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Tacoma refinery fire spews huge column of black smoke

Tacoma refinery fire spews huge column of black smoke
Firefighters respond to the blaze at US Oil & Refining Co. (Photo from Tacoma Fire Dept.)
A crude oil fire at the U.S. Oil and Refining Co. burned for almost two hours Wednesday, sending a plume of thick black smoke over the Port of Tacoma, but it didn't cause any injuries. One witness described the scene as "reminiscent of a Mount St. Helens explosion."

In the Garden: String trimmers

In the Garden: String trimmers »Play Video

String trimmers basically use a spinning piece of nylon filament to cut vegetation.

There's a few different types of string trimmers you will see on the market.

Open house Wednesday on Beltline project

Open house Wednesday on Beltline project »Play Video

Change is coming to the stretch of Beltline between Interstate 5 and Coburg Road.

The public is invited to an open house to learn more about what the Oregon DOT calls the I-5/Beltline Unit 4 project.

Photos: Artist paints famous album covers on own face

Photos: Artist paints famous album covers on own face
London-based make-up artist Natalie Sharp recently turned her face into a canvas in celebration of Record Store Day. Here are the results! “I melted, smudged, gunned, contorted and painted my face to celebrate my love of vinyl…After the success of last year’s Record Store Day face paints I decided to Paint myself all over again. This time it would be bigger, better and more challenging as I opened up my suggestions to the great republic of Facebook. Before I knew it I was agreeing to do 40 different album covers on my face. Of course this didn’t happen as I don’t live in a void and I had to try and fit doing this around my work. The faces were taking up to 8 hours to complete. The hardest by far was Mike Oldfields – Tubular bells. Painting the straight lines of the bent silver bell over my face would only work if I continued to look straight into my handheld magnifying mirror. However Painting King Crimson and Peter Gabriel was an absolute joy as they are both very painterly. In fact I barely used my brushes for King Crimson, I would just keep smudging it with my fingers. I am both, a musician called Lone Taxidermist and a make up artist, so Record store Day seemed like a good way of merging both of my passions. One of the reasons why I love vinyl is because of its true long playing physical format. I decided to listen to each album in full from start to end over and over again until the face was complete. Every time the album finished I would have a glass of wine! But I was getting too drunk especially after Human League!” Featuring: Aphex Twin, (Ambient Works 85–92) Where: London, United Kingdom When: 24 Apr 2015 Credit: Supplied by WENN.com **WENN does not claim any ownership including but not limited to Copyright, License in attached material. Fees charged by WENN are for WENN's services only, do not, nor are they intended to, convey to the user any ownership of Copyright, License in material. By publishing this material you expressly agree t

Driver who hit, killed kids may still face traffic citations, civil litigation

Driver who hit, killed kids may still face traffic citations, civil litigation »Play Video

The driver who ran a red light before hitting and killing 3 children in a crosswalk won't face criminal charges, the county prosecutor said Monday.

The job of whether Larry LaThorpe will face any traffic citations rests with the city prosecutor.

And a private attorney for the family calls the legal system's response to the crash a "loophole."

Federal Judge dimisses Newport Fishermen's Wives lawsuit

Federal Judge dimisses Newport Fishermen's Wives lawsuit »Play Video

A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit brought forth by The Newport Fishermen’s Wives against the U.S. Coast Guard over the air station’s possible closure.