Tacoma

Misinformation
4:01 pm
Wed July 27, 2011

Video of Tacoma housing project goes viral, gets it wrong

The Salishan development in Tacoma has been maligned in a YouTube video that has gone viral.
George Wesley and Bonita Dannells Flickr

An attack video claiming to expose a housing development in Tacoma "built for illegal immigrants!" has been played more than 300,000 times on YouTube. There’s only one problem, the Tacoma News Tribune reports, it’s completely wrong about almost everything.

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Entertainment
5:20 pm
Tue June 28, 2011

Vicci Martinez from Tacoma in finals of "The Voice" tonight

Vicci Martinez is one of four contestants vying to become "The Voice" on a reality TV show. She advanced to the finals after her performance of Dog Days Are Over by Florence + The Machine.
NBC / Lewis Jacobs/NBC

A woman who was born and raised in Tacoma will perform in the last round of reality TV singing contest “The Voice” tonight. The competition has made the local rocker a familiar face to millions of people around the world.

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Environment
8:00 am
Wed June 22, 2011

Leopard cubs to make debut at Point Defiance Zoo

11-day old clouded leopard cubs being cared for by zoo staff biologists in their new cub room exhibit.
Seth Bynum Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

(Updated with new video)

The newborn clouded leopard cubs at the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium will be available for public viewing this weekend, zoo officials say.

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Education
10:25 pm
Thu May 12, 2011

Desmond Tutu makes last public appearance in the Northwest

Nobel Peace Laureate Desmond Tutu
Associated Press

The former Archbishop of Cape Town, South Africa and Nobel Peace Laureate, Desmond Tutu is scheduled to speak to more than seven-thousand people at the Tacoma Dome Friday night.

His appearance is expected to be his last public event on the West Coast as he settles into retirement. Tutu met with students a day before his talk at the Dome. He told them that even thought they may want to be famous someday and make huge changes in the world, it’s the little acts of compassion in life that make a difference

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SMOKING
1:12 pm
Thu May 5, 2011

Tacoma-Pierce County may ban electronic cigarettes

A sales associate at Colorado E-Smokes holds an electronic cigarette and the filter end that holds a liquid nicotine solution. Tacoma-Pierce County is considering a ban on e-smoking or "vaping" in public places.
Ed Andrieski AP

The Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department is considering a ban on battery-powered electronic cigarettes that deliver nicotine without smoking.

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Professional Baseball
7:00 am
Fri April 15, 2011

Renovated Cheney Stadium will usher in a new era in Tacoma baseball tonight

The AAA Tacoma Rainiers baseball club opens its 2010 season in a new home.
Liam Moriarty KPLU

A steady drizzle has the infield covered in white plastic, but as the time ticks down, the place is in a high-level state of bustle.

Staffers scurry by carrying armloads of bright red T-shirts, burly young guys wheel stacks of cardboard boxes around. Crews are wiring up the TV and radio booths and the control room for the electronic scoreboard is filled with techies.

At 7:05 this evening, it's showtime for the newly redesigned, redveloped, revamped and renovated Cheney Stadium and the Tacoma Rainiers' home opener against the Sacramento River Cats.

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Law
3:23 pm
Tue April 5, 2011

Pierce County Prosecutor declares victory against Hilltop Crips

Tacoma's Hilltop neighborhood at night. 1/11/2011
Flickr user Gexydaf flickr.com

A little more than a year after 36 members and associates of the Hilltop Crips were arrested and prosecuted, Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist is declaring "a victory for the community". Lindquist says the sweep has dramatically reduced incidents of gang violence. 

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News Roundup
7:16 am
Tue March 22, 2011

Tuesday morning's headlines

Electronic billboards like this one (along I-5 in north Pierce County) are a hot topic of hot debate in the city of Tacoma.
Gary Davis KPLU News

Making headlines around the Northwest this morning:

  • Did Seattle Police Violate DUI Procedures?
  • Reforms at Monroe Prison After Guard's Killing
  • Electronic Billboard Fight Brews in Tacoma

DUI Prosecutions in Seattle on Hold

Some drunk driving cases have been suspended by City Attorney Pete Holmes while Seattle Police investigate how its DUI squad handled procedures.

On Monday, SPD admitted it is reviewing allegations procedures in the unit were not properly handled. according to The Seattle Times:

The investigation has forced the department to pull all but one member of its five-member DUI Squad from the street and assign them to desk duties, according to police.

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News Roundup
7:59 am
Thu March 3, 2011

Thursday morning's headlines

Sometimes hard to see, wood smoke is found to be more dominant pollutant in Tacoma than anyone had realized, according to a new study. The levels exceed federal standards.
Jon Froschauer AP

Making headlines around the Northwest this morning:

  • Tacoma's Wood Smoke Problem
  • New Superintendent for Seattle
  • More Lye Leaks From Wrecked Railcar
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Unusual Readings of Tacoma Pollutants

Wood smoke is a presenting a bigger pollution problem in Tacoma than experts have thought, according to a newly released study by the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency. The News Tribune's Rob Carson writes diesel and gas emissions remain the  dominant pollutants:

But in Tacoma, the risks from wood smoke were as much as seven times higher than is typical in other urban areas. Potential health effects include cancer, lung damage, heart disease and nerve damage.

The agency's Ryan Dicks tells the Trib more people may be heating with wood stoves because it's cheaper. The high wood smoke readings pushed Tacoma past federal clean air standards, the only area in the state to get such a mark. 

 

Seattle Wonders "Who is Susan Enfield?"

Seattle headlines are dominated this morning by the school board firing of Superintendent Maria Goodloe-Johnson and her top finance and operations manager, Don Kennedy, in the wake of a financial scandal. KPLU's Jennifer Wing was at last night's meeting, packed with angry parents and teachers who cheered the results.

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Wednesday's Photo
2:17 pm
Wed February 9, 2011

A run in the sun

Gary Davis KPLU

This jogger takes advantage of sunny, blue skies over downtown Tacoma on Wednesday, running along the Thea Foss Waterway near the Dock Street Marina and Museum of Glass. The sunshine drew a few dozen runners, walkers and readers during the noon lunch hour. Still on the chilly side, temperatures did reach into the mid and upper 40's this afternoon.

The National Weather Service predicts more blue skies and sun on Thursday, with highs around the region in near 50. 

Romance Survey
11:35 am
Tue February 8, 2011

U.S. most romantic city: Tacoma?

A national survey lists Tacoma as America's most romantic city.
AP

Which Washington town is the most romantic? Port Townsend? La Conner? Leavenworth? Guess again.

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News Roundup
6:41 am
Thu December 16, 2010

Thursday morning's headlines

The governor "hates" her own budget plan, education leaders don't like it either, and Tacoma prepares for potential closure of landmark museum, and a  tree 'grows' in White Center.

Gregoire "Hates" Her Budget

The governor laid out her plans to cut $4 billion and balance the state budget, then told reporters she "hates" what she's had to do.

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News Roundup
7:03 am
Tue November 30, 2010

Tuesday morning's headlines

Tacoma's Old City Hall (with the iconic clock tower) is 117 years old. Can it survive financial woes and a recent water pipe break that flooded parts of the structure? Some city officials are deeply worried the city could lose a landmark.
AP (Ted S. Warren)

Worries over Tacoma's historic Old City Hall,  over state pension funds, and a big snowstorm in the Cascades and eastern Washington.

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