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Tickets are now on sale for Zoolights, an annual holiday light display at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium.
A mobile enrollment tour for Washington’s new online marketplace for health care will visit the Tacoma Mall on Saturday.
Dr. Kim Martin, center, a veterinarian from Hawks Prairie Veterinary Hospital, offers advice about blood drawing Thursday as Wolf Haven International hosted its 10th annual Wildlife Handling and Chemical Immobilization course near Tenino.
A law kicking in next July in Washington will make it easier to detain potentially dangerous people for mental health treatment — increasing demand for already stretched services. State lawmakers this year added money to handle the extra strain.
After an overwhelming vote to strike, after picket signs were printed and after a last-minute settlement arrived within less then two hours of a stop-work deadline — and then after a contract vote taken earlier this week — the unions representing grocery workers in the Puget Sound area have formalized an agreement.
For two decades, Chris Smith worked his way up from ferrying passengers in wheelchairs at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport to fueling airplanes. But after years of breathing fuel fumes, going without sick days and making just over Washington’s minimum wage of $9.19, Smith could no longer make it work.
JFK, Dallas, Parkland Hospital, Oswald. One president killed, a new president sworn in.
Tacoma singer Stephanie Anne Johnson was saved again Tuesday night on "The Voice" - this time by her original coach, Christina Aguilera. Johnson now advances to the live performances of the NBC reality show, which begin Monday.
Tacoma General Hospital has mostly switched from swaddling newborns in blankets to using sleep sacks, hoping parents follow suit.
A group fighting food labeling has busted the record for the most money raised by an initiative campaign in state history.
A temporary boost in food aid for poor families expires Friday, meaning a reduction of roughly $10 a month for an individual or $36 for a family of four.
Bill Lavigne is an outfielder and keeps his legs in shape with wind sprints, which he runs at three-quarter speed two or three times a week.
The city of Pacific, with the help of several agencies, is taking emergency measures to prepare for increased risks ahead of the annual flood season.
The gas war that sprang up last week in Bonney Lake has deepened and spread to the Spanaway-Parkland area.
Freezing temperatures forecast have meteorologists warning Puget Sound residents to cover their sensitive plants overnight, in a frost advisory in effect through 10 a.m. Tuesday.
The state police academy is rewriting the tests for recruits because some apparently have been using an unauthorized study guide with the test questions and answers.
From the office of the Pierce County auditor, week ending Oct. 25, 2013
Question: When there is a posted change of speed on a section of road, when does that change take effect? Is it when you first see the sign, when you pass the sign, or somewhere else? — Al, Belfair
Tyler Ceccanti is rising toward the top of a changing industry.
Only a handful of aerosol artists were spraying at the Graffiti Garages early Sunday afternoon, and beginning next month there will be none.
Wolf Haven International in Tenino is hosting its 10th annual wildlife handling and chemical immobilization course Tuesday through Thursday.
Not quite 76 trombones filled the stadium at Sumner High School on Saturday, and although 110 cornets were not close behind, you could count at least 487 band and color guard members from 11 high schools from across the state competing in the fifth annual Sunset Festival of Bands field show.
Gov. Jay Inslee and his wife, Trudi, will be dressed as pirates as they hand out candy at the governor’s mansion on Halloween.
The Washington State Patrol says a driver who stopped for wild turkeys crossing the road was rear-ended by another car Thursday on Highway 6 near Pe Ell.
A Pierce County jury has rejected a former jail inmate’s claims of negligence and medical malpractice during his two-month stay in the county jail in 2008.
About five ounces of methamphetamine and $12,000 cash were among items seized in two drug busts in Mason and Pierce counties this week.
All his life, Mike Jurich would run ahead to open a door for a woman.
In recent weeks, in libraries and schools all over Tacoma, City Manager T.C. Broadnax has presented the case for Proposition 1 and its bid to fix city streets.
Two years ago, U.S. Sen. Patty Murray co-led a special congressional committee to forge a deal with Republicans to shrink the federal deficit. The so-called supercommittee folded after three months, triggering automatic spending cuts that Murray has since pushed to undo.
South Sound retail gas prices have been on a toboggan ride downward in the last month.
Puget Sound union grocery workers will decide over the next two weeks whether to accept a new contract proposal from four major grocers or head back to the bargaining table.
As the countdown clock ticked toward a 7 p.m. deadline, negotiators for four major Puget Sound grocery chains and their 21,000 union workers Monday night reached a preliminary agreement on a new contract.
Firefighters often are celebrated as hometown heroes, but few receive international recognition.
The Pierce County Assessor-Treasurer’s Office is reminding taxpayers that payment of the second half of their property tax is due Oct. 31.
From the office of the Pierce County auditor, week ending Oct. 18, 2013
Sebrena Chambers has risen through the ranks of the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department for 17 years. Last week, the 54-year-old Chambers was named head of the Strengthening Families Division of the department.
One thing you can say about Kevin Rhodes: He’s juggling a lot musically.
Despite thick fog, cold temperatures and a fine mist, about 100 people participated in a fine cause, gathering Saturday morning in Lacey for a “pre-event” to next June’s American Cancer Society Relay for Life in Thurston County.
A few questions and answers from last week’s reader emails. (We’ll excuse their misspellings.)
Dozens of motorcycle gang members got into an argument Saturday at a restaurant in Spanaway, resulting in a large police response. Ultimately no arrests were made.
Lawyers for a murder defendant hoping to use an Internal Affairs investigation to discredit a Pierce County sheriff’s sergeant on the stand won a small victory Friday when a judge ordered the department to release some documents.
Public Disclosure Commission investigators have been looking into the origins of Initiative 517 for more than a year, and they won't finish in time for the state commission's last regular meeting before voters decide on Tim Eyman's ballot measure.
A former Stadium High School student is suing the Tacoma School District, saying the district is liable for injuries he sustained after a fellow student repeatedly punched him in the face in the school cafeteria last year.
Barring unforeseen circumstances, Mount Rainier National Park is projected to reopen by late Thursday morning.
Registration ends today for those who want to submit a scarecrow for display at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium.
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