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  • Feb 21-27, 2002
  • Vol. 9, No. 19

News & Comment

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  • Now Playing

    Amelie Audrey Tautou plays a naive, innocent, wide-eyed gamine seeking love in one corner, one quartier, of the City of Light. There's little more you should know than this before taking this intricately constructed and brightly decorated ride, and review
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  • Letters to the Editor

    Poverty is Quite Real -- This is in response to Robert Herold's somewhat contradictory commentary in the 2/14 issue of The Inlander ("Peeling Back Poverty's Layers"). I say "somewhat contradictory" because on one hand he comments that i
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  • Private Parts, Public Talks

    Yes, they advocate masturbation, open discussion of sexual desire and lesbian love. But they also put incest, sexual abuse, rape and clitoridectomy under the spotlight. Oh, and there are a few four-letter words. Political, or merely porn
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  • La Via Loca

    Movie romances that feature mature characters facing adult situations are all too rare in American movies. Even a genial comedy like Kate and Leopold finds a charming actress like Meg Ryan, in her 40s, still pretending to be in her 30s. It's
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  • Buzz Bin

    Basking in Bach -- Those lucky enough to have packed into St. John's Cathedral on Friday night were treated to some rare music indeed. The third of the four Bach Festival concerts was one of those moments in the local arts scene to be ch
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  • Topsy Turvydom

    Gilbert and Sullivan are all about silliness. Characters with names like Pish-Tush and Pitti-Sing, semi-serious discussions about whether it's possible to commit "self-decapitation" -- an operetta like The Mikado appealed to straitlaced Vi
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  • Capitalism, Enron-Style

    Until now I thought that the military had a corner on euphemisms. My favorite is "collateral damage." Translated: We bombed a hospital. Well, that was yesterday. Today, Enron is the new euphemism champ. Their executives and those who supp
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  • News In Brief

    Come One, Come All -- SPOKANE -- When Spokane's Park Board decided to dig into a science center, it had no idea how much interest the idea would generate among potential architects, builders and operators. It turns out, quite a bit. At a
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  • Pet Project

    When Dr. Marty Becker talks about pets and the bond that exists between people and our companion animals, it's easy to get swept up in his enthusiasm. But Becker, the Bonners Ferry veterinarian whose newspaper column reaches an estimated
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  • Book Review-Portrait in Sepia

    Isabel Allende has a knack for luring the reader into unfamiliar worlds and then making the magical seem familiar. Her books are peopled by diverse and complex characters whose quests for meaning seem to connect effortlessly to those same
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  • Staying Out of Jail

    Usually, the judge doesn't hug defendants in court, but judge Tari Eitzen's courtroom is a little different -- at least on Monday afternoons, when drug court is in session. On this particular Monday afternoon, about 25 drug court clients
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  • Etched in Steel

    The works in "Shakespeare Prints: Published by Boydell" would be amazing even if they had been limned in straightforward pen and ink. But these are prints, and the painstaking process of their creation adds another level of appreciation. "T
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  • Opening Films

    Bread and Tulips A slight, farcical yet charming daydream of an Italian romantic comedy, Bread and Tulips follows housewife Rosalba (Licia Maglietta) from domestic dreariness to a Venetian daydream. An Italian fantasy through and through, it's endearing,
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  • Silicon Valley's Lead

    In 1994, AnnaLee Saxenian, a Berkeley professor, published Regional Advantage, a comparative study of economic development in the Silicon Valley and the Route 128 corridor in Massachusetts. Her findings are most intriguing and may have ap
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  • Quotes and Notes

    Loopholes, Schmoopholes -- It's worse than we thought, the Washington Office of the Forecast Council announced Tuesday: The state's 2001-03 biennium deficit is actually closer to $1.5 billion, or about $250 million worse than thought a
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  • Engraved in Memory

    The making of an engraving is, in many ways, like the crafting of good theater. The artist pays careful attention to each and every line and notes even the smallest detail, how it fits within the scheme of the whole. Then t
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  • Smiling all the way to the bank

    Wal-Mart's a monster. An 800-pound gorilla. But how big is it really? Calling it a global retail giant or noting that the company is the largest private employer in the U.S. is accurate but lacks context. When it comes to Wal-Mart, the
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  • Paying Wal Mart's Price

    Ol' Sam Walton must be smiling. The legacy of Wal-Mart's founder thrives as his retail empire grows in a sort of economic Manifest Destiny. A century ago, pioneers built the Northwest on timber and ore. Today, Sam's Arkansas imperialist
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  • Living to tell it

    In the wild and wooly tradition of real country singers, they don't come any wilder or woolier than GEORGE JONES. Like many of the country performers of his generation, Jones came up through the school of hard knocks. And unlike the curre
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  • CD Review -Preston School

    Into the vacuum created by Pavement's demise at the end of the last century strode co-founders Stephen Malkmus and Scott Kannberg (a.k.a. Spiral Stairs) with two very different solo ventures to satiate old fans and, perhaps, establish new

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