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Wednesday, October 07, 2015 This Week's Paper
‘Oliver’ opens TMP season in Proper English Style

Tacoma Musical Playhouse is set for a must-see season if their season opener, “Oliver” - a musical retelling of the classic Charles Dickens tale “Oliver Twist” - is any indication of things to come.

What stood out overall in the production was the polish in the set and light design that amplified the already stellar voices up and down the playbill. Bruce Haasl’s set and John Chenault’s lighting were some of the best work seen around the stage in a while, particularly considering the fact that TMP has little to no backstage to store sets between scenes. The use of a…

Traffic Delays Expected Today for President Xi Jinping Visit

There will be delays and closures taking place starting in the mid-to-late afternoon today in and around Lincoln High School as well as around some parts of downtown Tacoma. This activity is expected to limit access to Interstate 5 from State Route 7 and I-705 with heavier than usual congestion surrounding these interchanges. Impacts are expected to extend into the peak commute hours.

While detours will be in place, travelers are advised to plan ahead and expect delays and closures.

Executive unveils sustainable, customer-focused budget

Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy detailed her budget proposal before the County Council Tuesday, highlighting an expanded economy, improved customer services and an investment in what she termed the “moral center” of government.

Her 2016 budget proposal calls for, among other things, finishing the county wastewater treatment facility – which is currently 65-percent complete, improving permitting processes, continuing the property clean-up program, and using “lean” continuous improvement practices to eliminate waste in county government.

“We have worked hard over…

Pierce Transit to pilot express service between NE Tacoma and downtown

Pierce Transit will reintroduce express service between Northeast Tacoma and downtown Tacoma starting Monday. The new Route 63 is a one-year pilot project to test demand for the service. Among other benefits, the route will offer NE Tacoma residents a quick and easy way to get downtown and back, and improved connections with the Federal Way Transit Center. This is the first time since 2011 Pierce Transit has been able to offer direct service between NE Tacoma and downtown.

The NE Tacoma Express will provide three morning peak-time trips from NE Tacoma into downtown, and three late afternoon/early…

Prosecutor Lindquist delivers opening statement in Grisso murder trial

Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist delivered opening statement in the trial of William Grisso, 42, who is charged with the 2014 shooting death of his fiancé, Nancy Gardner, 45, whom he had reported missing. Gardner’s cell phone led detectives to her body in Belfair.

“On the day of the murder, the defendant had a wife, a fiancé and a girlfriend,” Lindquist began. “He was separated from his wife, he was tired of his fiancé, and he wanted to be with his girlfriend.”

According to Lindquist, the defendant’s complicated love life was simplified when he had his wife…

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