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

22 October 2015

Native American Youth Leadership Academy is back in session

Now that the new school year is fully underway, the Native American Youth Leadership Academy (NAYLA) commenced on Oct. 8 at the Puyallup Tribe’s Youth and Community Center. Meeting every other month through May, this year the academy is enjoying the involvement of 22 area school districts, up from 15 last year, and two…

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8 October 2015

‘A History of Puyallup Tribal Sovereignty: A Puyallup’s Perspective’

On Oct. 15, University of Washington-Tacoma Assistant Professor of American Indian Studies Danica Sterud Miller, a member of the Puyallup Tribe, will give a free presentation on the experiences of the Puyallup people as they have protected their sovereignty beginning from the point of first contact with settlers and continuing…

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24 September 2015

‘Out of the Darkness Community Walk’

In partnership with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), the Puyallup Tribe’s Kwawachee Counseling Center and the South Puget Intertribal Planning Agency (SPIPA) are joining forces to participate in Tacoma’s very first Out of the Darkness Community Walk on Saturday, Oct. 10 at Wright Park. This Walk,…

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17 September 2015

Business Spotlight: Bio Green Tacoma

With fall quickly approaching, now is the key time to prepare outdoor areas for springtime, and no one can do it better than Bio Green Tacoma. Utilizing all-natural fertilizer products that are non-toxic and safe for children and pets, Bio Green Tacoma treats lawns, trees, shrubs, plants, flowers and gardens as well…

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17 September 2015

Team walks to honor beloved tribal member

When the Tacoma Free to Breathe 5K and 1-mile run/walk kicks off at Wright Park on Saturday, Sept. 19, one group of walkers will be there in honor of a beloved member of the Puyallup Indian Tribe who passed away from lung cancer in 2013. Judy Wright was a brilliant tribal historian and director of the tribe’s historic preservation…

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1 September 2015

Make a Scene: Discover the musical treasures of Mackintosh Braun

If you have yet to discover the truly beautiful music of Mackintosh Braun, you’ll have the opportunity to do so on Saturday, Sept. 5, when they play a free live show at The Harmon Taproom. While this multi-talented duo, hailing from just miles away in Portland, receives nowhere near the press and accolades they deserve,…

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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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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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23 June 2015

Survivor aims to help others heal from childhood abuse

Christy Lynn Abram endured years of childhood abuse, but she is not letting that experience ruin her adulthood. She’s turning it into something beautiful to help others on their path to healing. On July 2, this Tacoma author, expressive writing coach and speaker will be at King’s Books, 7 p.m., for a book release party…

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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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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:

28 April 2016

CRIME STOPPERS: Tacoma Police searching for kidnapping and rape suspect

Tacoma Police are asking for help finding Oscar Sanabria who is charged in Pierce County Superior Court with rape in the first degree and kidnapping in the first degree.
Prosecutors say that on March 29, he offered to give the victim a ride from a McDonalds restaurant at 72nd Street and Pacific Avenue South in Tacoma.…

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28 April 2016

Marijuana prevention conference to bring youth, parents together

“What’s your natural high?” That’s what the Pierce County Prevention Collaborative is asking teens next month – and a warning: the answer they’re looking for isn’t marijuana. The Collaborative consists of several local organizations, including Safe Streets, Tacoma Urban League, Puget Sound Educational Services…

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28 April 2016

Learn all about city services at ‘T-Town: Play, Explore, Learn’ expo

Nearly a decade since a community event like this was held in the city, Tacoma presents T-Town: Play, Explore, Learn City Services Expo from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Tacoma Dome on Saturday, May 7. This free, public event is part of an ongoing effort to raise community awareness about the services delivered…

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28 April 2016

SPORTSWATCH

LUTES CLAIM NWC TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONSHIP WITH 6-5 ROAD WIN
The Pacific Lutheran baseball team are Northwest Conference champions for the second consecutive season as the Lutes knocked off No. 14 Whitworth 6-5 on Sunday, April 24 at Merkel Field in Spokane.
The Lutes (25-16) entered the…

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28 April 2016

TACOMA’S HOT TICKETS APRIL 28 – MAY 8

THURSDAY, APRIL 28 – SOCCER
Bellarmine vs. Gig Harbor
Gig Harbor HS – 5:30 p.m.
THURSDAY, APRIL 28 – SOCCER
Lincoln vs. Foss
Mt. Tahoma Stadium – 6:30 p.m.
THURSDAY, APRIL 28 – SOCCER
Shelton vs. Wilson
Stadium Bowl…

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28 April 2016

Be Well - Inside and out

Beauregard’s Salon at 4117 Bridgeport Way W. in University Place is unique for numerous reasons but perhaps their most attractive aspect is that each stylist plies her trade in a private studio rather than out on an open floor as is the case with most salons. Offering clients privacy and a more intimate experience with…

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28 April 2016

Nightlife

Friday, April 29

B SHARP COFFEE: Greta Matassa (jazz) 8 p.m., $5-$10, AA
CULTURA: Latin Fridays (Latin DJ) 9 p.m.
G. DONNALSON'S: Little Bill & Rod Cook Duo (blues, jazz) 7:30 p.m., NC, AA
GREAT AMERICAN CASINO: Nite Crew (dance)…

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28 April 2016

Caring men ‘Walk a Mile in Her Shoes’ for women

Every year, Walk a Mile in Her Shoes continues to grow. And a rainy day on April 22 couldn’t stop Tacomans from making a wet walk to raise funds for the Sexual Assault Center of Pierce County and raise awareness of sexual violence.
The event sees men throw on a pair of high heels and literally walk a mile down Pacific…

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28 April 2016

The Things We LIke

BUMBERSHOOT LINE-UP

Organizers of Seattle's Bumbershoot festival released their lineup this week featuring the likes of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Death Cab for Cutie, Billy Idol, Tyler the Creator, Run the Jewels, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Reggie Watts, Tame Impala and dozens more. The festival…

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28 April 2016

CELEBRATE TACOMA’S HISTORY AT AMAZING PRESERVATION RACE

Registration is now open for the City of Tacoma’s second annual Amazing Preservation Race on Saturday, May 14 as part of Historic Preservation Month. The race will begin at 11 a.m. on the University of Washington Tacoma campus stairs (1900 Commerce St.). Registration is $50 for a team of up to four people and includes T-shirts…

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28 April 2016

ComicStrip Cabaret begins new time slot at Jazzbones

The ComicStrip Cabaret returned to the stage April 21, after having had to drop March from its third Thursday schedule. The monthly burlesque show – a bawdy variety of comedy, music, acrobatics and striptease acts – has moved from Tacoma Comedy Club to Jazzbones where the show is able to open at 8 p.m., far more amiable…

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28 April 2016

PLU’s University Gallery shows art seniors’ ‘In Flux’

One of the local rites of spring is the showing of artwork by graduating seniors of the art departments of area universities. As the academic year draws to a close, the fledgling artists that have honed their skills and developed their ideas get one more showing in the school art gallery before they are shoved out of the…

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28 April 2016

Bulletin Board

UTILITIES, HEALTH DEPARTMENT TEAM UP FOR LEAD RESPONSE EFFORT

Tacoma Public Utilities and Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department are teaming up to respond to community concerns related to the recent discovery of elevated lead levels in water samples from pipes outside four customers’ homes.

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28 April 2016

Mark your calendars: Drake

Canada's No. 1 hip-hop export, Aubrey “Drake” Graham, has released new tour dates, that include a Sept. 16 stop at the Tacoma Dome. Fellow rap hit maker Future - who collaborated with Drake on their  September mix tape release, “What a Time to Be Alive” - will open at 7:30 p.m.
Drake's hits include “Over,”…

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28 April 2016

Culture Corner, A Guide to Cultural Organizations

Wayzgoose! Letterpress and Book Arts Extravaganza
April 30 and May 1, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
King's Books
218 St Helens Ave Tacoma, WA 98402
Info: www.kingsbookstore.com

Join us for our twelfth annual Wayzgoose, or, letterpress and book…

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28 April 2016

‘Teepee’ app puts tribes at your fingertips

Puyallup tribal member Miguel Douglas has developed a one-of-a-kind app for use with iPhones and iPads, available now from the Apple Store. Called “Teepee,” the app provides a wealth of information for all 566 federally recognized tribes in the United States. With this information at their fingertips, Teepee users can…

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27 April 2016

Playoff picture still a puzzle in 2A SPSL

Winning a league championship is pretty difficult. Hanging onto a first-place lead for all, or most of, the season seems even tougher sometimes. Not only is every team gunning for you because you’re team is the best, they’re also giving it their all, because if they’re a decent squad, chances are they’re in the hunt…

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25 April 2016

CRIME STOPPERS: Mother-daughter duo wanted in multiple cities

Detectives in Pierce and King counties are searching for a mother-daughter duo who have felony warrants for their arrest.
“Right now we’re looking for Lora McKay. She also goes by Lora Contor,” says Normandy Park Police Det. Jeremy Hedrick. “Basically, her hustle is to wait outside daycares and as parents run…

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21 April 2016

Despite late start, Democratic caucus offered opportunities for productive conversations

On Sunday, April 17, as the sun set record high temperatures in Western Washington, people started queuing up at Jason Lee Middle School to sign in to the 27th Legislative District’s Democratic Caucus around noon. By 1 p.m. the line stretched from the school’s entrance through the parking lot and down the sidewalk. For…

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21 April 2016

Wilson remains in playoff hunt despite tough loss

Two seasons ago, the Wilson Ram boys’ soccer team was the toast of the town as they ran away with the 3A Narrows League crown. The next season saw the Rams slip a little with potent newcomers Central Kitsap and Capital joining the league. While the Rams made the playoffs both seasons, one-point losses bounced them from…

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21 April 2016

Mark your calendars: Gwen Stefani

Gwen Stefani has been one busy woman this spring, between being a judge on "The Voice," performing on “Saturday Night Live” earlier this month and dropping her new, solo album, “This is What the Truth Feels Like.” But that's just prelude to a huge summer tour that will take over Seattle's KeyArena on Aug.…

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21 April 2016

Comment period on proposed Transit plan arrives next week

The next stop in the planned Sound Transit 3 package that is bound for the November ballot comes on April 29. That’s the deadline for public comment on draft roster of mass transit projects that includes Sounder rail service between Federal Way and Tacoma and a light rail extension from downtown Tacoma to Tacoma Community…

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21 April 2016

Man sentenced to 34 years in 2006 cold-case murder

Brandon Lee Farmer, 30, was sentenced on April 14 to 407 months in prison for the 2006 shooting death of Velma Tirado, 45. In 2014, Tacoma Police Department cold-case detectives received a tip that led to Farmer’s arrest. Earlier this month, a jury convicted Farmer of murder in the first degree.
“Our cold-case project…

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21 April 2016

The Things We Like

LOVE FOR LOCKING

On Sunday, April 24, Top of Tacoma will hold a benefit for Tacoma musician, chef and former employee Jason Locking who is undergoing treatment for late-stage pancreatic cancer. Locking – formerly of Tacoma band Pioneers West - has been unable to work as he has undergone treatment.…

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21 April 2016

Ruston runner heads for South Africa marathon

Going the extra mile has been a lifelong mantra for marathon runner Amber Walker, whose steps, having taken her across the U.S., will soon cross the hills of South Africa in the famous Comrades ultra marathon.
The Vermont native moved around the nation during her lifetime before finding, as many other transplants have,…

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21 April 2016

TACOMA’S HOT TICKETS APRIL 21 – MAY 1

THURSDAY, APRIL 21 – SOCCER
Wilson vs. Foss
Mt. Tahoma Stadium – 6:30 p.m.

THURSDAY, APRIL 21 – SOCCER
South Kitsap vs. Stadium
Stadium Bowl – 7:15 p.m.

FRIDAY, APRIL 22 – SOCCER
South Kitsap vs. Bellarmine
Bellarmine…

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21 April 2016

Nightlife

Friday, April 22

REAL ART TACOMA: Waking Things, Mister Master, Po' Brothers (rock) 7 p.m., $10, AA
B SHARP COFFEE: Thomas Marriott's All-Star Sextet (jazz) 8 p.m., $5-$10, AA
CULTURA: Latin Fridays (Latin DJ) 9 p.m.
G. DONNALSON'S:

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21 April 2016

Latest design for W.W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory to be shown April 28

Metro Parks Tacoma staff will show the latest plans for improvements to the W.W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory in a public meeting at 6 p.m. April 28 at Metro Parks headquarters.
The conservatory is a historic treasure that has graced the east side of Wright Park since 1908. After more than a century of use, the Victorian-style…

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21 April 2016

Football returns to the Sound

The Puyallup Nation Kings hosted the Renton Ravens on Saturday, April 16 for a pre- season scrimmage. Working out a mix of new and returning talent, the Kings gave up an 11-0 halftime lead and were edged by a score of 12-11. Puyallup is the defending Western Washington Football Alliance champions and will face a season of…

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21 April 2016

Culture Corner, A Guide to the Museums of Tacoma

Museum of the Week:

Fort Nisqually Living History Museum
Point Defiance Park, 5400 N. Pearl St.
Wed. through Sun., 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Info: FortNisqually.org

Located in Tacoma’s Point Defiance Park, Fort Nisqually Living History…

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21 April 2016

Bulletin Board

UNIVERSITY OF PUGET SOUND TO HOST LATINO YOUTH SUMMIT

Latino youth from across Washington state are coming together to encourage and support one another, and to chart a path for an engaged Latino citizenry and vibrant communities.
Proyecto MoLE will host the 12th annual Latino Youth Summit, engaging…

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21 April 2016

SPORTSWATCH

BIG NAMES RETURNING TO SOUNDERS U23 AFTER STELLAR 2015 CAMPAIGN

Guillermo Delgado and Michael Bajza will return to play for the Sounders U23 team in 2016. Delgado, who plays college soccer at the University of Delaware, led the Sounders U23 team in scoring in 2015 as the team went on to claim the 2015…

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14 April 2016

Tacoma Weekly ‘Crime Stoppers’ article leads to ID ‘Felony Lane Gang’ member

A 32-year-old woman from Florida has been identified as the suspect in a series of identity theft and check fraud cases in Pierce County. She was wanted after a woman's purse was stolen during a car prowl at a gym in Edgewood. The suspect cashed $6,000 worth of checks at six different banks. She…

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14 April 2016

Nightlife

Friday, April 15

THE VALLEY: The Devil Bores Me, Slow Code, 29A (alternative, hard rock) 9 p.m., NC
B SHARP COFFEE: Tracy Knoob Trio (jazz) 8 p.m., $5-$10, AA
CULTURA: Malo Combo (Latin jazz) 5 p.m.
G. DONNALSON'S: Cool Blues with…

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14 April 2016

CLEAN OUR REZ

Anyone who lives on the Puyallup Reservation – and even those who drive through on occasion – has witnessed the sprawling landscape of refuse that has piled up over the years, generated by senseless littering, illegal dumping and homeless encampments. The Puyallup Tribal Council has retaliated by authorizing a massive…

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14 April 2016

The Things We Like

OLD TOWN CONCERTS

This week, Old Town Treo's announced the lineup for its Treo's Summer Concert Series, which takes over Old Town Park, 2350 N. 30th St. with weekly concerts. Shows start at 6:30 p.m. and are free and open to all ages.  Here is the schedule of this year's performers: Steve Stefanowicz…

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14 April 2016

Tacoma laces up and goes to school for annual Walk Series kickoff

Health-conscious Tacomans honed body and mind on April 6 during Walk Tacoma’s kickoff event for the year. Participants threaded their way through Wright Park and around downtown, making a couple stops to familiarize themselves with the stories behind two of the city’s historic schools, Stadium High School and Central…

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14 April 2016

TACOMA’S HOT TICKETS APRIL 14 - 22

THURSDAY, APRIL 14 – FASTPITCH
North Beach vs. Chief Leschi
Chief Leschi HS – 3 p.m.

THURSDAY, APRIL 14 – FASTPITCH
Foss vs. Stadium
Peck Field – 3:30 p.m.

THURSDAY, APRIL 14 – SOCCER
Mt. Tahoma vs. Foss
Mt. Tahoma…

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14 April 2016

Tacoma’s Expand Yoga Serves It Hot

Hot yoga. Just two words, but when I hear them now, having finally sat in on my first session, a series of images stretches my mind. I see a puddle of my own sweat. I see fans whirring overhead. I see a roomful of quietly focused people making pleasing shapes with their bodies.
How do they do that?
As someone…

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14 April 2016

Mark your calendars: Fiestas Patrias

Year after year, Fiestas Patrias is among the most highest attended attractions at the Washington State Fair. The celebration of Latino culture will return to the grandstand on Sept. 18, this year showcasing the music of Voz de Mando, Proyecto X and Marichi Divas. The fun starts at 5 p.m., and tickets went on sale over the…

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14 April 2016

Troubles continue to mount for planned methanol plant

The president of Northwest Innovation Works, the company behind the controversial natural gas-to-methanol plant in the offing for Tacoma’s tideflats, was set to speak at the Fife-Milton-Edgewood Chamber of Commerce this week. He was set to talk about the benefits of what is planned to be the world’s largest plant of its…

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14 April 2016

Culture Corner, A Guide to Cultural Organizations

This week in theater:

Lakewood Playhouse
Lakewood Towne Center, 5729 Lakewood Towne Center Blvd., Lakewood, WA 98499
(253) 588-0042 – www.lakewoodplayhouse.org

“Noises Off!” by Michael Frayn

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14 April 2016

Bulletin Board

COMMUNITY INVITED TO FUNDRAISER FOR KPLU

Pierce County Community Big Band, Studio 6 Ballroom Event Hall & Studios, The Table, Crown Bar, Ubiquitous Journey and Legendary Doughnuts will be donating their time to hold a brunch tour and Big Band dance on Sunday, April 17 to fundraise for…

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14 April 2016

SPORTSWATCH

RAINIERS, MARY BRIDGE CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL UNVEIL NEW FAMILY PAVILION

The Tacoma Rainiers, in partnership with Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital, have unveiled the brand new Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital Family Pavilion at Cheney Stadium.

The 9,670-square-foot family pavilion was constructed…

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14 April 2016

TMP’s ‘Scarlet Pimpernel’ takes audience on ride through the Reign of Terror

Tacoma Musical Playhouse just opened “The Scarlet Pimpernel,” the latest main stage production of the theater’s current season. The show is a visually dazzling, musically thrilling romp through the Reign of Terror during the French Revolution. TMP’s “Pimpernel” is the version that ran on Broadway in the late 90s,…

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7 April 2016

Hunt is on for burglary and ID theft suspect

The hunt is on in Pierce County for accused burglary and identity theft suspect Sarah Isakson. She is accused of using credit cards taken from a woman’s purse that was stolen out of her garage on 148th Street East. in the Orting area on Feb. 21. Detectives say the 30-year-old Isakson was seen on surveillance cameras at…

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7 April 2016

Lutes continue drive for a playoff berth

With just eight games remaining on the regular season schedule, the Pacific Lutheran University Lutes are doing their best to stay in the hunt for a Northwest Conference playoff berth following a four-game split at home against rival Linfield on Saturday, April 2 and April 3. The Lutes now sit in third place with an 11-9…

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7 April 2016

Local Restuarants

The weather warming up means hungry Tacomans looking not only for food, but a way to cool down. All of this and more is offered at Patty’s Burgers and Shakes. Whether it be a hamburger large enough to feed an entire family or a chilled glass of Coke, Patty’s has you covered at two different locations:  5615 South…

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7 April 2016

Miss Thick and Thin Mobile Boutique

Local entrepreneur chases her dream of providing affordable and accessible fashions to communities across the Puget Sound in Tacoma’s first mobile fashion boutique.

Tacoma native Lovetta Porchia is the founder of Tacoma’s first mobile clothing store, Miss Thick and Thin Mobile Boutique. Opened in August…

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7 April 2016

SPORTSWATCH

RAINIERS WELCOME 17 NEW FACES WITH 2016 TRIPLE-A ROSTER

The Tacoma Rainiers today announced their 2016 Opening Day roster ahead of the club’s season-opener this Thursday, Apr. 7 against the Albuquerque Isotopes. Outfielder Boog Powell headlines a 25-man roster comprised of eight returning players…

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7 April 2016

Mark your calendars: Guns N’ Roses

Put those rumors about Axl Rose joining AC/DC on pause (for now). Against all odds, the mercurial rock star is back with Guns N' Roses, the band that made him a household name in the '80s – and we're not talking the scab team lineup he's been hitting the road with in recent years. Last week, Guns announced its massive Not…

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7 April 2016

Nightlife

Friday, April 8

THE SWISS: Cody Ray & The New Favorites, Sotaria (indie-rock, soul, R&B) 8 p.m.
B SHARP COFFEE: Kareem Kandi Band (jazz) 8 p.m., $5-$10, AA
CULTURA: DJ Mauro, DJ Leo (Latin dance) 10 p.m.
G. DONNALSON'S:

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7 April 2016

Jury convicts killer in 2006 cold-case murder

A jury convicted Brandon Lee Farmer, 30, on April 1 of murder in the first degree for the 2006 shooting death of Velma Tirado, 45. In 2014, Tacoma Police Department cold-case detectives received a tip that led to Farmer’s arrest. Farmer is scheduled to be sentenced on April 14 at 1:30 p.m. in room 411 of the County-City…

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7 April 2016

Forum on proposed bag ban reveals growing frustrations

Tacoma residents made good use of a formal platform to butt heads over the city’s proposed ban on plastic bags at a public forum on March 29.
The event, held at the Tacoma Public Library’s downtown location, was an opportunity for citizens to review the draft ordinance and discuss its implications in a personal…

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7 April 2016

TACOMA’S HOT TICKETS APRIL 9 – 16

SATURDAY, APRIL 9 – BASEBALL

Puget Sound vs. Pacific Lutheran

Pacific Lutheran – 12 p.m.

SATURDAY, APRIL 9 – BASEBALL

Puget Sound vs. Pacific Lutheran

Pacific Lutheran – 3 p.m.

SUNDAY, APRIL 10 – BASEBALL

Puget Sound…

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7 April 2016

Spring Fair comes to Puyallup

From music to monster trucks, diving dogs to dancing horses, you'll be able to find it during the Washington State Spring Fair's festive, four-day run which kicks off at 2 p.m. April 14 at the Washington State Fair Events Center in Puyallup.
The Spring Fair will expand by about four acres along its southwest side this…

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7 April 2016

Culture Corner, A Guide to the Museums of Tacoma

Museum of the Week:

Tacoma Art Museum
1701 Pacific Ave.
Tues.–Sun., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Free Third Thursday 5–8 p.m.
www.tacomaartmuseum.org

Mission: Connecting people through art. Tacoma Art Museum serves the diverse communities…

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7 April 2016

Bulletin Board

CITY LANDSCAPES ALONG BRAZILL STREET

The City of Tacoma’s Neighborhood and Community Services Department have begun work to replace the rocks along Earnest Brazill Street, adjacent to the Tacoma Public Library parking lot. The new landscape design will include a mix of grasses, trees, shrubs and…

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7 April 2016

Sterino Farms Produce Market opens for business

Sterino Farms has been a mainstay of the Tacoma-Fife-Puyallup area for nearly 100 years, and on April 1 the market doors opened once more for another season of fresh farm products at this unique produce market.
Sterino Farms gives customers the opportunity to buy produce that was pulled right from the garden that same…

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1 April 2016

Guns N’ Roses headed to Seattle with most of classic lineup

Put those rumors about Axl Rose joining AC/DC on pause (for now.) Against all odds, the mercurial rock star is back with Guns N' Roses, the band that made him a household name in the '80s – and we don't mean the scab team lineup he's been hitting the road…

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31 March 2016

CITY OF DESTINY AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED

Mayor Marilyn Strickland and the City Council will recognize Tacoma’s top volunteers this year during the 2016 City of Destiny Awards on Friday, June 3 from 5-8 p.m. This year’s event will be hosted at the STAR Center (3873 S. 66th St. in Tacoma).
“There has always been a strong legacy of service in Tacoma and…

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31 March 2016

Wanted child molester caught living next to daycare in Puyallup

Convicted child molester Robbin Earl Smith is being held on $75,000 bail. He was arraigned March 29 in Pierce County Superior Court for failure to register as a sex offender. “Washington’s Most Wanted” viewer tips led officers with the U.S. Marshals Task Force, DOC’s Southwest Community Response Unit, FBI’s South…

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31 March 2016

Bulletin Board

MAYOR LEADS DELEGATION TO CHINA, VIETNAM

Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland will travel with City of Tacoma Community and Economic Development Department staff to meet with existing and potential investors and promote Greater Tacoma's assets. These assets include the city's public and private education…

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31 March 2016

Mark your calendars: Vans Warped Tour

We now know the lineup for Vans Warped Tour which will include the likes of Falling in Reverse, New Found Glory, Less Than Jake, We The Kings and many more when the summer rock festival takes over Auburn's White River Amphitheatre on Aug. 12. The fun starts at 11 a.m. that day, and tickets are available now with prices set…

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31 March 2016

Culture Corner, A Guide to Cultural Organizations

Goings on this Week:

April 1, 7:30 p.m.
Finisterra Piano Trio Performs Schubert and Mendelssohn

Schneebeck Concert Hall, University of Puget Sound
Franz Schubert, the musical genius that died before his work won global fame, and Felix Mendelssohn, the master of composition who defied…

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31 March 2016

Painter Sperry pays homage to Tacoma

Tacoma’s own homegrown artist Gerry Sperry is currently showing more than two dozen of his paintings at the Handforth Gallery, which is housed in the main branch of the Tacoma Public Library. The show, entitled “A Glancing Light,” will be on view through April 23.
Sperry depicts landscapes, cityscapes and figures,…

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31 March 2016

Nightlife

Friday, April 1

G. DONNALSON'S: Kareem Kandi Band (jazz) 8 p.m., NC, AA
GREAT AMERICAN CASINO: Nite Crew (dance) 9 p.m., NC
JAZZBONES: The Stacy Jones Band (blues) 8 p.m., $7-$10
REAL ART TACOMA: Bleak Outlook featuring Narrows,…

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31 March 2016

TACOMA’S HOT TICKETS MARCH 31 – APRIL 6

THURSDAY, MARCH 31 – FASTPITCH
Lincoln vs. Stadium
Peck Fields – 3:30 p.m.

THURSDAY, MARCH 31 – SOCCER
Gig Harbor vs. Bellarmine
Bellarmine HS – 4 p.m.

THURSDAY, MARCH 31 – SOCCER
No. Thurston vs. Mt. Tahoma
Mt.…

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31 March 2016

Mother sentenced to six years after toddler ingests meth, dies

Alyia Iverson, 27, pleaded guilty on March 25 to manslaughter in the first degree and was sentenced to 78 months in prison after her toddler son ingested meth in her Spanaway home and died.
“Sad, tragic and avoidable,” said Prosecutor Mark Lindquist. “Parents are supposed to protect and care for their children.…

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31 March 2016

SPORTSWATCH

MILLER TOSSES COMPLETE GAME SHUTOUT AS LUTES AND BRUINS SPLIT

Marissa Miller pitched a complete game and the Pacific Lutheran offense came up with timely two-out hits to claim a 3-0 victory in Game two of a Tuesday, March 22 doubleheader at George Fox. 

The Lutes (16-8, 8-6) needed a strong…

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31 March 2016

The Things We Like

KITTY VIDDIES

The Internet Cat Video Festival is a touring celebration of online cat videos produced and curated annually by the Walker Art Center. This year's 90-minute film includes everything from six-second Vine videos to viral sensations and short films, and it will be shown at the Grand Cinema…

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31 March 2016

DNA match leads to 37-year sentence in 1993 cold-case murder

James Edward Mitchell, 52, was sentenced on March 25 to 450 months in prison for the 1993 stabbing death of Linda Robinson. In 2013, Pierce County Sheriff’s Department cold-case detectives matched Mitchell’s DNA to blood collected at the crime scene. Last month, a jury convicted Mitchell of murder in the first degree. Read More

31 March 2016

Middle-schooler advances to Elks National Hoop Shoots Competetion in Chicago

Since the 1960s, the annual Hoop Shoot competition has been a staple in the Tacoma Elks #174 chapter’s yearly calendar. Hoop Shoot is a contest divided into three groups of students – ages 8-9, 10-11, and 12-13 – with groups for both boys and girls competing to see who can get the most free throws out of 25. The competition…

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31 March 2016

Tacoma Schools continue to make strides in most areas

Spreadsheets and partnerships are doing what text books and class instruction couldn't do alone. Students in Tacoma Public Schools are largely learning more, passing more classes and increasingly looking at their educational options for after they graduate.
"The bottom line is that what gets measured gets done,…

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24 March 2016

NW Furniture Bank announces Chair Affair 2016

The NW Furniture Bank has announced that the 7th annual Chair Affair fundraiser will be held on Friday, April 1 at the NW Furniture Bank, located at 117 Puyallup Ave., in Tacoma. Celebrating the beauty of art, creativity and reuse, Chair Affair includes a silent auction featuring one-of-a-kind artistic pieces made by local…

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24 March 2016

Convicted rapist believed hiding in Tacoma

A convicted rapist wanted in King County is believed to be hiding in the Tacoma area. He is 37-year-old Jacob Clifford Butts, also known as “Jake Butts” and “Jeremy Gary Evans” and is a Level 3 sex offender. Level 3 means he has a high likelihood of re-offending. A warrant has now been issued for his arrest after…

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24 March 2016

PGA Junior Golf Camps announces significant expansion

Chambers Bay Golf Course selected as a host site; led by noted local golf professional Ryan Young
PGA Junior Golf Camps recently announced that it has selected Chambers Bay Golf Course in University Place as a host site for its junior golf camps this summer. The addition of Chambers Bay Golf Course is part…

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24 March 2016

Make a Scene: Frampton comes unplugged

In hindsight, it may not have been the best idea to bring up David Bowie during a recent interview with rock legend Peter Frampton.
Tacoma Weekly had Frampton on the line last week in anticipation of his acoustic tour taking over Broadway Center's Pantages Theatre on Saturday, March 26.
The conversation got off…

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24 March 2016

Bellarmine’s Glueck is walking a different path

For the last three football seasons there’s been a district sound of smashing pads and cracking helmets ringing through the stands at Bellarmine Prep’s Memorial Field. The big guy roving throughout the middle of the defense, plugging running lanes and dropping opponents for losses left his mark on a storied Lions’ football…

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24 March 2016

Culture Corner, A Guide to Cultural Organizations

Goings on this Week:

March 26, 6:30 to 10:30 p.m.
Museum of Glass Fifth Annual Slider Cook-Off
Museum of Glass, 1801 Dock St.

Shake, rattle and grill in your favorite rockabilly style. Join the Museum of Glass for slider tastings from popular Puget Sound restaurants. A slider cook-off…

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24 March 2016

Nightlife

Friday, March 25

B SHARP COFFEE: Johaye Kendrick (vocal jazz) 8 p.m., $10, AA
G. DONNALSON'S: Jared Hall Trio (jazz) 7:30 p.m., NC, AA
GREAT AMERICAN CASINO: Nite Crew (dance) 9 p.m., NC
JAZZBONES: Music Against Methanol with Stephanie…

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24 March 2016

The Things We Like

“NATIONAL BEAUTY”

The world-acclaimed China Oriental Song and Dance Troupe will headline Tacoma's Pantages Theater at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 25. The group will perform “National Beauty,” a dance poem created on the basis of the colors of white-and-blue porcelain, tea ceremony, bamboo, calligraphy,…

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24 March 2016

Family, Tribe march for answers in woman’s death

Upward of 500 people marched two miles from Puyallup tribal land to the U.S. District Courthouse in downtown Tacoma on March 16 to raise awareness of their concerns about the death of Jacqueline D. Salyers, a 33-year-old Puyallup Tribal member and mother. Salyers was shot to death by Tacoma Police on Jan. 28 during an incident…

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24 March 2016

Jury convicts teens in deadly Lakewood home-invasion robbery

A jury convicted Qiuordai Lewis Taylor, 18, and Duprea Romon Wilson, who is now 20, on March 16 of manslaughter, assault, robbery, kidnapping and burglary for a 2014 home-invasion robbery where an accomplice was shot by a Lakewood homeowner and later died. Sentencing is scheduled for March 25, at 1:30 p.m. in room 822 of…

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24 March 2016

New charges in 2015 murder of Tacoma teen

Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist has charged Juan Javier Zuniga-Gonzales, 17, and Trino Valentino Martinez, 21, with murder in the first degree and two counts of attempted murder in the first degree for the November 2015 shooting death of 18-year-old Elijah Jheryl Crawford on Tacoma’s eastside. A third co-defendant,…

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24 March 2016

Tacoma Symphony

Tacoma Symphony Orchestra released details for its 70th anniversary season which reveals a robust, revitalized artistic institution with visionary leadership that is taking the orchestra to new heights. 
Founded in 1946 and professionalized during the 1990s, the Tacoma Symphony concluded a two-year…

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24 March 2016

Mark your calendars: Alan Jackson

Country hunk Alan Jackson will rock the Washington State Events Center grandstand towards the end of this summer. The singer is bound to deliver “Chattahoochee,” “Gone Country” and other smash hits when he headlines at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 17. Tickets are on sale now with prices ranging from $50 to $85; www.thefair.com. Read More

24 March 2016

Meeker student takes stand against methanol plant

With the continuing debate on the fate of the proposed methanol plant to be built at the Port of Tacoma, it seems everyone has their opinion to contribute. But there’s one voice that stands out from the crowd. Maxx Stewart is an 8th-grader at Meeker Middle School in Northeast Tacoma who recently decided to focus an open…

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24 March 2016

TACOMA’S HOT TICKETS MARCH 25 – APRIL 1

FRIDAY, MARCH 25 – BASEBALL
Bellevue vs. TCC
Tacoma Community College – 10 a.m.

FRIDAY, MARCH 25 – FASTPITCH
George Fox vs. UPS
Puget Sound – 12 p.m.

FRIDAY, MARCH 25 – FASTPITCH
Willamette vs. PLU
Pacific Lutheran…

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24 March 2016

Bulletin Board

RESIDENTS INVITED TO DISPOSABLE SHOPPING BAG FORUM

The City of Tacoma’s Office of Environmental Policy and Sustainability will host a Disposable Shopping Bags Public Forum on Tuesday, March 29, from 6-7:45 p.m. at the Tacoma Public Library, Main Branch in the Olympic Room (1102 Tacoma Ave. S). Read More

24 March 2016

Methanol Madness

A foreign, Chinese company is planning to construct the world's largest methanol plant, right here in our Port of Tacoma! The refinery will be using Washington’s natural resources and water to create methanol. The company will do this by extracting our natural gases from the ground and then converting them to methanol by…

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24 March 2016

Three teens charged in rape of Lakebay girl

Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist has charged three juvenile males, ages 13, 14 and 17, with rape in the second degree and assault in the second degree for a sexual attack on a 15-year-old girl during a party at her home in Lakebay. The two younger boys pleaded not guilty in Juvenile Court, and a hearing has been set…

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24 March 2016

TSO’s ‘Water Passion’ popular at packed house performance

On March 20, the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra brought its Pantages Theater audience to its feet for a prolonged, standing ovation after a mystical, magical performance of composer Tan Dun’s “Water Passion.”
The Passion of Christ refers to the short, final period of Jesus’ life: His betrayal, arrest, scourging,…

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17 March 2016

Hunt for convicted child molester focused near Tacoma Dome

Pierce County deputies are searching for a wanted sex offender. “Robbin Smith concerns us,” said Pierce County Det. Ed Troyer. “He was working as a caregiver at a home that he was not related to anybody in there, and while he was there he molested a 10 year old girl.”
Smith was convicted of that crime in 1997.…

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17 March 2016

The Things We Like

SAX APPEAL

Walter Blanding, a saxophonist with the renowned Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, will perform live on KPLU-FM (88.5) with local high school jazz students at 12:15 p.m. on Tuesday, March 22. KPLU’s School of Jazz program supports the next generation of local jazz musicians by providing…

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17 March 2016

Sonics fans rally for a new arena

SUPERSONIC! Hundreds of faithful Seattle Supersonics fans descended upon Seattle City Hall on Tuesday, March 15 to show their support toward a new Seattle basketball and hockey arena in the SODO neighborhood. The Seattle City Council will vote in April on whether they will close the seldom-used Occidental Avenue South, that…

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17 March 2016

Two Kittredge artists work to reveal unforeseen content

The University of Puget Sound’s Kittredge Gallery – understated as it is – almost always puts on great art shows that are more interesting that any other shows in town, including the Tacoma Art Museum. The Kittredge’s current display is a case in point. James Allen’s “Anesidora, in the main space and Deborah Kahn’s…

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17 March 2016

Bulletin Board

PANELISTS EXPLORE WAYS TO GET TO SCHOOL DOWNTOWN

A panel of students, parents and teachers will discuss how they get to school using active transportation as part of a free public event on March 25. Safety, accessibility and the best practices will be the focus, followed up by a conversation about…

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17 March 2016

SPORTSWATCH

SOUTH SOUND FC INKS PARTNERSHIP WITH WASHINGTON PREMIER FC

South Sound Football Club is excited to announce a strategic partnership with Washington Premier Football Club that will connect premier youth with adult soccer in both the Evergreen Premier League (Men) and Northwest Premier League (Women)…

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17 March 2016

South Sound Running opens new store

To run or not to run? If you’ve been contemplating your first foray into the world of running – or a long overdue return – there’s no better time than the present. Tacoma’s running scene is in the midst of an unparalleled expansion.
“If you look at the number of people running and participating in races,…

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