Stories for May 26, 2012
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Defending world rally champion Sebastien Loeb of France has won the Acropolis Rally on Sunday despite a punctured tire in the third of the final day's stages.
High school results from Saturday, May 26
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- At least one person was reported in serious condition Sunday with a bullet wound in a shooting outside a soccer stadium. The violence follows the death of a 21-year-old man in a shootout between factions of a hooligan gang.
Freshman survives grueling title match for 4A crown
Skyview freshman Sammi Hampton grinded out a tough 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 victory over Megan Lalone of Stanwood win the girls singles title at the Class 4A state tennis tournament in Richland.
Prairie doubles team captures 3A state championship
Akari and Shiori Baba captured the Class 3A girls doubles state championship with a 2-6, 6-1, 7-5 victory over Sophia Gage and Lydia Venditti of Mercer Island.
Greg Jayne: Commentary
Even when throwing 227 feet, 11 inches, a distance that most high school throwers couldn't reach in 1 1/2 tosses, Sean Keller expects more of himself.
PARIS (AP) -- Former champion Ana Ivanovic reached the second round of the French Open by beating Lara Arruabarrena-Vecino of Spain 6-1, 6-1 Sunday.
Lucy Defilippis won her second Class 1B state championship Saturday, helping the Seton Catholic girls place second in the team standings at the 1A/2B/1B state meet in Cheney.
Union freshman wins 800, places second in 1,600
Alexis Fuller, a freshman from Union High School, won the girls 800-meter race Saturday in her debut at the Class 4A state track and field meet at Mount Tahoma High School.
Efraimson gives Neale a run for her money in 800
Jennifer DeBellis, a senior from Columbia River, added to her vast and varied collection of state championship medals Saturday by winning the pole vault at the Class 3A state track and field meet.
TOKYO (AP) -- The women's volleyball teams from Serbia, Japan and South Korea won spots at the London Olympics at a qualifying tournament Sunday.
Vancouver scores late in Cascadia Cup competition
Darren Mattocks' goal in the 84th minute drew the Vancouver Whitecaps to a 1-1 draw with the Portland Timbers on Saturday.
Rain totals of 0.86 inches at airport, 1.4 inches in Vancouver Heights
Stormy weather made an encore performance Saturday, bringing less lightning but more rain in a path from Yale Lake through Vancouver.
LONDON (AP) -- The chairman of Britain's Conservative party has apologized for not correctly declaring details of one of her central London properties.
Father, sister still watch for Kimberley Kersey
More than 25 years has passed since 18-year-old Kimberley Kersey vanished on her way home from school.
Storm defeat Central Kitsap 3-2
Skyview won the Class 4A state boys soccer title by taking the game to Central Kitsap in the first half at Sparks Stadium.
Clark County — People should not be alarmed by an abundance of emergency response vehicles outside Columbia River High School at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, because they are only part of a mock car crash to discourage teenage drinking, according to the Clark County Sheriff's Office.
VANCOUVER — The Fort Vancouver National Trust will host an open house Tuesday to report on a recent planning symposium regarding the historic Post Hospital.
The program featured Navy Cmdr. Randy Volkman and his wife, Lori, who works as an deputy prosecutor for Clark County and gained notoriety as the author of a blog for military wives.
Pilots take kids into the air, hoping to launch them on dreams of flight
efore Jule Sugnet, 10, of Portland, boarded Tom Sampson's RV-7 home-built airplane at Pearson Field on Saturday morning, Sampson gave the girl a brief lesson in aviation.
Ceremony will hand facility to parks service
The Vancouver Barracks and its soldiers have seen a lot of American history since 1849, and a 1 p.m. ceremony Monday will be another defining moment.
All Clark County residents are eligible to cut their prescription drug costs by an average of 24 percent.
Area's colorful relationship with alcohol to take on new shade as state control of sales set to end June 1
Come Friday, Washington will make a historic shift when the state government will no longer control hard-liquor sales, thanks to a new law voted in last November.
Fort Vancouver Library District debuts systems for users of e-readers, tablets
The unusually long wait is finally over for electronic book enthusiasts at the Fort Vancouver Regional Library District. After several weeks of testing, the library on May 25 officially launched two new systems with about 3,500 books designed for readers with Kindles, Nooks, iPads and other devices.
Papermakers fall in consolation round at 3A softball
Wilson of Tacoma beat Camas 15-2 in the consolation quarterfinals.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Poll after poll shows public support for same-sex marriage steadily increasing, to the point where it's now a majority viewpoint. Yet in all 32 states where gay marriage has been on the ballot, voters have rejected it.
CARSON, Calif. (AP) -- Juan Agudelo scored his first goal for Chivas USA in a 1-1 draw with Seattle on Saturday night.
PHOENIX (AP) -- Candace Parker had 27 points, 11 rebounds and four blocked shots to lead the Los Angeles Sparks to a 99-88 win over the Phoenix Mercury on Saturday night.
IRVINE, Calif. (AP) -- Kate Ziegler won the 200-meter freestyle and two-time Olympian Ellen Gandy of Britain swam under a minute to win the 100 butterfly at the Speedo Grand Challenge on Saturday night.
The Spudders, quite simply, looked drained in Saturday's third-place game, falling to Royal 3-0.
Eastmont wins a tie-breaker for third place in Class 3A after teams tie 5-5.
CINCINNATI (AP) -- Chris Heisey gave Cincinnati the lead with his first home run of the season, and four relievers made it stand up as the Reds overcame a poor start by Mike Leake for a 10-3 win over the Colorado Rockies on Saturday night.
SANDY, UTAH (AP) -- Alvaro Saborio scored a pair of goals in the second half and Nat Borchers came up with the game-winner in stoppage time to lift Real Salt Lake to a 3-2 victory over FC Dallas on Saturday night.
SEATTLE (AP) -- Albert Pujols hit a home run in his third straight game and pinch hitter Alberto Callaspo came through with a grand slam in the sixth inning to give the Los Angeles Angels a 5-3 win over the Seattle Mariners on Saturday.
MIAMI (AP) -- Miami police and witnesses say that an officer has fatally shot a naked man who was chewing on the face of another man on a downtown causeway off-ramp.
BOSTON (AP) -- The Boston Bruins have another Bourque on their team, acquiring forward Chris Bourque from the Washington Capitals for center Zach Hamill.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Substitute Maicon Santos scored the winning goal in the second half in Eastern Conference-leading D.C. United's 3-2 over the New England Revolution on Saturday night.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Matee Ajavon scored 19 points and Crystal Langhorne added 15 points and 10 rebounds to help the Washington Mystics fend off the Tulsa Shock 64-61 on Saturday night.
PHOENIX (AP) -- The possibility of losing Miguel Montero to free agency and the lack of an alternative that would bring in anyone of comparable ability led the Arizona Diamondbacks to agree to pay the catcher $60 million from 2013-17s.
MIAMI (AP) -- Miami police say that an officer has fatally shot a naked man who was chewing on the face of another man on a downtown expressway off-ramp.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Critics are crying foul over a plan to control bird populations near New York City's JFK Airport.
JACKSONVILLE, Ore. (AP) -- A cougar has come a little too close for comfort for some in the southern Oregon town of Jacksonville.
MOXEE, Wash. (AP) -- Police say a Washington couple have been arrested after acknowledging they provided methamphetamine and marijuana to teenagers in their care.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- The Oregon Department of Transportation is warning of delays for southbound drivers wanting to cross the Columbia River into Portland from Vancouver.
CHICAGO (AP) -- Olympic champion Nastia Liukin has tied for third on balance beam in her first competition since 2009.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Landon Donovan set a record with his 125th start for the United States, returning to the American lineup for the first time since September as coach Jurgen Klinsmann made five changes for Saturday night's exhibition against Scotland.
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) -- Penn State University has made public a report that shows fired football coach Joe Paterno and former president Graham Spanier each earned more than $1 million in compensation last year.
MADRID (AP) -- Nicola Sprig of Switzerland won her second world series triathlon -- and second in Madrid -- by breaking away in a sprint finish in the last 400 meters Saturday.
TORONTO (AP) -- Toronto FC ended its MLS record nine-game losing streak with a 1-0 win over the Philadelphia Union on a late goal by Danny Koevermans on Saturday.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Aruna asserted her class Saturday, beating Hit It Rich by 1 1/4 lengths on Saturday in the $200,000 Sheepshead Bay Stakes at Belmont Park.
MUKILTEO, Wash. (AP) -- The city of Mukilteo, Wash., has recovered less than a third of the data it lost last month when its computer system crashed.
NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) -- Harvard won the 147th Harvard-Yale Regatta on Saturday, completing the 4-mile downstream race on the Thames River in 19 minutes, 41.3 seconds.
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) -- The Eugene Water & Electric Board plans to cut about 50 jobs.
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- A settlement has been reached to resolve multiple lawsuits filed against the Morning Star Boys' Ranch in Spokane by former residents.
BORING, Ore. (AP) -- A 22-year-old Oregon Marine has died in combat in Afghanistan.
SEATTLE (AP) -- Brandon League has lost his job as the Seattle Mariners closer after blowing three of his last five save opportunities.
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) -- Justin Williams and the Los Angeles Kings realize the Stanley Cup playoffs aren't usually as easy as they've made them look so far.
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) -- Former Indiana coach and player Lou Watson has died at the age of 88.
GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) -- Dave Zabriskie won his seventh national time trials title and second straight at the USA Cycling Pro Championship.
HOOVER, Ala. (AP) -- Southeastern Conference Commissioner Mike Slive is standing by a four-team playoff to settle college football's national championship, not a plus-one system.
HOUSTON (AP) -- Andre Hainault's goal in the 57th minute gave the Houston Dynamo a 2-1 victory over David Beckham and the Los Angeles Galaxy on Saturday.
JOINT BASE-LEWIS MCCHORD, Wash. (AP) -- A 23-year-old soldier based at Joint Base Lewis-McChord has been killed in Afghanistan.
About 30.7 million people expected to drive 50 miles or more this weekend
NEW YORK -- More Americans will hit the road this holiday weekend than a year ago. And they'll have a bit more money to spend thanks to lower gas prices.
Art galleries survive the recession; I-5 bridge repairs drag on and on
Cheers: To downtown art galleries that have found a way to slog through the Great Recession. If the economy and homebuilding and buying slump have been hard on businesses that sell the necessities of life, imagine the impact on art galleries and artists. But Vancouver galleries have persevered, most by diversifying into side businesses. Angst Gallery offers a tea bar, and a wine bar next door. Aurora Gallery offers custom framing. And Northbank Artist Community rents studio space to artists. The result keeps downtown diversified and vital, and keeps local art where an appreciative public can see it.Jeers: To this spring's seemingly never-ending repairs to the Interstate 5 Bridge. A problem developed on the southbound span with the rollers that move the huge concrete counterweight up and down. Since April that has led the Oregon Department of Transportation to a series of nighttime closures, which are likely to persist into next week and perhaps longer. So far the closures have been limited to overnight hours, but there have also been longer-than-usual bridge lifts during the daytime, further inconveniencing motorists. It's all the more proof that the nearly 100-year-old span has reached the end of its useful life and is ripe for replacement.
The Secret Circus may soon be looking for a new ringmaster. The prostitution scandal involving a dozen Secret Service agents in Cartagena, Colombia, is spreading into a broader burlesque for the agency, furthered by a Washington Post report that tolerance of a frat-house culture has induced some employees to come up with the "Secret Circus" name.
You can climb into a vintage aircraft at Pearson Air Museum during Open Cockpit Day. Visitors will have the opportunity to sit inside a North American T-28 Trojan and the Ryan PT-21 and get a pilot's perspective on the historic aircraft. You also can practice take-offs and landings with the museum's flight simulator lab. And -- weather permitting -- children ages 8 to 17 can sign up for a free airplane ride with the pilots of EAA Chapter 105. The rides are given on a first-come, first-served basis and a parent or legal guardian must be present to give written permission.
Vancouver at Portland
Welcome, class, to Math 101. Yes, Jimmy?
GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) -- The Josephine County sheriff's Office started shutting down departments Friday after voters turned down a $12 million a year levy to make up for the demise of a federal subsidy for timber counties.
What's the buzz from the world of sports? Here are some items that will have people talking: Derrick Salberg's catch; Robert Griffin III
The regional drug task force is operating under a new name after the Skamania County Sheriff's Office pulled its detective out of the program for budget reasons.
Letters printed in The Columbian appear to be reactionary -- people ready to ride out to "fix" what they see as outrageous behavior by the Occupy movements and others who are working for economic and social justice.
WASHOUGAL — A 10-unit Washougal apartment complex has been purchased for $950,000, according to a news release issued by Portland-based commercial real estate company Sperry Van Ness Bluestone & Hockley.
For a professor of economics and former vice chairman of the Federal Reserve, Alan Blinder certainly isn't too … well, creative. He recently suggested that "health care just keeps getting more expensive relative to almost everything else."
With the unemployment rate in Cowlitz County very high, I am proud to be a part of a company committed to hiring and sourcing locally.
A 52-year-old man who plays with Lego bricks? Sure. "I do it every day," said Bob Day.
We are far from being out of the economic mess that materialized several years ago. We are still engaged in costly wars; people are still out of work and fighting to keep their homes; and local citizens still dream of a city that can patch their roads and manage city business at the same time.
As a faithful reader of Don Brunell's column in The Columbian's Business section, I was surprised that he used 1,070 sockeye and 27,000 fall chinook as an indicator of recovery in his May 8 column, "Removing 4 lower Snake River dams just a bad idea." Brunell writes from an economic-business perspective, as he should. However, The Columbian needs broader perspective.
I read the May 8 letters to the editor, "Improper dress interrupts focus" by Evelina Khriptiyevskiy and the one right after hers by Kayla Aguirre entitled, "Teenage outfits are free expression."
The Health Professions Quality Assurance office of the state Department of Health recently took disciplinary actions or has withdrawn charges against these Clark County health care providers.
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Police believe Tatyana Tupikova was run down as she walked, but they need info
Friends, co-workers and others who knew Tatyana Tupikova are waiting for more information on what happened to the 22-year-old woman whose body was found off state Highway 503 earlier this month.
Births, marriages, divorces and court proceedings
REDMOND, Ore. (AP) -- Airport officials in Redmond hope they can land passenger flights to Los Angeles to make up for the loss of Allegiant Air service later this summer.
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) -- Palestinians say dozens of Israeli settlers set Palestinian-owned fields on fire in an attack that left a farmer wounded by a gunshot.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Another morning, another gallop around Belmont Park for Triple Crown hopeful I'll Have Another.
MONACO (AP) -- American driver Conor Daly walked away unharmed from a spectacular crash during a GP3 series race in Monaco on Saturday.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Joe Girardi recalls being about 8 when a train derailed behind his grandparents' farm and left enough stray boxes of Cap'n Crunch cereal to feed him and his four siblings for a full year.
CHICAGO (AP) -- Cleveland Indians catcher Carlos Santana appears headed to the seven-day concussion list.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- Residents near a privately owned New Mexico ghost town have been ordered to evacuate as a blaze in the Gila National Forest continued to burn erratically.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- Residents near a privately owned New Mexico ghost town have been ordered to evacuate as a blaze in the Gila National Forest continued to burn erratically.
CANNES, France (AP) -- "After Lucia" by Mexican director Michel Franco has won the top prize in the Cannes Film Festival's sidebar competition, Un Certain Regard.
GENEVA (AP) -- The head of the U.N. observer team in Syria says at least 32 children under 10 years of age and more than 60 adults were killed in fighting in the center of the country Friday.
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) -- A man is hospitalized in Eugene with life-threatening injuries after being struck by a train.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- A Multnomah County Sheriff's Office sergeant is recovering from serious injuries after his patrol car spun out in wet conditions and slammed into a tree and fence.
STRASBOURG, France (AP) -- Francesca Schiavone beat Alize Cornet of France 6-4, 6-4 in the Strasbourg International final on Saturday to win her first title of the year and fifth of her career.
TROUTDALE, Ore. (AP) -- Reynolds School District students will be back in the classroom on Tuesday after teachers and administrators reached a deal to end a week-long strike.
DEBRECEN, Hungary (AP) -- Hoping to renew his rivalry with Michael Phelps at the London Olympics, Milorad Cavic marked his return to form after back surgery by winning the 100-meter butterfly at the European swimming championships Saturday.
MONTPELLIER, France (AP) -- Britain held on to edge Russia and clinch the team title at the European men's gymnastics championships Saturday.
GOLD HILL, Ore. (AP) -- The master of a karate studio in southern Oregon says he has left the violence and hatred of his neo-Nazi past behind, and just wants to be a positive influence in the lives of young people.
VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) -- A Washington state man accused of keeping two young autistic sons in a room with a cage-like door says he heard on a television show that it's OK to do so for their own safety.
ATLANTA (AP) -- The Atlanta Braves have placed Chipper Jones on the 15-day disabled list with a bruised left leg and recalled catcher J.C. Boscan from Triple-A Gwinnett.
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The St. Louis Cardinals optioned struggling reliever Fernando Salas, their closer much of last season, to Triple-A Memphis.
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) -- Pullman fire investigators are calling suspicious a fire that destroyed a building on the Washington State University campus in Pullman early Saturday.
PASSO DELLO STELVIO, Italy (AP) -- Thomas De Gendt won the grueling 20th stage of the Giro d'Italia on Saturday, reigniting his chances for a podium finish. Joaquin Rodriguez retained the overall lead.
BAINBRIDGE ISLAND, Wash. (AP) -- A deadly fish virus detected in Washington state waters for the first time has forced a salmon fish farm to kill its entire stock.
VIRGINIA WATER, England (AP) -- Ernie Els has launched an expletive-laced attack on European Tour officials and greenkeepers at the BMW PGA Championship for failing to water the putting surfaces enough for the third round at Wentworth.
BENTON COUNTY, Wash. (AP) -- Washington state officials are trying to find the money to buy a historic ranch that is being sold by the descendants of the man who settled it in 1903.