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Congratulations, Pierce County Library

First lady Michelle Obama presented Pierce County Library Executive Director Neel Parikh and Jo Cruz of Spanaway with the 2013 National Medal for Museum and Library Service today in Washington, D.C. PCL was one of 10 institutions to receive the award, the nation’s highest honor conferred on museums and libraries for service to the community, and the only Northwest recipient.

As a regular Pierce County Library customer (usually at the University Place branch), I much appreciate the resources available to me and the friendly folks who are called upon a lot for help.

According to Susan Hildreth, director of the

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Why Michelle Obama’s Vogue cover matters

michelle-obama-vogueOne of our wire services provides articles from The Root, a daily online magazine featuring commentary from a variety of black perspectives. This article, on why Michelle Obama’s Vogue cover matters, came in too late to get in over the weekend but might get into the print edition next week. It’s by The Root political correspondent Keli Goff.

Why Michelle Obama’s Vogue cover matters

By Keli Goff
(c) 2013, The Root

Every presidential administration has one or two moments it is best remembered for – some good, some bad. President Nixon will always be better remembered for Watergate and his final farewell wave following his resignation than for any of his policies. President Obama will always be remembered for the night he made history by becoming our country’s first black president. But he will also be remembered for his wife. Read more »


Military families worthy subjects for first lady’s campaign

This editorial will appear in Tuesday’s print edition.

When it comes to bully pulpits, it’s hard to beat the White House.

First ladies have a highly visible position from which to advocate for causes – think Lady Bird Johnson’s push for highway beautification and Laura Bush’s for literacy.

Michelle Obama is already leading a high-profile campaign against childhood obesity – a worthy cause given the fact that too many children are exhibiting weight-related health problems such as diabetes and clogged arteries that normally aren’t seen until later in life.

But now she and Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, are taking on an equally significant campaign: military families. Their new Joining Forces initiative aims to create a nationwide support network of individuals, businesses, schools, and civic and religious organizations with a single goal: help military families handle their often stressful lives. Read more »