• Issue Archive for
  • Aug 8-14, 2002
  • Vol. 9, No. 43

News & Comment

  • DVD Review-The Royal Tenenbaums

    Co-written by director Wes Anderson (Bottle Rocket, Rushmore) and screenwriter/actor Owen Wilson, The Royal Tenenbaums paints a portrait of a once affluent and brilliant, now deeply dysfunctional family that has come to be defined more by
  • Letters to the Editor

    The outrage over the court opinion on the unconstitutionality of including "under God" in the flag pledge demonstrates that, in the name of God, otherwise rational people speak and act in silly, sometimes dangerous ways. Rather tha
  • Yanking Your Chain

    The newest offering from Comedy Central this summer, Crank Yankers, is a show about an underworld of raunchy puppets that looks like a cross between Sesame Street and inner-city Detroit. The puppets have foul tempers, sex addictions and
  • Iraq Attack

    What the heck, let's bomb Baghdad. Sure, it's one of the more historically important cities in the world, and many of its more than 3 million inhabitants will probably end up as "collateral damage," but if George the Younger is determined
  • Prophecy or Pulp?

    The most popular novel in America right now is one in which the world is tyrannized by the former secretary general of the U.N., who operates from Iraq, and his global force of storm troopers, called "peacekeepers." Revered rabbis evan
  • Now Playing

    A solid natural history documentary that explores the beauty and harsh realities of nature in an extreme environment, Alaska is deserving of its 1997 Oscar for best documentary short. At the IMAX. (Randy Matin) Austin Powers in Goldmember If you'
  • Becoming a Statesman

    Spokane politics and government lack organization. Indeed, we avoid even mentioning the term for fear of becoming tainted. Of course, as a result, candidates who seek nomination, whether to national, state or local office, must figure out
  • North Spokane Forty

    I'm at an athletic field on the South Hill, five minutes before Spokane's first-year semi-pro football team, the Nightmare, is supposed to begin practice, yet only a few players are milling around. I question a guy (who turns out to be a
  • XXX Files

    Summer. Hmmm. Must be time for another big action movie starring Vin Diesel as a bad guy with a heart of one precious metal or another. It was just about a year ago that he stole a lot of screen time (and cars) in The Fast and the Furious, an
  • Inlander Picks

    Where else on a nice summer day can kids paint their faces, gawk at karate demonstrations, race radio-controlled cars around an oval, heave way-oversize basketballs at over-large inflatable hoops, get up close and perso
  • Opening Films

    Clint Eastwood plays an FBI profiler forced into early retirement by a massive heart attack. Two years later, a meeting with a stranger (Wanda de Jesus) causes him to look further into not only the circumstances surrounding his transplant and r
  • Buzz Bin

    While our friends at Opera Plus haven't exactly promised us any snippets of Wagner's passionate ode to courtly love, Lohengrin, we do love the idea of a lake cruise devoted to the operatic arts. This Sunday, the Mish-a-Nock boards a
  • Light in August

    & quot;The past isn't forgotten," William Faulkner once observed, "It isn't even past." While contemporary deca-million-dollar studio filmmaking roots itself zealously in an eternal present wrapped in ages-old plots or an eternal future wrapped in
  • Book Review-Sin Killer

    First, a rant: What's with this new publishing trend that strings readers out? Remember Stephen King's The Green Mile? It came out in six serialized editions. Now comes Larry McMurtry, with the first of what is to be a four-part se
  • Walker Talks (Finally)

    In the past year, the dynamic of the River Park Square litigation has changed significantly. And like so many other problems facing us today, you might as well blame it on Enron. Now that it has become clear that relationships bet
  • Time Loves a Hero

    If Little Feat's music doesn't sound terribly innovative to modern ears, it's only because the group's musical innovations have been completely integrated into the American popular music vernacular. During its peak in the 1970s, Little Fe
  • The State of Giving

    Last year, in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the Inland Northwest rose to the occasion, giving more per capita than many other communities in the rest of the country. The Red Cross especially benefited from this generosity, b
  • CD Review-The Vines

    The Vines are for real. The debut album from this Australian trio is a collection of rowdy tunes that rely on a punchy rock swagger not typically found in a band with so little tenure in the music industry. The band was discovered in an L
  • Sunday Lunch at St. Ann's

    The Sunday Lunch Program at St. Ann's Church is more than a nutritionally balanced meal -- it's a social event. Volunteers serve lunches to more than 100 people every Sunday at 1 pm at St. Ann's, with eight organizations rotating the weekl
  • Spokane Autism Cooperative

    At age 8, Sammy Heath is probably The Inlander's youngest reader. Wearing a white T-shirt with our paper's logo emblazoned on the front, he eagerly flips through the new issue, comparing it every so often with a few of the older ones, ba
  • Philanthropy in Spokane

    Merilee Roloff's office is upstairs from Crosswalk -- the downtown homeless teen shelter. When we meet on an early Monday morning, that night's clients are still asleep downstairs, but Roloff is ready to roll. "First thing in the morn
  • Meals On Wheels

    We'd been told she'd be waiting outside. Sure enough, there she was, leaning forward on her cane, shaded by a sagging front porch, waiting for us to deliver her midday Meals on Wheels lunch. We'd spend two minutes talking to her about the
  • In Brief

    COEUR D'ALENE --The Coeur d'Alene Chamber of Commerce has created a new arts and culture committee to better facilitate interaction between the business and arts communities. The committee has representatives from visual and perfor

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