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Are synthetic turf fields making young athletes sick?

University of Washington soccer coach Amy Griffin, startled by the number of goalkeepers she knew who were being diagnosed with cancer, started keeping a list of them. As her list grew, she and others —including a Tacoma family — began questioning whether recycled tires used on synthetic turf fields might contain toxic material that contributes to players’ illness. This year, EPA and other federal agencies launched research designed to find answers, while industry leaders point to dozens of previous studies that have found no link.

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Parents lose child to cancer, question crumb rubber usage

Mike and Stephanie Beardemphl lost their 24-year-old son Luke to cancer last year. He played soccer for his Tacoma high school and club teams for more than half his life. His parents and others are questioning whether the recycled tire product known as crumb rubber that is used to cushion artificial turf sports fields may contribute to cancer in young athletes.

Education

Satanic Temple brings after-school program to counter Good News Club

The Seattle chapter of the New York-based Satanic Temple says it wants to start after-school clubs at several Washington schools, including Point Defiance Elementary in Tacoma. The temple is aiming at public schools that already host a Christian after-school program called The Good News Club, a program sponsored by the Child Evangelism Fellowship, which is based in Missouri.

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Bethel teachers rally for contract

Members of the Bethel Education Association held a rally and addressed the school board Tuesday about teacher contract negotiations. Bargaining resumes Thursday.
Debbie Cafazzo dcafazzo@thenewstribune.com
Bethel teachers rally for contract 1:24

Bethel teachers rally for contract

Parents lose child to cancer, question crumb rubber usage 1:56

Parents lose child to cancer, question crumb rubber usage

Cancer link to crumb rubber fields cause local concern 1:05

Cancer link to crumb rubber fields cause local concern

Transgender teen, family share their story 2:56

Transgender teen, family share their story