Vol. 17, No. 6
What just happened?
2009 Proposition 4, a revolution in the Valley, a recount in Coeur d’Alene and Eyman’s latest: Welcome to democracy
By Joel Smith
Two scientists poke around in the city’s plumbing to find sources of PCB pollution
By Kevin Taylor
Caught in the Middle
A Circuit Court decision raises questions about Spokane’s panhandling ordinances
By Daniel Walters
Plague Upon the Locust
If you have cancer and a favorite tree, Chevron will run it through a wood chipper. They’ll even supervise.
A Beautiful Friendship
Lisa Brown talks about her whirlwind women’s rights tour of Morocco and finding Gonzaga in the desert
Leaving on a Jet Plane
Two defeated Spokane Valley politicians take a trip to Texas — paid for by the voters who kicked them out of office.
By Nicholas Deshais
The giant Palouse earthworm can't be found — yet it's dividing the Palouse
By Leah Sottile
From the ’Kan to the ’Stan
Photographer Holly Pickett never had to worry about mortars while shooting high school football games in Spokane Valley
Big, Bad Idea
Especially when it comes to Afghanistan, the “quarterly report” is one of America’s worst inventions
By Robert Herold
It‘s time to act on climate change
By Mark Quinn
The King's Followers
Forget critics. What do regular folks think about Lion King?
By Michael Bowen
They’re No Angels
Harpists may smile sweetly, but they’re producing those heavenly melodies with their feet and fingernails
Spoon: Robert Greer
In Robert Greer's Western, the bad guys are tough, the good guys are insightful, the hosses are smart, and the ladies are purty.
By Terri Schlichenmeyer
A More Perfect Union
The MAC’s “Art and People” vividly points to a time when government and people valued the arts. Maybe we ought to try that again.
By Carrie Scozzaro
The Mystery of Humor
Pat McManus is writing mystery novels now. He’s still funny.
By Brie Stimson
The ideas at Nectar in downtown Moscow are good, but the execution and service are dicey
Hillyard’s metal marauders have a new record in the works
By Jon Brown
Sometimes even seasoned rockers like Doug Martsch get creatively fatigued
By Alan Sculley
Lounge music for the Robot Chicken generation
By Chris Dreyer
And for that, Swords gives us exactly what we’ve come to expect: agonizingly introspective, histrionic Sturm und Drang.
By Jeff Echert
"Xenophanes," Omar Rodriguez-Lopez
The latest from the Mars Volta's Rodriguez-Lop is still littered with wonderfully characteristic weirdness, but it’s still good — even easy — to crack open.
The Day Planet 51 Stood Still
Beyond the critters, there isn’t much going on in the Rock’s latest kids film
By Maryann Johanson
The Strong, Silent Type
The Blind Side only looks like a football movie
By Ed Symkus
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
Some people find the drunk idiot at the party absolutely hilarious. Others can't stand him. That's Always Sunny.
A Woman in Berlin
In the last days of the Third Reich, Russian soldiers’ systematic rape of German women was never a secret.
By Erika Prins
Guitar Hero's spawn puts a plastic turntable on your lap
By Marty Demarest
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