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2013 Earth Day Art Contest now accepting art

The 2013 Earth Day Art Contest is open to Tacoma students, from kindergarten through 8th grade now through March 29. This is their chance to create a poster illustrating the environmentally-responsible actions they've learned from the City of Tacoma’s EnviroChallenger educators and how they practice these actions at home, at the park or while playing or watching sports.

Prizes include passes to the Tacoma Rainiers and Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium. All entries must be postmarked by March 29. Art Contest entry form and guidelines are available online at the city's website.

EnviroKids is a service of the City of Tacoma and the EnviroChallenger program.

Police and medical crews responded to reports of a man jumping from the Narrows Bridge around noon today.

The man, later identified as a 62-year-old man from University Place, reportedly parked along the eastbound shoulder of the bridge and jumped over the rail into the water below.

His body was later recovered by rescue crews.

Send us your pet pix

As everyone already knows, March 3 has been declared national “If Pets Had Thumbs Day.” So that seems as good a reason as any to have a pet-themed photo contest.

The rules are simple. Just send in a photo of you and your pet, or one just of your pet, with a caption of what you think the pet is thinking and what it would likely do if it had thumbs. Only submit one photo of your pet, although you can submit multiple photos if you have more than one animal in your care.

The deadline to send in your photo(s) is March 8. The photos will then be posted online and on Facebook. The photo with the most votes, either through “likes” or comments, by March 15 will be the winner. The winners will be announced March 18. The top winner will receive four tickets to the Andre Rieu concert at KeyArena on March 19. The second and third place winners will receive two tickets. Admission is regularly $72 each.

Rieu, one of the best-selling live acts in the world, is a master of the violin and his international "And The Waltz Goes On Tour" is an ode to the waltz and named after his successful album for which he collaborated with Sir Anthony Hopkins.

Send images to Steve Dunkelberger at . The Tacoma Weekly will be the final judge on all submissions.

Beginning this Wednesday, Pierce Transit will host nine “Community Information Meetings” for the public regarding details of the service reductions scheduled for late September 2013. Cuts in service are due to the loss of Proposition 1 in November.

Pierce Transit currently operates 417,000 annual service hours. Once the service reduction plan is implemented, Pierce Transit will operate 300,000 annual hours, a 28 percent cut.

Locations and dates of the nine meetings:

Lakewood: Wednesday, March 6 from noon to 2 p.m. at Pierce Transit Training Center, 3720 96th St SW, Lakewood. Served by Routes 48, 300

University of Washington-Tacoma: Thursday, March 7, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. or from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at William W. Phillip Hall, 1918 Pacific Ave, Tacoma Served by Routes 1, 48, 53, ST 590, ST 594 and Link light rail

Northeast Tacoma: Wednesday, March 13 from 4 to 6 p.m. at Northeast Tacoma Police Substation, 4731 Norpoint Way NE, Tacoma Served by Route 62.

Almost all Pierce Transit routes will be affected. The primary impacts of the proposed service reductions include reduced local bus service and weekend routes.

Detailed service reduction plan information is available online at, or by calling customer service at 253-581-8000. A public hearing on implementation of the service reduction plan is scheduled for the May 13, Pierce Transit Board of Commissioners meeting.

OK, we don't mean to make everyone freak out and spew coffee all over their monitors. But did Spanaway native Jerry Cantrell just tell Rolling Stone that Alice in Chains is hitting the road with frickin' frackin' Soundgarden this summer?

Yep, we believe he did, and you can read about it by clicking this link. This revelation is on top of those Soundgarden-Pearl Jam rumors we were reading before Soundgarden's two-night stand at the Paramount last month.

Could we be talking about a full-blown grunge-a-palooza here? Quick: Somebody see what the Melvins, Mudhoney and Screaming Trees are up to this summer!

Cantrell was talking to Rolling Stone about Alice's new album, “The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here,” which is due in May. It'll be the second album of the band's post-Layne Staley incarnation, with William DuVall singing lead vocals.

"We made a unique record that's completely different from anything we ever did," Cantrell tells Rolling Stone. "It encapsulates a period of time, like all records do. You see growth and that the band is moving ahead in new territory that we haven't been to before, but we haven't lost our identity."

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