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SPECIAL SECTION | A closer look at the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure [INSIDE]

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OPINION | Roegner: Political jargon 101 [6] Palmer: Bus driver blocks boy’s bullets [6] Letters: Where is Skip? [6-7] SHOWBIZ KIDS | Performers hone their musical chops with long-running group [2] CRIME BLOTTER | Prankster calls several customers of Papa John’s Pizza [3]

SPORTS | State soccer, baseball and track CALENDAR | Art Blooms in Federal Way, and Centerstage honors classic rock [5] FRIDAY, May 17, 2013 | 50¢ updates from local high schools [17]

The reality of gangs in King County

Where’s the best pho in Federal Way? By ANDY HOBBS

Vietnamese noodle soup, also known as pho (pronounced “fuh”), is a popular meal in the Northwest. Pho began as a street food in Vietnam in the early 1900s. Vietnamese refugees brought the dish to other parts of the world, especially after the Vietnam War. With more than a halfdozen pho restaurants to choose from in Federal Way, The Mirror set out to find the city’s best. As a whole, the pho experience is similar wherever you go. The quintessential bowl of pho comes with rice noodles, thin-sliced steak, and green and white onions, all stewing in a beef broth that’s flavored with ox tail, beef bones and spices. Pho can be garnished with bean sprouts, basil leaves, sliced green chilies and a wedge of lime, all served on a plate that accompanies the soup. Variations include pho with meatballs, flank steak, brisket, tripe, tendon, seafood, chicken or even tofu. Many diners like to spice up their soup with chili oil or chili paste. Standard condiments include hoisin sauce and Sriracha sauce. [ more PHO, page 23 ] NEWSPAPER RACKS: To see a list of rack locations for the print edition of The Mirror, visit

Part 2: The transient nature of crime for assault, firearms violations and malicious mischief. Federal Way’s first hoThis is only one exmicide of 2012 involved ample of gang violence to gangs. In the early mornerupt in Federal Way. Lating hours of June 27, er this year, the Suburban tension escalated among King County Coordinata crowd of gang members ing Council on Gangs will outside a Federal Way release a comprehensive bar. A mix of black and study of gang activity in Mexican males argued, suburban cities, flashed gang signs with updated data and yelled out affrom 2012. The SPECIAL filiations with the council’s goal is Gangster Disciples to reduce youth and Rollin 90’s violence and gang Crips. activity by fosterThe dispute ing better communication reached a boiling point among local law enforcewhen guns were drawn. ment and governments. The crowd was sprayed A July 2011 gang shootwith bullets. Six people ing at a Kent car show led were shot and one man — to a renewed emphasis 23-year-old Cloise Young on gang enforcement. of Kent — was killed in Six alleged gang memthe parking lot of Johnny’s bers were arrested after Famous Bar and Grill. injuring 12 people in that Witnesses reported that incident. A month later, Young exchanged words King County reacted with with Renton resident a $1.4 million proposal to Kenneth Sutton before combat gangs and crime. the shooting. Sutton was With a history of previous arrested and charged with cooperation, police agensecond-degree murder cies formed a regional and first-degree assault. task force to battle crimes The bar has since associated with gangs closed and changed its like auto theft, burglaries, name. However, at the drugs and prostitution. time, Federal Way police The county has reportreported that the parked that gang-related crime ing lot outside Johnny’s has increased 165 percent was a magnet for gang since 2005, with much trouble. Rowdy crowds of that crime shifting out often congregated and of Seattle city limits into consumed alcohol before South King County. going inside. Police had [ more GANGS, page 2 ] reported multiple arrests By ANDY HOBBS

J.R. Celski is a Federal Way native and winner of two bronze medals in the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. He is the son of Bob and Sue Celski. PHOTO courtesy m.a.d. northwest

Olympic speedskater Celski documents Seattle hip-hop and pre-fame Macklemore By CASEY OLSON

J.R. Celski’s timing must be impeccable when he’s on the race track. Everything must be in perfect sync for the world-class short track speedskater to glide across the ice. Arms working with legs, slanting his back so it’s situated at the correct angle and keeping everything coordinated in the most aerodynamic position are key to going fast. Timing is everything for Celski, a two-time bronze medalist at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games who is currently training for the 2014 Olympics in Russia. The Federal Way native won the 2012 overall title at the U.S. Senior Short Track Speedskating National Championships in December, and set the world record in the 500 meters. But Celski’s current timing might be even better off the track. His documentary, “The Otherside,” is debuting at the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) next weekend. It will be shown at the SIFF Cinema Uptown in Seattle at 7 p.m. May 31, and again at 8:30 p.m. June 2, as part of the “Face the Music” program. Directed by Daniel Torok, the 47-minute film takes an inside look at the Seattle hip-

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis performed their hits “Thrift Shop” and “Can’t Hold Us” on March 27 at We Day Seattle, attended by nearly 1,200 students from Federal Way. MIRROR FILE PHOTO hop scene and centers on the meteoric rise of Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, the local artists responsible for the film’s title. “The Otherside,” which is co-produced by Celski’s longtime friend and Todd Beamer High School grad Vinny Dom, puts together live performances, interviews with artists and promoters, music videos and rare backstage footage. [ more OTHERSIDE, page 23 ]




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Federal Way Mirror, May 17, 2013  

May 17, 2013 edition of the Federal Way Mirror

Federal Way Mirror, May 17, 2013  

May 17, 2013 edition of the Federal Way Mirror