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Dan Herman is a copy editor for The Inlander. He is responsible for ascertaining that all the names of metal bands have the correct number of umlauts. He graduated from Washington State University in 2009.
  • Bob's Burgers
  • Bob's Burgers

    A new animated feature that's still impossible to describe in a sentence.
      Unless you’re the executive whose sole job is to green-light new Seth MacFarlane cartoons, you need to have a compelling reason to order a new animated series. Animated shows are usually expensive and vastly more difficult to change. That’s why, for every Family Guy,.
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  • Waking Sleeping Beauty
  • Waking Sleeping Beauty

    The death and rebirth of Disney animation
      Walt Disney movies are the stuff of legends. Literally. Our most popular fables and myths are not Aesop’s, nor from the Brothers Grimm, but the story of a plucky meerkat and warthog who help a lion king regain his throne. It’s an abundance of dalmatians matching wits against the female personification of the devil.
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  • Boardwalk Empire
  • Boardwalk Empire

    Like Mad Men, only 40 years earlier and less fixated on the props.
      The plotlines are at once intensely personal yet very public. In addition to providing alcohol to most of the country, Nucky also has to deal with a young upstart, Jimmy (Michael Pitt), whose intelligence and guile make him think he can do much better than being Nucky’s driver.
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  • Holiday Highlights
  • Holiday Highlights

    Local events, recipes, music: Everything you need to come together as a (dysfunctional) family.
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  • Loco Ban
  • Loco Ban

    Why Washington thinks mixing caffeine and alcohol is bad.
      Fearful of a new alcohol ban, panicked citizens rush to corner stores to stockpile a sizeable quantity of their preferred spirit. There’s some outrage at the government’s bowing to the temperance-minded, of course, but no one knows when — or if — they’ll ever be able to consume their favorite drinks again.
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  • Beginner's Pluck
  • Beginner's Pluck

    Given how easy skiing and snowboarding are now, your excuses for not getting out there are dwindling rapidly.
      If you’re like me (lazy), your friends have constantly hounded you about getting “up on the mountain” and really “letting ’er rip.” Strapping myself to some wood an
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  • The Mountain Report
  • The Mountain Report

    Tips for newbies and veterans headed to local ski areas.
      Whitefish Mountain Resort Maybe you’ve mastered the slopes at the local resorts years ago. Or maybe you just really like driving to Montana. Whatever the reason, Whitefish Mountain Resort coul
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  • 'The War for Late Night,' Bill Carter
  • 'The War for Late Night,' Bill Carter

    Behind the scenes of the strangest tragicomedy to ever play out on (and off) the screen.
      As a devotee of the Strange Redhead, I’m not yet sick of hearing about Conan O’Brien. And while that day may be fast approaching, Bill Carter’s chronicle of the rise and fall of Cona
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  • Winnebago Man
  • Winnebago Man

    The Internet’s angriest guy ever isn't that angry. But the video’s still out there.
      rebney gets good vibes after attending a screening with his rabid “fans,” but the wrongness of using that word is apparent even then. Before the screening, everyone in line talks about how they hope he’ll “blow up” again, or wonder if he’s really that.
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  • Winter Movie Round-Up
  • Winter Movie Round-Up

    What to watch this Oscar season.
      But McAdams has a ton of pluck — adorable, sexy pluck — and she sets her sights high, recruiting a cranky, retired, super-serious newsman Harrison Ford to turn the ship around. Diane Keaton plays his foil, a woman who has been doing morning-show schlock for way too long.
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  • Strange Trip
  • Strange Trip

    If your journey to Africa includes a stop on a street corner, you’re probably in for a wild ride.
      Still, it worked. Emily Wilkens, a 24-year-old fresh-faced graduate from Walla Walla University, collected $100.82 in two hours on the corner of Freya and Second. It’s a far cry from the $2,500 she needed for a plane ticket, but it’s not her only source of funding.
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  • The League
  • The League

    Finally, television for guys that doesn’t rely on nut shots.
      SPIKE TV originally claimed to be “the first network for men.” This was true only in the same sense that Lifetime is television for women, i.e., if you’re the living embodiment of either stereotype. For some reason, television targeted toward guys is aimed squarely at their machismo, appealing only to testicles or.
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  • 'Our Tragic Universe,' Scarlett Thomas
  • 'Our Tragic Universe,' Scarlett Thomas

    In a “storyless story” that analyzes storytelling, here’s a surprise: The plot’s weak.
      This book’s trying to trick me. All throughout, it mounts arguments against anyone reviewing it, offering up theories as to how to properly enjoy or even construct a novel.
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  • Running Roughshod
  • Running Roughshod

    G-Prep’s Bishop Sankey pretty much does what he wants on the field.
      Sankey’s picked up gains of four yards here, six yards there, in between giving the ball to other backs a few times and G-Prep airing it out. His second TD comes after he runs right, head-fakes and dips in and out of the defense before finding the goal line.
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  • Empty Urgency
  • Empty Urgency

    This education doc leaves the audience all riled up with nowhere to go.
      Advocacy documentaries are supposed to leave you fired up and ready for action. If done properly, they should posit a problem, use evidence to support that there actually is a problem, then leave you with the knowledge and ability to go out and fix that problem.
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  • Gainful Employment
  • Gainful Employment

    Especially in the 3rd District, the race comes down to jobs.
      Every morning, he wakes up and starts pounding out e-mails and phone calls. He’s trying to find anyone and everyone who will listen to what he has to say. He’s hoping they’ll give hi
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  • Small Ball
  • Small Ball

    In the 3rd District, the Spokane Indians president goes up against a sewer inspector.
      White, who’s running on a platform of curbing spending and cutting taxes, says he originally budgeted to give himself $2,000, hoping to raise private contributions. But he went over that limit, he says, because he set it “not knowing the cost of signs and a few things that the PDC requires [him] to do.
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  • In Focus
  • In Focus

    Feed the reel, sit back and enjoy the projector's whir as you watch a film on actual film.
      “If I had the money, I’d shoot everything on film,” says filmmaker Bob Moricz. “I’m most satisfied with that.” Moricz will be one of more than a dozen artists presenting his movies at Flicker Spokane, the local version of the international film festival devoted to, well, film.
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  • Holy Rollers
  • Holy Rollers

    If you're trying to make a Jewish movie, you've gotta do more than include the costumes.
      the public has a fetish for hypocrites. when a celebrity loses her cultural crown, when a self-righteous minister acts contrary to his beliefs, we’re giddy with schadenfreude. we love it when other people fail to live up to their own moral standards..
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  • 'Justice Brennan: Liberal Champion' by Seth Stern and Stephen Wermiel
  • 'Justice Brennan: Liberal Champion' by Seth Stern and Stephen Wermiel

    Preventing injustice, protecting individuals — William Brennan wasn’t just another empty robe on SCOTUS.
      The Supreme Court is probably the most well-known institution in American government that the public knows almost nothing about. Every time a vacancy springs up, various special-interest groups from a
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  • Out of Focus
  • Out of Focus

    Dueling Senate campaigns seem to be focused on the wrong Washington.
      Stories about the Senate matchup between incumbent Sen. Patty Murray and her Republican challenger, Dino Rossi, invariably describe the race as an important one. It’s a “flashpoint in the national fight for the Senate,” or a way to “[clean] out some of the bad spots in Congress.
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  • A Moving Picture
  • A Moving Picture

    Like Dandelion Dust is a powerfully emotional film — even if you played it on “mute."
      Joey is the 6-year-old child of that couple, given up for adoption after the abusive husband, Rip (Barry Pepper), went to jail. Now Rip’s out, reformed, and didn’t even know he had a son. When he finds out Joey was adopted out — and Joey’s mother had forged.
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  • Initiatives and Referendums
  • Initiatives and Referendums

    This November, voters will wade into some thorny issues — state finances and questions of justice.
      Workers’ compensation insurance is a lifeline for those injured on the job — a means for them to continue their standard of living and pay their medical bills without going bankrupt.
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  • 'Freedom,' Jonathan Franzen
  • 'Freedom,' Jonathan Franzen

    Everyone’s assuming that Jonathan Franzen’s new novel is great Literature. What if it isn’t?
      As to its qualifications as literature, few can speak to it with any — meaningful — authority. But then, even when the American Society of People Who Decide What Literature Is (this is not a euphemism for “Oprah”) comes down on one side or the other, you still have the freedom to ignore them and form your own judgment.
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  • The Volt Wrangler
  • The Volt Wrangler

    Working on power poles is a deceptively nerve-wracking line of work.
      “When you do something long enough, it sounds easy,” says Kelley Hendry, a line crew foreman for Avista. It looks easy, too. Hendry and his crew are out on Magnesium Road, where they&rsq
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