Jocelyn Cunningham, 13, hula-hoops outside her home, where she lives with her parents and four siblings. Her mother, Desirae Cunningham, thinks her house is one of the older ones on their quiet street, likely built in the early 1900s. Even though the South Park is surrounded by industrial zone, Desirae says she enjoys the neighborhood because of the interactions with other families and that her children are able to walk safely from the nearby elementary school.

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Maurice Lekea works as a caregiver during the day, and as an actor during the night. Father of one. Born in Africa. Speaker of French. Met him on assignment. Refreshing to meet someone with so much depth and kindness.


Swimmers practice before competing in the 16-17 team semi-finals during the 2011 eSynchro Age Group Synchronized Swimming Championships held June 24-July 2 at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way. The competition, which hosts more than 900 athletes from around the country, is the largest synchronized swim meet in the world, said Toby Smith, vice president of competitive operations for USA Synchro.


A swimmer peaks behind the curtains at the eSynchro Age Group Synchronized Swimming Championships on Friday, July 1, 2011 at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way.


Swimmers warm up in the 16-19 age group figure competition on Friday, July 1, 2011 at the 2011 eSynchro Age Group Synchronized Swimming Championships.


A swimmer on the Buffalo Swimkins warms up for the figure competition Friday, July 1, 2011 at the 2011 eSynchro Age Group Synchronized Swimming Championships.


Westfield Y Aquaducks, celebrate after competing in the 16-17 team semi-finals on Friday, July 1, 2011 at the 2011 eSynchro Age Group Synchronized Swimming Championships held June 24-July 2 at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way.


Teams compete in the 16-17 team semi-finals on Friday, July 1, 2011 at the 2011 eSynchro Age Group Synchronized Swimming Championships.


Swimmers warm up for the figure competition Friday, July 1, 2011 at the 2011 eSynchro Age Group Synchronized Swimming Championships.


Sydney Sprinkle, of the Seattle Synchro Swim Team, competes in the 18-19 solo semifinals Friday, July 1, 2011 at the 2011 eSynchro Age Group Synchronized Swimming Championships held June 24-July 2 at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way.


Swimmers in the 16-19 age group warm up for the figure competition on Friday, July 1, 2011 at the 2011 eSynchro Age Group Synchronized Swimming Championships held June 24-July 2 at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way. The competition, which hosts more than 900 athletes from around the country, is the largest synchronized swim meet in the world, said Toby Smith, vice president of competitive operations for USA Synchro. The finals for the 16-19 age groups will be held Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and is open to the public. Admission fee for adults is $7 and $5 for seniors and children. Ages 5 and under are free.


Swimmers look at their draw numbers before the figures competition Friday, July 1, 2011 at the 2011 eSynchro Age Group Synchronized Swimming Championships held June 24-July 2 at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way.


Swimmers warm up for the 2011 eSynchro Age Group Synchronized Swimming Championships held June 24-July 2 at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way.


Swimmers in the 16-19 age group warm up for the figure competition on Friday, July 1, 2011 at the 2011 eSynchro Age Group Synchronized Swimming Championships held June 24-July 2 at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way. The competition, which hosts more than 900 athletes from around the country, is the largest synchronized swim meet in the world, said Toby Smith, vice president of competitive operations for USA Synchro. The finals for the 16-19 age groups will be held Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and is open to the public. Admission fee for adults is $7 and $5 for seniors and children. Ages 5 and under are free.


Menomonee Falls Dolphinettes prepare before competing in the 16-17 team semi-finals on Friday, July 1, 2011 at the 2011 eSynchro Age Group Synchronized Swimming Championships held June 24-July 2 at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way.


Swimmers practice before competing in the 16-17 team semi-finals during the 2011 eSynchro Age Group Synchronized Swimming Championships held June 24-July 2 at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way. The competition, which hosts more than 900 athletes from around the country, is the largest synchronized swim meet in the world, said Toby Smith, vice president of competitive operations for USA Synchro. The finals for the 16-19 age groups will be held Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and is open to the public. Admission fee for adults is $7 and $5 for seniors and children. Ages 5 and under are free.


Swimmers in the 16-19 age group warm up for the figure competition on Friday, July 1, 2011 at the 2011 eSynchro Age Group Synchronized Swimming Championships held June 24-July 2 at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way. The competition, which hosts more than 900 athletes from around the country, is the largest synchronized swim meet in the world, said Toby Smith, vice president of competitive operations for USA Synchro. The finals for the 16-19 age groups will be held Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and is open to the public. Admission fee for adults is $7 for adults and $5 for seniors and children. Ages 5 and under are free.


The Sacramento Synchronized Swim Team practices Friday, July 1, 2011 at the 2011 eSynchro Age Group Synchronized Swimming Championships held June 24-July 2 at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way.


The last day of the 2011 eSynchro Age Group Synchronized Swimming Championships will be Saturday, July 2, 2011 at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way. Admission fee for adults is $7 for adults and $5 for seniors and children. Ages 5 and under are free.


Jim Houston, left, and Russ Chick play dominoes during a Juneteenth, a commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States, at Pratt Park in Seattle’s Central District. Houston talked about how the Ku Klux Klan ran his father out of Louisiana when he was young. Their family eventually moved to Bremerton, Wash., where his Houston’s uncle worked in the Navy. He said that Juneteenth is about coming together. “It’s not about grudges, it’s about love, ” Houston said.


Dressed in armor, warriors spar with shields, wooden weapons and crossbows during a bridge battle at Camano Island State Park.


Dressed in armor, warriors spar with shields, wooden weapons and crossbows during a bridge battle at Camano Island State Park.


Sterling Henson, of Anacortes, Wash., rests after the “boat battle” that was held in an open field Saturday during Ragnaroc at Camano Island State Park.


Members of the Empire of Medieval Pursuits have branches mostly around the Pacific Northwest, including Seattle (called al-Madeena), Bothell (Astaroth), Abbotsford, B.C. (Viadrina Outpost) and others.


Heather Emde, of Olympia, and daughter Trinity Emde, 4, left, watch the battles from a grassy vantage point Saturday at Camano Island State Park. Trinity, who loves watching the action, celebrated her birthday at Ragnaroc.


Warriors combat during a “boat battle” Saturday at Ragnaroc on Camano Island State Park, near Stanwood, Wash.


Kacey “Inky” Mann distributes water to the warriors after the “boat battle” Saturday during Ragnaroc at Camano Island State Park. Around 125 people attended Ragnaroc, with most members from the Vancouver and Seattle area, but some traveling as far as Florida.


Warriors catch a lift up to camp after fighting in multiple battles near the beach during Ragnaroc at Camano Island State Park.


Alfred Williams, 17, walks into the single soldier barrack to dress for evening festivities. Many of the Ragnaroc CQ participants stay in period pavilion tents.


Morgan Lake, 17, secures his belt while dressing for the ring of fire during Ragnaroc at Camano Island State Park. It was his first time fighting in the event.


Warriors prepare for battle in the ring of fire during Ragnaroc at Camano Island State Park.


Tayissa Chadwick, a Burien resident, wears a yashmak for drumming and belly dancing at the ring of fire during Ragnaroc Saturday at Camano Island State Park. Attendees wear costumes from different periods and places— as long as it falls before 1750 and focuses on Europe, Middle East and Asia.


Steven Osgood, 27, of Seattle, prepares to fight in a 20-foot ring of fire during Ragnaroc Saturday at Camano Island State Park. More than a dozen warriors took turns fighting one-on-one with wooden weapons within the flames for about an hour.


Since Wednesday, members of the Empire of Medieval Pursuits have been battling with full armor and wooden weapons in to earn a spot to spar in Saturday’s culmination battle arena, a 20-foot ring of fire.


Along the ring of fire, women and men held damp towels to help extinguish warriors whose clothing caught flame during Ragnaroc at Camano Island State Park.


Harvey Palmer, known as “Aveloc Twice Born,” center, wins his battle in the ring of fire during Ragnaroc Saturday at Camano Island State Park.


Tayissa Chadwick, left, and Chandelle “Ziare” Rivera bring torches into the ring of fire judging, which closed the evening festivities at Ragnaroc at Camano Island State Park.