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The Slice: It’s all up in the air

You can’t blame children for growing weary of hearing about how things were different back in the old days. But they were. I’ll give you an example – treehouses. Virtually nothing about these arboreal play rooms has stayed the same. ...

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FRIDAY, JUNE 24, 2016

An estimated 10,000 demonstrators march to the Capitol building in Springfield, Illinois, on May 16, 1976, to support the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment. Six years later, the amendment's June 30, 1982 deadline passed without ratification. Only 35 states, three short of those necessary, endorsed it. (Anonymous / AP)

As NOW turns 50, feminists hail gains but ‘battle goes on’

Fifty years ago, when a small group of activists founded the National Organization for Women, the immediate issue that motivated them was sex discrimination in employment. They were irate that the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission was refusing to ban “Help Wanted Male” and “Help Wanted Female” job advertising.

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Globetrotters ‘draft’ Neymar, Missy Franklin, Kevin Hart

The Harlem Globetrotters have named their honorary members who represent the “Globetrotters spirit and passion” for basketball. They include a soccer player, a swimmer, a golfer and a comedian. And an actual basketball player, college slam dunk champion Douglas of Division II University of Mary in Bismarck, North Dakota.

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2016 Kennedy Center Honors go to the Eagles, Al Pacino, Mavis Staples, James Taylor and Martha Argerich

The Kennedy Center Honors on Thursday announced its honorees for 2016 with recognition going to Argentine pianist Martha Argerich, musical group the Eagles, actor Al Pacino, singer Mavis Staples and musician James Taylor. The honor for the Eagles in particular will be bittersweet, as founding member Glenn Frey died in January. The group was scheduled to be honored in 2015 but postponed due to Frey’s declining health. Band members Don Henley, Joe Walsh and Timothy B. Schmit are expected to attend the ceremony.

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The Slice: Jam up and jelly tight

It’s not really summer until you have encountered a preschooler whose face is smeared with jelly. A graphic depiction of that would be right at home on the official seal of Spokane. Oh sure, it’s not strictly a seasonal circumstance. ...

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Built to Spill performs at The Sasquatch! Music Festival on Friday May 24, 2013 in George, Washington.(Photo by John Davisson/Invision/AP) (John Davisson / John Davisson/Invision/AP)

Built to Spill gets back to foundation

For nearly 25 years, Idaho’s Built to Spill has specialized in twisty, wiry, guitar-driven rock jams, songs that are musically complex but sparsely versed: It’s not unusual for frontman Doug Martsch to first open his mouth halfway through an eight-minute track. The band started life as a trio, though you’d never know with how huge their instruments sound on recordings. The lineup had expanded to five members in recent years, but Built to Spill, which plays the Knitting Factory of Wednesday, is touring as a three piece again.

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Second Harvest, Chad White pair up for fundraiser

The Kitchen at Second Harvest is hosting a Kitchen Party with chef Chad White on Tuesday night. Second Harvest, founded in 1971, distributes more than 2 million pounds of food each month through 250 food banks to help some 55,000 ...

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‘Not so famous’ Nate Bargatze brings act to the Bartlett

Comedian Nate Bargatze has performed stand-up on “Conan” and “The Tonight Show” and has had an hour-long special on Comedy Central, and he’s hitting the Bartlett stage on Friday night. We spoke to the comic about his father the magician, the perils of being only kind of famous, the stigma of clean comedy and the proper pronunciation of “Spokane.”

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Group ignites sportsmanship among local youth

It is hard to miss the quarter of a million basketball players that shut down more than 40 downtown Spokane blocks each June. But for the past 17 years, months after downtown has been restored to normalcy, roughly 400 middle school players gather for their own 3-on-3 basketball games in high school gyms around Spokane with much less fanfare. Ignite Basketball Association, run through Spokane Public Schools and led by Hoopfest, organizes a league for students who are from areas of Spokane where poverty, unemployment and crime are high.

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Jenny Anne Mannan is a singer-songwriter who created and emcees the Northwest of Nashville series at the Bartlett. (COURTESY PHOTO / COURTESY PHOTO)

Northwest of Nashville series brings homestyle jams to Bartlett stage

The country music capital of the world is more than 2,000 miles away, but a monthly variety show at the Bartlett is bringing the South a little bit closer to Spokane. Northwest of Nashville features local musicians who specialize in country, bluegrass and folk, performing in a round-style format, and Tuesday marks the fifth concert in the series thus far.

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Too Many Cooks“Walking with Peety”

Eric O'Grey, the Spokane Valley man whose story about losing more than 100 pounds with the help of a shelter dog went viral earlier this year, has a book deal. ...

ClarksvilleMel McCuddin: The Art of Darkness

Inside a downtown gallery maybe two decades ago – that’s where I first got McCuddined. I recall strolling through the vast array of art when one canvas stopped me cold. ...

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