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by Inlander Staff


Barflies statewide cried rummy tears of hope with the word that the governor wants us all to get hammered on Sundays. Kind of. Last week Gregoire signed a bill partially lifting the "blue ban" on Sunday hooch sales, allowing 20 as-yet-unidentified state liquor stores to move moonshine on the Sabbath. Hmm ... To tithe or to tipple?

It was announced this week that Met Mortgage may look to pry $6.7 million from Paul and Helen Sandifur in the ongoing attempt to dig themselves out of their financial hole. That's good news for the company's irate creditors, and oh-so-satisfying validation for partisan business gurus who have nearly run out of pins for their Sandifur voodoo dolls.

Yes, the city has settled its claims over the River Park Square garage, but for oglers who've been following the case the way rednecks follow Judge Judy (rabidly), there's a glimmer of hope: The city may yet appeal one ruling and take this all the way to federal court. Break out the popcorn!


It was a disappointing Sunday for Bloomsday-haters hoping some combination of wild dogs, flash floods and alien robot invasion might wipe out all 40,000 smug, spandex-clad runners and end the race for good. No dice. Requests for medical aid were pathetically few -- not a single helicopter evacuation to write home about.

Grassroots organizers quietly mounting a "Dale Perry for President" campaign grimaced last week when G-men raided the Airway Heights mayor's house, looking for ties to shady racetrack mogul Orville Moe. Relax, people. It's nothing that can't be spun. Just tell future voters Perry was hosting an "open house" in an attempt to "foster bilateral communication" between agencies by "cutting through the red tape." Or is that yellow tape?

On Monday the Spokane City Council put off a decision on whether to turn Spokane into Portland. Uh, that is, they're considering a series of revisions to city code that they hope will breed Richard Florida-style "urban villages," knots of ped- and bike-friendly commercial and residential development. But a couple of huffy developers put the kibosh on the decision, now scheduled for May 16. Patience, Oregon ex-pats.

Publication date: 05/05/05

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