• Issue Archive for
  • Dec 13-19, 2001
  • Vol. 9, No. 9

News & Comment

  • Gift Guide-Computer games

    Ah, computers. How they've changed the world wonderful aids to work, when they work. When it comes to play, technology has advanced so much that it's hard not to be impressed by the opportunities it provides. Since almost everyone knows
  • Timeline 12/13/01

    Early-1990s The decline of downtown Spokane becomes obvious after J.C. Penney leaves and the Crescent closes. With the Bon Marche and River Park Square stagnating, it appears that if action is not taken soon, Spokane's downtown woul
  • Citizen critique-Ocean's Eleven

    Sometimes a remake is actually better than the original, as is the case with Steven Soderbergh's remake of the 1960s Rat Pack vehicle Ocean's Eleven. I first saw Ocean's Eleven a while ago and I hate to say it, but it was kind of forgetta
  • Garage Litigation For Dummies 12/13/01

    You're at a party, and all the cool people are standing by the bar, deep in conversation. You sidle up and start to listen in -- there's talk of bonds, some kind of foundation and somebody even drops Betsy Cowles' name. Wow, t
  • Gift Guide-CDs

    Have you noticed friends and family members spending an inordinate amount of time over at your CD rack of late, perusing your collection, only to walk away with nothing in their hands for the player? When you inquire wha
  • Review-ing the facts 12/13/01

    At the risk of violating local custom, let's give credit where credit is due. The Spokesman-Review is the first of the parties involved in the whole ridiculous River Park Square feud to examine its own actions publically. Challenged ove
  • Gift Guide-Video games

    With a generation of young adults that grew up with video games now at an age when they can afford to make big purchases, entertainment companies have realized that there's an enormous market waiting to be tapped with big-ticket video ga
  • Timeline 12/13/01

    Early-1990s The decline of downtown Spokane becomes obvious after J.C. Penney leaves and the Crescent closes. With the Bon Marche and River Park Square stagnating, it appears that if action is not taken soon, Spokane's downt
  • Gift Guide-Books

    The best part of Christmas isn't the morning so much as the afternoon. Sure, there's the giddy thrill of ripping open presents at the crack of dawn, but there's also something to be said for the lazy contentment of Christmas afternoon. All
  • Individuals & amp;amp; institutions 12/13/01

    Individuals -- Mike Adolfae Spokane's director of Community Development. Adolfae oversees the city's use of funding from the federal department of Housing and Urban Development and was part of the team that put together the plan th
  • Gift Guide-Kid's books

    I fantasize about running away and writing children's books the way most people fantasize about running away to join the circus. It's not just that children's books offer a cozy respite from a harsh, cruel world, and it's not even that my w
  • Review-ing The Facts 12/13/01

    At the risk of violating local custom, let's give credit where credit is due. The Spokesman-Review is the first of the parties involved in the whole ridiculous River Park Square feud to examine its own actions publically. Challe
  • Folk revival

    He's in real estate these days and lives a quiet life in a modest brick rancher on Spokane's South Hill with his wife and 14-year old daughter. But in 1962, Chad Mitchell was a cultural emissary, a voice on the front lines of a social rev
  • Five key documents 12/13/01

    The Ordinance -- Adopted by the city council on an emergency basis on Jan. 27, 1997, this document guides the city's participation in the downtown redevelopment project. Most agree that the city contracted to pledge its parking met
  • Gift Guide-Gadgetry

    To enter the world of electronic gadgetry is to turn oneself over to the flashingest of flashy lights and the fastest microprocessors. It is to be entranced by power, and to confine power in diminutive packages, like a genie stuffed int
  • Individuals & amp;amp; Institutions 12/13/01

    Individuals -- Mike Adolfae Spokane's director of Community Development. Adolfae oversees the city's use of funding from the federal department of Housing and Urban Development and was part of the team that put together the p
  • Extension cord confidential

    When Tom Evers gets ready for Christmas, he decks a bit more than the halls. He decks the roof and the yard and the shrubs and the fence, and anything else on which he can hang a string of lights or prop a plastic Santa. He usually strings 22,
  • Gift Guide-For kids

    With so many different computer games available, it can be tough to know when you've found a title that would make an appropriate gift for a child. Fortunately, there are ratings listed on the front of most computer games boxes - with th
  • Five Key Documents 12/13/01

    The Ordinance -- & & Adopted by the city council on an emergency basis on Jan. 27, 1997, this document guides the city's participation in the downtown redevelopment project. Most agree that the city contracted to pledge its parki
  • A midnight clear

    Colorful and creative things are happening in Coeur d'Alene this Christmas season. Two of the Lake City's more venerable cultural institutions - the Coeur d'Alene Symphony Orchestra and the Coeur d'Alene Summer Theatre - join forces for
  • Gift Guide-DVDs

    Forrest Gump -- In my opinion, this is one of the great films of the past decade. Sure, some will argue that it's too sentimental. It worked for me mainly because of its series of visually stunning and emotionally powerful scenes.
  • Garage Litigation For Dummies 12/13/01

    You're at a party, and all the cool people are standing by the bar, deep in conversation. You sidle up and start to listen in -- there's talk of bonds, some kind of foundation and somebody even drops Betsy Cowles' name. Wow, this is
  • Most famous

    Cameron Crowe is a man who likes to play with music in his movies. The former Rolling Stone writer, whose story was chronicled last year in his Almost Famous, has been mixing top pop tunes into his films' soundtracks from the start. Say Anyth
  • Slow down and care

    I have worked at the same fast-food restaurant for more than nine years now, for seven of which I have been the general manager. In my interaction with customers, and in participating in workshops with several other fast-food chains, I have
  • Science in Spokane?

    Wanted: A science museum, with a 3D IMAX film theater inside. Paying tenant preferred. That's essentially what the Spokane Parks and Recreation Department Board will say when it begins soliciting potential developers and operators for a
  • Off the ramp

    Believe it or not, but in the middle of the budget tightening going on at City Hall, there is one public project that's already got a few hundred grand allocated to it. No, it's not a new parking garage and it's not a light rail study -- i
  • Local Briefs

    "Young people are at a very high risk for sexual violence and it's o
  • Christmas record roundup

    It's holiday time again, and with it comes the latest spate of new Christmas CDs. This year, B.B. King tops the list with a long-awaited disc full of blues surprises. Also kicking up a lot of dust are a pair of female artists -- Deana Carter
  • CD review-Matthew Jay

    Before this CD was even released, Jay's music was eliciting comparisons to folks like Beth Orton, Nick Drake and even Elliot Smith. And while he is wistful, introspective and alternative, his songs are a cheerier lot, with their lilting mel
  • All around town

    Hey crew, there are lots of fairly cool live music doings this weekend -- and beyond: all-ages action, CD release parties, benefits, terrifying, half-naked gorillas and rabbits (um, wait a sec, I think that last one was part of a dream I h

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