The Daily Mash-Up

Saturday, July 30, 2016 This Week's Paper
Tacoma father sentenced to 28 years in toddler’s murder

Kingsa McKnight, 34, has been sentenced to 343 months in prison for the 2014 beating death of his 3-year-old son. In December 2015, McKnight pleaded guilty to murder in the second degree and assault in the first degree. This was the high-end maximum for the sentencing range.

“Children are innocents who need our care and protection,” said Prosecutor Mark Lindquist. “This horrific abuse defies explanation.”

On June 13, 2014, McKnight took his son to an urgent care center because he was lethargic and vomiting. The nurse told him the child needed to go to the emergency department… Read More

Pierce Transit to grant retiring vehicles to local nonprofits

Pierce Transit is undertaking a new “Care-a-van” program to grant retiring vanpool vans and SHUTTLE vehicles to not-for-profit (501 c3) organizations located within Pierce County. The Pierce Transit Board of Commissioners adopted the new policy Nov. 9 and the agency now has vehicles available for the program.

Based on federal rules, Pierce Transit must retire vehicles based on certain life and mileage requirements. Many of those vehicles, however, still have thousands of miles and many years of life on them. Community groups granted the vehicles will provide a variety of services… Read More

Literacy on the Hilltop community fair set for Feb. 27

Tacoma families are invited to attend Literacy on the Hilltop, a free community fair at the downtown Main Branch of Tacoma Public Library (1102 Tacoma Ave. S.) on Saturday, Feb. 27, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. The purpose of the fair is to highlight family literacy resources, opportunities for afterschool learning, free library programs and resources, and news from the Hilltop Library Planning Committee. Additionally, there will be face-painting, crafts activities, snacks, a young poetry workshop, storytelling and animation / digital design demonstrations.

Keynote speaker for the free event… Read More

Tax forms and assistance available at Pierce County Libraries

Pre-printed 1040, 1040A, and 1040EZ income tax forms and instructions are now available at Pierce County Library locations. Due to federal budget constraints, pre-printed forms and instructions are limited and will be provided while supplies last.

But when those are gone, you can still find tax information at Pierce County Libraries. Using library computers, customers can prepare and file their own taxes online and print out forms and instructions from the Internal Revenue Service website. The libraries also have forms and instructions that can be copied. Print and copy fees are 10 cents… Read More

New year kicks off with NWSA container volumes gains

International container volumes at The Northwest Seaport Alliance climbed 25 percent in January compared to the same month a year ago.

Full containerized imports grew 33 percent to 108, 441 TEUs (20-foot equivalent units), while full exports improved 16 percent to 65,430 TEUs. The volumes indicate shippers have returned to the Pacific Northwest following port congestion last year during contract negotiations between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and Pacific Maritime Association.

Domestic container volumes continued to decline in January, falling nearly 13 percent… Read More

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