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Tacoma straddles the neighboring Commencement Bay with several smaller cities surrounding it and is known as the "City of Destiny" because the area was chosen to be the western terminus of the Northern Pacific Railroad in the late 1800s. The decision of the railroad was influenced by Tacoma's neighboring Commencement Bay. By connecting the bay with the railroad Tacoma's motto became "When rails meet sails."

Population: 197181
Local Newspapers: The News Tribune
Local Sports Teams: Tacoma Rainiers (Triple A Baseball)
Local Colleges: University of Puget Sound

Zip Codes associated with tacoma, washington: 98402 98403 98404 98405 98406 98407 98408 98409 98422 98424 98433 98443 98445 98446 98465 98466 98467 98498
Towns/Cities near tacoma, washington : Gig Harbor Artondale University Place Fircrest Ruston Fox Island

Tacoma News
WA: Passengers Injured when Truck Broadsides Transit Bus in Fife

April 27--A Pierce Transit bus was broadsided by a tractor-trailer in Fife early Thursday, injuring three bus passengers. The accident took place on Port of Tacoma Road at Interstate 5 as the Route 500 bus traveled from Tacoma to Federal Way.

Fondue Chain That Charges 'Living Wage' Fee Donated to Anti-Minimum Wage Campaign

Last month, I wrote about a handful of local restaurants and shops that were tacking on small living wage surcharges to their customers' bills. Business owners told me that these 2 percent to 5 percent fees were being used to help compensate for costs associated with increasing their employees' pay to meet Seattle's $15 minimum wage law.

Local Restaurants

The best sorts of hidden gems are the neighborhood bars. The classic "everyone knows your name" dynamic with ice-cold brews and hearty bites waiting for you as you ante up to the rail.

Ex-soldier pleads guilty to sexual abuse of a child at two military bases

Officials say a former member of the military has pleaded guilty to two counts related to the sexual molestation of a child on military bases in Washington and Louisiana. Department of Justice U.S. Attorney Annette L. Hayes says 41-year-old Kenneth Descoteaux entered the guilty pleas for sexual abuse of a minor Thursday in Tacoma, Washington, as part of a plea agreement.

Culture Corner, A Guide to Cultural Organizations

Tacoma Little Theatre presents Mrs. Smith Goes to Washington by Linda Britt. This production will be directed by Ellen Peters and stars Kathi Aleman.

Be Well - Inside & Out

Classy Cuts offers a host of services by a staff that is constantly improving their craft. Photo courtesy of Classy Cuts / The Tacoma Weekly The folks at Classy Cuts really know what they're doing.

Ex-sergeant pleads guilty in false tax returns case

A former U.S. Army sergeant has pleaded guilty to using hacked information from four University of Pittsburgh Medical Center employees to file false tax returns seeking IRS refunds. Twenty-six-year-old Justin Tollefson, who was a staff sergeant at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Tacoma, Washington, pleaded guilty Wednesday to four counts of false claims against the United States.

Immigrants Imprisoned in Tacoma, WA, Relaunch Hunger Strike

And in Tacoma, Washington, imprisoned immigrants have relaunched a hunger strike at the for-profit Northwest Detention Center, after the strike organizers say the prison's operator, Group, reneged on the conditions of the negotiations and actually worsened, rather than improved, the food.

Inspectors Find Continuing Safety Issues at Washington Mental Hospital

Inspectors who visited Washington state's largest psychiatric hospital found that safety problems that thrust the facility into the national spotlight after the escape of two dangerous patients a year ago persist, including neglected patients. And a survey of Western State Hospital staff, conducted as part of federal oversight in December and January, found that administrators make decisions that "adversely affect patient safety" and there was a lack of trained or qualified staff, fear of retaliation from managers and too much focus on bureaucracy over staff safety.

BNSF, medical examiner in fight over video of man's death

TACOMA, Wash. - BNSF Railway is asking a judge to prevent the Pierce County Medical Examiner from obtaining video showing the moments before a man was killed by a train, citing privacy concerns.

Porcupine Bay campground closed due to landslide

The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office reports that beginning on Monday and until further notice, all federal land located within the Porcupine Bay Campground and Boat Launch area has been closed. The closure is due to a landslide on the access road that took place on April 2 and prevents all vehicle access to the campground and associated area.

Caught on Camera: 4-year-old girl tumbles out of moving bus

A scary moment was captured on dash cam video when a 4-year-old girl tumbled out the backdoor of a moving bus in Arkansas. It appears the girl somehow unlatched the backdoor of the bus herself and fell to ground.

Food 1 hour ago 3:46 p.m.Sushi is art at Gari of Sushi in Tacoma, Wash.

Chef and owner Kazu Kamada earned his sushi certification in Japan at the age of 17. More than 30 years later, he uses his imagination to blend flavors and colors into edible art. He's also made sushi doughnuts, rice and egg omelettes that look like sleeping bears, rice Pokeballs, and sushi rolls that look like lips eating shrimp.

More WA Fire Depts. Embrace Body Armor for Firefighters

April 22--As mass shootings become more common, more fire departments are using body armor so crews can more quickly reach people in dangerous situations. East Pierce Fire & Rescue is the latest local agency to order ballistic vests to better protect its firefighters and paramedics.

APNewsBreak: Problems remain at troubled Washington hospital

In this file photo taken April 11, 2017, a security officer stands on steps at the entrance to Western State Hospital, in Lakewood, Wash. Inspectors who visited Washington state's largest psychiatric hospital found that safety problems that thrust the facility into the national spotlight after the escape of two dangerous patients a year ago persist, including neglected patients.

Whata s Happening for April 21

Shelton Girls Night Out: Downtown stores will be open 4-7 p.m. Swag bags benefit Adopt-a-Pet dog shelter. Eagle Scout Recognition Banquet & Reunion: Noon-2 p.m., Pacific Lutheran University's Anderson University Center, 12180 Park Ave. S., Tacoma.

Photo Flash: Hilarity Ensues in Tacoma Little Theatre's Exit Laughing

When the biggest highlight in your life for the past 30 years has been your weekly bridge night out with the "girls," what do you do when one of your foursome inconveniently dies? If you're Connie, Leona and Millie, you do the most daring thing you've ever done. You "borrow" the ashes from the funeral home for one last card game, and the wildest, most exciting night of your lives involves a police raid, a stripper and a whole new way of looking at all the fun you can have when you're truly living.

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