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Mon November 29, 2010
Monday morning's headlines
Honoring the 'Lakewood Four', a fire erupts at a Tumwater business, and signs that donations to nonprofits may be on the rise.
Lakewood Officers Momorial Dedication
A year ago today four Lakewood Police officers will killed at a Parkland coffee shop. This morning, city leaders will join Governor Chris Gregoire to dedicate a memorial in honor of Sgt. Mark Renninger and officers Tina Griswold, Ronald Owens and Greg Richards. The ceremony takes place at the Lakewood Police Department. Lakewood Police Guild president Brian Wurts tells KPLU's Austin Jenkins the four positions left vacant by the officers' deaths have not been filled.
On Sunday, another memorial was dedicated at the site of the killings. The News Tribune reports Pierce County Sheriff Paul Pastor said the Forza Coffee Shop site represents a community loss that needs to be remembered:
"What was lost were four lives who believed in duty, honor and sacrifice," Pastor said.
Pierce Transit will run free shuttles to today's memorial from Lakewood Towne Center and back, between 8 am and Noon.
No Injuries in Fire at Tumwater Call Center
Seventy-five employees of a Tumwater business are safe after fire erupted at their offices on Sunday night. KIRO-TV reports fire crews staged a defensive battle against the blaze at the facility which serves as a call center for a Xerox-owned company, Affiliated Computer Services. The building is located on Tumwater Boulevard SW. The city's fire chief tells KIRO the blaze does not appear to be suspicious.
Report: Donations Increase Slightly to Nation's Nonprofit Groups
America's nonprofits report donations are up a bit, but are not outweighing the costs associated with increased demand for their services.
The Associated Press in Seattle reports the Nonprofit Research Collaborative collected data over the first nine months of 2010. Their report, to be released today, says about one-third of the nation's charities received increased donations, and those organizations are expecting a stronger 4th quarter. Another third, however, say their donations are on the decline.