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  • The Importance of the Dolphin Kick
  • The Importance of the Dolphin Kick

    And other things learned in 24 years as a swim coach
      Diane Giebel-Nuess stood at her kitchen counter last Thursday, surrounded by friends, talking about the way the sport has changed since 1968, when she swam the 200-meter breaststroke in the Mexico City Olympics at age 15. “When I swam they didn’t even have goggles,” she says, “I hate to tell you that.
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  • For Your Consideration
  • For Your Consideration

    The Charles Dickens of graphic novels. Plus, new work from Joan Didion and a vegetarian baking book
      keeps the storyâeuro;™s location ambiguous, he makes clear comments on the similarities between Islam and Christianity. After reading the 672-page graphic novel, one reviewer called Thompson the âeuro;œCharles Dickens of the genre.âeuro;�.
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  • Nightmare Island
  • Nightmare Island

    A look at trickle-down economics from a California shipyard.
      It was the 1850s. The California gold rush was on. America’s presence in California was rising. The Navy wanted a Pacific shipyard and liked the location of this sheltered little island across the Napa River from the small town of Vallejo.
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  • 'Look at the Birdie,' Kurt Vonnegut
  • 'Look at the Birdie,' Kurt Vonnegut

    Even as a young writer, Vonnegut knew how to spin a good yarn
      Take, for instance, “The Nice Little People.” Lowell Swift is a meek husband eagerly awaiting his wife’s return from a day at work so they can celebrate their anniversary. While passing time, he discovers tiny people in a spaceship, which he thought was a small knife.
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  • Joe's First Truck
  • Joe's First Truck

    A Spokane story, from the Great Depression to today
      That Lewiston run was just the beginning for Joe Peirone. A few years later, he founded Peirone Produce, and now, 65 years after that, his firm is expanding and moving into one of the nation’s most hightech produce distribution centers — triple the space it currently occupies.
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