The Daily Mash-Up

Monday, September 26, 2016 This Week's Paper
EDB endorses November’s mass transit measure

The Economic Development Board of Tacoma-Pierce County has endorsed Sound Transit's package of $53.8 billion in transit improvements that will appear on the Nov. 8 ballot.

“The gridlock we experience now, left unaddressed, does not bode well for future businesses being able to move goods to market,” said Bruce Kendall, EDB’s CEO and president, in the endorsement announcement. “A reliable and robust transportation system is essential for an economy that works for everyone.”

The endorsement points out that Pierce County is expected… Read More

Tacoma Schools receive CUBE award for excellence

The National School Boards Association has named Tacoma Public Schools as the winner of its 2016 CUBE Annual Award for Urban School Board Excellence.

The CUBE Award recognizes the leadership of urban school districts where effective school board governance has an impact on student achievement. In 2012, Tacoma Public Schools set a goal of graduating 85 percent of its students by 2020. Last year, the four-year graduation rate rose to 82.6 percent, up from 55.3 percent in 2007. This progress and the district’s intentional focus on strategic initiatives demonstrate how TPS is leading… Read More

State troopers to conduct extra patrols on Tacoma’s stretch of I-5

The Washington State Patrol is launching a two-day High Visibility Enforcement (HiVE) effort along Northbound and Southbound I-5 between Portland Avenue East and South 56th Street.

The two-mile stretch of freeway has one of the highest collision rates in the region, according to crash reports and state troopers want to learn way as well as alert drivers to be extra careful. Motorcycle troopers will patrol the roadway today and Thursday.

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City seeks info in survey on how residents use technology

To better understand how Tacoma residents use technology to retrieve and communicate information – as well as any related areas of need that may exist – the City of Tacoma is in the process of conducting its first Community Technology Survey. Piloted this past summer to 250 randomly selected households representing a diverse cross-section of the community, the full survey begins this week, and a condensed version of the survey is now available over the next six weeks to all Tacoma residents at tacomatechsurvey.com.

"Preliminary data has… Read More

State Patrol warns of dangers of playing Pokemon Go while driving

The Washington State Patrol issues a release warning drivers against playing Pokemon Go while driving.

A new study, according to the release, shows the extent of the problem. The Journal of the American Medical Association released a national report on Friday which tracked 14 Pokémon Go-related crashes over a 10 day period in July of this year.  The researchers correlated driver’s tweets with crash data found on news reports.

According to the study:

  • 18 percent of tweets indicated a person was playing and driving (“omg I’m catching Pokémon and driving”)
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