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In a lawless stretch of Mexico, child soldiers as young as 6 are being drafted to fight crime

January 26, 2020, 4:30pm Nation & World

In a lawless stretch of western Mexico, children as young as 6 years old are taking up arms against organized crime. Read story

Yelp launches new hygiene alerts to flag restaurants in Chicago and LA with the worst health inspection results

January 26, 2020, 4:00pm Business

Yelp has started flagging restaurants with the worst health inspection violations, a feature it hopes will motivate businesses to clean up their acts if they want to keep operating. Read story

Clark County

Convicted killer Warren Forrest leaves the courtroom after appearing in Clark County Superior Court on new charges in the death of a teenage girl in the 1970s on Jan. 10. (Amanda Cowan/The Columbian)

After late 20th century peak, serial killers called to account

The bill is coming due for serial killers of decades past — most recently in the form of a new murder charge against Clark County’s…

Northwest

Sixty cows are milked at a time on a rotary milking parlor at Natural Milk dairy in Stanwood. The cows are continueously walking on, cleaned with a robotic arm, then milked as the mechanism rotates. (Steve Ringman/The Seattle Times/TNS)

Many Washington dairies are struggling after years of trade wars and low milk prices

For fifth-generation dairyman Jeremy Visser, 2014 was a record-breaker. Amid soaring global demand for U.S. milk products, Visser made about $500 on each of the…

Politics

The Trump administration wants to open more of the California desert for geothermal energy, meaning more facilities like the Coso plant near Little Lake in Owens Valley, seen here in 2007.(Spencer Weiner / Los Angeles Times)

Trump team proposes rollback of desert protections to boost geothermal energy

In step with President Donald Trump’s push for more energy development in California’s deserts, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management announced Thursday it wants to…

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Schools

A group opposed to a proposed Verizon cell tower meets Thursday in front of the land where the tower would be built, across the street from Woodburn Elementary School. (Nathan Howard/The Columbian)

Parents object to proposed cell tower near Woodburn Elementary

In May 2017, Clark County Community Development prepared a pre-application report for a proposed 120-foot Verizon cell tower. The report offered a warning:

Courts & Crime

Jonathan J. Oson appears July 5, 2018, in Clark County Superior Court. Oson is accused of first-degree murder in the June 9, 2018, slaying of Ariel Romano, 29. Oson's bench trial started Tuesday. (Nathan Howard/The Columbian files)

Man’s trial starts in fatal Brush Prairie shooting

A bench trial started Tuesday in Clark County Superior Court for one of three men accused in a fatal Brush Prairie shooting that the prosecution…

Nation & World

In this Jan. 14, 2020 photo, Ana Lucia Salazar shows a photo of herself when she was 8-years-old, on her smart phone during an interview with the Associated Press in Mexico City. At the time Salazar says she was sexually abused by a Legion of Christ priest. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

10 years after Vatican reform, Legion in new abuse crisis

The administrator of the elite Catholic school in Cancun, Mexico, used to take the girls out of class and send them to the chapel, where…

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Business News

Then-Nielsen Company CEO David Calhoun, center, watches progress as he waits for the company's IPO to begin trading, on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Calhoun, Boeing's new CEO, said Wednesday that production of the 737 Max will resume this spring, months before the company expects federal regulators to certify the grounded plane to fly again. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

New Boeing CEO Calhoun says employee confidence ‘is shaken — my job is to restore it’

New Boeing CEO Dave Calhoun gave a confident, combative defense of the company Wednesday morning while promising to focus intensely on fixing the 737 MAX,…

Weather

Patrick Timm is a local weather specialist. His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Reach him at patricktimm.com.

Weather Eye: Parade of storms could leave us with plenty to talk about

Rain will be falling each day for the next five days in the form of steady rainfall or showers. I can’t even see a sunny…

Health

Brittany Ashworth, owner of Premier Cirque in Hazel Dell, swings during a Saturday trapeze class. She founded the business because she was tired of commuting to classes in Portland. (Samuel Wilson for The Columbian)

Circus arts classes in Hazel Dell gain popularity, offer unique workout

After a couple of tries, Kelley Baker kicked her up leg and hooked it around the bar during her first trapeze class at Premier Cirque…

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