The Daily Mash-Up

Wednesday, October 26, 2016 This Week's Paper
Wage hike set to kick in after New Year

Tacoma's minimum wage will increase to $11.15 per hour effective Jan. 1. The new rate is part of the voter-approved initiative that phases in a $12 per hour minimum wage over two years.

Tacoma's voter-approved law requires that employers provide notice to their employees of the new minimum wage rate. Most employers provide notice by hanging a poster in their lunchroom or another highly visible area. In order to help you be prepared long before New Year's Eve approaches, the 2017 Minimum Wage Workplace Notice is available now.

The notice conveniently includes all six… Read More

PDZA to unveil Ivan statue

Ivan, the western lowland gorilla, who lived in a shopping center and ultimately found a home among members of his species at Zoo Atlanta, will be honored Wednesday with the unveiling of a bronze sculpture in his memory.

Ivan died at age 50 in 2012.

The more-than-5-foot-tall, 600-pound sculpture depicts Ivan holding a magnolia blossom, curiosity reflected in his eyes. The statute sits in Point Defiance Park on a landing near the stairs leading to the main entrance of Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium.

The Metro Parks Tacoma Board of Commissioners formally accepted… Read More

NWSA to launch mobile apps to speed up cargo flow, reduce idling-related air emissions

The Northwest Seaport Alliance will launch two new mobile applications early November to help speed the flow of containers through port facilities and along local freight corridors, reduce idling-related air emissions and save fuel.

The apps were designed specifically for, and in partnership with, the port industry to align with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Connected Vehicle Freight Advanced Traveler Information System architecture and StrongPorts initiative.

DrayQ is the first mobile app in the market to use Bluetooth technology to provide real-time estimates of drayage… Read More

High Priority Offender sentenced to 40 years in prison

Michael Walter Wood, 57, a defendant with 13 prior felony convictions, has been sentenced to 40 years in prison. He was convicted of unlawful possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver within 1,000 feet of a school bus stop while armed with a firearm and unlawful possession of a firearm in the first degree.

“Getting career criminals off the street makes our community safer,” said Prosecutor Mark Lindquist.

On Dec. 21, 2015, deputies served a search warrant on Wood's car and residence after an undercover narcotics investigation by the Pierce County Sheriff’s… Read More

Recent ‘Net Nanny’ sting tallies first guilty verdict

The first jury trial for a subject arrested during the Washington State Patrol’s Operation Net Nanny has concluded in Pierce County with a verdict of guilty.

Darcy Racus, 51, was found guilty on one count of Attempted Rape of a Child 1st Degree and one count of Communicating with a Minor for Immoral Purposes. Racus was arrested on Dec. 17, 2015, after answering an online ad posted by undercover detectives assigned to the State Patrol’s Missing and Exploited Children Task Force. During internet and telephone conversations Racus expressed his desire to engage in sexual activities with… Read More

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