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Movie review: This ‘Seven’ is more mediocre than magnificent

With the blockbuster cast that Fuqua has assembled, including Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D’Onofrio and Peter Sarsgaard, as well as stunning cinematography by Mauro Fiore, this Western epic remake should be an easy home run. It’s all there – except for the writing, and that failure is the Achilles’ heel that never lets this version of “The Magnificent Seven” achieve liftoff.

Spin Control: Oregon’s new voter law misses the mark

OLYMPIA – The state of Oregon has some good-government types agog and aglow over its new law on voter registration. Perhaps that’s because the good-govs have had little to celebrate on the voter registration front recently, what with conservatives passing tougher identification laws and the Voting Rights Act being fed to a Bass-O-Matic by the Supreme Court. So they jumped on Oregon’s law that automatically signs a person up to vote unless he or she actively opts out, as a great step forward.

Owners of Elk, Moon Time, plan next project

Anyone watching Spokane’s Restaurant Monopoly game board will notice one already successful player continues to expand and buy properties. That would be a Spokane-based partnership that recently bought Geno’s, a north Spokane restaurant that closed this year, damaged by a fire that started in a nearby building.

Seven Devils: Hikers approve of God’s work above Hells Canyon

Three seasons of major forest fires have remodeled the scenery for backpackers who might be revisiting Idaho’s Seven Devils Mountains for the first time in a decade. But the Devils continue to be a heavenly destination for adventurers with the muscle power to get there.

Some Seven Devils lakes stocked with trout

Trout are stocked in about two dozen named lakes and a few unnamed waters in the Seven Devils Mountains of the Hells Canyon Wilderness, but some lakes are not stocked because they have natural reproduction, are too shallow or other factors. West-side lakes that drain into Sheep and Granite Creeks and ultimately the Snake River generally are stocked with rainbows, which are native to the drainage, said Joe DuPont, Idaho Fish and Game Department regional fisheries manager in Lewiston.

Seven Devils Loop hike

The Seven Devils Mountains are the lake-studded pinnacle of the Hells Canyon Wilderness rising above the Snake River to the west and the Salmon River near Riggins, Idaho, on the east. While his feature story provides the details, Outdoors editor Rich Landers assembled this visual tour of the hiking and fishing he and his daughter enjoyed in July as they explored the 28-mile Seven Devils Loop around the core peaks and lakes. The photos follow their counterclockwise route around the loop, which combines Trails 124 and 101 from Windy Saddle Trailhead above Riggins. The photos also show areas off the loop accessed by spur trails or bushwhacking away from the beaten path.

Book Notes: Rock Doc’s book explores climate change

E. Kirsten Peters, who writes the Rock Doc column that runs in Monday’s Today section, has a new book out. Peters, a geologist by trade who taught geology and science at Washington State University, has written “The Whole Story Of Climate” for Prometheus Books. In the book, she looks at climate change from a geological perspective, and what geological studies of the earth’s history show about changing climate cycles and the human effect on those cycles.

Google sells small tablet, challenges Kindle Fire

SAN FRANCISCO — Google is unveiling a small tablet computer bearing its brand in a challenge to Amazon’s Kindle Fire. The Nexus Seven is designed specifically for Google Play, the online store that sells movies, music, books, apps and other content — the things Amazon.com Inc. also sells for its tablet computer.

Nadal tops Djokovic for 7th French Open title

Rain or shine, clay or mud, Sunday or Monday, Rafael Nadal rules Roland Garros. The man they call "Rafa" won his record seventh French Open title Monday, returning a day after getting rained out to put the finishing touches on a 6-4, 6-3, 2-6, 7-5 victory over Novak Djokovic. He denied Djokovic in his own run at history — the quest for the "Novak Slam."