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Easter comes just once this year

Melissa Dispaltro of Steilacoom looks forward to going out for Easter dinner today with her mother, Ada Dispaltro of University Place. The two rarely...

Easter Sunday, called Pascha in the Eastern Orthodox Church, will be celebrated on the same day this year by Orthodox and Western churches, an infrequent occurrence. The News Tribune marked the occasion with a view of a Holy Friday service at the Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church in the Midland area of Tacoma.

Buckley community remembers toddler killed on Foothills Trail

Grief-stricken supporters of a Buckley toddler killed last week by a runaway pickup turned out in such numbers for a Saturday memorial service that...

Lori Bennett adds a floral wreath to a display honoring Lincoln Person on Saturday at Glacier Middle School in Buckley. Hundreds attended the memorial celebration for the 1-year-old, who was killed earlier this week when he was hit by a truck on the Foothills Trail.

Lakewood workers will take worries to council

Employees at the city of Lakewood who have been without a labor contract since the end of 2012 say they plan to attend a City Council meeting Monday to show frustration with what they call a lack of progress at the negotiating table.

Prisons and jails get Medicaid ball rolling

Prisons and jails in Washington are not only using the federal Affordable Care Act to cut their own health care costs, they’re also signing up...

Aerial of the Thurston County Jail complex.(Steve Bloom/The Olympian)

Study: Fuels from corn waste not better than gas

Biofuels made from the leftovers of harvested corn plants are worse than gasoline for global warming in the short term, a study shows, challenging ...

FILE - This Jan. 9, 2009, file photo shows equipment inside a pilot plant in Scotland, S.D., that turns corn cob into cellulosic ethanol, a precursor to a commercial-scale biorefinery planned for Emmetsburg, Iowa. Biofuels made from corn leftovers after harvest are worse than gasoline for global warming in the short term, challenging the Obama administration's conclusions that they are a cleaner oil alternative from the start and will help climate change.

Local business leader offers lifetime of lessons learned from family and business

The roots of Corry McFarland’s Lifetime Achievement Award embrace no mystery. Learn well, work hard, be honest and lead...

The University of Washington Tacoma Milgard School of Business 2014 business leaders of the year: 

Small Business Leader of the Year: Hal Russell, president and CEO of Tacoma-based Commencement Bank.

Business Leader of the Year: Gordon Rush, founder of Rush Commercial Construction of Gig Harbor and subsidiary businesses.

Nonprofit Business Leader of the Year: Stephanie Stebich, director of the Tacoma Art Museum.

Lifetime Achievement Award: Corry McFarland, former head of McFarland Cascade and currently involved in philanthropic activities.

Gordon Rush, CEO of Rush Development

Business Leader of the Year It starts with fish and one house.


Mariners blow late lead, skid hits six after 3-2 loss to Marlins

The longest road home seemed even longer Sunday for the Mariners after concluding a miserable trip by coughing up a late lead in a 3-2 loss to Miami.

Seattle Mariners batter Willie Bloomquist hits a foul ball as Miami Marlins catcher Jeff Matthis (6) and umpire Ed Hickox watch during the third inning of a baseball game in Miami, Sunday, April 20,2014. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)

Boling: Some Seahawks celebrate Super Bowl with California workouts

This time of year for Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks, the preparation is in the separation.

Seattle Seahawk quarterback Russell Wilson throws the first pitch during the Mariners home opener at Safeco Field in Seattle on April 8.

Emmert: NCAA changes shouldn't include what works now

While my career in higher education has taken me all around the country, I still consider the Puget Sound region my home. I regularly read the news...

NCAA President Mark Emmert answers a question at a news conference Sunday, April 6, 2014, in Arlington, Texas.

Thousands celebrate Easter in Holy Land

Thousands of pilgrims from around the world are celebrating Easter in the Holy Land, commemorating the day when according to Christian tradition Jesus...

A worker lights candles prior to the Easter Sunday mass at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, traditionally believed by many to be the site of the crucifixion and burial of Jesus Christ, in Jerusalem's Old City, Sunday, April 20, 2014. Millions of Christians around the world are celebrating Easter, commemorating the day when according to Christian tradition Jesus was resurrected in Jerusalem two millennia ago.

4 French journalists home after long Syrian ordeal

Four French journalists kidnapped and held for 10 months in Syria returned home Sunday to joyful families, a presidential welcome and questions about...

Released French hostage Didier Francois, left, is welcomed by his family upon arrival at the Villacoublay military airbase, outside Paris, Sunday April 20, 2014. Francois and three other French journalists kidnapped and held for 10 months in Syria returned home on Sunday to joyful families awaiting them. The four were freed by their captives a day earlier at the Turkish border.

Canadian author Alistair MacLeod dies at 77

Alistair MacLeod, the award-winning Canadian author who was best known for his short story collections, has died at age 77.

Mrs. Obama to appear on May episode of 'Nashville'

Michelle Obama is going a little bit country.

Probe could complicate Rick Perry's prospects

Texas Gov. Rick Perry has spent a record 14 years in office vanquishing nearly all who dared confront him: political rivals, moms against mandatory...

FILE - In this March 7, 2014 file photo Texas Gov. Rick Perry, left, talks with Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist, right, before participating on a panel discussion at the Conservative Political Action Committee annual conference in National Harbor, Md. Perry has spent a record 14 years in office, but with eight months left he is now the focus of a grand jury investigation over a veto last summer.