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Full steam ahead for ferry app

Pierce County has revamped electronic ticketing for its ferry. It added a smart phone app. No more getting out of your car to make a mad dash to the ticket office. But, the ticket office still will operate.

Elections 2016

Washington state delegates mostly realists

The Washington State delegates to the Democratic National Convention got a breakfast visit Wednesday from former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, who urged them to work hard to beat Republican Donald Trump in November. Sanders’ comments were well-received by the delegation, which is heavily made up of Sanders supporters after he easily won the state Democratic caucuses in March.

Politics & Government

City approves Tacoma police union contract for 2015-16

The Tacoma City Council has approved the 2015-16 contract for its main police union. The membership of Local 6, which represents 307 rank-and-file officers, overwhelmingly approved the new bargaining agreement July 8, union president Sgt. Jim Barrett said. The City Council approved the contract Tuesday. The contract includes retroactive wage increases of 2.2 percent for 2015 and 1.1 percent for 2016, which reflect cost of living adjustments, Barrett said.

Videos

Meet Chinook, the newest resident of Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

Chinook, the new 800 pound California sea lion, is on display at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium. He grew up in Washington but was moved to an aquatic facility in California for several years as part of an effort to save endangered salmon stocks in the Columbia River. The distinctive brand on his back was made by National Marine Fisheries officials both as a way to study marine mammals long term and to identify predatory sea lions who were depleting stocks of endangered salmon.
Peter Haley phaley@thenewstribune.com
Meet Chinook, the newest resident of Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium 3:00

Meet Chinook, the newest resident of Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

Face-lift coming for former Tacoma men's social club 3:00

Face-lift coming for former Tacoma men's social club

Bus riders give thumbs up to free Wi-Fi plan 1:42

Bus riders give thumbs up to free Wi-Fi plan

Video: Group pushes for treatment center on the Key Peninsula 2:22

Video: Group pushes for treatment center on the Key Peninsula