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Archives: Sep. 2010


Rains damage some sand sculptures at Federal Way event

Rain-damaged sculpture of President Obama.

Rain-damaged sand sculptures of President Obama, at top, and of an elephant, above.

Heavy rains over the weekend damaged some of the just-completed sand sculptures at a global competition in Federal Way.

The most heavily damaged sculptures were that of President Barack Obama by Sudarsan Pattnaik from India and one of an elephant by Paul Hoggard from England. About 90 percent of the 41 sculptures survived intact at the World Championship of Sand Sculpting.

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Traffic count around JBLM starting today

Residents and commuters may notice cameras and other traffic counting equipment in the area of Joint Base Lewis-McChord starting today Tuesday.

The Washington State Department of Transportation and a contractor, HDR Engineering, will gather traffic data collection as part of an environmental assessment studying the impacts of the proposed Point Defiance Bypass, which would reroute Amtrak Cascades passenger trains through DuPont, Lakewood and Tacoma.

Drivers can expect to see this equipment at Berkeley Street, North Thorne Lane, Barksdale Avenue, and 41st Division Drive.

Data collection is scheduled to occur through Sept. 30, but that schedule may be extended depending on

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You filled the Bowl and broke the record!

This e-mail just in from Helen McGovern of Emergency Food Network: “We did it over 516,000. Still counting.”

That’s 516,000 pounds of shelf-stable food, breaking the previous 509,147 pounds and qualifying the Fill The Bowl celebration and challenge for the Guinness Book of World Records as the biggest food drive ever held anywhere.


Three hours and 170,000 pounds to Guinness record

Stadium Bowl’s centennial attempt at a Guinness world record for the biggest one-day food drive had three hours and 170,000 pounds to go at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Emergency Food Network and the Stadium Centennial Foundation’s Fill the Bowlset a goal of a million pounds of food weighed in from 4 p.m. Friday to 4 p.m. today. That would have doubled the current record of 509,147 pounds set in Canada.

The quickest way to boost the drive is to text a $10 donation that will be added to your phone bill.

News Tribune readers are reinforcing their reputation for

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Lakewood releases response to gate proposal

The city of Lakewood formally responded to the draft environmental assessment examining the proposed relocation of the main gate serving Camp Murray.

The 12-page letter, written by David Bugher, Lakewood’s assistant city manager for development, can be found here.

Bugher outlined the contents of the letter to the City Council on Monday night.

The proposal is reaching a crucial point. The responses by the Washington Military Department to the comments submitted by Tuesday’s deadline will be reviewed by the National Guard Bureau as it determines whether to issue a finding of no significant impact, or FONSI, which will

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Text alert! It’s Fill The Bowl Day!

We start our run at The Guinness Book of World Records today at 4 p.m., so check your cupboards and limber up your texting fingers.

The Stadium Centennial Association is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Stadium Bowl with a parade, a football game, ceremonies, movies and Fill the Bowl, which they hope will be the the biggest food drive ever, anywhere in the world.

Starting at 4 p.m., Emergency Food Network will start weighing donations of shelf stable food. They’re aiming at a million pounds, which would nearly double the existing record of 509,

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Joliet, Ill., bishop appointed new leader for Western Washington Catholics

  • An experienced bishop who leads the Diocese of Joliet, Ill., was named today as the new Catholic archbishop for Western Washington.

    Archbishop J. Peter Sartain said today he will bring a pastoral focus to his work and continue the healing process for victims of clergy sexual abuse in the Archdiocese of Seattle.

    “What I have tried to do and will continue to try to do is to be very vigilant in the preparation of our priests and likewise very open to the suffering of victims, whether they’re recent or many, many years ago,” Sartain, 58, said at a news conference today. “I will be available to meet with victims and their families because that’s, I think, a very important, direct part of the process of healing that needs to take place.”

    Pope Benedict XVI named Sartain as the new archbishop for Western Washington, succeeding Archbishop Alex J. Brunett, 76, who is retiring.

    Brunett submitted his resignation in January 2009 upon turning 75, as required by church law. The archdiocese announced Wednesday that the pope had accepted Brunett’s resignation and his successor would be announced today.

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    New Catholic archbishop for Western Washington to be announced Thursday

    A new Catholic archbishop for Western Washington will be announced Thursday.

    The successor to Archbishop Alex J. Brunett will be introduced by Brunett at a news conference in Seattle Thursday morning.

    The Archdiocese of Seattle announced this afternoon that Pope Benedict XVI has formally accepted the resignation of Brunett, 76, and that a successor will be named.

    The archdiocese did not say who Benedict has chosen to succeed Brunett as the spiritual leader for more than 580,000 Catholics in Western Washington, the region’s largest religious group.

    Brunett submitted his letter of resignation upon turning 75 in January 2009

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