Thursday, April 16, 2015

LOCAL BAND VIDEO ROUNDUP: Moretta, the Muzes, Windoe and more

Posted By on Thu, Apr 16, 2015 at 11:02 AM

It's time for another roundup of recently released local music videos. As ever, the diversity within the local scene is magnified with this handful of artists. Check 'em out! 


The Coeur d'Alene-based metalcore band Moretta just released its debut and self-titled album. Look for their next show to happen at the end of May. But the real question is: Whose handwriting is featured in this video? 

The Muzes
Spokane’s own darling MC Jaeda Glasgow has recently teamed up with Kelley Mak out of California to form hip-hop outfit the Muzes. The title track off of their latest EP Boom Bap Gypsies is perfect for rollin’ with your girls on a night out. 

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Bluegrass, indie-rock & Hammer of the Gods make for big music night in Spokane

Posted By on Thu, Apr 16, 2015 at 10:03 AM

If you haven't looked lately, you're missing some great opportunities for exploring the Inland Northwest in our event listings and Staff Picks.

Need proof? Here are a few highlights for Thursday, April 16: 

LIVE BANDS | The Brothers Comatose are a mighty fine band from San Fran that blends folk and bluegrass into some exceedingly pleasing Americana. They play The Bartlett with Whiskey Dick. Here's a sample of The Brothers Comatose: 

LIVE BANDS | Up north, blues legend Coco Montoya brings his serious guitar chops to the Palomino Club. 

LIVE BANDS | The Big Dipper hosts Kind of Like Spitting, a long-running Portland indie-rock crew led by Ben Barnett, whose songs falls in the realm of Guided by Voices or American Music Club. 

LIVE BANDS | The  Bing is also in on the big night of live tunes, thanks to the arrival of Zoso: The Led Zeppelin Experience, delivering the classics from classic rock's top of the heap. 

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MB: Courthouse slugging, pot still Schedule 1, and are the police to blame?

Posted By on Thu, Apr 16, 2015 at 9:34 AM


Harlan Douglass, a well-known Spokane developer, allegedly socked somebody in the County Courthouse hallway. He was booked on suspicion of third degree assault in the Spokane County Jail. (Spokesman-Review) 

An inmate and his fiancee are accused of smuggling marijuana into Airway Heights Corrections Center. (Spokesman-Review) 

Recently approved rezoning rules will allow three more 100-person tent cities in Seattle. (Seattle Weekly) 

Seattle Zoo sends two of its elephants to Oklahoma City. (HeraldNet) 


Al-Qaida captures major airport and oil terminal in Yemen. (Yahoo via AP) 

"Stores of love, life, death in high court gay marriage case." (New York Times via AP)

Pot activists disappointed after a federal judge declined to remove pot from Schedule 1 list of most dangerous drugs. (Los Angeles Times) 

YouTube star Humza Arshad helps London's metro police combat the Islamic State extremist ideology. (Los Angeles Times)


The incomparable Ta-Nehisi Coates on "The Myth of Police Reform" and the sometimes unreasonable tasks we ask police to do. (The Atlantic)

Ain't No Sunshine When He's Gone: "Bill Withers: The soul man who walked away." (Rolling Stone) 

TIME published an article explaining why Hillary Clinton is at the perfect presidential age because she's on the other side of menopause. (And an Onion article about presidential ED is probably forthcoming) (TIME)  

A band of teen wrestlers built a multimillion dollar empire smuggling OxyContin. (Rolling Stone) 

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Spokane Mayor Condon draws first reelection challenger

Posted By on Wed, Apr 15, 2015 at 5:06 PM

Mayor David Condon has drawn his first challenger with Shar Lichty, an organizer with the Peace and Justice Action League of Spokane.

Lichty, who is 48 and has lived in Spokane for nearly a decade, says she decided to run after state Rep. Marcus Riccelli, D-Spokane, declined to run against Condon. She says she’s running because “Spokane deserves a mayor that listens to everyday people.”

“I don’t think we’ve had that mayor in the last three mayors,” she says.

In particular, she faults Condon for not bargaining more aggressively with the Spokane Police Guild over police reform, and she says he’s been too cozy with large businesses.

In the past, Lichty has campaigned on behalf of statewide referendums to grant same-sex couples domestic partnerships and later full marriages. Lichty has never held elected office, and she says that Spokane City Council’s progressive wing reflects her values.

To date, Condon has raised nearly $244,000 for his reelection campaign. But Lichty is unphased by the mayor’s war chest.

“Oh, I’ll let him run that big money campaign,” she says. “And I will run a grassroots campaign because that’s what I know how to do.”
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WW: Leg enacts sweeping reform to state pot laws, Obama talks ganja in Jamaica

Posted By on Wed, Apr 15, 2015 at 3:30 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]

After months of hearings, debates, amendments, votes and more hearings, marijuana as we know it is about to change in Washington state. Although the dust is still clearing, the cannabis business community is clearly pleased about this development, while medical marijuana advocates are calling on the governor to veto the legislation.

Yesterday, a final version of SB 5052 passed out the Senate and is on its way to Gov. Jay Inslee, who hasn’t definitively said if he will sign it.

One of the central goals of the bill is to bring the state’s freewheeling medical marijuana market under more regulation by combining it with the recreational market, all of which will be overseen by the newly redubbed Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Control Board. The bill would also create a voluntary registry for patients and allows recreational stores to obtain a medical endorsement so they can serve medical patients.

Proponents of the bill say it’s needed to close down shady medical dispensaries that they say are undermining the recreational system by selling tax-free pot to non-patients. However, medical marijuana advocates have expressed concerns throughout the process that responsible dispensaries, which offer advice and medicinal products to patients in a way recreational stores can’t, would also be swept away.

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CAT FRIDAY WEDNESDAY: SHS hosts a baby shower Friday for the tiniest spring arrivals — kittens!

Posted By and on Wed, Apr 15, 2015 at 2:55 PM

It's still the beginning of the annual period from spring through late summer that animal welfare workers refer to as "kitten season" — the time of year when the most un-spayed female cats become pregnant and give birth. Even though it's early, the Spokane Humane Society has already taken in around 150 kittens born this spring, and that number will exponentially increase in the coming months.

The event offers information on how to become a foster parent for homeless kittens born this year. - SPOKANE HUMANE SOCIETY
  • Spokane Humane Society
  • The event offers information on how to become a foster parent for homeless kittens born this year.

To spread the word that these kittens rely heavily on the community's support during their early stage of life, SHS is hosting its first ever Kitten Shower this Friday evening. The event is just what the name implies — a baby shower, but for homeless kittens. The concept has proven to be a successful way for animal sheltering organizations across the United States to collect much-needed supplies and to teach the community about the intensive process of caring for kittens until they're old enough to be adopted (usually around two months). 

The drop-in event this Friday, April 17, is happening from 6-8 pm at the Northeast Community Center (4001 N. Cook, in the Hillyard neighborhood). Those interested in learning more about fostering kittens for the Humane Society are invited to attend, as well as anyone who wants to support the shelter's efforts to raise kittens — many without mothers — from their earliest days. The shelter is collecting donated supplies that are in demand this time of year (see a list of requested items below). 

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Community groups urge senators to move on Washington Voting Rights Act

Posted By on Wed, Apr 15, 2015 at 12:42 PM

In a letter sent to Washington lawmakers Monday, 44 community groups pushed lawmakers to pass the Washington Voting Rights Act (WVRA), which passed the House and Senate Government Operations Committee, but is currently stuck in the Rules Committee. 

"The WVRA makes local government more accountable to the people it serves," the letter reads. "Currently, some communities do not have a voice in local government. The WVRA provides tools not currently available in the law to provide solutions. The WVRA does not mandate proportional representation or district-based elections, but instead will give local communities an equal opportunity to elect officials who represent their needs and interests, helping to make elected bodies truly representative."  

The bill allows for district-based local elections and would give members of protected classes, such as racial or linguistic minorities who feel disenfranchised by at-large elections in Washington a way to take legal action in a superior court without the high costs of a lawsuit in district court. 

A federal district judge recently ruled in one such suit brought by the ACLU against the City of Yakima. In that case, the judge ruled that Yakima must conduct future city council elections using its seven geographical districts. The decision came down in February and cost the city nearly $1 million in legal fees. Additionally, the ACLU has since asked for $2.8 million to cover its own legal costs.

When asked if the ACLU's request for the additional $2.8 million from the City of Yakima was just adding insult to injury, ACLU spokesman Doug Honig said no. He adding that the federal Voting Rights Act contains a provision that allows for legal costs and fees to be paid to the prevailing side.
According to previous Inlander reporting, Robert Douthitt, a member of the Board of Directors for Spokane Public Schools, says he has concerns that some standards and language in the bill are too ambiguous. 

"What does equal opportunity mean in the context of a really, really small [protected] class," Douthitt said previously. 

Staff writer Jake Thomas contributed reporting to this post. 
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Local laughs, serious chops and a movie that really ties the night together

Posted By on Wed, Apr 15, 2015 at 9:55 AM

We have a bevy of opportunities sure to please every taste in your household in our event listings and Staff Picks, so go ahead and do a little perusing. 

Here are a few highlights I found for Wednesday, April 15: 

FILM | I have quite literally lost count of how many times I've seen The Big Lebowski, and that's not just because The Dude and I share a passion for certain intoxicants. I'm guessing you love it, too, considering how popular The Inlander's first screening of it was last spring at The Bing. Tonight, it's back for Suds and Cinema: The Big Lebowski, complete with cheap beer, free ice cream and an after-party. Hit that link for the details.

| Local comedian Andy Woods goes the extra mile for his laughs as the creator of "Jay Shingle's Comedy School: A Seminar on Comedy," tonight at Baby Bar. 

LIVE BANDS | Even if you don't love acoustic music, you'll find a lot to like if you check out multi-instrumental master Tony Furtado at The Bartlett, with Bob Riggs opening. Here's a sample of Furtado's style: 

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MB: Changes to pot regs, football star convicted of murder and dogs sitting on cats

Posted By on Wed, Apr 15, 2015 at 9:09 AM


Orchard Prairie mom failed to raise tax dollars to improve the historic school and gymnasium. (Spokesman-Review) 

There's been a few changes to marijuana regulation in Washington state passed by the state senate and sent to the governor. (Spokesman-Review)

Teen charged as adult in long list of violent crimes. (Tacoma News Tribune) 

Shar Lichty throws her hat in the ring for Spokane mayor. (Spokesman-Review) 


Aaron Hernandez, former New England Patriots' tight end, convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life without parol. (Associated Press) 

E.U. accuses Google of antitrust violations. (New York Times)

A NASA astrophysicist named an asteroid after Malala Yousafzai, the youngest Nobel Peace Prize laureate for her work promoting girls' education in Pakistan. (CNN)

Buzz Aldrin is doing that space thing again. This time he's reaching out to Mars. (CNN) 


Read this about a Kurt Cobain documentary. (New York Times)

The boy in the "Success Kid" meme is now eight years old and trying to get his dad a kidney. (Buzz Feed) 

This year is the 150th anniversary of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. Check out these fascinating articles from JSTOR Daily: "Forgetting Abraham Lincoln" and "What Role Did Laura Keene Play on Abraham Lincoln's Last Night?" (JSTOR Daily)

And may we present: Dogs sitting on Cats (Huff Post):  

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Everybody have their Big Lebowski costume ready?

Posted By on Tue, Apr 14, 2015 at 3:25 PM


Hey there, dude. How is your costume coming along? You getting ready to sculpt that goatee or pin back the hair you've been strategically growing out since the first time we did this thing a year ago? Bowling ball polished? Beer money secured in one of the many pockets on your Walter Sobchak vest?

Good to hear. If this isn't making any sense, you should know that we're hosting our second-annual Suds and Cinema Presents: The Big Lebowski Wednesday night at the Bing Crosby Theater and it's gonna be one hell of a time, OK?

Doors open at 6 pm so you can get a beer and do some people watching, with the costume contest beginning at 7:30 pm, followed by the movie. It's $4 at the door and beers are also $4. Here are even more details.

There will be beer from Perry Street Brewing — who just announced a pre-party they are calling, in the parlance of our times, "rad" — before and during the film, so please arrive thirsty. Brain Freeze will also be on hand with free ice cream in flavors inspired by the film.

As if that's not enough truly far out fun, you can head to the Rain Lounge at Scratch following the movie for a special White Russian after-party featuring the locally made vodka of 21 Window Distillery.

We'll be cranking the Creedence inside the theater and fear not, there will be no Eagles.

Now, back to the issue of the costume. We don't want you to stress, so here are some tips we dug up from AltDaily for some easy Lebowski costumes. Click here for a complete guide — but below is a sample.

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