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Published May 17th, 2014 - 12:05AM
With the history George West was dragging behind him — three felony convictions, three prison terms — Wade Westphal wasn’t certain Bates Technical College could help him.
Published May 14th, 2014 - 12:05AM
Linda Lawrence Hunt has had her share of grief: two bouts with breast cancer, the loss of a brother and parents. None of it compared with losing her daughter, Krista, in 1998.
Published May 12th, 2014 - 12:05AM
The music to “Pomp and Circumstance” makes her cry, so Sandra Braedt is about to have a weepy month.
Published May 10th, 2014 - 12:05AM
The trouble with Bode that day was that he’d been stuck in a truck for a long time with his owner. And when they got home, the front door was open.
Published May 7th, 2014 - 12:05AM
Jake Stanton had more than 2,000 friends on Facebook and, since Friday, hundreds of people have put photographs and memories on a new Facebook page, RIP Jake Stanton. He was a popular 19-year-old who attended Western Washington University, a Stadium High School graduate who competed on the swim team and played in the school band, a young man whose kindness and smile are being called unforgettable. Over the last six months, that smile hid his pain and confusion.
Published May 5th, 2014 - 12:05AM
"We used 993 plastic bags," said MacKinzie Roberts, a 17-year-old Rogers High School junior. "I researched it and found that it can take up to a thousand years for one plastic bag to decompose — so we saved 993,000 years of plastic bags decomposing in a landfill."
Published May 3rd, 2014 - 12:05AM
As members of the Tacoma Buddhist Temple celebrate the church centennial, Kosho Yukawa and his family are part of its history. “When the church was first established, in 1915, there were about 40 members,” Yukawa said. “They rented a little space in a hotel at 15th and Market Street and met there.” By 1929, membership had grown to more than 400 families, in part because of a young pastor who arrived a year earlier.
Published April 30th, 2014 - 12:05AM
The two most fortunate events in Michael Fried’s life occurred in Holland, and both involved women. The first was the work of his mother, Lonny Wartelsky, a young Jewish widow and mother of two young children thrown into a detention camp by Nazi Germans.
Published April 28th, 2014 - 12:05AM
Reading a trade magazine three months ago, Chris Goodman, the course director at Meadow Park Golf Course, came across a game called footgolf. He immediately took it up with his head greenskeeper.
Published April 26th, 2014 - 12:05AM
When asked what makes an inventor, Thomas Edison said: “To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk.” Dennis William Wilson has both. The imagination was a blessing or curse that began in childhood, when Wilson would wonder what made things work. Upon discovering what made an object work, he would attempt to create something more efficient.
Published April 23rd, 2014 - 12:05AM
Jeff O'Malley wasn't the morbid type. He just recognized reality, accepted mortality and wanted to live his last days on his terms. He got to take one last motorcycle ride before his death early Wednesday.
Published April 21st, 2014 - 12:05AM
When Tyler McNamer was a high school freshman, he told his father he was going to write a book.
Published April 18th, 2014 - 8:40PM
A pair of killdeer built their nest and laid their eggs at Wilson High School during spring break earlier this month — back before a pair of students gave the birds names, Charon and Chawn.
Published April 16th, 2014 - 3:06AM
Kelsey Crutchfield-Peters had never heard of the Watson Fellowship until she tagged along with a friend to a University of Puget Sound information seminar. “One full year traveling abroad, spending three months each in four countries, pursuing a project you love?” she asked. “I applied in November last year, heard I’d won in March.”
Published April 13th, 2014 - 10:01PM
Edward Lychik, who plans to run the Boston Marathon, says his new leg is a "tool for me to inspire others."
Published April 12th, 2014 - 12:05AM
It wasn’t a midlife crisis that pushed Diane Cooper toward a career change; it was a patch of ice in Iowa. Once a school bus driver, Cooper moved to bigger vehicles and became a long-haul trucker in the mid-’90s, a career that took her through every state in the continental United States.
Published April 9th, 2014 - 12:05AM
When Michael Boyd and John Radke began college at Pacific Lutheran University, they were former high school classmates with the same goal: to start a rock ’n’ roll band.

Hey, it was the ’60s.

Published April 7th, 2014 - 12:05AM
Gini Gobeske’s career path may have been created before she was, laid out on the day her parents met.
Published April 5th, 2014 - 12:05AM
In the house at the corner of South Eighth Street and Cushman Avenue on Tacoma’s Hilltop, Deborah Curtis didn’t allow her five children to hang out with gang members — and she kept gang members out of her yard.
Published April 2nd, 2014 - 12:05AM
The most vulnerable among us — the elderly, the young, the gullible — have long been targets of scammers, thieves and other miscreants.
Published March 31st, 2014 - 12:05AM
When she was still traveling, and at 84 she was climbing mountains, someone asked Azella Taylor if she’d ever married and had children.
Published March 28th, 2014 - 8:25PM
The day Eduardo Peñalver was named the first Latino dean of Cornell Law School this month, one of his brothers called their mother, Meg. “There he goes, raising the bar again,” Josiah Peñalver said of his older brother.
Published March 26th, 2014 - 12:05AM
It would seem unlikely that a children’s choir of African orphans singing about Jesus would find its tour of the Northwest touched by controversy, but it has. The Watoto Children’s Choir, an outreach of the Watoto church in Uganda, is nearing the end of a seven-month tour of the West Coast and the end of a one-year commitment from its young performers. When the choir gives four concerts this weekend at a pair of Lakewood churches, there may be protesters present.
Published March 24th, 2014 - 12:05AM
When the house in the Hilltop was given to the Sisters of St. Dominic in 2000, one of the first things Peg Murphy heard was “those nuns are going to ruin the neighborhood.”
Published March 21st, 2014 - 10:13PM
Northwest Spay & Neuter Center does an average of 70 surgeries a day, including dogs and cats brought in by the Humane Society for Tacoma & Pierce County.
Published March 19th, 2014 - 12:05AM
Walt Easter doesn’t believe there’s much wrong with a man that a good day of work won’t fix. Which is a good thing, in his case. Easter has had three heart attacks, gone through 40 chemotherapy treatments for prostate cancer, had major shoulder surgery and, just last winter, dealt with two bouts of pneumonia. None of it kept him from working long.
Published March 17th, 2014 - 12:05AM
If you see an 81-year-old former nun on trumpet, a 94-year-old retired dentist playing baritone horn and a group that only accepts gigs with close parking, it’s almost certainly the New Horizons Band and Orchestra.
Published March 15th, 2014 - 12:05AM
A few weeks ago, Bill Engelhart got a large dose of perspective while sitting in a car stopped at a red light. “Some kids pulled up next to us, and I could hear their radio, and I thought, I wouldn’t want to be a teenager now, I hate their music. And my parents hated mine!” he said, then laughed at himself.
Published March 12th, 2014 - 12:05AM
You could call Tacoma native Pete Henriot father, because since 1970 he has been a Jesuit priest. You could call him doctor, because he has a doctorate and three master's degrees. You certainly could call him driven, because at age 78 he spends more time looking ahead than behind.
Published March 10th, 2014 - 12:05AM
They had Tae McKenzie just after “hello.” She was an 8-year-old who’d just moved, from Tacoma’s East Side to the Hilltop. She attended Stanley Elementary School. And right next door was the Al Davies Boys & Girls Club chapter.
Published March 8th, 2014 - 12:05AM
Faith has long played a prominent role in Julie Westbrook’s life, even before she and Eric met at church. They were both 19 — she, a Catholic dealing with the recent loss of her father; he, the son of the Rev. Thomas L. Westbrook, the well-known Tacoma pastor, bishop and founder of the New Jerusalem Church of God in Christ.
Published March 5th, 2014 - 12:05AM
As fish stories go, Lloyd Livernash has a great one, lacking only a fish. “My dad and uncle worked the sawmill in Buckley, and once or twice a year we’d drive down to Point Defiance, rent a rowboat and go fishing,” Livernash said. “The year I turned 11, we all went fishing around Washington’s birthday.” This was in 1939 — 75 years ago.
Published March 3rd, 2014 - 12:05AM
Alina Prots was a baby when she met neighbor Tom Bungert, and said his wheelchair scared her at first. "I got used to it," Alina said. What blossomed was a relationship both treasure, one that grew so close that Alina’s family and Tom and Bev Bungert might as well be one group. One large group.
Published March 1st, 2014 - 12:05AM
When Irving Farber opened LeRoy Jewelers in downtown Tacoma in 1941, he offered customers more than diamonds and gold. He had toasters, too. And baseball bats.
Published February 24th, 2014 - 12:05AM
Jerry White believes each of us has a moment in life from which we begin to view things as before and after, and the longer we live, the more such moments we accumulate.
Published February 22nd, 2014 - 12:05AM
As a child of the ’50s in Seward, Neb., Evonne Agnello knew she wanted to write a book — but had no clear idea what it might be about. Most of her life, she wrote. For small newspapers, like the two her father owned; then a Minnesota paper she and her husband ran; then journals she kept going through good times and bad. The bad was cripplingly painful.
Published February 19th, 2014 - 12:05AM
After 40 years in the newspaper business, the last 24 as the outdoor writer for The News Tribune, Bob Mottram retired in 2003.
Published February 17th, 2014 - 12:05AM
When the snow fell this month, Bill Evans watched the kids playing in it near his Proctor District shop — and one in particular caught his attention.
Published February 14th, 2014 - 8:41PM
At a small kitchen table in a home filled with clocks, Shayne Buchanan has no problem sliding back in time. A sip of coffee, a hit on his cigarette, and the 67-year-old is back in 1965.
Published February 12th, 2014 - 12:05AM
When he went to Afghanistan last year, Lt. Daniel T. Jones was driven by duty — his Washington National Guard unit was deployed with the Army Corps of Engineers.
Published February 10th, 2014 - 12:05AM
Twenty years old with a 15-month-old daughter, Danielle Wills has no job — something she plans on changing.
Published February 8th, 2014 - 12:05AM
Barney did not become a wonder dog just by being the best-looking male Australian cattle dog in the United States. It started with his conception.
Published February 5th, 2014 - 12:05AM
Even in a family of 10 siblings, Bryan Boisvert stood out as a character. Living with his mother, Bryan stopped speaking at 14. Ask him a question, he’d write the answer. Not long after that, his mother drowned in a fishing accident, and Bryan returned to live with his father in Puyallup.
Published January 29th, 2014 - 12:05AM
Between 1975 and 1979, it’s estimated the Khmer Rouge executed as many as 2.5 million people in Cambodia, a nation of 8 million.
Published January 27th, 2014 - 12:05AM
It was the 1960s, and all three of Elnora and Ken Medley’s sons were attending Clover Park Technical College, one after another.
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