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Monday, October 26, 2020  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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The Slice A Different Kind Of Passion Infects Fans

Judge Wally Friel, son of Cougar legend Jack Friel, plays the Washington State fight song, inspiring Santa, aka Peter Yates, to cheer. "We bleed crimson and gray," Yates said. Photo by Kristy MacDonald/The Spokesman-Review

The Slice Rose Bowl Tickets For Just $2 - Without The Football The Good Times Will Cost Ya’

To get from Cougar country in Santa Monica to Pasadena, you drive for half an hour on freeways that require such close attention to the traffic it's possible to be unaware that your car radio is set on a Spanish-language station. But Pasadena is worth seeing. There's an abundance of distinctive architecture, siegelike parade preparation and, oh yes, that stadium.

The Slice The Santa Papers: His Secret Criteria

Don't ask how we obtained it, because we are not at liberty to reveal our source. But an important secret list has come into our possession. It shows exactly what behaviors Santa looked at in determining who would get what Christmas gifts this year. You might want to check it out. It could explain the quality of your '97 haul.

The Slice Maybe Santa Will Bring Jobs

Somebody asked us to write to Santa on behalf of Spokane. So we just want to report that we'll be overnighting him a request for 5,000 good jobs, some nice sweaters and a truckload of antidepressants.

The Slice Teacher, Nurse A Nice Match

And now for an episode of "Married with Occupations." We haven't consulted a demographics database. But here's our guess about the most common husband-and-wife vocational combinations in the Spokane area. (Feel free to come up with your own list of pairings.) 1. Teacher and nurse.

The Slice Light Display Across The Street A Good Reflection On Your Home

It's always convenient when the people across the street put up a knockout holiday lights display. Here's why. When it's dark and you happen to be outside, you can see the neighbor's luminary presentation reflected in your own windows. And it's almost as if it is your display. From a Los Angeles Times report on video telephones: "Wouldn't it be great to link up with your sister in Spokane, Wash., and see firsthand how much your nieces and nephews have grown?"

The Slice Just Ignore That Voice From Above

At this one big North Side store where clerks call to one another over the intercom, they refer to seasonal customer requests and such by saying "Christmas, line one" and so on. Well, a 4-year-old boy named Tim was in there the other day. And he heard a disturbing follow-up message come over that intercom: "Cancel Christmas." But before the lad could sink into deep despair his parents assured him that the big day was still a go.