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Politics & Government

Washington’s own birther controversy? Republican candidate for lieutenant governor says ‘absolutely not’

Marty McClendon, who is running as a Republican for lieutenant governor in Washington state, briefly became embroiled in his own birther controversy this week after he didn’t immediately denounce comments questioning the citizenship of his Democratic opponent. The comments came from crowd members at a pro-gun rally, and included a question of, “Is he legal?” in reference to Cyrus Habib, an Iranian-American.

Crime

Man breaks into 3 Stadium High School lockers

A man broke into the lockers of three Stadium High School runners Tuesday, according to police and Tacoma Public Schools. The man, who is not a student, entered the school’s Performing Arts Center, went into the boys locker room, pried open three lockers and pilfered their contents, school district spokeswoman Kathryn McCarthy said Thursday. The lockers belonged to three boys on the cross-country team.

Elections 2016

Two former teachers vie for state schools chief job

Both Erin Jones and Chris Reykdal say they will be strong advocates for K-12 education in what could be a bruising debate over how to end the unconstitutional reliance on local school district levies to help pay school-employee salaries. They are seeking to replace Randy Dorn, who has been a forceful critic of legislative inaction on meeting the mandates of the state Supreme Court’s ruling in the McCleary case.

Local

Under sail aboard a 133-foot gaff-rigged schooner

"It has a way of getting in your blood," says tall ship captain Gordon Sims of piloting the Adventuress. A National Historic Landmark, the vessel traveled from Gig Harbor to Foss Waterway Seaport Friday for a weekend visit to educate and inspire.

Local

'Spider-Craig' and friends rappel down Hotel Murano

News Tribune reporter Craig Hill and fellow media members were invited to rappel down 245-foot-tall Hotel Murano in downtown Tacoma on Thursday to experience the thrill that 76 people will share Friday in a fundraiser for Tacoma/Pierce County Habitat for Humanity.

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Graham resident receives Silver Star Medal for Vietnam heroics

Pierce County native Gary Birka and his friend, Rick Adler, were awarded Silver Stars on Friday at a ceremony in Joint Base Lewis-McChord, more than 45 years after their Army unit was ambushed in Vietnam.
Lui Kit Wong lwong@thenewstribune.com
Graham resident receives Silver Star Medal for Vietnam heroics 2:34

Graham resident receives Silver Star Medal for Vietnam heroics

Under sail aboard a 133-foot gaff-rigged schooner 2:03

Under sail aboard a 133-foot gaff-rigged schooner

Get to know Camp Seymour's Living Machine 1:04

Get to know Camp Seymour's Living Machine

'Spider-Craig' and friends rappel down Hotel Murano 2:03

'Spider-Craig' and friends rappel down Hotel Murano