Ambulance-born baby happy, healthy

Originally published in the Tacoma News Tribune May 12, 2014

As Stephanie Hobton was on her way to the hospital to deliver her baby, she was praying: “Please, God, get us there safe.”

Hobton got to the hospital — sort of. The 30-year-old Graham woman gave birth to a healthy baby girl in the Tacoma General Hospital parking lot April 6 in the back of an ambulance.Capture_homepage_ambulancebaby

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Options were slim for Stadium grad, but he forged a way

Originally appeared on the front page of the Tacoma News Tribune April 30, 2014

In high school, Moses Chege worked to stand out from other college applicants.

He was on the varsity cross-country team, joined junior ROTC and was a worship leader at his church. He participated in Running Start at Tacoma Community College, receiving his associate’s degree a few months after his high school graduation.

“By my senior year, I kind of created that like, all-American college profile,” he said.

But when Chege started applying to colleges, he realized higher education might still be out of his grasp. He wasn’t eligible for most financial aid, or to attend a military academy, for one reason: He was not a legal U.S. resident. Continue reading

Man allegedly set girlfriend on fire in South Hill mobile home

Originally published online in The News Tribune May 6, 2014

By Stacia Glenn, Staff Writer

A 34-year-old South Hill woman is in critical condition after her boyfriend allegedly lit her on fire and burned down their mobile home.

A South Hill mobile home was gutted Monday, May 5, 2014, after a man allegedly lit his girlfriend on fire inside. Photo by Alison Haywood.

A South Hill mobile home was gutted Monday, May 5, 2014, after a man allegedly lit his girlfriend on fire inside. Photo by Alison Haywood.

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White House takes action against sexual assault

Originally published in The Mooring Mast May 2, 2014

One White House Task Force is beginning to make a national impression on combatting sexual assault in the collegiate world. President Barack Obama established Protect Students from Sexual Assault in January to address the issue of such violence on campuses.

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Pinwheels for Prevention pop up in Pierce County

Advocates who place them speak for kids in juvenile court

Published in The News Tribune April 16, 2014

Spring is in the air, and the pinwheels are sprouting throughout Pierce County.

750 pinwheels blow in the wind in front of the Pierce County Juvenile Court on 6th Ave last week. Volunteers called Court Appointed Special Advocates, or CASAs, placed pinwheels around various locations in the Tacoma area as part of the Pinwheels for Prevention program, a campaign to raise awareness about child abuse.

750 pinwheels blow in the wind in front of the Pierce County Juvenile Court on 6th Ave last week. Volunteers called Court Appointed Special Advocates, or CASAs, placed pinwheels around various locations in the Tacoma area as part of the Pinwheels for Prevention program, a campaign to raise awareness about child abuse.

Volunteers are planting hundreds of the spinning toys this month as part of Pinwheels for Prevention, a nationwide campaign to raise awareness of child abuse.

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Celebration of printed arts will bring steamrollers to Tacoma

Published in the Tacoma News Tribune April 25, 2014

If you see steamrollers while driving down St. Helens Avenue on Sunday, don’t be alarmed. It’s just a sign of the annual Wayzgoose, King’s Books’ annual celebration of printed arts. Continue reading

Spring weather opens possibilities for stargazing

Originally published in the Tacoma News Tribune April 13, 2014

As the weather warms up and clouds roll away, Western Washingtonians will have the chance to reacquaint themselves with a natural phenomenon many haven’t seen since last summer: the stars.

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Six SAMI students patrol Snake Lake to help state biologists

Published in the Tacoma News Tribune March 23, 2013

If you want to be a marine biologist, you can’t be afraid to get your feet wet.

That wasn’t an issue for six wader-clad high schoolers as they searched for amphibian egg masses in the shallows of Tacoma’s Snake Lake.

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Rain just keeps coming; flood watch kicks in Wednesday

Published in the Tacoma News Tribune March 4, 2014

The National Weather Service issued a flood watch for Pierce County, and it goes into effect Wednesday afternoon. The weather service predicts the Puyallup River will experience minor flooding near Orting Thursday around midnight, but the river will probably not flood near the city of Puyallup.

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