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Special prom for Mount Tahoma students

About 50 Mount Tahoma students packed into a darkened classroom late Thursday morning for the 6th annual “Once Upon a Prom.” The Associated...

Arturo Velasquez beams as a tunnel of Mount Tahoma students clap and cheer for him and other multi-ortho developmental students heading to “Once Upon A Prom,” a special needs prom held in a classroom in Tacoma on Thursday. “He loves the attention and he loves to dance,” said his sister-in-law Anabel J. Lucas. Pushing his wheelchair is nurse Simon Bram. Velasquez’s niece, Sophia J. Lucas, 4, is at left.

South Sound commemorates Memorial Day

This Monday marks the first year since the Iraq and Afghanistan wars began that no service members from JBLM or with other local ties were killed in...

Key Peninsula Veterans is hosting its annual Memorial Day ceremony at Vaughn Cemetery on Sunday.

Big names in speed skating coming to Tacoma Armory Saturday

Saturday’s event will include 25 professionals including four-time speed skating Olympian and Tacoma native KC Boutiette.

Tacoma native and four-time Olympian KC Boutiette, center, works out at Pattison’s West Skating Center in Federal Way on Tuesday.

Shifting costs to Click justified, accounting firm says

A recent shift of costs from Tacoma Power to the city-owned cable system was largely justified, according to an accounting firm hired by Tacoma Public...

The lobby of Click Network pictured earlier this year.

Toyota promises to help find cause of Takata airbag defects

Toyota vowed to help pinpoint the cause of a defect in air bags used in more than 50 million vehicles worldwide, saying the auto industry risks losing...

FILE - In this April 17, 2014, file photo, journalists visit Takata Ignition Systems in Schoenebeck, Germany. Toyota President Akio Toyoda vowed to help get to the bottom of the problems with Takata air bags, the recalls for which have ballooned to nearly 34 million vehicles, as regaining consumer trust is an industry-wide concern. Doubts are growing about whether Japanese supplier Takata Corp. has the financial muscle to deal with all the defects, a task that could take years. The ultimate size of its financial burden will remain unclear until the underlying cause of the problems is identified.

Citizens address the proposed alliance between Tacoma and Seattle ports

Pierce County residents on Thursday evening addressed elected commissioners concerning a proposed business plan that would ally the Port of Tacoma and the Port of Seattle.

Wave reels in $130M to speed broadband-network growth

The debt sale, announced Thursday but finalized after investors were lined up in April, is the first time the company has tapped outside investors since a $1 billion fundraising and refinancing of its existing debt in 2012.


John McGrath: Time for Jack Zduriencik to back up his tough talk

Zduriencik followed through on his tough-love assessment, offered after a May 6 defeat, by trading minor league pitcher Yoervis Medina for backup catcher...

Maybe it’s time for struggling Mariners players such as starting pitcher Taijuan Walker, right, and catcher Mike Zunino to make room for players who can produce.

Enumclaw’s KC Moulden a silent superstar

Behind the tough exterior and relentless work ethic, which have produced four state titles in different sports, Moulden has a reputation as a helpful, quiet leader.

Back in town, Isaiah Thomas hosting second annual five-on-five basketball tournament

Event starts Saturday at Foss High School, and public can come out and watch — and check out special guest Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Boston Celtic guard Isaiah Thomas, left, drives against Detroit’s Reggie Jackson this season. Thomas, a former Curtis High and University of Washington star, averaged 19.0 points and 5.4 assists in 21 games after his midseason trade to Boston.

Demilitarizing the cops: States, including Washington, retool police training

When prosecutor Dan Satterberg used to visit Washington state's police academy, the seas would part before him. Recruits would snap to attention, ...

In this photo taken May 6, 2015, Seattle police recruits Travis Duennes, left, and Tre Smith work together through a practice scenario at the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission in Burien, Wash.  While some critics say that good officers already consider themselves protectors and that police need the best equipment to defend themselves and the public, many law enforcement leaders see a need for a broader change in police training and culture.

DNA tests, technology and justice: A brave and uncertain new world

The testing of certain types of DNA evidence is not standardized and can lead to different results with the same traces, even as technology raises...

Criminalist Nikki Sewell works on trying to extract DNA from a jacket in a robbery case in the violent crime lab. She wears a mask and gloves as she searched for blood, seaman and saliva at the Sacramento County DA's DNA crime analysis lab.  Photo taken June  13, 2013 in Sacramento, CA.

After 50 years of hostility, neglected U.S. mission in Havana shows its age

Heat, sun, high winds and salt air have taken their toll. Throw in the hostility that has marked U.S.-Cuban relations for most of the past five decades...

The oceanfront U.S. Interests Section in Havana, Cuba, is like a "ship at sea," exposed to salt air, high winds and tropical sun. It may soon revert to its former status as a U.S. Embassy, although it is in almost a constant state of disrepair. Photo taken May 18, 2015.

First batch of Clinton emails reveals little new

The State Department released the first batch of emails from former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private server, shedding light on ...

Yes or no? Ireland decides whether to legalize gay marriage

Voters determined to have their voice heard on gay marriage turned out in strength for Ireland’s most hard-fought referendum in decades, a ...