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

14 March 2017

Lesli Sanders gifts music lovers with second solo acoustic CD

Back in the 1980s when Lesli Sanders was a wild child from Tacoma living in Southern California, a music revolution was underway that shaped him as a musician and performer. “Hair metal,” among its monikers, attracted hordes of youth to L.A. and Hollywood where they unleashed their punk creativity and partied like there…

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9 March 2017

Much was learned at Tribe’s first cannabis symposium

By all counts, the first Puyallup Tribal Medical Marijuana Symposium was a great success. Attracting a nice-sized crowd to the EQC Showroom that Saturday morning, March 4, attendees learned about the healing powers of cannabis and how tribal members can use this plant as medicine to alleviate a host of illnesses.
The…

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4 August 2016

Lushootseed Language Institute officially begins at UWT

Under the guidance of the Puyallup Tribe of Indians, the University of Washington-Tacoma has launched the Lushootseed Language Institute, a two-week immersion program to help revitalize the Lushootseed native language spoken by several indigenous Coast Salish tribes including the Puyallup. The first day of class on Aug. 1…

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28 July 2016

Biotech accelerator consortium tours Salish Cancer Center

The Puyallup Tribe’s Salish Cancer Center and Puyallup Tribal Chairman Bill Sterud hosted a group tour of the center on July 22 with representatives from the City of Tacoma, University of Washington-Tacoma, MultiCare and Madigan Army Medical Center. The group is part of a consortium that has come together to grow the biotech…

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30 June 2016

UWT graduate heads for Oxford

 It may be unusual for a 13-year-old to discover her calling in life, but it happened for Bronwyn Clarke. Now all grown up and focusing on her vocation, this fall she will be heading to Oxford University to continue pursuing her dreams of working in the world of politics.
“Knowing what I wanted to do at an early…

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9 June 2016

MultiCare, CHI Franciscan unite for behavioral health hospital

A $42 million project is underway to bring an acute psychiatric care hospital to Tacoma. Being planned to serve Pierce County and South King County, the 120-bed behavioral health hospital is a joint venture between MultiCare Health System and CHI Franciscan Health, which have joined forces to form The Alliance for South Sound…

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19 May 2016

Prosecutor finds officer’s use of deadly force lawful

The Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office announced that Tacoma Police officers Scott Campbell and Aaron Joseph were justified in the shooting death of Puyallup Tribal member Jacqueline Salyers.
According to a news release issued today by the county Prosecutor’s Office, independent and concurrent investigations were…

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The Daily MashUp

30 December 2015

Tacoma Singing Society holds auditions

Tacoma Singing Society, with the emphasis on society, is an auditioned choir…Read More

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

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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11 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

Note: You can find Ismail's articles in the Tacoma Weekly on these pages:

16 March 2017

SPORTSWATCH

4A SPSL Boys All-League Basketball
MVP - John Moore, Sr. Curtis.
Def. MVP - Sindou Diallo, Sr. Curtis.
Coach - Tim Kelly, Curtis.
1st Team All-League - Joey Bodoia, Sr. Bellarmine Prep; Sindou Diallo, Sr. Curtis; Jason Cassens, Sr. Emerald Ridge; Landen Neff, Jr. Puyallup; Daniel Gregory,…

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16 March 2017

Mark your calendars: Ed Sheeran

English singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran recently announced dates for his U.S. Tour which includes a July 29 stop at the Tacoma Dome. The flame-haired singer – known for “Thinking Out Loud,” “Shape of You” and other hits – is touring in support of his newest disc, “%.”
The show will start at 7:30 p.m., and…

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16 March 2017

Muslim Community Appreciation Day

On Saturday, March 11, community members of many religions, races and beliefs congregated at the Islamic Center of Tacoma for a day consisting of appreciation and education. The gathering at the local University Place mosque was equipped with a plethora of familiar, state fair-esque activities aimed at engaging the youth…

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16 March 2017

Bulletin Board

COUNTY ROADSIDE HERBICIDE APPLICATIONS START MARCH 28

Pierce County roadsides will get an annual makeover this spring and summer.
An initial application of herbicides to combat weeds along road shoulders will start March 28, and continue through June. Targeted noxious weeds and brush control…

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16 March 2017

PLU puts on rousing rendition of ‘Godspell’

Last weekend, Pacific Lutheran University’s School of Arts and Communication opened a production of “Godspell,” a combination of music, dance and performance art based on the Gospel according to St. Matthew. The show has been a staple of musical theater since its 1971 Off-Broadway beginnings. It has experienced a number…

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16 March 2017

Culture Corner, A Guide to Cultural Organizations

Goings on this Week in Tacoma:

Creative Colloquy Three Year Anniversary Celebration
March 20, 7 p.m.
B Sharp Coffee House, 706 Opera Alley, Tacoma, WA 98402

Join Creative Colloquy in celebrating its three-year anniversary and the return of Spring at a special monthly reading and…

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16 March 2017

Man sentenced in undercover sex sting

Anthony Ray Blankenship, 33, was sentenced on March 14 to 24 months in prison and 36 months of community custody. He pleaded guilty on Feb. 8 to three counts of communication with a minor for immoral purposes.
“We are committed to protecting children and other vulnerable members of our community,” said Prosecutor…

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16 March 2017

Nightlife

Friday, March 17

TACOMA DOME: Chris Botti with Symphony Tacoma (jazz) 8 p.m., $26-$87, AA
B SHARP COFFEE: “Something to Tell” (storytelling open mic) 7 p.m., NC, AA
DOYLE'S: Ockham's Razor, The Rusty Cleavers (Celtic rock, bluegrass) 6 p.m., $10 Read More

16 March 2017

Make a Scene: ‘Gypsy’ comes to Tacoma stage

Tacoma Little Theatre’s production of one of America’s musical greats has all the glamour of a hoodie and loafers, or maybe a straightjacket and slippers. But that’s the point.
“Gypsy,” directed by Chris Serface with choreography by Lexi Barnett and musical direction by Debra Leach, isn’t as much a play…

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16 March 2017

Pothole Pig’s Pothole of the week

We appreciate that so many people are concerned about Percival our beloved Pothole Pig being gone for so long. We know he does as well. But time moves on.
There are still potholes in the city that need attention, and finding an advocate for getting them fixed is crucial.
We posted an advertisement on Craigslist…

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16 March 2017

Union teams with community group to benefit Edgewood families

EDGEWOOD — Volunteers with Machinists Union District Lodge 751 are once again teaming with community activists to bring help to low-income families and families in crisis in Edgewood and around Puget Sound.
District 751’s Machinists Volunteer Program is partnering with the group Many Communities…

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16 March 2017

Doyle’s Public House set to celebrate St Patricks Day

Everyone's wearing green, Guinness and Jameson is flying off the shelves, and the muzak at your neighborhood grocery store is set to “Pogues.” Say, it must be St. Patrick's Day.
Expect Doyle's Public House to again be one of the hottest spots in town this weekend since organizers have erected a 4,000-square-foot…

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16 March 2017

Low tech fitness options abound

Fitness gadgets abound these days: mileage trackers, smart watches, wireless headphones. There’s no end to the wave of hi-tech tools flooding today’s fitness market. But what if you’re an avowed luddite? Or broke? Or both? What if you’ve already filled your basement with treadmills, stationary bikes and other workout…

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14 March 2017

Lesli Sanders gifts music lovers with second solo acoustic CD

Back in the 1980s when Lesli Sanders was a wild child from Tacoma living in Southern California, a music revolution was underway that shaped him as a musician and performer. “Hair metal,” among its monikers, attracted hordes of youth to L.A. and Hollywood where they unleashed their punk creativity and partied like there…

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9 March 2017

Warriors get a taste of Spokane

It’s never easy to wrap up a season short of reaching a team’s goals. However, when looking back at the Chief Leschi boys’ basketball season, one can’t help but thinking of this group of Warriors as both winners and an inspiration. Finishing the season with a 20-7 record is a testament to the talent, grit and determination…

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9 March 2017

Pothole Pig’s Pothole of te week

We appreciate that so many people are concerned about Percival our beloved Pothole Pig being gone for so long. We know he does as well. But time moves on.
There are still potholes in the city that need attention, and finding an advocate for getting them fixed is crucial.
We posted an advertisement on Craigslist…

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9 March 2017

Much was learned at Tribe’s first cannabis symposium

By all counts, the first Puyallup Tribal Medical Marijuana Symposium was a great success. Attracting a nice-sized crowd to the EQC Showroom that Saturday morning, March 4, attendees learned about the healing powers of cannabis and how tribal members can use this plant as medicine to alleviate a host of illnesses.
The…

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9 March 2017

Spanaway man charged with murder

The Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office charged Billy Gene Williamson, 22, on March 6 with one count of murder in the first degree and five counts of assault in the first degree for the shooting of a 15-year old boy. All charges are firearm enhanced. Two minor teenagers are on a 72-hour hold while charges are considered.  Read More

9 March 2017

Noise study finds mine won’t affect neighbors

A Noise study based on information from the mine operators concludes that the proposed  sand and gravel mining would not violate Tacoma’s noise limits, despite there being a residential area just 450 feet away. Today is the last day to comment on the study. Mining could start as early as this summer if permits…

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9 March 2017

Mark your calendars: Thomas Rhett

The latest addition to the Washington State Fair is Thomas Rhett. The country singer – best known for “It Goes Like This,” “Crash and Burn” and other hits – will headline the 11,000-seat grandstand at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 20. Tickets are on sale now with prices ranging from $70 to $90; www.thefair.com. Read More

9 March 2017

Mystery seems solved over death of tideflat seagulls

Some details still remain unknown but the cause of a mass kill off of at least 30 seagulls around Commencement Bay a month ago seems to have been botulism, according to final test results received by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.
The botulism detected was a type C toxin that is not associated with…

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9 March 2017

Culture Corner, A Guide to the Museums of Tacoma

Museum of the Week:

Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum
407 S. G St.
Tues.-Fri., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Info: www.rain.org/~karpeles/taqfrm.html or (253) 383-2575

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

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9 March 2017

Collaboration forms to help reduce elders from falling

One third of Americans aged 65 and over fall every year. That means every 11 seconds an older adult is treated in the emergency room for a fall. Every 19 minutes a fall can result in death making falls the leading cause of fatal injury and the most common cause of non-fatal trauma hospital admissions in senior citizens. These…

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9 March 2017

Kaleidoscope 2017

Last weekend, Tacoma Musical Playhouse hosted the Washington State Community Theater Association’s One Act Play Festival, in which Washington State theatrical groups brought their best work to stage to contest for awards and for the honor of moving up to the next level of competition. For three consecutive nights (March…

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9 March 2017

Chambers Bay Distillery looks to expand as demand grows

Childhood friends Alan Davis and Jeff Robinette grew up in Lakewood and wanted to stay local when they set out to craft spirits that were not only good tasting but created a sense of place.
Chambers Bay Distillery opened in 2012. Bourbon mash was mixed. Alcohol distilled and the poured into oak barrels to age in 2014.…

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9 March 2017

Nightlife

Friday, March 10

COLLECTIVE VISIONS: Pearl Django (gypsy jazz) 7 p.m.,
G. DONNALSON'S: Good Vibes Trio (jazz) 7:30 p.m., NC, AA
GREAT AMERICAN CASINO: The Phoenix (dance) 9 p.m., NC
JAZZBONES: The Rusty Cleavers with Shivering Denizens…

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9 March 2017

UPS’s Kittredge displays video work by Berlin artist

As part of an educational institution, and thus not subject to the fickle whims of the marketplace, the University of Puget Sound’s Kittredge Gallery has long filled a vital niche in the artistic landscape of Tacoma. For a number of decades, the Kittredge has been bringing world-class art to Tacoma. It does so without pretension,…

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9 March 2017

Bulletin Board

SR 167 COMPLETION PROJECT UPDATE

In July 2015, the Connecting Washington revenue package was approved by the Washington State Legislature. As part of this package, the Puget Sound Gateway Program, comprised of the SR 167 Completion Project in north Pierce County and the SR 509 Completion Project in…

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2 March 2017

Nightlife

Friday, March 3

LOUIE G'S: John 5 and the Creatures, Mechanism, Blue Helix (metal, hard rock) 8 p.m., $15-$20, AA
B SHARP COFFEE: TCC Jazz Band (jazz) 7:30 p.m., NC, AA
CULTURA: “Latin Nights” with DJ Maura and DJ Leo (salsa, merengue and reggaeton…

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2 March 2017

People’s Barbershop

Ray Jensen of Tacoma wakes up daily just trying to make the world around him a little brighter. Being raised his whole life in the Hilltop area of Tacoma, staying busy with positive activities was a must. “I spent lots of time at my local Boys and Girls Club,” he said.
Five years ago, Jensen and a group of barbershop…

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2 March 2017

We have moved!

You will notice that this issue of the paper is a bit smaller than usual. That is by design.
Pierce County Community Newspaper Group, publisher of the Tacoma Weekly, Fife Free Press, Milton-Edgewood Signal, Puyallup Tribal News and University Place Press, moved offices last week. The move meant that the newsroom and…

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2 March 2017

Bulletin Board

SISTER CITIES KICKS OFF 13-DAY FILM FEST

Tacoma's Sister Cities Film Festival kicks of 13 days of films from 13 cities starting March 6 at The Grand Cinema. Selected by Tacoma's Sister Cities committee for Kitakyushu, Japan, “Sweet Bean” is the touching story of a manager of a pancake stall who…

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23 February 2017

Pothole Pig’s Pothole of the week

With Percival our beloved Pothole Pig being gone for so long and no word of his whereabouts, we at the Tacoma Weekly have made the very difficult decision to start looking for his replacement. There are still potholes in the city that need attention, and finding an advocate for getting them fixed is crucial.
We posted…

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23 February 2017

Culture Corner, A Guide to Cultural Organizations

Events of the Week:

Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play
Feb. 24 & 25 at 7:30 p.m., March 2, 3 & 4 at 7:30 p.m. (also March 4 matinee at 2 p.m.)
Norton Clapp Theatre, Jones Hall, University of Puget Sound

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23 February 2017

New app turns your phone into easy-to-use Puyallup directory

Puyallup tribal member Miguel Douglas has created a new Puyallup Tribe phone app that is now available from the App Store. Offering full contact information in a complete directory of all Puyallup tribal departments and services, the app is free to download and is small in size so it won’t take up a lot of space on phones.…

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23 February 2017

Is my child too sick to go to school?

When your child wakes up feeling sick, you may be hesitant to have her miss school — but you also don’t want other children getting sick.

How do you know when to keep your child home versus sending her out the door? We talked to the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department and Alex Stillman, RN, BSN, a school nurse…

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23 February 2017

Applications open for summer Youth Heritage Program

The Washington Trust for Historic Preservation is pleased to announce that applications for their sixth annual Discover Washington: Youth Heritage Project (YHP) are now available. Applications are due May 31 and may be submitted electronically on the Washington Trust website: Read More

23 February 2017

Mark your calendars: Future

Rapper Future teamed up with Drake last year for a massive, co-headlined tour that dropped by the Tacoma Dome in September. But this year, he'll top the bill all by his lonesome when his “Nobody Safe Tour” drops by Auburn's White River Amphitheatre on June 10. The music will start at 7 p.m. that day with opening sets…

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23 February 2017

Take the Polar Plunge for Special Olympics

It’s that time of the year to plunge into the frigid winter water to benefit Special Olympics Washington athletes. Hundreds will converge on Owen Beach in Tacoma Saturday morning and we hope you will join us.
“If you come on down to the Polar Plunge, not only will you get a chance to raise money for Special Olympics,…

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23 February 2017

Prosecutor finds deputy’s use of deadly force lawful

Independent and concurrent investigations by the Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office, the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department, the Tacoma Police Department, and the Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office, regarding the shooting death of Bruce Johnson, 38, have been completed. Johnson died Dec. 1, 2016, from a single gunshot…

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23 February 2017

Nightlife

Friday, Feb. 24

B SHARP COFFEE: Hal Merrill (jazz) 8 p.m., $7, AA
CULTURA: “Latin Nights” with DJ Maura and DJ Leo (salsa, merengue and reggaeton DJ) 10 p.m., $10-$240
G. DONNALSON'S: James Haye (blues) 7:30 p.m., NC, AA
GREAT AMERICAN…

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23 February 2017

Bulletin Board

UBEREATS LAUNCHES IN TACOMA

As of Tuesday, Feb. 21 Tacoma residents and visitors (and those in nearby cities) can order their favorite food from local restaurants and have it delivered by UberEATS seven days a week. At launch, UberEATS is offering delivery of full menus from more than 100 favorite…

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23 February 2017

Fathers of Tacoma

When James Black was growing up in Tacoma, he didn’t see himself making it to his 21st birthday.
“I was in a gang by the time I was in middle school,” he said. “There wasn’t much I didn’t do. My first two years of high school didn’t even count. I missed too much time.
“I was either not showing…

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23 February 2017

Tacocat hoping Tacoma is nicer than Olympia

Surf-punk quartet Tacocat - among the buzziest bands coming out of Seattle at the moment – will make its Tacoma debut at Real Art Tacoma on Wednesday, March 1; see www.realarttacoma.com for show details. In anticipation, we caught up with drummer Lelah Maupin who dished on last year's “Lost Time” album, “mansplaining”…

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23 February 2017

No doubt about it: Lakewood Playhouse’s “Doubt” is a winner

Lakewood Playhouse, that wonderful and venerable ark of culture that sits adrift amid the flotsam of chain stores and franchise restaurants of the Lakewood Towne Center, continues its 78th season with an engaging production of John Patrick Shanley's “Doubt, A Parable.” Set in a Roman Catholic school in the Bronx…

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22 February 2017

The new RPI system has failed Tacoma

There has been some considerable talk recently in the news about computers and robots taking over much of the jobs in our workforce. Well at least we have the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association out there letting us know that computers can still pretty much screw everything up if there isn’t a degree of human…

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22 February 2017

Police search for trio of brazen thieves

Pierce County Sheriff's detectives in the Property Crimes Unit are hoping you can help them identify and locate three robbery suspects. They especially want to know where the suspects may be selling the stolen goods. One of them knocked a Rite Aid worker to the ground after she tried to stop a crew of crooks from stealing…

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16 February 2017

Nightlife

Friday, Feb. 17

UNCLE SAM'S: Hambone Blues Band (blues) 8 p.m.
B SHARP COFFEE: “Something to Tell” (storytelling open mic) 7 p.m., NC, AA
DOYLE'S: Cross Rhythm Trio (funk) 8 p.m., NC
G. DONNALSON'S: Good Vibes Trio (Latin jazz…

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16 February 2017

Mark your calendars: Gabriel Iglesias

Gabriel Iglesias is coming back this year. The popular funny man – known for “The Fluffy Movie: Unity Through Laughter” and “Magic Mike,” and last seen locally at the Tacoma Dome in 2015 – will headline the Emerald Queen Casino's I-5 Showroom at 8:30 p.m. on April 29. Tickets are on sale now with prices ranging…

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16 February 2017

South Hill Mall to host Children’s Dental Health Day

Healthy oral hygiene habits are built starting as early as two years of age and can help ensure the development of strong and healthy adult teeth. This is just one of the reasons why the American Dental Association sponsors a National Children’s Dental Health Month each year in February. It may not be as glamorous as National…

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16 February 2017

Be Well - Inside & out: South Hill Mall to host Children’s Dental Health Day

Healthy oral hygiene habits are built starting as early as two years of age and can help ensure the development of strong and healthy adult teeth. This is just one of the reasons why the American Dental Association sponsors a National Children’s Dental Health Month each year in February. It may not be as glamorous as National…

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16 February 2017

Weekly Rewind

Among local bands that Tacoma Weekly photographer Bill Bungard caught this month are (L-R from top) American Wrecking Company on Feb. 11 at Louie G’s Pizza; the Morning After on Feb. 4 at Louie G’s (drummer Anna Seymour shown); Texas guitarist Eric Johnson on Jan. 30 at Seattle’s Jazz Alley; the rest of Morning After;…

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16 February 2017

Culture Corner, A Guide to Cultural Organizations

Events of the Week:

Tacoma Opera's Eugene Onegin
Feb. 17, 7:30 p.m., Feb. 19, 2 p.m.
Theater on the Square, 310 S 9th St., Tacoma, WA 98402

www.tacomaopera.com (253) 627-7789

This romantic gem of the Russian operatic repertoire,…

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16 February 2017

Pothole Pig Update

Someone knows something. We were hopeful that recent sightings of Percival, our beloved pothole pig, meant that he was on his way home to his loving family and friends. But those sightings have stopped and all possible clues have led to dead ends. He has not been seen in three weeks after a flurry of sightings. Keep him in…

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16 February 2017

Bulletin Board

TITLOW PARK SHORELINE RESTORATION JUST ABOUT COMPLETE

A $597,000 project to restore the shoreline, improve fish and wildlife habitat and expand the public recreation area at Titlow Park is nearly done and visitors have more room to explore via the adjacent Hidden Beach trail.
The nonprofit South…

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16 February 2017

SPORTSWATCH

TACOMA’S OWN ISAIAH THOMAS OPENS AL DAVIES BASKETBALL GYM

Teens’ cheers and smiles erupted when the purple doors opened to the new Boys & Girls Clubs gym—and NBA star Isaiah Thomas was there to greet them.
Thomas, a Tacoma native and alumni of Boys & Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound,…

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16 February 2017

TACOMA’S HOT TICKETS FEB. 16 – MARCH 4

THURSDAY, FEB. 16 – BASKETBALL
Girls – Prairie vs. Lincoln
Olympia HS – 6 p.m.

THURSDAY, FEB. 16 – BASKETBALL
Girls – Mountain View vs. Wilson
Timberline HS – 6 p.m.

THURSDAY, FEB. 16 – BASKETBALL
Girls – Rogers…

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16 February 2017

The prescription for cabin fever: a bit of urban hiking

This has been a long winter, hasn’t it? If, like me, you enjoy exploring the Northwest’s peaks and valleys, but aren’t keen on hiking in snowy conditions, you might be experiencing a bit of cabin fever by now. Since early December, the snowline has been continually dropping. Even relatively low-elevation hikes are buried…

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16 February 2017

Make a Scene: Tacoma band Junkyard Jane celebrates 20th anniversary

One of Tacoma's most popular bands, Junkyard Jane, turns 20 this year; and Immanuel Presbyterian Church, located 901 N. J St., will celebrate with a special anniversary installment of its Blues Vespers series, which will kick off at 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19.
Primary songwriters “Billy Stoops and Leanne Trevelyan are…

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15 February 2017

Symphony Tacoma’s Sarah Ioannides on “Mountain at Sea,” new work Puyallup native Daniel Ott (audio)

We caught up with Symphony Tacoma Musical Director Sarah Ioannides for the City Life cover story for our Feb. 17 edition, which focuses on award-winning violinist Kristen Lee making her debut with the symphony during its two-day run…

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15 February 2017

PLU’s University Gallery exhibits printmaker Cornwall retrospective

Pacific Lutheran University's Gallery (housed in Ingram Hall – the school's art building) just opened “Impressions,” a retrospective show of work by printmaker Craig Cornwall, a recently retired professor of art. The show covers a multiplicity of printmaking techniques: lithography, screen printing, woodcut – even…

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13 February 2017

Sheriffs on the lookout for sex offender

Pierce County Sheriff's deputies need your help to find sex offender Edward Butler. The 58-year-old has warrants for domestic violence assault in the fourth degree and violation of a domestic violence no contact protection order. Butler is also wanted for failure to register as a Level II sex offender.
Detectives say…

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9 February 2017

Make that 21 straight for Tacoma Baptist

Normally, when you’ve got a few hundred Baptists and Lutherans together in the same place, there’s probably a potluck fellowship about to break out. With all-important seeds to the 1B Tri-Districts on the line, there wasn’t any lineup of casseroles and cold cuts at the Tacoma Baptist gymnasium on Tuesday, Feb. 7. While…

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9 February 2017

Click rate hikes clear council, consultant continues ‘all in’ effort

Tacoma City Council unanimously approved rate increases to the municipally owned Click Cable Network to help offset the rising fees for television programming and higher labor cost. The increases average to about 13 percent, depending on what cable package customers have and are the first increases since 2014, when rates…

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9 February 2017

The Things We Like

CLASSICAL VALENTINE

Old Town Business & Professional Association presents “Canonici: A Consort of Voices & Lute,” a special Valentine's Day show that will kick off at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Slavonian Hall, 2306 N. 30th St. Performers will include Holly Boaz singing soprano, Anny Lyman (mezzo…

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9 February 2017

Urbin Attic comes to you to take the clutter away

Many of us find ourselves feeling consumed with our “stuff.” Am I right? As the years go by, gifts, seasonal wardrobe items, holiday trinkets and outdoor gear we only use three months out of the year begin to become hard to cram into our limited closet space. Yard sales can be fun and online sales convenient but for the…

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9 February 2017

Suspects charged with unlawful possession, gun possession

The Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office charged Javier Gonzalez Lopez, 32, Jose Adelaido Arujo Diaz, 29, and two co-defendants on Feb. 6 with unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver. Ten pounds of crystal methamphetamine was found in a secret compartment inside the vehicle.
Gonzalez Lopez…

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9 February 2017

The life and times of rock legend Buddy Holly brought to life at TMP

Tacoma Musical Playhouse's latest main stage production, “Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story,” performs a dual function. Not only is it sheer entertainment, it is also a font of information about the pioneering rock n' roll star Buddy Holly, a skinny, nerdy-looking kid from the Texas panhandle.
For those like me who are…

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9 February 2017

Mark your calendars: Lady Gaga

Fresh off her appearance at Superbowl LI, Lady Gaga – born Stefani Germanotta – has announced dates for her new Joanne World Tour, which will include an Aug. 5 stop at the Tacoma Dome. The pop star – known for “Poker Face,” “Paparazzi” and other hits – brought her Born This Way tour to Tacoma in early 2013.…

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9 February 2017

Culture Corner, A Guide to Cultural Organizations

Events of the Week:


Asia Pacific Cultural Center 2017 New Year’s Celebration featuring Guam
Feb. 11, 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Tacoma Dome Exhibition Hall, 2727 E. D St., Tacoma, WA 98421
www.asianpacificculturalcenter.org …

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9 February 2017

Bassist Paul Buck to be remembered with Uncle Sam’s jam

A memorial jam will be held in honor of fallen bassist Paul Buck staring at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12, at Uncle Sam's Bar & Grill, 16003 Pacific Ave., in Spanaway. Buck – best known as a member of Sneaky Sam's Lamb in the 1970s and active in the local music scene for decades after – died of cancer on Dec. 10.  Read More

9 February 2017

TACOMA’S HOT TICKETS FEB. 9 – MARCH 4

THURSDAY, FEB. 9 – BASKETBALL
Girls – Tahoma vs. Curtis
Curtis HS – 6 p.m.

THURSDAY, FEB. 9 – BASKETBALL
Girls – TBD vs. Bellarmine
Bellarmine HS – 6 p.m.

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9 February 2017

Two charged with first degree murder in shooting death

The Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office charged Allen Vintora Maae, 31, and Scott Allen Wheeler, 31, on Feb. 6 with first degree murder for the shooting of Jason Emery. The Prosecutor’s office also charged Maae with unlawful possession of a firearm.
On Feb. 4, the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department responded to…

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9 February 2017

Nightlife

Friday, Feb. 10

REAL ART TACOMA: Expire, Bent Life, Bib, Lowest Priority, Lower Species (hardcore, punk) 7:30 p.m., $10, AA
B SHARP COFFEE: 322 Jazz Collective (jazz) 8 p.m., $5, AA
G. DONNALSON'S: Johnaye Kendrick (jazz) 7:30 p.m., NC, AA
GREAT…

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9 February 2017

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GOODWILL PARTNERS WITH BOEING FOR VETS

In support of 3,800 service members transitioning to civilian life in the region each year, The Boeing Company presented $95,000 to Goodwill of the Olympics and Rainier Region at the organization’s JBLM Feb. 1 Networking and Hiring Event. Boeing’s support…

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8 February 2017

Deputies search for older truck used in pedestrian hit and run

Traffic investigators with the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department are looking for an older model truck missing a side viewer mirror after a pedestrian was hit and critically injured.
Just after 1 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 2 deputies responded to a report of a customer who had broken a fence and was trying to…

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2 February 2017

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LOCAL VAPE ACTIVIST SEEKS TO CHANGE REGULATIONS

Kim Thompson, owner of Vaporium locations in Tacoma, Lakewood and Fife, is calling on the Trump administration and U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer (D-WA) to intervene and stop the FDA’s excessive regulations on vapor products, which will destroy jobs and small…

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2 February 2017

SPORTSWATCH

TACOMA STARS LOOK TO REBOUND AFTER TOUGH MEXICO TRIP

The Tacoma Stars (9-5) dropped their second straight road match, a 6-4 decision against Atletico Baja (8-7), on Sunday, Jan. 29 at Unidad Deportiva in Tijuana, Mexico.

The Stars offense was led by forward Joey Gjertsen, who logged two points…

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2 February 2017

Mark your calendars: Jason Aldean at the Washington State Fair

Country superstar Jason Aldean is headed to Puyallup, the first major announcement for the Washington State Fair's lineup for 2017. Aldean – known for “She's Country,” “Big Green Tractor” and a slew of other hits – will headline the Grandstand Stage at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 24. Tickets will go on sale to the general…

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2 February 2017

Pothole Pig

There is hope now that the search party tasked with finding our beloved Percival the Pothole Pig has received  yet another credible sighting. A savvy swine matching Percival’s general discription was seen playing a ukulele for spare change outside of Olympia’s Obsidian Restaurant and Lounge last week. This particular…

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2 February 2017

Nightlife

Friday, Feb. 3

G. DONNALSON'S: Little Bill Engelhart & Rod Cook (blues, jazz) 7:30 p.m., NC, AA
GREAT AMERICAN CASINO: Old School Fellas (funk, hip-hop, R&B) 9 p.m., NC
JAZZBONES: Afrodisiacs (dance) 8 p.m., $10-$15
KEYS ON MAIN:

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2 February 2017

Culture Corner, A Guide to Cultural Organizations

Events of the Week:

BUDDY - The Buddy Holly Story
Feb. 3-26: Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.; Sundays at 2 p.m.; Saturday Matinees, Feb. 18 & 25, 2 p.m.
Tacoma Musical Playhouse, 7116 Sixth Ave., Tacoma WA 98406

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2 February 2017

TACOMA’S HOT TICKETS FEB. 2 – MARCH 4

THURSDAY, FEB. 2 – BASKETBALL
Girls – Graham Kapowsin vs. Curtis
Curtis HS – 7 p.m.

THURSDAY, FEB. 2 – BASKETBALL
Girls – Bellarmine vs. Emerald Ridge
Emerald Ridge HS – 7 p.m.

THURSDAY, FEB. 2 – BASKETBALL
Boys –…

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2 February 2017

Budget Woes for Fife

The City of Fife is spending more money than it is taking in from taxes and fees. The current two-year general fund of $37 million draws about $600,000 from the city’s cash reserves. That account will run out by 2019 if nothing else changes since expenses are growing at a rate of about 3 percent a year while revenues are…

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2 February 2017

Highs and lows of current Woolworth windows installations

December saw the opening of the latest batch of “Artscapes,” artist installations in the windows of the Woolworth Building at South 11th and Broadway, downtown. (There is another installation in the old courthouse on A Street, which is not covered in this review.) The current group of installations will remain on…

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2 February 2017

Make a Scene: Leroy Bell still enjoying another 15 minutes of fame

LeRoy Bell took stardom for granted the first time around. The Tacoma-bred singer-songwriter – the main attraction Feb. 10 at Jazzbones – enjoyed his first big success in 1979 the year Bell & James, his duo with Casey James, broke through with disco hit “Livin' it Up (Friday Night).” (For fans that are only familiar…

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1 February 2017

Parents plead for homicide suspect to turn himself in

On Feb. 27, 2016 Bubba Mathes was one of two victims killed in a horrific car crash in Pierce County. He’d been at a party with friends and after posting a video of his fun night out, 39 minutes later he was riding in Dennis Mouth’s Lexus when Mouth crashed his car trying to exit I-5 to Port of Tacoma.
“When it…

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30 January 2017

Jason Aldean announced for Washington State Fair

Country superstar Jason Aldean is headed to Puyallup, the first major announcement for the Washington State Fair's lineup for 2017. Aldean – known for “She's Country,” “Big Green Tractor” and a slew of other hits – will headline the Grandstand Stage at 7:30 p.m. on Sept.…

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26 January 2017

Kittredge gallery provides glimpse into careers of its former art students

The University of Puget Sound's Kittredge gallery is hosting a fresh exhibit called “What Happened Here: Puget Sound Studio Alumni.” The show is the sequel to last fall's “Past and Present Faculty” exhibition, and now these faculty members were asked to nominate some of their former studio art students from amongst…

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26 January 2017

4 tips to help you avoid the flu during peak flu season

Flu activity is considered widespread and epidemic in Washington state, with 24 lab-confirmed influenza deaths reported statewide, according to the Washington State Department of Health. The best protection against the flu is washing your hands regularly and getting a yearly flu shot. Flu activity typically peaks between…

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26 January 2017

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MUMPS CASE REPORTED AT JASON LEE MIDDLE SCHOOL

Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department received confirmation on Jan. 24 that a student in Tacoma Public Schools has mumps. The student attends Jason Lee Middle School and returned to class when no longer contagious. 
“The mumps outbreak in…

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26 January 2017

Mark your calendars: Radiohead

British alt-rock heroes Radiohead have announced U.S. Dates for 2017 including a stop at Seattle's KeyArena on April 8. The band will be playing tunes from last year's critically acclaimed “A Moon Shaped Pool” album. Tickets are on sale now with prices ranging from $65.50 to $95.50.  
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26 January 2017

Tacoma Golden Gloves returns for 69th year

The Tacoma Golden Gloves boxing tournament returns for its 69th year and the competition is expected to be as exciting as ever. Not only is the event one of the best of its kind in the entire United States of America, it’s also the crown jewel of events put on by the fabled Tacoma Athletic Commission. Now entering its 75th…

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26 January 2017

Tacoma Little Theatre stages timely production of Steinbeck classic

It is an interesting coincidence that Jan. 20, the inauguration day of the 45th U.S. President, was also the opening date for Tacoma Little Theatre's production of the John Steinbeck classic “Of Mice and Men,” a tale of desperate people caught in desperate times. Set during the Great Depression, the drama depicts the…

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26 January 2017

Carbohydrates, Fat and Heart Disease, the Pot Thickens

About 35 years ago my wife, then an ICU nurse, and I, a surgical resident, were overjoyed to bring our 9-month-old home from the hospital. He had just survived life threatening dehydration, otitis and bronchitis. With newly placed tubes in his ears he avidly drank milk and began to gain weight. At a check-up the doctor asked…

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26 January 2017

Endlich! Stadium Rhein Haus to open in February

For months, Stadium residents have watched the Bavarian-themed restaurant, Rhein Haus, being assembled in the wedge-shaped building that used to house Titus-Will's service center, next to Wright Park at 649 Division Ave.
Recently, got an ETA thanks to the Bavarian Village Band, which took to social media to advertise…

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26 January 2017

Nightlife

Friday, Jan. 27

DYSTOPIAN STATE: Dark Lady (Scorpions tribute) 8 p.m., NC
G. DONNALSON'S: James Haye with Brian Feist (blues) 7:30 p.m., NC, AA
GREAT AMERICAN CASINO: Nite Crew (dance) 9 p.m., NC
JAZZBONES: Mike Masse and Sterling…

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26 January 2017

Culture Corner, A Guide to Cultural Organizations

Events of the Week:

Cinderella in Spain
Jan. 28, 1 p.m.
Washington State History Museum, 1911 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma, WA 98402

www.washingtonhistory.org

The History Museum is teaming up with the Seattle Opera to bring a performance…

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25 January 2017

Pierce County detectives seek justice for Thomas Jefferson

Danielle Jefferson is keeping her late husband close to her heart. Thomas Jefferson, 54, was murdered on Wednesday, Nov. 9 while walking to the store in the 13000 block of Pacific Ave. S. in Parkland.
“My greatest memories were just the time we spent together. Just being together was good for me,”…

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19 January 2017

Mark your calendars: Green Day

The chart-topping trio, Green Day, is headed to Auburn's White River Amphitheatre on Aug. 1. The Bay Area band will be out in support of last year's “Revolution Radio” album, but fans are sure to also hear pop-punk classics like “Brain Stew,” “American Idiot” and “Welcome to Paradise,” too.
Adding support…

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