<![CDATA[News Columns & Blogs: Larry LaRue | TheNewsTribune.com &]]> http://www.thenewstribune.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/larry-larue/ en-us Tue, 14 Jul 2015 09:55:43 PDT http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss McClatchy Interactive's Escenic Tue, 14 Jul 2015 09:55:43 PDT Larry LaRue 60 ian.swenson@thenewstribune.com Three years of stories about Tacoma-area people, dogs, cats and two pigs http://www.thenewstribune.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/larry-larue/article51633495.html#storylink=rss Thrice-weekly column signs off with countless characters worth remembering

The purpose was to give voice to regular people

From 2-year-old girl to 106-year-old woman, local people show zest for life

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Fri, 25 Dec 2015 20:09:00 PST

Larry LaRue: Thousands of troops have received her annual letter http://www.thenewstribune.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/larry-larue/article51148670.html#storylink=rss Patricia Reynolds has been writing to U.S. service members since 1981

Idea started with a ‘Dear Abby’ column, then grew on her

At age 81, she tapered off to just 1,050 letters this year

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Tue, 22 Dec 2015 06:44:00 PST

Larry LaRue: Tacoma woman watches ‘Star Wars’ in wedding dress for worthy cause http://www.thenewstribune.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/larry-larue/article50668660.html#storylink=rss Her bridal gown appearance raises nearly $1,000 to fight human trafficking

“Dressember” is a monthlong awareness event

Local team of 59 women is organization’s largest

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Sun, 20 Dec 2015 10:00:00 PST

Larry LaRue: Ruston woman feels warm and fuzzy for critters this Christmas http://www.thenewstribune.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/larry-larue/article50541695.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Fri, 18 Dec 2015 06:10:00 PST

Larry LaRue: She survived choking and lung cancer diagnosis – and one led to the other http://www.thenewstribune.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/larry-larue/article49905085.html#storylink=rss For Tacoma woman, getting Heimlich maneuver at restaurant was only the start of her journey

She was a non-smoker in non-smoking home

Stigma, not sympathy, often followed her diagnosis

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Tue, 15 Dec 2015 14:26:24 PST

Larry LaRue: Bus or shuttle? Elderly woman, Pierce Transit don’t fully agree http://www.thenewstribune.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/larry-larue/article49556995.html#storylink=rss 78-year-old takes shuttle to church and bank, must catch bus everywhere else

Transit agency offers interviews, trainers and appeals process

Mother, daughter dealing with full-time care concerns

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Sun, 13 Dec 2015 09:00:00 PST

Touching hearts at Tacoma’s Remann Hall — one book at a time http://www.thenewstribune.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/larry-larue/article49348820.html#storylink=rss Craig and Margaret Ross started a book club in 2013

Tacoma couple share “grandparent vibe” with incarcerated kids

Public can contribute to reading library for club members

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Fri, 11 Dec 2015 16:53:12 PST

LaRue: Spanaway teen throws birthday bashes for kids in need http://www.thenewstribune.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/larry-larue/article48681555.html#storylink=rss Spencer Broden of Spanaway had idea to make kids feel special

He’s raised money, has held four parties so far

High school senior also a champion swimmer

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Tue, 08 Dec 2015 15:07:22 PST

Larry LaRue: PLU student’s pursuit of education through autism is one tough journey http://www.thenewstribune.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/larry-larue/article48253110.html#storylink=rss Tests confirmed Asperger’s syndrome for Nathan Olson when he was 22

He pledged on grandfather’s headstone to earn four-year degree

He’s now succeeding at PLU, where grandfather graduated in Class of ’51

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Sun, 06 Dec 2015 10:40:00 PST

Larry LaRue: Graham woman finds her niche with wives of slain servicemen http://www.thenewstribune.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/larry-larue/article48018880.html#storylink=rss She joined local group in 2011, was president by 2014

Gold Star Mothers, Gold Star Wives team up for ceremony next weekend

Wreaths will be placed on 80 headstones at Orting soldiers cemetery

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Fri, 04 Dec 2015 13:27:08 PST

LaRue: Young, white and Southern, she helped change the civil rights scene http://www.thenewstribune.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/larry-larue/article47429930.html#storylink=rss Joan Trumpauer Mulholland will speak Thursday at Pierce College in Puyallup

She was part of the nonviolent protests of the ’60s

Arrested often, she was disowned by her Virginia family

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Tue, 01 Dec 2015 15:57:16 PST

Larry LaRue: Married for 70 years, they’re learning to love and live apart http://www.thenewstribune.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/larry-larue/article46789275.html#storylink=rss He was 25, she was 19 in 1945

Four sons, 11 grandkids and 30 great-great grandkids

Today, Robert lives at home, Vera in assisted living

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Fri, 27 Nov 2015 14:27:29 PST

Larry LaRue: Facebook group gives Fircrest woman more than turkey for Thanksgiving http://www.thenewstribune.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/larry-larue/article46312790.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Tue, 24 Nov 2015 15:29:37 PST

Larry LaRue: Remembering a night jazz giants roamed Tacoma stage http://www.thenewstribune.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/larry-larue/article46014600.html#storylink=rss Picture shows music history unfolding on Tacoma’s Sixth Avenue

Art Mineo produced jazz, opera — and the Bubbleator theme

Niece remembers stories from her favorite uncle

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Mon, 23 Nov 2015 07:30:40 PST

Machete victim’s crisis: Injured, treated and back on street http://www.thenewstribune.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/larry-larue/article45689094.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Fri, 20 Nov 2015 17:03:04 PST

Larry LaRue: Puyallup-area family, and puppy, rest easier months after fire http://www.thenewstribune.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/larry-larue/article44998803.html#storylink=rss Home was total loss, but Bear was saved from under bed

Soot and ash made cream-colored dog look like a black lab

Firefighters’ reward? 80 Tempur-Pedic mattresses

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Sun, 15 Nov 2015 05:36:00 PST

VIDEO: Lucky dog Bear survives house fire http://www.thenewstribune.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/larry-larue/article44999484.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Sun, 15 Nov 2015 11:48:52 PST http://www.thenewstribune.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/larry-larue/article44999484.html Larry LaRue: Gig Harbor congregation keeps moving, serving, having fun http://www.thenewstribune.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/larry-larue/article44787042.html#storylink=rss Church focuses on community service for several days around Thanksgiving

It piled up 4,000 volunteer hours last year

Dozens of projects range from raking leaves to cooking meals

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Fri, 13 Nov 2015 13:52:17 PST

Larry LaRue: Book honors the 846 women – non-nurses – who served in Vietnam http://www.thenewstribune.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/larry-larue/article44137797.html#storylink=rss They served many roles, but feel forgotten

In case of enemy attack? They had hairspray

Olympia author-veteran compiled their stories

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Tue, 10 Nov 2015 12:52:17 PST

Peninsula men learn they’re related, solve mystery of missing ‘J’ http://www.thenewstribune.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/larry-larue/article43649670.html#storylink=rss Langhjelm and Langhelm first met at Bremerton shipyard

Their common ancestor deserted his family in Finland, moved to America

Family genealogy project turns into three-decade friendship

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Sun, 08 Nov 2015 06:00:00 PST

Larry LaRue: Longtime park volunteer keeps an eye on Point Defiance http://www.thenewstribune.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/larry-larue/article43513095.html#storylink=rss Susan Greenwood walks, trims and picks up trash inside 760-acre park every weekday

She doesn’t drive, so she takes the bus

Metro Parks will train people like her for Park Watch program

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Fri, 06 Nov 2015 16:18:23 PST

Fancy that! There’s a pigeon rolling down the lawn http://www.thenewstribune.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/larry-larue/article42743193.html#storylink=rss Keith Chadd raises a half dozen fancy pigeon breeds in Tacoma

Doreen McCann specializes in one curly-feathered breed in Spanaway

Locals prepare for show at the fairgrounds in Puyallup

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Tue, 03 Nov 2015 15:35:39 PST

Larry LaRue: Tuberculosis still a threat to the world — and the South Sound http://www.thenewstribune.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/larry-larue/article42196332.html#storylink=rss 495 TB cases in Pierce County since 1996

Health Department nurse has fought the disease for two decades

She was recently awarded for her work, has no plans to quit

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Mon, 02 Nov 2015 06:40:57 PST

Headstone from Fircrest parking lot is no Halloween trick http://www.thenewstribune.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/larry-larue/article41968560.html#storylink=rss Taco Time utility excavation yields mysterious find

Where is Henrietta O’Hare buried?

Employees at nearby law firm help put some pieces together

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Fri, 30 Oct 2015 13:20:06 PDT

60 years of wondering leads South Sound man to find big family http://www.thenewstribune.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/larry-larue/article41610177.html#storylink=rss Adopted at birth and raised in Tacoma, Gary Covington felt abandoned

Slow search for birth mother began in 1985

The payoff: Five brothers, three sisters, who have all embraced him

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Tue, 27 Oct 2015 07:49:00 PDT

Five years later in Fife, a garden for Jayden http://www.thenewstribune.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/larry-larue/article41251272.html#storylink=rss Family, police haven’t forgotten baby’s tragic death

Blood drive in his honor enters fifth year

Memorial garden to be dedicated on Jayden’s birthday

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Sun, 25 Oct 2015 09:44:00 PDT

Larry LaRue: He’s American, she’s Chinese — and their common language is love http://www.thenewstribune.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/larry-larue/article41206140.html#storylink=rss Couple courted using translation software, still use it to understand each other

He’s a Port of Tacoma longshoreman, she is an artist

They were introduced by her sister, a masseuse

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Fri, 23 Oct 2015 12:20:58 PDT

VIDEO: Communicating by app – a husband and wife's story http://www.thenewstribune.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/larry-larue/article41207997.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Fri, 23 Oct 2015 12:45:27 PDT http://www.thenewstribune.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/larry-larue/article41207997.html Larry LaRue: Bellarmine Prep – and Puyallup – honor Cubs’ Jon Lester http://www.thenewstribune.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/larry-larue/article40499541.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Tue, 20 Oct 2015 13:03:42 PDT

Larry LaRue: It’s not junk — it’s magic that ticks, whirs and sings http://www.thenewstribune.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/larry-larue/article39638706.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Sun, 18 Oct 2015 10:00:00 PDT