Apparently, we were wrong.

Governors from western states will cruise Lake Coeur d’Alene Thursday night, and they’re expected to dress the part. It will be the close of this year’s Western Governors’ Association meeting and according to the event agenda, “Western wear is encouraged.”

The rest of the time, we’re told, business casual will do.

Along with Washington’s Chris Gregoire and Idaho’s Butch Otter, governors from Arizona, Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, Oregon, Utah and Wyoming are attending the conference today and Thursday at the Coeur d’Alene Resort.

In panels and roundtables, the governors, other government officials, and business leaders will discuss education, energy and environmental policy.

Otter is the current chair of the group, Gregoire the vice chair. The two will lead the conference, moderating talks on veterans’ benefits, state employee health and energy development in the west.

Otter will pass the gavel onto Gregoire Thursday afternoon, a transfer made in the organization every year, says the group’s communications director, Karen Deike. Otter has focused on industry and energy efficiency in his year as chair, she says. Gregoire will announce her priorities when she receives the top spot.

Deike didn’t want to steal the governor’s thunder but says Gregoire has “some pretty exciting plans.”

More information about the organization and the meeting can be found at westgov.org.

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Solo a la Sante'

Posted on Wed, Jun 29, 2011 at 2:28 PM

May 5. You brushed by with your slate gray TOMS, settling down at the
corner table. I couldn't help but glance over & wonder why you were dining
alone? The best meals are those that are shared in good company, & I have
an insatiable craving to see you again.- La Rousse
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Monterey & The Swamp

Posted on Wed, Jun 29, 2011 at 2:28 PM

You: Great smile & sweet kind words, short petite blond, Wed. 5/19. Stopped
in my tracks when I saw your smile at the Mont then saw you again at the
Swamp. We exchanged a few words & you told me about the cookie you ate :D.
Would love to meet up again. Hope to see you around soon!
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Re: Re: Bloomsday

Posted on Wed, Jun 29, 2011 at 2:27 PM

Not much of a drinker. I live in Cd'A but would be happy to meet you for
dinner in Spokane or lunch on your day off. Contact me at [email protected]
if you're interested.
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Re: The Plaza

Posted on Wed, Jun 29, 2011 at 2:27 PM

We give out directions to over a hundred people a week. A few of us are
wondering who you are talking about. Describe the guard, shirt color etc. &
a way to figure out who you are.
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Re: Maple St. Bridge

Posted on Wed, Jun 29, 2011 at 2:27 PM

I just want to point out 2 things wrong with your jeers. The speed limit on
Maple St. Bridge both north & south bound is 40mph not 45mp. The northbound
on ramp to the Maple St. Bridge from Riverside has a yield sign. In case
you failed general grammar in school yield means you yield, or stop for
those of you that only understand simple English, to oncoming traffic. So
when a driver stops at said yield sign to let, oh I don’t know a city bus
maybe, pass by they are in the right. The only other point I want to make
in this is simple, don’t call someone an idiot when you yourself are a
grade A. moron! Have a good day.
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Black Subaru WRX

Posted on Wed, Jun 29, 2011 at 2:27 PM

To the super cute guy driving, on Fri. May 20th on Spokane Falls Blvd. That
was quite the double take for both of us! Sincerely girl standing on corner
in dress.
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