Sunday, February 19, 2017

THIS WEEK: Meatbodies, Lionel Hampton fest turns 50, Taste Spokane and more

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Esperanza Spalding, Grammy-winning bassist, plays at the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival in Moscow this year.
  • Esperanza Spalding, Grammy-winning bassist, plays at the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival in Moscow this year.

Believe it or not, this is the last full week of February. All things spring-y is are right around the corner. Celebrate with a little trip through our event listings and Staff Picks to find some fun out on the town.

Here are some highlights of the week ahead:

Monday, Feb. 20

WORDS | The Bartlett hosts this month's edition of the Spokane Poetry Slam.

Tuesday, Feb. 21


SPORTS | A favorite for all-ages and no matter what year it is — that's the Harlem Globetrotters, the long-running basketball team that loves two things: 1. doing tricks with the basketball, and 2. destroying the dreams of the Washington Generals. They're playing at the Spokane Arena tonight.

FILM/BENEFIT | The Magic Lantern is hosting a screening of I Am Not Your Negro, the critically hailed documentary about author James Baldwin. Proceeds go to help the Black Lens newspaper. Here's a look at the film:

Wednesday, Feb. 22

LIVE MUSIC | Jerry Joseph spent three decades creating a vast catalog of music incorporating everything from roots rock to reggae, working with an impressive array of musicians including members of the Decemberists and Widespread Panic. He’s always worth the price of admission and he's playing at the Bartlett tonight with his band The Jackmormons for $10.

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Friday, February 17, 2017

Zags stay undefeated, take down San Francisco 96-61

Karnowski and Williams-Goss once again lead the way after a tough first half

Posted By on Fri, Feb 17, 2017 at 9:39 AM

Gonzaga big man Przemek Karnowski continued his late-season run of huge performances.
  • Gonzaga big man Przemek Karnowski continued his late-season run of huge performances.

Gonzaga’s 96-61 victory wasn’t as easy as it looked. After all, final scores never really tell the whole story.

Entering Thursday’s clash with the San Francisco Dons (18-10, 8-7 WCC) the Zags (27-0, 15-0 WCC) were winning games by an average of 23.4 points. They won their 27th by 35 to remain undefeated on the season. But don’t say they never get tested in West Coast Conference play.

“They [the Dons] can really cut you up if you’re not ready to go,” Zags coach Mark Few said after the game.

And that they did as Gonzaga trailed for most of the first half. With 9:30 to play in the first San Francisco held a multi-possession lead. On one end the Dons were dropping in threes, which teams don’t normally do against this year’s Zags. On the other, a zone defense frustrated the Zags, who were forced to swing the ball from side to side without much success.

But when the ball did get inside, big Przemek Karnowski (23 points) was ready to work. And so was the guy tasked with getting him the ball, Nigel Williams-Goss (30 points, seven assists).

“Nigel’s had a good run against them [the Dons],” Few said, “and big Shem has been delivering exceptionally well this past month.”

Last month in Gonzaga’s 95-80 victory over the Dons in San Francisco, Williams-Goss set a career high with 36 points. Thursday in Spokane he was needed once again.

Williams-Goss (15.6 ppg) and Karnowski (12.8 ppg) have been the faces of the team this season, as well as its two leading scorers, and Thursday’s performance was an affirmation of their role. But going forward for this usually balanced offense — this was only the second game all season in which two Zags scored over 20 points — they may have to step up more often.

“We have a bunch of guys capable of scoring 20,” Few said. “The beauty of it is that we have so many that we don’t always need them to.”

Unfortunately, that bunch has shrunk. A broken finger kept Killian Tillie out of the game, and Bryan Alberts was sidelined with a sprained ankle. Few stressed how players would need to step up to fill those absences. Going off of Thursday’s example, it looks as if his upperclassmen leaders are up to task.

It was a sluggish start against a streaky opponent, coupled with a shortened bench, that tested Gonzaga Thursday. Saturday afternoon the test will come from the Pacific Tigers.
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Chaotic Trump news conference, special snowflakes and morning headlines

Posted By on Fri, Feb 17, 2017 at 9:22 AM

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NEWS: Spokane Public Schools has seen improvement 
click image A few "special snowflakes" amount to nothing. Enough, and you have an avalanche. - JESSIE HYNES
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  • A few "special snowflakes" amount to nothing. Enough, and you have an avalanche.
since committing to reducing suspensions, but the hardest part is yet to come.

COMMENT: After Trump's inauguration, the depiction of millennial liberals as fragile and sensitive seems more off target than ever.

MUSIC: A Jimi Hendrix tribute brings the icon's old bass player and an amazing cast of guitarists to Spokane.

IN OTHER NEWS

Did we change the meaning of "fine-tuned"?
click image Trump trotted out his favorite talking points at Thursday's conference, and said his team is running like a "fine-tuned machine." - KEVIN LAMARQUE/REUTERS
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  • Trump trotted out his favorite talking points at Thursday's conference, and said his team is running like a "fine-tuned machine."

President Trump's news conference yesterday was all about the issues affecting the American people, as usual — just kidding, it was mostly another anti-media venting session riddled with falsehoods and straw men. (The New York Times)

I'm too old for this
Ret. Vice Adm. Bob Howard has declined President Trump's offer to be national security adviser, and says he's focusing on family now that he's retired. (CNN)

All washed up
Spokane County has declared a state of emergency due to road issues, including washouts; one man in Adams Co. is lucky to be alive after a washout surprised him on his way to work. (KREM)
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Thursday, February 16, 2017

PHOTOS: 11 Iraqi refugees reuniting with family in Spokane after Trump's immigration order put on hold

Posted By on Thu, Feb 16, 2017 at 4:26 PM

Three families. Eleven lives. Iraqi men, women and children — all of them refugees — came through the Spokane International Airport on Saturday.

Assad Al-Sawaedi, one of the refugees, notes that that same day back in Baghdad, cops clashed with demonstrators. At least seven died and hundreds were wounded. Coming to America may have saved his life.

This, ultimately, is what an executive order and a court case can mean to real people.

This week, we have the full story about the three families who arrived in Spokane after Attorney General Bob Ferguson's lawsuit caused President Donald Trump's executive order to be lifted. Read it now.

Then come back here and browse through our photos from families reuniting at the airport.

Hamid Nahi and his brother Assad Al-Sawaedi laugh about the ways they used to tease each other growing up in Iraq. - DANIEL WALTERS PHOTO
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  • Hamid Nahi and his brother Assad Al-Sawaedi laugh about the ways they used to tease each other growing up in Iraq.

Reunited after many years, Hamid Nahi and his brother Assad Al-Sawaedi take a selfie to celebrate. - DANIEL WALTERS PHOTO
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  • Reunited after many years, Hamid Nahi and his brother Assad Al-Sawaedi take a selfie to celebrate.

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No, the fire code did not limit McMorris Rodgers' office to only meeting with two citizens at a time

Posted By on Thu, Feb 16, 2017 at 1:19 PM

While the fire-code restricts this public waiting area to two people at a time — the entire office can hold 30. - DANIEL WALTERS PHOTO
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  • While the fire-code restricts this public waiting area to two people at a time — the entire office can hold 30.

The last few weeks, some of those upset at U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers have been directing their frustration at the City of Spokane's fire marshal.

"I’ve been getting a lot of emails from a lot of upset people for the last couple days," Spokane City Fire Marshal Michael Miller says.

Two weeks ago, the Peace and Justice Action League and other protesters were gathered outside of McMorris Rodgers' office building, with grievances over President Donald Trump's immigration executive order, his intent to repeal Obamacare, his proposal to build a wall, and his intent to push forward oil pipelines. They carried postcards representing concerns from even more constituents.

But instead of large groups being allowed to go into McMorris Rodgers' office to express their concerns, only a few protesters were allowed at a time.

“We had over 1,000 postcards that day. We wanted to go in in groups to deliver those," PJALS organizer Shar Lichty says. Instead, some protesters were waiting nearly three hours to speak with McMorris Rodgers' staff.

And as social media posts and newspaper stories detailed the reason for the bottleneck, the fire marshal got the blame, with the suggestions that the fire marshal had ruled that only two members of the public could be in her office simultaneously.

Not quite.

"I think somebody got badly quoted," says Miller. "I did not issue any ruling saying only two members of the public could be in Cathy McMorris Rodgers' office at the same time."

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Richland florist's gay-marriage decision, Carl's Jr. regains CEO, and morning headlines

Posted By on Thu, Feb 16, 2017 at 9:44 AM

State Supreme Court decides that in Washington florists can't decide to not serve gay couples.
  • State Supreme Court decides that in Washington florists can't decide to not serve gay couples.

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The chef/owner of Fleur de Sel in Post Falls is a semi-finalist for a prestigious James Beard Award for culinary excellence.

The Court of Appeals in Washington state juggled the responsibility of the state to protect criminals on probation from revenge-minded peers in a recent decision that relied on the judges interpretation of ... grammar?

Check out what Inlander staffers have been listening to lately.

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Gay-rights victory in WA

The Washington state Supreme Court decided today that a Richland florist did indeed discriminate when she refused to do business with a gay couple. The florist had argued that her religious beliefs kept her from doing the couple's wedding, but the state won its argument that Washington's anti-discrimination laws were broken when she refused to take the job. (Seattle Times)

Not exactly the entrepreneurial spirit we expect
A woman accused of embezzling funds that were supposed to be for a memorial fund benefitting the families of two people who drowned in Coeur d'Alene last summer reportedly used the money to start a business, Wildflower Boutique and Salon in Cheney. (KHQ)

Take me to the river
A man who allegedly threatened some students on the Gonzaga campus before leading police on a foot chase and eventually jumping in the Spokane River. He was apprehended with no further efforts of flight. (KREM)

For sale?
Spokane medical testing lab PAML might be on the brink of being sold, causing some consternation among local employees. (Spokesman-Review)

THERE

Back to Carl's Jr. for Labor nominee
President Trump's nominee to be Labor Secretary, Andrew Pudzer, withdrew himself from consideration yesterday after Republic senators let it be known he didn't have the votes for approval. Never one to dilly-dally, Trump already reportedly has another nominee ready to go for the position. (CNN)

Interesting choice

While the world is reeling from the revelation that Trump's national security advisor was having secret (and not-so-secret) chats with Russian officials before inauguration day, resulting in Michael Flynn's resignation, congressional investigators are vowing to investigate. One might think they'd investigate links between the administration and Putin's government, but instead they want to know about who's telling the media about what's happening in the White House. (BBC)
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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

What We've Been... Listening To

Posted By on Wed, Feb 15, 2017 at 4:25 PM


Welcome back to the Inlander staff's semi-regular rundown of the cool and worthwhile things we've been into lately: words we've been reading, shows we've been watching, music/podcasts we've been listening to, and tasty treats we've been drinking/eating. This week, we're telling you about the tunes and 'casts you should be checking out right now:

Find past installments of "What We've Been..." here:

Mike Watt, “ring spiel” tour 95
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I’ve been listening to Mike Watt’s new live album, “ring spiel” tour 95, a document of the punk legend’s first solo tour after years leading The Minutemen and fIREHOSE. Ostensibly, the tour was to promote Watt’s then-new album Ball-hog or Tugboat?, but the fact that his backing band was made up of folks like Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl and Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder brought a bunch of fans out of the woodwork for shows headlined by the burly, politically-minded bass player. When you listen to this live set of 16 songs culled from Watt’s various bands, you might not notice the influence of his more-famous backing players (except for when Vedder steps to the mic for “Against The '70s"), but you’ll certainly get a lesson in aggressive punk delivered with masterful musicianship and just the right amount of teetering-on-the-edge-of-sloppy performances driven by an enthusiastic crowd and an even more enthusiastic Watt. The guy is still at it 22 years later, and it’s a joy to time-travel back to when Watt was just getting his solo sea legs. (DAN NAILEN)

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Post Falls' Fleur de Sel chef-owner is 2017 James Beard Award semifinalist

Posted By on Wed, Feb 15, 2017 at 1:20 PM

Chef Zirroti opened Fleur de Sel in 2008. - YOUNG KWAK
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  • Chef Zirroti opened Fleur de Sel in 2008.

For the third consecutive year, one of the Inland Northwest's finest minds in food has been named a semifinalist for the prestigious James Beard Award.

French-born Chef Laurent Zirotti, who owns the Post Falls destination spot Fleur de Sel, is the only chef from the Inland Northwest to be named in the Best Chef: Northwest award category, joining a list of 19 others mostly from the Portland and Seattle area.

In 2016, local chef and restaurant owner Adam Hegsted was named a semifinalist in the same category, as was Spokane chef-owner Jeremy Hansen in 2015.

The announcement honoring Zirotti, who opened Fleur de Sel in 2008 with his wife Patricia, comes at an ideal time if you've never been — and if you take every chance you get to visit the celebrated restaurant, familiarly known as FDS — as we're only about a week away from the start of 2017 Inlander Restaurant Week (Feb. 23-March 5). Find Fleur de Sel's $29 per person menu at InlanderRestaurantWeek.com. (As a diner who was introduced to the restaurant during last year's IRW, I highly recommend the chicken and truffles.)

The list of 2017 James Beard Award semifinalists will be narrowed down again a month from now, to five nominees in each category, on March 15. Final winners in each of the 21 award categories are then honored during a special event May 1 in Chicago.

The James Beard Awards are organized by its namesake James Beard Foundation, which opens an online call for entries in October. More than 24,000 entries were received for the Foundation's 27th annual honors.
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When probation can't protect you from revenge

Torture and grammar at center of Washington Court of Appeals case

Posted By on Wed, Feb 15, 2017 at 1:01 PM


Ahmet Hopovac had two toenails plucked from his feet and three fingers severed with an axe by gang members. He says the Washington Department of Corrections is partially responsible because terms of his probation meant he couldn't protect himself and officers said they couldn't help him. In an opinion released Tuesday, the Washington State Court of Appeals disagreed.
Judge George Fearing
  • Judge George Fearing

But in a partial dissent Chief Judge George Fearing zoomed in on the majority's interpretation of whether a plural noun (in this case "opportunities") can also work in the singular, legally speaking. You can read the opinion, and Fearing's dissent, at the bottom of this post.

Here is what went down:

Hopovac was released from Grant County jail in 2011 following a sentence for burglary, theft and forgery. He was barred from leaving Grant County and from possessing a gun, among other restrictions, as part of his probation. Hopovac had no home in Washington, and requested to transfer his corrections supervision to Idaho, where he would live with family. He had a line on a job, too, according to court documents.

Idaho denied his request, in part, because corrections officials in Idaho did not receive all the necessary paperwork (Hopovac had also used drugs and missed an appointment with his probation officer, which are violations of his supervision).

Hopovac resubmitted the transfer request, this time including the appropriate paperwork, but in the meantime, he got caught up in some gang drama.

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Trump campaign communicated with Russian spies, dead coyotes on frat porches, and other news

Posted By on Wed, Feb 15, 2017 at 9:43 AM

Yesterday, on February 14, media outlets revealed that the Trump campaign was secretly communicating with Russian intelligence throughout the election. - DANIEL WALTERS PHOTO ILLUSTRATION
  • Daniel Walters photo illustration
  • Yesterday, on February 14, media outlets revealed that the Trump campaign was secretly communicating with Russian intelligence throughout the election.

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Ice to See You

Careful drivers! It's like Super Mario Bros 3 World 6 out there! (Spokesman-Review)

#TheyAreSpokane
The trial of Spokane's own torture psychologists may face even more delays. (Spokesman-Review)

Like the Country Western music version of The Godfather

Four Greek houses in the University of Idaho have found dead coyotes on their doorsteps. U of I really needs to crack down on coyote-drinking on campus. (KXLY)

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Maybe they were just telling Russia, "Hey, whatever you do, don't interfere in our election? Multiple Trump aides were in regular contact with Russian intelligence during the election. (New York Times)

It's a personnel matter
The ousting of national security advisor Michael Flynn has created (more) chaos in the Trump White House. (Washington Post)

Bibi on board?

Prime Minister Bibi Netnyahu is visiting the Trump White House today. (The Atlantic)
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