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News briefs: Pedestrian vs. vehicle
A 40-year old Algona male was taken to Harborview Medical Center in critical condition Jan. 25 after he was involved in a pedestrian vs. vehicle incident at approximately 7:17 p.m. in the 35600 block of Pacific Highway South in Federal Way.
The man was struck by a vehicle traveling south on the highway, police spokeswoman Stacy Flores said. The 56-year-old male Auburn driver was evaluated for drug or alcohol impairment, Flores said.
He was then arrested and is being investigated for vehicular assault, she said. Police are asking witnesses to call the lead investigator for the case at (253) 835-6748.
Three Federal Way schools received the district Martin Luther King Jr. Achievement Award for the 2006-2007 school year.
The schools were recognized for achieving the largest increase in reading and math scores on the Washington Assessment of Student Learning (WASL) by under-represented or low-income students.
Decatur High School, Sacajawea Middle School and Olympic View Elementary School were all recognized.
Performing arts center funds
A public State Senate hearing will be conducted on the Public Facility District tool, which could allow Federal Way to gather state funding to assist in building a performing arts center. The hearing is at 1:30 p.m. Jan. 30 in Hearing Room 4 in the John A. Cherberg Building in the state capitol in Olympia.
Sen. Tracey Eide, D- 30th District, introduced a bill this session that would extend the date by which cities receiving the money must break ground on their construction projects between July 1, 2008, to July 1, 2009. If the bill passes, it would allow Federal Way more time to prepare for the construction of a desired performing arts center.
The city is organizing carpools for anyone who wishes to attend. E-mail Scott Pingel at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Play examines Hitlers reign
Students at DeVry University will present a play The White Rose, which focuses on Hitlers reign in Nazi Germany. The plot pertains to the capture and punishment of students during the reign of Hitler and their struggle to get the truth out with a pamphlet, The White Rose. The play will be presented at 8 p.m. Feb. 5-8 and at 6 p.m. Feb. 9 at the DeVry campus, 3600 S. 344th Way, Federal Way. Tickets are $5. For more information, call (253) 943-3056.
Communities in Schools
The Communities in Schools of Federal Way will host their ninth annual Literacy Breakfast at 7:15 a.m. Feb. 29 at the Christian Faith Center, 33099 20th Pl. S.W. in Federal Way. To reserve a seat, call (253) 838-2605 ext. 107.