Larry LaRue HEADLINES
Next week, Peter Wimberger will load daughter Elena, 22, and son Gus, 18, into the car, drive them to the Mexican border and leave them. By mid-October, give or take a month, the siblings should make it home. The Pacific Crest Trail, at 2,663 miles, is a challenge few people take on all at once. Gus, Elena and her boyfriend, Carter Chaffey, are nothing if not ambitious.
Tim Nevarez saw his life taking a turn for the better last month, which often means trouble is looming. He had been unemployed for close to a year, laid off when the landscaping company for which he worked went bankrupt. But now Nevarez and wife Debbie were expecting their first child together on April 29.
Being a Buddhist monk is no shield against life. Dr. Barry Kerzin was reminded of that fact this week as he dealt with his fathers death.
Not long after we wrote about the Spanaway House of Rats in January, the television reality show “Hoarding: Buried Alive” sensed ratings among the rodents. Coupled with filth and a touch of craziness, rats proved irresistible to the producers of the Discovery Channel-backed TLC series. On Tuesday, they descended upon the home with camera crews.
The invasion of Graham last weekend – with people from Montana, Kentucky, Oregon and Texas – was Peggy Scheid’s fault. Family and friends made a big deal of her turning 100, but the guest list at son Bill’s 5-acre spread for four days was 21. The party itself? That came close to the 80 invited.
Kate Andrews watched the Seattle Mariners’ home opener Monday on television, surrounded by grandkids, a husband named Jim, a cat named Baby Kitty and close to 50 Tacoma Rainiers jerseys with no names at all.
Sam Daniels held a steady hand three feet off the floor of his Hilltop barbershop, and laughed. Ive been cutting hair since I was about this high, he said. And the last haircut I gave was Saturday to a Mr. Glover.
Chuck Jackel and Jayne Ashby were born in Tacoma General Hospital a year apart, met in a Stadium High journalism class and married in 1987.
The column was called “The Curious Psychic,” and it ran in The News Tribune for more than a decade. It was an apt description of Shirlee Teabo, who teamed with writer/sister Jacquie Witherrite as she looked into paranormal activities — from UFO sightings to reading tea leaves. After a fall led to her hospitalization, Shirlee Teabo died last week. She was 80 years old.
The band and dance troupe at the MultiCare Adult Day Health Center is a work in progress. When each hour-long session begins, a large activities room is half filled with tables, and most of the performers seated around them are in wheelchairs.
Putting a pet down hurts. To take the edge off the pain, many pet owners are embracing in-home pet euthanasia, where a vet makes a house call.
Alexander Kozlowski died in his Tacoma home Monday, an 81-year-old retired car salesman with many friends. Few of them knew his life story. That was intentional. Kozlowskis earliest memories included being beaten by Polish children for being Jewish. Before the start of World War II, his country was invaded by Germany from one direction, Russia from another.
Axel Moeller has never stayed in one place too long, seems to have been everywhere and done about everything. While he paints, the 86-year-old storyteller will be happy to talk to you.
They lost her in the minutes before New Year’s Day 2006, a 2-year-old who seemed so close to overcoming a congenital heart defect.
There are times not even Terry Miller can recall all the turns his life took before he was named the Pacific Lutheran University dean of nursing 15 years ago.
They are the last generation of Americans who contracted polio as children, and after fighting to live normal lives, they have found themselves stalked as senior citizens by a condition many doctors dont recognize.
Emma Miller wasnt about to wait to see the world. Over the past four years, she has been to Switzerland, South Korea, Mexico, England, France and Italy, along with stops in New York, Washington, D.C., Boston and Skagway, Alaska.
Don Brittain rediscovered his trumpet and the nobility of taps. His nightly playing has touched the neighbors, and it's helped Brittain honor our troops and cope with his the death of his wife.
Wrong-way driver with Alzheimers travels to Kitsap County line from Tacoma, shakes lives on New Years Day
The man no longer had a drivers license when he slid behind the wheel of his silver BMW, though he didnt understand that he shouldnt be driving.
When the hoarder moved in next door several years ago, Sharon and Richard Collins felt bad. The woman's home filled with piles of acquisitions and her husband moved out.
A day after David Purchase died, friends remembered him Tuesday as a pioneer who fought HIV-AIDS on the streets of Tacoma and gave birth to what became an international health movement.
A man whos been an ironworker for a quarter of a century, Bret Miller worked high beams throughout the Northwest for employers who often couldnt find the time for his coffee breaks.
Former Renton elementary school teacher Sylvia Davison, who developed the GoPhonics curriculum used in all 50 states, China and Europe, is still going strong at 90, tutoring 20 students with reading problems one-on-one in her Puyallup home.
Dave Naron always knew what he wanted to do, though after four years in college and another handful as a youth pastor, reality set in.
Instructor Lynn Wilmot-Stenehjem remembers the 3-year-old nailing the dance routines, then freezing up backstage before the recital.
Cliff Fournier is something of a living museum piece, a 96-year-old survivor from a bygone era in Tacoma. He’s the last of 212 trainmen who conducted trolleys through the city from 1890 to 1938.
On the afternoon of Oct. 25, Kim Meline said goodbye to the two men in her family, concerned about each of them. She was going to Barcelona, Spain and leaving husband Rob and son Jonathan in their central Tacoma home.
It happened sometime between third and fifth grade, so long ago that Ardene Bartness can’t quite remember.
Stephanie Tetloff, a veterinarian assistant at Parkway Animal Hospital in Parkland, founded the nonprofit Kitty Haven in 2001 with friend Cindi Hagerman, who since has moved. With the help of them and others, Kitty Haven has adopted out more than 1,100 kittens.
They are men in the winter of their lives, bound together by what they did decades ago in service to their country. And while most of them still have a sweet tooth, all carry memories.
Family and friends of Robert Meline will gather to celebrate his life today while attempting not to focus on his death – no easy task for those still stunned by his murder.
After playing “Mary Ann” on the piano, Sidney DeLibero turned on the bench, her legs dangling well off the floor, and picked up a photo book.
The lengths to which some potential jurors go to avoid jury duty was shown when a woman told a Bronx, N.Y., court in 2008 that she could not serve on a murder case.
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