Share story

Federal Way

District backers miss deadline

Some Federal Way parents are upset an argument in favor of providing more money to the school district will not appear in the voters pamphlet.

The Citizens for Federal Way Schools submitted its statement in favor of the district’s construction project levy 16 minutes too late and 21 words over the limit, according to officials. So it won’t appear in next month’s voters pamphlet.

“There are deadlines in place that everyone’s informed of and they’re there for really good reasons,” said Kim van Ekstrom, a spokeswoman for King County Elections, who noted her agency is working on a very tight time frame to get 187,500 ballots to voters for the Feb. 14 election.

The deadline was 4:30 p.m. Tuesday and the word limit was 200 words.

Exceptions to the policy are made when possible — a separate statement in favor of Federal Way’s other education levy was accepted despite it also being submitted late — but the circumstances of the construction-levy submission made an exception impossible, van Ekstrom said.

School officials said the omission might make it less likely voters will approve the six-year, $60 million levy, which would go toward rebuilding Federal Way High School.

“I’m disappointed that both sides of the story, so to speak, are not being represented in the voters pamphlet, which we are paying to have printed and distributed,” said Sally McLean, assistant superintendent of business services at Federal Way Public Schools.

The 200-word con statement will appear in the voters pamphlet, and the pro side will get 75 words to make a rebuttal.


Actress who sued Amazon identified

An actress who filed an anonymous lawsuit against and its Internet Movie Database for revealing her age identified herself in a federal court filing Friday.

Huong Hoang, of Texas, may be better known by her stage name, Junie Hoang. She has appeared in such films as “Gingerdead Man 3: Saturday Night Cleaver” and “Hoodrats 2: Hoodrat Warriors.”

The actress filed a million-dollar claim against Amazon last fall, saying the company mined her IMDb account to learn her age, 40, and then posted it on her profile — causing her offers for roles to dry up.

The lawsuit caused a frenzy of online speculation over whom the actress might be — as well as a bit of soul-searching about ageism in youth-obsessed Hollywood.

Women over 40 make up 24.3 percent of the U.S. population, but a casting analysis by the Screen Actors Guild showed actresses over 40 get just 12.5 percent of roles for television and film. Men of that age are also about a quarter of the population, but nearly equal their ranks in casting.

Last month a federal judge in Seattle ordered the lawsuit dismissed, saying the actress had no grounds to proceed with an anonymous complaint. Hoang refiled it under her real name.

Vancouver, Wash.

Treasurer pleads guilty to theft

The former treasurer of the Vancouver Association of the Deaf has pleaded guilty to embezzling thousands of dollars from the organization.

Beth M. Hamilton, 26, of Vancouver, was sentenced Thursday to 20 days on a jail work crew by Clark County Superior Court Judge Scott Collier. She pleaded guilty to second-degree theft.

Hamilton also was ordered to pay $6,527 in restitution to the organization — the amount she’s accused of stealing — and to have no contact with the association for five years.

Court documents say Hamilton was appointed treasurer in 2009 and given a bank card to access the organization’s donations and fundraising money.

After board members discovered she made several questionable withdrawals, they confronted Hamilton. Initially denying the allegations, she then promised to pay the organization back.

Hamilton, who is hearing-impaired, was questioned by a police officer by reading and typing answers on a computer. She admitted stealing between $3,000 and $4,000.

Times staff and news services