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Local woman plans brainstorming session on how to help Connecticut town

I just talked to Daniella-Marie Hulett, a resident and employee in downtown Tacoma.

She’s planning a get-together at the downtown Tully’s, on the corner of South 9th Street and Broadway, at 3 p.m. on Sunday to figure out how to support the children and families in Newtown, Conn., in light of the shooting there today.

Her remarks reflect what many of us feel: a deep desire to help and willingness to figure out the best way to do that.

She thought of gathering donations of toys and stuffed animals — comfort items for the children.

“Of course if the need

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Northwest Trek’s deputy director dies on park’s anniversary

The man who led Northwest Trek for nearly three decades died Tuesday on the wildlife park’s 37th anniversary.

Dave Ellis was 65. His cause of death has not been released.

He is remembered as a dedicated wildlife advocate who worked tirelessly to improve the 723-acre park and the experience for all those who visited.

“Every day, he managed the protection of Northwest Trek and the concept of what it was established to be,” said Gary Geddes, director of the Zoological and Environmental Division of Metro Parks Tacoma. “He was unwavering in that commitment.”

Ellis was hired as general curator and

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Spotted: A Tacoma man on this season’s The Bachelorette

A Tacoma native will be one of the 25 men competing on the 8th season of ABC’s “The Bachlorette,” which premieres next week.

Doug Clerget, 33, is a graduate of Eastern Washington University and a commercial real estate broker with regional firm Kidder Mathews. According to his bio there, he is a member of the Franciscan Health Foundation and serves on the Board of Directors for Spring Valley Montessori School.

A report in the Tacoma Weekly in March detailed a charity he founded with his cousin called Dollar Per Month.

Users of Dollar Per Month can choose

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Local author wins NAACP award for biography of Jesse Owens

A Tacoma man has won an NAACP Image Award for a biography of Olympic track star Jesse Owens.

Jeff Burlingame, a part-time News Tribune editor and author of 13 other books, won the award in the Outstanding Literary Work for Youth/Teens category on Friday at a ceremony in Los Angeles.

He competed against four other authors: Kekla Magoon, Jerdine Nolen, Walter Dean Myers and Nikki Grimes.

His nomination for “Jesse Owens: I Always Loved Running” was his second nomination in that category. Last year Burlingame was nominated for his biography of Malcolm X, but lost to former Secretary of State

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Edgewood woman crowned 2011 Miss Washington

The 2011 Miss Washington has been crowned, and it’s Brittney Henry.

The ceremony was Saturday night in at Lindbergh Senior High School in Renton. Henry’s talent was the fiddle, and her platform was “promoting higher education for low-income families.” She’ll represent the state in January at the Miss America 2012 pageant in Las Vegas. First runner-up was Miss Tahoma, Nicole Erhardt.

A tipster tells us that Henry is an Edgewood resident, after graduating from California State University, Sacramento in December 2009. The tipster also says Henry is a 2005 Puyallup High School graduate.

I’ve left a message for Henry and

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Rosa Morgan, photographer and researcher, dies at age 90

Rosa Morgan died Monday. She had been frail for the last several years of her life but had been able to remain at home with the help of caregivers until shortly before she died.

Rosa was part of a partnership with her husband Murray – one of those teams where the names were rarely mentioned alone. It was nearly always Murray and Rosa.

According to daughter Lane Morgan, she was born two days before the end of World War I and first saw her future husband while she was playing the violin at age 14 in the Universalist

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When the going gets tough, the tough go topless

If it can happen in Ohio, it can happen anywhere.

If you think bikini baristas are in poor taste, how would you feel about a bikini mannequin attracting customers to a BBQ restaurant? (No pulled pork jokes, please.)

I saw a post about just such a thing on Consumerist today.

The store manager said the promotion has boosted business by 30 percent.


Charles Wright, Bethel students to compete in MD

Remember the Charles Wright Academy students who met former Harlem Globetrotter Curly Neal as part of their history project?

They’re taking that project to the next level.

Charles Wright freshmen Koby Deitz and Alex Nielsen placed second at the state National History Day competition Saturday and will go to Baltimore to compete nationally in June.

They’ll compete in the group exhibits category with their project on Harlem Globetrotters founder Abe Saperstein.

Also headed to the national competition are Bethel High School students Shelby Woods, Emily Molstad, Manny Estacio and Michael Gant. The team won first

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