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2008-07-24 15:00:46

By The Spokesman-Review, Spokane, Wash. Jul. 24--Spokane Opera is getting a jump on the calendar with this summer's "A Hot August Night" concerts. The free outdoor performances happen Wednesday -- which is July 30, for the more literal-minded -- at Mirabeau Meadows, 13500 E. Mirabeau Parkway, and on Aug. 1 at the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture, 2316 W. First. Both begin at 7:30 p.m. As in the three previous years, the program features a mix of pieces from opera and musical...

2008-07-24 15:00:39

By Becky Kramer, The Spokesman-Review, Spokane, Wash. Jul. 24--Here's how to catch a crawdad. Lean over the water so your shadow falls across it, cutting the glare from the sun. Look for flashes of orange. When you spot a crawdad, grasp it firmly behind the pinchers. The crawdad will brandish its claws in a show of menace, but it can't reach back far enough to pinch you. Joben Jones, 21, recently demonstrated this technique at People's Park in Spokane's Peaceful Valley...

2008-07-21 15:00:41

By Dan Webster, The Spokesman-Review, Spokane, Wash. Jul. 20--A blend of arts, literary and musical, will take place Friday at Spokane's Steinway Piano Gallery when Perri Knize presents her book "Grand Obsession: A Piano Odyssey." Knize's book, which a reviewer for The Washington Post called "a memoir about passion and ephemerality with lasting elegance and grace," tells the story of her search for the perfect piano -- and the struggle she underwent when, after finding the instrument...

2008-07-21 12:00:51

By Jim Kershner, The Spokesman-Review, Spokane, Wash. Jul. 21--The Coeur d'Alene Summer Theatre's production of "Once Upon a Mattress," a wispy-thin fractured fairy tale based on "The Princess and the Pea," is clearly an updated, modern version. Right from the beginning of this Roger Welch-directed show, we are showered with references to "Survivor" and "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire." Yet this musical's charms remain exactly the same as they were in the 1950s -- a gently satirical...

2008-07-21 12:00:44

By Becky Kramer, The Spokesman-Review, Spokane, Wash. Jul. 21--Armed with a clipboard and "How to Skin a Fish" handouts, Sean Hackett approached a woman and her baby daughter as they played on a sandy beach at Peoples Park. Hackett, an intern for The Lands Council, introduced himself, and started asking questions. How often did the woman come to the Spokane River? Was she familiar with PCBs? Did she ever eat fish from the river? The woman was friendly, but slightly wary of the...

2008-07-21 03:00:39

By Crompton, Kim Inland Power & Light Co., the Spokane-based electric cooperative that obtains all of its power from the Bonneville Power Administration, says it's exploring the possibility of participating in a non-federal power pool to meet some of its future energy needs. CEO Kris Mikkelsen says Inland Power is looking at joining with one or the other of two utility groups that are forming to seek economies of scale by buying power jointly on the open market, and expects to make a...

2008-07-21 03:00:37

By Proffitt, Emily Spokane Valley-based T.W. Clark Construction LLC has started work on an $11 million elementary school in Moses Lake. The company began building the 48,000-square-foot elementary school earlier this month, says project manager Scott Roundtree. The school will include 21 classrooms, a gymnasium, multipurpose room, cafeteria, library, and staff of fices, he says. The Moses Lake School District needs the new elementary school to accommodate the area's growing population, he...

2008-07-19 12:00:37

By Taryn Hecker, The Spokesman-Review, Spokane, Wash. Jul. 19--The Coeur d'Alene School District is moving two programs aimed at curbing the dropout rate under one roof. This fall, the district's Bridge Academy will move into the Project CDA alternative school near midtown Coeur d'Alene. It's one of many changes the district is making because of $1 million in overspending on special education in the past year, a budget shortfall in the coming year and increased fuel and snow removal...

2008-07-19 12:00:00

By John Craig, The Spokesman-Review, Spokane, Wash. Jul. 19--Twice-kicked Spokane Valley officials must decide whether to keep looking a gift horse in the mouth. A second court ruled Tuesday that Spokane County isn't required to hand over land for Appleway Boulevard without strings, as the city demanded. In fact, the county doesn't have to give the land at all. While county commissioners weigh their options, the Spokane Valley City Council will decide whether to ask the Washington...

2008-07-18 12:00:51

By Dan Webster, The Spokesman-Review, Spokane, Wash. Jul. 18--The man in black is back. And most movie critics, along with theater owners, are glad that he is. We're talking, of course, about Batman as he is portrayed in "The Dark Knight," Christopher Nolan's follow-up to his 2005 film "Batman Begins.""The Dark Knight" opens today on more than 4,300 screens. Of course, the film's biggest draw is Heath Ledger. The actor, who died Jan. 22 of an accidental prescription drug overdose,...


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  • A bookseller; now, especially, a dealer in rare and curious books.
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