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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...
Wednesday, August 5, 2015 -- 3:00 pm BARTELL DRUGS HOLD SCHOOL SUPPLIES DRIVE http://www.tacomaweekly.com/ - BARTELL DRUGS HOLD SCHOOL SUPPLIES DRIVE
Bartell Drugs welcomes donations of school supplies and hygiene products for its 12th annual "School Tools for Kids in Need," through Aug. 29 at all 64 Bartell Drugs locations.
The drive supports students in 160 schools in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties through World Vision's Teacher Resource Center in Fife. Donated items help re-stock the center, where teachers "shop" free of charge for supplies to assist qualifying students.
Donations of basic school supplies and hygiene products can be made at Bartell Drug locations. Monetary donations, dedicated to the drive, can be made by visiting http://www.bartellsschooltools.com.
As many as 58,000 local students could begin the school year without the basic school supplies, according to Federal Way-based World Vision, a globally-known charitable organization.
"With so many area children lacking basic school supplies, there's never been a more important time to support this endeavor. Over the past eleven years we've appreciated the support by our customers and the public for their donations," said Bartell Drugs Chairman George D. Bartell.
Suggested donation items found at Bartell Drugs locations include:
Pens and #2 pencils
Markers and crayons
For more information on Bartell Drugs and its locations, visit http://bartelldrugs.comRead more...
Wednesday, August 5, 2015 -- 2:17 pm UPCOMING EVENT ROAD CLOSURES THROUGH AUG. 16 http://www.tacomaweekly.com/ -
Please note the anticipated event-related road closures expected around Tacoma through Sunday, August 16:
On Saturday, Aug. 8, the Brew Five Three event will close Broadway between South 9th and South 11th streets from noon to 8 p.m.
On Sunday, Aug. 9, The Color Run event will close parts of Market Street, Jefferson Avenue, South 24th and East D streets between South 11th and South 26th streets from 8-11:30 a.m.
On Sunday, Aug. 9, the Beach Party and Car Show event will close parts of North 27th and North Madison streets in the Proctor District area from 1-6 p.m.
On Saturday, Aug. 15, McKinley Hill Street Fair and Back to School Giveaway events will close McKinley Avenue between Division and East 34th streets from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
On Saturday, Aug. 15, the VFW Annual Picnic event will close the west section of the alley at 4741 N. Baltimore St. from noon to 5 p.m.
On Sunday, Aug. 16, the Latin Arts Festival and Juried Art Show event will close 10th Avenue South and South L Street at Peoples Park from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The Proctor's Farmers Market closes North 27th from North Proctor to North Madison streets every Saturday from 6 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
The 6th Avenue Farmers Market closes North Pine Street from 6th Avenue to North 7th Street every Tuesday from 3-7 p.m.
The Broadway Farmer's Market closes Broadway from South 9th to South 11th streets every Thursday from 6:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Closures may change as a result of weather, event alterations and other unexpected circumstances.
To get event-related road closure updates, go to the cityoftacoma.org event road closures web page and use the "Click to subscribe" link. To access a map of City construction projects with potential traffic impacts visit http://GovMe.com and click on Large Impact Construction Projects.Read more...
Wednesday, August 5, 2015 -- 11:56 am Honors for Kintz, Wenzel and McCluskey as we look back and forward http://www.tacomaweekly.com/ - With the Premier Development League and Evergreen Premier League soccer seasons now over, it's time to look back on the past six months or so, and also take a gander at what's coming up soon in the Tacoma sports scene.
TW - It's time for some long-overdue kudos for South Sound FC goalkeeper Christopher Kintz. After having a dominating season in 2014, with the best stats in the Evergreen Premier League, Kintz was somehow overlooked for the EPLWA "Safe Hands" award. He finished the season with five shutouts and his team fell just one point shy of the EPLWA championship.
Fast-forward a year and the league honors anomaly has been rectified as Kintz was awarded with the 2015 EPLWA "Safe Hands" prize. The cagey veteran finished the season with three shutouts in 13 games and boasted an impressive 1.3 goals-against average.
However, the bigger news about Kintz is not his goalkeeper award. Following a rough and tumble season that saw the Shock finish in second place again to the Spokane Shadow, Kintz announced that he will be hanging up his spikes with the team he helped found in 2009. Like all the players on the SSFC, Kintz is a hardworking man who travels throughout the state on business. After a stellar run, the veteran is turning the outdoor gloves over to the younger crop. But that doesn't mean he's done playing the indoor game.
"Summer is over and it's time to change gears and go indoors, pending on where my career takes me out of town next for work," said Kintz. "Nothing is set in stone. I never know when I'm going to get a phone call to play. I'll just stay fit and sharp on my game so that I can be successful when the opportunity knocks."
Kintz has been a part of two national championship indoor teams in 2004 and 2010 and was the starting goalkeeper for the USA's first ever win as a national indoor team in 2010 in Monterrey, Mexico. He recorded three shootout saves, in the USA's win over Peru, followed it up with a win over Brazil and then finally fell to Mexico in the finals.
"That was kind of a preseason for me leading into the PASL Pro (season) in 2011 when we advanced to the North American Championships in Cincinnati with a wild card berth in the Northwest division," said Kintz. "I've had more seasons in goal than I ever expected after getting into it in 2004 and am very blessed to have played around the nation at the highest levels of indoor. The experiences are priceless."
Kintz was also a member of the 2015 Western Indoor Soccer League champion Tacoma Stars who put together an incredible 14-0 record, while racking up an amazing plus-55 goal differential due to their explosive offense and veteran goalkeepers in Aaron Anderson and Kintz.
When the Tacoma Stars took over the Major Arena Soccer League slot of the folding Seattle Impact, Kintz was immediately recruited to go to war for the Stars against some of the top indoor players and teams in the nation. Kintz would have a rough baptism against powerhouse clubs like the San Diego SockRead more...