• Issue of
  • Oct 12-18, 2006
  • Vol. 13, No. 52

News & Comment

  • News
  • Borowitz Report

    By Andy Borowitz & r & & r & BUSH URGES BOOK BURNING AS ALTERNATIVE FUE L & lt;BR & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & n a nationally televised speech last night, President George W. Bush urged using State of Denial, the new book by Washington Post reporter Bob Woodw
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  • Tackling Life

    Or so he has heard. To tell you the truth, Bruce is having so damn much fun smiling and joking and laughing his way through life, he has
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  • The Player

    by Marty Demarest & r & & r & Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2 & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & T & lt;/span & he full title of Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis is a bombardment of Mini Marios marching in the form of repeated letter 'M's. Perhaps someone thought it was a c
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  • Dining Out- Diner Finder. Follow the Windsock

    by Kevin Taylor & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & T & lt;/span & he quest for a good Denver omelet and hash browns can take a body to unusual places at odd hours. And like any good quest, it requires a strategy. You don't just want to follow truck drivers. Truth is,
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  • Book Review

    by Joe Campana & r & & r & Some Jumping on the Western Fire Line by Mark Matthews & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & D & lt;/span & uring World War II, when a draft board classified a prospective soldier 4E (the official designation for conscientious objectors), the conscript
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  • Now Playing.nep

    The excellent, based-on-fact James Ellroy novel about the grisly murder of a beautiful wannabe actress (Mia Kirshner) in late-1940s L.A. starts off as a terrific film adaptation, then gets four flat tires as it sudden
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  • Dining Out- When Night Meets Morning

    by Joel Smith & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & f you've been paying any attention as you leaf through this dining guide, you've probably noticed that we're gluttons for a good breakfast. Sit us down in front of a table of sausage and eggs and we coul
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  • Real Men Wear Heels

    by Marty Demarest & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & "T & lt;/span & ina Turner is going to sing live," Jimmy Emerson assures me. Emerson is the host of "An Evening at La Cage," arriving this week at Northern Quest Casino. As host, Emerson will be sharing the stage wi
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  • The Comedy of Politics

    by Ed Symkus & r & & r & Man of the Year & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & W & lt;/span & e've been in something close to this territory before. Kevin Kline played a guy who looks just like, and eventually takes the place of, the president of the United States in Dave. Ri
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  • Dining Out- Coffee to Go

    by Luke Baumgarten & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & used to consider drive-thru coffee joints a somewhat embarrassing symptom of the sprawling car culture of greater Spokane County. Coffee was this leisurely, urbane thing that had been made crass an
  • News
  • The Donuts March On

    essay by Ann. M. Colford & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & S & lt;/span & quinting from the bright sun, enter the darkened back hall. As your eyes adjust, walk into a tunnel of air redolent with sweet dough frying in hot oil. Undertones of coffee and worn shoe leathe
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  • Taking the 6th

    by Joel Smith & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & W & lt;/span & ashington's 6th legislative district wraps around Spokane in a C shape, stretching from the traditionally conservative area of northern Spokane County, around the inner city through Riverside State Park a
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  • DVD Review

    Two men, one a poacher and the other de
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  • Dining Out- 3 Women and a Hearty Breakfast

    the Chalet 332 N. Spokane Falls Ct. * 455-6690 Sometimes girls get hungry. This time, we decided there would be no delicate pastries or lifted-pinkie china cups for us -- we sturdy Northwest w
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  • Dining Out- Indulgent Breakfast

    by Susan Hamilton & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & M & lt;/span & y idea of breakfast is brunch. It's not an everyday occurrence, rather something special and indulgent. Brunch is a meal that doesn't follow a schedule. It's all about relaxing and enjoying yourself o
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  • If It Moves, Shoot It

    by Mike Corrigan & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & T & lt;/span & his is the story of how an independent film was made in Spokane last summer. It's certainly not the whole story. It's only a sketch, really -- a snapshot in diary form. As such, it's compressed and inco
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  • Take Two

    by Luke Bumgarten & r & & r & Employee of the Month & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & N & lt;/span & o one contemplates a pencil until the lead snaps. That's philosophy. A simple observation and a brilliant one. My own personal correlate goes like this: No one contemplates th
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  • Spawning Something Good

    by Lauren McAllister & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & T & lt;/span & he vintage-style neon sign announcing the Steelhead Bar & amp; Grille looks as though it has been drawing in those who hunger and thirst for many a year. But in reality, the restaurant has only been op
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  • Power to the People

    Washington Initiative 920 Repealing the Estate Tax 4 No & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & T & lt;/span & his is one gutsy initiative. Usually the business of repealing estate taxes is done at the legislative level, with lobbyists twisting arms out
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  • The Detective Apiologist

    by Jessica Moll & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & G & lt;/span & ood things happen to people who read. Just look at what happened to Mary Russell. "I was fifteen when I first met Sherlock Holmes, fifteen years old with my nose in a book as I walked the Sussex Downs,
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  • Dining Out- 3 Men and a Bagel

    Ultimate Bagel 1217B N. Hamilton St. * 487-4630 Located near Sharp and Hamilton, just behind Arny's and next to Starbucks, the Ultimate Bagel is a late-morning hangout for bleary-eyed Gonzaga
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  • Dining Out- Fried Gobs of Dough

    A naught made from dough, the donut is the sweet nothing of New World pastries. Deep-fried, the "dough-naught," "doughnut" or just plain "donut" is a breakfast object of myth. While numerous cultures feature tasty fried gobs of
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  • Buzz Bin

    A year ago, they were just a couple of Gonzaga grads doing standup and messing around with little films. Now they're earning more than their professors do. Joe Bereta and Luke Barats produced a video called "Mother's Day" just in t
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  • Opening Films

    Writer-director Barry Levinson has figured out a way to get Robin Williams to strut his stuff while still keeping it entertaining and not overbearing. Williams plays a TV talk show host who makes a presidential run. H
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  • Dining Out- Breaking Past Fasts

    by Michael Bowen & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & W & lt;/span & hen people say they don't have time for breakfast, I look at them in blank incomprehension. "I always make time for a nice, wholesome breakfast," I inform them, beaming my cheeriest Young American smil
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  • Fresh and Tasty

    In keeping with our breakfast theme this week, the hottest breakfast place in town is also the newest -- CHAPS COFFEE CO. opened just two weekends ago, but word is spreading like a prairie wildf
  • Comment
  • Getting it Right

    by David Axe & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & S & lt;/span & hadows are growing long on the afternoon of Oct. 1, when British Army Captain Steve Morte, 39, strolls onto a garden courtyard of a decaying Saddam-era palace-turned-British base in Basra, a sweltering cit
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  • Meet Your Maker

    by Anthony Stassi & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & "Y & lt;/span & ou know, I think it's just a really good time for me," says Rocky Votolato, minutes after his set at the Big Dipper last Wednesday. As he takes a drag from his cigarette, a reassuring smile creeps ou
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  • Saving the Selkirks

    by Paul K Haeder & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & W & lt;/span & e almost have to crawl out of the overhang of dried-out lichen, thick fir and Western red cedar into a rockslide where Two-Mouths Creek spins into a crystal clear pool. We can see the granite scarring
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  • Back in time at Priest Lake

    by Paul K Haeder & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & T & lt;/span & he first cabin built on Priest Lake went up 75 years ago. It's still standing -- still being rented out every summer. But it has another legacy, too: Melissa Quilter, whose grandparents built that cabin
  • Comment
  • Power Split

    by Robert Herold & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & W & lt;/span & ere Congresswoman Cathy McMorris only speaking for herself, we could write off her remark as just one more clueless comment. But we know that she wasn't speaking for herself, rather she was speaking fo
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  • Repainting the Statehouses Blue

    by John Nichols & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & N & lt;/span & ot too long ago, the image of a Democratic governor was that of California's Gray Davis, the listless, ideologically compromised bureaucrat who was so uninspiring that he couldn't even maintain his grip
  • Comment
  • Sound Advice

    Today, in the Ought Six, we look for veiled Christian imagery the way we used to look for veiled satanic imagery -- not because of any bias, but because it's useful to know if your new fave rock song is seemingly talking a
  • Comment
  • Uphill Climber

    by Kevin Taylor & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & f you think it strange a Democrat is making a serious run for Idaho governor, wait until you hear what he has to say: "We are an urban state ... and it's time we acted like what we are," says Democratic c
  • Comment
  • Marr/Benson. Crunching Numbers

    by JOEL SMITH & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & T & lt;/span & he latest records from the Public Disclosure Commission show that Chris Marr has already raised $286,000, which almost doubles Brad Benson's $148,000 war chest. With a little less than a month to go befo
  • Comment
  • Oxford Rise

    by Cortney Harding & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & A & lt;/span & few months ago, Village Voice blogger Tom Breihan posted a concert review titled "The Walkmen Spaz the F--- Out." The same tagline could easily be applied to fellow Brooklynites Oxford Collapse: The
  • Comment
  • Three's a Crowd

    by Kevin Taylor & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & W & lt;/span & e know that the next U.S. Senator from Washington will be Maria Cantwell or Mike McGavick. Both have spent tens of thousands of dollars to buy television time to introduce themselves to us and to share

Music & Film

  • Music
  • Not Men Yet

    by James Pants & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & B & lt;/span & aby, come on over here for a minute. I've got something to tell you. Now, I want you to come in real close so I can whisper in your ear. No, no, it's nothing bad -- I've got something to say that'll mak
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