Most read stories on Columbian.com, week of Sept. 4

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Top 5 Most Read stories on Columbian.com last week

photoILWU workers protest along rail lines on 8th Street on Wednesday in Vancouver.

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No. 1) Longshore workers rally at downtown railroad tracks

A dispute over labor at a grain terminal at the Port of Longview spilled into Vancouver Wednesday as more than 200 members of an area longshore union rallied on train tracks downtown.

No. 2) Mount Hood fire doubles in size

An elite firefighting team was summoned to take over command Monday of the Dollar Lake fire, considered by fire officials as the priority among four continuing large fires in Oregon.

No. 3) Union protesters clash with police in Longview

A train carrying a shipment of grain made its first delivery to a new terminal in Longview on Wednesday night, surviving a day of union protests that included two blockades and a tense clash with police.

No. 4) Longshoremen storm Longview port, hold guards hostage, dump grain

Hundreds of Longshore workers stormed the Port of Longview, overpowered security guards, damaged rail cars and dumped grain at the center of a labor dispute that has spread to Seattle and Tacoma ports, officials said Thursday.

No. 5) Girl, 4, critical after near-drowning

A 4-year-old Vancouver girl was in critical condition in a Portland hospital Sunday night after nearly drowning about 5 p.m. Sunday at Klineline Pond at Salmon Creek Park.