Wednesday, January 23, 2008

What's News in Federal Way -- Jan. 23

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Federal Way Regional Library lovers brace for closure of building
THENEWSTRIBUNE.COM (01/23) -- On a winter weeknight, the rows of computer terminals are packed at one of the busiest libraries in King County. Nearby, students study math at desks, kids listen to a bedtime story, and adults browse through books and magazines at the Federal Way Regional Library. The noise from people bustling about rises above “quiet study zones.” But later this year, the library will fall silent. More...

Schools explore random drug testing
FEDWAYMIRROR.COM (01/21) -- High school drug users beware. Education officials in school districts throughout the state are exploring a random drug testing policy being promoted by the United States Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP). The federal government is offering funding assistance to school districts that choose to implement the program. More...

Plastic grocery bags face extinction
FEDWAYMIRROR.COM (01/21) -- Washington state could become the first to ban plastic checkout bags in grocery stores. More...

Police search for gunman in Federal Way shooting
THEOLYMPIAN.COM (01/19) -- Police in Federal Way are searching for a man who they say shot and killed a 38-year-old woman at the Metro Transit Center on Friday night. Officers were dispatched at about 7 p.m. to the center at the corner of South 316th Street and 23rd Avenue South. The woman was transported to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, where she later died of a gunshot wound. More...

Federal Way must release files on judge’s sudden resignation
THENEWSTRIBUNE.COM (01/19) -- A King County Superior Court judge ruled Friday that the City of Federal Way must give The News Tribune access to 117 pages of documents related to the resignation of former Municipal Court Judge Colleen Hartl. More...

Investigators: Federal Way judge faces new allegations in sex scandal
KING5.COM (01/18) -- A Federal Way judge who resigned over a sex scandal is facing additional allegations. KING 5 has learned that a damaging tape recording has surfaced, allegedly evidence she was orchestrating a cover-up. More...

Woman shot at transit center
KING5.COM (01/18) -- A shooting at the Federal Way transit center sent a woman to the hospital Friday night where she died. The shooter is still at large. More...

Fourth grader takes recycling to a whole new level
KOMOTV.COM (01/18) -- A fourth grader in Federal Way has become a real problem solver. She's come up with a way to keep thousands of strings of old Christmas lights from going to the landfill. More...

Tacoma's form of government sparks interest in Federal Way
FEDWAYMIRROR.COM (01/18) -- During last Wednesday’s elected mayor debate, the subject of Tacoma’s form of government was brought up by audience members and debaters. In Federal Way, some residents are trying to explore the possibility of having an elected mayor to replace the city manager, while others are satisfied with the current council-manager form of government. More...

Aging elderly find a way to stay put
FEDWAYMIRROR.COM (01/18) -- Leaving behind their homes and independence is heartbreaking for many elderly people who become unable to take care of themselves. Often, families see the next logical step as moving their elders to a nursing home. But there is another option. More...

Talented Federal Way local making a run for Miss Auburn crown
FEDERALWAYNEWS.NET (01/14) -- Cara Rudd, 21, of Federal Way is participating in the Miss Auburn Scholarship Program, a preliminary to Miss Washington and Miss America Pageants, in hopes of attaining a scholarship for education. More...

Concrete pourers on employers' side
SEATTLEPI.NWSOURCE.COM (01/14) -- Angry concrete pourers in Western Washington are aligning with their employers and fighting the union they pay to represent them in a feud threatening to shut down more than a dozen construction sites. More...

Weyerhaeuser sells European engineered wood products operations to Finnforest
MONEY.CNN.COM (01/14) -- Weyerhaeuser Co. (NYSE:WY) (TSX:WYL) Monday said it has reached a definitive agreement to sell its iLevel European engineered wood products operations to Finnforest of Finland, part of the Metsaliitto Group. Terms of the sale were not disclosed. More...

Identity thief taps victim's phone, steals a fortune
KOMOTV.COM (01/11) -- The Secret Service is investigating one of the most elaborate identity theft cases to hit the area. Investigators say a thief managed to bilk money out of a local man's credit union by wiretapping their phones. More...

The perils of panhandling
FEDWAYMIRROR.COM (01/11) -- On a chilly overcast Wednesday, Federal Way resident Michael Didier stands on the street corner holding a sign and hoping he will gather enough money from passers-by to pay his rent this month. More...

State of schools keeps improving
FEDWAYMIRROR.COM (01/11) -- Despite increasing challenges such as poverty and language barriers, schools in Federal Way continue to improve, superintendent Tom Murphy said in his annual State of the District Address. More...

Judge's affair stirs up court
FEDWAYMIRROR.COM (01/11) -- Recently surfaced details surrounding the resignation of former Federal Way Judge Colleen Hartl have led to the temporary banning of a public defender from the Federal Way Municipal Court. More...

Panhandling behavior targeted again
THENEWSTRIBUNE.COM (01/09) -- Federal Way wants to crack down on panhandlers, making it illegal for them to beg on sidewalks, at bus stops and near automatic teller machines. More...

X-ray targets safety in Federal Way's court
FEDWAYMIRROR.COM (01/08) -- Each day, hundreds of visitors enter through the doors of the Federal Way Municipal Court — but the sole responsibility of checking them for dangerous weapons rests primarily in the hands of one security officer. More...

Illegal texting may mean a ticket
FEDWAYMIRROR.COM (01/08) -- Washington has officially joined the handful of states that have enacted laws aimed at keeping drivers’ attention on the road — rather than on their cell phones. More...

Tacoma files lawsuit over North Shore development
FEDWAYMIRROR.COM (01/08) -- The City of Tacoma filed a lawsuit Monday against Northshore Investors LLC, which has applied to build an 860-unit residential neighborhood where the North Shore Golf Course now resides on the Northeast Tacoma-Federal Way border. More...

Driver arrested in fatal wrong way car accident
SEATTLEINJURYBLOG.COM (01/08) -- A man from Federal Way was arrested early Sunday after driving the wrong way on SR 18 east of the Auburn Black Diamond Road, hitting another vehicle head-on, and killing the driver involved in the Washington Auto Accident. More...

Federal Way judge admits relationship with lawyer, resigns
SEATTLEPI.NWSOURCE.COM (01/08) -- A Federal Way Municipal Court judge has resigned after hosting a holiday party at which she claimed to be having an affair with a public defender who routinely appeared in her court. Judge Colleen Hartl quit Dec. 19, less than a week after telling her guests - including five court employees - that she had sex with public defender Sean Cecil, and displaying a text message in which he complimented how she looked in "tight jeans," Michael Morgan, the court's presiding judge, said Wednesday. More...

Pedestrian killed by car identified
SEATTLETIMES.NWSOURCE.COM (01/07) -- A pedestrian struck and killed by a car while crossing the street Friday night in Seattle's Central Area was identified Sunday by the King County Medical Examiner's Office as Karen Pritchett. More...

Woman killed when vehicle going wrong way hits her car head-on
THENEWSTRIBUNE.COM (01/07) -- A car traveling the wrong way on Highway 18 early Sunday morning rammed another car head-on, killing the second driver. More...

Some districts delay vote on levies, bonds
SEATTLETIMES.NWSOURCE.COM (01/06) -- Hoping to stay out of the shadow of next month's presidential primary, area districts are reconsidering when to put school-funding measures before voters. More...

Thriller follows Centerstage director to Federal Way
THENEWSTRIBUNE.COM (01/04) -- Alan Bryce, artistic director of Centerstage Theatre in Federal Way, is no Johnny-come-lately to the world of theater. He’s an actor, a director and a playwright with extensive experience in New York and London. We are fortunate that he decided to settle in the Puget Sound area. And now we are blessed with the opportunity to see a revision of one of his earliest plays, “Nightmare of a Married Man,” which was a big hit in the London fringe circuit back in the late ’70s. More...

Initiative 26 aims to zap partisanship from King County elections
FEDWAYMIRROR.COM (01/04) -- King County officials and volunteers launched an effort to eliminate primary election partisanship and make government more accountable to the people. More...

City council: In with the new
FEDWAYMIRROR.COM (01/04) -- The Federal Way City Council rang in 2008 by welcoming a new member as well as appointing a new mayor and deputy mayor. More...

9-1-1 transcripts of fatal I-5 shooting released
THEOLYMPIAN.COM (01/03) -- The Federal Way Police Department has released some of the 9-1-1 transcripts of callers who reported the actions of a 27-year-old Olympia man who was acting erractically on Interstate 5 in Federal Way on Christmas and was later shot by a responding State Patrol trooper. More...

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