Wednesday, February 14, 2018

FILM: What's hitting local movie theaters this weekend

Posted By on Wed, Feb 14, 2018 at 11:10 AM

Black Panther
  • Black Panther

This week's new releases: Marvel's Black Panther, and some other titles you might end up seeing because Black Panther is sold out.

BLACK PANTHER (3 stars)
Marvel’s latest is set in the nation of Wakanda, where its new king T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) must face warring factions who want to usurp the throne. Our critic Eric D. Snider says that it’s more serious-minded than typical superhero fare, full of nobility and purpose without sacrificing fun and charm. Rated PG-13.

EARLY MAN
The newest feature from Aardman Animation, the British studio behind Wallace & Gromit and Chicken Run, is a slapstick comedy about soccer-playing cavemen. The voice cast includes Tom Hiddleston, Eddie Redmayne and Maisie Williams. Rated PG.

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The secret behind local TV's identical Facebook posts, Ormsby gets a DUI, and other morning headlines

Posted By on Wed, Feb 14, 2018 at 10:43 AM

Someday, this snow will end. Someday. - DANIEL WALTERS PHOTO
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  • Someday, this snow will end. Someday.

KXLY and KHQ — Actually The Same Person?

Hey, have you ever noticed how bitter rivals KXLY and KHQ put out a lot of the same clickbait-y non-local posts on Facebook? Here's why.

Colin Meloy's Kids?
The Descendants, not to be confused with the Decemberists, are coming to Spokane in October.

Giving Foam the Finger

Washington state might ban foam as a firefighting chemical.

In other news...

On a roll
Rep. Timm Ormsby, who voted against Mike Padden's DUI bill last year, got drunk, got behind the wheel, rolled his jeep and was charged with a DUI. (Spokesman-Review)

How now, full city plow?
Just when we thought we were out, old man winter drags us back in. Snow is back with a vengeance. (KXLY)

Never pay for porn

Trump's lawyer paid porn star Stormy Daniels $130,000 out of his own pocket. Because that's just the kind of stand-up guy he is.
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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Why KHQ and KXLY often publish the exact same clickbait-y articles on Facebook

Posted By on Tue, Feb 13, 2018 at 1:24 PM

KHQ and KXLY are rivals — but both direct their readers to the same viral content site using the exact same Facebook posts - DANIEL WALTERS COLLAGE
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  • KHQ and KXLY are rivals — but both direct their readers to the same viral content site using the exact same Facebook posts

Pop quiz, hotshot: Which Spokane TV station, in the middle of the day on Feb. 10,  posted a Facebook link to an article titled "Husband Gets Whole Town To Deliver 500 Roses to His Wife on Her Last Day of Chemotherapy," under the comment "This is so sweet"?

KHQ? Or rival KXLY?

Trick question. It's both. Same article. Same headline. Posted about the same time.  And it isn't just a crazy coincidence. It's happened dozens of times.

KHQ and KXLY are rivals. They compete for scoops and ratings. KHQ is owned by the Cowles Company, the same company that owns the Spokesman-Review and the River Park Square shopping center. KXLY is owned by Morgan Murphy Media, based out of Wisconsin.

But both pump out a steady stream of identical links to identical stories on Facebook:

— Headline: "This Healthy 20-Year-Old Mom Of 2 Died From Fast-Acting Flu" (Facebook tease: "Scary—here are the symptoms to watch out for.")

— "Why Eggs May Be To Blame For This Year's Flu Vaccine Flop" ("This is interesting.")

— "Why People Are Calling This Animal 'The Most Beautiful Horse In The World" (“These horses are absolutely stunning.”)

— "Why you should NEVER leave your Child's Winter Coat On in The Car." (“This mistake could be the difference between your child’s life and death.”)

The rose-bearing husband, of course, wasn't from Spokane. The healthy mom who died suddenly wasn't from Spokane. The gorgeous horse wasn't a beautiful Spokane horse. In each case, you have to click to find that out. But that's not new.

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Punk legends the Descendents announce Spokane show for October

Posted By on Tue, Feb 13, 2018 at 10:41 AM

Punk legends The Descendents are coming to Spokane for  an October 4 show.
  • Punk legends The Descendents are coming to Spokane for an October 4 show.

The Descendents are everything good about the "pop-punk" label that sadly later turned into a ton of bands without the sense of humor or songwriting chops the SoCal crew boasted in spades on legendary, pioneering punk albums like Milo Goes to College and I Don't Want to Grow Up.

On Oct. 4, the band will swing through Spokane for a show at the Knitting Factory. Tickets are $26 in advance, $30 day of show, and available starting Friday at 10 am through the usual outlets like the Knitting Factory website and box office.

Spawned from the same South L.A. scene as Black Flag and the Minutemen, The Descendents added an undeniable tunefulness to their songs of alienation and distaste for mediocrity. Their blend of punk energy, pop hooks and nerd-y obsessions made The Descendents an oft-cited, much-beloved band despite decades of inactivity dribbled between tours and albums that started arriving in the late '70s; since 1986, the quartet has consisted of Milo Aukerman, Karl Alvarez, Bill Stevenson and Stephen Egerton. Their latest album came out in 2016, and Hypercaffium Spazzinate was their first new set in 12 years, complete with all the energy their early works had.

Here's a taste of their latest, a tune called "Victim of Me:"

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Update: Washington bills banning firefighting foam chemicals could be first in nation

Posted By on Tue, Feb 13, 2018 at 9:40 AM

Residents near Fairchild have had to drink bottled water since the chemicals PFOA and PFOS were found in high concentrations in their wells. - YOUNG KWAK PHOTO
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  • Residents near Fairchild have had to drink bottled water since the chemicals PFOA and PFOS were found in high concentrations in their wells.

Earlier this year, we told you about two bills that would restrict or ban chemicals in the same family as those that have contaminated water near Fairchild Air Force Base.

The bills, which would restrict per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, commonly referred to as PFAS, in firefighting foam and food packaging, have changed slightly on their way through the process.

But both have already passed through their first chamber, and if approved by the other, they'd be the first bans of their kind in the country, says Ivy Sager-Rosenthal, communications director for Toxic-Free Future.

The food-packaging bill, HB 2658, would require a study of alternate materials that can be used for paper food wrappers and containers that need to be grease- or water-resistant, to be completed by 2020. A ban on the chemicals in food packaging could start in 2022. It passed the House 56-41, with one excused.

The second bill, SB 6413, would require companies to disclose if the chemicals are in equipment sold to firefighters starting in July 2018, and restrict the manufacture, sale and distribution of firefighting foam containing the materials starting in July 2020, except in places where federal law requires it, such as at airports. The engrossed substitute bill passed the Senate 39-8, with two excused. It's scheduled for a hearing in the House Committee on the Environment Thursday morning.
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Russia likely to meddle again, Chloe Kim wins Olympic gold, and morning headlines

Posted By on Tue, Feb 13, 2018 at 9:25 AM


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SPORTS: In the Zags' revenge game against Saint Mary's, they showed their March potential.

NEWS: Native American women go missing at shocking rates; these women want to change that.

IN OTHER NEWS

Whose side are you on?
With immigration pressing in Congress, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers and her Democratic challenger Lisa Brown are — surprise! — split on the issue. McMorris Rodgers agrees with President Donald Trump in many cases, and Brown, well, does not. (Spokesman-Review)

Detective gets a DUI
A detective with the Spokane Police Department is on administrative leave after he was arrested for a DUI. He was hired by the Spokane Police Department in 1992. (KXLY)

Leaving no doubt
U.S. Olympic snowboarder Chloe Kim already had the gold medal for the halfpipe in hand, then she beat her previous score anyway. (The Guardian)

War on democracy
Russia believes it succeeded in weakening American faith in democracy by meddling in the 2016 presidential election, intelligence chiefs say, so it's going to do it again in 2018. (New York Times)
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Monday, February 12, 2018

Zags return the favor to Saint Mary's, show their March potential

Posted By on Mon, Feb 12, 2018 at 10:24 AM

Zach Norvell, Jr., was a vital part of the Zags' beat-down of Saint Mary's this weekend. - LIBBY KAMROWSKI
  • Libby Kamrowski
  • Zach Norvell, Jr., was a vital part of the Zags' beat-down of Saint Mary's this weekend.

Perhaps one of the only issues a team in the top 15 like Gonzaga can dwell on is their lack of cohesive performances.

It's a problem that's plagued all of the top 25 teams in college basketball, as highly ranked teams are consistently dropping games to unranked and middling teams in their respective conferences.

Throughout the bigger tasks of the non-conference season and in their closer matchups in the WCC, the Bulldogs haven't been firing on all cylinders while still playing well enough to win in most cases.

And after a rough shooting night in Pacific on Thursday, many had to wonder how the Zags were going to fare with one of the most efficient offensive teams in college basketball, Saint Mary's. Especially after the Gaels shot 56 percent from the field and 61 percent from three when they beat the Zags in Spokane.

But the Zags found a way to make everything click, as they dismantled the Gaels Saturday night in a game where they led by as much as 22. The back court's Josh Perkins and Zach Norvell were just as vital to the outcome as the front court's Johnathan Williams and Rui Hachimura, who found a way to limit the dominance of Saint Mary's behemoth Jock Landale.

In their last matchup, Landale took whatever he wanted against a Zags defense that played too deep in the key to truly limit post positioning. It resulted in a 26 points and 10 rebounds performance with an 80 percent field goal percentage for the big man.

On Saturday night, Gonzaga swarmed Jock and fought for ground before he received his inlet passes, resulting in a disengaged centerpiece who only attempted four shots and had a season-low four points. Williams constantly disrupted entry passes, forcing Landale towards the baseline and into pesky trap defenses.

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Alexie wins Carnegie, bitcoin is Washington's new-age gold rush, and morning headlines

Posted By on Mon, Feb 12, 2018 at 10:00 AM


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Weakening science in Idaho, again
Lawmakers in Idaho really don't want to require curriculum in the state to touch on climate change as impacted by human activity, and at least one doesn't mind if students decide the Earth is flat.

Time's Up Spokane
Late last week, Spokane community leaders talked about what limits exist in the current criminal justice system for survivors of sexual assault, and answered questions from concerned attendees, several of whom shared their personal experiences.

IN OTHER NEWS

Arrests and pepper spray at UW Patriot Prayer rally
Protestors clashed with speakers and attendees at a Patriot Prayer rally on University of Washington's campus this weekend, which resulted in arrests and pepper spray being used (one Stranger reporter continued to live stream after getting sprayed). (The Stranger)

You don't have to say
On Sunday, Sherman Alexie won a Carnegie Medal for literary excellence for his memoir, "You don't have to say you love me." (Spokesman-Review)

71 dead in Russia plane crash
It's still not clear what caused an airliner leaving Moscow, Russia, on Sunday to crash just minutes later, killing everyone on board. (BBC) 

A new gold rush
Washington state is a popular place for new bitcoin miners, who need cheap electricity, and lots of it. (Wall Street Journal)
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Sunday, February 11, 2018

THIS WEEK: Lilac City Fairy Tales, Buddhist convention, Slim Cessna's Auto Club and more

Posted By on Sun, Feb 11, 2018 at 1:01 PM

The Northwest Buddhist Convention stops by Spokane, and hosts an Introduction to Buddhism event Saturday at Hotel RL at The Park.
  • The Northwest Buddhist Convention stops by Spokane, and hosts an Introduction to Buddhism event Saturday at Hotel RL at The Park.

Are you feeling the love of Valentine's Day week? Whether you're hooked up or rolling solo, plenty to do in the Inland Northwest, as you'll see in our event listings and Staff Picks. Here are some highlights of the week ahead:

Monday, Feb. 12

WORDS | Talk about worth the road trip; Pulitzer-winning author Colson Whitehead is talking at the University of Idaho in Moscow tonight. Read our interview with the man, and start thinking of getting to the Palouse after work.

WORDS | If you can't get to Moscow, Gonzaga is hosting genre-hopping writer Chris Abani as part of its Visiting Writers Series tonight.

Tuesday, Feb. 13

COMMUNITY | Join Spokane Falls Community College as it hosts what is sure to be an interesting discussion of controversial local figure Colonel George Wright. Author Donald Cutler will be on hand to talk about his book Hang Them All: George Wright at the Plateau Indian War, and he’ll be joined by Gonzaga faculty member and Colville tribal member Laurie Arnold, as well as Spokane tribal member Warren Seyler.

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Friday, February 9, 2018

Spokane leaders talk Time's Up, resources for sexual assault survivors

Posted By on Fri, Feb 9, 2018 at 4:42 PM

Dozens of people gathered at the Northeast Community Center Thursday night, Feb. 8, to hear from Spokane leaders and talk about what can be done to help survivors of sexual assault and harassment. - SAMANTHA WOHLFEIL PHOTO
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  • Dozens of people gathered at the Northeast Community Center Thursday night, Feb. 8, to hear from Spokane leaders and talk about what can be done to help survivors of sexual assault and harassment.

Start by believing people.

Over and over, a panel of experts who work with victims of sex crimes and sexual harassment told a crowd gathered at the Northeast Community Center that the first and best thing the community can do to help victims of sex crimes and sexual harassment is to start by believing people who say they've been hurt.

Among those who spoke were sexual assault victim advocates, survivors, a judge, the sheriff, special victims detectives and prosecutors, medical and legal professionals, and others whose work touches on the topic.

"I think we have done a really poor job as a society of how we react when we first hear a report of sexual assault," says Sgt. Mike McNab, supervisor of Spokane Police Department's Special Victims Unit. "We always react with doubt, skepticism, and I think this reaction has come from the stereotype that’s false, that I refer to as the 'real rape.'"

That's the stereotype where a "boogie man" jumps out of the bushes, attacks a victim, who fights back with everything she has, then the police swoop in and save the day, McNab says.

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