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 Makarova works on an arrangement at Liberty Park Florist and Greenhouse on Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016, in Spokane. (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.

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 | Commentary




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The driver of a black Honda Civic hit two cars in downtown Spokane on Saturday before losing control and smashing into two parked cars on Riverside Avenue just east of Lincoln Street, police said. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)
The driver of a black Honda Civic hit two cars in downtown Spokane on Saturday before losing control and smashing into two parked cars on Riverside Avenue just east of Lincoln Street, police said. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)

Man rams multiple cars in downtown Spokane  

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

Mike Morice, center, and other members of World Can’t Wait group perform a live waterboarding demonstration April 23, 2009, outside Manhattan’s Spanish Consulate  in New York. (Mary Altaffer / Associated Press)
Mike Morice, center, and other members of World Can’t Wait group perform a live waterboarding demonstration April 23, 2009, outside Manhattan’s Spanish Consulate in New York. (Mary Altaffer / Associated Press)

Trump’s call to bring back torture alarms professional interrogators

new WASHINGTON – Hard-nosed interrogators who say they’ve thwarted terror attacks in the United States by extracting key information from suspects have a message for Donald Trump, the Republican front-runner, who’s vowing to bring back waterboarding and even harsher questioning techniques if elected president: Don’t do it.



Region

A stream meanders through a portion of the Malheur National Wildlife refuge outside of Burns, Ore., that is closed to the public Friday. (Rebecca Boone / Associated Press)
A stream meanders through a portion of the Malheur National Wildlife refuge outside of Burns, Ore., that is closed to the public Friday. (Rebecca Boone / Associated Press)

After the Oregon standoff, wildlife refuge is again for the birds 

new The day four final holdouts ended the armed occupation of a remote wildlife refuge in Eastern Oregon, a new occupation was just beginning. According to two decades’ worth of federal data, Feb. 11 is, on average, the earliest date that ...



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

SMU forward Markus Kennedy (5) pulls in a rebound against Gonzaga forward Domantas Sabonis (11) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016, in Dallas. SMU won 69-60. (Jim Cowsert / Associated Press)
SMU forward Markus Kennedy (5) pulls in a rebound against Gonzaga forward Domantas Sabonis (11) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016, in Dallas. SMU won 69-60. (Jim Cowsert / Associated Press)

Nic Moore, Ben Moore lift Mustangs over Gonzaga 

new SMU’s Nic Moore and Ben Moore were too much for Gonzaga. Nic Moore broke loose for 25 points and 11 assists, several of those passes going to Ben Moore, who added 16 points in the Mustangs’ 69-60 non-conference victory Saturday at Moody Coliseum in Dallas.



Features

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

People: Jennifer Lawrence donating $2 million to hometown hospital 

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

Snowshoer Ami Taniguchi of Spokane Valley breaks trail above the low-level fog up from Sherman Pass on Jan. 30, 2016, while hiking the Sherman Peak Loop. Snow Peak is in the background. (Rich Landers 
richl@spokesman.com)
Snowshoer Ami Taniguchi of Spokane Valley breaks trail above the low-level fog up from Sherman Pass on Jan. 30, 2016, while hiking the Sherman Peak Loop. Snow Peak is in the background. (Rich Landers richl@spokesman.com)

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

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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