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  • Dec 22-28, 2005
  • Vol. 13, No. 10

News & Comment

  • News
  • Fresh and Tasty

    by Ann M. Colford and Susan Hamilton & r & Home Sweet Home PEOPLE & r & So you think Spokane is just a big small town? Apparently, the editors of Metropolitan Home think we qualify as metropolitan -- or at least some of our residents do. The December/January iss
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  • Driving into the Sunset

    by Kevin Taylor & r & When Roger Bragdon retired from the Spokane Police Department last week, he wanted to go out the way he came in 32 years ago -- flying by the seat of his pants in a cruiser. So even though he had come up through the ranks from a graveyar
  • News
  • Now Playing

    by Inlander Staff & r & Aeon Flux -- I wanted so desperately for this movie to be good, not just for the MTV early-'90s liquid television kitsch factor, but because the general plot -- as futuristic dystopian thrillers go -- is gritty and interesting and filled
  • News
  • Buzz Bin

    by Inlander Staff & r & Lamentoso & r & Kelly Farris has been concertmaster of the Spokane Symphony Orchestra since the year Eckart Preu was born. And now, after 36 years as Spokane's first-chair violinist, Farris has decided to retire. How many listeners at Fr
  • News
  • Grandpa's WASL

    by Robert McGinty & r & Remember when your grandparents and great-grandparents talked about "only" having an eighth-grade education? Well, here's a newsflash: A century ago, you probably couldn't have even graduated from eighth grade. (No, Dorothy, not even
  • News
  • Merry Christmas for Whom?

    by William Stimson & r & The philosopher William James warned against empty sentiment. It delivers good feelings, but they are illusory and selfish. His example was the Russian duchess who wept at a tragic opera scene while outside her coachman slowly froze
  • News
  • Fiction Contest - Q & amp;amp; A with Michael Elaine Alegria

    by Michael Bowen & r & MB: What's your process? Did you start with a line of dialogue or a particular incident, or did the overall shape of the story come to you at once? & r & MEA: I started with the Post-it note incident. I think I was still feeling pretty sa
  • News
  • DVD Review

    Thanks to the documentary March of the Penguins, these enigmatic creatures are sho
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  • Book Review

    by John Dicker & r & Rednecks and Bluenecks by Chris Willman & r & You've heard this before, derived from a similar banality about celebrities: Music and politics don't mix. And yet, to claim an art form should remain spotlessly nonpartisan defies logic and his
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  • Take Two

    by Luke Baumgarten & r & The Family Stone & r & 'Tis the season for offbeat, dysfunctional family comedies. Oh, how the viewing public looks forward to the familiar holiday setup. Uh oh, junior's brought home a girl/boy Mom/Dad's not gonna like! What's this?
  • News
  • Letters to the Editor

    by Inlander Readers & r & Shame on the Recall & r & From your account of the recall in a North Side pizza joint ("Recall Reality," 12/8/05), one would think the whole town is ecstatic about the recall of Jim West as mayor. Let me assure you this is not the case
  • News
  • Welding Habit

    by Ann M. Colford & r & Sister Paula Mary Turnbull is, in a word, inspiring (and not just because she's a nun). For more than 60 years, she has taught, shared her love of art history and produced artworks both big and small, both secular and sacred. Maybe yo
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  • Recently Reviewed

    by Inlander Staff & r & Caf & eacute; Marron -- From the folks behind Luna, Cafe Marron took over the little spot in Browne's Addition previously occupied by the Cannon Street Grill. The name means "brown" in Spanish -- probably a reference to "Browne's" Addition. It's
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  • About the Fiction Contest

    by Michael Bowen & r & An uplifting story at Christmastime -- the season of sharing -- might seem a predictable choice. But in "Gratitude" -- the winner of this year's Fiction Contest -- the journey from defeat to possibility is marked with humor and some surpri
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  • Opening Films

    by Inlander Staff & r & Cheaper by the Dozen 2 -- Now cheaper, with more dozens! You'll cry as you watch another little piece of Steve Martin's (and Eugene Levy's) comedy magic chip off and die in this formulaic sequel filled with kids, physical comedy, kids
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  • Gratitude

    Ten years. Never missed a day. T
  • News
  • Gratitude

    Ten years. Never missed a day. The door
  • Comment
  • CD Reviews

    by Carey Murphy and Luke Baumgarten & r & The Darkness & lt;a href= & quot; & amp;offerid=78941 & amp;type=3 & amp;subid=0 & amp;tmpid=1826 & amp;
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  • Hession's Turn

    by Robert Herold & r & During the '50s, all across the country, police began to move officers off the "beat" and into the car. Two decades later, we came to understand that this tactic actually led to an increase in street crime. Even today, with crime rates
  • Comment
  • Sound Advice

    by Inlander Staff & r & Strum, Whisper, Strum & r & Consumers of the harder, then softer, then harder stuff are in for a treat not seen this side of 2001, when Unplugged finally (insert obvious verb denoting loss of electricity) forever. This Friday, Fat Tuesda

Music & Film

  • Music
  • A Very Merry Playlist

    by Tray Butler & r & The Grinches behind the big music labels must be cursing all the Whos down in Whoville right about now. Gone are the days when Yuletide listeners were forced to shell out $17.50 just to score the one good track on a new holiday CD, nor d
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  • Gold Medal Avengers

    by Ed Symkus & r & Longtime cable TV viewers will probably recognize Munich as a remake of the 1986 HBO film Sword of Gideon, in which the Israeli Secret Service puts together a team of hitmen to go after the Palestinian terrorists who murdered 11 Israeli a

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