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Charlie Schmidt, a friend of Spokesman-Review columnist Doug Clark’s, lounges on a bench while Clark, above left, listens to a proclamation by Spokane City Council member Nancy McLaughlin Thursday, May 7, 2009 at the unveiling of the advertising bench bearing Clark’s likeness. In a letter to the editor, S-R reader Tom Simpson cited Clark as “Spokane’s biggest drawback.”

Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman Review