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  • Mar 7-13, 2002
  • Vol. 9, No. 21

News & Comment

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  • Letters to the Editor

    Subsidizing Wal-Mart -- When trying to understand the success of Wal-Mart and other big-box stores, be aware of the ways in which this country subsidizes vehicular travel. Most studies report this subsidy as a cost per gallon of gas fig
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  • Keeping it Simple

    Simplicity is complicated. Just trying to settle on a definition can lead to confusion. Is it a philosophy, as taught and practiced by religious leaders from the Buddha to Jesus to Gandhi? Is it a social phenomenon, as in the Voluntary S
  • News
  • The Quest Continues

    Readers have Spokane native Terry Davis to thank for Vision Quest, a 1979 book fellow author John Irving called "the truest novel about growing up since The Catcher in the Rye, and a better novel about wrestling and wrestlers" than h
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  • Road Bond - Yes

    With Avista rate hikes coming (again) and the national economic outlook uncertain, it's not a great time to be asking Spokane citizens for money. But the situation with the city's roads is dire, and without an infusion of cash, Spokane wi
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  • Magazine Sampler

    It all started with a conversation in our editorial meeting about the simplicity movement. One of our staffers told us how, when the magazine Real Simple first came out, she was thrilled to have a monthly resource on voluntary simplicity. H
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  • Now Playing

    40 Days and 40 Nights Boy gives up sex for Lent, boy meets girl, girl can't figure out what's wrong with him (or herself). This might have been fun if someone had bothered to work the script out. As it stands, there are more scenes without endings than i
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  • Buzz Bin

    Green Means Go -- As you may have heard in recent days, the Spokane City Council approved the Davenport District Strategic Action Plan by unanimous vote. The decision was made at the Feb. 25 meeting, giving the green light to a plan six
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  • Small Press, Big Revival

    Vision Quest by Terry Davis sold hundreds of thousands of copies after its original 1979 release -- copies many readers have cherished for decades. It became a cult classic after Warner Brothers released the film adaptation starring M
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  • About Those White House Meeting

    The Natural Resources and Defense Fund has successfully invoked the Freedom of Information Act to obtain some particulars about Vice President Dick Cheney's energy task force. They will secure that information from the Department of Energ
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  • Madonna in The Movies

    Everyone has to start somewhere. And for Madonna, who had already launched her pop-music career, the filmed-in-Spokane Vision Quest was going to be the launching pad for her film career. And on some levels, that's how it's turned out. S
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  • Lost in Time

    Here we go again. Someone out at a Hollywood meeting gets the lamebrain idea to do a remake of a film that, since its creation some 40 years ago, has been regarded as a classic. Why don't these people learn to leave well enough alone? Sure, t
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  • Book Review - Hope's Edge

    When Frances Moore Lappe wrote Diet for a Small Planet 30 years ago, she was confronting both an entrenched view of world hunger (there isn't enough food for everyone) and what sounded to her like an ominous solution (mass-produce more).
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  • Simply Irresistible

    In our search for good magazines espousing the values of simplicity, one was a particularly serendipitous find. A quick glance at the pages of MaryJanesFarm showed that this magazine was exactly what the cover promised: "Simple Solutions
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  • Opening Films

    All About the Benjamins Ice Cube plays a Miami bounty hunter hot on the trail of bail-skipper Mike Epps. There's a minor showdown of sorts at an abandoned warehouse, which turns out to be a hideout for diamond thieves. The bounty hunter and the bail-skip
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  • Less is More

    Just what is Voluntary Simplicity? It's a decade-old social movement, complete with research studies, support groups and the inevitable (though antithetical) merchandising. But the term was coined in 1981 by author Duane Elgin as the tit
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  • Unexpected Turbulence

    In theatrical terms, Wings is an acid trip to an old folks' home. Do you have convalescent homes figured for sinkholes of decay and death? You think stroke victims are just sitting there lifelessly? By depicting trauma from the inside, Ar
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  • Back Yard Simplicity

    Whether you are a gardener or not, there is something almost magical about a garden on a warm summer evening. The air is sweet with the fragrance of flowers and earth. Bees and birds will be creating a little evening music. The breeze may add
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  • Murder in The Heartland

    The NBC made-for-TV-movie The Matthew Shepard Story begins with a re-enactment of the crime that took place on October 6, 1998: two men beat the 21-year-old gay college freshman Matthew Shepard unconscious with the butt of a gun. They t
  • Comment
  • Water = Power

    The first round of hearings for the power plant invasion on the Rathdrum Prairie is over -- but that doesn't mean the onslaught has ended. Environmental groups on both sides of the state line are fighting the plants tooth and nail, calling
  • Comment
  • CD Review - Vermont

    Vermont, an emo supergroup of sorts, is a side-project for Davey VonBohlen and Dan Didier, (both of The Promise Ring) and Chris Roseanau (of Pele). Calling Albany, the group's second full-length release, is a departure from the intensity a
  • Comment
  • Quotes & amp;amp; Notes

    One in a Million -- The one millionth Lilac Bloomsday Run finisher will run, walk or wheel across the finish line during this May's race, race organizers announced at their kickoff press conference last week. What's really cool is that
  • Comment
  • A Larger Mug

    Black Coffee Recording is on the move to bigger, better and certainly more conspicuous digs. Once a nearly invisible and almost completely unknown adjunct activity clandestinely carried out within that oasis of coffee, music and metal, TH
  • Comment
  • Paying the Piper

    As Spokane County's assessor went to trial this week, there wasn't any question of her guilt. Sadie Charlene Cooney agreed more than a year ago that she campaigned for office with public personnel on public time. Question is, how much wi
  • Comment
  • Horse-trading in Yardley

    The secret communications between Spokane City Hall and the supporters of Valley incorporation sound like something out of The Godfather. They probably won't result in anyone waking up with a horse head in their bed. But they have left

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