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Scott Hewitt

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Prayer breakfast speech avoids controversy  

By Scott Hewitt October 17, 2014 11:53 a.m.

A prayer breakfast featuring a speaker known nationally for his remarks denouncing Islam took place in Vancouver this morning. But retired Army Lt. Gen. William "Jerry" Boykin kept his remarks focused on his faith and military experiences.

Bits 'n' Pieces: Here's the story on StoryCon

By Scott Hewitt October 17, 2014 6 a.m.

Seems like Eric Wecks and the Vancouver Community Library were made for each other.

Protest planned outside prayer breakfast

By Scott Hewitt October 16, 2014 7:27 p.m.

The battle over a planned speech by a controversial retired Army general at Friday’s civic leaders prayer breakfast intensified Thursday.

Domestic violence victims face many obstacles

By Scott Hewitt October 16, 2014 10 a.m.

Why doesn't she just leave? After all, what could be simpler? An avalanche of ugly revelations about domestic violence in the professional sports world has sharpened attention on a problem that is more complicated than it may seem. It's as complicated as cutting-edge social media and the very nature of masculinity, according to professionals who work on domestic violence issues for the YWCA Clark County.

Leavitt will boycott Friday's prayer breakfast

By Scott Hewitt and Stephanie Rice October 15, 2014 7:18 p.m.

Vancouver Mayor Tim Leavitt has reversed course and said he will boycott the 2014 Clark County Mayor and Civic Leaders Prayer Breakfast, where this year's keynote speaker is nationally known for denouncing Muslims and Jews.

What's Up with That? Bike lanes are not parking spaces

By Scott Hewitt October 15, 2014 5:59 a.m.

The Oct. 8 article about bicycle sharrows raises a question: Is it illegal for a car to park in a marked bicycle lane? There is a bike lane that runs down Franklin Street on the west side of the road from Franklin Elementary. On a daily basis, cars park in the marked bike lane. This is particularly notable at school release times. Was the lane put there to provide a safe corridor for students on bicycles? Anyone attempting to ride a bicycle in the bike lane must instead take to the road to navigate around parked cars.

Prayer breakfast planners to keep controversial speaker

By Scott Hewitt October 14, 2014 7:38 p.m.

One event sponsor, regional YMCA, voted against retaining retired Pentagon official as keynote

Prayer breakfast keynoter called 'anti-Muslim bigot'

By Scott Hewitt October 13, 2014 1:57 p.m.

Washington state Muslims are calling the retired Pentagon official who’s scheduled to keynote the 13th annual Mayors’ & Civic Leaders Prayer Breakfast later this week an “anti-Muslim bigot,” and urging organizers to drop him from the event.

Unlikely muralist creates works of art on fences

By Scott Hewitt October 12, 2014 6 a.m.

If someone showed these colorful, detailed exterior murals to Allen Russell and told him that the artist is a novice who never tried to do art before, "I'd think they were lying," he said.

What's Up With That? Answers to property-development questions

By Scott Hewitt October 8, 2014 6 a.m.

What's getting built in my neighborhood, where my favorite store, my favorite landmark, my favorite dog run used to be?

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