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Archives: Dec. 2007

Dec.
27th

Second phase of Wright Park renovation

Drew Ebersole was hired last week as the executive director of the Metro Parks Foundation, which oversees capital projects. I chatted with him earlier today about Phase 2 of the renovation of Wright Park, which will include a playground and “sprayground” for children.


Listen to him give a quick synopsis of it here.

Dec.
27th

Will art revival continue?

Crosscut has a look at Tacoma’s art scene here.


The city is apparently hoping the condo crowd downtown keeps the art revival thriving. Here’s what Amy McBride, arts administrator for the city, asks: “What’s the tipping point? Will the people who move into those condos buy artwork?”

Dec.
27th

Morning report, Dec. 27

First stop this morning: Wright Park, where crews are reinstalling the lions and maiden statues as part of a $4 million. Photographer Russ Carmack will also be there (and, knowing Russ, he has probably been there since dawn), so there will be some outstanding photos. I’ll let you know how things are going as the day progresses.


Also, check out my story on robotic surgery in today’s paper here.

Dec.
26th

Catching up with Qannik

I’m back from Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium. Watch the video below to hear staff biologist Derek Woodie describe a typical day for a beluga whale at the zoo. And check out Saturday’s paper to get an update on Qannik, who arrived in the summer.


Dec.
26th

Update upcoming on the beluga

Remember this little critter that came to Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium over the summer?


I’m heading over there this afternoon to see how Qannik, the 6-year-old beluga whale, is doing.


You can read an earlier story about him here.


(And if you’re a parent and your kid is gung ho about being a reporter, you can always get him even more stoked by saying that journalists can get into the zoo for free if they’re working on a story there. That just might be

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Dec.
26th

Gift cards seem to lighten returns

Call it the gift-card effect.


At retail stores across Tacoma, the usual post-Christmas return-line crush seemed more like a hard push. Many customers at Tacoma Mall were there to shop, not return that DVD of "Jane Fonda’s Complete Personal Trainer Series."


"Our foot traffic looks like it’s about the same as last year," JCPenney store manager Keith Burke said. "The customer base will come in today in large part because of gift cards."


Many stores hoped to capitalize on the rising number of people who opt to purchase the cards. Almost every storefront

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