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Here are some of the stories that grabbed readers’ attention this week.
The city of Vancouver has done what the nation failed to do in 2016: elect its first female head of government. Anne McEnerny-Ogle has a considerable lead with 74.7 percent of the initial vote.
“I’m just a little shocked by the numbers, those are fantastic numbers,” McEnerny-Ogle said amid a sea of emotional supporters. She was emotional herself and needed to take a breath before continuing to express her excitement and gratitude.
“I have kept my focus for these 11 months,” she said. “I didn’t want to take anything for granted.”
- McEnerny-Ogle will be first woman to lead city; Campbell has big lead in city council race
- More election news: Orange prevails in port race; Campbell wins Vancouver council race
- Election updates: www.columbian.com/news/politics/election
group of protesters waved religious signs and yelled into a megaphone outside Camas High School on Tuesday afternoon in opposition to the theater department’s production of “The Laramie Project.”
The 2000 play written by Moisés Kaufman covers the aftermath of the fatal beating of Matthew Shepard, a University of Wyoming student who was targeted because he was gay, and the murder trial that followed. The show pieces together more than 200 interviews with residents of Laramie, Wyo., and others close to the murder.
As Breanne Leigh choked on her own blood from a gunshot wound to her face, unable to speak, she hastily scribbled a bloody note identifying Brent Luyster as the shooter.
The note was a key piece of physical evidence presented to the jury Monday in Luyster’s triple aggravated murder trial in Clark County Superior Court.
Luyster is accused of fatally shooting Joseph Mark LaMar, 38; LaMar’s partner, Janell Renee Knight, 43; and Leigh’s partner, Zachary David Thompson, 36, on July 15, 2016, at LaMar’s home southeast of Woodland. Leigh was the only survivor.
- Triple-murder trial enters second week
- Triple murder suspect’s uncle testifies for prosecution
- Luyster trial: Defendant’s teenage son held in contempt, has outburst in court
- Luyster’s girlfriend describes the day of killings
- Luyster’s son again refuses to testify
For fans of Mexican food, Fourth Plain Boulevard is a treasure trove.
The corridor between Interstates 5 and 205 has long been a beacon for wave after wave of immigrant communities and in its current reincarnation is packed with Mexican markets, bakeries and other businesses catering to immigrants from Mexico and Central America.
Finding the best taqueria when there are eight of them practically next to each other can be overwhelming, so where to start? I canvassed the Fourth Plain corridor to find every taqueria and taco truck that I could. Then I did a Google map search to make sure I didn’t miss anything.
In the last month, I visited every place on my list. So. Many. Tacos.