• Issue Archive for
  • Jul 17-23, 2003
  • Vol. 10, No. 40

News & Comment

  • The Zimmer Appraisal 05/22/03

    If every court case is a work in progress, questions posed in depositions can offer a glimpse at where an attorney is taking his or her case. In the deposition of Betsy Cowles taken last month, Gary Ceriani, the lead attorney
  • The No Surprises Rule

    In the calculus determining the success or failure of the River Park Square redevelopment project, the stakes have always been higher than just the mall for the Cowles family. After all, their most prized possession, the Spokesman
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  • From NWC TO KC

    If Medical Lake's Jeremy Affeldt fails to stick in the major leagues, he can always fall back on the singing and acting career he's trained for as a pitcher with the Kansas City Royals. It was bad enough last year when Affeldt's rookie
  • Batter Up!

    Americans just can't seem to get enough of sports, and the Inland Northwest is no different. From the Zags to the Indians, from Bloomsday to Hoopfest, we love watching and participating in sports. A newly-opened sports bar downtown, Hero
  • The No Surprises Rule 05/22/03

    In the calculus determining the success or failure of the River Park Square redevelopment project, the stakes have always been higher than just the mall for the Cowles family. After all, their most prized possession, the Spo
  • Figures Reinvented

    A museum often finds itself in the unenviable position of trying to be everything to everybody. Oh sure, some museums -- say the MOMA or the Whitney, both in New York -- get to focus entirely on one specific movement in art history. But other
  • Recently Reviewed

    Paprika -- Paprika is home to some of the most inventive dishes in the Inland Northwest. Even the appetizer list harbors intrigue. Included are fresh-roasted local porcini mushrooms with gremolata served over grilled toast ($8) and roast
  • Bad Example 06/12/03

    Last week, the Federal Communications Commission changed the rules on who would be allowed to own television stations. The new rules all but drop restrictions on how much of a community's media may be controlled by a
  • Buzz Bin

    Through the Woods -- If you're looking for a few more things to do this weekend, consider these options: The annual s.m.ART by the River takes place near St. Maries this weekend. This weekend-long arts gathering offers more than 60 booth
  • The Real Deal

    Back in Spokane's early days, no one had electric refrigeration. Fresh foods stayed cool in an icebox, an insulated chest with a compartment on top that held blocks of ice, and the iceman made his rounds delivering ice to rich and poor a
  • Front And Center 06/12/03

    The changeover of the Spokesman-Review leadership came in the wake of an internal effort to "restore public confidence." Because of acknowledged bias in its coverage of the River Park Square fiasco, the Review's probity
  • Upsetting The Neighbors

    From a distance, it makes no sense at all. Residents of one of the state's poorest neighborhoods are protesting, not the loss of services for the poor, but an expansion of those services. The West Central Neighborhood Council voted tw
  • Simply MJ

    It's easy to run to the store and pick up a new hose each time you spring a leak, but not nearly as satisfying as making good use of those holey old hoses taking up space in your shed or garage. They may be just what you need to turn
  • Opening Films

    by Inlander Staff * Bad Boys II -- From the director of Pearl Harbor, a different kind of sneak attack on cinema: a butchered body part-, butt- and necrophilia-obsessed, over-the-top comedy. Will Smith and Martin Lawrence each do their thing, but they can
  • Letters To The Editor

    Media Needs Rowling -- The latest Harry Potter book may be getting critiques about bad language, the use of magic and death, but have people noticed what a potent political statement Ms. Rowling, the author, is making in this book? The
  • Simon Says Be Salacious

    Critics don't much care for the plays of Neil Simon; audiences love him. Guess which ones pay the bills.Despite his Pulitzer for Lost in Yonkers, the rap on Simon has always gone like this: stereotyped characters, only a bunch of one-line
  • Now Playing

    ** 2Fast2Furious -- Vin Diesel took a powder, leaving Paul Walker to carry this sequel. Still a cop among speedsters, Walker's Brian O'Conner and a partner go to work for an "import-export" sleaze, all the while setting him up for a fall
  • Joe Wilson, Whistleblower

    When former ambassador Joseph Wilson's op-ed column appeared in the New York Times Sunday a week ago, I said to my wife, "Wilson's burned a lot of bridges." You see, I've known Joe Wilson for more than 25 years, ever since the late
  • The Zimmer Appraisal

    If every court case is a work in progress, questions posed in depositions can offer a glimpse at where an attorney is taking his or her case. In the deposition of Betsy Cowles taken last month, Gary Ceriani, the lead attorney for
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  • Game Review

    What makes a game - any kind of game - great? Part of the fun is derived from the rules. The order that they bring to the chaos of possibilities is both a road-map to victory, and a puzzle that can thwart even all but the most attentive
  • DVD Review

    In spite of its intelligence, style and critical acclaim, Secretary -- which also cleaned up at the 2002 Sundance Awards -- didn't come anywhere near the Inland Northwest. We missed out, because Secretary is the kind of film that benefits f
  • Patenting Life

    As the debate rages on over the safety and use of genetic modification in foods and farming, another related debate is heating up: patents on life. Patents are essentially registrars of knowledge; they put a figurative and often literal
  • From Saigon To Baghdad

    For more than 30 years, the American left raised the specter of Vietnam to oppose U.S. military interventions in Central America, the Balkans, Afghanistan and, most recently, Iraq. Yet reasoning by historical analogy can be dangerous, a
  • Front And Center

    Commentary by Robert Herold The changeover of the Spokesman-Review leadership came in the wake of an internal effort to "restore public confidence." Because of acknowledged bias in its coverage of the River Park Square fiasco, the Review's probity had bee
  • In Brief

    First-Class Salmon -- SANDPOINT, Idaho -- Think salmon can't fly? They may start to do just that in Sandpoint. The Sandpoint Air Service Committee (SASC) and the Greater Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce (GSCC) are collecting pledges in order t
  • Bad Example

    Commentary by William Stimson Last week, the Federal Communications Commission changed the rules on who would be allowed to own television stations. The new rules all but drop restrictions on how much of a community's media may be controlled by a single o
  • Eat Your Genes

    What did you have for dinner last night? Did you barbecue, go to a restaurant, reheat leftovers? While you were slopping on the A1 Sauce, you probably weren't thinking about where your food came from. You may not realize it, but the items
  • What Is GM?

    Fish genes inserted into potatoes to make them frost-resistant... jellyfish genes added to wheat to make the crop glow when it's stressed... The stuff of science fiction? No, it's all on the horizon of the wild new frontier of agricultural gen
  • On The Scene

    My dilemma on Saturday night: Seawolf or D.O.A.? I opted for Seawolf at Mootsy's and was therefore halfway delighted to hear later that D.O.A. was a no-show at the B-Side. Always nice to make the choice that pans out. I arrived at Moots
  • The Skin Trade

    King Frederik IX of Denmark did it. Middle-class white women do it. Corporate lawyers do it. Dennis Rodman does it. Pamela Anderson does it. Supermodels do it. Gang members do it. Indigenous people all over the world do it. And more and m
  • CD Review

    As a musical medium, electronica can be anything -- from harsh to numbing, from spiritual to soothing. Or it can be evocatively nostalgic and go hand-in-hand with quiet indie rock, as the Postal Service's dreamy and reminiscent Give Up (Sub
  • The Democratic Divide

    Joe Trippi is managing Howard Dean's presidential campaign, and when you ask him about the Democratic Leadership Council, a group representing the establishment wing of the party, his voice quickly starts to rise. "Every time the DLC
  • Quotes & amp;amp; Notes

    by Inlander Staff Don't Hang Up -- Everybody seems pretty excited about the prospect of no longer having some salesperson interrupt our chance to cozy up with Pat Sajak every night, but don't feel too good about yourself. Economists now are worried that t

Music & Film

  • Local Yoakam

    Country's quintessential cowboy is stopping at the Coeur d'Alene Casino and bringing his brand of no-nonsense, country western style with him. In the last decade, few country music artists have been as prolific as Yoakam.
  • Really Bad Boys

    If it weren't for Entertainment Weekly, whole chunks of pop culture would remain but rumors to me. For example: The last multiplayer shooter game I found myself playing introduced me to the pleasures of being repeatedly slaughtered by an 11-y

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