• Issue Archive for
  • Jul 7-13, 2005
  • Vol. 12, No. 38

News & Comment

  • Take Two

    by Marc Savlov & lt;BR & As predictable as a sunrise, this Mighty Ducks/Bad News Bears clone is also entirely inoffensive, lacking even the most basic profanities and sophomoric japes usually associated with Martin Lawrence. As such, it's a ready cinematic babys
  • This Is No Joke

    Instead of taking a leave of absence, why doesn't Mayor Jim West just put a bag over his head and continue to come to work? Heck, he could even be the Grand Marshal of the Lilac Parade. A new cause perhaps: Mayor Jim West, Drawing Attenti
  • Bees on Their Knees

    People have a problem with bugs and bats, but it may not be what you're thinking ("Eew, creepy!"). We have the same problem with butterflies ("Ah, lovely!") and moths ("Wow, a luna!"). Pollinator populations are plummeting on every con
  • The Devil in the Diner

    by Kevin Taylor & lt;BR & Registered sex offender Joseph Edward Duncan III was a federal fugitive in a stolen Jeep when, in the dark hours before dawn Saturday, he abruptly appeared in a brightly lit Coeur d'Alene diner with a little girl who had been missing f
  • Buzz Bin

    by Inlander Staff & lt;BR & Go West, Young Ribs -- After years of Starbucks and Tully's and Nordstrom and everything else emigrating from Seattle to here, it's nice to see one of our own making a name for itself over there. Namely, the Longhorn. Yes, that's right
  • DVD Review

    He'd be 74 now. But after three movies in just 16 months and a September 1955 car crash, James Dean has the advantage of seeming forever young. In The Complete James Dean Collection, Warner Home Video is rereleasing Rebel Without
  • Jim West- The Newspaper's Role

    Eight-to-one. That was the ratio Spokesman-Review Editor Steve Smith used to describe the feedback his newspaper was getting in the aftermath of its May 5 publication of a bundle of stories indicting Spokane Mayor Jim West. Though the paper'
  • Opening Films

    by Inlander Staff & lt;BR & Dark Water -- Hideo Nakata (Ringu, The Ring 2) writes, Walter Salles (The Motorcycle Diaries) directs and Jennifer Connelly stars in this horror-thriller about a mother and daughter, living in a run-down apartment building and trying t
  • The Story Behind the Story

    In the voluminous investigative report published by the Spokesman-Review last Thursday, Editor Steve Smith acknowledged that the paper hired a forensic computer expert to confirm Mayor Jim West's identity and presence in the chat rooms of th
  • To Bust or Not To Bust?

    A month ago, it looked as though the hopes of medical marijuana users around the country would go up in smoke. On Monday, June 6, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that medical marijuana laws passed by 10 states, including Washington, didn't m
  • Book Review

    by Luke Baumgarten & lt;BR & Some people write in the first person; some write in the third. Some narrators are limited; others are omniscient. Haunted, like Chuck Palahniuk's other books, is all of these, a roulette wheel of voices, some conflicting -- the voice
  • Reclaiming My Inner Donny

    Confession is good for the soul, I hear, so I stand before you, brothers and sisters, to reveal that when I was 11 years old, I had several full-color glossy photographs of Donny Osmond - ripped from the pages of Tiger Beat magazine - ta
  • Jim West- The Mayor Speaks

    Before Jim West and his attorneys Bill Etter and Carl Oreskovich appeared for our interview on Tuesday afternoon, photographers swatted flies and we debated the finer points of TV make-up. Soon en
  • Murky Water

    Last week, Washington state's Department of Ecology announced it had made a deal with Kaiser Aluminum to clean up pollution around the company's Trentwood aluminum sheet and plate rolling mill. That's good news for Ecology, purely for envir
  • Now Playing

    by Inlander Staff & lt;BR & Batman Begins -- Visionary director Christopher Nolan (Memento) instills a heightened reality to this telling of the Batman tale -- going back to the boyhood horrors that marred Bruce Wayne, taking in the young adult physical training
  • The Name Game

    It's not just another pizza joint. Pedro's Pizza, a newly opened pizzeria on the South Hill, doesn't offer run-of-the-mill pizza. "We have gourmet pizza at its best," proclaims owner Dave Michaelsen. "It's the best product we could pu
  • The People Speak

    To call the controversy surrounding Mayor Jim West a soap opera is to get pretty lazy with your analogies. Michael Jackson -- now, that's a soap opera. You've got to think bigger. No, this is a storyline old Sophocles would be prou
  • Letters to the Editor

    Regarding this week's cover story ("Anatomy of a Murder," 6/16/05), I really found the article interesting and thoughtful, touching on the many sides and challenges of this problem. I think that one area that was missed and dese
  • Honda Gets Tough

    As a rule, certain car companies are known for specific models and typically excel at what they do within a specific type of vehicle. For example, Dodge is known for its trucks, Toyota for its sedans, Mazda for its sports cars and so fort
  • Jim West- Damage to Spokane

    Laughter is not always the best medicine; in fact, it lately has made roughly eight out of 10 Spokane residents feel downright queasy. In our recent poll, conducted by The Inlander and KXLY, 78 percent of respondents said the scandal surro
  • DVD Review

    In The Complete James Dean Collection, Warner Home Video is rereleasing Rebel Without a C
  • Recently Reviewed

    Empyrean Coffee Shop and Caf & eacute; -- Featuring Shop coffee, Fery's food and Sweetwater breads Empyrean (in the old Luminaria space) serves quick foods and beverages in a sophisticated yet warm and inviting atmosphere. The sandwiches ar
  • The Mayor Responds

    With more than 92 articles, hundreds of column inches, thousands of words, several editorials and screaming headlines by the Spokesman-Review, people have a hard time remembering this simple fact: In our system, a person is innocent unti
  • The Devil in the Diner

    & & by Kevin Taylor & & & r & Registered sex offender Joseph Edward Duncan III was a federal fugitive in a stolen Jeep when, in the dark hours before dawn. Saturday, he abruptly appeared in a brightly lit Coeur d'Alene diner with a little girl who had been mi
  • Blaming Bush's Brain

    by David Corn & lt;BR & This past weekend, a pundit and a journalist each reported that Karl Rove, Bush's uber-strategist (and now, officially, the deputy White House chief of staff), was a source for Time magazine's Matt Cooper, who has resisted cooperating wit
  • Fatal Attraction

    & & For 13 summers, Timothy Treadwell pitched his tent in Alaska's grizzliest bear habitat. Whether he was operating on a courage surplus or a sanity deficit depends on who you talk to, but consider that his forays were nearly all solo m
  • Jim West- About This Poll

    Finding out what people really are thinking can be liberating -- and a little frightening. After six weeks of hearing the same handful of pundits, elected officials and angry citizens, the staffs of KXLY and The Inlander decided it w
  • Reclaiming My Inner Donny

    by Ann M. Colford & lt;BR & Confession is good for the soul, I hear, so I stand before you, brothers and sisters, to reveal that when I was 11 years old, I had several full-color glossy photographs of Donny Osmond - ripped from the pages of Tiger Beat magazine -
  • Take Two

    As predictable as a sunrise, this Mighty Ducks/Bad News Bears clone is also entirely inoffensive, lacking even the most basic profanities and sophomoric japes usually associated with Martin Lawrence. As such, it's a ready cinematic b
  • Spokane Held Hostage- Week Six

    With apologies to Ted Koppel (whose Nightline started in the late 1970s as a nightly update on the Iranian hostage crisis), here's my own six-week update on our very own civic hostage situation. ITEM Mayor West says he is sorry for havi
  • The Name Game

    "We have gourmet pizza at its best," proclaims owner Dave Michaelsen. "It's the best product we could
  • Letters to the Editor

    by Inlander Readers & lt;BR & Meth and the County Jail -- Regarding this week's cover story ("Anatomy of a Murder," 6/16/05), I really found the article interesting and thoughtful, touching on the many sides and challenges of this problem. I think that one area t
  • Buzz Bin

    Go West, Young Ribs -- After years of Starbucks and Tully's and Nordstrom and everything else emigrating from Seattle to here, it's nice to see one of our own making a name for itself over there. Namely, the Longhorn. Yes, that's r
  • International Man of Scandal

    "This isn't just a national story, it's an international story." -- Spokane City Councilman BOB APPLE, June 3, 2005 Washington, D.C. -- The Chief Cartographer of the Department of the Interior said today the agency would redraw the of
  • Honda Gets Tough

    by Clint Burgess & lt;BR & As a rule, certain car companies are known for specific models and typically excel at what they do within a specific type of vehicle. For example, Dodge is known for its trucks, Toyota for its sedans, Mazda for its sports cars and so f
  • Opening Films

    Dark Water -- Hideo Nakata (Ringu, The Ring 2) writes, Walter Salles (The Motorcycle Diaries) directs and Jennifer Connelly stars in this horror-thriller about a mother and daughter, living in a run-down apartment building and tryi
  • Pride or Prejudice?

    Jim West may have overcompensated for his closeted sexual identity by voting against gay rights legislation. But how are his fellow Republicans dealing with the news that the powerful conservative has admitted to sexual relationships with
  • Recently Reviewed

    by Inlander Staff & lt;BR & Empyrean Coffee Shop and Caf & eacute; -- Featuring Shop coffee, Fery's food and Sweetwater breads Empyrean (in the old Luminaria space) serves quick foods and beverages in a sophisticated yet warm and inviting atmosphere. The sandwiches are $
  • Why West Should Go

    For the good of the city he loves, Mayor Jim West should make his vacation permanent and resign from office. It may not be fair, but it's just the kind of no-nonsense solution West himself might have suggested if he weren't in the eye of
  • Book Review

    Some people write in the first person. Some write in the third. Some narrators are limited; others are omniscient. Haunted, like Chuck Palahniuk's other books, is all of these, a roulette wheel of voices, some conflicting -- the v
  • Hanging in There

    Spokane Mayor Jim West has become an Untouchable ... but not in a pariah sense after his admissions of sex with boys in their late teens, or because he has been accused of molesting boys in a Scout troop decades ago. West is an untouchable
  • Fatal Attraction

    by John Dicker & lt;BR & For 13 summers, Timothy Treadwell pitched his tent in Alaska's grizzliest bear habitat. Whether he was operating on a courage surplus or a sanity deficit depends on who you talk to, but consider that his forays were nearly all solo missi
  • Now Playing

    Batman Begins -- Visionary director Christopher Nolan (Memento) instills a heightened reality to this telling of the Batman tale -- going back to the boyhood horrors that marred Bruce Wayne, taking in the young adult physical traini
  • Jim West- Twin Peeks at West

    Maybe the way space aliens do it is the best way after all: They suck you up with the tractor beam, probe you and then set you back down with only a hazy memory that anything weird happened at all. By contrast, the two local groups attemp
  • Unreality TV

    If you could distill the Bush administration down to a single thing, it would be this: a complete inability -- indeed a pathological aversion -- to changing course, even when the current course is taking us over a cliff. Combine that
  • To Bust or Not To Bust?

    by Phillip Dawdy & lt;BR & A month ago, it looked as though the hopes of medical marijuana users around the country would go up in smoke. On Monday, June 6, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that medical marijuana laws passed by 10 states, including Washington, didn'
  • Fish Feast

    The California sea lions that snarfed up 3,000 chinook salmon at Bonneville Dam on the Columbia River have finally headed south to mate. But their big appetites this spring have some fishermen calling for the quick removal and even kill
  • Fish Feast

    by Patrick Farrell & lt;BR & The California sea lions that snarfed up 3,000 chinook salmon at Bonneville Dam on the Columbia River have finally headed south to mate. But their big appetites this spring have some fishermen calling for the quick removal and even k
  • Blaming Bush's Brain

    This past weekend, a pundit and a journalist each reported that Karl Rove, Bush's uber-strategist (and now, officially, the deputy White House chief of staff), was a source for Time magazine's Matt Cooper, who has resisted cooperating with a
  • Sound Advice

    by Inlander Staff & lt;BR & Interstellar Overdrive -- Here's an odd one: Neo-Floyd prog-rockers Coheed and Cambria will be performing at the prestigious Spokane Valley Mall parking lot (next to Old Navy) on Friday, July 8, at 4:30 pm as part of the Zumiez Couch
  • Sound Advice

    Interstellar Overdrive -- Here's an odd one: Neo-Floyd prog-rockers Coheed and Cambria will be performing at the prestigious Spokane Valley Mall parking lot (next to Old Navy) on Friday, July 8, at 4:30 pm as part of the Zumiez Couch Tou
  • CD Reviews

    by Leah Sottile and Ted S. McGregor Jr. & lt;BR & The Raveonettes -- Pretty in Black ** --The time for '50s rock was the '50s; '60s rock was good in, well, the '60s. These days, trying to make music that sounds like something from the past seems like a cop-out. I
  • CD Reviews

    & & The Raveonettes -- Pretty in Black ** & & The time for '50s rock was the '50s; '60s rock was good in, well, the '60s. These days, trying to make music that sounds like something from the past seems like a

Music & Film

  • All the Right Moves

    Ten is a magical age, when kids are old enough to make articulate statements about their experiences but young enough to express their feelings without shame. In a couple of years, excitement will go the way of the bag lunch and become u

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