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Friday, May 22, 2015 -- 2:39 am
Cheney, Central Valley teachers will not join statewide walkouts
KXLY-TV Spokane - ... the meeting expressed interest in either taking a personal day or an unpaid day off to join the other thousands of Spokane teachers taking part in Wednesday's rally. "There could be a sub shortage, especially if other districts choose to take ... Read more...
Friday, May 22, 2015 -- 12:00 am
Ben Alan Burkey murder conviction overturned by appeals court - Fri, 22 May 2015 PST
The Spokesman-Review - A former police informant's murder conviction has been reversed on a technicality but he'll continue to be held while Spokane authorities decide whether to seek a new trial. Ben Alan Burkey, convicted of murder and several other offenses in connection with the 2005 abduction and beating death of 52-year-old Rick L. Tiwater, was denied his right to a public trial when some of the potential jurors were questioned privately, the state appeals court ruled Thursday. The appellate judges made clear it was a procedural issue rather than evidentiary flaws. Read more...
Friday, May 22, 2015 -- 12:00 am
7 Nights Out - Fri, 22 May 2015 PST
The Spokesman-Review - 1: Spoon Texas-born indie rock band takes off from a gig at Sasquatch to play Spokane in support of their latest, "They Want My Soul." Read more...
Friday, May 22, 2015 -- 12:00 am
Wolf worries lead to hiring of wildlife-conflict specialist - Fri, 22 May 2015 PST
The Spokesman-Review - The state of Washington has hired an internationally known wildlife-conflict specialist to help defuse tensions over the state's expanding wolf population. Francine Madden is the executive director of the Human Wildlife Conflict Collaboration, which also works in Asia, Africa and Latin America. The Houston-based nonprofit tries to resolve conflicts that arise when protecting animals such as lions, leopards and elephants leads to clashes with local communities. Read more...
Friday, May 22, 2015 -- 12:00 am
On sale - Fri, 22 May 2015 PST
The Spokesman-Review - Tickets are on sale at 10 a.m. today to see: o Theory of a Deadman on July 26 at the Knitting Factory. Tickets are $20 through Ticketweb. Read more...
Friday, May 22, 2015 -- 12:00 am
Online registry should help police return stolen bicycles to owners - Fri, 22 May 2015 PST
The Spokesman-Review - Since bikes were invented, bikes have been stolen. Returning bicycles to their rightful owners may get a bit easier in Spokane, thanks to a new online tool the city unveiled this week in conjunction with Bike to Work Week, called SpokaneBikeID.org. Read more...
Friday, May 22, 2015 -- 12:00 am
What's happening - Fri, 22 May 2015 PST
The Spokesman-Review - Memorial Weekend tribute 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Monday. The Heritage Tribute Band will trace the arc of tunes written for and about railroads from the 1840s to the 1960s each day at noon and 2 p.m. in the Heritage Chapel; pictures and railroad memorabilia, railroad layout by River City Modelers, veterans display, aerospace display, antique and classic car display, Tree of Remembrance and refreshments in the Heritage reception room. A free family brass band concert takes place Sunday at 6 p.m. at Cross of Inspiration at Greenwood Memorial Terrace. Bring your lawn chairs. Heritage Funeral Home and Crematory, 508 N. Government Way. Free. (509) 838-8900. Memorial Day Ceremony A musical prelude will begin at 10:30 a.m. The ceremony begins at 11 a.m. Parking is available at the cemetery with overflow available along Ritchey Road. Seating is limited. Guests are welcome to bring a blanket or lawn chairs. Monday, Washington State Veterans Cemetery, 21702 W. Espanola Road, Medical Lake. Free. (509) 299-6280. Read more...
Friday, May 22, 2015 -- 12:00 am
The Slice: Nothing like the blankety-blank outdoors - Fri, 22 May 2015 PST
The Spokesman-Review - Welcome to The Slice's pre-Memorial Day DIY column on camping. Given that opinions vary about the appeal of this form of outdoor recreation, it seems fitting to invite you, The Slice reader, to speak for yourself. Read more...
Friday, May 22, 2015 -- 12:00 am
Vocal act Manhattan Transfer going on 40 years of jazzy fun - Fri, 22 May 2015 PST
The Spokesman-Review - Cheryl Bentyne was a familiar face around Spokane in the mid-'70s, singing with Seattle's swinging New Deal Rhythm Band at the old Spokane House hotel. Their set lists included a few tunes by an up-and-coming New York City vocal quartet called the Manhattan Transfer. "My boyfriend at the time was the trombone player in New Deal, and he gave me the first record. He said, 'You're not going to believe this,' " Bentyne said by phone from her home in Los Angeles. "I had never heard anything like that, four young people singing four-part harmony. ... It just sent me crazy." Read more...
Friday, May 22, 2015 -- 12:00 am
Tykes to get new trikes, thanks to governor giving away raise - Fri, 22 May 2015 PST
Spokesman Review - The children in Jennifer Gonzalez's preschool class at Windsor Elementary next fall probably won't care, but they will owe their new tricycles in large part to a citizens commission that recently gave elected state officials a raise, a governor who didn't feel right about taking it and a Legislature deadlocked over the budget. At a news conference this week, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee said he was donating to charity the $5,000 bump in his salary that the state Citizens' Commission on Salaries for Elected Officials recently gave him. Read more...
Friday, May 22, 2015 -- 12:00 am
Reliving the cinematic past - Fri, 22 May 2015 PST
Spokesman Review - If legendary snoozer Rip Van Winkle went to sleep in the spring of 1982 and woke up today, his beard might have stretched a hundred nasty, matted yards, but he'd probably think he had taken only a power nap: "Mad Max" is going postapocalyptic in movie theaters. "Poltergeist" is poised to scare up business at the box office. And Jerry Brown is governor of California. OK, the new Mad Max is called "Fury Road," not "Road Warrior," and Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron star, not Mel Gibson. The original "Poltergeist," which opened in June 1982, was the eighth-biggest movie of the year, an evil spirits fright fest co-scripted and co-produced by Steven Spielberg. The reboot, with Spielberg getting story credit, opens today. Sam Rockwell and Rosemarie DeWitt are the spooked spouses with the daughter who gets sucked into the TV. Craig T. Nelson and JoBeth Williams had the honors - and the horrors - back in the day. Read more...
Friday, May 22, 2015 -- 12:00 am
NBC's 'Island' tests men's survival skills - Fri, 22 May 2015 PST
Spokesman Review - Survival expert Bear Grylls expects the contestants on his new NBC reality adventure series "The Island" to be more prepared than they would have been had the show debuted a decade ago. The 14 players - who are going to be dropped on a deserted island for a month - have had the opportunity to see Grylls fend for himself in the wild through numerous survival series. "I hope they have learned something from my shows and that encouraged them to work on their survival skills," Grylls says. "But, 'The Island' is unique. We have done it all over the world and it sparks something in people to wonder if they could do it." Read more...
Friday, May 22, 2015 -- 12:00 am
Museums - Fri, 22 May 2015 PST
Spokesman Review - Crosby House Visit the house where this famous entertainer grew up. Weekdays, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and Saturdays, 1-4 p.m. Free parking behind the house. 508 E. Sharp Ave. Free. (509) 313-3847. Flag Museum Flag Collection sponsored by the Sons of the American Revolution and the Fairmount Memorial Association details the rich history of the American flag, Mondays-Fridays, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Saturdays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Pines Cemetery, 1402 S. Pines Road, Spokane Valley. Free. (509) 926-2753. Read more...
Friday, May 22, 2015 -- 12:00 am
Feedback - Fri, 22 May 2015 PST
Spokesman Review - The Route of the Hiawatha mountain bike trail will be open seven days a week starting Saturday. We asked our Facebook friends what advice they'd give to someone who had never ridden it before. Here's a sampling of the dozens of responses we received: Kera Knudsen Read more...
Friday, May 22, 2015 -- 12:00 am
Time serves Spoon well - Fri, 22 May 2015 PST
Spokesman Review - Spoon had been recording music, touring and building up a sterling reputation with music critics for more than a decade before one of its albums cracked the Billboard Top 10. The Texas-based band, which plays the Knitting Factory on Monday, was founded by lead singer and guitarist Britt Daniel and drummer Jim Eno in the early '90s, and the punky, fuzzy, Pixies-inspired pop of their early albums developed into the literate and unpredictable rock of their breakthrough albums "Kill the Moonlight" (2002) and "Gimme Fiction" (2005). Read more...
Friday, May 22, 2015 -- 12:00 am
'Crowd' explores classic's depths - Fri, 22 May 2015 PST
Spokesman Review - Like optimistic Jane Austen, brooding Thomas Hardy wrote about 19th century England's big three - romance, finance and real estate. "Far From the Madding Crowd," Hardy's story of unrequited longing, asks: What brings happiness to marriage beyond capricious luck? Can life in the landed gentry promise contentment? How can captivating, ambitious Bathsheba Everdene find gladness? By running a thriving farm or marrying and settling down? Danish director Thomas Vinterberg's first-class adaptation explores those themes and more. He and his sterling international team seem fully at ease transforming Hardy's literary classic to a trim, largely faithful account, as darkly poetic as the novel but, finally, more crowd-pleasing. It's beautifully old and atmospheric without feeling dated. Read more...
Friday, May 22, 2015 -- 12:00 am
film events - Fri, 22 May 2015 PST
Spokesman Review - "Kumiko The Treasure Hunter" Today-Sunday. In this darkly comedic odyssey, Academy Award nominee Rinko Kikuchi ("Babel," "Pacific Rim") is Kumiko, a frustrated office worker whose imagination transcends the confines of her mundane life. Unrated. Today at 8 p.m., Saturday at 5:15 and 8 p.m. and Sunday at 4:15 and 7 p.m. Kenworthy Performing Arts Centre, 508 S. Main St., Moscow, Idaho. $6/adults. (208) 882-4127. "Splash!" Join us to catch this romcom about a man who falls in love with a mermaid, starring Tom Hanks and Daryl Hannah. Directed by Ron Howard. Rated PG. Saturday, 2 p.m., Spokane Public Library, Downtown, 906 W. Main Ave. Free. (509) 444-5336. Read more...
Friday, May 22, 2015 -- 12:00 am
Nightlife - Fri, 22 May 2015 PST
Spokesman Review - Bakin' Phat Blues. With Spokane Dan and the Blues Blazers. Today, 8 p.m., Chateau Rive at the Flour Mill, 621 W. Mallon Ave. $10/advance; $15/day of show. Benefit Concert for Nepal Featuring the Angela Marie Project and Shambhava. Today, 6 p.m., nYne Bistro and Bar, 232 W. Sprague Ave. $5-$10. Read more...
Friday, May 22, 2015 -- 12:00 am
'Kill' faces realities of drone warfare - Fri, 22 May 2015 PST
Spokesman Review - Form matches content in "Good Kill," a movie about the desensitizing effects of drone warfare. Repeated, suffocating scenes of remote warfare make you acutely aware of the soul-draining despair felt by its pilot protagonist. That makes writer-director Andrew Niccol's achievement notable, even if his movie sometimes feels as stifling as the shipping container that Air Force pilot Tom Egan (Ethan Hawke) and his team occupy in the desert outside Las Vegas. Read more...
Friday, May 22, 2015 -- 12:00 am
'Sniper' highlights Cooper's talent - Fri, 22 May 2015 PST
Spokesman Review - A film nominated for best picture at the Oscars and the final season of a popular network series are the top choices for new DVD releases. "American Sniper," A-minus: A Navy SEAL finds he can't leave the war behind when he returns home. Directed by Clint Eastwood. Read more...



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