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The Full Suburban: What would Maria von Trapp do? She’d sew

I am not a seamstress. I can sew a straight line and have made my fair share of pillow shams and curtains over the years, but that’s about the extent of my skill set. But a few days before Easter, I heard two of my boys discussing how excited they were to get their new neckties, which the Easter Bunny usually leaves for them in their baskets.

Amid pandemic, Christians celebrate an Easter like no other

Christians celebrated Easter Sunday isolated in their homes by the coronavirus while pastors preached the faith’s joyous news of Christ’s resurrection to empty pews. St. Peter’s Square was barricaded to keep out crowds, while one Florida church drew a large turnout for a drive-in service in a parking lot.

Kansas’ high court rules for governor on religious services

The Kansas Supreme Court ruled Saturday that a Republican-dominated legislative panel exceeded its authority when it tried to overturn the Democratic governor’s executive order banning religious and funeral services of more than 10 people during the coronavirus pandemic.

Some churches confront virus restrictions on Easter services

At the holiest time of year for Christians, churches are wrestling with how to hold services amid the coronavirus outbreak, and in some cases, that has set up showdowns with local governments over restrictions that forbid large gatherings.

Spring coloring contest: Hop to it, young artists

We’re on the hunt for fresh art, so break out your supplies and decorate an egg for The Spokesman-Review’s spring coloring contest. The contest is open to children ages 12 and younger. Entries will be judged by a panel of Spokesman-Review staffers who will choose winners in three divisions: ages 4 and younger, ages 5 to 7 and ages 8 to 12. Winners will receive a gift certificate to Mobius, good for admission to either the Children’s Museum or Science Center, and their entries will be printed in the newspaper on April 11. As many entries as possible will be displayed at Mobius Kids in the lower level of River Park Square. TO ENTER: Mail your entry to The Spokesman-Review Coloring Contest, P.O. Box 2160, Spokane, WA 99210, or deliver them to the S-R office at 999 W. Riverside Ave. Entries must be received no later than 5 p.m. April 6 and cannot be returned. Be sure to attach a separate piece of paper that includes your name, address and telephone number so we can contact you if you win. Photocopies of the form are acceptable, and a copy of the form can be downloaded at

Senior Sri Lanka officials ordered detained over bombing

A Sri Lankan magistrate ordered the detention of the country’s suspended police chief and its former defense secretary on Wednesday, a day after they were arrested for alleged negligence leading to Easter Sunday bombings that killed more than 250 people at churches and hotels.

Sri Lankan president says country now safe

Sri Lanka’s president says “99%” of the suspects in Easter Sunday attacks on churches and hotels have been arrested and their explosive materials seized, and that it is safe for tourists to return to the Indian Ocean island nation.

Rural Catholic church defies Sri Lanka threats, holds Mass

Minor editing. With AP Photos. A small village in eastern Sri Lanka has held likely the first Mass since Catholic leaders closed their churches for fear of more attacks after the Easter suicide bombings that killed over 250 people

Sunday Mass canceled across Sri Lanka a week after bombings

Catholic leaders canceled Sunday Masses indefinitely across Sri Lanka and officials urged Muslims to stay home for Friday prayers in an extraordinary call by the clergy to curtail worship as fear of more attacks plagued the island nation after the deadly suicide bombings on Easter.