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.com BUSINESS | Seattle Children’s Hospital CEO discusses new Federal Way clinic [2] VOL. 16, NO. 13 MIRROR F E D E R A L WAY DIVISION OF SOUND PUBLISHING OPINION | Social justice’s return on investment disappearing [4] Roegner: SKFR elementary school parody [4] COMMUNITY | Karl Grosch is Mirror’s Citizen of the Month for March [6] BLOTTER | Girls report strange man in van; school officials alert parents [7] SPORTS | Soccer: Defending state FRIDAY, MARCH 28, 2014 | 75¢ champs hoping for repeat [8] SCHOOL | School district officials see positives for its upcoming budget [15] World Vision reverses policy to hire gays Locals assist in mudslide rescue BY CARRIE RODRIGUEZ After World Vision officials announced changes to its hiring policy on Monday that would allow Christians in same-sex marriages to be employed at the agency, the organization reversed its decision on Wednesday following widespread criticism. “We are brokenhearted over the Richard Stearns pain and confusion we have caused many of our friends, who saw this decision as a reversal of our strong commitment to Biblical authority,” wrote Richard Stearns, president of the Federal Way-based Christian humanitarian relief giant, and World Vision board chairman Jim Beré in a letter to supporters. They noted the board “acknowledged they made a mistake” and chose to return to the agency’s longstanding conduct policy requiring sexual abstinence for all single employees and “faithfulness within the Biblical covenant of marriage between a man and a woman.” Stearns announced on Monday the organization would hire Christians in legal same-sex marriages in a letter he sent to more than 1,100 employees. “ … Since World Vision [ more POLICY, page 7 ] BY CARRIE RODRIGUEZ F Above, Federal Way resident Derek Stephani waits to be assigned to a crew on Tuesday morning. Stephani drove to the site to help find mudslide victims after he heard the call on the radio. MARK MULLIGAN, The Herald Left, This aerial photo from Tuesday shows the extent and impacts from the March 22 Oso mudslide. The aerial survey was conducted by Washington State departments of Transportation and Natural Resources, the USGS and the King County Sheriff’s Office. Ninety people were officially reported as missing as of the Mirror’s print deadline. Five South King Fire and Rescue firefighters are also assisting with search and recovery efforts. KING COUNTY SHERIFF, Air Support Unit ederal Way firefighters and volunteers are part of a search effort underway to find 90 people who are still missing after a massive mudslide in Oso, Wash. that killed at least 25 people. Snohomish County declared a state of emergency on March 22, followed by Gov. Inslee’s proclamation of emergency late that night. South King Fire and Rescue (SKFR) deployed five firefighters with specialized training on Monday night to help in the rescue and recovery efforts in Snohomish County. Firefighters Gary White, Paul Mernaugh and Travis McKenney, along with Lieutenants Roy Smith and Shane Smith are all a part of a specialized FEMA Puget Sound Task Force that is sent to emergencies throughout the country, said SKFR Lt. Jeff Bellinghausen with the department’s Community Assistance Office. “They left during the night with two semi-trucks and several trailers laden with equipment and 76 firefighters from the region,” Bellinghausen wrote in an [ more RESCUE, page 3 ] Student with inoperable tumor garners national attention BY CASEY OLSON Decatur High School senior Dominique Cooks continues his battle with an inoperable brain tumor. Cooks, 18, was diag- nosed with the tumor in the spring of 2012 and his infectious attitude has become a staple throughout the halls during the school year. The former football, basketball and track athlete makes numerous morning announcements, which include some type of inspirational message. He was also appointed as an Associated Student Body officer by the Decatur students and named Home- 27YEARS OF SERVICE coming King in the fall. “Dom is still inspiring Decatur,” said the school’s principal, David Brower. “His battle continues and he continues to battle.” But Cooks’s inspiration is now going national. The Decatur senior has been selected as one of the 2014 Air National Guard USA TODAY High School Sports Inspirational Athletes of the Year. Cooks is one of 100 finalists [ more STUDENT, page 16 ] FAMILY OWNED & OPERATED SINCE 1987 ASE TECHNICIANS NATIONWIDE TIRE WARRANTIES STATE-OF-THE-ART AUTOMOTIVE EQUIPMENT WITH A “PERSONAL” TOUCH w w TACOMA 102 PUYALLUP AVE. (253) 627-7788 FEDERAL WAY 1515 SO. 344TH ST. (253) 838-2424 GIG HARBOR OLYMPIC VILLAGE (253) 857-5558

Federal Way Mirror, March 28, 2014

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