Larry LaRue HEADLINES
What led Jasmine Davis from her job as a nurse’s assistant toward a career in occupational therapy was her son, Stephon.
It was the summer of 1997, and Faith Eversull was weeks from starting her senior year at Curtis High School, fueled by the immortality of being 17.
A year ago, Bev Williams made a decision with all of Pierce County in mind. She stopped driving.
Seven years of riding a tricycle ended last month for Bev Williams when it was stolen. No problem: Her neighbor's generous employer bought her a new one.
As she was turning 48, Julie Kaas found herself floundering in a new lifestyle, one so foreign she decided to Google it. “Newly divorced and separated,” she typed. That seemed, last August, to be her identity. There was, and is, far more to her.
An artist with thrifty tastes, Gerry Sperry was wandering through a Goodwill store in Puyallup on the last day of 2013 when he came upon a lacquered wooden box in the hardware section.
Carl Lane was a heck of a paperboy in 1950, and when he died 47 years later, his younger sister worried that his grandchildren might never know what he’d been like in his younger years.
The new house that Dianna Sullivan and her family will move into next week was built thanks to thousands of dollars and hundreds of hands.
She was 17 years old and weeks away from her senior year at Auburn Riverside High School when Michelle Sams learned her father had died. A truck driver, Wayne Sams was killed Aug. 13, 1999, in a pileup on Interstate 405. For Michelle, the oldest of his three children, it seemed there was no one she could turn to.
Katherine Brewer is a doctor specializing in allergies and asthma, which means she’s as much a detective as a physician.
’Tis the season for holiday parties and pageants, and Pilgrim Lutheran Church in Puyallup has put an extra dash of the Christmas spirit into its effort.
Raymond Cool was the fat kid in his senior class at Spanaway Lake High School, a likeable fellow with an appetite for life and food that seemed irrepressible. It almost destroyed him.
Mary Pat Lancefield was with her two young daughters at a Gig Harbor soccer game two years ago when the news arrived with one of their teammates.
The first planes flew over his family’s home just before 8 a.m., as Tadashi Fujioka was eating breakfast before church. He was 16, a Japanese-American boy in Hawaii. When he ran outside, he saw low-flying planes overhead, the Japanese flag on the underside of their wings. They were headed toward Pearl Harbor, less than two miles away.
Diane Hansen was born an artist, then spent much of her life waiting for her talent to show itself. She tried singing on tape for her grandmother and created a sound a grandparent could love. From a woman in her Anacortes neighborhood, Hansen was introduced to drawing with pencils, charcoal, then watercolors.
Ryan Conway grew up across the street from the Indian Willard Cemetery in Puyallup, visiting ancestral graves and living in what was then called the “Blue House.”
You survived Black Friday. You’re trying hard to figure out what Cyber Monday means. Maybe it’s time to join a worldwide effort called #givingtuesday — and coat your spirit in good will born of helping others.
At 76, Ed Kane had walked, hiked and backpacked all his life until back problems limited him for a few months this year.
Bob O’Neal’s trumpet, a 1927 King Silvertone, was a gift from an uncle, and O’Neal played it in his high school marching band.
Dr. Frank Senecal has spent much of his life fighting cancer in others and learned a bittersweet truth: Today he can save patients with some forms of the disease, while others remain incurable.
Larry Faulk is no Don Quixote, charging windmills and trying to bring back chivalry. Faulk’s dream is to bring two pandas to the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium.
Not many wood shop teachers have a pair of Rock and Roll Hall of Famers on speed dial, but Roy McAlister of Stadium High School does.
Nowhere in the women’s prison at Purdy is there a place to forget you’re incarcerated. A classroom comes closest.
Bill Lavigne is an outfielder and keeps his legs in shape with wind sprints, which he runs at three-quarter speed two or three times a week.
On some streets, one house — or one man — can become the identity for an entire neighborhood. For 60 years in Tacoma, that man was Ron Thaut. And his home, for each of those 60 years, was mint green.
Kathleen Casper leaves no vapor trail as she passes, though that might be because there isn’t enough time for one to form.
Sebrena Chambers has risen through the ranks of the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department for 17 years. Last week, the 54-year-old Chambers was named head of the Strengthening Families Division of the department.
On any given weekend in the Northwest, you can find a bazaar, gift fair or rummage sale — some of them for wonderful causes.
Authors can explode on the scene with best-sellers think Harper Lee and To Kill a Mockingbird, or J.D. Salinger and The Catcher in the Rye. Lauren LeDonnes journey to publishing took years, but when it arrived, it hit a motherload.
Elsie Taniguchi was part of the Japanese community that made up a third of Fife’s population in 1942, when she and her family were taken from their farm to a detention center at the Puyallup Fairgrounds.
For years, the Pacific Crest Trail was an adventure that lay ahead of Elena and Gus Wimberger, a once-in-a-lifetime trek theyd dreamed of and planned.
If you have an extra good thought on your hands, or an unused prayer, Ellie Walton could use it. The 7-month-old has bright eyes, a big smile and one of those laughs that make adults go soft. And for the second time in her young life, she's had a brain tumor removed.
Joe Lawson will auction an almost complete 1915 Cracker Jack set of baseball cards Sept. 3 in Tacoma. The rare find is the holy grail of the hobby.
The wedding dress of a Kent bride-to-be was stolen the day of the ceremony from her car Sunday. The 911 dispatcher she called ended up saving the day by lending the woman her own.
On Aug. 29, 2012, Doug McArthur was playing a round at the nine-hole Highlands Golf Course, near his Tacoma home. After teeing off on the first hole, he was lining up a putt on the green. And dropped dead.
All summer, the Orting Valley Farmers Market has been open each Friday from 3-7 p.m. and now has some 40 vendors. It was precisely the type of project the Spark Grants were created to fund.
The early-morning fire that tore through the kitchen did more than close the Ale House Sports Pub & Eatery for at least two months. It put 17 employees out of work, including general manager Craig Dickens. On July 12, Dickens got a visitor from across the parking lot: Narrows Plaza Bowl manager Mary Ann Greenfield.
A team of young Tacoma basketball players recently won a national championship, for which the trophy was bigger than some of their players.
Hundreds of kids this summer are spending 90 minutes a week on one of seven area golf courses through an international program called First Tee that tries to instill core values integrity, honesty, respect and confidence.
After spending most of his life in his familys restaurant, the scent of Italian meat sauce was in more than just Jerry Rosis clothes. It reached his heart and stayed.
When Leo Castro had a heart attack last week in the gym, a handful of young basketball players were stunned by what they saw — a man lying on the floor, not breathing, eyes rolled back in his head. Then they saved the Lakewood man's life.
When Cristopher Claeys was 4, his mother, Annie Starwich-Claeys, took a college anatomy class and he read the textbooks she brought home. The next time he wasnt feeling good, he said, Mom, my uvula hurts, father Scott Claeys said.
Mike Trammell and his two daughters made the drive from Puyallup to Lakewood on Memorial Day to visit the grave of Trammell’s mother at Mountain View Memorial Park. It didn’t go well.
As summer approaches and opportunities for volunteering in the community expand, Amy Allison is pitching her cause – Paint Tacoma-Pierce Beautiful.
It is called the Old Settlers Cemetery, and it appears the first burial there took place in the 1860s. Rick Felty walks the cemetery grounds in Lakewood more than anyone.
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