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  • Bouncing Back
  • Bouncing Back

    Unemployment benefits are expiring, but there's reason to be optimistic about Spokane's regional economy
  • Talking Points
  • Talking Points

    Three people are running for a county commission seat, but they’re all saying the same thing
      Commissioners run the county’s budget and operations, and help determine zoning policies in the county. Spokane County Democrats Vice Chair Dave Koch says Republican control of the commission has left his party’s values ignored, and he’s hoping Romeyn can change that.
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  • Packing Heat
  • Packing Heat

    Rep. Matt Shea’s road rage incident; plus, the FBI’s interest in the Ridpath
      The Ridpath Hotel may have a few new interested parties: The U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. One local businessman confirmed that he had been approached by both agencies and questioned about GREG JEFFREYS, the controversial owner of several pieces of the hotel.
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  • INTERVIEW — Sheriff Knezovich
  • INTERVIEW — Sheriff Knezovich

      “What we hear from the courts is that these are just property crimes,” Knezovich says. “But here’s what the results are: Last fall, a vehicle was broken into and a gun was stolen and that gun was used to shoot two deputies. That’s not just a property crime.
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  • It's All in a Name
  • It's All in a Name

    Hoopfest squads call themselves the darndest things
      We’ve gone through the more than 7,000 teams entered in this year’s tournament and handpicked a few of the more amusing titles and handed out some not-soofficial awards to those who went the extra mile. If your squad is not on the list, we’re sorry. You’ll have to turn your attention to the actual basketball.
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  • Legal Limits
  • Legal Limits

    What’s going to happen when the state Supreme Court tells public defenders how many cases they should be taking?
      It’s halfway through the year. If she continues on this rate, McPeek, who says she has a caseload typical of misdemeanor defenders in the county public defender’s office, may eventually exceed new state Supreme Court limits on the number of cases a public defender may take in a year.
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  • For Your Consideration
  • For Your Consideration

    The Old Republic expands the Star Wars game universe, see if you have what it takes to pass Google's entrance and the Spokane library gets online with Kindle check-outs
      of eBooks for free with a library card. Only Spokane County, however, has a deal with their e-book distributor to check out books in Amazonâeuro;™s Kindle format. Just check out the instructions on the Spokane County website, and then never leave the house for literature again.
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  • Help Unwanted
  • Help Unwanted

    Washington ranks high in a new study looking into teen unemployment.
      The study analyzed nationwide census data to find the 25 states with the highest average teen unemployment rates in the last year. The list also included Idaho — sixth-highest with 31.8 percent — Oregon, Montana and Colorado. All 25 states had higher rates than the national average of 24.
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  • Rogers Rising
  • Rogers Rising

    A few years after Rogers High’s physical renovation, it undergoes an academic one.
      Now, the school has earned a $3.7 million grant from the federal government, giving it an opportunity to renovate its academics as well. It’s a chance to keep the school’s rebirth going, to improve the education it provides and, maybe more importantly, to burnish its own — as well as Hillyard’s — reputation.
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  • Bludgeoning the Budget
  • Bludgeoning the Budget

    Billions of dollars, partisan bickering and corporate sponsors — making government work.
      A couple of lessons out of Olympia last week: Don’t storm the governor’s office. You’ll be arrested. And don’t lock the doors of the Capitol building, because Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown — who studied labor history as a graduate student — might get angry and cancel the Senate.
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  • The Big Chill
  • The Big Chill

    Frozen yogurt shops are popping up everywhere. What’s behind this new-ish obsession?
      You can make your own masterpiece,” says Froyo Earth owner Steve Kraft. Kraft opened his downtown self-serve frozen yogurt store last summer — and already plans to open northside, Valley and South Hill locations by the end of June. At Froyo Earth, customers choose from 10 different flavors of frozen yogurt and sorbets and more than 50 toppings.
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  • Any Human Heart
  • Any Human Heart

    Filming the unfilmable, Any Human Heart produces worthwhile results.
      something essential is lost when Logan is presented visually instead of through his own words. the film compensates with a leitmotif of three men — the “selves” of Logan in young, middle, and old age — on a sun-drenched shoreline. For the most part, it works.
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  • The Year in News
  • The Year in News

    Ten of the most important local stories to catch our eye
      Democratic Washington state Sen. Chris Marr, a moderate lawmaker by most accounts, fell to political newcomer Michael Baumgartner. Republican John Ahern, who lost his seat in the state House two years ago to John Driscoll, took it back. Republican Reps. Matt Shea, Larry Crouse, Kevin Parker, Shelly Short, Joel Kretz and Susan Fagan all ran unopposed.
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  • The Year in Arts & Culture
  • The Year in Arts & Culture

    The year young artists got scrappy, the symphony stayed inside and a sex scandal had theatergoers taking sides
      of artist-friends, who got almost 30 artists to spend 24 hours each in the space, doing whatever they wanted to do. The Transcendence Project was a collaboration with Our Kids Our Business to put youngsters in contact with young artists on big, transitory public art projects.
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  • The Year in Screen
  • The Year in Screen

    Spokane booed Cuba, boosted Terriers and watched its actors go to the bigtime
      The Year Spokane proTeSTed Cuba … Gooding Jr. Between 2006 and 2009, the Oscarwinning actor came to Spokane to shoot three separate films. Most of these films failed to make a dent in the box office (or even find a theatrical release), but Cuba sure made an impression on Spokane.
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  • Top Albums of 2010
  • Top Albums of 2010

    Where Kanye, Nick Cave, the National and the Black Keys landed on our charts
      of audio dreamscapes than an album. Caribou blends smooth layers of electronic melody over a dissonant array of percussion, creating a flow that can be both danceable and soothing. Put on a pair of headphones and prepare to be dazzled as the sounds swirl by.
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  • A Ticking Clock
  • A Ticking Clock

    The emergency unemployment benefits are about to expire. What happens now?
      A material processor for Boeing for 20 years, Randall was lugging a long metal part back from a warehouse when she stepped on a loose piece of cardboard. She fell, hitting the cement hard. She destroyed her elbow, her neck, her knee, her shoulder — and her career.
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  • Carroll Was Correct
  • Carroll Was Correct

    If we can’t even support schools for our children, how on earth could we replace the federal dollars that bring money into our Idaho economy?
      High up on the deck of this frightening apparatus were the local Tea Partiers, waving flags and singing “This land is my land, this land is your land, from California to the New York island…” The contradiction was striking between the...
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  • Work In Progress
  • Work In Progress

      It made sense to me two weeks ago to write an impassioned column on Earth Day. Hell, four months back, when I was first tasked with the challenge of co-organizing a killer of a celebration around Earth Day 2010, I envisioned huge media fanfare, tens...
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  • Ascetic Love
  • Ascetic Love

    The Last Station, covering the final year of Tolstoy’s life, highlights the struggle between natural impulses and restraint
      Their disagreement, which has big ramifications for the international Tolstoyan movement circa 1910, may sometimes seem like a marital spat in director Michael Hoffman’s film and is, on occasion, played for comedy. (Here’s Dame Helen Mirren creeping along a balcony.
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