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Archives: April 2013

April
30th

Sea-Tac garage fire destroys eight cars, damages two others

Fire investigators probing an early Tuesday morning garage fire at Sea-Tac Airport that destroyed eight cars and damaged two more say the fire began with a BMW that arrived just before the fire.

Sea-Tac spokesman Perry Cooper said the pattern of burn marks and soot in the garage indicate the fire originated with the BMW.  Investigators believe the single car may have had a mechanical defect that started the fire.

Those investigators were trying to locate the owner of that car to see if the vehicle had any known problems, said  Cooper.

The Tuesday morning fire was the most serious

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April
30th

Port of Tacoma’s Washington United Terminal, shut down by pickets Tuesday morning, now reopened

A key Port of Tacoma container terminal was reopened Tuesday afternoon after  a group of retired longshore union workers removed pickets from the facility on Port of Tacoma Road.

Those picketers had shut down the Washington United Terminal early Tuesday to force some action on their complaints regarding the Pacific Maritime Association’s alleged failure to pay retiree medical bills. The PMA represents waterfront employers including shipping lines and terminal operators.

The retirees, an arbitrator and officials from the longshore union and the PMA scheduled a meeting Tuesday afternoon after the picketing had halted activity at the terminal.

Some three dozen

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April
29th

New York Life in Tacoma seeking 25 life insurance agent candidates

If you’ve thought about a career in life insurance, this might be a good time to act.

Dan Rioux, managing partner of the Tacoma office of New York Life, has written to explain that he’s in need of 25 new agents to supplement the 50 agents already in the area.

“There’s an unmet demand in Tacoma and the South Sound,” he said Monday. “We’re not anywhere close to the numbers we need to grow.”

He’s looking for prospective agents with a background in sales or sales management. He notes that the company hired 3,597 agents in 2012, nationwide, and

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April
29th

Milgard School of Business dinner and award ceremony tickets remain available

Tickets remain for Tuesday evening’s banquet and ceremony honoring the five winners of the University of Washington Tacoma Milgard School of Business 12th Annual Business Leadership Awards.

This year’s honorees include Rick Brandsma, of Sound Credit Union; Janine Terrano, of Topia Technology; Joseph Wilczek, of Franciscan Health System; Brian Sonntag, retired Washington State Auditor; and Michael Slevin of the City of Tacoma.

The event begins with a social hour at 5 p.m. Tickets are $125. For further information, contact Efigenia Spacher at 253-692-4580.

April
29th

Un-moving violations: 11 top excuses drivers offer after being pulled over

Sorry officer, the dog ate my imagination.

Insurance.com on Monday released the results of a poll of licensed drivers who were asked what their excuses have been when pulled over for traffic violations.

In order:
1. I couldn’t see the sign telling me not to do it.
2. I’m lost and unfamiliar with the roads.
3. I didn’t know it was broken.
4. Everyone else was doing it.
5. I’m having an emergency situation in my car. (For instance, a hot drink just spilled in my lap.)
6. I missed my turn/exit.
7.

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April
26th

Boeing issues layoff notice for 99 more workers

Boeing sent out layoff warning notices today to 99 more workers as the company continues to scale back extra staff once needed to bring its 787 Dreamliner production up to speed.

Most of those receiving the layoff notices are production engineers who work at Boeing’s Everett wide-body assembly plant.

The company has said it may reduce its engineering and technical staff by some 1,700 workers this year.

Dreamliner production is now at 8.3 planes monthly and headed toward 10 per month before next year.  The original versions of the plane had to be retrofitted and modified at Everett and at

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April
26th

News Tribune parent company reports first quarter results

The McClatchy Co., the California-based parent company of The News Tribune and The Olympian, this week reported first quarter losses of $12.7 million or 15 cents a share.

Part of those losses were driven by $8.1 million in losses related to debt refinancing and debt repurchases, the company said. Other factors included in the first-quarter results included $1.3 million after-tax losses incurred in relocating the company’s Miami newspaper operations and $1.4 million in severance payment after-tax losses.

Those results compared with 2012 first quarter losses of $2.1 million or two cents a share.

Total revenues in the first quarter were

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April
26th

Revival of housing market drives Weyerhaeuser profits higher

Federal Way’s Weyerhaeuser Co. rode the reviving housing business to sharply higher profits in the first quarter,  the highest quarterly earnings since 2005, the company said today.

The results even surprised Wall Street, which had recently revised its own estimates higher to account for the increasing activity in the housing market.  The company reported net earnings of $144 million or 26 cents a share for the quarter ending in March.

A recent average of Wall Street analysts’ predictions called for the timber and wood products company to report a profit of 22 cents a share in the first quarter.

This

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