Tacoma

Light Rail expansion
5:01 am
Wed April 24, 2013

Tacoma City Council favors Hilltop area for light rail extension

City of Tacoma

Tacoma is on the brink of more than doubling the length of its Sound Transit Link Light Rail line.

Under a plan just recommended by the Tacoma City Council, the current starter line between the Tacoma Dome and the city's downtown would extend north into the Hilltop neighborhood. 

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I Wonder Why ... ?
10:40 am
Fri September 7, 2012

Why Tacoma owes its slogan to a ‘crazy person’

New Yorker George Francis Train is often credited with naming Tacoma the “City of Destiny.”

Tacoma has been known as the “City of Destiny” for more than 140 years.

And while the city’s slogan is unique because it has lasted for so long (when was the last time you heard Seattle referred to as “Jet City?”), it also comes from a 19 Century “crazy person” who was a relentless promoter of Tacoma.

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helmet laws
11:00 am
Thu May 31, 2012

Milton ditches bike helmet law, says rules created liability

Tacoma still requires helmets, though this person wasn't too worried about it.
Evan Hoover KPLU

No helmet laws, no liability — at least that’s the way the city of Milton sees it.

For insurance reasons, the Milton City Council last week repealed the section of city code, in place since 1997, that mandated people riding bicycles, skateboards, scooters and roller skates in public places wear helmets.

"We want to stress personal responsibility and expect people to use the skate park at their own risk," says City Administrator Subir Mukerjee. 

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Gang assessment
2:40 pm
Thu April 19, 2012

Tacoma survey points to serious gang problem along I-5

Tacoma city officials knew they had a gang problem, and a survey published this week has brought out new worries.

The survey, called The Tacoma Gang Project, found 651 active gang members and associates within the city. The survey also uncovered that gang recruitment happens as early as middle school. North of Tacoma, King County reports 10,000 gang members within 140 active criminal street gangs and an increase of 165 percent in gang related crimes.

“There is lots of gang activity up and down the I-5 corridor,” said King County Councilman Reagan Dunn.

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Law
9:11 am
Tue April 17, 2012

Tacoma police investigating motorcycle club after shootings

TACOMA, Wash. — Tacoma police are investigating a motorcycle club whose parties twice have ended in shooting deaths during the past eight months.

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taxes and services
1:04 pm
Tue March 20, 2012

Sales tax boost would create safety net for mentally ill

If you live anywhere in the Puget Sound region you probably pay a small sales tax to support mental health services. The main exception is in Pierce County.

That may change, at least within Tacoma city limits.

A proposal in front of the Tacoma City Council would raise the sales tax by 1/10th of a percent, or a penny per $10 purchase. That’s the same as residents pay in King, Snohomish, Thurston and many other counties. The revenue would be dedicated to a broad array of services to assist people with serious mental illness or drug abuse problems.

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Arts
9:01 pm
Mon February 20, 2012

Hot, exciting and dangerous: Glassblowing with Hilltop Artists

Greg Pierce, Operations Manager at Hilltop Artists, with a student working on an African water jug.
Ambar Espinoza

In the mid-1990's, gang activity in Tacoma's Hilltop neighborhood was at an all time high. The area had become notorious for drug deals, assaults, and drive-by shootings. Gangs often recruited from schools - all the way down through the elementary grades.

It took a lot of effort by the police and community groups to turn the neighborhood around. One of the organizations that's made a difference is Hilltop Artists. It started out in those high-crime days by convincing kids who were attracted to "danger" to swap gang banging for another dangerous activity: glassblowing.

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Sports
9:32 am
Tue January 24, 2012

Jon Kitna hopes to coach at high school in Tacoma, Wash.

Jon Kitna talks about his life inside and outside of the NFL with his wife Jennifer in 2007.
The Associated Press

TACOMA, Wash. — After 15 years as an NFL quarterback, Jon Kitna hopes to return to his old high school in Tacoma as a coach.

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Close calls
12:41 pm
Thu December 8, 2011

Teen wakes up sleeping bus driver in Washington

TACOMA, Wash. — An alert Washington state teenager likely prevented an accident when he woke up a sleeping bus driver who had nodded off at the wheel while entering an Interstate 5 onramp in Tacoma.

A surveillance camera on the school bus recorded 17-year-old Emmanuel Williams jump from his seat and rush to the front of the bus after seeing the driver's head go down.

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Law
12:59 pm
Thu September 1, 2011

Injured woman crawls out of swamp near Tacoma

TACOMA, Wash. — A trucker was changing a flat tire Thursday morning on Interstate 5 south of Tacoma when he saw a woman in her underwear crawl over the guardrail from a swamp near the Nisqually River.

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Credit ratings
3:56 pm
Mon August 8, 2011

Update: S&P lowers Tacoma's rating on debt backed by fed

Soon after downgrading the credit rating of the United States, Standard & Poor’s has taken the city of Tacoma’s rating down a notch from AAA to AA+ on debt it has issued that is backed by the federal government, according to a report in the Puget Sound Business Journal.

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Worker retraining
5:30 am
Mon August 1, 2011

Tacoma workers laid off in 'Nalley Valley' getting federal help

A spread of Nalley's top products for a 1949 advertising campaign. Workers at the former Bird's Eye canning factory are getting federal help for retraining.
Richards Studio, Tacoma via Tacoma Public Library Archives

More than two-hundred workers who lost their jobs when the "Nalley Valley" canning plant in Tacoma closed last month are now eligible for special retraining through the federal Trade Adjustment Assistance Program.

The newly unemployed, consider it a victory.

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Law
4:44 pm
Wed July 27, 2011

Tacoma asks teens to spread curfew rules through videos

Tacoma is cracking down on minors who stay out past midnight, and city leaders are counting on teens to get the word out.

They just kicked off a contest that asks kids to make mini-movies about the city's curfew law. While they want minors to know the curfew is no joke, they say they’d love to see funny videos about it.

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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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