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Depeche Mode founding keyboardist Andy Fletcher dies at 60

May 26, 2022, 6:38pm Nation & World

Andy “Fletch” Fletcher, the unassuming, bespectacled, red-headed keyboardist who for more than 40 years added his synth sounds to Depeche Mode hits like “Just Can’t Get Enough” and “Personal Jesus,”… Read story

Florida governor signs condo safety bill after building collapse

May 26, 2022, 6:37pm Nation & World

Florida will require statewide recertification of condominiums over three stories tall under new legislation Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis signed into law Thursday as a response to the Surfside building collapse… Read story

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Vancouver man accused of shooting at his own car he said was stolen during Highway 14 chase

A Vancouver man is accused of shooting at his own car, which he said had been stolen from him, during a high-speed chase Tuesday night…

Northwest

Spring blossoms frame the Capitol on March 31 in Olympia.

Eight candidates vying for Washington secretary of state

The unexpected race to be Washington’s secretary of state, following Kim Wyman’s departure last year, could prove to be one of the most interesting this…

Politics

In this image from Senate Television, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York, speak on the Senate floor, Wednesday, May 25, 2022 at the Capitol in Washington.  Schumer has quickly set in motion a pair of firearms background check bills in response to the school massacre in Texas. But the Democrat acknowledged Wednesday the refusal for years of Congress to pass any legislation aiming to curb a national epidemic of gun violence.

Senate GOP blocks domestic terrorism bill, gun policy debate

Democrats’ first attempt at responding to the back-to-back mass shootings in Buffalo and Uvalde, Texas, failed in the Senate Thursday as Republicans blocked a domestic terrorism bill that would…

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Students gather in the cafeteria at View Ridge Middle School before school on May 4. With Ridgefield's bond failing at the April 26 special election -- the fifth time it's failed since 2019 -- the school district must make a series of difficult decisions on how to remedy the issue of intense population growth in the coming years without any new space to look.

Ridgefield School District redrawing elementary boundaries

Ridgefield School District officials on Tuesday unveiled their plan to redraw elementary school boundaries in the district to balance enrollment ahead of an anticipated boom…

Courts & Crime

Clark County sheriff's deputies seized a handgun Thursday from a boy at Heritage High School after school employees allegedly found it in his backpack.

Clark County deputies arrest boy with gun at Heritage High School

Clark County sheriff’s deputies arrested a boy Thursday at Heritage High School after school employees allegedly found a handgun in his backpack.

Nation & World

FILE - A protester carries a sign in the Hollywood area of Los Angeles on June 1, 2020, during demonstrations after the killing of George Floyd which sparked calls for a racial reckoning to address structural racism that has created longstanding inequities impacting generations of Black Americans. Floyd's murder, along with a series of killings of other Black Americans wrought a heavy emotional and mental toll on Black communities that have already been burdened and traumatized by centuries of oppressive systems and racist practices.

Two years after Floyd murder, racial trauma permeates U.S.

Black Men Heal co-founder Zakia Williams was deeply moved as she watched a young Black man become emotional while speaking about the mental health toll…

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Workers assemble products and packaging on the manufacturing floor at Hawthorne Gardening Company in Vancouver in 2021.

Hawthorne Gardening announces 42 layoffs at Vancouver facility

Hawthorne Gardening Co. announced a 42-person layoff at its Vancouver facility to outsource its carbon filter manufacturing.

Weather

Patrick Timm is a local weather specialist. His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.

Weather Eye: Three-day weekend will offer all kinds of weather

This week’s weather wouldn’t take long to get used to, that’s for sure: mainly sunny skies, with highs in the low 70s. Goodness, this could…

Health

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Clark County COVID-19 activity rate continues steady rise

Clark County’s reported COVID-19 activity rate increased this week as disease activity continues to ramp up.

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