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MR. FEDERAL WAY | Keep your bong at home, but not your kids [7]

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OPINION | ‘Diversity and tolerance brigade’ prove intolerant [4] City has opportunity to hire new creative staff [4] COMMUNITY | Mayor announces more management reorganization [10] CRIME | Flasher charged with indecent exposure admits to molesting children [16]

SPORTS | Thomas Jefferson gymnasts FRIDAY, APRIL 18, 2014 | 75¢ win academic state title [8]

Woman lends hand to mudslide victims

CALENDAR | Help beautify Federal Way parks on Earth Day [23]

School board member Moore faces jury Trial runs this week for Moore, accused of felony theft; verdict was in the hands of jury as of press time BY CARRIE RODRIGUEZ



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On March 22, all eyes were on Washington state. As the single deadliest landslide in U.S. history tore through the town of Oso, destroying homes and taking lives, the rest of America watched in horror. “To think of people who were on their way to work, or Tricia Ackerman taking care of their children or grandchildren, they’re not here anymore,” said Tricia Ackerman, a Federal Way resident. “It’s very, very sad, it truly makes your heart hurt.” But Ackerman, a Keller Williams realtor and lifelong volunteer, decided to take action. With the assistance of nine Keller Williams offices from Olympia to Bellingham, Ackerman has organized a two-day fundraiser on April 26 and 27 to collect donations for mudslide victims and volunteers. “I think that people who live in this state, particularly, have really been affected by the outpouring of ‘What can we do?’”

Above, Tony Moore rolls a semitruck tire out of the courtroom during his trial that began on Monday at the Multnomah County Courthouse in Portland, Ore. CARRIE RODRIGUEZ, The Mirror

Left, Moore answers questions during a cross-examination on Thursday. Moore, who owns a tire company in Federal Way, was accused of scheming with a tire company employee in Oregon to steal more than $150,000 in semitruck tires in 2011. Visit www. for trial updates. GREG ALLMAIN, The Mirror


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Decatur senior Dom Cooks passes away from brain cancer

Decatur High School senior Dom Cooks, who has been battling an inoperable brain tumor for two [ more OSO, page 3 ] years, passed away Tuesday night at St. Francis Hospital in Federal Way. Cooks was diagnosed with the brain tumor in the spring of 2012 MOUNTING • AIR CHECKS • ROTATIONS and his larger-than-life personality ROAD HAZARDdefined • FLAT REPAIR Decatur during his battle


ormer Federal Way school board president Tony Moore — accused of scheming with a tire company employee in Oregon to steal more than $150,000 in semi-truck tires in 2011 — faced a jury in a courtroom that emitted a rubber odor on Monday at the Multnomah County Courthouse in Portland, Ore. Moore sat at a table behind six large semi-truck tires that both the defense and prosecutor staged to illustrate the tires referenced in the case, while his wife Trisa and his sister sat on a bench behind him. But before the attorneys presented their opening arguments, the trial began with a back-and-forth over whether two phone calls between Moore and his alleged co-conspirator would be admissible. During the phone call, which the Multnomah County Sheriff ’s Office recorded without Moore’s consent, Tracy E. Holmquist told Moore the police were on to them and asked the then-school board president what they should do. Moore instructed Holmquist to tell police that some large cash deposits they found that were made to Holmquist’s bank account were a result of selling cookies on eBay, amongst a host of other alleged concoctions that Dennis Shen, Multomah County deputy district attorney, would later describe during his opening argument. Moore’s attorney Robert Callahan asked Judge Thomas M. Ryan to dismiss the case based on the phone calls, which he referred to as “outrageous government conduct.” He noted that while Oregon is a one-party consent state to phone recordings, in Washington all parties must give consent. Ryan denied the motion. But Callahan later told the jury that there are two sides to every story — including the phone calls. During the prosecutor’s opening argument, Shen



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with the disease. Cooks received an outpouring of support from across the United States during his senior year and touched countless lives. His condition had been worsening in recent days and Cooks had been in a coma since last weekend, said David Brower, Decatur principal. “Our hearts are heavy as we mourn his passing,” he said. “But



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our spirits are lifted as we reflect on the way he has inspired us and thousands across the nation. Dom taught us that tomorrow is not a promise and to embrace each day. Dom’s family has asked for privacy during this time. I ask that you keep Dom and his family in your thoughts and prayers.” Decatur has set up posters around the school’s campus for

staff and students to share their thoughts. Cooks got to live out numerous dreams during his senior year at Decatur. Decatur students appointed him as an Associated Student Body (ASB) officer and named him homecoming king in the fall. Cooks was a standout football and basketball player during his [ more COOKS, page 3 ]

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Federal Way Mirror, April 18, 2014  
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April 18, 2014 edition of the Federal Way Mirror