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Wednesday, January 23, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Magic ‘Collects’ A Check Before Paying Its Dues

Tomorrow arrived yesterday. Orlando wasn’t supposed to win. NBA history says a franchise has to pay its dues. It has to have the obligatory heartbreaks. It has to lose before …


Tilt Head Back And Look Squarely Down Your Nose

This hick-town hoops isn’t so bad. Not that Orlando and Indianapolis aren’t major metropoli in many senses, but they ain’t New York or L.A. or Chicago, big-city-wise or basketballsuccess-wise.


Beefed-Up Dolphins Are Talk Of Nfl World

The morning sky begins thickening, black as midnight. Don Shula looks up sharply. Sky gets message, clears up, and a field full of Dolphins goes back to work. After a …


Baseball Cries Foul Over Cards

Baseball cards have always been the stuff of dreams or cash. Collect them. Trade them. Flip them. Buy them. Sell them. The rarest card, a Honus Wagner of nearly a …


Behring Sees Need To Stir Waters

Having descended the stairs at the debutante ball, albeit with a broken strap, garish mascara and droopy nylons, the Mariners have Seattle’s attention. Did you expect the Seahawks to simply …


Latin Stars Find Friendly Home In Seattle With Los Marineros

Tino Martinez is part of the Latin Connection that has propelled the Mariners. Photo by Associated Press


School Is Just As Genuine As ‘The Real World’

Heather Whinnen


Boxing Legalized Barbarism

Holyfield’s face looked like “tomato losing its juice.” Photo by Associated Press


She Caught Country-Tune Infection

“Bye, bye, Bruce. Hello Garth.” His country sound has taken this woman by the heart.


Thrills Of Race Left Little Time To Miss Penske

See, they can too put on a great race here without Team Penske. The 79th Indianapolis 500 Sunday was, in fact, one for the books. It had just about everything …


For The Last Tarango In Paris, Romance Comes Before Tennis

You can check the telephone book. There’s none there. And he’s unlisted. Most likely the last Tarango in Paris. “You wouldn’t think there’d be any others,” Jeff Tarango said after …


Seahawks Ponder L.A. Move

There is a Sleeper in Seattle. While rumors have been running rampant that the Bengals, Browns or Vikings might be eyeing a new home in Los Angeles, it appears Ken …


Corporate Welfare Payments Siphon Billions From Treasury

Most of them hardly qualify as indigent, dependent or otherwise needy, but corporations, including the mightiest, get their share of welfare. They work hard to get it too, employing well-paid …


As Indy 500 Cars Go By, Sponsors Scream ‘Go Buy’

The Indy 500. The Super Bowl of automobile racing.


Baseball Fans Fanatically Staying Away

Business is drying up at souvenir stands as fans continue to stay away from ballparks. Photo by Associated Press


Long Titles Get Shortened, Fast

Hugh Grant stars in the movie being billed as simply “The Englishman.”


Facade Aside, Truth Hurts Riley

The long walk down the corridor for Pat Riley began with a handshake and a hand around the neck of a former player, Byron Scott. Then Riley, out of the …


Now, As A Mother Myself, I Keep Hearing My Mom

When baby Jack awoke crying a few nights ago, I ran to his crib, asked him if he’d had a bad dream, and told him not to worry, that I’d …


Erickson’s Leeway Shrinks As More Mud Leaks

For those who recall a scene from “Jurassic Park” in which a Tyrannosaurus rex nips at the backsides of the jeep-bound heroes, you now have a visual metaphor for the …


M’S Fans Have Endured Worse Than No Lefties

Since Sunday was merely the Seattle Mariners’ seventh home game since July 22, perhaps more casual fans would like to be caught up on the happenings with their gritty little …


Kj Shone Brightest Of The Suns

Excerpt from the official box score in Game 4 of the Western Conference semifinal series between the Rockets and Suns - “Kevin JOHNSON G: MIN 48, FG 18, FGA 24, …


New Critics’ Category: Date-Movie

Bill Pullman and Sandra Bullock capture the hearts of all ages in “While You Were Sleeping.” Michael P Weinstein photo


A Career One Night Can Break

Gary Moeller, Dennis Erickson and Bobby Cox all wish they could erase one recent night from their lives. Oh, if they only could. But now they never will. Instead each, …


Worst Chokers In Sports History

Cedric Ceballos (23) and the Lakers are a step ahead of Gary Payton (right) and the Sonics heading in to Thursday night’s Game 4. Photo by Associated Press


Something Big It Looks More Likely Springsteen And E Street Band May Be Setting Up For A Reunion Tour

Bruce Springsteen, right, and saxophone player Clarence Clemmons and the rest of the E Street Band teamed up in February to shoot a video for the song “Murder Inc.” Photo …


Forgive, Don’t Forgo, Baseball

A healthy attitude is demonstrated by this fan. Photo by Associated Press


Documented Report New Testament Offers Trustworthy Historical Account Regardless Of Jesus Seminar’s Claims

Editor’s note: The Rev. Charles E. Smith, pastor of Odessa Baptist Church, submitted the following article in response to reports on the work of the Jesus Seminar since the group’s …


Tyson Movie Looks As Lewd As Tyson Himself

Mike Tyson doesn’t lisp in “Tyson,” the tawdry HBO movie that premieres Saturday night at 8. And we all know that Tyson has this shrill puthycat lisp that contrasts with …


Cosell Gave Us Much, Including The Mute Button

Being a lawyer wasn’t bad enough. Howard Cosell would find a profession and a platform from which he could really infuriate the public. In 1954 he abandoned his $30,000-a-year practice …


Minus Milutinovic, U.S. Soccer Targets Future

Janusz Michallik, who might have as much reason as anyone to toss a barb in Bora Milutinovic’s direction, won’t say a bad word about the national team coach who was …