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Archives: Feb. 2008

Feb.
29th

Not quite like a non-toxic blooming onion

This press release arrived in my inbox. Even though it’s called toxic and made of algae, toxic algae bloom still sounds like a lovely plant. But apparently it’s not:


A toxic algae bloom has been identified in Clear Lake. Toxic algal blooms can be harmful to people and pets and should be avoided. Toxic algae blooms continue in American Lake, Spanaway Lake, and Bresemann Pond.


As a general guideline regarding all Pierce County lakes, areas that have heavy concentrations of algae should be avoided. These areas are usually along portions of the shore and resemble green paint

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Feb.
29th

Why should you care?

The following is from my mobile-home park closure story. It’s a growing statewide trend:


Country Aire is the latest in a string of mobile-home parks to close statewide. More than 52 parks have closed or are scheduled to close since the beginning of 2006 – a loss of more than 2,000 spots, according to the State Department of Community, Trade and Economic Development’s Office of Manufactured Housing.


Pierce County is the state’s hardest hit area. Thirteen parks have closed or will close in the same timeframe, eliminating 499 spaces.


The average park closure rate from 1989-2002 was

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Feb.
27th

The suit is the talk of the tourney

Federal Way coach Jerome Collins’ suits are often the talk of the state tournaments. The man knows how to dress. This morning, he’s sporting a loose-fitting lavender-and-white checkered suit, a lavender vest, a purple tie and lavender pants.


I asked students from Federal Way and Franklin what they thought about Wednesday’s selection.


Here’s what some had to say:


Franklin junior Nick Caldwell: "It’s nice. It’s colorful. It brings out the color in his skin. It’s flashy for a high school game, yeah, but everybody’s themselves."


Federal Way senior David Park:

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Feb.
27th

Long day for Bellarmine kids

It’s a long day for Matt Baer and Jon Wu. The two Bellarmine Prep freshmen arrived at the Tacoma Dome shortly before noon to play in the pep band during the girls team’s opening-round game against Snohomish.


But that was just the start of their jam-packed schedule.


Even though Bellarmine Prep students were dismissed at 11 a.m. to root on their classmates, the two had to head back to the Jesuit school’s campus for track-and-field practice. (They both run the 1,600- and 3,200-meter events.)


This evening, they’ll be back at the Tacoma Dome at 6 p.m., an

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Feb.
27th

Rolling back prices, taste

Give credit to Chase Anderson. In a sea of goofy-dressed fans, the junior from Shadle Park topped them all.


Before he left Spokane for Tacoma on Tuesday, he and some friends wanted to find an outfit that would stand out. They spent about $20 at a Wal-Mart and came up with a look that’s, umm, interesting.


Start with the head. He’s wearing an electric-orange wig underneath a green-plaid headscarf tucked under a Shadle Park hat.


He also used the same plaid material to cut a sash that hangs over his inflatable

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Feb.
27th

The view from the upper deck

In the upper decks of the Tacoma Dome, far above the face-painted students chanting unoriginal cheers and teachers relaxing on an unexpected day off, the hardcore prep basketball fans sit.


"I’ve been doing this since 1966," Gene Bonner said. The West Seattle native leaned back in his chair almost directly in front of the heavy black curtain that separates the two courts. His head swayed slightly between the two games, and he used binoculars dangling from his neck when the action got intense.


About 30 of them spread around the second layer

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