Monday, April 25, 2011

Extra, extra: In Other News, online

Posted By on Mon, Apr 25, 2011 at 9:00 AM

In this week's installment, Montana lawmakers become drinking-class heroes.

Curses, Foiled Again
A taxi driver in Springfield, Ill., picked up a fare who hadn’t even closed the door before he pulled a handgun and demanded money. The driver told police he noticed the car was still in gear, so he stepped on the gas and jerked the steering wheel back and forth, causing the gunman to fly out of the open passenger door and flee empty handed. (Springfield’s The State Journal-Register)

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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Your future, a little early

Posted By on Wed, Apr 20, 2011 at 9:00 AM

Find Rob Brezsny's "Free Will Astrology" online, every Wednesday, one day before it hits the Indy's printed pages.

ARIES (March 21-April 19): Now comes one of the supreme tests that most every Aries must periodically face: Will you live up to your promises? Will you follow through on your rousing start? Will you continue to stay passionately committed once the fiery infatuation stage evolves into the earthy foundation-building stage? Here’s a secret to succeeding at this test: You can’t just try to force yourself to “be good” and do the right thing. Nor does it work to use shame or guilt to motivate yourself. Somehow you’ve got to marshal pure, raw excitement for the gritty detail work to come. You’ve got to fall in love with the task of actually fleshing out your dreams.

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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Fallout from the "Three Cups of Tea" expose

Posted By on Tue, Apr 19, 2011 at 12:27 PM

If you happened to miss the "60 Minutes" story on Bozeman philanthropist and best-selling author Greg Mortenson, you can watch the entire segment below. What's happened since it aired has been a pretty interesting study in damage control.

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Monday, April 18, 2011

You have a few more hours to finish your taxes

Posted By on Mon, Apr 18, 2011 at 9:30 AM

In honor of tax day, we'd like to point you in the direction of a recent story about tax myths by former New York Times reporter David Cay Johnson. The article was commissioned by the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies and ran in some publications last week. Whether you're scrambling to file your returns today, or you've already spent your refund, Johnson has some information that may interest you.

A sample:

4: Many of the very richest pay no current income taxes at all.

John Paulson, the most successful hedge fund manager of all, bet against the mortgage market one year and then bet with Glenn Beck in the gold market the next. Paulson made himself $9 billion in fees in just two years. His current tax bill on that $9 billion? Zero...

You can read the whole story here.

Extra, extra: In Other News, online

Posted By on Mon, Apr 18, 2011 at 9:00 AM

In this week's installment: Montana's "equal opportunity maulers," a botched murder-suicide, and a woman impales herself with a toilet paper holder.


Curses, Foiled Again
Facing five years in prison for forging drug prescriptions, Michelle Elaine Astumian, 41, appeared for sentencing in San Luis Obispo County, Calif., with a doctor’s note requesting a postponement. Prosecutor Dave Pomeroy called the doctor, who declared the note was a forgery. (Associated Press)

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Thursday, April 14, 2011

Remembering Walter Breuning

Posted By on Thu, Apr 14, 2011 at 8:40 PM

Walter Breuning, the world's oldest man, died Thursday in Great Falls. He was 114. We posted a video of Breuning talking about his amazing life after his last birthday, in September, and it seems appropriate to re-post his words of wisdom now.

Best of Missoula polls open

Posted By on Thu, Apr 14, 2011 at 8:10 AM

It's that time again, Indy readers. Today's issue includes the official 2011 Best of Missoula ballot, the starting point to the paper's annual celebration of everything and everyone that makes Missoula what it is.

Here's what you need to know:

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You can vote with a paper ballot by picking up this week's print edition, filling out a ballot and dropping it off in a ballot box. Or you can vote online, where there are tons of special online-only categories.

This year's contest includes a few first-time categories (Best Bar Food, Best Missoula Character, Best Green/Eco-Friendly Business), as well as the usual suspects (Best Restaurant, Best Local Band, Best Category We Forgot). All we ask is that you fill out at least 30 categories, and don't fill out more than one ballot.

If you have problems with the online balloting, don't fret. Let us know and we'll help.

Lastly, mark your calendars now for the annual Best of Missoula party on Thursday, July 7, at Caras Park. There will be music, food and drinks, and that's when the winners will be announced.

That's it. Now, get out and vote.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Your future, a little early

Posted By on Wed, Apr 13, 2011 at 9:00 AM

Find Rob Brezsny's "Free Will Astrology" online, every Wednesday, one day before it hits the Indy's printed pages.

ARIES (March 21-April 19): In her blog, Jane at janebook.tumblr.com answers questions from readers. A recent query went like this: “Who would win in a steel cage match, Santa Claus or the Easter Bunny?” Jane said, “Easter Bunny, no question; he has those big-ass teeth.” But I’m not so sure. My sources say that Santa has more raw wizardry at his disposal than the Bunny. His magical prowess would most likely neutralize the Bunny’s superior physical assets. Likewise, Aries, I’m guessing you will have a similar edge in upcoming steel cage matches—or any other competitions in which you’re involved. These days you’ve simply got too much mojo to be defeated.

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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Advocate lists Rep. Bennett among its top 40 under 40

Posted By on Tue, Apr 12, 2011 at 12:45 PM

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The Advocate rolled out the first part of its "Forty Under 40" feature article today, and Missoula Rep. Bryce Bennett, the first openly gay man elected to the Montana Legislature, made the list.

No stranger to the front lines, the 26-year-old Democrat previously worked for Forward Montana as a field organizer to pass the state’s first LGBT nondiscrimination ordinance in Missoula last year. “We are told over and over by society that we shouldn’t be proud of who we are and that we shouldn’t rock the boat,” he says. “Being openly gay lets me be out front to make waves.”

The Advocate, which started in 1967, describes itself as America's leading gay news and entertainment magazine. The current cover story highlights young "entrepreneurs, activists, politicians, artists, and athletes [who] are much more than ahead of the curve, they're out, proud, and changing the world."

Bennett was elected last November in a tight District 92 race against Republican Don Harbaugh. Since arriving in Helena, he's been one of the easiest legislators to follow thanks to his prolific use of Twitter. In fact, we learned about his mention in The Advocate through his Twitter feed.

Bennett isn't the first local politician, of course, to make a national magazine's list of under-40 rising stars. Time included Rep. Ellie Boldman Hill on its list of political up-and-comers last year.

Happiest Hour: Tamarack Brewing Company—Missoula

Posted By on Tue, Apr 12, 2011 at 11:22 AM

We're a few days late with this week's Happiest Hour, but we have a good excuse: We were waiting for Missoula's newest taproom to open.

News bulletin: On Monday, Tamarack Brewing Company opened its gorgeous new taproom on Front Street, adding about 10 more taps of Montana-made microbrews to Missoula’s increasingly crowded brewery scene. Actually, “taproom” doesn’t quite do the Lakeside-based brewery’s new digs justice. It’s created a classy, two-story beer drinkers’ emporium.

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