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Arab-Muslim to join ‘Green Lantern’ comic series

DETROIT (AP) — When DC Comics decided to blow up its fabled universe and create a brave, diverse future, Geoff Johns drew from the past for a new character: his …


Actor Crowe gets lift after getting lost kayaking

NEW YORK (AP) — Oscar-winning actor Russell Crowe lost his way kayaking in the waters off New York’s Long Island and was picked up by a U.S. Coast Guard boat …


Texas pilot killed in Iowa air show crash

DALLAS (AP) — Glenn Smith left a lucrative job at a Dallas-area technology firm for an early retirement of restoring Soviet fighter jets and flying to exhibitions across the country. …


Pilot killed in Iowa air show crash

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — A pilot was killed when his plane crashed during an air show in eastern Iowa, authorities said Saturday. The Soviet-era retired military jet was performing in …


Top songs by Hal David and Burt Bacharach

The notable songs of Hal David and Burt Bacharach. David died Saturday at age 91: — “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head”


Legendary songwriter Hal David dies in LA at 91

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hal David, the stylish, heartfelt lyricist who teamed with Burt Bacharach on dozens of timeless songs for movies, television and a variety of recording artists in …


Taped MDA fundraiser set for 3 hours on Sunday

LOS ANGELES (AP) — No tote board. No Jerry Lewis. And not from Las Vegas. An annual Muscular Dystrophy Association television fundraiser goes a new way Sunday, with a different …


Kim Kardashian and Old Navy settle lawsuit over ad

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kim Kardashian has settled a lawsuit against Old Navy claiming the clothing retailer violated her publicity rights by using a lookalike in an ad. Kardashian sued …


Restoration completed on historic Motown piano

DETROIT (AP) — A damaged 1877 Steinway grand piano used by Motown artists during the record label’s “Hitsville USA” heyday has been restored, thanks to a little help from Paul …


Will dispute prevents burial of Sherman Hemsley

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — The embalmed body of actor Sherman Hemsley, who became famous for his role as television’s George Jefferson, will be kept in refrigeration at an El …


Julia Child foundation, oven-maker in legal battle

BOSTON (AP) — A foundation set up by Julia Child is locked in a legal battle with the manufacturer of Thermador ovens for touting the late chef’s use of the …


Duran Duran cancels shows due to ill keyboardist

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Duran Duran is canceling several concerts because of the illness of keyboard player Nick Rhodes. The band had already called off concerts over the past week in …


With choreographed conventions, is something lost?

WASHINGTON (AP) — As Chris Christie’s moment at the microphone neared, delegates to the Republican National Convention were atwitter at the chance to hear the New Jersey governor speak. After …


Renowned pianist Van Cliburn diagnosed with cancer

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Renowned classical pianist Van Cliburn has been diagnosed with advanced bone cancer and is resting comfortably at his Texas home, his publicist said Monday. The …


French singer Hallyday hospitalized for bronchitis

PARIS (AP) — Johnny Hallyday, the French entertainer famed for his Elvis-like style and gravelly voice, was briefly hospitalized with a severe case of bronchitis, his producer said. The hospitalization …


US doping agency erases Lance Armstrong’s titles

The champagne toasts on the Champs-Elysees and the two-fingered “V” for victory signs he flashed while pedaling to the finish line. The excruciating mountain climbs and the explosions of power …


Vast wealth didn’t shield the Rausings from drugs

LONDON (AP) — When Eva Rausing approached the heavily guarded U.S. Embassy in London’s Grosvenor Square four years ago to deal with a routine passport matter, she had to pass …


Underground’s underdogs

Pegasus Dream, Summer in Siberia and David Plell & the Ultra Peach live worlds apart, in terms of musical style and genre. Aside from their Spokane roots, about all these …


Find your groove before weekend

To quote the wise words of Loverboy, “Everybody’s workin’ for the weekend.” But sometimes you gotta get your groove on and you can’t wait until the end of the week.


The epitome of party band, this electropop duo ready to let it fly at Spokane Arena tonight

Everyone knows what LMFAO means. It means it’s time to party.


Van Halen postpones summer tour dates

Just last week, officials at the Spokane Arena were thrilled announce that Van Halen would be coming to Spokane. Today, that show was postponed, along with more than 30 other …


‘Catfish Moon’ shines at times

The play “Catfish Moon” by Laddy Sartin is a simple story about normal Southern people at an old fishing hole, and Spokane Civic Theatre’s intimate Firth J. Chew Studio is …


It’s a regular redneck riot when ‘Tuna Does Vegas’

Those amusing redneck residents of Tuna, Texas, return in Interplayers Professional Theatre’s chuckle-worthy production of “Tuna Does Vegas.” The fourth play in the Tuna series by Jaston Williams, Joe Sears …


Kershner: Spokane’s big shows are opposite of no-name

The oldest and most tired Spokane cliché is: “There’s nothing to do in this town.” Nothing? Really? In 22 years of covering the arts-and-entertainment scene in Spokane, I’ve managed to …


Traveling show features cats, dogs performing vaudeville acts

The Popovich Comedy Pet Theater is a testament to cats and dogs living in harmony – or to be precise, entertaining in harmony. The cast list: 12 cats, 10 dogs, …


Symphony opener topped by Parker playing piano concerto

For the Spokane Symphony’s opening concerts this weekend, we have a harmonious match of man and music: Jon Kimura Parker playing the Grieg Piano Concerto. Among the connections:


Spotlight: NPR’s Cokie Roberts sets Bing appearance

Cokie Roberts , the veteran political reporter for National Public Radio, has just been booked into the Bing Crosby Theater for a talk Oct. 1. Spokane Public Radio is sponsoring …


Spotlight: Familiar faces hit the lanes in ‘Thunderballs’

North by Northwest has just finished filming the Spike TV pilot “Thunderballs” in Spokane, and yes, it features a few faces you might recognize: • George Wendt (Norm of “Cheers”) …


Travoltas set to work magic ‘Somewhere’ over the border

This show has a Tin Man, a Scarecrow and a Cowardly Lion. It has a 19-piece orchestra playing classic Harold Arlen-Yip Harburg songs, including “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.”


Musicfest puts thousands of kids to the test

Musicfest Northwest is sometimes called the best-kept musical secret in Spokane – but, let’s face it, the secret has been out for decades. Over the past 65 years, 50,000 young …