Monday, February 5, 2018

Tight games and huge road trip make for a different kind of February for Zags

Posted By on Mon, Feb 5, 2018 at 3:32 PM

A road trip to Pacific and Saint Mary's this week could decided if Gonzaga wins another WCC regular season title. - LIBBY KAMROWSKI
  • Libby Kamrowski
  • A road trip to Pacific and Saint Mary's this week could decided if Gonzaga wins another WCC regular season title.

Early February is usually smack dab in the middle of our slog through winter. But lately, things have felt a bit off. It’s been unseasonably warm, with the weather feeling more typical of early November or March. Inside, on the hardwood, it feels out of season as well.

January and February, when Gonzaga has to face the generally weaker competition of the West Coast Conference, are usually filled with blowout victories rather than tough tests. But right now Gonzaga is in the middle of a four-game stretch that looks much more like those they see in November and March than what they get in January or February.

It’s a welcome change, and a pivotal part of the season in which the Zags will define who they are.

“Anytime you can beat them,” head coach Mark Few said after Saturday’s win over BYU, “you know you beat a really good team.”

The Zags hadn’t beaten a good team since December. If only because they’ve faced just one or two such teams since the start of conference play. But now, with the Zags on the home stretch of the regular season, their schedule is getting a lot more brutal.

“We got through two games like that this weekend,” Few said.

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Spokane International Academy's plans for new charter high school delayed

Posted By on Mon, Feb 5, 2018 at 2:16 PM

Travis Franklin, founder of Spokane International Academy - TIMOTHY PHILLIPS
  • Timothy Phillips
  • Travis Franklin, founder of Spokane International Academy

After planning to expand and open a high school next school year, Spokane International Academy has delayed those plans and instead will focus on its expansion to a full K-8 school.

"At this time we feel it may be in everyone's best interest that we delay the plans for SIA to expand to a 9-12 for the 2018-19 school year," wrote the school's Chief Executive Officer Travis Franklin in a letter to the Spokane Public Schools board.

Spokane International Academy, a charter school, had been seeking approval from Spokane Public Schools to offer 9th grade starting the 2018-19 school year. In 2015, it opened for just kindergarten, first and sixth grades, and it has grown since then as the students got older to maintain continuity. (PRIDE Prep, Spokane's other charter school, expanded into high school this year.)

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Sasquatch! Music Festival announces this year's lineup

The National, Bon Iver, Modest Mouse, David Byrne among headliners

Posted By on Mon, Feb 5, 2018 at 11:17 AM

Talking Heads' David Byrne is set to make his Sasquatch! debut this year.
  • Talking Heads' David Byrne is set to make his Sasquatch! debut this year.

The Sasquatch! Music Festival, which has filled the Gorge Amphitheatre every Memorial Day weekend for the last 16 years, has announced 2018's star-studded lineup.

Bon Iver, The National, Modest Mouse and the legendary David Byrne are set to be the biggest names at this year's festival, and they'll be sharing the main stage with the likes of Tyler the Creator, Ray Lamontagne, Neko Case, Spoon, Grizzly Bear, Slowdive, TV on the Radio and Vince Staples.

And among the featured artists who have recently played Spokane: Thundercat, Pickwick, Julien Baker, Explosions in the Sky, Pedro the Lion, Hurray for the Riff Raff, Typhoon and Seattle's Chastity Belt, who performed at our Volume festival last year.

Check out the full lineup at the festival's website.

If you didn't already buy early-bird tickets back in November, festival passes go on sale at 10 am on Sat, Feb. 10. Admission for all three days costs $325. The festival runs May 25-27.

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Eagles win first Super Bowl, Idaho health fix questioned, and morning headlines

Posted By on Mon, Feb 5, 2018 at 10:41 AM


Time's Up Town Hall
Lutheran Community Services hopes to drive the community conversation on #MeToo and #TimesUp further with a town hall Thursday night stacked with a panel of speakers who can speak to sexual violence, its impacts, what is being done now and what needs to change.

Get up, get out
Looking for something to do this week? Dan Nailen's got your Inlander staff picks here, including live music, literature events, and more.


Eagles win first Super Bowl for Philly

The Philadelphia Eagles beat the New England Patriots in a Super Bowl game that seemed like it could go either way until the very final moments, giving the Eagles their first Super Bowl win. Understandably, Philly got a little crazy last night. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

Another deadly Amtrak crash
On Sunday, an Amtrak train crashed into a parked freight train in South Carolina, killing two and injuring more than 100 people, making for the third deadly crash for the company in recent weeks. (New York Times)

Idaho health fix questioned
Health care experts aren't so sure Idaho's attempts to expand health care options in-state are legal under the Affordable Care Act, as the state may allow insurers to offer plans without some benefits such as maternity care and would allow denial for people with certain pre-existing conditions, the Idaho Statesman reports.

Searching for Jackie Wallace
In 1990, a photographer in New Orleans came across a man sleeping under a plastic sheet. He turned out to be a former NFL star who'd helped win Super Bowls, and his story of addiction and recovery has continued over 28 years, as Ted Jackson reports firsthand in the Times-Picayune.
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