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Saturday, February 25, 2017 This Week's Paper

Meeker students welcome newest Americans

The day finally arrived. Some had waited decades. All waited years.
The Seattle Field Office of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services naturalized 17 new American citizens from 12 countries at a ceremony at Meeker Middle School on Tuesday. Similar ceremonies were held around the nation to mark President’s Day. The Tacoma ceremony included new citizens from Australia, Canada, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Moldova, Norway, Somalia, South Korea, Thailand, the Ukraine and the United Kingdom. The Stadium High School Navy-JROTC Honor Guard posted the colors and the Meeker Mixed Choir sang the national anthem.
About 150 Meeker students attended the ceremony after winning a lottery of students who had excelled in their citizenship studies. Other citizenship activities took place in individual classrooms throughout the day… Read Full Story

EDITOR'S CHOICE
PLU’s Ambassador Chris Stevens Memorial Lecture to explore

The third biennial Ambassador Chris Stevens Memorial Lecture will be held at 7 p.m. on March 1 in the Karen Hille Phillips Center for the Performing Arts at Pacific Lutheran University. Shamil Idriss, a global leader in diplomacy and global affairs will deliver a lecture titled “Conflict is Inevitable, Violence is Not.”
Idriss is President and CEO of Search for Common Ground, a global conflict transformation organization with offices in 35 countries. He previously served as Deputy Director of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations and Senior Advisor at the World Economic Forum.
Idriss, whose… Read Full Story

WEEKLY STORIES
Vibrant schools, youth voices

The lighting is low, warm in feel, and smooth jazz tunes grace the air in perfect compliment to the quiet murmurs of actively engaged patrons. On Wednesday, Feb. 15, the inaugural “Youth Voices” event made critical steps toward an increasingly active and politically aware youth. Those in attendance, including Tacoma Poet Laureate Cathy Nguyen, were taken by a humble, yet focused, group of individuals in Tacoma, primarily young poets and activists, speaking on social and political injustices… Read Full Story

More News
New app turns your phone into easy-to-use Puyallup directory
Published in the Tacoma Weekly

Puyallup tribal member Miguel Douglas has created a new Puyallup Tribe phone app that is now available from the App Store. Offering full contact information in a complete directory of all Puyallup tribal departments and services, the app is free to download and is small in size so it won’t take…

Is my child too sick to go to school?
By MultiCare Health System

When your child wakes up feeling sick, you may be hesitant to have her miss school — but you also don’t want other children getting sick. How do you know when to keep your child home versus sending her out the door? We talked to the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department and Alex Stillman, RN,…

Applications open for summer Youth Heritage Program
Published in the Tacoma Weekly

The Washington Trust for Historic Preservation is pleased to announce that applications for their sixth annual Discover Washington: Youth Heritage Project (YHP) are now available. Applications are due May 31 and may be submitted electronically on the Washington Trust website: ljpreservewa .org/discoverwashingtonyh…

Meeker students welcome newest Americans
Published in the Tacoma Weekly

The day finally arrived. Some had waited decades. All waited years. The Seattle Field Office of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services naturalized 17 new American citizens from 12 countries at a ceremony at Meeker Middle School on Tuesday. Similar ceremonies were held around the nation to mark…

Take the Polar Plunge for Special Olympics
Published in the Tacoma Weekly

It’s that time of the year to plunge into the frigid winter water to benefit Special Olympics Washington athletes. Hundreds will converge on Owen Beach in Tacoma Saturday morning and we hope you will join us. “If you come on down to the Polar Plunge, not only will you get a chance to raise money…

Prosecutor finds deputy’s use of deadly force lawful
Published in the Tacoma Weekly

Independent and concurrent investigations by the Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office, the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department, the Tacoma Police Department, and the Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office, regarding the shooting death of Bruce Johnson, 38, have been completed. Johnson died Dec.…

Bulletin Board
Published in the Tacoma Weekly

UBEREATS LAUNCHES IN TACOMA As of Tuesday, Feb. 21 Tacoma residents and visitors (and those in nearby cities) can order their favorite food from local restaurants and have it delivered by UberEATS seven days a week. At launch, UberEATS is offering delivery of full menus from more than 100 favorite…

Fathers of Tacoma
By Larry LaRue

When James Black was growing up in Tacoma, he didn’t see himself making it to his 21st birthday. “I was in a gang by the time I was in middle school,” he said. “There wasn’t much I didn’t do. My first two years of high school didn’t even count. I missed too much time. “I was either…

Save Tacoma Water launches another initiative
By Steve Dunkelberger

Save Tacoma Water organizers have filed an initiative to strike a section of the city code that allows for special contracts for high-volume water users that allow for lower rates than those charged for residential customers. If the petition is approved on Feb. 24, the effort can begin gathering the…

Police search for trio of brazen thieves
By David Rose

Pierce County Sheriff's detectives in the Property Crimes Unit are hoping you can help them identify and locate three robbery suspects. They especially want to know where the suspects may be selling the stolen goods. One of them knocked a Rite Aid worker to the ground after she tried to stop a crew…