Kate Burrows

is a graduate of University of Illinois at Chicago, Kate spent several years writing for trade magazines in the windy city. After developing an undeniable love for all things Cubs and Bears, she headed back home to the Pacific Northwest and the world of weekly newspapers.

Email: kburrows@tacomaweekly.com

17 September 2013

Tribal member receives doctorate

For as long as she can remember, Danica Sterud Miller has wanted to be a “teacher of books” at the university level. In fact, the voracious reader knew little of what it meant to become a professor when she first set the goal in fourth grade. But she kept her eye on the prize and after more than 10 years pursuing her…

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4 September 2013

Helping Find Volunteers

For as long as she can remember, Jackie Yeh has always enjoyed helping people and volunteering for organizations that truly make a difference. The sophomore at Charles Wright Academy is now focusing her efforts on helping her peers discover the volunteer opportunities available and how rewarding the work can truly be. Through…

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27 August 2013

Local Restaurants: Dinner and a Show

After more than a year of sitting vacant, local restaurateurs Jenney and Doo Pyo Song have breathed new life into the space that formerly housed the beloved coffee shop Mandolin Cafe – now re-opening its doors as a top-notch sushi and steakhouse. The Mandolin Sushi and Steakhouse boasts sleek, sophisticated interiors, complete…

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13 August 2013

Restaurant Guide: Dinner and a Show

After more than a year of sitting vacant, local restaurateurs Jenney and Doo Pyo Song have breathed new life into the space that formerly housed the beloved coffee shop Mandolin Cafe – now re-opening its doors as a top-notch sushi and steakhouse. The Mandolin Sushi and Steakhouse boasts sleek, sophisticated interiors, complete…

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31 July 2013

Flying Boots Closed

Liz Hanson remembers hitting Flying Boots Café after long nights working the graveyard shift about 30 years ago. She’d get off work at about 6 a.m., and meet up with her longshoremen friends for drinks and a few laughs. And when she heard Flying Boots Café was preparing to close its doors on July 27, the McKenna, Wash.,…

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31 July 2013

Make a Scene: Live music a highlight at Rebel Riot

On Aug. 3, downtown Tacoma will be transformed into a car-lover’s paradise, with throngs of pre-1969 hot rods and custom cars on display, along with a full day’s worth of live music and entertainment.

This year’s Rebel Riot will offer something for everyone: pre-1969 traditional hot rods and custom cars, pin-up…

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24 July 2013

EQC workers save life of fellow employee

Thanks to the quick thinking and skills of four Emerald Queen Casino employees, a potentially tragic incident ended well on May 28 when they discovered an employee on the ground and unresponsive. When his co-worker Marcelino Tababa, groundskeeper in the facilities department, heard a loud noise and noticed the employee had…

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24 July 2013

Arts & Entertainment: Music, art, puppets, jugglers, Bite of Proctor…

With more than 150 vendors committed for the 2013 Proctor Arts Festival, this year’s event is sure to entertain the masses. Now in its 17th year, the event is taking place Aug. 2-4, with a variety of musical performances, vender booths, food and arts and crafts demonstrations slated to occur throughout the weekend. A juried…

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17 July 2013

Unique fundraiser aims to raise money for defibrillators in schools

After their two sons and daughter each tested positive for a rare genetic heart condition, Pat and Angela Taylor knew they had to take action. The condition, called long QT syndrome, often goes undiagnosed but can lead to heart palpitations, fainting and sudden cardiac arrest. “It can be very difficult to diagnose a genetic…

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10 July 2013

Arts & Entertainment: New Kids On The Block delivers epic performance at T-Dome

At seven years old, I was apparently too young to see the New Kids play the Puyallup Fair in 1989, according to certain adults in my life who I haven’t quite forgiven yet. But I was old enough to tag along to drop off my older sister at the show, tears streaming down my face as I peered through the fence to catch a glimpse…

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9 July 2013

Local Restaurants: Dave’s of Milton attracts national talent at weekly comedy nights

For many years, Dave’s of Milton has been a go-to venue for local comedians looking for an intimate atmosphere and a fun audience. And after owner Mary Tompkins expanded the stage and performance area, the little diner in Milton has attracted top-notch national acts. “At first, we had our comedy nights in a little room…

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9 July 2013

Arts & Entertainment: Shaun Peterson wins Foundation of Art Award

As the creator of downtown Tacoma’s 24-foot-high traditional Welcome Figure, artist Shaun Peterson has created pieces of art that are currently on display in public collections around the world. And with the announcement of the Greater Tacoma Community Foundation’s (GTCF) selection of Peterson as the 6th Annual Foundation…

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3 July 2013

Local Restaurants: New personal chef service offers customized gourmet meals

After spending nearly a decade as a stay-at-home mom, Delphia Brewton has jumped back into the work force as a personal chef after years of receiving rave reviews about her stellar skills in the kitchen. When Brewton graduated from Le Cordon Bleu Culinary College in Seattle, she decided to take a leap of faith by starting…

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18 June 2013

Local Restaurants: New creperie offers a taste of Paris

When Thomas Vigue moved to the Pacific Northwest in 2012 to open a restaurant specializing in authentic, gourmet crepes, he scouted locations throughout Puget Sound before settling on what he feels is the ideal location – Tacoma. And if the line out the door of eager customers means anything at all, Tacomans are welcoming…

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12 June 2013

Local Restaurants: All in the family

Although Johnny’s at Fife has developed a strong following for its traditional, classic breakfast options, the family owned restaurant has something to offer just about anyone. The originators of the world-famous Johnny’s seasoning salt have also become widely known for French dips, homemade salad dressings and high-quality…

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11 June 2013

Goodwill Opens State-Of-The Art Store

The opening of a new Goodwill store in South Tacoma means more than the addition of 25 to 30 new jobs – it means the organization’s job training and support services will reach even more people in need.

A grand opening ceremony took place June 6, and the community came out in droves to experience what Tacoma Goodwill…

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7 June 2013

Relay for Life of Tacoma returns June 14

One lonely night in 1985, Dr. Gordy Klatt took to Baker Stadium at University of Puget Sound to spend a solid 24 hours circling the track to raise money for his local American Cancer Society chapter. That year, he raised $27,000 to aid in the fight against cancer, but few could imagine how the work of one man could spark…

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5 June 2013

Walk for a Cause June 22

After working in the nonprofit arena for decades, Carl Jones understands the subtle challenges and obstacles these organizations face every day. Fundraising is always a priority, but many of these groups lack the expertise needed to maximize these efforts.

Enter Jones and his Community Walks organization, focused…

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16 May 2013

Local Restaurants: Hong Kong Lui’s Teriyaki

Born in Yokohama, Japan, Hong Kong Lui’s Teriyaki owner Bob Lewis knows what it takes to create high-quality, authentic dishes. Using a mix of family recipes and new concoctions, Hong Kong Lui’s offers a menu full of affordably priced dishes, specializing in teriyaki, beef short ribs, Mongolian Beef, fried rice and Yakisoba.…

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15 May 2013

Working Waterfront Museum showcases Tacoma’s Maritime Past

The Foss Waterway Seaport’s Working Waterfront Museum made a splash May 11 during its grand opening festivities celebrating the facility’s re-opening after an 18-month closure for construction.

Located in the historic Balfour Dock building, Puget Sound’s premier maritime heritage and education destination now…

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The Daily MashUp

8 November 2012

Reward! Missing Dog

Help find Minnie Pearl, a three-year-old female teacup Pug who escaped her back…Read More

28 June 2012

Wire theft/vandalism on the rise

Pierce County crews replaced the wiring that powers six street lights along…Read More

Favorite Articles

11 August 2011

Say cheese!

Husband-and-wife team Deanna and Tom Dargan have experienced their share of success in the corporate world – both have worked at architecture and engineering firm BCRA – but their latest venture hits a bit closer to home.

After renovating their detached garage into an industrial kitchen of sorts, the couple officially…

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1 September 2011

Heritage Happens showcases rich Pierce County history

Pierce County’s history is rich with explorers, pioneers, drama, growth and conflict. Next month, the Heritage League of Pierce County will offer an opportunity to explore that history during Heritage Happens, the first event that brings together more than 30 area history museums for re-enactments, exhibits and lectures.…

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1 September 2011

In Remembrance

As a community, how different are we now as a result of the events of Sept. 11, 2001? What has been gained, and what has been lost? A panel of community leaders will explore these topics and more at a University of Puget Sound event to reflect on the time that has passed since the 2001 terrorist attacks.

In a partnership…

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