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Morning Press: Smith Tower shooting; vaping industry; Vancouver doctor’s long career

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

One dead in shooting at Smith Tower in Vancouver; suspect in custody

A man was killed and two women were injured in a shooting Thursday afternoon in the lobby of Smith Tower Apartments in downtown Vancouver.

The suspected shooter, identified by police as Robert E. Breck, 80, a resident of the senior living building, was taken into custody after a standoff with law enforcement that lasted nearly 2 ½ hours.

The victims have not yet been identified. However, the two who were injured were transported to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center, where a hospital spokesman said both were in satisfactory condition. 

Vancouver doctor made career of serving ‘hidden’ patients

The memories take place in a car or a hospital.

Birthdays. Thanksgiving. Christmas. Packing up leftovers, paying the bill and jetting out of a restaurant. Eating from a to-go box in a hospital waiting room. Coloring books while sitting in the car.

When Dr. David Ruiz came to Vancouver in 1980, he practiced family medicine in the only way he knew how: by making his patients feel like family, too.

Vaping industry may be following tobacco’s path enticing young users

While working in tobacco control program evaluation in Arizona, Aunna Elm remembers finally seeing an encouraging trend in her work.

After decades of large tobacco companies enlisting celebrity endorsements and duping the public about the safety of their products, she remembers efforts finally paying off around the mid 2000s when teen smoking rates started to drop.

Clark County Council candidate Cortes says 179th/I-5 project ‘wrong development’

One of the most consequential actions taken by the Clark County Council this year is its approval of a plan to open about 2,200 acres of land north of Vancouver near the 179th Street/I-5 interchange for development.

While the council in August moved forward with a public-private partnership to develop the area, Adrian Cortes, who is seeking a seat on the Clark County Council, called it the “wrong development” during an interview with The Columbian’s Editorial Board on Thursday.

Living the Waterfront Vancouver life

Among the most notable of the many changes that have reshaped The Waterfront Vancouver in the past year: People live there!

The development’s first two apartment buildings opened in December and June, respectively, and The Columbian reached out to a few of the residents to get their take on life at the waterfront.


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