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Zach Galifianakis and Martha Kelly appear in a scene from “Baskets,” the new comedy airing Thursdays on FX.

Q&A: Zach Galifianakis clowns around in FX’s ‘Baskets’

Before he became the star of the billion-dollar “Hangover” franchise, Zach Galifianakis was the bearded patron saint of the alt-comedy world. Now the North Carolina native, who interviewed President Barack Obama in 2014 on his mock talk show “Between Two Ferns,” is returning to his oddball roots with “Baskets,” an FX comedy about a disgruntled clown with the unlikely name of Chip Baskets.

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Carolyn Hax: Allowing roommate’s cat limited her options

Hi, Carolyn: It’s a long story so please bear with me! My roommate and I are friends, and we decided to live together. I knew she had a cat but it was living at her parents’ house. I’m allergic and our lease won’t allow pets. However, my roommate decided at the last minute to bring the cat to our apartment, and because I’m too nice, I decided to give it a try with the caveat she cleans and the cat stays off the furniture.

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Miss Manners: Criticize the performance, not the audience

DEAR MISS MANNERS: As I have a long career as a musician and music scholar, I may be asked my opinion of a performance. I reply with a measured response, a statement of approval or a sharp criticism. However, as an audience member there are occasions when I feel obliged to express criticism of the performance, or of excessive approval exhibited by the audience when I believe their unison response lacks understanding.

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TUESDAY, FEB. 2, 2016

Cut the sugar from these chocolaty desserts

Craving something chocolaty for Valentine’s Day, but trying to cut sugar? Consider avocado-chocolate mousse or beet brownies – or both. The recipes come from Cherie Calbom’s latest book, “The Juice Lady’s Sugar Knockout: Detox to Lose Weight, Kill Cravings, and ...

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Don’t bother with boxed brownie mix

If beet pulp or boxed mixes aren’t your thing, here’s an easy-to-follow, from-scratch brownie recipe that hasn’t failed me yet. It comes from celebrity chef Rachael Ray and features simple pantry staples that most home cooks have on hand. Even ...

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Greg Miley, with his brand, Miley Q's, makes four different spice blends and rubs for barbecuing. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

Miley Q spices things up 

When a corporate transfer took him to Texas, Greg Miley resolved to learn to barbecue Lone Star State style. It took persistence and the power of persuasion. “They told me I’d never learn to cook authentic barbecue because I was ...

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iTunes top 10

Top Songs 1. “Work” Rihanna with Drake 2. “Love Yourself” Justin Bieber 3. “Stressed Out” Twenty One Pilots 4. “My House” Flo Rida 5. “Hello” Adele 6. “Hands To Myself” Selena Gomez 7. “Me, Myself & I” G-Eazy and Bebe ...

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The Slice: Rodent meteorology

What does it mean if the marmot sees its shadow today? Six more years of winter? A big engagement announcement at your Super Bowl party? And just how are you supposed to know whether our furry friend has, in fact, ...

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MONDAY, FEB. 1, 2016

Review: ‘Sordid Lives’ at Civic is raucous, moving

Like an R-rated “Steel Magnolias,” Del Shores’ play “Sordid Lives,” which opened at Spokane Civic Theatre on Friday, explores love, death and familial dysfunction in a tight-knit Southern community. But unlike “Steel Magnolias,” this is a wild and raucous comedy that frequently lives up to the “sordid” part of its title, and it’ll pivot from a raunchy laugh line to genuine poignancy with the spin of a stiletto heel. It’s a risky, frequently hilarious, occasionally brilliant juggling act.

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Smartphone use during exercise might be dumb

Researchers put 44 college students on a treadmill and had them exercise for a half-hour. Some were just listening to music; others were actually using their phone as a phone, talking to their friends; and the final group was texting. They wanted to see if using your handheld device affected your exercise capacity. All were compared to a control group who just went on the treadmill and did their thing without using a phone.

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The Slice: What’s your Spokane nickname?

Here are a few readers’ responses to last Monday’s call for localized nicknames. “My perfect Spokane nickname is Tee Time Timbo (never before 9 a.m.),” wrote Tim Gaines. “Sasquatch Sas,” wrote Marc Sas, a self-described hairy beast who suggested Inkblot ...

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The Tech DeckWhy we fear the night

Egngun Tunnelash waved goodbye to the six brave dwarves as they set off to seek their fortunes in the mountains to the South. They had only a wagonload of goods ...

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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