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  • Mar 21-27, 2002
  • Vol. 9, No. 23

News & Comment

  • Phone Home Again

    When a film opens, there's one thing on the mind of every filmmaker, every studio, every distributor: Will it find an audience? Filmmaking is a business, and it all boils down to whether the film will make back its huge investment and then ge
  • Fowl Weather Fun

    Springtime in Othello, Wash., is for the birds. For six weeks or so, peaking in late March, more than 25,000 sandhill cranes will pass through the region, stopping to eat, meet and greet before continuing the trip to their summer mating ground
  • Letters to the Editor

    Efficiency Before Roads -- I voted no on the street bond for one simple reason: Our local government is about as inept as a fish out of water, and it has shown us no accountability in the past two years I have lived here. Where did the
  • DVD Review - AI

    Completely artificial, and hardly representative of the intelligence behind it, Steven Spielberg's widely publicized return to science fiction is shot through with failings generated by the film's origins. Adapted from a story by Brian A
  • Buzz Bin

    In the Hangar -- You may have heard something in the news recently about the Fairchild Heritage Museum Society turning over ownership of their entire collection to the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture (MAC). But wait a minute, you sa
  • Annexation Blues

    The City Council has decided to drop, for now, its attempt to annex the Yardley area. Recently, the Washington Supreme Court overturned annexation plans in Moses Lake and Yakima. All of this may once again remind us that a state constitut
  • Tuna on Wry

    Tuna, the third-smallest town in Texas, is a place where everyone's a Baptist, teenage girls aspire to be cheerleaders and the nice little old lady down the block keeps strychnine on hand to poison the "egg-suckin'" dogs who wander too c
  • Branded a Winner

    Brandin Cote, the undersized overachiever who captains the Spokane Chiefs, is widely recognized as one of the most tenacious players in the Western Hockey League. In fact, the only thing more difficult than playing against Cote is tryin
  • Inside Oscar

    Ed's Oscar Picks -- Biggest gripe: Whoopi Goldberg as the hostess of the ceremony. She's not funny, always waits too long, stares too hard, for the audience to get her jokes. If only Bob Hope would consider hosting again, or Johnn
  • Book Review - Shabby Chic Home

    Born and raised in England but now a resident of Southern California, Rachel Ashwell coined the term "Shabby Chic" in the 1980s. As a designer, she was drawn to the fabrics and patterns of a bygone era -- think delicate rose patterns in a po
  • Vital Signs

    Nineteen murals of flowers and sports scenes grace tall buildings in downtown Spokane. Look quick: The owners plan to repaint these murals as wall advertisements as soon as advertisers sign on. That is, unless City Hall steps in. City
  • Defunding the Superfund

    The nation's biggest source of money to clean its most polluted places is in danger of disappearing long before the job is done. It's already becoming Superfund Lite. Unless Congress acts this year to change the situation, the Environment
  • Quotes & amp;amp; Notes

    Keep Those Snowtires On -- Watching the snowflakes this week, we were depressed at winter's long grip until calling the National Weather Service's Spokane office. Then we were more depressed. Since it started keeping count in the lat
  • King of Swing

    Both Woody Herman and Stan Kenton spent the better part of half a century as bandleaders, shepherding a staggering number of musicians through the evolutionary path jazz would take through swing, be-bop and beyond. This Saturday night at
  • News In Brief

    Time Out -- POST FALLS, Idaho -- A small group of political activists has filed a lawsuit in Ada County District Court seeking to reinstate term limits for elected officials in Idaho. The suit asks the court to declare the legislature's F
  • CD Review - Mazarin

    It just keeps getting better, doesn't it? Mazarin, a loose-knit collective headed up by Philly wonderlad, Quentin Stoltzfus, presents for your quiet afternoon pleasure A Tall-Tale Storyline, the group's follow-up to its critically acclaim
  • Local Superfund Update

    One is noted for its deadly urgency and nearly unanimous call for action. The other is known for its massive scale a nd a searing public debate. They're the Inland Northwest's best-known toxic sites. The first -- Libby, Mont. -- is less lik

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