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Monday, September 21, 2015 -- 5:19 pm Driver charged with murder in fatal police chase near Tacoma Seattle Post-Intelligencer - Pierce County prosecutors have charged Mac Robert Tappon with second-degree murder in connection with a high-speed chase that killed a woman who was ejected from his vehicle. Twenty-five-year-old Tappan also faces charges of vehicular homicide and attempting to elude a police vehicle, among other charges.Read more...
Sunday, September 13, 2015 -- 4:14 pm 1 dead, 1 injured after Milton police pursuit KOMO News - One person is dead and a second was seriously injured when a car fleeing police crashed in Milton early Sunday morning. Fire officials say they were called to the scene at Porter Way and 10th Ave. just before 5 a.m. for a report of a roll-over crash.Read more...
Monday, September 7, 2015 -- 7:36 am Washington man creates towering tribute to Twin Towers KREM-TV Spokane - Washington man creates towering tribute to Twin Towers The replica World Trade Center twin towers stand more than 33 feet tall in an Edgewood yard. Check out this story on KREM.com: http://on.krem.com/1ENzEIZ The replica World Trade Center twin towers at the corner of 36th St E and 108th Ave E in Edgewood is more than 33 feet tall.Read more...
Friday, August 28, 2015 -- 7:25 pm Family of injured firefighter: 'He's getting better' KREM-TV Spokane - Family of injured firefighter: 'He's getting better' Daniel Lyon's father said his son is improving after suffering severe burns while fighting a wildfire near Twisp. Check out this story on KREM.com: http://on.krem.com/1F4N4eF MILTON, Wash.-- Daniel Lyon's father said his son is improving after suffering severe burns while fighting a wildfire near Twisp.Read more...
Friday, August 21, 2015 -- 12:40 pm Firefighter injured in Twisp fires recovering at Harborview KREM-TV Spokane - On Thursday, Lyon's parents said how proud they are of their son, and how much he loved serving his community. Firefighter injured in Twisp fires recovering at Harborview On Thursday, Lyon's parents said how proud they are of their son, and how much he loved serving his community.Read more...
Thursday, August 6, 2015 -- 8:28 am Our view: 'Hate Won't Win' kickoff sends a message to all of us http://www.tacomaweekly.com/ -
Bumperstickers and T-shirts with the slogan "Teach Tolerance" sprung up a generation ago with the albeit naively hopeful idea that minds and hearts would change with awareness about the struggles of racial, religious and sexual minorities. But it was sadly seen as a revolutionary proposition -- the idea of "tolerating" people who look differently, pray differently and love differently than the mainstream ways.
It was a time, way back in the 1990s, when no state allowed gay marriage and the fight to roll back affirmative action programs was bubbling up. It wasn't for another decade after the movement started that homosexuality stopped being a crime in the last 14 holdout states that had sodomy laws in their legal books. And that told a Supreme Court decision in 2003.
The nation, at least in a legal sense, is moving toward "tolerating" diverse people and views. But we should seek more. The ideal society is not a place where people simply "tolerate" people or even resign themselves to "accept" them as if people with different ideas of how best to live were little more than objects to accept like getting flu shots to avoid getting sick or paying power bills to keep the lights from flickering off. No one likes getting a shot in the arm or writing checks to utility companies, but they "accept" them as better than the alternatives of spending a week in bed or using candles to light the darkness.
We should appreciate each other for our diverse views, beliefs and life journeys. We aren't there yet. And we likely never will, frankly, since it seems to be part of the human condition to define ourselves with "us" and "them" labels. But we can't stop striving for the ideal.
Tacoma has taken a lead role, at least symbolically at this point, in that national struggle by being the first city to accept the "Hate Won't Win" challenge. The growing national movement officially launched in Tacoma on Sunday thanks to the family of slain Charleston murder victim Daniel L. Simmons, Sr. at Charleston's iconic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. Rather than cry for vengeance, the family of the slain victims openly forgave him just days after the attack. Far too few people can say they would show such grace following an unimaginable tragedy.
The "Hate Won't Win" effort challenges community members to move past just being silently frustrated and defeated by acts of intolerance, bigotry and rage around the nation and to take action, however large or small, to be part of the solution rather than just bystanders of the many faces of injustice.
If you are wondering what work individual Tacomans have to do in this national struggle, look no further than our own streets. It was just in February, for example, when a woman was brutally attacked, repeatedly stabbed and then choked her with a dog leash while she was looking for her lost dog outside her house. The man attacked her simply because he thought she was gay. Her attacker further degraded her by scrawling homRead more...
Wednesday, August 5, 2015 -- 3:04 pm PARENT INVOLVEMENT REDUCES RISKS FOR TEENS IN CARS http://www.tacomaweekly.com/ -
The bad news: Young, inexperienced teen drivers are involved in more serious crashes than other drivers. Many teen drivers are more likely to be involved in a crash at night, when using a cell phone or when carrying passengers.
The good news: Parents who insist their teen drivers follow the special conditions that come with a new license reduce the risk for their child. New tools are available that parents can use to make sure teens follow the law and drive safely.
Car crashes are a leading cause of death among teens in Washington. Between 2009 and 2013, 179 teens ages 15-19 died in car crashes. Of these teen deaths, 102 were drivers and the rest were passengers. The death rate for passengers and drivers in cars is ten times greater for teens (ages 15-19) than younger children (5.1 deaths per 100,000 people compared to 0.5 deaths per 100,000 people, respectively).
Many traffic-related deaths of teens under 18 are linked to violations of the Intermediate Driver's Licensing (IDL) law. The IDL law has special provisions to keep teens safe, including restrictions on nighttime driving, limits on passengers, and "zero tolerance" policies which forbid all cell phone and alcohol use. These provisions have been shown to save the lives of teens. Public health and public safety experts urge parents and teens to adhere to these provisions every time they get in a car, and as closely as they followed the child passenger safety laws by buckling up every time.
King County Board of Health and King County Child Death Review member, Dr. Ben Danielson of Seattle Children's Hospital noted, "It's absolutely wonderful that parents of young children and infants are vigilant about car safety. Unfortunately, as time goes on, teens and their parents become more relaxed about car safety, sometimes violating the Intermediate Driver's Licensing law. The results can be devastating."
"Motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death for U.S. teens and 16-19-year-olds are at highest risk," said Dr. Jeffrey Duchin, Health Officer at Public Health - Seattle & King County. "Intermediate licensing of teens is an important and effective way to significantly reduce the risk of fatal crashes and preventable teen deaths"
"Some parents may not understand the risks for new drivers, or may be unclear what their role is as their child becomes old enough to drive or to ride with other young drivers," explains Pat Kohler, Director of the Department of Licensing. "We want parents to know we've developed a parent guide to help them through this process."
In May, the Department of Licensing partnered with the Safe Roads Alliance and State Farm Insurance to launch a new program that provides parents and guardians with a simple, easy-to-follow plan designed to help teens develop safe driving habits. The Parent's Supervised Driving Program guide is packed with information and lessons on driving basics, parental pointers, and licensing qualifications that are helpful to parents of neRead more...