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Friday, February 12, 2016 This Week's Paper
Weekend closure of westbound SR 16 Tacoma Narrows Bridge delayed

Drivers who were preparing for the April 26 weekend closure of the westbound State Route 16 Tacoma Narrows Bridge can take a breather. A project to replace a problematic expansion joint has been delayed a few weeks.

The Washington State Department of Transportation and its contractor, Mowat Construction, learned last last week that the new expansion joint, which is being fabricated specifically for this bridge, will not be ready in time. The work and associated traffic restrictions will more likely occur in mid-May.

A new closure date will be announced once WSDOT can verify a…

You have asked; and I have answered. The News Haiku is back for the month of April to give a continuous shout out to National Poetry Month. Here is a recap of the news as presented in a haiku. Follow the links for the back story.

*Boston bomb news blitz;
Be thankful for what you have;
Warm hearts, big huggles.

(Most people with kids will know that a "huggle" is one part hug, one part snuggle that is applied liberally to those they love.)

Now you try it:
Traditional haiku consist of 17 “on” (also known as morae), in three…

The Washington State Patrol is investigating allegations that the former manager of the State Crime Lab in Cheney mishandled case files and claimed to have completed laboratory case work that was not actually done.

The investigation reveals that at least five cases had been mishandled. The manager resigned from state service during the investigation.

There is no evidence that the alleged misconduct led to any wrongful convictions. The investigation began when those working for the manager raised concerns to the Crime Laboratory Division Commander. Information gathered to date…

Legendary metal band Black Sabbath announced four new tour dates today, including an Aug. 24 stop at Grant County's Gorge Amphitheatre. Live Nation and Ticketmaster will begin selling tickets to the general public on Saturday, April 20, with prices ranging from $45 to $125. But starting today, fans can RSVP, via Facebook, for first shot at buying tickets…

Lowell Porter to lead Emergency Management

Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy announced today she has selected Lowell Porter to lead the Department of Emergency Management, saying his 30-plus years of experience in public safety will help ensure the region remains prepared for anything.

Porter spent 25 years with the Washington State Patrol, rising from trooper cadet all the way to chief. He also has held leadership roles with state and national organizations dedicated to traffic safety and improving radio communications.

"Lowell Porter has dedicated his career to improving public safety," Executive McCarthy said. "He…

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