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24 hours in Boise: Basque food, beer and a trip to prison

Boise, just an hour flight away from Spokane via Alaska Airlines, is quite possibly the best place in America to enjoy Basque food and culture. It’s also a great place …

In the Garden: Tips to make gardening easier as we get older

I hate to say this, but I’m not getting any younger. And chances are I’ve got plenty of company. As we gardeners age, our favorite pastime can start to feel …

UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 24, 2019, 2:56 p.m.

Beyonce, Drake, Sinatra make Obamas’ summer playlist

The Obama summer playlist has everyone from Drake and Beyonce to Steely Dan and Frank Sinatra. The former president calls it “some new, some old, some fast, some slow.”

Dear Annie: Hogging the piggy bank

Dear Annie advice column for Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019.

The tools you need to make your home look (and work) right

Every tool kit has a hammer. Every utility room a plunger. Every junk drawer a measuring tape. If you’ve ever wondered, however, how the experts get homes looking and working …

Obamas aren’t done with politics if new Netflix film is any indication

“American Factory,” the first film in a seven-part slate of projects from Netflix’s partnership with Barack and Michelle Obama’s Higher Ground Productions, premiered on the streaming platform Wednesday.

Ask the Builder: Are flushable wipes flushable? I did a test

A few months ago, I wrote a column about how “flushable” wipes clog sewers. I received hundreds of responses from readers who shared their expensive horror stories about how flushable …

American Life in Poetry: ‘California Hills in August’

Let’s hope that by the time this column appears, all fires in California have been extinguished. I wanted to offer you a poem that shows us what that beautiful but …

Retiree Eileen Dugger, 65, has cross-country grit

Eileen Dugger, 65, lives near Diamond Lake and dreamed of cycling a popular coast-to-coast trek. Now retired, she completed the trip Aug. 11 assisted by husband Cliff Dugger, truck and …

The Full Suburban: Mom falls victim to summer slide

Summer has finally broken my brain. I realized this as we were driving to a campground on Lake Roosevelt last week, where we would be spending the next three days …

Gonzaga student aims to preserve veterans’ stories

Scott Davis, a 21-year-old Gonzaga University history major, is collecting oral histories of real-life heroes – those who served in World War ll and in the Korean War.

Dear Annie: Friendship fears

Dear Annie advice column for Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019.

Ask Dr. Universe: How do we talk?

When you were a little kid, maybe you played Peek-a-Boo or sang “Itsy Bitsy Spider.” These kinds of games and songs have a lot of the different sounds we make …

Carolyn Hax: Too tired to go out with friends after long workdays

Carolyn Hax advice column for Friday, Aug. 23, 2019.

UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 23, 2019, 5:08 p.m.

‘American Idol’ auditions coming to Spokane on Sept. 8

Are you the next Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Chris Daughtry or Adam Lambert? Now’s your chance as “American Idol” open-call auditions stop in Spokane at the Davenport Grand Hotel, 333 …

Miss Manners: Local’s eatery recs keep getting ignored

Miss Manners advice column for Friday, Aug. 23, 2019.

Hog wild! Pig Out in the Park is celebrating 40 years of food, music and fun

As far as growing pains go, Pig Out in the Park, which is celebrating the big 4-0 this year, has had it relatively pain-free. On the food side of things, …

How to avoid meat at Pig Out: Options for vegetarians and vegans

Don’t let the name ruin the fun: Pig out in the Park isn’t all about the pigs. Or the meats. In fact, in the food festival’s 40 years in Spokane, …

Theater Fest celebrates Spokane’s diverse performing arts community

This year, Theater Fest, now in its second year, features showcases at the Fox from 1-4 p.m. and the Bing Crosby Theater from 2-5 p.m. on Sunday.

10 Under $10: Aug. 23-29 (actually, they’re all free!)

10 things to do in Spokane, Spokane Valley and Coeur d’Alene this week that are not only $10 or less – they’re actually all free admission.

Country singer Drake White reveals brain condition

After nearly collapsing onstage recently, country singer Drake White has revealed he has a brain condition that disrupts normal blood flow.

UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 22, 2019, 4:34 p.m.

Hemsworth seeks to divorce Cyrus after 7 months of marriage

Liam Hemsworth is seeking a divorce from Miley Cyrus after seven months of marriage

UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 22, 2019, 4:11 p.m.

Stream On Demand: Streaming Cruise’s latest ‘Mission’ now possible

What’s new for home viewing on Video on Demand and Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu and other streaming services.

UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 22, 2019, 4:19 p.m.

Amos Lee uses pain, darkness as starting points for healing, growth on ‘My New Moon’

Amos Lee will headline the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox on Saturday.

UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 22, 2019, 3:12 p.m.

Review: 3 Doors Down packs in the hits at the FICA

At 78 minutes, it was one of the shorter rock concerts I’ve attended, but that was all the time it took for 3 Doors Down to hit the right notes …

Ask the doctors: Pig ear treats connected to latest salmonella outbreak

Ask the doctors advice column for Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019.

Review: ‘Luce’ brilliantly manipulates identity, code-switching in suspenseful family drama

Things are never what they seem in Julius Onah’s “Luce,” a tightly wound fable of modern morality and identity adapted from a play by J.C. Lee, who co-wrote the film’s …

UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 22, 2019, 4:17 p.m.

Review: Somber ‘Angel Has Fallen’ brings change to franchise

The “Has Fallen” series, “Olympus,” “London” and now “Angel Has Fallen,” is a curiously enduring franchise. But it seems the character of Mike Banning, a foul-mouthed Secret Service agent played …

Standing up for paddling safety: Life jackets, other precautions are encouraged

Stand-up paddleboards are increasingly popular. While fun, there are risks on the water. After four paddleboard-related drownings in the state this summer, the Washington State Parks Boating Program issued a …

UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 22, 2019, 3:55 p.m.

House Call: Getting kids ready to go back to school

Another school year is upon us, and parents have many things to consider in addition to getting kids’ school supplies assembled. This summer, Washington changed the MMR Vaccine Exemption Law.