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  • Northside Swagger
  • Northside Swagger

    Swaxx brings 7,500 square feet of nightlife to the north end of town
      Why have you never heard of this place? Well, at 7,500 square feet, Swaxx isn’t just one of the largest nightclubs in town, it’s also one of the newest. The North Spokane spot is located on Lincoln Street just a few paces from Division, in the space formerly home to the infamous Swackhammers.
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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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  • Do or Die
  • Do or Die

    Independent movie theaters fight to survive amidst changing times
      Studios like Twentieth Century Fox and Paramount have announced they will no longer release 35mm film prints. The movie industry is going entirely digital, and while directors like Christopher Nolan have made public protests against the transition — The Dark Knight Rises.
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  • The Butterfly Effect
  • The Butterfly Effect

    Reflecting on life, death and Lepidoptera as summer fades.
      By August, they were swirling around the local Ponderosas like light, highly localized flurries of snow. There didn’t seem to be a pattern; they traced trails as seemingly random as that of a drunk around a lamppost. A mating dance? I wondered. If it was, I had yet to see consummations (though these might not have been public events).
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  • The Best and the Worst
  • The Best and the Worst

    We asked 900 lobbyists what they thought of Eastern Washington’s legislators. This is what some of them said.
      There are 900 lobbyists plying the halls of Olympia, according to state records. That’s six lobbyists for every state legislator under the rotunda. But it’s not just their prolific numbers that give them insight into the ways of legislators. It’s also the nature of their work.
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  • Crocodile Tears
  • Crocodile Tears

    There are lots of stories of exotic pets gone rogue. This doc focuses on the right one.
      against the keeping of wild animals, Brumfield tells a story about how his big cats, Lambert and Lacie, have become his reason to get up in the morning. There’s no doubt the man needs a psychiatrist, but it’s also clear how desperately he loves these animals.
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  • Schmooze Sisters
  • Schmooze Sisters

    It’s one meshuggeneh after another in this Sisters play. They’re crazy!
      But with whom did audience members have to identify, after all? The hotsy-totsy banker? All these other limousine liberals, jetting all over the world? No, my friends. But the wife and mother from suburban Boston — the middle sister, this one they call Gorgeous Teitelbaum — her.
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  • SLAP HAPPY
  • SLAP HAPPY

    The Koffin Kats are part punk, part rock and part cartoon.
      the like. But that small glimpse of psychobilly hooked him for the long haul. From there it was a matter of acquiring the defining tool of the sound: an upright bass. But being an aspiring bassist wasn’t exactly easy — or financially practical. So Victor worked a crap job until he could finally secure enough funds to buy his first upright.
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  • 'Year of Plenty,' Craig L. Goodwin
  • 'Year of Plenty,' Craig L. Goodwin

    Being green and being Christian — are they compatible? Not without some fancy argumentation.
      When Craig Goodwin’s account of his family’s year of conspicuous consumption made its transition from a blog to the printed page, it acquired a breathless subtitle: One Suburban Family, Four Rules, and 365 Days of Homegrown Adventure in Pursuit of Christian Living.
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  • BEST OF THE BEST
  • BEST OF THE BEST

    How we celebrated the big issue.
      Last Thursday, we published our 18th annual Best of the Inland Northwest readers poll, which, at 120 pages, is one of our biggest papers of the year. To celebrate, we threw a party at the Lincoln Center on March 23 and invited all of our honorees..
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  • Remembering the King
  • Remembering the King

    King Cole’s legacy is everywhere
      How do you say enough in praise of King Cole? More than any other person during the past half-century, he made Spokane the place it is today. Our beautiful Riverfront Park, vibrant downtown, exciting sporting events and excellent restaurants — all of these attractions and more grew either directly or indirectly from King Cole’s influence.
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  • Graveyard Girls
  • Graveyard Girls

    Ever since Harry, Abe and Murray passed, their wives have been sniffling, dithering and prowling
      Getting together with the girls can be fun, but clubs that meet in somber settings are doomed to fracture — and sure enough, Doris, Ida and Lucille differ in their grieving styles, their attitudes toward tradition, their willingness to re-enter the social scene.
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  • Iron Upgrade
  • Iron Upgrade

      The new one is smart and funny and action-packed, and it’s bigger and better and sleeker. And Downey does it again, this time ramping up Stark’s arrogant wisecracking, telling anyone who’ll listen (mostly women) that, via the creation of his powerful Iron Man suit, he’s brought years of uninterrupted peace to the world.
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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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  • Saving the Y, Part Two
  • Saving the Y, Part Two

    We don’t need more open space in Riverfront Park. We should preserve the old YMCA building.
      Jane Jacobs, the great urban-renewal activist, argued that successful parks aren’t mausoleums or wide-open spaces — they are public places that attract the public. They are not “pristine” places but human-made and humandesigned. Yes, they take advantage of natural settings, but they thrive only when people come and stay and mingle and interact.
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  • The Frazzled Blue Line
  • The Frazzled Blue Line

    It’s hard out there for a pimp. Hard for actors, too, with all the flawed heroes in Brooklyn’s Finest
      Sal (Ethan Hawke) makes it look like he’s on the ball, doing what needs to be done, always in the right places at the right times when busting up drug deals. But he’s falling short in providing money for his family, and there’s a lot of dirty cash easily within his reach.
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