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Archives: March 2012

March
30th

Washington state regulators open complaint against mortgage company Ocwen after News Tribune report

The state agency that regulates mortgage companies is looking into Ocwen Financial Servicing in light of a News Tribune report this week.

That report detailed the difficulties of Tacoma’s Gary Palagruti, who had a mortgage modification in place when Ocwen took over his loan last fall. Until last week, when The News Tribune began asking questions, Ocwen wouldn’t acknowledge Palagruti’s reduced payment.

An investigator with the Washington State Department of Financial Institutions said Thursday that after seeing the newspaper article, the department opened a complaint on Palagruti’s behalf. It’s just one of about 100 complaints on Ocwen the

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March
30th

Gas prices still riding the escalator

Tacoma gas prices were still rising Friday with average prices more than three cents higher than they were a week ago.

The News Tribune’s Gas Price Tracker reports those prices on average were $4.129 a gallon at Tacoma-area stations. That compares with $4.097 a week ago.

A month ago, local gas prices were hovering just below $4 a gallon at $3.996. A year ago, gas prices were nearly 34 cents a gallon less than Friday’s Tacoma average price.

The lowest price in the Tacoma area was reported at an Arco station at Portland Avenue and 104th Street E. That

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March
30th

Lufthansa says first 747-8 will serve Washington, D.C.

The first of Boeing’s latest generation of 747 passenger jets, the 747-8 Intercontinental, will go into service later this year between Frankfurt and Washington, D.C.’s Dulles Airport, the German airline Lufthansa announced this week.

Lufthansa is the 747-8I’s largest customer with 20 of the new generation 747s on order. Boeing will deliver the first commercial passenger version of the plane to the airline April 23.

Boeing has delivered freighter versions of the airplane to several airlines and a VIP version of the plane to a Middle Eastern country.

The 747-8I is larger than its predecessor, the 747-400. It is equipped

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March
29th

Boeing winning orders for nine more long-range jets

Two airlines said today they’re ordering new long-range jets from Boeing to enhance their fleets.

Together those planes could be worth nearly $2.5 billion at list prices.

Air New Zealand today announced orders for two more Boeing 787 Dreamliners. The airline already has eight of the twin jets on order. The airline didn’t specify which version of the Dreamliner it was ordering.

Air New Zealand’s existing orders are for the larger 787-9 version of the plane. At list prices, those planes cost $227.8 million each though discounts are common.

Meanwhile, an executive of Taiwan’s EVA Air said the company

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March
29th

ZipCar not abandoning Tacoma

A ZipCar spokeswoman today quashed persistent rumors that the car sharing concern will soon by closing up shop in Tacoma.

Colleen McCormick said the company intends to keep cars available for sharing both at the University of Washington Tacoma and at Pacific Lutheran University.

“Because we have cars at schools in Tacoma, from time to time we may ‘defleet’ our inventory there during school vacations, but we’ve got no plans to leave Tacoma,” she said.

ZipCar charges members hourly rates to use cars strategically stationed in major metropolitan areas.

March
29th

Public tour available at new Covington MultiCare emergency department

Tacoma-based MultiCare Health System’s newest facility, the 24,000-square-foot Covington emergency department, will hold a public open house from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

The 19-treatment-room facility is the latest addition to MultiCare’s medical campus at 7700 S.E. 272nd St.

The emergency department will open to treat patients starting at 7 a.m. April 3. The emergency department will be open round-the-clock, seven days a week.

The open house this week will feature self-guided tours of the new facility as well as music, entertainment and family-friendly activities, MultiCare said in a news release.

Highlights include the Seattle Seahawks Blue Thunder

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March
29th

Looking for artistic, family fun? Head to Tacoma’s Freighthouse Square on Saturday

Freighthouse Square in downtown Tacoma’s Dome District will be the life of a (daytime, kid-friendly) party this Saturday. Think Legos, giant checkers and a scavenger hunt.

The first I CAN! Event will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free. According to a news release, activities will include:

  • LEGO and DUPLO building areas
  • Watercolor Painting with Lucy Schwartz
  • Comedic Stage Magic with our Emcee, Just Sage
  • Artistic Photography by Dayton Knipher
  • Acoustic Music with Heidi Stoermer
  • Creative Storytelling with Ryan Henry Ward
  • Recycled Materials Art Projects with Suni Cook-Boucher
  • Author Readings by NorthwestAuthors.org
  • Northwest

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March
29th

Best Buy closing 50 big stores, opening 100 small ones

Electronics giant Best Buy said today it will close 50 of its big box electronics retail stores and shift to a business model emphasizing smaller stores selling cell phones, tablets and e-readers.

The company didn’t issue a list of stores intended for closure. Those closures are scheduled to happen before the end of the year. Best Buy will also trim its corporate staff by 400 positions. In the South Sound, Best Buy has big box stores in Tacoma, Federal Way, Puyallup, Tukwila, Lacey and Olympia.

Those moves and others are designed to save the company $800 million. That new

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