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Archives: Aug. 2008

Aug.
31st

Track Gustav with Twitter


I don’t know how many of you are familiar with Twitter, a site that lets users keep up to date with each other through short messages that can even be sent from cell phones.


One of the blogs I check regularly, BoingBoing, mentioned in a post about the hurricane that Twitter might be an interesting new way to keep with some of the Gustav goings on. The New Orleans Times-Picayune is even Twittering the storm. (Who knows, we might try something like that with bad weather here someday.)

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Aug.
31st

What do Yoko Ono, Obama and the Clintons have in common?

I was going through the recent federal lawsuit filings and came across this gem.

Among the allegations levied by James Crary:

Heart poison crime and related medical complications partially investigated at authorization of Governor Christine Gregoire, despite political hazards in calling legal attention to a decades old ordeal of pitiless stalking and unprovoked savagery by Yoko Ono, Obama and the Clintons.

(Don’t worry, it’s typed.)

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Aug.
31st

Driver killed in 72nd Street crash Saturday identified

The Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office has identified at 25-year-old man killed after hitting a telephone pole on South 72nd Street on Saturday as Matthew Wilson of Tacoma.


Wilson died after he lost control of his car and hit a telephone pole while speeding eastbound on South 72nd Street near Canyon Road, Pierce County sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said.


An electricity transformer caught fire following the accident, interrupting power in the neighborhood. He was not wearing a seat belt. The accident, which was reported at 12:14 a.m., was under investigation.

Aug.
30th

DOD: Don’t be that guy

The Department of Defense has launched a new campaign aimed at “That Guy.”


The Department of Defense (DoD) sponsored the creation of an Alcohol Abuse Prevention campaign referred to as "That Guy." This campaign does not specifically target military personnel, but a peer who becomes "that guy" as his/her alcohol consumption impairs their abilities. This campaign tries to use humor to convey a message that one does not want to be "that guy" and may be applicable to anyone — military or civilian.


Aug.
29th

Bonney Lake man killed in morning fiery wreck on I-405

The pickup truck driver killed in a fiery crash on Interstate 405 this morning has been identified as a Bonney Lake man.


Brian T. Berg, 29, was killed when his truck got sandwiched between to semi-trucks in the southbound lanes of I-405 near Southcenter just before 6:45 a.m., the Washington State Patrol reported. No one else was injured in the four-vehicle crash.


The crash and the ensuing investigation blocked all lanes of southbound I-405 for several hours Friday morning.


According to a State Patrol press release, witnesses reported that Berg was “traveling erratically” before the

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Aug.
29th

WSP aircraft helps nab drunken driver on I-5 in Pierce County

Washington State Patrol troopers got a little help from their airplane early Friday to arrest a 24-year-old Tacoma man on suspicion of drunken driving.


Troopers in the aircraft spotted a white Cadillac Escalade driving erratically north on Interstate 5 in Olympia shortly after midnight, the State Patrol reported. Using their equipment, they determined the driver was passing cars at more than 110 mph.


The troopers in the airplane notified a trooper on the ground. That trooper stopped the SUV just north of the Nisqually River Bridge just after 12:30 a.m. The driver was arrested on suspicion of drunken

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Aug.
29th

Competency hearing for accused Foss High shooter continued (again)

Douglas S. Chanthabouly, who is accused of fatally shooting a classmate in the hallway of Foss High School Jan. 3, 2007, appeared in court this afternoon for a competency hearing.


The young man’s ability to stand trial for first-degree murder has been an issue in the case.


Prosecutors allege Chantabouly shot and killed Samnang Kok, 17, in a Foss High hallway before the first bell Jan. 3, 2007.


Deputy prosecutor Fred Wist reported that Western State Hospital officials have found that Chanthabouly is competent to stand trial. That report was recently delivered.


Chanthabouly’s public defenders did

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