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Published February 20th, 2014 - 12:05AM
It’s probably risky business to make assumptions about how politicians in political bodies will behave, although I’ve usually been safe assuming that legislators will vote yes on their own bills.
Published February 18th, 2014 - 12:05AM
You’d think that after a while, U.S. presidents might think twice before agreeing to visit Tacoma.
Published February 16th, 2014 - 12:05AM
Dave Burns thinks he knows what goes through people’s minds when he starts talking about his dining car. “People think I’ve got a screw loose,” he said last week. “But some people have Harleys. I have this.” “This” is Northern Pacific Dining Car No. 1663, wrapped in gray tarps and standing next to Tacoma Rail tracks on the Tideflats. The 80-foot-long car is the sole survivor of a 15-car fleet built around 1910 by the Barney and Smith Car Co. of Dayton, Ohio.
Published February 13th, 2014 - 12:05AM
It’s traditional around Valentine’s Day to send greetings to loved ones. And when you care enough to send the very best, go to Hallmark.
Published February 11th, 2014 - 12:05AM
Having never lived in an area where a local team won a major sports championship — at least not recently — I was unaware that such things produce so much stuff.
Published February 9th, 2014 - 12:05AM
Lots of stuff gets introduced in the Washington Legislature that is never heard from again.
Published February 6th, 2014 - 12:05AM
This divided government in Olympia is starting to affect how we think.
Published February 4th, 2014 - 12:05AM
The difference in tone between the first meeting on how to place a new intercity train depot inside Freighthouse Square and the second meeting was considerable. And it wasn’t just because the second meeting was in a heated conference room at Tacoma’s City Hall rather than a frigid space in Freighthouse Square.
Published February 2nd, 2014 - 12:05AM
The day has finally arrived but I’m not nearly ready for the World’s Greatest Super Bowl Party ever.
Published January 30th, 2014 - 12:05AM
Who wouldn’t be pleased to see that Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland was one of four midsize-city mayors from across the nation asked by PBS to comment on Tuesday’s State of the Union address.
Published January 28th, 2014 - 12:05AM
When there is no apparent public policy reason for a bill that looks a lot like political revenge, it is usually safe to conclude that it is the latter.
Published January 26th, 2014 - 12:05AM
It was nice of the National Football League and the Seattle Seahawks to recognize John Nordstrom during the trophy ceremony last Sunday.
Published January 23rd, 2014 - 12:05AM
The cooperative agreement between the ports of Tacoma and Seattle that was announced last week is either a) a pretty big deal that will benefit taxpayers and the economy of the state of Washington or, b) window dressing to distract those who have tired of the ports’ ruinous competition.
Published January 21st, 2014 - 6:38AM
Legislative Democratic leaders have a new myth to go along with their longtime favorite, the Loophole Fairy.
Published January 19th, 2014 - 12:05AM
In her majority opinion in McCleary v. State of Washington, state Supreme Court Justice Debra Stephens knew she was wading into unfamiliar waters.
Published January 16th, 2014 - 12:05AM
The legislation itself might not help very many people. A search of records by the Washington State Patrol shows that perhaps as few as 80 people still alive were arrested and convicted of state crimes related to what is now remembered as the Fish Wars.
Published January 14th, 2014 - 12:05AM
Here are some brave and bold predictions for the 2014 session of the Washington Legislature.
Published January 12th, 2014 - 12:05AM
Suppose they gave a legislative session and nobody came? Unlikely, I know. There is too much money and power to toss around for all those folks to pass on the chance to hang out together for a few months.
Published January 9th, 2014 - 12:05AM
I’m not sure how to break this to all of those in the region getting revved up over the current edition of the Seattle Seahawks, so I will try the direct route.
Published January 7th, 2014 - 12:05AM
Members of Boeing’s Machinists union had the weight of the world on their shoulders when they voted on a new contract last week.
Published December 31st, 2013 - 12:05AM
And now, for those blessed with short attention spans, the entire year 2013 in just 668 words:
Published December 29th, 2013 - 12:05AM
It was the summer of 2010 and, like many in the region and the nation, I was looking for some good news.
Published December 26th, 2013 - 12:05AM
It’s update Thursday here at The News Tribune:
Published December 24th, 2013 - 12:05AM
Christmas Eve has arrived, and I’m not nearly ready for the big day. Nothing helps me get organized like a long list of things I still need to get done (but probably won’t).
Published December 15th, 2013 - 12:05AM
Just three days before federal land grants would expire, crews including 700 Chinese laborers managed to complete what would pass as the terminus of a transcontinental railroad.
Published December 11th, 2013 - 10:16PM
I was pretty excited by the state of Washington’s decision last year to relocate Tacoma’s passenger rail station from Puyallup Avenue to Freighthouse Square.
Published December 10th, 2013 - 12:05AM
Rooting for a winner in the ongoing battle between cable companies and local television stations is like picking a favorite when the Red Sox play the Cardinals in a World Series.
Published December 8th, 2013 - 12:05AM
It’s a dance performed around the state a couple of times each year.
Published December 5th, 2013 - 12:05AM
Say what you want about the departure this week of University of Washington Husky football coach Steve Sarkisian. But please don’t use the words market or marketplace, as UW athletic director Scott Woodward did in a recent Seattle Times article about lucrative coach contracts.
Published December 3rd, 2013 - 12:05AM
Now that December has arrived, the real holiday season has begun. That means all decorating, music or shopping that occurred prior to Dec. 1 does not count, at least not as holiday decorating, music or shopping.
Published December 1st, 2013 - 12:05AM
Producing books on local history via photography is well within the skills and passions of Caroline Gallacci and Ron Karabaich.
Published November 28th, 2013 - 12:05AM
Today in this space we present Gov. Jay Inslee’s first Thanksgiving proclamation (or at least what he might have proclaimed had he issued his first Thanksgiving proclamation).
Published November 26th, 2013 - 12:05AM
So a couple of state Senate staffers are told they won’t have jobs by the end of the year. Big deal, right?
Published November 24th, 2013 - 12:05AM
A recent statewide poll suggests a large majority of Washington voters would have ratified the contract that Boeing presented to its Machinists union earlier this month.
Published November 21st, 2013 - 12:05AM
I wasn’t familiar with Prentice Hospital. I’d not heard of an architect named Bertrand Goldberg. But a historic preservation battle that ended badly last month in Chicago involving a building designed by Goldberg has special significance here.
Published November 19th, 2013 - 12:05AM
There they are again, back at their corner table, fueled by caffeine and youthful self-confidence. As such, it is never difficult to eavesdrop on Earnest Guy and Cynical Girl.
Published November 17th, 2013 - 12:05AM
I say it’s a park. They say it’s an open space plaza. Let’s call the whole thing off.

Published November 14th, 2013 - 12:05AM
When members of the Tacoma City Council were debating which alignment was best for a planned extension of the Link light rail system, they were repeatedly reminded that the maps shouldn’t be taken literally.
Published November 12th, 2013 - 7:01AM
The latest special session of the Washington state Legislature was so short that the best way to cover it was in Twitter’s 140-character maximum posts from my account, @CallaghanPeter.
Published November 10th, 2013 - 12:05AM
One after another, the state’s business and local government leaders took to the microphone to praise Boeing last week.
Published November 7th, 2013 - 12:05AM
Present and future passengers of Boeing’s commercial jetliners should take comfort knowing that if the company is half as good at building planes as it is at playing politicians they are very safe.
Published November 5th, 2013 - 12:05AM
Today is Election Day, or at least the last of a series of election days that began when ballots were mailed out. Regardless, the time has come for one final batch of fearless political predictions.
Published November 2nd, 2013 - 11:05PM
It is testimony to the polarized condition of the public education debate that even good news can create controversy.
Published October 7th, 2013 - 9:09AM
Up here in our remote corner of the contiguous 48 it’s easy to believe that the sordid culture that is Washington, D.C., is not our culture.
Published August 13th, 2013 - 6:29AM
Kathy Ludders isn’t the first person to stumble across the story of Walter Sutter and want more.
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