The Daily Mash-Up

Tuesday, July 26, 2016 This Week's Paper
Celebrate culture, community at Ethnic Fest July 30-31 in Wright Park

Voted best South Sound festival; Metro Parks has hosted Ethnic Fest since 1986. The festival is sure to get you swinging, swaying, clapping or stomping.

From noon until 7 p.m. each day, you’ll be treated to a montage of music and dance. On Sunday, the program is largely gospel, with featured performances by the Pleasant Movement dancers, singer Erica Walker and DaNell Daymon and the Greater Works choir. Sunday’s program concludes with Seattle reggae singer Alex Duncan.

Saturday’s program is more diverse, including Irish and Russian music, belly dancing and flamenco. … Read More

Man charged with hate crime after threat to police officer

Prosecutor Mark Lindquist has charged 55-year-old Mark Kevin Tolson with one count of Felony Harassment and one count of Malicious Harassment, which is Washington’s hate crime. Bail is set at $80,000.

“Protecting the public includes protecting our officers,” said Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist. “The officer took the defendant’s threats seriously because of recent events and so do we.”

On July 16, Tacoma police responded to a report of a possible domestic violence incident in the 1600 block of East 60th Street.

When officers arrived, witnesses reported… Read More

Chambers Bay to host the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball in 2019

Chambers Bay, in University Place, has been selected by the USGA as the site of the 2019 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship. The dates of the championship are May 25-29.

The Home Course, in DuPont, which is cooperatively owned and operated by the Pacific Northwest Golf Association (PNGA) and the Washington State Golf Association (WSGA), will serve as the stroke-play co-host.

The 2019 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball is the third USGA championship to be held at Chambers Bay, which is owned by Pierce County. The public facility also hosted the 2010 U.S. Amateur, won by Peter Uihlein, and… Read More

Pierce Transit holding open houses to gather public input on system improvements

Pierce Transit is in a time of transition from a route system designed four decades ago to one that better meets the traveling needs of the region today and into the future. To meet that goal, the agency is conducting a comprehensive analysis of its existing bus service to help form recommendations for improvements and efficiencies. Since public input is an important part of the process, Pierce Transit is seeking citizens’ input into changes it might make and how the agency should prioritize service enhancements in 2017 and beyond.
Pierce Transit will hold three open houses to give citizens… Read More

Dorn Files Lawsuit Against Districts over Local Levy Spending

State Superintendent Randy Dorn has filed a lawsuit against several school districts, including Tacoma PublicSchools, over their use of levy dollars for teacher salaries.

DornI filed the lawsuit against seven school districts, demanding that they stop using special levies to pay supplemental contracts for teachers.

"This is not a step I want to take," he said in a statement. "But four years after McCleary v. Washington, the Legislature has failed to provide adequate education funding and it has failed to create an equitable funding system.

Using local levies… Read More

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