Mardi Gras, otherwise known as Fat Tuesday, officially wrapped up for the year this week. In New Orleans, birthplace of the multicultural party-in-the-streets tradition, folks always get a head start by cranking up weeks of parading and jamming in January.
Find a valentine and mosey on down to the Fort Vancouver Sweetheart Dance. Friends of Fort Vancouver will host swing dancing to big band sounds from 7 to 10 p.m. tonight. There will be live music by the Beacock Swing Band, along with light refreshments and a no-host bar. Period costumes are encouraged. It's all at Pearson Air Museum, 1115 E. Fifth St., Vancouver. Tickets are $20 to $25. 360-816-6230 or www.friendsfortvancouver.org
MILWAUKEE -- Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders battled for the crucial backing of black and Hispanic voters in Thursday night's Democratic debate and clashed heatedly over their support for Barack Obama as the presidential race shifted toward states with more minority voters.
Southwest Washington's real estate market continued to show strength in January, with pending sales for the month hitting the highest level in a decade and a rush of new listings giving relief to deal-hungry homebuyers.
A student at Columbia River High School struck another student in the head with a metal, club-like instrument Thursday morning before fleeing the scene, according to the Clark County Sheriff's Office, and deputies are investigating.