Matt Nagle

was born and raised in Little Rock, Ark. and moved to the Pacific Northwest upon graduating from college 25 years ago. He has been a community journalist his entire adult life, starting out as a cub reporter in his youth and working his way up to editorship at various Seattle-area publications. He loves his job because he can use his talents to help bring people and communities together.

Email: mnagle@tacomaweekly.com

25 August 2015

Cool cars, great people on tap for Busch’s 64th annual reunion

The public is invited out for a day of family fun and fellowship and to enjoy the finest group of hot-rodders and their families at Busch’s 64th annual reunion, Aug. 30 at Griot’s Garage. Featuring an amazing collection of sweet rides from the fabulous ’50s and car makes and models from later years, this reunion is…

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18 August 2015

Puyallup tribal youth journey to D.C. for first-ever White House Tribal Youth Gathering

 A group of Puyallup tribal youth had a once in a lifetime experience last month when they attended the first ever White House Tribal Youth Gathering and the United National Indian Tribal Youth (UNITY) Council’s National Conference in Washington, D.C., July 7-13. Accompanied by chaperones Sarah Bryant and Puyallup…

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4 August 2015

Local teacher offers solutions for children with dyslexia

For a lot of children, back-to-school is a time for excitement, learning new things and experiencing what it means to succeed. Getting an “A” on a test, a pat on the back from a teacher for a job well done and seeing the pride in their parents’ eyes not only boosts children’s self-confidence but also the feeling within…

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22 July 2015

Hilltop Santa faces uncertain future

For the past five years, Tom Reynolds, a.k.a. the Hilltop Santa, has made Christmas bright for children who otherwise may have little to nothing at this special time of year. Starting at least 10 months before Christmas, Reynolds secures donations of toys and candy and reaches out to business owners and the like to host him.…

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14 July 2015

‘Together We Are Fife’

In 1916, Fife High School held a graduating ceremony for two young women who had the honor of being the high school’s very first grads, thus launching a legacy of excellence that continues to this day. Fife High School will reach its 100-year anniversary in 2016, and plans are underway now to honor and commemorate this…

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24 June 2015

Oasis of Hope programs seek growth in the coming months

Hilltop’s Oasis of Hope Center is looking to be even more of a life-giving source for those in need as ideas for new and improved programs take root. Under the guidance of District Elder Prentis V. Johnson Sr., pastor of Greater Christ Temple Church at 1926 S. G St., great things are on the horizon for Oasis of Hope Center…

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17 June 2015

Community garden awaits urban gardeners to dig in

A new community garden has been established in Fife at Levee Pond Park. Now, all that’s needed is for people to come and claim their plot, or plots, and get plants in the ground.

A total of 54 plots have been staked on the strip of land, each of which measures 10-feet by 10-feet. Only 16 plots have been claimed…

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11 June 2015

‘You Matter’

Author and motivational speaker Jamicka Jones is on a mission – a blessed mission to impress on practically everyone she meets that “You Matter.” In fact, she’s written a book titled exactly that and she’s backing it up with regular visits to area high schools and meetings of Toastmasters, Rotary, Kiwanis clubs…

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20 May 2015

Native American seniors celebrated at Mt. Tahoma High School

Thirty-six senior Native American students from six Tacoma high schools were celebrated at Mt. Tahoma High School on May 19. All graduates of Tacoma Public Schools Title VII Indian Education Program, this class of 2015 was blessed beautifully as each graduate steps out into a new stage of life.

David Syth (Crow Nation),…

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12 May 2015

HAVE YOU SEEN THIS MAN?

Family and friends of local man Ernie Elving are desperately trying to find him as he has been missing since April 26. He was last seen at the Emerald Queen Casino’s Tacoma location (2024 E. 29th St.). Elving suffers from grand mal seizures and may be disoriented.

He was released from Tacoma General Hospital on…

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5 May 2015

Make a Scene: Grieve the Astronaut

Maurice the Fish Records CEO, music producer and singer/songwriter Ray Hayden is involved in an exciting new project with several area musicians that promises to offer something new and different to the listening masses.

The newly-formed Grieve the Astronaut consists of Hayden on lead vocals and keyboards, Chris Tussing…

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21 April 2015

Graduating seniors honored at TCC powwow

The sweet sounds of Native American drumming, singing and dancing rang out at Tacoma Community College (TCC) on April 18 in celebration of TCC’s student and community powwow. This ninth annual collaboration between TCC and Tacoma Public Schools (Indian Education Program and Indian Education Parent Committee) included the…

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21 April 2015

Diamond Green celebrates its budding business

Gathering on a warm and sunny afternoon on April 17, a festive crowd turned out for the official ribbon cutting for Diamond Green recreational cannabis shop at 4002 S. 12th St. Joining owner Malkit Singh were members of his family (Singh’s dad had the honor of cutting the ribbon) along with loyal customers, a live DJ spinning…

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14 April 2015

Nonprofit launches fundraising campaign to raise $1.5 million by August

For 80 years the Van Lierop Bulb Farm in east Puyallup fostered beauty and celebrated the renewal of springtime with its more than 150 varieties of crocuses, daffodils, irises, tulips and hyacinths that countless generations of families came out to enjoy year after year. The family business ended in 2013 but the nurturing…

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9 April 2015

SALISH INTEGRATIVE ONCOLOGY CANCER CENTER

Federal, regional, state and local leaders gathered with the Puyallup Tribal Council on April 7 to officially cut the ribbon on the tribe’s new state-of-the-art Salish Integrative Oncology Cancer Center (SIOCC). The center, located in the tribal-owned Trans Pacific building in Fife, will start receiving patients on April…

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1 April 2015

Make a Scene: The Prophets of Addiction party down south for CD release

Prophets of Addiction fans, your wait is over. On April 11, band mates Lesli Sanders (lead vocals and bass), Jimmy Mess (drums), McKenna “Sweep” Gates (guitar) and Lee Taylor (guitar) will be onstage live for the official release of the band’s new “Reunite the Sinners” CD. The night kicks off at 7 p.m. at Louie…

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24 March 2015

Westgate merchants invite families to Easter egg hunt

The community minded merchants at the Westgate Shopping Center on North Pearl Street have come together with Tacoma/Pierce County Crime Stoppers to sponsor a big Easter egg hunt in the parking lot on April 4 at 10 a.m. Families are warmly invited to come and take part in this fun event and take advantage of specials many…

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24 March 2015

Nearsighted Narwhal celebrates move with music

Sixth Avenue’s hip, funky and educational zine shop The Nearsighted Narwhal, is moving just one storefront down on April 1, then on April 2, owners Christina Wheeler and Ossain Cardenas will be throwing a big party there with a very special guest – singer, songwriter and storyteller Forest Beutel.  

Beutel, who…

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4 August 2015

Pink Lung Brigade hosts Awareness Wednesday at Health Dept.

Once a month, the Tacoma-Pierce County Board of Health allows concerned citizens…Read More

26 June 2015

Rummage sale at Temple Beth El

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Favorite Articles

4 August 2011

The Art of Hip Hop

With the fourth annual Hip Hop in the Park just a week away – Aug. 13 starting at noon in People’s Park – the young students in Darren “Scooter” Spencer’s The Art of Hip Hop course at D.A.S.H. Center for the Performing Arts are busy pulling together last minute details before the big day. This is their event –…

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14 July 2011

History is made as pride flag flies over city hall

With a jubilant crowd surrounding them on a sunny July 7 afternoon, Mayor Marilyn Strickland and City Councilmember Ryan Mello led the countdown for the first-ever raising of the pride flag over city hall. The event marked the kick-off Tacoma’s LGBT pride festivities, which were extended to 10 days this year.

One…

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12 May 2010

Puyallup Tribe mourns the passing of Lena Landry

May 4, 2010, was a sad day for the Puyallup Indian Tribe, as beloved elder and former tribal leader Lena (Davis) Landry passed away quietly with her family by her side. Even though she lived a full life until age 91, her death was still a blow to people inside and outside the tribe. After more than 60 years working for the…

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18 August 2011

Student travels from Pakistan to study journalism at Pierce College

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26 August 2015

Rainiers

As the Rainiers season approaches the final weekend at home, Tacoma Weekly photographer Rocky Ross snaps up some more fine pictures from Cheney Stadium.

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26 August 2015

FIRST-EVER “DOG GONE RUN” TO PRECEDE ANNUAL STEWART HEIGHTS POOCH POOL PARTY

The dogs won’t be wearing numbers, but they could win the timed, two-mile race Sept. 12 at Metro Parks Tacoma’s Stewart Heights Park, 402 E. 56th St.
The 8 a.m. Dog Gone Run is the f irst Metro Parks event specif ically designed for dog owners who love to run or walk with their pets. It’s paired with a special…

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26 August 2015

Weekly Rewind

The Hilltop Street Fair drew custom rides, big and small, and Deathbed Confessions provided the mayhem that metal heads - even little ones - craved in the Peterson Bros 1111 beer garden. S.A.S.S. brought the blues to South Tacoma's Stonegate Pizza later that night while Olympia singer-songwriter Ethan Tucker was delivering…

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26 August 2015

Chief Leschi hands the ball off to experience

There is a feeling of excitement and renewal these days at quite the unlikely locale. In the past 11 years, the Chief Leschi Warriors have suffered through some really tough football seasons. During this span, the school has fielded just two teams that finished the season at .500. That’s the good news. Four seasons have…

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26 August 2015

Arts & Entertainment: Tacoma’s Bicentennial Kiosks

Sometimes if you just let things sit long enough, good things will happen. Such is the case with one of the big, concrete information kiosks that were installed in the downtown area four decades ago.
Under the aegis of the City’s Spaceworks program, the kiosk at South 13th and Market Streets has acquired a dazzling…

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26 August 2015

My fantasy football curse must come to an end

When this time of year comes around, and if you’re anything like me, you’re pretty excited about another year and another crack at your fantasy football league. Of course, if you’re anything like me, you also have pretty much stunk at it for approximately 20 years now.

What’s it going to take to end this string…

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26 August 2015

Stupid criminal of the week

If you aren’t sure if your car’s headlights turn on automatically, there’s a real simple way to figure it out. One driver cruising down Tacoma Avenue South on Aug. 20 just couldn’t crack that puzzle, likely due to his buzz. An officer noticed the man driving with no headlights on and promptly pulled him over…

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26 August 2015

Lemay Exhibit Explores Origins

“My husband never met a car he didn’t like,” Nancy LeMay said of her late husband, Harold “Lucky” LeMay. He, at one time, owned more than 3,000 cars, earning him a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records. Harold’s legacy will be presented in “Lucky’s Garage,” the first permanent display at LeMay – America’s…

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25 August 2015

Local retirement community raises money for disaster relief

In light of the recent fires in eastern Washington, Village Concepts’ retirement and assisted living communities throughout Washington state are coming together to show their support for the cause through their Village Concepts Cares program. To raise money for the victims, Mill Ridge Village in Milton, 607 28th Ave., will…

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25 August 2015

Reduce Water Use

In the midst of one of the Pacific Northwest’s hottest summers in recent memory, Pierce County has decided to take action and trigger voluntary water conservation efforts, and it plans to lead by example.
Known as “phase two,” Pierce County will be working in conjunction with Everett and Seattle to reduce their…

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25 August 2015

The Things We Like

ICE CREAM FOR PCAF
 
Ice Cream Social at 2914 6th Ave. is holding a fundraiser for Pierce County AIDS Foundation (PCAF) to support the South Sound END AIDS Walk. Through Sept. 1, Ice Cream Social will donate $1 from every scoop of Red Velvet Cake ice cream to the AIDS Walk. This is a…

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25 August 2015

Bulletin Board

PUBLIC INVITED TO FORUM ON HOMELESS ENCAMPMENTS

The New Tacoma Neighborhood Council is sponsoring a forum on homeless encampments on Sept. 9, 5:30-7 p.m., featuring a panel of local community experts and social service program providers to engage with community to discuss opportunities and efforts…

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25 August 2015

TACOMA’S HOT TICKETS AUGUST - SEPTEMBER

THURSDAY, AUG. 27 – BASEBALL
Nashville vs. Tacoma Rainiers
Cheney Stadium – 7:05 p.m.

FRIDAY, AUG. 28 – BASEBALL
Nashville vs. Tacoma Rainiers
Cheney Stadium – 7:05 p.m.

SATURDAY, AUG. 29 – BASEBALL
Nashville vs. Tacoma…

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25 August 2015

Cool cars, great people on tap for Busch’s 64th annual reunion

The public is invited out for a day of family fun and fellowship and to enjoy the finest group of hot-rodders and their families at Busch’s 64th annual reunion, Aug. 30 at Griot’s Garage. Featuring an amazing collection of sweet rides from the fabulous ’50s and car makes and models from later years, this reunion is…

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25 August 2015

Mark your calendars: Ron White

Don't expect any sugar-coated jokes when Blue Collar Comedy alumnus Ron White headlines the Emerald Queen Casino at 8:30 p.m. on Nov. 20. His new set is called “Nutcracker” (read what you will into that) and tickets are $40 to $95.
Visit www.ticketmaster.com for further…

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25 August 2015

Culture Corner, A Guide to the Museums of Tacoma

Museum of the Week:

Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum
407 S. G St.
Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Info: www.rain.org/~karpeles/taqfrm.html

The Karpeles Library is the world's largest private holding of important original…

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25 August 2015

Nightlife

Friday, Aug. 28

JAZZBONES: Girls Love Rockets with Geoffrey Castle (rock, power-pop) 8 p.m., $15; Filthy Fridays with Sharps, Helix and Rome (DJ) 10:30 p.m.
DAWSON'S: Mod Men (classic rock) 9 p.m., NC
G. DONNALSON'S: Michael Martinez (Brazilian jazz)…

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25 August 2015

Billboard battle preps to end by winter

News from the frontline in the city’s battle over billboards around Tacoma’s skyline suggests that the decades-old war could be coming to an end. City staffers have folded the city’s Working Group on Billboard Regulations into a roster of recommendations to the City Council that are slated for a vote by year’s end. Read More

19 August 2015

CITY COUNCIL RACE TIGHTENS

The field of candidates for Tacoma City Council off icially got smaller now that the primary election results have been counted.

One of the most watched races in Tacoma is that of City Council incumbent Anders Ibsen, who gained 47 percent of the vote in a three-way primary race. His challenger for the District 1 seat…

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19 August 2015

COUNTY WINS K-9 LAWSUIT

The Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney’s Civil Division recently won a lawsuit filed in federal court. The plaintiff accused a Pierce County Sheriff’s deputy of using excessive force when the plaintiff, who was being arrested on a felony warrant, ran from the police. He was bitten by a K-9 police dog. He asked for unspecified…

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19 August 2015

Tacoma Stars begin kicking it up with new pro season looming

Things are really beginning to hop and bounce in the world of the Tacoma Stars soccer organization. Following a couple of successful promotion nights during Tacoma Rainiers games, as well as two big name player signings to the Stars’ professional squad, the action returned to the pitch at the Tacoma Soccer Center on Aug.…

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19 August 2015

Hilltop celebrates opening of SOAR Academy

This school year, history will be made as the very first charter schools in Washington open their doors to students eager to learn, including Tacoma’s own SOAR Academy, located at 2136 Martin Luther King Jr. Way.

The school has been a longtime vision of founder Kristina Bellamy, a teacher looking for a place where…

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19 August 2015

Stupid criminal of the week

Some men just want to watch the world burn, like a vandal at a Union Avenue shopping hotspot on Aug. 15. The man entered the store and promptly began cutting up packages on shelves with a folding knife. Some things he concealed on his person, other things he simply mutilated and put back, including a cell phone case and a…

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19 August 2015

Mark your calendars: Neil Young & Promise of the Real

Rock legend Neil Young had so much fun performing with Promise of the Real at the Bold Nebraska/Cowboys and Indians Alliance last year that he teamed up with the band – which features Willie Nelson's kids, Lukas and Micah Nelson – to record new album, “The Monstanto Years.” And now the super-group has added Seattle's…

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19 August 2015

Variety is the spice of life at Hilltop Street Fair

Martin Luther King Jr. Way will be swarming with family friendly activites on Saturday, Aug. 22, as a four-block section of the street is fenced, between South Ninth and South 13th streets, for the second annual Hilltop Street Fair.

“We didn't know quite what to expect last year,” event coordinator Kristie Worthey…

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19 August 2015

Arts & Entertainment: 100 Years On

What a year it was. In 1915, three unforgettable stars of the American jazz scene were born: legendary jazz singer Billie Holiday; Ol’ Blue Eyes headliner Frank Sinatra; and Duke Ellington Band composer and arranger Billy Strayhorn.

To celebrate the three remarkable – artists, whose music dazzled millions of listeners…

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19 August 2015

Tacoma fighters go 2-0 at Battle at the Boat 102

Roy Jones, Jr. was once asked to describe being in a fight. He talked about it being a matter of survival, a case of one's body wanting to shut down and not take any more punches, of one's brain sending repeated messages that the body just can't go on with the physical exertion. He said that the hardest part of being a fighter…

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19 August 2015

SPORTSWATCH

TACOMA’S CHIEN-MING WANG NAMED PCL PITCHER OF THE WEEK

TACOMA, Wash. – Tacoma Rainiers right-hander Chien-Ming Wang has been named the Pacific Coast League Pitcher of the Week for Aug. 10 to 16, the league office announced today.

Wang, 35, made one start during that period, tossing a nine-inning…

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19 August 2015

TACOMA’S HOT TICKETS August and September

SUNDAY, AUG. 23 – BASEBALL
Memphis vs. Tacoma Rainiers
Cheney Stadium – 5:05 p.m.

MONDAY, AUG. 24 – BASEBALL
Memphis vs. Tacoma Rainiers
Cheney Stadium – 7:05 p.m.

TUESDAY, AUG. 25 – BASEBALL
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19 August 2015

Bulletin Board

CITY LAUNCHES LINCOLN DISTRICT REVITALIZATION PROJECT

The City of Tacoma invites residents to a community kick-off event launching the Lincoln District Revitalization Project on Thursday, Aug. 20, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department (3629 S. D St.). The…

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18 August 2015

Puyallup tribal youth journey to D.C. for first-ever White House Tribal Youth Gathering

 A group of Puyallup tribal youth had a once in a lifetime experience last month when they attended the first ever White House Tribal Youth Gathering and the United National Indian Tribal Youth (UNITY) Council’s National Conference in Washington, D.C., July 7-13. Accompanied by chaperones Sarah Bryant and Puyallup…

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18 August 2015

ELECTION WRAP-UP

If voters have anything to say on the matter, plans for Pierce County’s $230 million facility on Tacoma’s Pacific Avenue hillside has at least an uncertain future.
An advisory vote on the Aug. 4 ballot tallied 55 percent “no” votes on whether county officials should move forward with the project.

Plans…

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18 August 2015

Nightlife

Friday, Aug. 21

TACOMA COMEDY: Christopher Titus (comedy) 7:30, 10:30 p.m., $27.50-$37.50
B SHARP COFFEE: Velocity (jazz fusion) 8 p.m., $5, AA
DAWSONS': SASS (blues) 9 p.m., NC
G. DONNALSON'S: Brian Feist and Doug Skoog (blues)…

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18 August 2015

Culture Corner, A Guide to the Museums of Tacoma

Museum of the Week:

LeMay America’s Car Museum
2702 E. D St., Tacoma, WA 98421
Mon.-Sun., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Info: www.lemaymuseum.org

America’s Car Museum (ACM) spotlights America’s love affair with the automobile. Featuring a nine-acre campus…

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18 August 2015

Inaugural Go Green Games Set For Aug. 29

Local kids will play games that teach them about conservation, the environment and safety during the inaugural Go Green Games, which will be held from 1-4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 29, at Meridian Habitat Park and Community Center, 14422 Meridian Ave. E., in Puyallup.

“What we're doing is putting on the event to, first…

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18 August 2015

The Things We Like

FOOD TRUCKS

Every Friday, T-Town food trucks line up in downtown Tacoma full of delicious yums. Head over to Market Street between 9th and 11th streets and Tollefson Plaza for breakfast service from 6-10 a.m. and lunch service from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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18 August 2015

CRIMESTOPPERS: Mother of murdered man pleads for help

An Oregon man attending a family reunion in Tacoma died days after detectives say he was attacked by several suspects. Now, Lakewood Police need your help putting the pieces together to figure out who’s behind Tony Bowers’ murder.

On July 18, Bowers was attacked by four men after leaving his family reunion to get…

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18 August 2015

Man charged in deadly Puyallup shooting rampage

Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist has charged Nathen Ryan Terault, 34, with murder for the shooting death of 71-year-old Puyallup-resident Richard Johnson. In addition to murder in the first degree, Terault was charged with robbery in the first degree, 12 counts of assault in the first degree, assault in the second…

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18 August 2015

Guest Editorial: Bob Morton represented his people unconditionally

Imagine rolling into Olympia in your travel trailer each year for the start of the legislative session knowing your district has the highest unemployment in the state and the lowest average annual wage. Folks in your sprawling rural 7th District earn between $15,000 and $20,000 less than the state average wage.

Stevens,…

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18 August 2015

Guest Editorial: Sanders to the second power

With no assistance from the major media, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is drawing larger crowds than any candidate currently running for anything in the U.S. The largest crowd to date was in my town, Portland, OR, this past week. More than 28,000 showed up to hear a skinny, 73-year-old white-haired curmudgeon rant and promise.

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13 August 2015

Sluggo Brewing Bounces Back

If you've ripped off a set of custom skate decks and a very distinct looking vintage bike, trying to offload your ill-gotten gains with the Offer Up app is a really bad idea.

 

That's what one short-sighted thief learned after robbing Sixth Avenue's new Sluggo Brewery. According to Tacoma Police spokeswoman…

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13 August 2015

MAWP leftovers: Weird Tigers “Two Steps from Death” (video)

So looks like we've got a few more bootlegs from last weekend's Music and Art in Wright Park fest including local punk trio Weird Tigers, which includes Ash Rivera on guitar, John Ledington on drums and Andrew Foard on vox. This little ditty is called “Two Steps from Death.” 

 

 

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13 August 2015

Culture Corner

Museum of the Week:

The Tacoma Telephone Pioneer Museum
757 Fawcett Ave. S., Tacoma, WA 98402
Hours 8 a.m. to Noon on Thursdays
Telephone w/recorder (253) 627-2996
www.scn.org/telmuseum/

Sponsored by the Tacoma Combined…

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13 August 2015

Nightlife

Friday, Aug. 14

THE SWISS: The Valley Green, Resinated (reggae) 9 p.m., $5-$10
B SHARP COFFEE: Tom Boyle and the T-Town Blues Revue with Mark Dufresne (blues) 8 p.m., $7, AA
DAWSON'S: Little Bill & The Bluenotes (blues, jazz) 9 p.m., NC
EMERALD…

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13 August 2015

Arts & Entertainment: Time is running out to see exhibit of artistic curios at Foss Waterway Seaport

Grains of sand are pouring through the hourglass. There are only two weeks left to get your hide down to the Foss Waterway Seaport to see “Wunderkammer: Artifacts, False Memories and Projections,” a show of art by some of our best regional artists.


Wunderkammers, or cabinets of curiosities, were…

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13 August 2015

The Things We Like

MOBILE FOOD FEST

Bring your appetite for the first ever Mobile Food Fest at Sprinker Recreation Center, 14824 S. C St. in Parkland on Saturday, Aug. 22 from noon to 7 p.m. Mobile food vendors will have their regular menus plus less expensive “taste” options so you try more eats during your experience.…

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13 August 2015

Letter to the Editor: Patricia Le Roy

Dear Editor,

There has been growing recognition of the challenges of Alzheimer’s disease, but the funding to find a cure lags dramatically behind what’s necessary.
In 2010 Congress unanimously passed legislation that set a goal of finding a treatment for Alzheimer’s by 2025. But National…

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13 August 2015

Guest Editorial: Arctic exploration is not new, just different – and safer

Recently, activists paddled a flotilla of kayaks – made from petroleum products – into the Seattle harbor in an attempt to blockade a Shell Oil offshore drilling platform destined for the Arctic.

Then activists in Portland suspended themselves from the St. Johns Bridge – using all sorts of equipment and supplies…

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13 August 2015

Guest Editorial: The Lion and the Scapegoat

The recent shooting of a protected Zimbabwean lion named Cecil by an American dentist who likes to hunt big game with a crossbow has caused outrage around the world, to the surprise of many, including – we can only imagine – the former dentist. It has brought attention to the plight of endangered animals in Africa, but…

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13 August 2015

Mark your calendars: Sara Evans

Country star Sara Evans will headline the Emerald Queen Casino's I-5 Showroom at 8:30 p.m. on Nov. 13. Expect to hear tunes from last year's “Slow Me Down” disc along with fan favorites like “Born to Fly,” “A Little Bit Stronger” and “No Place That Far.” Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. on Aug. 14, with prices…

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13 August 2015

Letter to the Editor: Willie Dickerson

Dear Editor,

Thanks for the “Hate Won’t Win” editorial and giving Harold Moss a chance to speak to us again on the importance of the electoral process. (“Reflections on the importance of the Electoral Process,” TW, Aug. 7). Back in the nation’s capital last month, I felt a new optimism…

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13 August 2015

Audiences can sail through family-friendly ‘Pinafore’

Paradise Theatre’s production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s “HMS Pinafore” is worth the trip across Puget Sound to the Gig Harbor stage. It’s not an overall “wow!” But it is a solid, summer, family-friendly production for a small stage community theater.

 

The two-act, one-set show runs about…

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13 August 2015

CITY IMPROVES REPORTING OF NON-VIOLENT CRIMES

As part of efforts to continually improve community access to City of Tacoma services, TacomaSafe.Org – a web application developed by the Information Technology Department in collaboration with the Tacoma Police Department and South Sound 911 – securely draws information from community…

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13 August 2015

LAKEWOOD PLAYHOUSE PREPARES FOR 50th ANNIVERSARY

Built in 1965 by the Lakewood Community Players and the Lakewood Arts Foundation, Lakewood Playhouse Theatre was established for the sole purpose of presenting theatrical productions. 

 

Since opening its doors 50 Years ago, the theatre has presented over 300 productions on both its main stage and…

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13 August 2015

COUNTY’S PERMITTING SYSTEM WINS NATIONAL AWARD

Pierce County has won a top technology award for creating the most advanced permitting system in the nation. The Exemplary Systems in Government (ESIG) Award recognizes the county’s efforts to streamline a key service and save significant money.


"It says a lot about the hard work and dedication that the…

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13 August 2015

Hot Rods for Hearts revs up for second year

The combination of a great cause and a day of fun for the whole family doesn’t happen often. Luckily, an advantage to living in Tacoma is a myriad of choices when it comes to entertaining events benefiting those in need, including the annual Hot Rods for Hearts Car show. The second-year event will take place on Aug.23 at…

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13 August 2015

Leads grow in most races, final tally comes Aug. 18

Notes on the election results:

Only the top two vote getters will move on to the Nov. 3 general election.


Since only two people, Conor McCarthy and Suzanne Skaar, are seeking the District 7 at-large seat on  the Tacoma City Council, they will automatically move on to the general…

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13 August 2015

Stupid criminal of the week

Some criminals risk their livelihood on a big score, becoming millionaires over night. Others, like a local criminal shoplifting from a 72nd Street grocery store, go to jail over a beef stick. On Aug.2, the man stole the aforementioned jerky from a local store and was detained by loss prevention. Police were called to issue…

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13 August 2015

Bulletin Board

FINAL RULES ON PAID LEAVE NOW AVAILABLE

Rules guiding implementation of the Paid Leave Ordinance have been finalized and are now available at http://cityoftacoma.org/paidleave These. rules were shaped by community feedback received during the public review…

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13 August 2015

Bold step: Ports of Seattle, Tacoma vote to formally launch The Northwest Seaport Alliance

With several historic votes Tuesday, Aug. 4 commissioners from the ports of Tacoma and Seattle formally launched The Northwest Seaport Alliance, the first of its kind in North America.

 

The Northwest Seaport Alliance unifies the two ports’ marine cargo terminal investments, operations, planning and marketing…

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13 August 2015

‘I’m not a racist’

He may not have stormed the stage during presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders' recent stop in Seattle, but Tacoma business owner Les Voros-Bond found himself at the center of his own Black Lives Matter controversy this week.

 

That's thanks to video capturing his racially charged interaction with protesters…

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13 August 2015

TACOMA RAINIERS FINAL HOME GAMES

THURSDAY, AUG. 13 – 7:05 p.m.
Sacramento River Cats vs. Tacoma Rainiers
“Thirsty Thursday”

FRIDAY, AUG. 14 – 7:05 p.m.
Sacramento River Cats vs. Tacoma Rainiers
“Friday Night Fireworks”

SUNDAY, AUG. 23 – 5:05 p.m.

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13 August 2015

Time is running out to see exhibit of artistic curios at Foss Waterway Seaport

Grains of sand are pouring through the hourglass. There are only two weeks left to get your hide down to the Foss Waterway Seaport to see “Wunderkammer: Artifacts, False Memories and Projections,” a show of art by some of our best regional artists.


Wunderkammers, or cabinets of curiosities, were galleries…

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13 August 2015

Tacoma Rainiers

The Carol Milgard Breast Center teamed up with The Tacoma Rainiers for the fifth year for "Pink at the Park" on Sunday, Aug, 9, to raise awareness and funds for the battle against breast cancer. Tacoma Weekly photographer Raimundo Jurado was on the scene to capture the moving event.

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13 August 2015

TACOMA’S HOT TICKETS For August

THURSDAY, AUG. 13 – BASEBALL
Sacramento vs. Tacoma Rainiers
Cheney Stadium – 7:05 p.m.

 

FRIDAY, AUG. 14 – BASEBALL
Sacramento vs. Tacoma Rainiers
Cheney Stadium – 7:05 p.m.

 

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13 August 2015

SPORTSWATCH

TACOMA STARS ANNOUNCE PROFESSIONAL SIGNING OF LOCAL STAR DEREK JOHNSON

 

Tacoma Stars Head Coach and General Manager Darren Sawatzky today announced the signing of forward Derek Johnson to a contract for the 2015-16 season.


“Derek has earned the opportunity to sign with…

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5 August 2015

Fircrest police seek ID of teen suspect who attacked woman

Fircrest Police are asking for the public’s help identifying a teenage boy who attacked a 22-year-old woman while she was walking the family dog last Sunday. The victim is a host student who is staying with a Fircrest family. Police say she was grabbed from behind, forced to the ground in the 1500 block of Cottonwood Road.…

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4 August 2015

Local teacher offers solutions for children with dyslexia

For a lot of children, back-to-school is a time for excitement, learning new things and experiencing what it means to succeed. Getting an “A” on a test, a pat on the back from a teacher for a job well done and seeing the pride in their parents’ eyes not only boosts children’s self-confidence but also the feeling within…

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31 July 2015

Bartenders compete in Tacoma craft cocktail mix-off

Enjoy a great evening at Hotel Murano on Aug. 6 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. as bartenders from Hilltop Kitchen, Tacoma Cabana and Rum Bar, BITE Restaurant & Lobby Lounge, Dirty Oscar's Annex and The Forum – Tacoma compete in the hotel’s Craft Cocktail Mix-off. A $10 ticket gets you tastes of the competing cocktails plus a well…

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29 July 2015

Tacoma Aroma Rugby Tournament looks great at 38

Tacoma Aroma Rugby tournament looks great at 38

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29 July 2015

New champions crowned at124th PNW Open

Robert Kendrick (left) defeated defending champ Kyle McMorrow for the Men's Singles title (6-2, 6-2) at the 124th PNW Open at the Tacoma Lawn and Tennis Club on Sunday, July 26 and then joined McMorrow to win the Men's Doubles (6-2, 6-3). (right) Petra Rampre defeated Gail Brodsky (6-2, 6-3) to claim the Women's Singles title…

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29 July 2015

Police seek Puyallup street robbery suspects

Puyallup Police are trying to identify a woman and two men suspected in a violent attempted robbery. Detectives worry that the three may strike again. 

Tyra Morris was walking down the street when the woman jumped out from behind some bushes. “She said, ‘Drop your stuff or I will shoot you,’" Morris said.…

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29 July 2015

Final tune-up has the engine growling for Kings

The Puyallup Nation Kings have kicked things into overdrive as the post-season looms, and their offensive and defensive potency was on full display as they blasted the visiting Snohomish County Thunder by an eye-covering score of 85-0 on Saturday, July 25 at Chief Leschi Stadium. With the win, the Kings finished the Western…

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29 July 2015

Arts & Entertainment: Chihuly’s Venetians: See why Tacoma’s hometown boy is world-renowned

Dale Chihuly is a Tacoma boy, born and bred. He went on to become a leading figure in the studio art glass movement. Chihuly’s role in founding the Pilchuck School made the Pacific Northwest into a major center of art glass. The generative power of Pilchuck spawned dozens of major artists working in glass whose wares are…

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29 July 2015

Our view: Court should get tough with lawmakers


The Washington Supreme Court decided three years ago that the state’s formula for funding basic education was not generating enough money “to make ample provision for the education of all children in Washington,” which the state’s Constitution calls its “paramount duty.”

That means all other…

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29 July 2015

Avant to plat Aug. 7 Fundraiser

Myron Avant – the R&B performer better known as simply Avant – is headed to Tacoma to benefit a local cause. The singer will headline “A Night of Essence” at 8 p.m. on Aug. 7 at the Clover Park College Ballroom, 4500 Steilacoom Blvd., in Lakewood.

“We're putting together a number of events to start raising…

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29 July 2015

Scenes from Under the sun

Among the biggest rock event from last weekend was the Under the Sun Tour, a '90s nostalgia-fest that took over the Emerald Queen Casino I-5 Showroom on Saturday, July 25. The show featured performances from (clockwise from top left) Eve 6, Better Than Ezra, Uncle Kracker and Sugar Ray. Check out our interview with festival…

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29 July 2015

Milton to receive 9/11 artifact for memorial

It started 10 years ago, a desire to memorialize those whose lives were lost in the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Jack Chandler knew he wanted Milton to be a place of remembrance for that tragic day but he just wasn’t sure how.

The answer came from Kennewick. When visiting his brother-in-law years later, he couldn’t…

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29 July 2015

Sounders U-23 win the West and will host PDL Final Four

Call it the luck of the draw, or just good planning and common sense, but the bottom line is the Sounders U-23 men’s soccer team is still in the running for a national championship and they’ll be hosting the final four right in their own backyard.

The decision came down quick from the head brass at the Premier…

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29 July 2015

SPORTSWATCH

TACOMA STARS PLAN OPEN TRYOUTS FOR MASL AND WISL SQUADS

The Tacoma Stars are looking for top talent to fill rosters for both their Major Arena Soccer League (MASL) team, as well as their reserve-level Western Indoor Soccer League (WISL) club. Open tryouts begin at 8 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 14, at the…

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29 July 2015

TACOMA’S HOT TICKETS JULY AND AUGUST

FRIDAY, JULY 31 – SOCCER

K-W United vs. Sounders U-23

Starfire Stadium, Tukwila – 8 p.m.

SATURDAY, AUG. 1 – FISHING

Gig Harbor Salmon Derby

Pt. Defiance Marina – Weigh-in 2 p.m.

SATURDAY, AUG. 1 – FOOTBALL

Snoh. County…

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28 July 2015

Local Restaurants

Last Monday, Parkland was lucky enough to get introduced to the famous Herfy’s Burgers, with a new location opening up at 14125 Pacific Ave. S. The famed Northwest burger joint has opened with a twist in the form of the addition of teriyaki, seafood and barbeque to its brand new location.

Herfy’s various teriyaki…

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28 July 2015

Bulletin Board


TACOMA ACTIVATES WATER SHORTAGE RESPONSE PLANS

Historic low river levels – combined with record-setting hot and dry weather that have significantly increased the demand for water – have led Everett, Seattle and Tacoma to implement the first stage of their water shortage response plans.…

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28 July 2015

Mötley Crüe bids farewell to local fans (maybe)

Few videos capture Mötley Crüe's party hearty heyday quite like a widely circulated bootleg from the band's Oct. 15, 1987 performance at the Tacoma Dome. (Enter the proper key words into YouTube, and it'll pop right up.)

“Here I come Tacooooma!!!” drummer Tommy Lee declares around the 54-minute mark as a roll…

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28 July 2015

Nightlife

Friday, July 31

JAZZBONES: The Stacy Jones Band (blues) 8 p.m., $7; Filthy Fridays (DJ) 11 p.m., NC

DAWSON'S: Rock N Roll Magic (rock) 9 p.m., NC

GREAT AMERICAN CASINO: Funk Factory (dance) 9 p.m., NC

KEYS ON MAIN: Dueling pianos,…

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28 July 2015

Culture Corner, A Guide to the Museums of Tacoma

Museum of the Week:

Museum of Glass

1801 Dock St.

Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sun., 12-5 p.m.

Third Thursday of each month: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., free admission: 5-8 p.m.

Open Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day

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28 July 2015

The Things We Like

ARTS NIGHT OUT

Let's celebrate Hilltop! Join Hilltop Artists for Arts Night Out, in conjunction with National Night Out, for a fun evening with free food, glassblowing demonstrations, music, chalk art, dancing, T-shirt painting, and much more. Free and fun for all ages. Have fun while getting to know…

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28 July 2015

Mark your calendars: Kevin Hart

Tickets sold like hotcakes for Kevin Hart's 7 p.m. appearance on Sept. 12 at Seattle's KeyArena. Then, earlier this week, the comedian announced a second performance, scheduled for 10:30 p.m. on the same night.

Hart is among the hottest stand-up comedians of the last decade, known for his B.E.T. series “Real Husbands…

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28 July 2015

Guest Editorial: Armed insecurity


“… no real security, just powers of retaliation.”

This was Norman Mailer, four-plus decades ago, writing in “Miami and the Siege of Chicago” about the obsessive security measures – “helicopters riding overhead like roller coasters, state troopers with magnums on their hip and crash helmets,…

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28 July 2015

Guest Editorial: Canadian ports eating our lunch


Unfortunately, Seattle Congressman Jim McDermott (D) was correct earlier this year when he said Canada’s west coast ports are “eating our lunch!”

Both Washington and British Columbia are blessed with deep water seaports that are closer to Asian markets than those in California, the Gulf states…

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28 July 2015

Letter to the Editor: Judie Fortier


Dear Editor,

In response to "Are Voting Rights For All Voters? Let's Ask Hillary" in your July 24 paper, I am intrigued that the author Jacqueline Salit is so negative toward Secretary Clinton. She writes that Clinton supports restoration of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, but does…

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28 July 2015

Primary ballots due by Aug. 4


Ballots are due Tuesday, Aug. 4 for the Primary Election of who will move on to the General Election in November. The primary could also decide the fate of the controversial idea of consolidating many of Pierce County’s governmental services into a yet-to-be constructed building on the site of the former Puget…

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28 July 2015

Filing police reports online just got easier


Tacoma now has a revamped system for people to report petty crimes, and the system could include even more features with help from the people who use it.

The City of Tacoma’s online crime-reporting system has been available for a decade. The new system, called Tacoma Safe that launched over the weekend,…

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22 July 2015

PNW Open returns for 124th

Match. One of the longest-running tennis tournaments in the United States returns for its 124th year at the Tacoma Lawn and Tennis Club. From July 22 to the champion- ship matches on July 26, some of the best players from around the State of Washington, as well as talent from around the country will hit the courts for a share…

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22 July 2015

TACOMA’S HOT TICKETS FOR JULY

THURSDAY, JULY 23 – TENNIS

PNW Open Men’s Singles

Tacoma Lawn & Tennis Club – 11 a.m.

THURSDAY, JULY 23 – TENNIS

PNW Open Women’s Singles

Tacoma Lawn & Tennis Club – 11 a.m.

THURSDAY, JULY 23 – BASEBALL

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22 July 2015

Mark your calendars: Tim Allen

Catch “Home Improvement” star Tim Allen as he delivers a stand-up comedy set at the Emerald Queen Casino on Oct. 24. Tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. on Friday, July 24, with prices ranging from $40 to $100. For further details, visit http://www.ticketmaster.com,…

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22 July 2015

Montero back to Tacoma? Good thing for us

For lifelong Mariner fans, this rough season should come as no surprise. After decades of toil and trouble, with a few glimmers of sunshine sprinkled around, one would think we had become accustomed to the usual excitement and anticipation, followed by the usual (and often dramatic) letdown.

This season it just seems…

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22 July 2015

Star-studded 7th Annual Auction for Lindquist at King’s Books

Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist's seventh annual Signed Book and Spirits Auction will be held at King's Books, 218 St. Helens Ave. in Tacoma, on Thursday, July 30, at 5 p.m. Auction items include Garth Stein's novel, "The Art of Racing in the Rain," and Maria Semple's "Where'd You Go, Bernadette." New York Times bestselling…

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22 July 2015

Arts & Entertainment: Abstract painting featured at B2 Fine Art

It was not that long ago that abstract art was the dominant trend in painting. Devotees of the so-called New York school taught the tenants of abstraction from positions in the art departments of the universities and a generation of painters was suckled on the milk of abstraction. The arc art of history was seen as the story…

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22 July 2015

Bengals can’t match Kings’ intensity and fall from unbeatens

It was billed as the championship rematch, and it played out like a statement game for the Puyallup Nation Kings. After struggling through an early season that saw two coaching changes and some surprising non-league losses, Puyallup set its sights upon the league-leading and unbeaten Pierce County Bengals and put the Western…

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