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Morning Press: Voodoo in Vancouver; COVID cases hit schools; playground fire

By , Columbian Web Editor

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In case you missed them, here are some of the top stories from the week:

Voodoo Doughnut opens its newest shop in Vancouver

Make it a dozen. Voodoo Doughnut opened its doors in Vancouver on Tuesday, celebrating its 12th location just across the river from where the iconic pop-culture-loving doughnut shop got its start.

A crowd of about 30 people braved drizzly weather Tuesday morning at the store, 8203 N.E. Vancouver Mall Drive, before Vancouver Mayor Anne McEnerny-Ogle and store manager Bill Dougherty used oversized pink-handled scissors to cut a giant pink ribbon.

COVID-19 cases soar in Clark County schools

Reported COVID-19 cases in Clark County school districts have rapidly increased since students and staff returned from winter break last week.

Data released through school district websites showed 919 new cases among students and faculty at all Clark County schools but those in Battle Ground Public Schools in the first full week of classes, up dramatically from the number of cases reported in the week before winter break. Updated numbers from Battle Ground were not made available.

Esther Short Park playground closed after fire leaves equipment unsafe

The playground structure at Esther Short Park in downtown Vancouver has closed indefinitely after a fire destroyed it early Monday morning.

The Vancouver Fire Marshal’s Office has ruled the fire was incendiary, or intentionally set. The Vancouver Fire-Arson Team is investigating.

Vancouver police officers fatally shoot man during disturbance call in east Vancouver

Four Vancouver police officers were involved in the fatal shooting of a man early Sunday morning after police say he confronted them with a knife as they responded to a disturbance call at a home in east Vancouver.

Police were called at about 12:25 a.m. for a reported disturbance with a weapon in the 13200 block of Northeast 59th Street in the North Image neighborhood. The resident said a male acquaintance was inside the home armed with knives, according to a Vancouver Police Department news release.

Protesters descend on Washington Board of Health after misinformation about vaccine plans goes viral

TUMWATER — Late last week, disturbing rumors started to fly on social media.

The state Board of Health, they claimed, was about to authorize local health officials and police to round up people for refusing to get coronavirus vaccines and forcibly lock them up in quarantine facilities.

It wasn’t true. There was no such plan.

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