first_img333 names have been added to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial since the wall was dedicated in 1982.More than 40 years after Richard Daniels died in Vietnam, the name of the Washougal sailor will be added to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.Daniels was 23 when he died on March 1, 1971, aboard a U.S. Navy vessel at Dong Tam, in what was then South Vietnam.Daniels’ name is one of five that will be added to the black granite wall within the next week, according to a news release from the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund.All five met Department of Defense criteria for addition to the wall. They died of wounds sustained in the combat zone during the Vietnam War, including one soldier who died in 2009 — 41 years after he was shot in the spine and paralyzed.Daniels was on his third tour in Vietnam when he died as a result of noncombat injuries, said his brother, Washougal resident Roger Daniels.The family never did learn the circumstances of the death, Roger Daniels said. But the essential point, he said, is that, “My brother was a casualty of the Vietnam conflict.”last_img read more

first_imgPORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Police say they’ve identified a person struck by an Amtrak train in northwest Portland as a 73-year-old homeless man.The Portland Police Bureau says witnesses told officers Sotelo Mediano was sleeping or lying next to the train tracks when he was struck. He is in critical condition at a Portland hospital.Portland Fire and Rescue spokesman Paul Corah tells The Oregonian that the train was traveling about 10 mph as it pulled into Union Station when the conductor saw some clothes near the tracks. Then he saw a man’s body next to the tracks. The train stopped and the conductor called 911.Amtrak spokeswoman Vernae Graham says the train was traveling to Eugene from Seattle and carried 214 passengers. No one on the train was injured.last_img read more

first_imgThe 10th Annual Clark County Mayors’ and Civic Leaders’ Prayer Breakfast will start at 7 a.m. Thursday in the main ballroom of the Vancouver Hilton, 301 W. Sixth St.Woodland Mayor Chuck Blum is this year’s host mayor. Around 800 guests are expected to be in attendance, including all other mayors from the county and other public officials.Joseph Anfuso will be the keynote speaker. Anfuso is the founder and president of Forward Edge International, a local, faith-based organization that provides international relief and development in the U.S. and other parts of the world.Registered nurse Jackie Gust will be the testimonial speaker.The event is sponsored by the Clark County Chapters of Full Gospel Business Men’s Fellowship in America.Tickets are $30 each. For more information or reservations call 360-944-7523 or visit www.clarkcountyprayerbreakfast.org.last_img read more

first_imgAlayna Higdon reacts Tuesday when a Clark County jury acquitted her and John Eckhart of unlawful imprisonment in connection with their practice of locking Eckhart’s two autistic sons in a bedroom secured with a cage-like door. Learn more about autism:n Autism Society of Washington: http://www.autismsocietyofwa.org• Autism Society of Washington Southwest Chapter: http://www.autismsocietyofwa.org/asw-southwest• The Arc of Southwest Washington: http://www.arcswwa.org• Autism Speaks: http://www.autismspeaks.org/• Washington Autism Alliance & Advocacy: http://www.washingtonautism advocacy.org/For autism behavioral therapy in Southwest Washington:n Autism Behavioral Consulting: http://www.autismabc.orgIn light of a jury’s decision to acquit a Vancouver couple of unlawful imprisonment for keeping two autistic boys behind a locked gate, autism experts have weighed in to say that restraint is not the best solution for special needs children — but is a common one.There are resources for parents of severely autistic children, when it reaches the point that the children are harming themselves or others, said Arzu Forough, chief executive officer of Washington Autism Alliance & Advocacy. Forough, a mother of two autistic children, said she strongly supports intensive behavioral therapy to teach the children ways to communicate.“The child needs to be taught to self-advocate about what’s prompting these behaviors,” Forough said.John Eckhart and Alayna Higdon presented a defense that the boys, ages 5 and 7, were locked up in the bedroom for fear they would wander from the apartment at night, injure themselves and eat inedible objects. Two experts, a psychologist and speech therapist, supported this defense.Autism is a disorder where the typicalneurological development of the brain does not occur. People with autism have social impairments, communication difficulties, and restricted, repetitive and stereotyped patterns of behavior, according to the National Institutes of Health.last_img read more

first_imgCAIRO — Islamist Mohammed Morsi was declared the winner Sunday in the first free presidential election in Egypt’s history, closing the tumultuous first phase of a democratic transition and opening a new struggle with the still-dominant military rulers who recently stripped the presidency of most of its powers.In Tahrir Square, the birthplace of the uprising that ousted autocratic President Hosni Mubarak, joyous supporters of Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood wept and kneeled on the ground in prayer when they heard the announcement on live television. They danced, set off fireworks and released doves in the air with Morsi’s picture attached in celebrations not seen in the square since Mubarak was forced out on Feb. 11, 2011.Many are looking now to see whether Morsi will try to take on the military and wrestle back the powers they took from his office just one week ago. Thousands vowed to remain in Tahrir to demand that the ruling generals reverse their decision.In his first televised speech, the 60-year old U.S.-trained engineer called on Egyptians to unite and tried to reassure minority Christians, who mostly backed Morsi’s rival Ahmed Shafiq because they feared Islamic rule.He said he carries “a message of peace” to the world and pledged to preserve Egypt’s international accords, a reference to the peace deal with Israel.last_img read more

first_imgWashington health officials have a message for hikers heading outdoors to enjoy the spring weather: Beware of ticks.Tick season is in full swing in Western Washington, with ticks growing active as the seasons change and more people head outdoors. Health officials are urging people to protect themselves, and their dogs, against ticks, which can carry diseases harmful to humans and animals.To submit a tick to the Washington State Department of Health for identification — a surveillance program funded by a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — print an identification form from the website. Follow instructions on the form to submit the form and tick.For more information about ticks, visit the Washington State Department of Health website.“Yes, we do have ticks around the state, all over the state,” said Liz Dykstra, public health entomologist for the state. “We do have ticks that carry disease. … The risk is there and it’s worthwhile to protect yourself against tick bites.”Those who come across ticks during springtime camping or hiking are urged to mail them to the state health department in Olympia for identification.last_img read more

first_imgLooking out the window as I write this late Monday afternoon, it is pouring down rain. Nothing new. I heard of some heavy downpours Sunday but got very little here in Salmon Creek until overnight, when my rain gauge indicated more than a half-inch.The threat of rain will linger a couple more days, then we’ll see some real summer weather, as forecast by most computer models. Highs in the 80s and maybe 90s are on tap between Thursday and next week. Some models indicate highs maybeAs forecast a few days ago, we did get a healthy dose of rain along with those very muggy conditions.Rainfall for the month so far in Vancouver as of 5 p.m. Monday stood at 1.57 inches, just about average.We have had some claps of thunder the past several days around the Northwest and since this is Lightning Safety Week, it would be a good idea to refresh the safety rules. The saying goes, “When thunder roars, go indoors!” Good advice, too. Everything you need to know and more is at www.lightningsafety.noaa.gov.Lightning is very dangerous and can travel a distance from the thunderclouds. So far this year, seven U.S. deaths are due to lightning; annually that statistic is 53.The flooding due to excessive rain in Calgary is almost unreal. The videos of the rain intensity and the stream runoff were amazing. Makes one wonder how it can rain so hard for so long? Meanwhile, back here in the U.S. many wildfires are blazing, and could have used some of that moisture.Patrick Timm is a local weather specialist. His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Reach him at http://weathersystems.com.last_img read more

first_img When I headed to Florida a few days ago, my significant other had to come with me.That would be my “Don’t Do Stupid Stuff” mug.We keep selling out, but we have our last batch of the year in now.Come by Monday if you want to use a credit card. If history is any gauge, the $10 mugs won’t last long.I bought one myself. I probably need two because I do so much stupid stuff.They’re a fun gift that most people — but not all — appreciate on varying levels. But what exactly are those levels?All sociology and psychology classes are welcome to use this as an exercise. Please let me know what you come up with.I’ve got my own theories, of course.And what about those who don’t like them?After the first batch sold out, I received a call from a 92-year-old woman who wanted me to hold several for her.A couple of days later, she called back and said she would have to cancel.“I told my daughter I had ordered them; but she told me if I gave them out, people would not like me.”Well, if your daughter says so.And it looks as though many politicians agree. I originally thought they would quickly buy in. I was wrong. I suspect there is a certain sense of insecurity that many politicians have about admitting they make mistakes.Noticeably absent are the now infamous M&M boys. You know, Commissioners David Madore and Tom Mielke.With all due respect, these poor guys have done so much stupid stuff, they could be founding fathers of the cup. But the mugs were not made solely with them in mind. There’s plenty of stupid stuff to go around. The left and right, the short and the tall, the young and the old. Stupid stuff is an equal opportunity trait.OK, so why would anyone want to advertise that they do stupid stuff by buying this mug?Professor Brancaccio would say this: If you’re comfortable in your own skin, if you can admit that you goof up at times, folks gain respect for you. They can see that even though you don’t take yourself too seriously, you can take your job seriously.And it’s likely they’re also willing to admit that it never hurts to be reminded when making decisions to think hard first. That should lessen the chances of you doing stupid stuff. Test Captionlast_img read more

first_imgThe Vancouver Police Department conducted a warrant search of a massage business Tuesday afternoon in downtown Vancouver.Investigators were looking into forgery allegations related to the licensing documents of the massage therapists who work at 218 W. 13th St., according to Vancouver police spokeswoman Kim Kapp. No arrests were made. People who walked by the business had also complained about possible illegal activity and said they didn’t believe the massage therapists were properly licensed, Kapp said.Police said the name of the business is Nancy’s Studio. That name is not on the building, which bears signs advertising massage and spa services. According to Columbian archives, Nancy’s Studio was issued a license by the city for beauty services and back and foot massage in December.A sign on the business’s mailbox said that the business was seeking licensed massage therapists. Previously, in June 2012, the address was licensed for a business called Foot Massage, which listed services including reflexology and foot massage.A business at that address appears on a sexually oriented website that contains client reviews detailing sexual services allegedly provided for “tips.”last_img read more

first_imgA Vancouver man was sentenced Monday to 2 1/2 years in prison for attempting to stab a man he found in his bed with his girlfriend.As part of an agreement with prosecutors, Luis Armando Lopez-Montejo, 26, pleaded guilty in Clark County Superior Court to second-degree assault with a deadly weapon.Judge Suzan Clark agreed to impose a recommended sentence of 30 months, plus 18 months of probation. According to a court affidavit, Lopez-Montejo returned home Feb. 8 to find a man in bed with his girlfriend. Lopez-Montejo grabbed a 12-inch kitchen knife and told the man in Spanish: “I’m going to kill you,” according to the affidavit. He attempted to stab the man in the abdomen, but the man grabbed the knife’s blade, the affidavit says. After a struggle, the man seized control of the weapon from Lopez-Montejo, but he sustained a cut to his hand from the blade and a cut to his nose during the struggle, the affidavit says.Vancouver police responded to the residence in the 2100 block of Northeast Bridgecreek Avenue and found a large amount of blood on the bedroom floor, window, the victim and Lopez-Montejo’s girlfriend, according to the affidavit. Police said they found the blood-drenched knife in the kitchen sink.Lopez-Montejo turned himself in to the Vancouver Police Department East Precinct the same day.last_img read more

first_imgPORTLAND — The Trail Blazers were less than a second away from a return trip to Houston. Then Damian Lillard got the ball.Lillard knocked down a 3-pointer as time expired Friday, sending the Blazers to a 99-98 win over the Houston Rockets and their first playoff series win in 14 years.Lillard, and almost every Portland player, said they were nervous before the shot went up and thought they were going back to Houston. In the raucous postgame celebration, Lillard picked up the public address microphone and yelled “Rip City” at the top of his lungs. It was as if he channeled the feeling of an entire building.The Blazers’ history and particularly their 1977 championship team was fresh on their minds this week with the passing of legendary coach Jack Ramsay. The night began with a moment of silence, with Terry Stotts looking up at the screen the whole time. It ended with a roar and look at the now and the future of the Blazers. “Dr. Jack, he push that shot in for Damian. Thank you, Dr. Jack,” said Nicolas Batum following the emotional win. Prior to tip off in the locker room, the Blazers didn’t look like a team that was about to play their biggest game of the season. A banter took place discussing NBA Mount Rushmore and evolved into a discussion of which five NBA greats would make the best team. As the media left, rookie CJ McCollum then said “Dame, LaMarcus.”The Journalism major accurately began the list for Mount Rushmore of Game 6 and this series for the Blazers with the two that deserve the top-billing. Aldridge scored 30 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, getting past the first round for the first time in his All-Star career. Lillard was quietly efficient, scoring 25 points, grabbing six rebounds and dishing three assists to go with the game-winner.last_img read more

first_imgNearly 25,000 Washington residents completed applications for health plans in the first three days of open enrollment through Washington Healthplanfinder.The state-based insurance exchange launched its second open enrollment period Saturday, but exchange officials pulled the site offline within a few hours after learning of a glitch involving tax credit calculations. The site was back up Sunday morning.Through Monday, more than 10,000 people across the state completed applications for individual health plans — 2,000 of them scheduled their first payments — and more than 14,000 people signed up or renewed their coverage for the Medicaid program, called Washington Apple Health, according to exchange data released Tuesday evening.The exchange website, www.wahealthplanfinder.org, had more than 40,000 visits during the first few days of open enrollment and the call center, 855-923-4633, received more than 11,000 calls.More data about the second open enrollment period, including Clark County-specific figures, won’t be available until early December.“Our initial data shows that we’re off to a strong start,” Richard Onizuka, the exchange’s chief executive officer, said in a news release. “The numbers demonstrate that people are aware of the opportunity and taking action to sign up or renew their existing plan.”Open enrollment runs through Feb. 15. During that time, people with individual health plans and those who are uninsured can enroll in health coverage. After open enrollment, only people with qualifying life events will be eligible to enroll in a health plan through the exchange. Medicaid enrollment is year-round.last_img read more

first_imgLegg Mason has enhanced paid parental leave for its 785 US-based employees.The investment management firm’s new parental leave offering, which will be effective from 1 January 2018, will enable both men and women who are new parents and who have at least one year of service to take up to 12 weeks of parental leave on full pay, irrespective of whether the employee has a stay-at-home partner. Birth parents and adoptive parents will both be eligible for the benefit.Previously, Legg Mason provided 12 weeks of fully paid parental leave for primary caregivers, and two weeks of parental leave at full pay for a secondary caregiver.Legg Mason is also introducing a benefit that reimburses mothers who travel globally for business for any expenses related to shipping breastmilk home. This is effective immediately.The initiatives form part of Legg Mason’s wider diversity and inclusion strategy.Patricia Lattin, human resources chief at Legg Mason, said: “It shouldn’t matter if you are the mother or father. We felt it was important to equalise these policies. We needed to update our policies to look the way families look today.”last_img read more

first_imgOAKLAND PARK, FLA. (WSVN) – Police have released snapshots of a suspected cash snatching crook in Oakland Park.Officials said the man in the pictures stole $400 from a woman at an ATM on Dec. 22.He swiped the cash while she had her back turned to make a different transaction at a second ATM.The incident happened at the BB&T Bank on North Andrews Avenue and Northwest 42nd Street.If you have any information on this theft, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – Police took three people into custody after, officials said, they were involved in an armed robbery in Fort Lauderdale before they crashed their vehicle and ran into a strip mall, Monday afternoon.A SWAT unit responded to the strip mall, located along the 800 block of Southwest 27th Avenue, in Fort Lauderdale, after police set up a perimeter near Riverside Drive and Davie Boulevard.Officials said one person was robbed at gunpoint at 2910 SW 14th Ave.The robbery suspects took off in a sedan that crashed near the strip mall. They then fled the vehicle and took off running.Officers were able to apprehend two of the subjects. Police said the third subject ran into the Wonderful You barber shop at the strip mall and barricaded himself before he was taken into custody.Officials said no one else was inside the barber shop at the time.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

first_imgCORAL SPRINGS, FLA. (WSVN) – A boil water order is in place in Coral Springs due to a watermain break.The boil water order is in effect for residents in the Ramblewood East Condominium complex, Thursday night.The watermain break occurred in the area of North University Drive and Northwest 88th Avenue.All residents in the area should boil their water until further notice.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

first_imgIf you have any information about the mystery caller, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. “I’m upset, really. You got kids all over the place, you got people around here, you got neighbors,” said one man. “People just do weird stuff, you know? Just to scare people.”The incident happens one day after students were evacuated from Florida Career College, also in Lauderdale Lakes, after, officials said, a bomb threat was called in through Crime Stoppers.Those evacuations follow another bomb threat that, authorities said, was made at Westside Regional Hospital in Fort Lauderdale.Surveillance cameras at the hospital captured a man who, officials believe, is the one who made the anonymous calls.Parents arriving to the schools to pick up their kids on Thursday said they began to receive notifications that the bomb threat was unfounded.Authorities gave the all clear just after 1 p.m.Students who were not picked up by their parents were escorted back to class. LAUDERDALE LAKES, FLA. (WSVN) – Classes have resumed at three schools in Lauderdale Lakes, Thursday, hours after they were evacuated in what authorities said is the third bomb threat in Broward County this week.The three schools evacuated Thursday share the same complex: Boyd Anderson High School, Lauderdale Lakes Middle School and Oriole Elementary School.Each school in the complex set up specific staging areas for their evacuations: Oriole Elementary students were evacuated to a field south of the school, Lauderdale Lakes Middle students went to the Westminster Academy Athletic Complex to the west of the school, and Boyd Anderson High students were taken to the school’s football field and bleachers.According to the Broward Sheriff’s Office, the threat was called in through Crime Stoppers.Thousands of students were removed while police investigated.Boyd Anderson High is located at 3050 N.W. 41st St., while Lauderdale Lakes Middle is at 3911 N.W. 30th Ave. Oriole Elementary is at 3081 NW 39th St. in Fort Lauderdale.Residents who live in apartment complexes nearby were unable to return home due to the threats. last_img read more

first_imgThey’re accused of running separate day spas.The investigation spans from Palm Beach County to Orange County.Police said they expect hundreds of arrests as a result of the investigation.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. JUPITER, Fla. (WSVN) – A third woman has been arrested as part of a human-trafficking investigation in West Palm Beach.Hua Zhang, 58, was taken into custody Tuesday. She faces charges of maintaining a house of prostitution.Zhang is listed as the owner of Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter.Police said they have been conducting surveillance since November 2018.Authorities believe they found at least six victims of human trafficking.Martin County Sheriff William Snyder said, “They were moved from location to location. They were averaging eight clients a day. If you do the math, that’s approximately 1,500 men a year. Many of those men are married. Many of those men are in ongoing relationships.”Ruimei Li and Llixia Zhu were the other two women arrested. last_img read more

first_imgCOOPER CITY, FLA. (WSVN) – The congregation at a church in Cooper City came together to worship for the first time since a trailer filled with equipment and supplies was stolen from it.Square Root Church, located near Flamingo Road and Southwest 53rd Street, held its first service Sunday, a week after last weekend’s theft.Even with the misfortune, members of this church community said they are staying strong.“Man, everybody’s positive, everybody’s positive. You can’t stop us. You can’t deter us,” said Ariel Ortiz, the church’s youth choir director. “There’s nothing that anything, any outside influence can do that will stop us from worshipping.”Surveillance video captured a person hooking the trailer to a Ford F-150 at some point between last Saturday night and Sunday morning.The church’s staff kept items like musical equipment, children ministry items and chairs inside the trailer.If you have any information on this theft, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

first_imgMIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Repair crews are currently working to fix a water main break in Miami Beach.The eastbound lanes between Lennox and Jefferson avenues were shut down at around 7 a.m., Thursday.7News cameras captured an intersection blocked off by traffic cones.Drivers are advised to avoid the area, as hours later, crews continue working on repairs.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more