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Matt Driscoll: Homeless sweep at the Jungle shines a light on a failed approach

Last week, officials from the state Department of Transportation, aided by city staff, local police, and outreach workers, cleared a large homeless encampment known as the Jungle, south of downtown Tacoma, under Interstate 705. By the time the dust settled, an encampment that was once estimated to have grown to more than 100 residents was basically empty. But what happened after the cameras stopped rolling was not surprising.

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Matt Driscoll: The quest to make Tacoma’s solar future more equitable

Tacoma City Councilman Marty Campbell has put forward a resolution, scheduled to be voted on during Tuesday’s City Council meeting, directing the Tacoma Public Utilities board to “develop a plan to increase the use of residential solar power in the City.” Under Campbell’s resolution, TPU would be asked to ensure “an equitable increase in the number of residential solar users from all income levels.”

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Matt Driscoll: A mock trial with meaning. Law forum aims to ‘demystify’ legal system for kids

Now in its 17th year, the yearly forum was designed as a way to help Tacoma Public School kids become familiar with our legal system. More specifically, it’s intended to give middle school kids —from a district where, during the 2015-2016 school year more than half identified as a race or ethnicity other than white — a positive interaction with local police officers, judges and attorneys.

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Going to court as a positive experience

On Friday, approximately 60 students from three Tacoma middle schools participated in the Pierce County Minority Bar Association's Youth In Law Forum. Students had the opportunity to participate in a mock trial, and hear from a panel of local judges, attorneys and law enforcement.

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Going to court as a positive experience

On Friday, approximately 60 students from three Tacoma middle schools participated in the Pierce County Minority Bar Association's Youth In Law Forum. Students had the opportunity to participate in a mock trial, and hear from a panel of local judges, attorneys and law enforcement.
Matt Driscoll mdriscoll@thenewstribune.com
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Going to court as a positive experience

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Surplus medical supplies a godsend in many parts of the world

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Surplus medical supplies a godsend in many parts of the world

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The Hilltop cafe where everyone knows your name