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  • Aug 25-31, 2005
  • Vol. 12, No. 45

News & Comment

  • Lewis & amp;amp; Clark, Aug. 25-31

    by Robert Carriker & r & As Meriwether Lewis crossed Lemhi Pass for his third and final time, on Aug. 25 and 26, 1805, he came in close contact with the Shoshone Indians who were assisting him. He observed, among other things, that because the Shoshone "poss
  • Letters to the Editor

    & & by Inlander Readers & & & r & & & More Radio Payola & & & r & I had to disagree, vehemently in places, with several of Michael Hood's assertions in "Grass Roots or AstroTurf" (8/11/05). At a glance, it seems that Hood, like so many of his liberal counterparts
  • Distinguished Poems

    Jill Charles & r & "The street tree in the poem," says Jill Charles, "is one of five flame maples I helped plant in 2003 with my coworkers at Capitol Hill Housing, a Seattle nonprofit." Charles grew up in Spokane and writes for Tablet, an arts and culture ma
  • Good News/Bad News

    & & by Inlander Staff & & & r & & & GOOD NEWS & & & r & Just days after a political think tank deemed Spokane the 143rd most liberal city in the country (yikes!), nervous local conservatives found solace in this little item from the West Side: & & peace-loving Oly
  • Opening Films

    by Inlander Staff & r & The Cave -- The second-funniest thing about The Cave is that it's rated PG-13 for "Intense Creature Violence." The very funniest thing, however, is the movie's slogan: "Beneath heaven lies hell. Beneath hell lies The Cave." What does t
  • A Short Poem and A Child's Poem

    Robens Napolitan, Short Poem & r & Napolitan, 60, who says she has written poems "all my life," is an avid gardener who lives in a geodesic dome on 10 acres in Sagle, Idaho; she's also a part-time landscape designer, artist (acrylics) and member of a Sandpoi
  • Grand Caddy

    by Clint Burgess & r & Over the years, there have been a few cars that embody the spirit of style and performance. These are the cars that conjure images of plush interiors and engines that purr. One such car, the Cadillac, has captivated the imagination of
  • Road Revolt

    by George Howland Jr. & r & Gov. Christine Gregoire is facing her next leadership test: the state's ongoing tax revolt. Tax cutters call the Democratic governor "Queen Christine," and their latest weapon against her rule is Initiative 912, an effort to rollb
  • Recently Reviewed

    by Inlander Staff & r & Fiesta Charra -- This place offers great service and authentic, tasty Mexican food in an unpretentious, out-of-the-way location (on top of the Sunset Hill next to the Motel 6). The lunch menu is good until 3 pm and features a variety o
  • Crying Havoc

    by Robert L. Strokes & r & On April 4, 2004, Casey Sheehan was killed in Iraq. His mother Cindy Sheehan wants President Bush to explain why. He might answer this way: "The hard truth is your son's life was wasted. I accept a share of blame, but only a share.
  • Celebrate Trees, Rejoice in Life

    & & by Paul K. Haeder & & & r & Manito means "spirit of nature" in the dialect of the Algonquin -- "breath of life," if you will. Nestled within Manito Park's cultivated grounds are three greenish-white pines that have the honor of being the planet's longest l
  • Council Crossroads

    by Joel Smith and Kevin Taylor & r & Ever since bombshell allegations of sexual abuse and misconduct exploded around Spokane Mayor Jim West in early May, the City Council has taken upon itself the task of running the city's business as usual. But it hasn't b
  • Now Playing

    by Inlander Staff & r & Broken Flowers -- Bill Murray puts on the blank stare to play a lonely, middle-aged Lothario who, just as his current girlfriend walks out on him, finds out that he fathered a son almost 20 years earlier. A road trip to find out who th
  • A Celebration of Trees

    & & by Paul Haeder and Michael Bowen & & & r & As the number and variety of poems entered in The Inlander's In Celebration of Trees contest attest, poetry and tree reverence are alive and well in the Inland Northwest. Poetry is the shape of that internal well
  • EWU Eagles

    PRESEASON POLL: Media pick the Eagles to win the Big Sky Conference. GOOD NEWS: Quarterback Erik Meyer and wide receiver Eric Kimble are a
  • Some Memories Hurt

    & & by Paul K. Haeder & & & r & & & & lt;i & The white man does not understand the Indian for the reason that he does not understand America. The roots of the tree of his life have not yet grasped the rock and the soil. He is still troubled with primitive fears. In
  • Pinot Problems

    Nearly every affliction known to affect wine vines i
  • A Celebration of Trees

    & & by Paul Haeder and Michael Bowen & & & r & As the number and variety of poems entered in The Inlander's In Celebration of Trees contest attest, poetry and tree reverence are alive and well in the Inland Northwest. Poetry is the shape of that internal well
  • Buzz Bin

    & & by Inlander Staff & & & r & & & Log On and Flame On & & & r & The plan: To drive across the country (and back!) with her 79-year-old mother to visit relatives in New England. The car: an Olds 98 known as "the Wyoming cowboy car." The timeframe: from now to la
  • Idaho Vandals

    PRESEASON POLL: Media pick the Vandals to finish last in the Western Athletic Conference. GOOD NEWS: Jayson Bird and Rolly Lumbala, two of
  • DVD Review

    by Josh Smith & r & Constantine & r & The real tragedy of Constantine is not that a man is doomed, an eternity in hell, or that he can never really connect with those around him because the dangerous nature of his work inevitably kills anyone in an extended rel
  • The Borowitz Report

    by Andy Borowitz & r & Zell Miller Challenges Cindy Sheehan to a Duel & r & President Bush picked up an impassioned supporter in his conflict with antiwar protesters outside his Crawford, Texas, ranch this week, as former Georgia Sen. Zell Miller challenged pro
  • Eric Be Nimble

    by Howie Stalwick & r & Eric Kimble will never forget the first time he played football, no matter how hard he tries. "I put my pads on the wrong way," he recalls sheepishly. "I was putting my knee pads on my thigh pads. I put my butt pad on my hip pad. I p
  • Second Chance

    by Howie Stalwick & r & Jerome Harrison was a three-sport star in high school. Put up better rushing numbers than Jackie Robinson at their junior college. Ran the ball superbly much of last season at Washington State. All that, and Harrison still can't get o
  • Take Two

    by Joel Smith & r & The 40-Year-Old Virgin & r & The genesis of this film, according to co-star Paul Rudd, is the scene, about 15 minutes into the movie, where Andy Stitzer (Steve Carell) falls into sex talk with his co-workers, who are exchanging lurid stories
  • Book Review

    & & by Josh Smith & & & r & & & Across the Wall & & & r & by Garth Nix & r & Garth Nix anchors his new fantasy short story collection with the novella & lt;i & Nicholas Sayre and the Creature in the Case & lt;/i & -- a fantasy with "a dash of country-house mystery" coupled with
  • WSU Cougars

    PRESEASON POLL: Media pick the Cougars to finish sixth in the Pacific-10 Conference. GOOD NEWS: Nasty middle linebacker Will Derting, who bas
  • Cover Me

    & & by Luke Baumgarten and Mike corrigan & & & r & Phil Vassar, who plays Silver Mountain this Saturday, is a pretty big country star. He's had six top 10 country singles and a gold record, though you'd never guess at that level of success by looking at his f
  • A Different Angle

    by Robert Herold & r & If Spokane is to realize the socioeconomic change so necessary for the long-term vitality of the city, our private sector, with government cooperation and support, must make it possible for more people with disposable income to live do
  • CD Reviews

    & & by Luke Baumgarten and Michael Bowen & & & r & & & Kenny Wheeler, & & & lt;a href= & quot; & amp;offerid=78941.456465296 & amp;type=10 & amp;subid= & quot; & & lt;i & What Now? & lt;/i & & lt;/a & & lt;i & & lt;/i & & & ***** & & & r & The best of several conversations be
  • Crying Havoc

    Perhaps President Bush won’t meet with Cindy Sheehan because the answers to her questions are too dangerous.
  • Sound Advice

    by Inlander Staff & r & Flying Solo & r & Guitarist/songwriter Dorian Michael has been playing everyone's favorite six-stringed instrument for more than four decades. In all that time, he's become pretty chummy -- not only with his trusty guitar but with just ab

Music & Film

  • Come to Papa

    & & by Ed Symkus & & & r & Will wonders never cease? It looks like determinedly independent filmmaker Jim Jarmusch has got a hit on his hands. What's odd here is that Broken Flowers isn't very different from his earlier work, including Down By Law, Night on E

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