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FREE s Friday, March 15, 2013 MIDDLE SCHOOL FOOTBALL A6 ST PATRICK’S DAY IN TACOMA A5 WILD (BUT TASTEFUL) WOMEN B2 .com TACOMAWEEKLY 24 YE A R S O F SE R V I C E BE C A U S E CO M M U N I T Y MAT T E R S PHOTO COURTESY OF WSDOT/ PHOTO BY DAVE HONAN Magical night R FO Kenna Erhardt Rogers High School girl is new Daffodil Queen By John Larson TOOT-TOOT. Amtrak trains are set to shift from Point Defiance route to Sounder tracks down South Tacoma Way now that an environmental study finds the shift will not impact traffic, safety or nature. AMTRAK GETS GREEN LIGHT REROUTING GETS ENVIRONMENTAL APPROVAL FOR SOUTH TACOMA TRACKS By Steve Dunkelberger A three-year environmental study that researched expected impacts of the proposed rerouting of Amtrak trains from the current Point Defiance tracks to the Sounder rails through South Tacoma has determined See AMTRAK / page A5 K enna Erhardt of Rogers High School on South Hill is the new Daffodil Queen. Erhardt and girls from schools around Pierce County competed for the title during the Queen’s Coronation, held at Life Center in Tacoma on March 8. Kayla Prewitt of Curtis High School in University Place was selected as Miss Congeniality. With that title comes a $500 scholarship from Tacoma Yacht Club. Grace Collins of Fife High School came in third place, with Prewitt taking second place. The event began with welcome and introductions from emcees Chris Egan and Tracy Taylor, reporters from KING 5 television. Sarah Karamoko, the outgoing queen, came onstage. She was escorted by Clan Gordon Pipe Band, which performed “God Bless America.” Next was the introduction of the 2013 court. Each girl was escorted by a boy from her school, who introduced her to the audience. Each princess gave a oneminute speech, then answered a question about what she thinks is magical about Daffodil Festival. Several touched on this year’s theme, “The Magic of Music,” in their responses. “Music reminds me that I am a winner,” said Shelondra Harris of Foss High School. She mentioned playing basketball and volleyball for the Foss Falcons. Through the values she has learned in school and through participating in Daffodil Festival, she has learned she is “always a champion regardless of the outcome.” The 24 girls are building up their self-confidence, Harris observed. “I am a force to be reckoned with.” Tara Harris of Lincoln High School recalled being bullied in seventh grade. A music teacher at school See QUEEN / page A5 PHOTOS BY STEVE JAMES MARCH MAGIC. (Top) The 2013 court onstage at Life Center. (Middle) Kenna Erhardt of Rogers High School reacts to the announcement that she is the new Daffodil Queen. (Bottom) Carly Knox of Stadium High School, escorted by school-mate Tommy Hawthorne. Helping kids A3 TINKERTOPIA: Couple’s new project is fueled by trinkets and trappings. PAGE B3 Season preview A7 City Briefs ................A2 Pothole Pig ...............A3 Wishbone Ash B5 Sports ......................A6 A&E ....................... ..B1 PHOTO BY CEDRIC LEGGIN ON THE MARKET. The Armory was the jewel of Tacoma in 1908. Echoing with history’s voices now in the 21st century, it’s a city treasure that can be yours for a cool million. WHAT’S RIGHT WITH TACOMA Tacoma’s Armory stands ready for a new future By Kathleen Merryman Tacoma’s National Guard Armory and all its wonders could still be yours. The fortress of arms, concerts, horses and presidents is still on the market. An interested buyer had toured, talked, run See ARMORY / page A4 Facebook: Twitter: @Tacomaweekly Tumblr: Pinterest: Flickr: Make A Scene ........B5 Calendar .................B6 Look for daily updates online! Two Sections | 20 Pages

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