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Tacoma: New city website to debut this weekend

After more than 18 months of fits and starts on upgrade work, the City of Tacoma’s new website is nearly ready for a public unveiling.  

Tacoma plans a “soft launch” of its new site this weekend, for the first time making it functionally live to the public, the city’s spokeswoman said Friday.

“It’s a soft launch so that our web team can test it in a real environment,” spokeswoman Gwen Schuler said. “They’ll be testing for any bugs and making sure the functionality is there.”

If all goes well over the weekend, she

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Tacoma’s Freedom Fair on target for Independence Day 2013, organizer says

Despite Seattle’s recent struggles in securing funding for an annual fireworks show at LakeUnion, Tacoma’s Freedom Fair is on target for its yearly celebration this Fourth of July, the event’s organizer said Wednesday.

“We’re where we need to be at this point in our budget,” said Doug Miller, executive director of the nonprofit Tacoma Events Commission. “We’ve got a full air show booked and a full fireworks show booked.”

But the 32-year-old Independence Day celebration that draws big crowds along the Ruston Way waterfront won’t go on without some programming reshuffling – thanks in part to the federal

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Judge denies City of Tacoma DV advocate’s petition for anti-harassment order

A Pierce County judge on Thursday denied a beleaguered City of Tacoma domestic violence victims advocate’s petition for an anti-harassment order against the ex-husband of one of her clients.

China Fortson testifies at her city appeals hearing last week.
China Fortson is sworn in at her city appeals hearing last week.

China Fortson, the city’s longtime victims’ advocate, had sought the order against Lakewood resident Kelvin Jackson, claiming Jackson’s complaints to her supervisors about her conduct in Jackson’s custody case, as well as other alleged behavior, had constituted harassment against her and her family members.

After taking testimony from both sides and reading more than 40-pages of records filed by Fortson, District Court Judge Jack Nevin ruled the protection order wasn’t legally warranted.

“I do not find a basis for an anti-harassment order in this particular case,” Nevin said before denying Fortson’s petition.
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