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Top news stories of 2012

Post by Ian Swenson / The News Tribune on Dec. 28, 2012 at 3:49 pm with 4 Comments »
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The News Tribune’s top news stories for 2012, as chosen by our readers and staff.

10. Privatization of liquor sales

June: Privatized liquor sales begin, with many buyers expressing sticker shock.

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Stadium Thriftway beverage manager Ty Cline, center, and Thriftway employee Carol Bellanca, right, look to put up the price tag for the different liquor beverage on the first day of liquor sale by private businesses in the state of Washington at Stadium Thriftway on Friday, June 1, 2012. (Lui Kit Wong/Staff photographer)

9. Ivan the gorilla

August: Ivan the gorilla, who grew up on display at Lakewood’s B&I Shopping Center, dies at age 50 at Zoo Atlanta.

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Ivan the gorilla posed in the doorway separating the two rooms of his cement and steel home at the B & I Circus Store, 8012 South Tacoma Way, in September of 1973. (Richards Studio)

8. LeMay car museum

June: After years of planning, the LeMay-America’s Car Museum opens near the Tacoma Dome.

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The Lemay-America's Car Museum glows in the night sky car traffic races by on I-5 in Tacoma Friday May 25, 2012. (Dean J. Koepfler/Staff photographer)

Tony Radulescu (Washington State Patrol)

7. Tony Radulescu

February: Washington State Patrol trooper Tony Radulescu shot and killed after a routine traffic stop near Gorst.

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6. Robert Bales

March: Staff Sgt. Robert Bales of Joint Base Lewis-McChord accused of killing 16 Afghan civilians in a massacre in Kandahar; his pre-trial hearing is held in November at JBLM.

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Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, left, is shown during an exercise at the National Training Center in Fort Irwin, Calif., Aug. 23. (U.S Army Photo)

4. (tie) January storm

January: ‘Snowmageddon’ paralyzes region, affecting schools, traffic and power supply; also briefly closes the Tacoma Narrows bridges.

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Parkland Light & Water Company employees watches after cutting down a big branch on the power line on Military Road East at Fredrickson in Pierce County on Thursday, January 19, 2012. Utilities workers were working to restore power in the area. (Lui Kit Wong/Staff photographer)

4. (tie) Legalized marijuana

November: Washington voters legalize marijuana sales and use.

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Gary Parrish smokes marijuana in a glass pipe, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, just after midnight at the Space Needle in Seattle. Possession of marijuana became legal in Washington state at midnight, and several hundred people gathered at the Space Needle to smoke and celebrate the occasion, even though the new law does prohibit public use of marijuana. (Ted S. Warren/AP)

Margaret Anderson

3. Margaret Anderson

January: National Parks Service ranger Margaret Anderson is fatally shot on New Year’s Day at Mount Rainier, prompting a manhunt that ends with the finding of the body of the gunman, Benjamin Colton Barnes.

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2. Gay marriage

November: Washington voters ratify same-sex marriage in the general election; gay weddings start in December.

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John McCluskey and Rudy Henry (seated) smile as they turn and face the happy crowd after obtaining their marriage license in the Pierce County auditor's office in Tacoma early Thursday morning, December 6, 2012. They won a lottery to become the first same-sex couple issued a marriage license in Pierce County. (Peter Haley/Staff photographer)

Josh and Susan Powell and their two boys.

1. Josh Powell

February: Josh Powell, a suspect in the disappearance of wife, Susan Cox Powell, kills their two young sons, then himself in his Graham-area home.

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  1. tacomajoe says:

    Why isn’t fixing the potholes on the list? Oh that’s right, it never happened.

  2. aalivestrong says:

    Commentary on our lives that 50% of the top ten are about death and 4 of the 5 are about violent death. In 2013 I am going to be sharing the GOOD News that happens. The people who step out of the comfort of their homes and help others. The many GOOD deeds that are done every day by average Americans! I hope to focus on the GOOD being done in Pierce County and the World. I want to turn around our culture from being fascinated by violence and hero worship of athletes to focus on our fellow humans. A smile for the stranger, acknowledge the homeless and mentally ill, there are so many that think they are struggling alone. I hope to focus on solutions to our violent society instead of the fear. I hope I remember to be kinder to people. Here is Looking forward to the Positive that Can Be!

  3. MrCarleone says:


    Excellent commentary, and idea!

    But, I doubt that the News Tribune will follow your suggestion!

    But, myself, and I hope others will!

  4. I agree we should ask for more reporting on the good things that are going on and how WE could do more good things . Be more polite , more civil to each other , more respectful , more open and do it with less swearing and loud voices. We all need to be reminded that we ALL can do more good .

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