• Issue Archive for
  • Feb 14-20, 2002
  • Vol. 9, No. 18

News & Comment

  • Plastic Man

    There's a scene in It's A Wonderful Life where George Bailey, feeling the American Dream closing around his heels, is delivering a speech to would-be girlfriend Mary about all the things he doesn't want. "I don't want any plastics, and I do
  • Harlem Hoopla

    In their popularity, other sports franchises come and go. (Think Bulls, Cowboys, Marlins, Celtics.) But the Harlem Globetrotters endure. In their 76-year history, the team has entertained more than 120 million fans in 115 countries. Half-
  • Peeling the Layers of Poverty

    Mayor John Powers plans to launch his long-awaited poverty (now called "prosperity") initiatives after his "summit" scheduled for May. His success, I believe, will rest on the questions posed and with the quality of the supporting researc
  • Game Review-Tropico Expansion

    Tropico: Paradise Island is an expansion pack for last year's thoroughly charming tropical island city-building computer game Tropico. So while this means spending an additional $20 to enhance a game that you already own, the features pa
  • Letters to the Editor

    More For the Widening I-90 Debate -- The I-90 dialogue in your paper over the last couple of weeks is very welcome, as the public needs to better understand what the DOT plans for the section from Sprague to the Hamilton interchange. Tw
  • Scold Warrior

    Hart's War is many things, none of them memorable or really even very good. First and foremost, I suppose, is that it enters the post-Sept. 11 marketplace as a World War II picture about integrity. Or perhaps for perennial underdog studio MGM
  • DVD Review-Wild Strawberries

    Seeing Wild Strawberries again, 45 years after its initial release, it's hard not to think of the works of art that have followed it, treading in the footsteps of Ingmar Bergman's haunting masterpiece. Woody Allen used the film as inspir
  • Saving Languages in the NW

    On the Spokane Indian Reservation, some parents are struggling to keep up with the latest words and phrases their kids are bringing home from school. Are they the latest song lyrics? Code words from a new video game? Bryan Flett, the her
  • A $50 Million Problem

    Bump, bang -- there goes the front-end alignment again. Welcome to a casual drive on the rugged streets of Spokane, where potholes the size of small backpacks make any commute feel more like a ride on the outback than in the second-largest
  • Quotes & amp;amp; Notes

    Creeping Crawl -- Anyone who watches TV has seen "the crawl," that irritating scroll of words along the bottom of the screen. Previously reserved for vital breaking news, crawls have slunk into common usage for the most mundane things --
  • Songs of the Sawtooths

    Traditional American folk music recounts the stories of the people who built this country: the miners and loggers, the cowboys, factory workers and farmers. It's the great populist art form, one in which substance is valued over style and
  • Of Politics and Pavement

    The past four or five years have been frustrating for state legislators in Olympia. Tight margins have led to bitter politics, making progress hard to come by. It's been frustrating for voters, too, as they have shown in their comp
  • CD Review-Damien Jurado

    On I Break Chairs, Seattle singer/songwriter Damien Jurado finds himself for the first time shored up by the muscle of a full band. And the results are, for the most part, stunning. When the anthemic chords of "Paper Wings" kick in to le
  • News In Brief

    Found Money -- SPOKANE -- Ten million dollars is a lot of money to lose. That's how much tax money went unclaimed in 2000, according to Gary Weber, assistant dean of the School of Business Administration at Gonzaga University. In an effo
  • Is Wider Really Better?

    It's easy to think that a north-south highway in Spokane is all about traffic counts and pavement. But it isn't. It's actually an impassioned duel between competing visions. Under one vision -- spearheaded by the Washington Department of
  • A New History of the Cd'A Tribe

    It all started in court. That's where the work began for Rodney Frey's newest book, Landscape Traveled by Coyote and Crane: The World of the Schitsu'umsh (University of Washington Press), a collaborative and scholarly look at the bon

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