Arrow-right Camera
The Spokesman-Review Newspaper

The Spokesman-Review Newspaper The Spokesman-Review

Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
Partly Cloudy Day 36° Partly Cloudy

MONDAY, AUG. 15, 2011

Wild Card/Monday 8.15.11 10 

Note to Self: Mondays happen. Just put on your big girl panties and deal with it. No wishing you could have 87 billion paid vacation days like some blogmeisters. Just drink your coffee, ignore the sunshine and focus on the 160 tasks in front of…

Continue reading this post »


Serena Williams has reached the championship match in her fourth tournament since missing a year with injuries and illness. (Associated Press)

APhoto of the Day 10 

Serena Williams has reached the championship match in her fourth tournament since missing a year with injuries and illness. Top Cutlines #1 Serena Williams: ” I wish I never would have married a tennis player, because almost everytime I hit his ball, it makes a…

Continue reading this post »


Members of the Hays High School football team begins their workout as they take to the field shortly before sunrise in Hays, Kan., on the first day of high school football practice, Monday, Aug. 15, 2011. (Steve Hausler / Hays Daily News)

Parting Shot: That time of year

Members of the Hays High School football team begins their workout as they take to the field shortly before sunrise in Hays, Kan., on the first day of high school football practice, Monday, Aug. 15, 2011. First time in 3 years our fall schedules won't…

Continue reading this post »



From left, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford battle the Empire in the original "Star Wars," which hit theaters on May 25, 1977. 
 (Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)

Use the coins Luke

The tiny Pacific island nation of Niue, which is linked to New Zealand, has announced new coins. The coins will be adorned with some familiar faces, Luke, Leia, Yoda and Darth Vader. In November, the New Zealand mint will offer a limited edition of Star…

Continue reading this post »


This image provided by the Nevada Historical Society shows the famous group portrait taken in Fort Worth, Texas shortly after Butch Cassidy and his gang robbed the Einnemucca, Nev., bank in 1900. They sent the photo to the bank with a thank you note. Shown are Bill Carver, top left, the Sundance Kid, bottom left, and Butch Cassidy, bottom right. The other two members of the gang are not identified.  (Nevada Historical Society)

Butch Cassidy: The legend continues

This image provided by the Nevada Historical Society shows the famous group portrait taken in Fort Worth, Texas shortly after Butch Cassidy and his gang robbed the Einnemucca, Nev., bank in 1900. CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Did Butch Cassidy, the notorious Old West outlaw who most…

Continue reading this post »


Nadine Woodward, a veteran TV news anchor at KREM,  said she was let go by station management. Woodward was a fixture on the KREM's nightly newcast for 19 years. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)

She's baaaack! 

Nadine Woodward, a former news anchor at KREM, was a fixture on the station’s nightly newscast for 19 years. SPOKANE, Wash. -- The KXLY Broadcast Group and Morgan Murphy Media are pleased to announce that starting Monday, September 12, 2011, Nadine Woodward and Mike Gonzalez…

Continue reading this post »



Idaho's spare change 

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho is expecting its second year of big budget surpluses when the 2012 fiscal year ends, presenting conservative Idaho with tough choices that could include restoring programs or cutting taxes. Come July, Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter's office and the Legislature expect…

Continue reading this post »



Hot Dog

Wiener Wars 

CHICAGO (AP) — The nation's two largest hot dog makers took their legal beefs on Monday to federal court, where a judge will determine whether Oscar Mayer or Ball Park franks broke false-advertising laws in their efforts to become top dog. The long-ranging wiener war…

Continue reading this post »


Idaho's citizen redistricting commission meets Monday in Boise. (Betsy Russell)

Idaho redistricting commisioners spar 

Idaho's bipartisan citizen redistricting commission is meeting today, and went over three publicly submitted legislative district plans this morning before turning to the latest plan proposed by GOP Commissioner Lou Esposito – his seventh. The newest plan, L-45, is another version of his L-34, this…

Continue reading this post »


Blake Perlingieri measures Finn Logan, 6, for a slightly larger earplug size at Nomad Precision Body Adornment and Tribal Museum in Portland in June. (Associated Press)

High Noon: A piercing question

Blake Perlingieri measures Finn Logan, 6, for a slightly larger earplug size at Nomad Precision Body Adornment and Tribal Museum in Portland in June. PORTLAND – Jon Guac burned a design into his skin with a candle and fork to prove a point during a…

Continue reading this post »


Matt Damon  (Associated Press)

Matt Damon for Prez? 

Even in the increasingly wild world of American politics, it seemed an especially crazy idea: Matt Damon for president? After all, the handsome actor, whose boyish good looks belie the fact that he has just turned 40, is still best known for his early role…

Continue reading this post »


President Barack Obama visits Midwestern states next week on a three-day bus tour. (Associated Press)

Obama pressed as approval rating falls 35 

WASHINGTON – As he sets out on a three-day bus tour of the Midwest focused on the economy, President Barack Obama is coming under growing pressure from fellow Democrats to put forward a more aggressive strategy to create jobs than the one he has been…

Continue reading this post »


Naked fishing 

The wildlife at West Medical Lake on Sunday was maybe a little wilder than the law will allow, deputies said today. A father and two sons reported seeing a naked man fishing along the shore while they boated nearby. Spokane County deputies arrested Dean H.…

Continue reading this post »


Jessica Vowels, left, Ammie Hague, center, and Jennifer Baker display their cyberpunk, fairy and steampunk looks at SpoCon 2011.

Getting their geek on 

Jessica Vowels, left, Ammie Hague, center, and Jennifer Baker display their cyberpunk, fairy and steampunk looks at SpoCon 2011. They’re geeks and nerds and proud of it. Fans of science fiction, fantasy and horror movies, literature, art and gaming checked out of the real world…

Continue reading this post »


Nic: Keep Indianapolis in your prayers

nic on August 14 at 1:35 p.m. "If we can take a break from the partisan hackery for a moment - Keep Indianapolis in your thoughts/prayers. I’ve got friends in that area and the city is dealing with tragedy and loss today." INDIANAPOLIS – The…

Continue reading this post »


Chief Allan, chairman of the Coeur d'Alene Tribe, was surprised and happy after a House committee voted unanimously to introduce the tribe's proposed law-enforcement legislation on Tuesday. (Betsy Russell)

Tribe mum on mandated donations 

Chief Allan, chairman of the Coeur d'Alene Tribe COEUR d'ALENE - It has been two years since the Coeur d'Alene Tribe last officially announced it was contributing a percentage of its annual net gaming income to support educational programs and schools in Idaho. It has…

Continue reading this post »


A taxing burden 

COEUR d'ALENE - One owns the restaurants, resort and myriad other buildings containing thousands of employees. The next two keep your air conditioner rumbling and appliances humming. But that's not all Duane B. Hagadone and your electric and gas companies are up to. They also…

Continue reading this post »


Republican presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., takes to the stage to speak at the Republican Party’s Straw Poll in Ames, Iowa, on Saturday. (Associated Press)

Dan G: What's a straw poll worth? 

AMES, Iowa – Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann won a test vote of Iowans on Saturday, a show of popularity and organizational strength for the tea party favorite five months before the state’s caucuses kick off the GOP presidential nominating season. The result is the first…

Continue reading this post »


Perry

Perry plunges in 

CHARLESTON, S.C. — Texas Gov. Rick Perry says he came to New Hampshire immediately after launching a presidential bid Saturday in South Carolina for one reason. He intends to compete for every vote in every state. He may have a Southern drawl and conservative social…

Continue reading this post »


Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Charlie Furbush follows through on a throw to the Oakland Athletics in the second inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2011, in Seattle. (Elaine Thompson / Associated Press)

M's beat Sox, win series

Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Charlie Furbush SEATTLE — When the trade was made that brought Charlie Furbush to Seattle, there wasn’t much background to know if the pitcher could eventually use his long left-handed frame to be a starter. He was mostly used as a…

Continue reading this post »

Huckleberries Online

D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.