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Archives: April 2008

April
26th

Mr. Woo wows with soccer skills

Fifteen-year-old Hannah Branch relished in watching Mr. Woo run around the artificial-turf field while bouncing the soccer ball on his head. Her friend, 14-year-old Kaylee Garvey, enjoyed the various ways he juggled the ball with his legs.

Two 12-year-olds from Kent, Desirae Woodford and Kendra Wallace, compared their favorites of the routine: Desirae liked the times Mr. Woo twisted his torso while keeping the ball balanced on his head. Kendra said the highlight was when Mr. Woo took his warm-up shirt off while still managing to keep the ball in place on his back.

The highlight of Saturday’s SoccerPalooza, a daylong youth soccer fair at the Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center, was watching the South Korean freestyle artist perform feats of soccer skill.

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April
26th

A new place, role for Mount T’s iconic rock

When Mount Tahoma High School’s campus moved in 2004 it left behind a boulder-sized symbol of school pride.

Now school Principal Greg Eisnaugle is working on a way to finally bring at least a piece of that school tradition to the new campus.

For decades, a massive rock sat in front of the school’s old building at 6229 S. Tyler St. It was a meeting place. Students sat upon it to eat lunch. Every once in a while, someone would paint a message on it; birthday wishes were a popular choice, but gang graffiti also began to creep in.

When the school moved to its new digs at 4634 S. 74th St., the rock remained at the old site. Today it sits among construction debris as crews renovate the building to become the new site of Gray Middle School.

Some Mount Tahoma boosters wanted the rock moved to the new location, but Eisnaugle opposes that for several reasons. A plan to demolish the rock and sell the pieces sparked blowback and fell through because neither the school nor the booster club wanted to front the $1,000 it would cost to break it up.

Eisnaugle believes he has arrived at a good compromise.

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April
25th

Downtown Tacoma planned for Saturday

There will be another anti-Northwest Detention Center protest this weekend. From Infoshop News:


This coming Saturday there will be a rally starting in People’s Park at 12 PM in the Hilltop district of Tacoma. At 1 PM we will leave the park and head down the hill.


As it stands right now, no one even knows about the existence of the Northwest Detention Center. The families affected by the raids and those who support them are aware of its existence. But the general population does not know.


This blackout and secrecy has gone on for

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April
25th

Growing up with the Eagle

One of our readers saw the story about Tall Ships Tacoma and has some pretty interesting memories of the Eagle.


Here’s her letter:


I was born and lived in New London, Conn., where the ship’s home is, at the Coast Guard Academy. I lived close enough to walk there, almost every day, and went to a private girls school, across the street on the campus of Connecticut College.


My dad was stationed at the Academy and was a member of the Coast Guard Band, and I spent a lot of my time there. He retired in

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