A look back at some of this week's top stories:
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United Grain Corp. locked out up to 44 union dockworkers at the Port of Vancouver on Wednesday, saying it did so in response to an investigation showing a union member sabotaged the company’s equipment. The union denied any wrongdoing and accused the company of making up a story to use as a pretext to freeze out workers.
The lockout by United Grain — following months of contentious negotiations between it and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union — triggered a fresh round of finger-pointing and prompted union picket lines. It left the port with no longshore workers, which marooned a ship aiming to unload more than 1,800 Subaru vehicles at a port dock and prevented the loading of wheat onto another ship for export.
Pat McCormick, spokesman for the Pacific Northwest Grain Handlers Association — a group of grain shippers that includes United Grain — said the company on Tuesday fired the union worker it alleges damaged equipment and then notified the union of the lockout Wednesday morning.
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If your address ends with 98606, you're likely to be a member of the sandwich generation, contribute to PBS and carry a lot of insurance. And you're probably wealthy.
Live in 98660? You're just as likely to rent as own your home. You likely have young children, play video games and enjoy bicycling. But you probably don't have much money.
While downtown Vancouver's 98660 is the poorest ZIP code in Clark County and 90th out of 94 Portland-area ZIP codes, Brush Prairie-Hockinson's 98606 is the second-wealthiest in the metro area, according to data compiled by Esri, a California-based geographic-information system company.
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Not much is left among the charred remnants of Crestline Elementary School. A hollowed-out gymnasium, seared school books and memories — while seemingly scrapped in the cold, damp ash — are fuel for the fire's investigation.
The Vancouver Fire Department is working with the Vancouver Police Arson Task Force and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to pool evidence and test theories on how the Cascade Park school was destroyed in the early morning of Feb. 3.
Colene Domenech, resident agent in charge of the Portland ATF office, says investigations for large-scale fires are detailed and time-consuming. People wanting immediate answers — who watch this sort of thing on TV — often don't understand the depth of work involved in solving a fire.
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The reopening of Pearson Air Museum under National Park Service management Wednesday drew a mixed response from visitors and the community.
The site, which has been closed for three weeks following a dispute between the Park Service and the Fort Vancouver National Trust, reopened Wednesday with an odd assortment of exhibited items, including a steam-powered car, a Ferrari tractor, a covered wagon and a boat.
Those items were part of interim display called “Float, Drive, and Fly,” about the history of transportation.
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Some things you may have missed:
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The leggings have been replaced with cropped athletic pants, the neon-colored leotards with fitness tank tops.
Ankle socks and tennis shoes have taken the place of leg warmers and bare feet.
And headbands are virtually nonexistent.
"This ain't your momma's Jazzercise," said Lisa Ackerman, quoting a popular phrase among Jazzercisers. Ackerman is a Jazzercise franchise owner and instructor for 19 years.
For years, Jazzercise instructors like Ackerman have battled the stigma of the dance exercise phenomenon that was founded in 1969 and exploded in popularity in the 1980s. Over the years, the class has evolved, just like its fashion.
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Regular Season Begins Sunday – Final thoughts as PTFC prepare for NYRB
Bout bloody time the pre-season is over; tons of activity in both player transactions and on the pitch changes in tactics and starters between last year and this year.
It’s not like some wholesale changes weren’t predicted back in October; this team was, after all, third worst in total record, third worst in goals scored and third worst in goals against.
If you’ve been following my methods for tracking success of Portland Timbers, as this year unfolds, you’ll know that my focus is on possession with purpose (PWP). PWP tracking this year doesn’t just apply to Portland, it also applies to their opponent; with even more emphasis on those teams we play three times, this year, as opposed to once.
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Maybe you're new to Clark County, and you'll be surprised to learn Fargher Lake doesn't have any water.
Or maybe you're a townie like me, who used to consider "east Vancouver" as the intersection of Mill Plain Boulevard and Chkalov Drive, and you need to be reminded of how much the city has grown.
Either way, turn to The Columbian's annual Portrait section, a compilation of stories about ways we live, learn, work and play. You can find it online here.