• Issue Archive for
  • Jul 14-20, 2005
  • Vol. 12, No. 39

News & Comment

  • Surprise In Iran

    by Bill Loskot & r & The victory of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in the Iranian presidential election is a major seismic event on the world's political Richter scale. The decisive rejection of Iran's hitherto essential man, former President Hashemi Rafsanjani, presu
  • Opening Films

    by Inlander Staff & r & Charlie and the Chocolate Factory -- Tim Burton's take on the Roald Dahl story, first filmed in 1971, is a little more whimsical and has less of an edge than that film. But the Burton-style story of the poor but happy boy who wins a t
  • Perry Pride

    by Christine Beamer & r & The South Perry Business District is a testa-ment to the power of a neighborhood to bring about change. A snapshot of South Perry from five or 10 years ago might reveal a dimly lit street filled with empty, aging buildings and broke
  • Letters to the Editor

    by Inlander Readers & r & Tip of the Iceberg? -- The Downing Street memo ("Smoking Memo," 5/26/05) has received very little coverage in any American newspaper. It implicates the Bush Administration in a conspiracy to deceive the American people in order to g
  • Now Playing

    by Inlander Staff & r & 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
  • Noble Calling

    "Are you the track star?" he finally asked in a feeble attempt to make c
  • Summer Adventure - Letterboxing

    & & by Joel Smith and Sheri Boggs & r & Joel Smith Lays the Clues & & & r & Last month, I wrote a feature on unorthodox outdoor activities for our annual Summer Guide. Among these was a brief mention of letterboxing and geocaching, two pastimes about which I kne
  • Summer Adventure

    by Sheri Boggs & r & For some of us, adventure means flying to new places, climbing parts of the world humans were clearly never meant to go or sea kayaking with big, rowdy orcas. For others, it can be as simple as discovering the world immediately around yo
  • DVD Review

    by Mike Corrigan & r & Prozac Nation -- Based on Elizabeth Wurtzel's autobiographical novel of the same name, Prozac Nation is the memoir of a young woman (Christina Ricci) struggling with depression during her first year at Harvard. On the surface, Lizzie h
  • Buzz Bin

    by Inlander Staff & r & Lewis and Clark Mania -- If you've been down to River Park Square recently, you've probably noticed the big circular walls and mini-History Channel Theatre installed right inside the entrance. Currently open for a six-week run on the
  • Summer Adventure - Hike Spokane

    & & by Suzanne Schreiner & r & Hiking in Spokane: Near Nature, Near Perfect? & & & r & We thought we'd take Spokane's city motto out for a Vibram-soled spin and see how it handles. Planting ourselves in the heart of downtown Spokane, how close is nature, really?
  • Entrapped?

    by Joel Smith & r & When Spokane mayor Jim West announced his leave of absence to the City Council last week, he cited the & quot;news media hysteria & quot; created by the Spokesman-Review's investigations and said he needed a chance to & quot;gather my thoughts and prepare m
  • Wizard of Quid

    by Luke Baumgarten & r & If you want to sell something to kids, get J.K. Rowling to go to bat -- because she puts up some monster numbers. For example, according to Forbes, her fictional creation Harry Potter merely accounted for $2.8 billion in sales -- and t
  • Book Review

    By Ted S. McGregor & r & Turn the Beat Around by Peter Shapiro -- Back in the late '70s, without really knowing why, I thought disco sucked. That was, of course, after I liked it. Thus were the shifting tastes of America when we went from Jimmy Carter to Ron
  • Recently Reviewed

    & & by Inlander Staff & r & The Old Spaghetti Factory & & & r & The Factory has been serving up steaming plates of pasta for 34 years. Entrees include the freshly baked bread, soup or salad, vanilla or spumoni ice cream, and coffee or tea. The most expensive thi
  • Summer Adventure - Destinations

    by Leah Sottile, Michael Bowen and Sheri Boggs & r & Paradise Inn at Mount Ranier -- It took a summer adventure of my own to discover that even buildings could have deep, dark secrets. Teenaged, headphoned and stuck in the back of my parents' Plymouth Voyage
  • Summer Adventure - NW Rivers

    & & by Sheri Boggs & r & Six Rivers You Need To Meet & & & r & I'm by no means an experienced river rafter. I've been on four rivers -- the St. Joe, the Clark Fork, the Grande Ronde and the middle fork of the Salmon River. I've gone with experienced outfitters an
  • A New Place To Play

    & & by Christine Beamer & & & r & Right now, it doesn't look like much -- a stairway next to the escalator in the atrium of River Park Square leading to a dimly lit basement with wires snaking along the floor and posts outlining future walls. But within two mo
  • Mmmm... Max

    by Lauren McAllister & r & After seeing people enjoying themselves "to the Max" on those TV ads, I made a mental note to check out this ambitious establishment in the new city of Spokane Valley. When one thinks of fine dining, up until now at least, Spokane
  • Sound of Success

    by Clint Burgess & r & After test driving a Hyundai Santa Fe last year, I was impressed by the Korean auto manufacturer's ability to put more options and features into a vehicle and still offer a decent price. This has been the saving grace of Hyundai, and t
  • Summer Adventure - NW Fishing

    Fishing is a way to absorb the natural surroundings of the region we call home, to commune with the spirits of generations gone before who dropped their lines the same way we do today. Besides, it's
  • Mayoral Hall of Shame

    by Joel Smith & r & Over the last two months, the scandal surrounding Spokane Mayor Jim West has elicited a host of queasy lamentations from otherwise proud Spokanites. Our mayor is a pervert! He's a gay, anti-gay hypocrite! He's a lame duck! He's made us a
  • Take Two

    As with both installments of The Ring, Dark Wate
  • Soap Dish

    by Michael Bowen & r & Suds got me all lathered up in places, but there were parts where I still felt unclean. The songs of the 1960s are mostly irresistible, there are several episodes of inventive movement and campy fun, and there's a kind of suspense in
  • Summer Adventure - Mount Ranier

    On a clear day, heading west on I-520 from Redmond to Seattle, Mount Rainier is the biggest thing on the horizon. For fans sitting in Husky Stadium -- even though it's 80 miles distant -- Rainier still dwa
  • CD Reviews

    by Leah Sottile and Josh Smith & r & Caribou The Milk of Human Kindness FOUR STARS -- It really pushes my buttons when a goody-goody left-brainer infiltrates the snobbish ranks of the right-brained. Like when I found out my mathematician brother was an exce
  • Get the Ear Boxers

    by Robert Herold & r & These days it isn't at all fashionable, let alone politically correct, to rise to the defense of the Catholic Church. After all, we don't want to suggest that any of the dozens of people claiming to have been sexually molested all tho
  • Duncan In Child Porn Ring?

    & & by Kevin Taylor & r & & & The presence of the camcorder, coupled with Joseph Duncan's expertise as a computer user (he was dean's-list student about to graduate from a rigorous computer program at North Dakota State University) raise some disturbing prosp
  • Duncan Charged

    by Kevin Taylor & r & Kootenai County prosecutors began laying their cards on the table Tuesday, documenting what evidence they believe ties a registered sex offender to three murders (the victims were all beaten to death with a hammer) and the abduction of
  • Sound Advice

    by Inlander Staff & r & Say a Prayer for Me -- Now -- Former B2K singer and multi-platinum recording artist Omarion (just that, no last name) issued a press release through his recording label after the terror attacks in London on July 7, asking everyone to p

Music & Film

  • Bitter Sweet

    by Ed Symkus & r & About a year and a half ago, more-than-slightly-eccentric director Tim Burton announced that his next film would be Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. And he made it very clear that it wouldn't have much resemblance to the 1971 film, Willi

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