Thursday, March 5, 2015

All the fake news about Gonzaga that's fit to print

Posted By on Thu, Mar 5, 2015 at 2:50 PM

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There's a strong tradition of making fun of life on college campuses — the little in-jokes and jabs at the micro cultures that develop at places of higher learning (and higher partying) — and you probably remember that from your college paper or some independent 'zine that circulated mysteriously to the chagrin of that lousy, fun-hating, crotchety old dean.

A couple guys at Gonzaga have honored this custom by launching The Logan at the beginning of the semester. The site, which they've dubbed "Gonzaga's #1 News Source" with the slug line "Getting Gonzaga's news to you before it even happens," has the typical "had-to-be-on-campus" jokes, but is hilariously acceptable to society at large, like a recent story about the doorman at a party who really, genuinely wants to make sure everyone has a good time.

The two editors and main contributors told us their names were Vincenzo Bellucci and Andre Eskamilio. These are obviously fake names and the scribes admitted as much, but hope to retain their anonymity as to keep the targets of their satire on their toes. Yeah, we're professional journalists who could find the size of your grandma's underwear if you gave us 15 minutes and a six pack, but we'll let this one slide.

Their inspiration is, obviously, The Onion, and you can see its influence at work in The Logan, where stories are punched up with the straight-forward approach of daily hard news stories. Where The Logan hits its stride for the off-campus audience is in its coverage of Gonzaga basketball. "Przemek Karnowski To Give Up 2-Point Shots For Lent" read one headline, while another gave hardcore fans a chance to remember that there's a guy named Rem Bakamus with a story about Bakamus doubting that coach Mark Few remembered he was on the team.

It's mostly goofball knocks at the absurdity of certain aspects of life at Gonzaga, but The Logan does offer some societal critique with its satire. There's the realization that idiots and assholes sometimes win in "Kid Passed Out With Penis Drawn on Face to Someday Own Fortune 500 Company" and many other pieces point out that Gonzaga students, despite their occasional bitching, have it pretty good.

"We don’t want to do anything unethical or be intentionally offensive, but depending on what’s happening there’s a chance to point out some flaws. I think things should be called out if we get the right take on it," says Bellucci, whose fake name was probably cribbed from a leather-jacket clad 1990s stand-up comedian.

Eskamillo (sounds like a pasta place in Alaska to me) wants the social critiques to come to his readers after they have their laughs.

"The best satire is where it does have a point to it, but people don’t realize that until much later," he says.

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Never too late: Some Idahoans who skipped college plan to go back this fall

Posted By on Thu, Mar 5, 2015 at 12:30 PM

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Our investigation this week into why so few Idaho kids go to college began with a survey of twenty-somethings at the Silver Lake Mall in Coeur d'Alene, where an ad for North Idaho College pleads with shoppers to get a college education.

But many, citing a slew of different reasons, said they never went to college after high school. Some, like Jon Byrum, don't have college plans in their future. Jon's working for a pressure-washing company, but says he plans to start raising chickens for a meat business. 

His wife Paris has a few specific college certificates, but nothing beyond that. It's not that they're against higher education. But they feel, in a lot of cases, like it's a waste of time and money. They, like a lot of people in Idaho, prefer practical knowledge. 

And they don't plan on directing their kids toward college either. “Personally, we’re going to be homeschooling our children, to raise them to work when they’re able,” said Paris. "If they’re able to work at 12, 13, 14 years old — and they can work with somebody who has a skill, without college to get knowledge about that skill.”

But a few people I interviewed, who had skipped out on college after high school regret missing it. Like Damien Johnson and Geoffrey Hess, in the aisle of of the Payless ShoeSource. Hess was kicked out of his house and missed filling out his college financial aid in the process. Johnson decided to take a year off before college — but that year turned into five. 

“As soon as I turned 21, I just went downhill. Partied all the time, didn’t really want to do anything,” Johnson said. “Now I’m 23 years old and want to do something with my life.”

But this fall, both he and Hess say they plan to enroll at North Idaho College. Better late than never. 

Johnson wants to take classes to become a diesel pickup mechanic. “My brother and I are planning on building a shop out of our house. I’m going to start my own business,” he says. “That’s going to be my practice and my art, pretty much.”

For Hess, he plans to eventually transfer from NIC to the University of Idaho, study architecture, and build green, affordable homes for low-income families. He knows he needs a degree to do so.

“In today’s world and today’s economy, with everything that’s going on, you aren’t going to make it anywhere unless you have further education,” Hess says. “I don’t want to keep working odd jobs forever.” 
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Classic comedy, current pop and a classes for a new way to groove

Posted By on Thu, Mar 5, 2015 at 10:03 AM


We have a vast array of event listings and Staff Picks available for your perusal 24/7, and I can think of no better way to get your weekend plotted. 

If you need a hand sifting through it all, here are some highlights for Thursday, March 5: 

COMEDY | The legendary stoner comics Cheech & Chong make their way to the Inland Northwest on their extended reunion tour, dropping by Coeur d'Alene Casino for a show. Latin-rockers WAR is also on the bill, making this one huge night in Worley. 

LIVE BANDS | Mat Kearney headlines a gig at Knitting Factory Thursday night, bringing his electro-tinged pop to town. He's joined by Parchute and Judah and the Lion. Here's a sample of Kearney for your ears and eyes: 

ETC | The start of a new month means the start of a new theme in the belly-dance classes offered every Thursday at The Warehouse. 
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MB: Bad news for school-zone speeders, U.S. Ambassadors, and the Ferguson Police

Posted By on Thu, Mar 5, 2015 at 9:32 AM


HERE

Proponents of WSU's med school bill are fighting off a whole host of poison pills. (SR)

Spokane might use traffic cameras to slow down traffic in school zones/make huge wads of cash. (SR)

Signs on Sprague discourage prostitution. (KREM)


THERE


DOJ report vindicates Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson, but condemns the Ferguson police department. (NYT, Vox) 

How a football player goes from college star to homeless. (NYT)

An ambassador under Hillary's state department resigned back in 2012 after being condemned, in part, for using private e-mail. (Foreign Policy)

The U.S. ambassador to South Korea was attacked with a knife, pleasing North Korea. (Washington Post)

IT'S FUNNY BECAUSE THEY HAVE THE POWER TO ARREST AND KILL
Seven of the racist jokes shared by Ferguson police officers over e-mail. (Vox)



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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

WW: Kettle Fall Five (Three?) verdict, God wants legal pot in Texas

Posted By on Wed, Mar 4, 2015 at 1:16 PM


Welcome back to Weed Wednesday, your weekly dose of pot news. Wondering what this is about? Click. Looking for our previous marijuana coverage? Click. Got a question or tip? Email me at [email protected]

The big pot news this week was the verdict in the Kettle Falls Five (now Kettle Falls Three) case. The case was viewed as a barometer of how far the feds could and would go in prosecuting people for pot-related activities sanctioned at the state level but illegal at the federal level. It turned out that federal law enforcement would go pretty far, but not as far as they would have liked.

The case involves an Eastern Washington family that was busted on federal pot charges for growing medical marijuana. Although medical marijuana is legal in Washington state, and it became legal for recreational purposes since their initial arrest, U.S. Attorney Michael Ormsby pursued federal charges against the family related to firearms and criminal conspiracy, as well as growing and distributing marijuana.

Although Congress passed legislation intended to defund federal law enforcement activities that “interfered” with state pot laws, the judge allowed the case to proceed anyways. Larry Harvey, faced with terminal illness, saw his charges dropped, and Jason Zucker, a friend of the family who was facing a potentially stiffer sentence because of prior pot convictions, took a plea deal.

According to to the Spokesman-Review, the jury gave the defendants a partial victory, dropping all the charges except for manufacturing. The prosecution unsuccessfully asked the judge to have the defendants arrested and jailed. Sentencing is in June, the paper reports.

"The jury saw through the deceit of the federal government and rightly acquitted on almost all charges," said Kris Hermes, spokesperson with Americans for Safe Access, a medical marijuana advocacy group, in a prepared statement. "This should signal to the Department of Justice that prosecutions such as the Kettle Falls Five are a waste of time and money and, if anything, should be left to state courts." Because marijuana is illegal under federal law, the government exercised its prosecutorial discretion to exclude all evidence from trial related to medical necessity and compliance with state law.

Here’s the news elsewhere:

A man in Washington D.C., which recently (sort of) legalized marijuana, walked into a police station and asked for his stash back.

Six in 10 young Republicans favor legalizing weed, according to a new poll.

According to a guest on Fox News, “crack babies” come from women “smoking this whole marijuana business.”

Texas lawmaker: “God did not make a mistake when he made marijuana that the government needs to fix.”

Shootings in New York City have increased, in part, because of legalized pot, according to the city’s police commissioner.


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Local country singer Brenna Yaeger goes Team Blake on The Voice

Posted By on Wed, Mar 4, 2015 at 12:31 PM



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is back for its eighth season (crazy, we know) and this time one of Spokane’s own made it to the blind audition portion of the program. On last night’s episode, 19-year-old Brenna Yaeger took to the vocal competition’s stage looking more hippie folk artist than the breathy country singer she is.

It took some balls for the Mead High School graduate to sing coach Blake Shelton’s wife’s “The House That Built Me,” as he’s clearly well-acquainted with the song (incidentally, both Shelton and Miranda Lambert have toured through Spokane recently).

But it worked well for her in the end. Adam Levine and Shelton both turned their chairs for the singer, sparring for her attention on their team. But it wasn’t too much of a contest. She, of course, chose Team Blake — she has his wife’s lyrics tattooed on her foot after all.

Yaeger, who currently works at the General Store on Division, will go on to the battle round portion next, which pits two contestants against each other to ultimately decide final teams.

Only time will tell if she's Spokane's next Cami Bradley, albeit on a different talent competition show.


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Flaming metal, book chats and free folk to go with your whiskey

Posted By on Wed, Mar 4, 2015 at 10:31 AM


Happy to be at Hump Day, are you? Just think how much more joy you can bring into your life by checking out all the cool things going on, as evidenced by a stroll through our event listings and Staff Picks?

Here are some highlights I found for Wednesday, March 4: 

LIVE BANDS | Jones Radiator adds a nice bonus to their normal Whiskey Wednesday festivities with live tunes from Arkansas-based Candy Lee, who used a Kickstarter campaign to help her hit the road and take her rootsy sound to the people. That means the show is free to you, and you can use more of your cash on that whiskey. 
LIVE BANDS | When it comes to metal, Sweden loves the stuff, and in In Flames the country has one mighty exporter of electro-tinged metal sounds. They headline the Knitting Factory, and have All That Remains and Wovenwar joining the fun. Here's a bit of In Flames: 
WORDS | The Coeur d'Alene Public Library hosts the Food for Thought Book Club at 6 pm, and all are welcome at 6 pm to discuss Wendell Berry's The Unsettling of America
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MB: Haskell speaks, chicken nuggets lose the antibiotics and trials begin

Posted By on Wed, Mar 4, 2015 at 10:04 AM


HERE

A transient woman dies after being run over by a wastewater truck. (KXLY)

The former NIC federal aid director, accused of trying to trade financial aid for sex, could face even more charges, like  "lying to a federal agent and misusing federal funds." (SR)

Juror's acquit the Kettle Falls Five on most charges. (SR)

Spokane County Prosecutor Larry Haskell finally sits down for an interview about the controversial Facebook comments of his wife. (KHQ)

THERE

McDonald's is ditching the antibiotics in its chicken nuggets. (NYT)

The Boston Marathon Bombing trial begins. (NYT)

The Supreme Court seems divided as arguments over the legality of Obamacare subsidies begin. (Washington Post)

SET PHASERS TO "ANTHOLOGY" 

Vox culture editor Todd VanDerWerff has an idea for a new Star Trek TV series, True Detective-style (Vox)
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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Vince Vaughn stocks up, and so can you!

Posted By on Tue, Mar 3, 2015 at 12:02 PM

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In design circles, we all know it and we all hate it. Stock art. Those very cheesy photos of people in suits giving each other high fives. Granted that happens here at Inlander HQ on an hourly basis.

Vince Vaughn and co-stars of the upcoming movie Unfinished Business posed for hilarious stock photos, all which are free to use. So feel free to make those awesome motivational posters.

Here you go: 

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TUESDAY TASTE: Brandi Carlile, Purity Ring and Steve Carell's impressive nose

Posted By on Tue, Mar 3, 2015 at 11:03 AM


Big news arrived in the music world in recent days with the announcement that the day for new releases will move from Tuesday to Friday — in other words, for most people, payday! How it will affect sales remains to be seen, but in the meantime, Tuesday remains big for new music and DVD releases until this summer, and we're here to guide you to the best of the bunch. 

MUSIC
Washington's own Brandi Carlile continues to release top-notch folk-rock with her new album, The Firewatcher's Daughter, a harmony-laden set of 12 songs released on the indie ATO label. Here's a taste: 
Canadian electro-pop duo Purity Ring returns from a jaunt home to Edmonton to record their sophomore set Another Eternity with a strong follow-up to their debut Shrines. Here's a new tune called "bodyache:"

MOVIES & TV
The major release of the day is The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, which is basically the first half of the last chapter of the four-film project. If you're a fan, you've probably already seen it — it made more than $336 million. If you're not, consider checking this out instead: 

Foxcatcher might have a similar name to Mockingjay, but it's a much quieter film, and showcases Steve Carell like you've never seen him, both literally and in the acting sense. If you can get past the dramatic prosthetic schnozz and get into the true story of an odd, wealthy wrestling coach, you'll be rewarded, as Carell was with a Best Actor nomination at this year's Oscars. Mark Ruffalo was similarly honored for Best Supporting Actor. Here's a look: 

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