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Here are some of the top stories on columbian.com this week:
Ice blankets Clark County, Southwest Washington
The freezing rain predicted to hit the area started in Vancouver a little after 6 p.m. Thursday night and continued to fall for hours, making for dangerous roads and driving conditions. According to emergency radio traffic monitored in The Columbian newsroom, a jack-knifed semi blocked all lanes of Interstate 5 in North County and multiple crashes blocked lanes of state Highway 14. Three people were critically injured in the crash on Highway 14.
Former CEO of Vancouver-based CytoDyn indicted for allegedly defrauding investors
Former chief executive for local biotechnology company CytoDyn Inc. Nader Pourhassan has been indicted, along with the head of the company’s regulatory agent to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, for allegedly defrauding investors.
A federal grand jury in the District of Maryland returned the indictment, which was unsealed Tuesday, charging the two men for their alleged roles in schemes to defraud investors of the Vancouver-based company.
Rally Pizza to close at end of year
Vancouver’s Rally Pizza will close at the end of the year, the restaurant announced Friday. Its last day is Dec. 31.
Rally Pizza, which is the offspring of husband-and-wife owners Alan Maniscalco and Shan Wickham, opened six years ago in September at The Mill, 8070 E. Mill Plain Blvd.
Washington Supreme Court to rule on Value Village lawsuit after 5 years
Many people believe they’re benefiting charities when they buy used clothing from Value Village. But the leader of a nonprofit formerly partnered with the Bellevue-based thrift store chain said that’s a mistaken impression. Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson agrees.
For five years, Ferguson’s office has pursued a case against Value Village for what it said are deceptive marketing practices that exaggerate how much the company contributes to charities. As the Washington State Supreme Court considers arguments made in October, a former nonprofit partner has come forward to criticize Value Village and its practices.
- The attorney general’s office argued that the for-profit thrift store deceived customers by misrepresenting its charitable support.
Vancouver makes progress on redesign of downtown’s Main Street
The city of Vancouver is nearly 30 percent of the way to deciding on a long-awaited plan to redesign downtown’s Main Street corridor.
Main Street’s 10 southernmost blocks have remained untouched for decades, leading city leaders to persistently campaign for its rejuvenation. Their plan, the Main Street Promise, pledges to make the street safer, more accessible and better connected.