Olivia Sullivan

St. Francis Hospital employees pose for a photo, before laughing about smiling behind their masks. A parade to show support to frontline hospital workers took place in April. Olivia Sullivan/staff photo

Top Federal Way stories of 2020

I hate the word “unprecedented” just as much as the next overworked journalist in 2020, but this year did enter so many realms of new,… Continue reading

St. Francis Hospital employees pose for a photo, before laughing about smiling behind their masks. A parade to show support to frontline hospital workers took place in April. Olivia Sullivan/staff photo
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Man charged with robbery linked to Burien rape, Federal Way murder

DNA of Melvin Lewis Taylor Jr. matches evidence found at the scene of a Federal Way murder in 2002.

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Federal Way Strong 5K

Federal Way Community Center to host first-ever Federal Way Strong 5K

Participants can run or walk their favorite 5K route between Dec. 31 and Jan. 3, 2021.

Federal Way Strong 5K
A Dark-eyed Junco. Photo courtesy of RAS President Jay Galvin

Season’s tweetings: Christmas Bird Count returns

Rainier Audubon Society encompasses the South King County areas of Auburn, Federal Way, Kent, Des Moines, Redondo, Renton and more while also extending out toward Mount Rainier.

A Dark-eyed Junco. Photo courtesy of RAS President Jay Galvin
Photo by Andy Hobbs

Hands behind the holiday magic: Who decorates Federal Way’s community tree for Christmas?

The Allen family members are the Mirror’s Hometown Heroes for December.

Photo by Andy Hobbs
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Lewd photo shared during school Zoom meeting | Police blotter

Following is a sample from the Federal Way police log Dec. 16-21.

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FWPS music teachers. Courtesy photo

FWPS music teachers perform ‘Jingle Bell Rock’

WATCH: Staff members spread Christmas cheer through song

FWPS music teachers. Courtesy photo
Federal Way Public Schools headquarters. File photo

FWPS to remain in remote learning through early 2021

King County, Federal Way COVID-19 case numbers are too high to return to classrooms yet.

Federal Way Public Schools headquarters. File photo
Dr. Amit Desai of St. Francis Hospital receives a COVID-19 vaccine on Dec. 17. Photo courtesy of CHI Franciscan

COVID-19 vaccines come to St. Francis Hospital in Federal Way

Two COVID-19 vaccines have been approved in the United States, and distribution of the vaccines is underway to staff at Washington hospitals, including Federal Way’s… Continue reading

Dr. Amit Desai of St. Francis Hospital receives a COVID-19 vaccine on Dec. 17. Photo courtesy of CHI Franciscan
A scene from Assisted Living: The Musical's The Home for the Holidays. Courtesy photo

Holiday shows now streaming from Centerstage Theatre, Federal Way PAEC

A Virtual Centerstage Christmas Cabaret available through Dec. 22; PAEC’s The Home … for the Holidays for view through Dec. 24.

A scene from Assisted Living: The Musical's The Home for the Holidays. Courtesy photo
Eyes on Federal Way app home screen.

City launches Eyes on Federal Way app to streamline resident service requests

The app became available for download on Dec. 15.

Eyes on Federal Way app home screen.
An artist's conception of the proposed sculpture to be placed in the pedestrian plaza of the incoming Federal Way Link Extension. The idea has since been scrapped.

Artist Donald Lipski meets with Federal Way residents to discuss Sound Transit artwork

The original idea featured an elephant standing on a tree with a blue heron on its trunk.

An artist's conception of the proposed sculpture to be placed in the pedestrian plaza of the incoming Federal Way Link Extension. The idea has since been scrapped.
Crime scene photo shows the Nissan Versa driven by Travis Zimmerman, a newspaper carrier who was shot by Daniel McLaughlin in May 2019. Courtesy of King County Superior Court.

Federal Way man found not guilty in shooting of newspaper delivery man

Jury found McLaughlin acted in self defense.

Crime scene photo shows the Nissan Versa driven by Travis Zimmerman, a newspaper carrier who was shot by Daniel McLaughlin in May 2019. Courtesy of King County Superior Court.
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Buildings at Camp Kilworth vandalized | Police blotter

Following is a sample from the Federal Way police log Dec. 8-15.

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Federal Way Mayor Jim Ferrell and Federal Way City Council members meet with Sen. Claire Wilson, Rep. Jesse Johnson, and Rep.-elect Jamila Taylor on Dec. 15.

Federal Way leaders outline legislative asks for 2021 session

Top priorities include funding for humanitarian relief amid Covid-19, pilot program for police body cameras, broadband internet access and more.

Federal Way Mayor Jim Ferrell and Federal Way City Council members meet with Sen. Claire Wilson, Rep. Jesse Johnson, and Rep.-elect Jamila Taylor on Dec. 15.
Photo courtesy of Fisher Scones

Fisher Scones parent company fined for overworking teenage employees

Washington State Department of Labor and Industries found more than 1,500 instances of violations including missing meal breaks, working during school hours and more.

Photo courtesy of Fisher Scones
Photo courtesy of Shelley Pauls

Santa Parade collects 3,000 pounds of canned food donations for local food banks

The Federal Way community donated 1,640 pounds of food for the Federal Way Senior Center Food Bank

Photo courtesy of Shelley Pauls
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Federal Way police respond to three shootings last Saturday

Federal Way police do not have suspect information for any of the three incidents.

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Local skate shop donates $1.5K to MSC food bank from shoe raffle

35th Avenue Skate and Snow sought donations to the nonprofit for a chance to purchase Nike SB sneakers.

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Mark David Glenn, 51, pleads not guilty to charges of child rape and sexual misconduct involving three Todd Beamer High School students on Jan. 23. File photo

Department of Health suspends license of Federal Way nurse charged with rape

Mark David Glenn worked at 20 schools within Federal Way district between Dec. 2018 and Sept. 2019.

Mark David Glenn, 51, pleads not guilty to charges of child rape and sexual misconduct involving three Todd Beamer High School students on Jan. 23. File photo