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Jan. 9, 2009, midnight
“The Wackness”

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Jan. 4, 2009, midnight
Hey, guys, we’re four days into 2009 and chances are good that you’re already feeling like a loser. Resolutions not working out too well, eh? It’s pretty easy to see why. Too much rich food, maybe a bit too much to drink and no exercise beyond the occasional lame attempt to shovel snow have turned you into twice the man – at least around your waist – that you were in high school. But don’t stop there. Look in your closet. That pile of rags you call clothing belongs in a landfill.

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Jan. 4, 2009, midnight
It’s another new year, yet some of us are literary laggards. Which means that, for one reason or another, we never got around to reading many of the books that are making 2008 Top 10 lists.

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Jan. 2, 2009, midnight
‘The Duchess’ ••1/2

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Dec. 28, 2008, midnight
Three days past Christmas and the new year is looming. Time to recall a few memories from 2008 and work out a few resolutions for 2009.

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Dec. 19, 2008, midnight
“The Third Man” (Blu-ray) •••1/2

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Dec. 13, 2008, midnight
Church is a place that carries the promise of fellowship, acceptance and support. But that’s not how one 35-year-old Spokane mother experienced it.

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Dec. 12, 2008, midnight
“Deadwood: The Complete Series” •••1/2

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Dec. 5, 2008, midnight
“Casablanca Ultimate Collector’s Edition” ••••

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Nov. 22, 2008, midnight
In the ongoing War on Drugs, zero tolerance is the common mantra. That applies to everything from heavily addictive heroin and crystal meth to a substance that most Europeans consider no worse than a stiff whiskey.

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Nov. 15, 2008, midnight
It’s not easy to define any country in a mere 155 pages. Imagine, then, trying to do it with China. That was the challenge that Spokane author Sarah Conover set for herself when she looked for a way to continue her “This Little Light of Mine” series, which is being published by Eastern Washington University Press.

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Nov. 13, 2008, midnight
As the economic downturn continues, many Americans are looking for different ways to make a living. Against all odds, Dave Boling seems to have found one.

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Nov. 9, 2008, midnight
For years after he stared down death, Ray Daves couldn’t forget the face of the Japanese fighter pilot who came close to killing him. The event occurred on Dec. 7, 1941, when Daves – a U.S. sailor stationed at Pearl Harbor – was witness to the Japanese surprise attack. Serving as an impromptu ammo carrier for a machine-gun team, Daves barely missed being smashed by a Zero that crashed just short of his position.

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Nov. 8, 2008, midnight
Nicholas Vachel Lindsay may have been born in Springfield, Ill., but for nearly five years the man many people called “The Prairie Troubador” lived in Spokane. Lindsay, who died in Springfield in 1931 at the age of 52, will be honored in a special event Sunday at the Davenport Hotel. “An Evening with Vachel Lindsay,” which will feature a lineup of area writers, will begin at 4 p.m.

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Oct. 19, 2008, midnight
The story of J. Harlen Bretz is a story of the scientific process itself. It’s a tale of a man who believed what he saw, not what he was told, and made a case for a geological theory that went against the accepted notions of his day.

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Oct. 13, 2008, midnight
In its seven years of existence, the Spokane Is Reading project has taken several different forms. It’s posed as a study of life on the eastern Colorado plains (Kent Haruf‘s powerful “Plainsong”). It’s included a Darwinistic look at survival during the Civil War (Charles Frazier‘s National Book Award-winning novel “Cold Mountain”). It’s tackled science fiction (Orson Scott Card‘s “Ender’s Game”), served as a reinvention of Sherlock Holmes (Laurie R. King‘s “The Beekeeper’s Apprentice”) and immersed us in a classic Dutch painting (Susan Vreeland‘s “Girl in Hyacinth Blue”).

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Oct. 12, 2008, midnight
Dennis Miller is a wiseass and proud of it. Thing is, he’s a political wiseass and that sets him apart. Because at least since Sept. 11, 2001, he’s been leaning toward the right side of the political spectrum. As he told Time magazine in 2003, “I’m left on a lot of things. It two gay guys want to get married, I could care less. If a nut case from overseas wants to blow up their wedding, that’s when I’m right.”

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Oct. 9, 2008, midnight
It’s been an up and down couple of months for Spokane-based writer Sherry Jones. First her novel “The Jewel of Medina,” which tells the story of Muhammad’s wife A’isha, was supposed to be published by Random House.

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Oct. 5, 2008, midnight
The essence of life is change. But what happens to the old ways as we shuffle madly to cater to the latest fashion? Or to meet the dictates of the most recent political turnover?

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Sept. 28, 2008, midnight
So there I was a couple of weeks ago, sitting in the office of my editor, when something on his desk caught my eye. It was an ad for the show that the band Foreigner performed on Friday at Northern Quest Casino.

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Sept. 27, 2008, midnight
What your middle-school English teacher told you is true: Language is important. Think of the word “contractor,” for example. It likely brings images of baseball-capped guys who build houses or direct the crews that renovate kitchens, bathrooms, etc.

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Sept. 13, 2008, midnight
There’s a problem with a liquid shortage that affects everyone in the world. And we’re not talking about oil.

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Sept. 7, 2008, midnight
We’re all products of our past. And if that past happens to include abuse, then our options for a happy and fulfilled life tend to narrow. Here’s one thing that many abuse survivors have discovered: The key to finding a measure of happiness in life comes not just from surviving the pain that life hands out, but from the decisions we make in response to that pain.

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Aug. 15, 2008, midnight
On Thursday, Spokane author Sherry Jones received the kind of notice for her first novel, “The Jewel of Medina,” that most writers would kill to have. Internationally renowned writer Salman Rushdie sent the Associated Press an e-mail about the book.

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Aug. 10, 2008, midnight
Some of us walk outdoors and see nature in all its splendor. Others do so and think of books we could write.