News briefs: Plea deal in death of shaken baby

Plea deal in death of shaken baby

Christopher Temple, 18, pleaded guilty March 7 to murder in the second degree in the death of his infant son, Aiden Andrews, whom he is accused of shaking to death on Aug. 9, 2007.

The child was in Temple’s custody when he shook him for approximately three to five seconds and hit his head against a car seat, according to Temple’s plea agreement. Temple did not mean to cause the infant harm, according to his plea agreement.

Temple’s sentencing date is set for March 28. Prosecutors are expected to recommend he spend 102 months in jail and attend parenting classes. The crime holds a maximum punishment of life in jail and a $50,000 fine, according to the plea agreement.


Downtown high-rises

The city will present illustration boards on the Symphony park project design at 6 p.m. March 18 at City Hall, 33325 8th Ave. S.

City staff will be present to share early concepts of the design for the almost 1-acre park. Following this, a formal presentation from the landscape architects doing the design and a public comment session will take place at that night’s city council meeting, beginning at 7 p.m.


Battle of the Books

The Federal Way School District will host a Battle of the Books competition at 7 p.m. March 27 at Decatur High School, 2800 S.W. 320th St. Elementary school students will work in teams to answer 25 questions about books. The champion team gets to keep a trophy until the following year. For more information, visit


Graffiti technician wanted

Federal Way is seeking a temporary graffiti technician to investigate graffiti complaints and take appropriate action to ensure compliance with the city’s graffiti ordinance.

Candidates must be available to work up to 20 hours per week, have graduated from high school or have an equivalent education, possess the knowledge or ability to learn painting techniques and be willing to perform graffiti removal work in the outdoors.

To learn more, call the Human Resources department at (253) 835-2531 or apply online at


SAT prep class

Federal Way High School and the PTSA will host an SAT prep class from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, March 11 through April 24.

The class will cost $30 and scholarships are available. For more information, call Carla Boone at (253) 945-5414.


WASL tutoring is offering free WASL tutoring for any student in Washington State. The program includes assessments and five hours with a tutor.

For more information, visit


Advancing Leadership signups

Men and women who live or work in Federal Way and are interested in becoming more involved in the community are encouraged to apply for the Advancing Leadership 2008-2009 session.

Applications must be received by May 16. An ideal class would include people with varied backgrounds, cultures and interests, from both the business and private sectors, who together represent a balanced cross-section of the city population.

Established in 1998 by the Federal Way Chamber of Commerce and local businesses and organizations, Advancing Leadership offers in-depth leadership training, introduces participants to more than 100 influential local leaders, and reveals the comprehensive inner workings of the city including economic vitality, government, human services, youth and education, diversity and culture and quality of life. The class then puts its knowledge and new connections to work on a project that has a lasting impact on the city.

To request an application, contact Teri Hickel at (253) 838-2605, ext. 102 or e-mail Also visit


Peace rally marks invasion of Iraq

A commemoration of the fifth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq will run 4:30 to 6 p.m. March 19 at the intersection of Pacific Highway South and South 320th Street in Federal Way. Bring signs. Visit


Lions hold annual Easter Egg Hunt

The Federal Way Noon Lions Club will host its annual Easter Egg Hunt at 9 a.m. March 22 at Steel Lake Park, 2410 S 312th St. More than 4,500 candy eggs will be scattered throughout the grounds along with special prize eggs. Three age groups will compete for the eggs at this free event: Ages 5 and under; ages 6 to 8; and ages 9 to 12. Parking is limited; please arrive by 8:30 a.m. to ensure a spot. To learn more, call Bob Darrigan at (253) 874-4282 or Nancy Rathe at (253) 838-7420.


T-shirts for a cause

The DECA students at Thomas Jefferson High School are raising money to support research for breast cancer. They are selling T-shirts for $10 each that were designed by and support Gilda’s Club.

For more information or to purchase a shirt, call (253) 945-5746.

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