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  • Jan 21-27, 2010
  • Vol. 17, No. 15

News & Comment

  • The Demon Rum
  • The Demon Rum

    A fired officer’s $4 million claim about alcoholism is a 100-proof insult to protesters
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  • Language Barriers
  • Language Barriers

    Inside an English Language Development classroom where students hail from Nepal, Russia, Thailand, Cuba and Afghanistan
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  • Ka-Boom
  • Ka-Boom

    A Spokane Valley man was arrested for possessing bomb-making materials last week, but what exactly did he have?
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  • Roping the Budget
  • Roping the Budget

    Lassoing a steer may be more fun than wrestling a budget into balance for Idaho’s governor
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  • Amber's Alert
  • Amber's Alert

    Spokane’s youngest-ever councilwoman on block watches, light bulbs and the Fightin’ First
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  • To Market
  • To Market

    The search for a spot for the Spokane Public Market may have ended — in an unlikely location
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  • French and the Clunkers
  • French and the Clunkers

    An ethics committee clears Al French; plus a new, local Cash for Clunkers program
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  • Where the Sidewalk Ends
  • Where the Sidewalk Ends

    River Park Square has had a testy relationship with street musicians — but is the mall itself violating city noise ordinances?
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  • Fine Line
  • Fine Line

    With his district to the right of him and Pelosi to the left, Congressman Walt Minnick has walked a tightrope through his first year in office
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  • Something's Fishy
  • Something's Fishy

    Two respected biologists say President Obama must make good on his vow to “restore science” to salmon restoration
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  • No P on Grass
  • No P on Grass

    Limits on phosphorus lawn fertilizers is the latest wrinkle in meeting water-quality targets
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  • The Felon Vote
  • The Felon Vote

    How Gonzaga law students helped refine a legal case poised to change Washington prisons dramatically
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  • Obstructionism
  • Obstructionism

    We ought to reach into the crybaby Republicans’ pram and throw away their filibuster toy

Culture & Food

  • "Love and Summer," William Trevor
  • "Love and Summer," William Trevor

    William Trevor Cox is 81 now, very much Irish but living in a Devon cottage with his wife of 57 years. Seldom granting interviews, he quietly churns out some of the most subtle, insightful short stories and novels in the English language. Love and Summer.

Music & Film

  • The Good Word
  • The Good Word

    Whiskey Dick Mountain preaches — just not about the usual church stuff
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  • The Decade in Music
  • The Decade in Music

    There’s a lot of things Spokane’s music scene doesn’t have, but let’s talk about all the things it has become in the last decade
  • "Echo Party," Edan
  • "Echo Party," Edan

    Edan retains his spaced-out style and his twisting, complex ethos, but the result is nowhere near as compelling as his previous efforts.
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  • Pan Apocalypticon
  • Pan Apocalypticon

    Soon we’ll tire of genre films that mash up every convention to create something new the way Book of Eli does, but we’re not there yet
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  • Red Dawn
  • Red Dawn

    Everything’s been all Twilight for so long, we’re thanking God for Daybreakers
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  • Frequent Liar
  • Frequent Liar

    Jason Reitman’s directing George Clooney’s acting = the best Great Recession movie yet
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  • Mouldering
  • Mouldering

    Peter Jackson turns a novel about a girl’s murder and ascent to heaven into a psychedelic special-effects bonanza. Bad idea.
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  • The Daily Show
  • The Daily Show

    Sure, speaking truth to power can be funny — but not nearly as funny as making fun of the powerless and crazy.
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  • American Dad
  • American Dad

    It only took two episodes of American Dad to dismiss the show as a Family Guy re-hash. But it's long since surpassed its predecessor.
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  • 50 Dead Men Walking
  • 50 Dead Men Walking

    An Irish Catholic in '80s Belfast walks the line between the IRA and the British police
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  • Assassin’s Creed II
  • Assassin’s Creed II

    Sluggish and simplistic, Assassin’s Creed II may be the most artless work of art ever to emerge from the Renaissance.
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  • (500) Days of Summer
  • (500) Days of Summer

    I’m a girl, but every moral I cherish is opposed to romantic comedies. Then a movie like this comes along and gets me.
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  • The Cove
  • The Cove

    A documentary that tried to film dolphin slaughter the legal way
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  • Give It a 10
  • Give It a 10

    You know the Madonna/ whore dichotomy? Nine has that and several other stereotypes
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