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VOL. 16, NO. 25

MIRROR

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OPINION | My turn: Giving thanks to local detectives [4] Roegner: Some bumps during school board selection [4] COMMUNITY | Habitat for Humanity completes two Westway homes [10] FIRE | 91 displaced after apartment fire [11]

SPORTS | Todd Beamer High School FRIDAY, JUNE 20, 2014 | 75¢ students face off with police, fire [8]

GRADUATES | More than 1,500 Federal Way seniors graduate [13-17]

Couple fuels wish for young man with cancer Local couple brightens lives by fixing up cars

Young man, 18, gets Make-AWish fullfilled BY CARRIE RODRIGUEZ

BY GREG ALLMAIN

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avid Padilla smiled. “I love it — it’s so sweet,” the 18-year-old said as his hands glided across the new ruby red paint of his 2006 Ford Mustang. Smiles have become a rare occurrence for Padilla since he was diagnosed with a form of bone cancer in his knee, sarcoma, in October of 2012. But on Wednesday afternoon, Bob and Linda Bjorneby presented Padilla with his biggest wish that he could dream up — a new and improved Mustang. The Bjorneby’s took about three months to completely strip the paint from Padilla’s silver car, rip out the interior and make it over with new paint and accessories, including a new stereo system, sequential tail lights and a blacked-out dash with carbon fiber. Padilla made his wish through the Make-A-Wish Foundation, which grants wishes for children with life-threatening medical

“It’s kind of like Pimp My Ride, but not as fast,” said Bob Bjorneby, a Federal Way auto collision repair specialist, when referencing his work with the Make-AWish Foundation over the last several years. Bob Bjorneby, who owns his self-named CARSTAR Collision repair business in Federal Way, uses his skills to fix up the cars of young men who have been stricken with various illnesses, some serious, some not as, and some terminal. “About four, five, six years ago, we got involved with Make-a-Wish … We were asked to do a rush wish,” he said. “A rush wish is one where there’s a life-threatening disease, and they’re probably not going to live much longer. We got into that, and did that one, and that took us about three months.” According to Bob Bjorneby, Make-a-Wish gives people participating in these kind of projects a budget of $5,000. For that first one, Bob Bjorneby said [ more CARS, page 5 ]

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conditions. Padilla was diagnosed with bone cancer during the middle of his school year, when he was a senior at Timberline High School in Olympia. “He was a baseball player, so he was playing a lot of baseball games,” said his mother, Kari. “He got into a game and he hit a ball and he walked out of

Before and after: Above, Bob Bjorneby describes what his team did to fix up Padilla’s car to fullfil the young man’s wish through the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Padilla, of Olympia, has stage 4 bone cancer. COURTESY OF LINDA BJORNEBY

Left, David Padilla, 18, stands next to his silver Ford Mustang as he drops the car off to Bob Bjorneby’s Federal Way CARSTAR repair shop in February. CARRIE RODRIGUEZ, the Mirror

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Council mulls recreational marijuana in Federal Way BY GREG ALLMAIN gallmain@fedwaymirror.com

With the first recreation-

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al marijuana business in the state set to open in July in Spokane, the Federal Way City Council is revisiting the issue and how the city should proceed in whether or not to allow such businesses. While the Council did

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not take actual action during their June 17 meeting, they directed city staff to begin exploring the option of regulating recreational marijuana businesses in the city. “Nothing here is set in stone,” City Assistant At-

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torney Peter Beckwith said, setting three options out for the Council during a presentation at the meeting: do nothing, which would leave it in the hands of the mayor’s office, mostly; bans, which local governments like Pierce County

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have already enacted; or regulate, which Seattle and Des Moines have begun exploring. “I think we need to look seriously at regulating, very seriously look at going to the state Legislature, to make sure the city gets

money,” Councilwoman Dini Duclos said. “I think that’s an important thing, we’re the ones dealing with any potential fallout, not the state. I think we should make that the top priority on our legislative agenda.” [ more COUNCIL, page 2 ]

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