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Washington ranks as fifth-safest state to celebrate Thanksgiving

Safety and Thanksgiving features stories have been a staple of holiday coverage in newspapers for many years. That hasn't changed, but what is different are the issues. Pre-coronavirus, it was about safety on the road and air travel. However, folks are discouraged to make the trip home to celebrate Thanksgiving this week due to COVID-19. 
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Dad Daze: There’s reason to give thanks in 2020

If there has ever been a year in which it's easy to be anything but thankful, it's 2020. Since the novel coronavirus has altered life as we know it, we've had to make myriad adjustments. Masks are mandatory. We must be socially distant. Virtual learning is the norm. Concerts are on ice for the foreseeable future.

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Dad Daze: Therapy can help a confused and troubled teen

I didn't recognize the boy curled up in a ball underneath layers of blankets on this unseasonably warm winter morning. School had started an hour ago, and my son Eddie was tethered to his bed. After unpeeling the covers like the skin of an onion, I recoiled at the sight of my son's beautiful face, which was distorted in agony.
A&E >  Entertainment

Reality mirrors ‘The Twilight Zone’: TV episodes from 1950s and 1960s are eerily similar to circumstances today

"The Twilight Zone" is a compelling TV series created and hosted by Rod Serling, who wrote most of the scripts. The series, which ran from 1959-1964, featured an array of genres, from dystopian fiction and supernatural drama to black comedy. Each episode typically included a twist, and the original shows are still relevant today.
A&E >  Music

Longtime fan looks back at AC/DC’s Spokane Coliseum debut in 1978

When AC/DC concluded its 25-song set with the anthemic "For Those About to Rock" at Philadelphia's Wells Fargo Center four years ago, it appeared that the iconic Australian hard rock band was finished after a glorious 43-year run. It was the final date of a tour the band almost didn't complete.
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Dad Daze: United we stand as a family and a nation

After receiving a number of letters from readers responding to last week's column, which was about keeping the family together despite all the political tumult, one word came to mind: unity. It's been difficult to watch how divisive our country has become during this most contentious presidential election.
A&E >  Entertainment

Time is on Elvis Costello’s side with ‘Hey Clockface’

When Elvis Costello made his one and only local appearance at the Big Easy, which is now the Knitting Factory, in 2005, it appeared that the celebrated singer-songwriter was content and about to enter the back end of an incomparable career. Costello was busy with a few distractions during that period.
A&E >  Food

Masselow’s steaks sizzle, but the restaurant is more than beef

Not every restaurant that closed abruptly last March due to the coronavirus reopened in May. Masselow's Steakhouse was on hiatus throughout the summer as its staff worked on its new menu. It was worth the wait as Northern Quest Casino's culinary gem welcomed back customers in mid-September. 
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Dad Daze: How to keep your family from being splintered by politics

A day after Donald Trump won the 2016 presidential election, a friend was distraught over her husband's behavior. "He says that he feels like he's a kid on Christmas morning." Unfortunately, their household was split, the father and son euphoric over Trump's upset win and the mother and daughter crestfallen.
A&E >  Entertainment

Straddling the fence: How do you reconcile loving an artist but loathing their politics?

The roar from the crowd when Bruce Springsteen spoke in between songs during his "Vote for Change" show in Philadelphia 16 years ago sounded familiar. The Boss is often serenaded with the buzz of "Bruuuuuce" when he performs. However, it sounded a little different. Fans, who cheered during songs such as "Born in the USA" and "Badlands," booed the New Jersey icon.
A&E >  Music

For Thurston Moore, it’s ‘a symphony of chainsaws and broken pianos’

Sonic Youth is arguably the greatest rock guitar band of all time. The uncompromising avant-garde quartet recorded a plethora of mesmerizing guitar jams during its 30-year career. Thurston Moore was half of the guitar tandem of the defunct band. Moore, 61, recently released "By the Fire," his fourth solo album since the demise of Sonic Youth.
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Dad Daze: The positive impact of negative parenting

After interviewing Pete Rose six years ago backstage at an Atlantic City casino, I introduced my childhood hero to my then 9-year-old son, Milo. An animated discussion between Milo and baseball's hit king ensued. Milo, who remains obsessed with improving as a baseball player, asked the flawed iconoclast for advice.
A&E >  Books

Home grown: Spokane inspires award-winning novelist Jess Walter’s latest book

For Jess Walter, his native Spokane inspired his latest novel, "The Cold Millions." New York, Hollywood and Italy were the scenes of some of Walter's prior novels, but the winner of the Edgar Allan Poe Award in 2005 for "Citizen Vince" taps into his hometown for "The Cold Millions." The novel commences in 1909 in Peace Valley Park.
A&E >  Books

Jess Walter gets by with a little help from a literary friend

Writing novels is a lonely occupation. But Spokane, which lives up to its reputation as a literary hotbed, boasts a number of talented novelists. Some of the wordsmiths, such as Jess Walter and Chris Crutcher, are close friends. The latter, whose novels include "Loser's Bracket" and "Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes," is a vocal fan of Walter.
A&E >  Books

Fun facts about award-winning Spokane author Jess Walter

Who says you can't stay home? It's a modification of the Bon Jovi hit, but the bottom line is that Jess Walter has enjoyed a great deal of success as a writer without leaving his hometown of Spokane. Here's a few fun facts about the East Valley High School alumnus.
A&E >  Music

Keep Music Alive is hoping to do just that for Washington venues

Shannon Welles was prescient when her peers were foolishly optimistic weeks after the pandemic crushed the live music industry in March. "I believe we will have things figured out in about a week," singer-songwriter Cherie Currie told The Spokesman-Review in April. "There will be a plan by then."