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    foster kids.2014For the fifth straight year, DSHS Child and Family Services Division has been the recipient of toys and items generously donated by Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics staff and the community.  Bikes, toys, books, movies, and clothing were among the many items donated to 63 local children and… Read More +

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  • Tacoma Standoff Ends With Suspect's Arrest

    tacoma standoffA standoff in Tacoma ended Friday afternoon with the arrest of a man described as a career criminal wanted by police and the Washington State Patrol for multiple car thefts and other crimes including a home invasion. A SWAT team that surrounded the home for several hours fired tear gas before… Read More +

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  • Oregon State Rolls Past Depaul

    sports3Victor Robbins scored a career-high 27 points as Oregon State dominated DePaul 90-59 on Thursday night. Olaf Schaftenaar added a career-high 21 points and Gary Payton II had 15 points and five steals for the Beavers (8-2). Jamee Crockett had 14 points for the Blue Demons (6-4). Schaftenaar scored 11 of the Beavers' first 13 points to give Oregon State a 13-6 lead at the 15:47 mark. A Robbins 3-pointer stretched the margin to 42-21 with 3:23 remaining in the half.

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Starbucks Offers Free Coffee, Urging Lawmakers to 'Come Together'

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-10_928052e31d.jpgStarbucks (SEATTLE) -- On day nine of the government shutdown, Starbucks' CEO and president Howard Schultz is offering free coffee to customers to encourage lawmakers to come together "during uncertain times." In "this seemingly unending cycle of dysfunction and doubt," Schultz announced that Starbucks' customers could buy "someone else their favorite beverage" and get a free tall brewed coffee in return from Wednesday through Friday of this week.

"The U.S. federal government shutdown, the pending debt and default crisis, waning consumer confidence and the general sense of unease these and other events have instilled in the minds of so many have created another period of uncertainty in our country," Schultz wrote in an open letter.

Schultz said Starbucks, established in 1971 and based in Seattle, asked itself what it could do as "just a coffee company."

Schultz is no wallflower when it comes to expressing his opinions through his company. Last month, he wrote an open letter asking customers not to bring guns into his coffee shops.

A spokesman for Starbucks told ABC News that giving away coffee was a "small gesture," but the company hoped to make a difference "one cup and one customer at a time." Customers can choose one of three brewed coffees as part of this campaign to "pay it forward."

Starbucks coffee is not the first business giveaway to federal employees affected by the shutdown. Boston Market said it was the first national food chain to offer all federal employees and military personnel "relief" during the government shutdown. The restaurant chain has been giving federal employees a free chicken with the purchase of any family meal until Oct. 13.

Last week, Hyundai said it was offering furloughed federal workers deferred new-car payments until January.

Many other businesses near Capitol Hill have offered various freebies to federal employees.

"It's that simple: Pay it forward, and Starbucks will pay you back," Schultz wrote in a letter. "I believe you will agree that this is a different yet authentic way Starbucks can help our fellow citizens to come together by supporting one another during a particularly challenging time."

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