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Empty tanker cars jump tracks on tideflats

DERAILMENT. Eighteen empty tanker cars derailed on the tideflats April 22, although no one was injured. the accident happened after two of the empty cars jumped the tracks and pulled the connected cars off as the engine continued to move.

A stack of 24 tanker cars partially derailed on the Tacoma Tideflats about 9:15 a.m. on April 22. There were no injuries. The tankers were empty so no spill following the incident but the otherwise busy intersection of Lincoln Avenue and Taylor Way was closed for 12 hours to allow crews time to lift the tankers back onto their chassis and for investigators to gather information. The accident happened at a curve in the track and occurred when the weather was slightly rainy, although track conditions apparently didn’t play into the cause of the derailment. Damage estimates to the cars hover around the $250,000 mark.
“That is the ballpark; but it is a pretty big ballpark,” Tacoma… Read More

GAS. The planned construction of a liquid natural gas (LNG) plant on the tideflats is raising concerns with environmental groups that fear the effects that an accident could have to the area.

How safe is natural gas?

By Steve Dunkelberger

Pierce County Superior Court Judge Frank E. Cuthbertson is set to decide today, April 29, whether his previous temporary decision will become permanent to keep the City of Tacoma from releasing the city’s hazardous response plans for a planned liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant.
Puget Sound Energy wants the information to remain secret out of fear that releasing details about the proposed… Read More

POLITICAL WATCHDOGS. Mike Purdy, left, and Michael Artime relax at UPS before their popular lecture series begins. Due to the strong audience turnout, a “bonus” lecture has been added for June 7.
Popular presidential election lecture series adds bonus night

While the current presidential election cycle might seem like the wildest ever – and the lowest of the low with respect to personal insults – a popular University of Puget Sound lecture series gives the historical perspective. In the most recent lecture, for instance, presenter Michael E. Purdy,… Read More

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PREACHER MAN. Reverend Billy Talen will read from his new book, "The Earth Wants You," at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 3, at King's Books, 218 St. Helens Ave.

Reverend Billy to spread his “anti-consumerist” gospel in Tacoma

By Ernest Jasmin

Bill Talen is headed to the dry cleaners somewhere in San Francisco. “It's part of my life trying to get these polyester suits as blinding as possible,” the 65-year-old activist, radio host and satirical preacher explains to a reporter he's been talking to on the phone.
Talen soon arrives at the counter, and he sounds quite pleased with the results. “It's glowing like a holy thing,”… Read More

ROGUE'S GALLERY The cast of Noel Koran's 2005 production of "Threepenny Opera."
Make a Scene: Tacoma opera stages ‘Threepenny Opera’

Tacoma Opera kicks off its three-day run of Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht's classic satire “The Threepenny Opera” this weekend with performances at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Rialto Theater downtown. Tickets are still available with prices ranging from $30 to $80; www.broadwaycenter.org.
The talented ensemble cast… Read More

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HOT START. Richland native Shawn O'Malley takes to the air before getting wrecked.

Rainiers take PCL lead with sizzling start

By Justin Gimse

While it’s very early in what is looking to be a fantastic Tacoma Rainiers’ baseball season, there are some tidbits concerning the team that are just plain strange. It figures though, seeing that the month of April around Grit City has seen temperatures in the 80s, as well as monsoon-type rains scattered here and there.

First of all, with the nasty stretch of weather we have had recently,… Read More

GO TIME.  South Sound FC hopes to have a full season with a healthy Danny Minnitti on the field.
South Sound FC doubles down for 2016 season

Everyone seems to have a saying to fit every situation. In the case of the South Sound Football Club men’s soccer team, it is probably “third time is the charm.” That’s what they are hoping for anyway. As the Shock enter their third season in the burgeoning eight-team Evergreen Premier League… Read More

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It’s Just Business: Local entrepreneur talks about the quandary of hiring

By Matt Nagle

As a lifelong entrepreneur, William Manzanares always has his mind on his business and his business on his mind. “Business is my hobby and my obsession,” as he puts it, and he has achieved a lot of success with this attitude. As owner of numerous start-ups, like his Smokin’ Willy’s smoke shops and North Point Bar and Grill, Manzanares is always looking ahead to the future such that he recently… Read More

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Email etiquette. Nowadays, a vast amount of our business communication happens in the realm of electronic mail. And often, we never even get a chance to meet face to face with the people we email. That's why it's so important that we realize it's not only the words we write in emails that matter,… Read More

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Guest Editorial: Kirk Adams takes his skills to the Big Apple

Kirk Adams has earned the reputation as a visionary leader who gets things done for people with disabilities. Those qualities coupled with hard work and determination rewarded him with the nation’s top job advocating for the blind.
In May, Adams, who grew up in Snohomish, becomes only the… Read More

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