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Monday, January 21, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Please, Networks: Have Some Patience With Programs

Finding what to watch on TV is like playing croquet with Alice in Wonderland, where the wickets get up and move or even disappear before you can take aim. As …


Fanatics Pose A Real Threat To Athletes

The first impulse is to laugh and regard the incident as the harmless action of a mind missing a few spark plugs. So when a woman intruded upon the Cowboys’ …


Is Drew Stadium Next Up?

Drew Bledsoe opens Patriots camp Friday as NFL’s hightest-paid player. Photo by Associated Press


‘Er’ Leads Emmy Nominations

It will be “ER” vs. “NYPD Blue” for prime-time bragging rights at the 47th annual Emmy awards in September. “ER,” NBC’s freshman-year hospital drama, leads the field of nominations for …


U.S. Soccer Team Arrives In Style At Copa America

John Harkes will play against Brazil Thursday night in Maldonado, Uruguay, the way he should have played against Brazil at Stanford last summer. He will have this second chance, along …


Baseball Lords Ready To Fix Something That Isn’t Broken

Someone has convinced the lords of baseball that the game is too slow. So there are new rules designed to hurry things up. These rules, which go into effect July …


Who Says Lockout Nothing To Laugh At?

Pippen can’t rip Krause directly - for now. Photo by Associated Press


No Stodgy Queen For Down Under If Australia Is Going To Establish Its Independence, It Will Need Its Own Queen. My Vote Goes For Elle Macpherson

Wouldn’t Elle Macpherson make a grand replacement for Elizabeth II as Queen of Australia?


Old Course Exudes Character British Open Site Not Much To Look At, But Beauty Is In The Punishment It Can Extract

Gary Player, right, checks out the infamous Road Bunker. Photo by Associated Press


Realtors Fear Flat Tax Would Spell Disaster

As discussions proceed about the flat tax proposal, based on a simplified tax code and a postcard-size return, it becomes clear there are no more dedicated opponents than the nation’s …


Disney Delusion Sexy, Cartoon Version Of Pocahontas Is A Male Fantasy And A Poor Role Model For Girls

With tiny waist and tight dress, Disney’s Pocahontas presents an unrealistic image for young viewers.


Classic Action , Its Violent, But Sometimes Its Nice To See The Bad Guy Get Exactly What He Deserves

Bruce Willis, as John McClane, always gets the bad guys in “Die Hard.”


Nellie And The Knicks Mismatch For The Ages

Milwaukee didn’t prepare Don Nelson for what he’ll face in New York. Photo by Associated Press


Mantle Deserves Fresh Count

When Mickey Mantle underwent a liver transplant, the hero worship of the ‘60s collided with the cynicism of the ‘90s. Although I saw the Yankees’ Hall of Fame center fielder …


No Improvement, Thanks To Abc

It was supposed to be baseball’s big coming-out party, the moment when all the gloom, doom and despair that has surrounded the national pastime was to melt away, and the …


The Ballpark Great Model For Seattle

The Mariners and The Ballpark would be a nice fit. Photo by Associated Press


Movies Still Playing Up Smoke Appeal

In “Pulp Fiction” cigarettes provided a way for Travolta to flirt with Thurman.


A.L. The League Of The Future, And Of The Past

From where we sit, the National League is all Marge Schott, Harry Caray warbling the seventh-inning stretch, Tom Lasorda pulling the fabled, lateinning double switch, and the Astrodome, world’s oldest …


Give The Man Respect He’s Due

Despite winning, Pete Sampras hasn’t been flooded with kisses.


The World Of Sports: It’s Not All Bad At Times When It Seems Overrun By Darkness, There Are Still Golden Moments That Keep Us Coming Back

1. Grant Hill…one of the good guys. Photo by Associated Press 2. Peter Jacobsen of Portland shows part of what makes him a popular figure on the PGA …


Give Seles Top Ranking On Return

No one ever thought we’d miss the grunting, but we have. Very much. “U-n-n-n-h-h-H-E-E-E!” Monica Seles used to bray at opponents.


Bad Situation Made Worse Blades Mess Another Case Of Firearms Escalating Dispute

Police gather Wednesday in front of Brian Blades’ townhouse. The receiver isn’t talking. Photo by Associated Press


Where Does This Leave Guys Like Us?

Grant’s supposed transaction made us think, “Maybe Hurley is ready for a regular guy, a guy like me.” Photo by Associated Press


It Is Scary What Passes For TV

Shaun Cassidy is producing and starring in a “Twin Peaks”-like drama called “American Gothic.”


Drug Testing Athletes Misses Mark

Now that the Supreme Court has said high school athletes have to submit to random drug tests, maybe their coaches, athletic directors, principals and parents should be next. It would …


Garnett May Be Gem, But A Rough Cut At Best

After months of grumbling about irresponsible neophytes tainting pro basketball, there was a season-ending tribute Wednesday night to the contradictory nature of the sport. A teenager, weeks removed from his …


Sonics Sleep In Class, Likely Fail Another Draft

For the Sonics, the annual NBA draft has always been a little like going to the classroom for most college athletes in school on a scholarship. It’s something they know …


One Suggestion: Make Whining A Foul Next Year

Hoopfest would be the perfect event if it could just figure out how to get rid of the one niggling, nagging, disappointing element. Players.


Kids ‘R’ Not Welcome Some Parents Have Little Regard For Their Children’s Sensitivity To Violent Movies, And No Respect For Theater-Goers

It’s kind of hard to thrill to the impending threat of nuclear war when watching “Crimson Tide” while a baby squally in theater.


Americans Bank On Borrowing Instead Of Saving But Don’t Expect Consumer Spending To Keep Economy Out Of Recession

Bankers and other economic preachers have long praised the benefits of saving and the evils of overspending, repeating the theme ritualistically and almost religiously. They succeeded. Immigrants who couldn’t read …