100 YEARS AGO TODAY
December 29, 1912
In an effort to unravel the mystery surrounding the murder of Frank Lazzaro, Italian section hand, found yesterday morning beaten to death in his box car home at the foot of 12th Street, the Bertillion system has been brought into use. Operator Harry M. Smith this morning took impressions of the dead man’s finger tips, of finger imprints on a stove in the car and of fingerprints on the handle of the weapon used. An inquest will be held at 10 a.m. tomorrow by Coroner Shaver at the Hoska-Buckley-Kimg company’s chapel.
50 YEARS AGO TODAY
December 29, 1962
Tacoma’s Cheney Studs erupted for 55 second-half points to claim the Holiday Invitational Basketball tournament title with an 88-60 win over Rucker’s Flowers at the Mount Tahoma gym last night. Kirk’s Pharmacy of Seattle, with guard Dave Wortman hitting 33 points, edged Enumclaw 92-85 for third place. The Studs started slowly in the championship contest, hitting only 12 field goals in 48 tries during the first half for a meager 25 percent shooting mark. It was a different story in the second half, however, as the Studs clicked repeatedly on fast breaks to bag 22 baskets in 42 tries for a 52.4 percentage.
25 YEARS AGO TODAY
December 29, 1987
The Tacoma City Council may vote tonight on a multimillion-dollar deal to bail out the debt-strapped Sheraton-Tacoma Hotel. The deal would require the hotel’s developer to spend $4.8 million in the next several years to keep the high-rise free from bank foreclosure and in top operating condition. More importantly, it would allow the city to attract more lucrative regional convention and trade shows, city officials said. The deal would force Cornerstone Columbia Development Co. to give the city the land under the hotel’s parking garage.