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  • Jun 13, 2008 at 10:17AM

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School bus shortcutting irritates neighborhood

  • Jun 13, 2008 at 10:17AM

It's been five months and Ted Carlson said he's had enough of the school buses that use his neighborhood as a shortcut.The longtime Federal Way resident says he wants the buses to stop driving through an emergency gate that connects his street to the northeast section of the Federal Way school district's school bus depot...

Federal Way pedestrians must beat feet to stay safe on streets

  • Jun 13, 2008 at 10:17AM

"Sometimes Karen Hedwig Backman feels like an endangered species.As a pedestrian in an automobile-focused society, she must deal with drivers' frustrations and impatience without the benefit of being behind the wheel of a several-thousand-pound vehicle herself.When she crosses Pacific Highway at South 312th Street to do her grocery shopping, Hedwig Backman gets an acknowledging smile from some drivers. Others ignore her or scowl at her as she walks around the crosswalk they've blocked... "

Young actor to appear with Seattle Opera in Billy Budd

  • Jun 13, 2008 at 10:17AM

"For Jordan Rosin, acting is a family endeavor and a way of life.The 10-year-old Federal Way resident said it's through his family's support that he's acting in the Seattle Opera's latest production of Benjamin Britten's Billy Budd. Based on a Herman Melville novel, a young, likeable sailor is the hit of the British Navy. But a devious master-at-arms plots against the sailor ultimately ending in tragedy... "

Citizens seek high flying way to expand playground

  • Jun 13, 2008 at 10:16AM

"A group of former Parks and Recreation Commission members believe brilliantly colored banners will add verve to Celebration Park while providing the means to create a larger, more traditional playground there.Ex-commission members Dave Kaplan, Bob Kellogg Sr. and Barbara Reid, who have formed the group Friends of Federal Way, hope to convince businesses and community groups to chip in the $3,000 apiece needed to hang a banner in the park for three years... "

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  • Jun 13, 2008 at 10:16AM

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The ruin of a Redondo landmark

  • Jun 13, 2008 at 10:16AM

"Dottie Shores could barely stand to look at the blackened remains of the Redondo Skating Arena the day after a fire leveled it.Like other people who regularly skated there, Shores wept at the destruction caused by the fire, which occurred in the early morning hours of Jan. 20, 1951.The penny arcade machines, pool tables and bowling lanes on the first floor ignited... "

Inner Visions

  • Jun 13, 2008 at 10:16AM

"I have always had heroes. As it is with children, my earliest ones were my parents, who were the giants in my small universe. My older siblings were only slightly less powerful in my eyes and I looked up to them.School enlarged my world and my heroes came to include my teachers. Later, I found my heroes in the children's section of the small one-room library in my hometown. My imagination was stirred when I read the biographies of historical figures like Eleanor Roosevelt, Margaret Mead and Madame Curie... "

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  • Jun 13, 2008 at 10:16AM

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Police continue search for boy's attacker

  • Jun 13, 2008 at 10:16AM

"Police continued to search today for the man suspected of sexually assaulting a 4-year-old boy in the bathroom of the Federal Way 320th Library Thursday afternoon.It's the first sexual assault committed by a stranger against a child in the last year, said police spokesman Mark Harreus.The boy was with his father at the library, located at 848 S. 320th St. He went alone into the bathroom, where the suspect sexually assaulted him... "

Faison will bring open mind to City Council

  • Jun 13, 2008 at 10:16AM

"Growing up, Eric Faison was equal parts clown and scholar.Faison earned mostly As and a few Bs in junior high and high school. But his propensity for joking about teachers, classes and life in general gained him a reputation as a comedian. Some fellow students struggled to reconcile the brainy and goofy aspects of his personality. Faison remembers a student asking why he was there when he attended an Honor Society meeting in the sixth grade... "

"Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration brings message of peace, unity to hundreds"

  • Jun 13, 2008 at 10:16AM

"Through song, dance, speech and even a visit from a former United States president, the past came to life Monday as hundreds of residents celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day.The celebration held at Decatur High School projected the message of community unity and peace. The two-hour event featured several speakers including Federal Way Mayor Michael Park and Mike Mcintosh, pastor at Grace Church in Federal Way who was also the master of ceremonies... "

Federal Way school district considers upgrading computers

  • Jun 13, 2008 at 10:16AM

"Upgrading or replacing old computers nearing the end of their life cycles can be an uphill battle. But the Federal Way school district is attempting to replace or bring about 2,600 computers up to speed as soon as it can.We're running into a six to nine year range with these computers just by regular wear and tear, said Kenneth Cole, the district's manager of information technology services... "

Police still seeking information about shooting incident

  • Jun 13, 2008 at 10:16AM

"About 50 people witnessed a shooting that happened on Sept. 25 just north of Federal Way High School, but they aren't saying who was in the white Ford Mustang that deliberately rear-ended a Cadillac El Dorado involved in the incident. The suspect later shot at the El Dorado three to five times. The passenger in the El Dorado, a 16-year-old Thomas Jefferson High School student, wasn't shot but suffered a compound fracture to his ankle, probably when he got out of the car... "

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Midlife Moms: More women choosing to have children in late 30s early 40s

  • Jun 13, 2008 at 10:16AM

"When Suzi Williams, then 42, showed her husband and close friends the pink strip from an in-home pregnancy test, they all incorrectly guessed the mom-to-be.They said, 'Oh my God, didn't you talk to Angie?' she says, referring to her then 16-year-old daughter. I said, 'No, it's me.' They're looking at me like yeah sure, oh poor thing. Even my husband for the longest time didn't believe it... "

Staying healthy can prevent problems with high-risk pregnancies

  • Jun 13, 2008 at 10:16AM

"Maintaining good health can do more to help a woman in her mid-30s to mid-40s have a easy pregnancy and healthy baby than just about anything else.If a woman is reasonably healthy going into a pregnancy, she should be sure she will be reasonably healthy throughout the pregnancy, says Dr. Tracy Contant, who works at Franciscan Health System's Women's Health Center in Federal Way. They should not be dissuaded.Plenty of information exists that could dissuade a middle-age woman from having a child... "

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City experiencing rash of car thefts

  • Jun 13, 2008 at 10:15AM

"Loretta Nicholson called her 1988 Toyota Camry the color of wet asphalt because of its ability to blend into the road.But after walking up and down the rows of cars outside Pavilions Centre for more than 30 minutes, Nicholson faced the fact that her inability to locate her car wasn't a visual trick. Someone had stolen it between 4 and 6 p.m. on Jan. 3 while she shopped... "

Tips to prevent car theft

  • Jun 13, 2008 at 10:15AM

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Federal Way has one HOT firefighter

  • Jun 13, 2008 at 10:15AM

"Firefighter Ryan Herrera knows what it's like to have his body judged.The brutal physical tests required to be hired by a fire department often left him panting in exhaustion. Tests vary by department but most require a combination of strength and endurance.Herrera remembers carrying 100 feet of 2 1/2-inch hose up seven floors for the Seattle Fire Department's test. While he raced to lug the hose up the stairs within the 45 seconds allotted, a firefighter hollered at him... "

"MLK Day Celebration message is peace, unity"

  • Jun 13, 2008 at 10:15AM

"It will bring together many cultures, beliefs and people, but this year's Martin Luther King celebration will still have one goal: unity.The community event, now in its fifth year, is scheduled to begin promptly at 10:30 a.m. at Decatur High School on Jan. 15, the observed birthday of the slain civil rights leader... "

Principals look to learn from Kelley situation

  • Jun 13, 2008 at 10:15AM

"While one junior high school principal awaits the outcome of criminal misdemeanor charges for failure to report child abuse, the rest of the Federal Way school district watches and waits. Especially interested are the principals of every other school in the district, as the court's decision could affect how they do their jobs in the future.Fannie Kelley, principal at Sacajawea Junior High School, is at the center of the controversy... "

Principal discipline not new to school district

  • Jun 13, 2008 at 10:15AM

"Controversial principals are not new to the Federal Way school district. In March 2000 Linda McInturff resigned her position at the Federal Way Internet Academy.McInturff was suspended from her position Oct. 22, 1999 after allegations arose of financial mismanagement, misuse of technological resources and harassment of school employees... "

Rally set for Jan. 14 at Decatur High School to talk teen sex

  • Jun 13, 2008 at 10:15AM

"Looking to educate her peers about the dangers and consequences of sexual relationships and sexually transmitted diseases, Decatur High School student Shannel Hanft will host her own rally and auction on the subject tomorrow.She hopes the Decatur Gymnasium will be packed with with anyone interested in learning more about STDs and teen pregnancy... "

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