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New Thrift Store opens in Eatonville

By Bruce A. Smith A new, full-scale thrift store opened in Eatonville last Friday. Sponsored by the Eatonville Family Agency (EFA), the store occupies the former Sears/Christensen Furniture site on the corner of Center Street and Mashel Avenue. Called the … Continue reading

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DB Cooper and the flap over Walter R. Reca – an interview with publisher Vern Jones

By Bruce A. Smith Vern Jones and his Principia Media publishing company have just released a book that claims to identify the iconic skyjacker DB Cooper. DB Cooper and Me: A Criminal, a Spy, My Best Friend, is a memoir … Continue reading

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New Suspect identified in DB Cooper case: Walter Beca

By Bruce A. Smith There is a new suspect in the DB Cooper case: Walter Reca I have just received an email from Doug Perry at the Oregonian’s OregonLive website which included a press release from a organization called Principia … Continue reading

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Recent commentaries on DB Cooper from Mountain News readers passes 1,000 posts

By Bruce A. Smith One of the fascinating – and troubling – aspects of the Internet is the need many users have to gossip. The draw of social media is a unique facet of modern life, and the criticisms and … Continue reading

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Apology offered for a 2010 drive-by murder – from Jimi Blakeney to Lisa Melancon

By Bruce A. Smith The following is a touching and powerful correspondence that I received from a former client of mine, Olujimi Blakeney. In it, Olujimi, via his wife “Jay,” utilizes the pages of the Mountain News to offer a … Continue reading

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Into the land of used cars – a car shopper’s tale

By Bruce A. Smith After living without a vehicle for the past seven years, my sister gave me $5,000 to buy a car. Of course, I’m grateful, but it’s also scary. I want to purchase the right vehicle and not … Continue reading

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Pinwheels spin in Pierce County to raise awareness for child abuse prevention

Special to the Mountain News-WA from the Pierce County Juvenile Court: The Pierce County Juvenile Court is recognizing National Child Abuse Prevention Month and the “Pinwheels for Prevention” campaign, where pinwheels will be planted across the Juvenile Court lawn and … Continue reading

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