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Archives: Feb. 2013

Feb.
28th

Tacoma Catholics mark the end of Benedict XVI’s papacy

An hour after the end of Benedict XVI’s pontificate, a Tacoma priest asked parishioners to pray that the next pope who cardinals select will be the “Spirit’s choice.”

The Rev. Stephen Lantry, pastor of St. Leo Catholic Church on Tacoma’s Hilltop, said Benedict’s resignation is “an example of humility” for Catholics to incorporate into their own lives.

Lantry referred to Benedict as “pope emeritus” during a noontime “Mass of thanksgiving” for the pontiff. Catholic parishes throughout the South Sound marked the historic transition with Masses today.

At 11 a.m. Pacific time, the eight-year papacy of Benedict was officially over.

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Feb.
28th

Endangered tiger cub showing ‘slight improvement’ at Point Defiance Zoo

A Malayan tiger cub at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium is showing “slight improvement” but remains sedated and receiving oxygen therapy, general curator Karen Goodrowe Beck said.

Berani, one of the zoo’s two 6-month-old tiger cubs, underwent emergency surgery Monday night. His vital signs are stable and he is now receiving nutrition through a tube. Goodrowe Beck said she can tell Berani’s condition is improved because his vital signs are slowly returning to normal and he needs less help breathing.

A team of veterinarians continues to care for Berani around-the-clock and have not yet determined what caused the cub to

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Feb.
28th

UW Tacoma starts new internship program for students

A new program at the University of Washington Tacoma will pair students with local agencies and businesses for year-long paid internships that emphasize community-based learning.

The City of Tacoma and United Way of Pierce County will be the first agencies to participate in the Institution-to-Institution internship program. Each will take on two UWT students who will spend a year lending their skills to the institutions while learning to apply their education to the world around them.

“Major institutions in the community have an important role to play in the education, professional development and continuing support of UW Tacoma students,” UWT

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Feb.
27th

Sumner Schools to get new superintendent

Sumner School Board members voted unanimously Wednesday evening to hire Sara E. Johnson as the next superintendent for the 8,400-student district.

Pending successful contract negotiations, Johnson would begin her new job July 1. She is currently assistant superintendent in the Lincoln County School District in Newport, Ore.

Johnson would replace Craig Spencer, who has been interim superintendent since 2011.
Spencer was named to the district’s top job temporarily following a divisive break between the school board and former Superintendent Gil Mendoza in 2011. Spencer would return to his previous job as assistant superintendent for administrative services.

Sumner Board

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Feb.
27th

Mount Tahoma students raising funds for state competition

A group of five Mount Tahoma High School students are raising funds to attend a state competition that will test their skills in areas related to careers in the medical field.

The competition is scheduled for April, and students have been raising funds all year, according to their teacher, Madeline Merriman. They hope to compete in areas including a Health Knowledge Bowl, as well as in medical math and medical terminology.

Merriman said students need to raise funds to cover their registration fees of $100 each. They are asking for sponsors who can help cover the fees. They are also

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Feb.
27th

Tiger cub remains in guarded condition at Point Defiance Zoo

An endangered Malayan tiger cub remains in guarded condition today while veterinarians at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium work to figure out what is causing Berani’s illness.

The 6-month-old cub fell ill Monday and underwent emergency surgery to check for intestinal blockage. After that was ruled out, vets are trying to determine if he has an infection.

Berani is still sedated and a team of vets are treating him for breathing difficulties, regulating his temperature and trying to keep him comfortable. He is receiving around-the-clock care.

“We continue to be very concerned,” zoo general curator Karen Goodrowe Beck said. “We

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Feb.
26th

E. coli found in sample from Sequim creamery that sells products across Western Washington, according to state

Officials found toxin-producing E. coli in the process of sampling raw cream from a Sequim-based business, according to the state Department of Agriculture.

Consumers should not drink raw Jersey cream, raw Jersey whole milk or raw Jersey skim milk from the Dungeness Valley Creamery, state officials said in a release today. Products with best by dates of 03/02 or later may be contaminated, according to the release.

The creamery’s website lists the following locations as places where its products are sold:

• Bainbridge Island: Real Foods; Pan D’Amore; Walt’s Lynwood Center Market

• Bothell: Tru Health

• Bremerton: CJ’s Evergreen

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Feb.
26th

Some Fred Meyer, QFC baked goods recalled from Northwest stores

Some baked goods sold at Northwest Fred Meyer and QFC stores were recalled today, after officials said they may contain pieces of plastic.

The items were baked at a facility in Clackamas, Ore., according to Fred Meyer.

No customers have reported pieces of plastic, officials said.

The products were delivered between Friday and Sunday to Fred Meyer stores in Washington, Oregon and Idaho, and QFC stores in Washington and Oregon.

Affected products were pulled from store shelves. Recalled items can be returned to the stores for refund or exchange.

The recalled products, which all have sell by dates of March

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