The Daily Mash-Up

Saturday, September 05, 2015 This Week's Paper

The gay publication the Advocate has named Tacoma as the best city for homosexuals in America.

Here is the article, which points out that the 200,000-resident city has it all, including a landmark gay-owned restaurant in the Pacific Grill, and a vibrant gay-friendly night life that is anchored by The Mix.

Sound Publishing, the parent company of the Tacoma Daily Index, has added another newspaper to its holdings. The state's largest community news organization announced today that it has purchased the Seattle Weekly, although details of the deal were not disclosed.

"We think highly of the Seattle Weekly and its faithful readership," said Gloria Fletcher, President of Sound Publishing in a release today. "The Weekly fits quite well into Sound Publishing's culture of delivering unique and relevant content to both print and digital readers."

Seattle Weekly, a freely distributed newspaper in Seattle and nearby cities, was purchased from Village Voice Media Holdings, the parent company of the Village Voice of New York City. The paper reaches more than 200,000 unique print and digital readers every week with more than 1,500 outdoor news boxes and in-store racks throughout Seattle and nearby areas. It was founded in 1976 by Darrell Oldham and David Brewster.

Founded in 1987, Sound Publishing publications reach more than 500,000 homes weekly with more than 700,000 monthly digital readers. Sound publishes 36 daily, weekly and monthly community newspapers and magazines in addition to the Little Nickel Classifieds in western Washington and northern Oregon. Sound also operates a print facility in Everett. The company has executive offices in Bellevue and Poulsbo. Seattle Weekly will remain based in Seattle.

"The addition of the Seattle Weekly to Sound's print and digital portfolio is very exciting," said Josh O'Connor, VP of East Sound Newspaper Operations. "The Weekly opens up many possibilities for readers, advertisers and the communities that we serve. We appreciate the editorial focus on local news, culture and the arts. This publication has been a leader in shaping Seattle for many decades and we look forward to managing this business in the future."

The purchase of Seattle Weekly came in tandem with a separate purchase of the SF Weekly by the San Francisco Examiner, which is owned primarily by David Black, Chairman of Black Press and other Black Press executives.

Black Press is the parent company of Sound Publishing. Black Press operates more than 170 newspapers in western Canada and Washington in addition to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser and Akron Beacon Journal.

Sound Publishing prints the Tacoma Weekly and its other newspapers, the Fife Free Press, Milton Edgewood Signal and the Puyallup Tribal News at its facility in Kent, although the newspapers are entirely owned by Pierce County Community Newspaper Group.

Fife officers responded to a hotel in the 3100 block of Pacific Hwy E. for a robbery call on Monday.

Officers arrived and found a 30-year-old male who had been sprayed in the face with pepper spray.

He told officers that he had arranged to meet a woman who was posting online advertisements noting her escort services.

When the female arrived, she and the victim agreed to a price for a massage, and she excused herself to go to the bathroom. After a short time, a male suspect began knocking on the door to the hotel room and when the victim opened the door, the male attempted to force his way inside the room.

At the same time, the female exited the bathroom and began spraying the victim in the face with pepper spray. The victim reported that the female suspect stole his money from his wallet, and she and the male suspect ran to a nearby vehicle and fled the area.

Fife Detectives were able to track the female down and arrest her. She was booked into the Pierce County Jail for 2nd degree robbery.

Electrical Wiring Ignites House Fire on North 25th Street

At 7:49 a.m. yesterday, Tacoma firefighters responded to a reported house fire less than two blocks from Station 13, which no longer houses an engine. The first fire engine and battalion chief, traveling from Station 9, arrived at the scene at 7:53 and reported that smoke and flames were showing from the one-story residence at 4010 N. 25th Street.

Ladder 3, also traveling from Station 9, arrived at 7:54. Crews entered the house and attacked the fire, confining it to the room of origin. The crew from the newly established Squad 13 searched the interior of house. Two occupants were home at the time of the fire and escaped without harm, and there were no injuries to report.

The cause of the fire was a failure of the home's knob and tube electrical wiring, resulting in an estimated $15,000 damage to the building and its contents.

The house fire occurred within the first hour of the Tacoma Fire Department’s new modified deployment model, which was adopted as part of the City's 2013-14 biennium budget.

By now you may have read about Lady Gaga's new Born This Way Foundation, a campaign to combat bullying and promote acceptance of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered folks.

"Mama Monster" will have a related Born Brave Bus on site when she headlines the Tacoma Dome on Monday, Jan. 14. It will be staffed by mental health professionals and fans who need it can go inside for a little free counseling before the show.

The latest development, though, is that Gaga's foundation and tour sponsor, Virgin Mobile, are also making donations to local charities at each tour stop. In Tacoma we've learned the beneficiary will be Camp Fire USA Orca Council, a non-profit outreach program for homeless and at-risk youth.

Mary Grant, the agency's teen outreach program director, said she was not sure how much would be donated but it would likely be between $5,000 and $10,000 which would go a long way towards paying operations costs and buying clothing, hygiene items and other supplies needed by kids that her agency serves.

The amount will vary based on a challenge Gaga will issue during the show. The pop star will call one of her local fans and challenge them to complete some sort volunteer project in conjunction with Camp Fire USA that will effect the tally. “It's pretty exciting that she's doing this and giving back to the community that's coming out to support her,” Grant said. “She doesn't know it, but she's my new BFF.”

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