Bishop Curry at St. Luke’s in Vancouver: ‘Love is the cure’; After his rousing royal wedding sermon, he expands on theme in Vancouver

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church nearly packed both Sunday morning services for a visit from the Most Rev. Michael Curry, who sermonized on the power of love, keeping with a theme from his sermon at the royal wedding in May, where many first discovered his ebullient style.

Curry is the presiding bishop and primate, the elected chief pastor and senior most bishop, of the Episcopal Church of the United States.

Millions outside the church first heard Curry in May, as he presided at the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, and shared a powerful sermon at Windsor Castle in England.

Curry’s last visit to the Vancouver church was in 2007, said St. Luke’s Rev. Jaime Case. At the time, Curry was the bishop of the Diocese of North Carolina, and the church rented out the hangar at Pearson Field.

They managed to pack the event into St. Luke’s this time, Case said, which was a feat considering the interest.

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Officials across the Northwest prepare for what could be a busy wildfire season

With an exceptionally dry May behind us and warmer summer temperatures on the horizon, officials say conditions seem to be lining up for a potentially busy fire season around much of the Pacific Northwest.

The number of fires in the Northwest tends to hang around 3,000 to 5,000 each season, said John Saltenberger, the fire weather program manager at the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center in Portland.

The big question is how many of those will be especially large — one reason why forecasters plan around the potential for large-scale wildfires.

The latest three-month outlook from the forecasters at the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise said the Northwest will see normal potential for significant fires through the month. In Southeast Washington and the southern and north-central parts of Oregon, those chances will rise to above-normal in July.

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Vancouver family struggles after husband and father deported; Native of The Gambia had lived in U.S. 17 years

A Vancouver family is still reeling after immigration agents arrested the father, who had been living and working in the United States for 17 years, and took him from their home.

Wilitha Jarju’s husband, Gibril Jarju, came to the United States around 2000. He was a police officer in The Gambia, in west Africa, who left to flee political violence there.

Wilitha Jarju awoke around 5:30 a.m. Feb. 23, when her 12-year-old daughter, Elizabeth Jarju, came to rouse her from bed.

Someone was at the door, Elizabeth told her mother.

Wilitha thought Gibril was headed to work from the family’s home in the Fourth Plain Village neighborhood.

Wilitha Jarju fumbled through the dark to find the front door slightly open. By the time she got to the doorway, there were two Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents standing at the threshold, and a few vehicles parked in the alley behind their building.

“When I saw that, I felt, like, a heat wave go over me,” she said, recalling Elizabeth was screaming.

Wilitha Jarju had enough time to get her glasses and hearing aids before going out to see her husband, who was handcuffed inside one of the vehicles.

The ICE agents wouldn’t let the kids see their father, she said. Thankfully, after some pleading, they let her keep his bank card.

Gibril Jarju was deported, and arrived in The Gambia on March 9.

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State’s crime lab backlog slows investigations; Recreational pot causing increase in DUI cases, long waits for toxicology

Medical examiners and coroners’ offices around the state, including Clark County’s, are seeing longer wait times for results on toxicology screenings from state crime labs, which is slowing investigations, the Clark County medical examiner said.

Clark County Medical Examiner Dr. David Wickham said his office, which frequently sends samples to the toxicology lab in Seattle, started noticing growing wait times in the middle of last year.

Wickham is also a member of the Forensic Investigations Council, which oversees the state’s crime labs, or Bureau of Forensic Laboratory Services.

The workload for the scientists at the toxicology lab has increased dramatically, and much of it, he said, appears to come from the rise in impaired driving cases opened after recreational marijuana was legalized. The system is straining under the workload.

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Fans suit up for I Like Comic Con; Convention keeps focus on artists, creators, exhibitors of comic books

The weekend’s inaugural I Like Comic Con was such a success, said Chris Simons, organizer and owner of the eponymous comics shop in downtown Vancouver, that he’s already planning for next year.

“It looked like we were going to be the ‘critical darling,’ you know? The one that everybody loves but they don’t really make any money,” Simons said.

The final count wasn’t available Sunday afternoon, he said, but Simons and his organizing partner Royce Myers estimated the two-day event at the Clark County Event Center saw 6,000 to 8,000 guests.

That level of success is unheard of for a first-year show, the two said, and it will definitely return next year.

“Thankfully, we have seemed to tap into some vein of fandom out there because our attendance has been really good,” Simons said. “People are really excited about it, and that makes all the creators and all the exhibitors realize, ‘Hey, this isn’t just like the cool factor you get from going to see a movie with subtitles, this is the real deal.’”

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Muslim speakers clear misconceptions about their faith

Everyday Muslims have been saddled with a lot of strange questions as the profile of radical Islamist terror groups grows, Shirin Elkoshairi said, recalling growing up with Egyptian parents, Americans who happen to be Muslim.

For the longest time, he said, that he and his family are Muslim mattered little to others.

Elkoshairi, a practicing Sunni Muslim and member of the Circle of Peace interfaith organization, jokingly compared it to dealing with the antics of that drunken, black sheep uncle.

Except that uncle is on TV all the time, for the worst reasons, and doesn’t speak English.

“We have our drunk uncles, and that’s exactly who we’re going to talk about today,” he said.

The Circle of Peace group put on the event, called Conversations with Muslims, to chip away at misconceptions about the religion.

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Protesters clash in Patriot Prayer demonstration on Vancouver waterfront

Two people were arrested, and a driver who drove a pickup nearly through several protesters was detained, following a rally thrown by local conservative activist Joey Gibson at the Vancouver waterfront.

Around 4 p.m., after the rally, counterprotesters had begun to disperse, heading downtown and toward Esther Short Park, some to follow and continue to engage with people leaving Gibson’s event.

A driver in a pickup and protesters along Columbia Street, near the entrance to the Vancouver Convention Center, apparently goaded each other, and protesters started kicking the truck.

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