Tacoma

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With a big contract in the works, Tacoma detention center for immigrants sits half empty.

Fourth grader Arthur Gwozdz of Newcastle points at his parents’ native Poland on a map in his family’s living room. (Photo by Kyle Haddad-Fonda)

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A mysterious geography bug seems to catch a lot of boys in elementary school. But why are there so few girls competing in the National Geographic Bee?

Detainees inside the women's wing of the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma. (Photo by Alex Stonehill)

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Immigrants held at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma were back on hunger strike for the third time this year, just as ICE announced the facility's contract was up for renewal.

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Northwest activists are attempting to block an Israeli shipping company from unloading at Puget Sound ports in order to put a dent in the dollars funding Israel's military actions in Gaza.

Betty Erichsen, a volunteer at the Tacoma Seafarers' Center, helps Filipino seafarer Rommel Quibaez with a bulk candy bar purchase. Seafarers are typically in port for about 12 hours only once every few weeks, so an opportunity to stock up on essential items is welcome. (Photo by Alex Stonehill)

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Hundreds of international seafarers pass through our ports every month. Cooks and mechanics, engineers and officers — they're a quiet population of temporary visitors just looking for a little comfort and fun.