100 YEARS AGO TODAY
January 25, 1913
C.W. French of San Diego, chairman of the board of directors of the Pacific Steel Corp., arrived in Tacoma this morning in his private car. “I represent myself,” said Mr. French. “I am at the head of an organization that is being formed for the purpose of encouraging the investment of foreign capital in industrial development of the Pacific Coast.” He said he had nothing to say concerning the Pacific Steel Co., which it was reported on his last visit in this city would build a plant on the tidelands.
50 YEARS AGO TODAY
January 25, 1963
A special excess levy of 14.75 mills to raise approximately $2,596,000 will be placed on the March 12 ballot to meet the needs of what the Tacoma School Board described last night as a “rock bottom” budget. The board voted unanimously to ask the voters of the Tacoma School District for the 14.75 mills toward maintenance and operation for the 1963-64 school year .
25 YEARS AGO TODAY
January 25, 1988
Some local physicians are testing their patients for AIDS without the patients’ knowledge or consent, a practice public health officials said could undermine the campaign against the disease. There is a tendency among doctors to look at the AIDS test like any other blood test, said Dr. Doug Attig of Tacoma. “Doctors in general are not used to getting informed consent when getting lab tests on a patient. In our office, we rely on tacit consent. If you get informed consent for this, do you have to get informed consent to test for hepatitis? Where do you draw the line?” “I don’t think doctors do it maliciously,” Attig added. “Some do it to protect themselves. I was doing it for a while, and I stopped. I just kind of backed off until I could see what the consensus would be. I still do the testing, but I try to get informed consent.”