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Friday, February 28, 2020  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Ask Dr. Universe: Why does the wind blow?

When the wind blows, it can do all kinds of things. It can help pick up tiny seeds and carry them away, so plants and flowers can grow in new places. It can push a big sailboat across an ocean. We can even harness the wind to make clean energy to power our homes and schools.

The Full Suburban: It’s time for robots to rule the chores

UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 28, 2020

My aunt and uncle live in Coeur d’Alene but are snowbirds through the winter at a beautiful second home in California. My parents, always up for a chance to get out of the dreary Spokane weather, often join them for a couple months, as does my grandma. It’s a real party, and I’m not joking. They take hikes, go out to dinner, shop a mean list at Costco and play card games every night. They joke that they’re living in a group home. Needing a little rest and relaxation myself, I decided to head down for a quick visit about a month ago. There are no words to describe how welcoming, tranquil and clean the “group home” is. To come from my house, where someone is usually pounding out a song on the piano and every surface is covered with puzzle pieces, homework, cereal boxes and markers – well, entering the California house is like stepping into another dimension.

‘Quiet Explosions’ at SpIFF features Rypien, Spokane

Football legend Mark Rypien is featured among others in “Quiet Explosions: Healing the Brain” scheduled for 9 p.m. Friday at the Spokane International Film Festival. The film tells of people with CTE, a degenerative brain disease from repetitive brain trauma, and promising treatments.

Happy Hour of the Week: Hops n Drops

UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 27, 2020

Details + don’t miss: The Spokane Valley Mall and Northside locations have the same menus. Bountiful food options are $6.25-$9.50 each during Happy Hour, and there are well drinks ($5.75), domestic beers ($5.25), craft beers ($5.75) and more. Up north, the feast included boneless wings, cheese curds, fish tacos, flatbreads, taquitos and cocktails. Plus reverse Happy Hour!