Valentine’s on a Sunday creates a busy week for florists

Valentine’s on a Sunday creates a busy week for florists
Floral designer Olga Makanrova works on an arrangement at Liberty Park Florist & Greenhouses on Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016, in Spokane, Wash. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Valentine’s Day
Valentine’s Day is traditionally busy for florists, but when the 14th falls on a Sunday, the whole week is hectic. Many people buy flowers, candy and balloons for their significant other ahead of the actual day.

Bond money fuels school construction in Central Valley
Education

Bond money fuels school construction in Central Valley

The renovation of the old Yoke’s supermarket on 16 N. Progress Road prompted a complicated game of musical schools in the Central Valley School District. The renovations, as well as the moves are part of a $121.9 million construction bond voters approved in February 2015 – the first bond for the district in 17 years.
Justice Antonin Scalia dead at 79
Nation

Justice Antonin Scalia dead at 79

WASHINGTON – Antonin Scalia, the influential conservative and most provocative member of the Supreme Court, has died, leaving the high court without its conservative majority and setting up an ideological confrontation over his successor in the maelstrom of a presidential election year. Obit | Reaction




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The driver of a black Honda Civic hit three cars in downtown Spokane Saturday before losing control and smashing into two parked cars on Riverside just east of Lincoln. The man had to be restrained by bystanders until police arrived. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)
The driver of a black Honda Civic hit three cars in downtown Spokane Saturday before losing control and smashing into two parked cars on Riverside just east of Lincoln. The man had to be restrained by bystanders until police arrived. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)

Man rams five cars in downtown Spokane 

new A man who rammed multiple cars on a downtown Spokane street Saturday had to be restrained by bystanders until police arrived and appeared “out of his mind,” according to witnesses.




Nation/World

In this Monday, Oct. 31, 2005 file photo, Associate Justice Antonin Scalia joins the members of the Supreme Court for photos during a group portrait session, at the Supreme Court Building in Washington. On Saturday, the U.S. Marshals Service confirmed that Scalia has died at the age of 79. (J. Scott Applewhite / Associated Press)

Reaction to Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s death

updated Influential conservative Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died in West Texas, the U.S. Marshals Service said on Saturday. He was 79. Reaction to his death follows: Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts: “He was an extraordinary individual and jurist, admired ...



Region

Police and armored vehicles known as Bearcats block the road to the Malheur Wildlife Refuge at an FBI checkpoint outside of Burns, Ore., Friday. (Rebecca Boone / Associated Press)
Police and armored vehicles known as Bearcats block the road to the Malheur Wildlife Refuge at an FBI checkpoint outside of Burns, Ore., Friday. (Rebecca Boone / Associated Press)

No booby traps found at Oregon refuge, FBI says  

BURNS, Ore. – The FBI says it hasn’t found any rigged explosives or booby traps at the national wildlife refuge in Oregon that had been seized by an armed group. Authorities allowed a group of reporters to get closer to ...



Idaho

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter speaks to reporters  at the State Capitol building on Jan. 8, 2015, in Boise. (Otto Kitsinger / Associated Press)
Idaho Gov. Butch Otter speaks to reporters at the State Capitol building on Jan. 8, 2015, in Boise. (Otto Kitsinger / Associated Press)

Otter calls for review of faith-healing exemption  10 

BOISE – Gov. Butch Otter said he’s concerned with the number of children who die because their parents choose faith healing and not medical assistance for religious reasons. Otter announced Thursday that he’s asked House Speaker Scott Bedke and Senate ...



Sports

Tampa Bay’s Tyler Johnson, right, beat Pekka Rinne in overtime. (Brian Blanco / Associated Press)
Tampa Bay’s Tyler Johnson, right, beat Pekka Rinne in overtime. (Brian Blanco / Associated Press)

In brief: Tyler Johnson’s goal in overtime lifts Lightning to victory 

NHL: Steven Stamkos scored the tying goal late in the third period, Spokane’s Tyler Johnson won it 1 minute, 4 seconds into overtime and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Nashville Predators 4-3 on Friday in Tampa, Florida, for their ninth straight home win. J.T. Brown and Nikita Kucherov also scored for the Lightning. Ben Bishop made 27 saves to give him career victories over all 30 NHL teams.



Features

Lawrence (Jordan Strauss / Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Lawrence (Jordan Strauss / Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

People: Jennifer Lawrence donating $2 million to hometown hospital 

new Actress Jennifer Lawrence is donating $2 million to a Kentucky hospital where she visited sick youngsters during a recent holiday trip home. The Oscar winner, a Louisville native, announced by video Friday that she’s giving the money to establish the Jennifer Lawrence Foundation Cardiac Intensive Care Unit at Kosair Children’s Hospital in her hometown, the Courier-Journal reported.



Outdoors

High Road: Sherman Pass is launch pad for winter backcountry recreation 

new The snowshoers started their trek uphill through the forest and morning gloom. But withing an hour they were climbing into untracked powder and brilliant sunshine in the Kettle River Range. Fog filled the valleys below, but the big-footers were above it all. “It doesn’t get any better than this,” said Mark Turner, leader of the Inland Northwest Hikers Meet Up group.



Voices

City seeking bids on expansion of Hazel’s Creek stormwater facility 

Spokane city engineers are seeking bids for an extension and expansion of the Hazel’s Creek stormwater facility in southeast Spokane. The project is estimated to cost up to $2 million and involves extending storm sewer lines from the existing Hazel’s ...



Business

In this photo taken Feb. 1, 2016, Phanice Cherop, a 29-year-old single mother of two, works at the AAA Growers farm in Nyahururu, four hours drive north of the capital Nairobi, in Kenya. This Valentine’s Day, theres a good chance your flowers came from Kenya as the cool climate and high altitude make it perfect for growing large, long-lasting roses – propelling it to become the fourth-largest supplier after the Netherlands, Ecuador and Colombia. (Ilya Gridneff / Associated Press)
In this photo taken Feb. 1, 2016, Phanice Cherop, a 29-year-old single mother of two, works at the AAA Growers farm in Nyahururu, four hours drive north of the capital Nairobi, in Kenya. This Valentine’s Day, theres a good chance your flowers came from Kenya as the cool climate and high altitude make it perfect for growing large, long-lasting roses – propelling it to become the fourth-largest supplier after the Netherlands, Ecuador and Colombia. (Ilya Gridneff / Associated Press)

Those Valentine’s Day flowers might just be from Kenya  

Kenya’s cool climate and high altitude make it perfect for growing large, long-lasting roses. Such conditions have helped make Kenya become the world’s fourth-biggest supplier after the Netherlands, Ecuador and Colombia.



Opinion

Editorial

City Hall probe must be transparent  

A letter from the City Attorney’s Office raises concerns that the Frank Straub investigation will be severely crimped.

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