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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.
There's nothing special about, say, an old man folding a handkerchief. Unless, of course, you're a poet. And such a poet is Sam Green, Washington state's poet laureate. The first to hold the position – he was appointed by Gov. Christine Gregoire in December – Green is all about looking at things in new and different ways. Which is what he'll talk about when he appears at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at Eastern Washington University's JFK Library, which is located on the school's Cheney campus. The title of his free lecture: "Poetry in the Every Day."
Jessica Moll, a graduate student at Eastern Washington University, may have felt a bit awkward standing on a milk crate in front of River Park Square in downtown Spokane reading poetry. But she was doing it for a cause: Get Lit!
In honor of Get Lit!, a selection of photos of authors from our archives.
I went to the pre-release party for "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" at Auntie's Bookstore to shoot a still photo for page one of the newspaper. After seeing the throngs of Potter fans, many dressed in costumes, I ran back to my car and grabbed my video camera. It was just to good to pass up. There was so much passion for author J.K. Rowling and her "Potter" books. I like this video, especially toward the end when the excited fans get their hands on the book for the first time. This is why I am beginning to like shooting video over stills. The sound of people's reactions are better than anything I could shoot in a still photograph.
Nearly five months after Gary Locke was elected governor, the state's campaign watchdog agency has opened an investigation of a controversial campaign brochure. The brochure, mailed to about 100,000 voters in September, implied that U.S. Sens. Slade Gorton, a Republican, and Patty Murray, a Democrat, supported Democrat Locke in the crowded Democratic primary.
Christian Coalition leader Ralph Reed said Saturday that a massive grassroots effort by his organization this weekend will help Republicans retain control of Congress and make the race for the White House close. Critics, meanwhile, charged that the effort will be based on false and misleading guides distributed to voters.
Without taking sides, can the American Association of Retired Persons continue to educate members effectively to vote in their own best interest? In an era of money-driven campaigning underwritten by the wealthiest of political action groups, that question challenges the nation's largest lobby as it clings to a policy of not endorsing candidates.
Church parking lots may not be the most Christian places to be this Sunday. Blame the election. Members of the Christian Coalition may be placing the group's "Voter Guides" on windshields. Members of AFL-CIO unions may be taking them off.
Preachers who pass out Christian Coalition voter guides in church "have taken what belongs to God and have given it to Caesar," leaders of an opposing religious group said Tuesday. The guides typically fail to show the basis for positions ascribed to candidates, include distortions or overly broad generalizations, and are distributed too close to Election Day for candidates to respond, representatives of the Interfaith Alliance of Washington State told a news conference at St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral.
In a move that has been criticized as lacking racial sensitivity, the Christian Coalition has distributed a sample of an election pamphlet with photographs depicting a fictitious white candidate espousing views favored by the conservative religious organization and another fictional candidate, who is black, opposing them. Christian Coalition officials, who, in recent months, have sought to improve relations with blacks, said they were embarrassed and chagrined by the sample pamphlet and declared they would insure that no more of them would be sent out.
An FBI informer who posed as a newspaper reporter was arrested Tuesday at the Spokane County Courthouse on a charge of destroying campaign signs. David H. Elton III was booked into jail on a bench warrant after he was spotted in a private office area of the county commissioners, authorities said. The warrant alleges Elton failed to show up in court to face a charge of destroying signs last fall, jail records showed.