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

7 October 2014

Make a Scene: Prophets of Addiction celebrate at Louie G’s

Fresh from their 2014 U.S. tour, The Prophets of Addiction will headline a free all-ages show on Oct. 18 to celebrate being back home. This will be the band’s final local live performance for the year and a big happy birthday to Louie G’s owner Louie Galarza as well. Joining them on the Louie G’s stage will be Amadon,…

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1 October 2014

‘Becoming an American: The Japanese Experience’

When Choichi Shimizu (or Cho, as he is better known) graduated from Fife High School in 1955, he was just as full of youthful excitement and expectation as the rest of his classmates over the future that lie ahead. In his cap and gown on graduation day, he looked just like his fellow graduates, blending in and standing out…

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23 September 2014

Virdell family launches GoFundMe campaign

The family of Christopher Virdell has launched a new fundraising effort through GoFundMe.com (http://www.gofundme.com/missing-chrisvirdell)…

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17 September 2014

Tacoma Sea Scouts celebrate 90 years

On Oct. 4, an historic landmark in our city’s history will be celebrated when the Tacoma Youth Marine Center commemorates 90 years of Tacoma Sea Scouts. In addition, Sea Scouts adult volunteer Tom Rogers will be recognized for his 50 years of volunteer leadership, along with the Youth Marine Center for its 20 years of vision.

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16 September 2014

Be Well: Compassionate care a hallmark of award-winning Fife Dental Center

There’s good reason that Dr. Lisa L. Buttaro and Fife Dental Center were winners in the category of “Best Medical Professional” in the 2014 Fife Free Press readers poll. Dr. Buttaro and her highly trained staff are committed to providing exceptional care with compassion, and their well-earned reputation remains strong…

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2 September 2014

Cheney Stadium hosts South Sound AIDS Walk

Just because there’s a hint of fall in the air doesn’t mean Tacomans are ready for hibernation mode. Quite the contrary in fact, as the city’s annual South Sound AIDS Walk is slated to happen on Saturday, Sept. 20. Hundreds are expected to turn out for this fun and diverse event, attracting individuals and families…

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27 August 2014

Native American entrepreneurs invited to business seminar

In his ongoing efforts to build up the prevalence of Native owned small businesses in the South Sound and to build a Native American community of business owners, Puyallup tribal member and entrepreneur William Manzanares is organizing a Native American business seminar scheduled for Sept. 9 at the Spanish Church next to…

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14 August 2014

Lots to do at McKinley Hill Street Fair Aug. 16

Come enjoy a day of family fun and entertainment at the McKinley Hill Street Fair on Saturday, Aug. 16, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Held on McKinley Avenue between Division and 34th, the day will include all sorts of activities in conjunction with the Tacoma Christian Center’s back to school backpack giveaway to 1,500…

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13 August 2014

Youth paddle greeted at Owen Beach

While the Tribe’s canoe journeys traditionally include children, this year’s paddle to Bella Bella, British Columbia was too long a journey for the youngest children to undertake. However, Cultural Coordinator and head of the Tribe’s Canoe Family Connie McCloud made sure the youngsters got their canoe journey and she…

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13 August 2014

Vintage Vehicle Appreciation Month continues in Tacoma

August is Vintage Vehicle Appreciation Month in Tacoma, as officially proclaimed by Mayor Marilyn Strickland, and coming up are two events where car enthusiasts and families will find plenty of entertainment and summer fun.

The Hilltop Street Fair and Car Show is Aug. 23, at Martin Luther King Jr. Way and South 11th…

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12 August 2014

The Ending of an Era

When Joshua Seals first began his quest to establish the University of Washington-Tacoma Huskies basketball team in 2012, he did so armed with a dream and a healthy sense of his own abilities. With invaluable support from campus officials, his mom Sandra Seals and some key fellow students, Seals succeeded in making his dream…

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5 August 2014

Youth Marine Foundation awarded $500,000 grant

The non-profit Tacoma Youth Marine Foundation has a real reason to celebrate with its win of a $500,000 grant last month from the Seattle Foundation. The funds come at a perfect time, as the foundation is poised to reach new heights of excellence in its mission to get youth out on the water to learn seamanship and the opportunities…

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5 August 2014

Enjoy a summer evening at Stadium District Art and Wine Walk.

One of the most unique events held each summer in Tacoma, the Stadium District Art and Wine Walk has something for everyone. Attracting an average of 450-500 people, the Walk is known for its relaxed, non-crowded atmosphere and for its location in the beautiful Stadium District. This Art and Wine Walk, on Saturday, Aug. 9,…

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29 July 2014

Ruston Family Fair and Car Show celebrates vintage vehicles and more

For the first time, August is officially Vintage Vehicle Appreciation Month in Tacoma. Earlier this year, Tacoma City Council and Mayor Marilyn Strickland issued the formal proclamation, making our city the first one in our state’s long and glorified history to declare a Vintage Vehicle Appreciation Month. This makes the…

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23 July 2014

PTHA community welcomes four new residents

Puyallup Tribal Health Authority staff assembled in the Spirit House on July 11 to enjoy a tasty lunch prepared by chefs at the EQC, the vendor for the event, and warmly welcome four new residents to PTHA’s innovative residency program, the first family medicine residency in the nation with a Native American focus. Sunil…

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16 July 2014

Puyallup Tribe recognizes same-sex marriages


By a unanimous vote on July 9, the Puyallup Tribal Council passed an amendment to the tribal domestic relations code to add a section legalizing same-sex marriages. This not only puts the Tribe in line with Washington State’s same-sex marriage law but also places the Puyallups among the leadership nationwide…

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9 July 2014

Spirits of Tacoma speak at Living History Cemetery Tours

(Please note phone number for the Tacoma Cemetery has been corrected from what appeared in the printed version of the Tacoma Weekly.)** “There are so many cool folks in Tacoma history, and you don’t hear about them. This is time to bring them to life,” said living history re-enactor Karen Haas who will portray…

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10 June 2014

Let deep relaxation be your muse


When the body and mind are freed from the shackles of life – aches and pains, stress, obsessive thoughts and worries – the spirit opens, making room for new and more positive energies to inspire us.

At City of Destiny Float and Massage, co-owner Marca Ouida knows the power of floating, and she wants…

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The Daily MashUp

4 August 2015

Pink Lung Brigade hosts Awareness Wednesday at Health Dept.

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

26 June 2015

Rummage sale at Temple Beth El

Those looking to get out and do a little shopping this weekend will find all…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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12 May 2010

Puyallup Tribe mourns the passing of Lena Landry

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

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18 August 2011

Student travels from Pakistan to study journalism at Pierce College

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

2 September 2015

Click’s future hinges on vision versus risks

The future of the city-owned Click! Cable Network won’t likely come down to a simple look at the dollars and cents on an accountant’s ledger because those numbers seem clear. Leasing the system to a private company that would then provide cable, phone and Internet services on it pencils out fastest and has the least financial…

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2 September 2015

Stupid criminal of the week

A man wasn’t quite happy with his purchase from a Tacoma Mall Boulevard hardware store and decided to take matters into his own hands on Aug. 26. The man entered the store, immediately grabbed a drill and tried to leave without paying for it. He was stopped by loss prevention and police quickly arrived on the scene. When…

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2 September 2015

Parade heralds groundbreaking ceremony for 9-11 memorial

Milton’s 9-11 Memorial Committee is taking an important step on Sept. 11 when they will host both a groundbreaking ceremony for the upcoming memorial and a ceremony for Patriots Day.
“It’s a twofold thing. It’s the 14th anniversar  of 9-11 and we want to have a Patriots Day ceremony as well as groundbreaking…

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2 September 2015

Milton comes out to support injured first responder

There’s a general feeling of safety when it comes to this side of the mountains. The recent wildfires east of the Cascades are a perfect example of this. Brave first responders putting their lives on the line 100 miles away can feel disconnected from our shell of safety, but sometimes tragedies hit close to home and put…

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2 September 2015

CRIME STOPPERS: Family pleads with Puyallup mother of endangered newborn to surrender

It’s been three weeks since a Puyallup woman gave birth to a little boy cops say is meth addicted. Myra Aguilar has been on the run with him ever since. Now, her family is pleading with her to give herself up.
“She didn’t want them (authorities) to know she was pregnant,” Pamela Aguilar said…

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2 September 2015

Bulletin Board

DARNEILLE NAMED WASHINGTON LEGISLATOR OF THE YEAR

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Washington has named Sen. Jeannie Darneille, D-Tacoma, as a 2015 Washington Legislator of the Year for her continued advocacy to improve mental health services on behalf of those living with mental illness…

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2 September 2015

Tacoma Stars signing of Gjertsen is a big one

The Tacoma Stars have officially upped their ante as they approach their inaugural season in the Major Arena Soccer League with the signing of former United Soccer League (USL) Most Valuable Player Joey Gjertsen. The Wilson High School Hall of Famer will bring a decade of professional soccer experience to the new club, which…

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2 September 2015

TACOMA’S HOT TICKETS Sept. 8-16 Soccer & Volleyball

TUESDAY, SEPT. 8 – SOCCER
Girls – Bremerton vs. Foss
Henry Foss HS – 4 p.m.
 
TUESDAY, SEPT. 8 – SOCCER
Girls – Wilson vs. Stadium
Wilson HS – 5 p.m.
 
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2 September 2015

SPORTSWATCH

UPS LOGGER WOMEN LOOK TO MAKE IT 14 NWC SOCCER TITLES IN A ROW

It came down to the final day, but the Puget Sound women's soccer team found itself in a familiar spot at the end of the 2014 regular season. The Loggers had won their 13th-straight Northwest Conference title, and will be looking to extend…

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1 September 2015

Clarification

Clarification: (Re: “Updates to comprehensive plan draw worries,” TW, Aug. 28) The 4 Proctor citizens’ group is gathering signatures to call for a moratorium on high-density developments higher than 45 feet and for more review of the area’s 65-foot height cap, not on all development in the neighborhood.

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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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1 September 2015

The dirt, trees, worms and bees: Reinventing our city – green

How do you create a green city? That’s the question Proctor Farmers’ Market’s annual Green Day will aim to answer this Sept. 12, when a group of local experts join the market to talk with patrons about the many ways we can incorporate nature into our city.
Although we tend to think in terms of the natural versus…

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31 August 2015

Mark your calendars: Frankie Beverly & Maze

Legendary soul and R&B act Frankie Beverly & Maze tops the bill of a gala called The Experience that will take over Kent's Showare Center on Sept. 19. Also on the bill are Keke Wyatt, Kelly Price and Mychel Wastman. Music will start at 7 p.m., and tickets are $49.50 to $199.50, and VIP tickets include a meet-and-greet…

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31 August 2015

Nightlife

Friday, Sept. 4

LOUIE G'S: American Wrecking Company, Machinage (metal) 8 p.m.
DAWSON'S: Rock N' Roll Magic (rock) 9 p.m., NC
G. DONNALSON'S: Linda Myers (blues) 8:30 p.m., NC
JAZZBONES: The Billy Shew Band (rock) 8 p.m., $5-$10;…

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31 August 2015

Arts & Entertainment: Dirt? Scientists, book artists, and poets reflect on soil and our environment

Dirt. Believe it or not, we are running out of it. Ask any scientist and you’ll be told that soil is a highly precious resource, the “delicate biological skin” of our earth. It is the stuff that every terrestrial ecosystem depends upon, including the food we eat. Yet we are using it up, ripping off its protective vegetation,…

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31 August 2015

Culture Corner, A Guide to the Museums of Tacoma

Explore, discover and connect with history. Experience life in Washington Territory during the fur trade era. Fort Nisqually, the first European settlement on Puget Sound, was a bustling center of trade that expanded into a large-scale agricultural enterprise.

 

Museum of the Week:

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31 August 2015

The Things We Like

TLT GALA

Tacoma Little Theatre welcomes the community to its special gala and silent auction celebrating the theatre’s 97th season. This special fund raising event will be filled with fine wine, fine hors d’oeuvres, and fine entertainment. The evening will begin with a social hour and then move…

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31 August 2015

Gang member sentenced to 20 years for human trafficking

Marteze Ravoine Clair, 28, was sentenced on Aug. 28 to 20 years in prison for prostituting underage girls. In July, he pleaded guilty to human trafficking in the second degree and three counts of promoting prostitution in the second degree. Clair worked as a pimp, posting prostitution ads on Backpage.com in an attempt to…

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26 August 2015

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

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

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26 August 2015

Weekly Rewind

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

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26 August 2015

Arts & Entertainment: Tacoma’s Bicentennial Kiosks

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

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26 August 2015

Stupid criminal of the week

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

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26 August 2015

Lemay Exhibit Explores Origins

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

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25 August 2015

Local retirement community raises money for disaster relief

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

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25 August 2015

My fantasy football curse must come to an end

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

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

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25 August 2015

Chief Leschi hands the ball off to experience

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

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25 August 2015

Rainiers

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

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25 August 2015

Reduce Water Use

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

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25 August 2015

The Things We Like

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

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25 August 2015

Bulletin Board

PUBLIC INVITED TO FORUM ON HOMELESS ENCAMPMENTS

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

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25 August 2015

TACOMA’S HOT TICKETS AUGUST - SEPTEMBER

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

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

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

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25 August 2015

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

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

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25 August 2015

Mark your calendars: Ron White

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

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25 August 2015

Culture Corner, A Guide to the Museums of Tacoma

Museum of the Week:

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

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

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25 August 2015

Nightlife

Friday, Aug. 28

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

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25 August 2015

Billboard battle preps to end by winter

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

19 August 2015

CITY COUNCIL RACE TIGHTENS

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

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

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19 August 2015

COUNTY WINS K-9 LAWSUIT

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

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19 August 2015

Tacoma Stars begin kicking it up with new pro season looming

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

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19 August 2015

Hilltop celebrates opening of SOAR Academy

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

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

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19 August 2015

Stupid criminal of the week

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

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19 August 2015

Mark your calendars: Neil Young & Promise of the Real

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

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19 August 2015

Variety is the spice of life at Hilltop Street Fair

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

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

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19 August 2015

Arts & Entertainment: 100 Years On

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

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

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19 August 2015

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

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

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19 August 2015

SPORTSWATCH

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

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

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

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19 August 2015

TACOMA’S HOT TICKETS August and September

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

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

TUESDAY, AUG. 25 – BASEBALL
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19 August 2015

Bulletin Board

CITY LAUNCHES LINCOLN DISTRICT REVITALIZATION PROJECT

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

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18 August 2015

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

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

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18 August 2015

ELECTION WRAP-UP

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

Plans…

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18 August 2015

Nightlife

Friday, Aug. 21

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

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18 August 2015

Culture Corner, A Guide to the Museums of Tacoma

Museum of the Week:

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

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

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18 August 2015

Inaugural Go Green Games Set For Aug. 29

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

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

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18 August 2015

The Things We Like

FOOD TRUCKS

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

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18 August 2015

CRIMESTOPPERS: Mother of murdered man pleads for help

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

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

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18 August 2015

Man charged in deadly Puyallup shooting rampage

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

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18 August 2015

Guest Editorial: Bob Morton represented his people unconditionally

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

Stevens,…

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18 August 2015

Guest Editorial: Sanders to the second power

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

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13 August 2015

Sluggo Brewing Bounces Back

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

 

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

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13 August 2015

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

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

 

 

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13 August 2015

Culture Corner

Museum of the Week:

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

Sponsored by the Tacoma Combined…

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13 August 2015

Nightlife

Friday, Aug. 14

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

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13 August 2015

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

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


Wunderkammers, or cabinets of curiosities, were…

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13 August 2015

The Things We Like

MOBILE FOOD FEST

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

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13 August 2015

Letter to the Editor: Patricia Le Roy

Dear Editor,

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

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13 August 2015

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

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

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

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13 August 2015

Guest Editorial: The Lion and the Scapegoat

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

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13 August 2015

Mark your calendars: Sara Evans

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

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13 August 2015

Letter to the Editor: Willie Dickerson

Dear Editor,

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

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13 August 2015

Audiences can sail through family-friendly ‘Pinafore’

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

 

The two-act, one-set show runs about…

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13 August 2015

CITY IMPROVES REPORTING OF NON-VIOLENT CRIMES

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

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13 August 2015

LAKEWOOD PLAYHOUSE PREPARES FOR 50th ANNIVERSARY

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

 

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

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13 August 2015

COUNTY’S PERMITTING SYSTEM WINS NATIONAL AWARD

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


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

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13 August 2015

Hot Rods for Hearts revs up for second year

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

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13 August 2015

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

Notes on the election results:

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


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

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13 August 2015

Stupid criminal of the week

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

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13 August 2015

Bulletin Board

FINAL RULES ON PAID LEAVE NOW AVAILABLE

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

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13 August 2015

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

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

 

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

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13 August 2015

‘I’m not a racist’

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

 

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

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13 August 2015

TACOMA RAINIERS FINAL HOME GAMES

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

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

SUNDAY, AUG. 23 – 5:05 p.m.

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13 August 2015

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

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


Wunderkammers, or cabinets of curiosities, were galleries…

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13 August 2015

Tacoma Rainiers

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

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13 August 2015

TACOMA’S HOT TICKETS For August

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

 

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

 

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13 August 2015

SPORTSWATCH

TACOMA STARS ANNOUNCE PROFESSIONAL SIGNING OF LOCAL STAR DEREK JOHNSON

 

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


“Derek has earned the opportunity to sign with…

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5 August 2015

Fircrest police seek ID of teen suspect who attacked woman

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

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4 August 2015

Local teacher offers solutions for children with dyslexia

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

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31 July 2015

Bartenders compete in Tacoma craft cocktail mix-off

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

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29 July 2015

Tacoma Aroma Rugby Tournament looks great at 38

Tacoma Aroma Rugby tournament looks great at 38

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29 July 2015

New champions crowned at124th PNW Open

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

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29 July 2015

Police seek Puyallup street robbery suspects

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

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

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29 July 2015

Final tune-up has the engine growling for Kings

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

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29 July 2015

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

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

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29 July 2015

Our view: Court should get tough with lawmakers


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

That means all other…

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29 July 2015

Avant to plat Aug. 7 Fundraiser

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

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

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29 July 2015

Scenes from Under the sun

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

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29 July 2015

Milton to receive 9/11 artifact for memorial

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

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

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29 July 2015

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

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

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

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29 July 2015

SPORTSWATCH

TACOMA STARS PLAN OPEN TRYOUTS FOR MASL AND WISL SQUADS

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

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29 July 2015

TACOMA’S HOT TICKETS JULY AND AUGUST

FRIDAY, JULY 31 – SOCCER

K-W United vs. Sounders U-23

Starfire Stadium, Tukwila – 8 p.m.

SATURDAY, AUG. 1 – FISHING

Gig Harbor Salmon Derby

Pt. Defiance Marina – Weigh-in 2 p.m.

SATURDAY, AUG. 1 – FOOTBALL

Snoh. County…

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28 July 2015

Local Restaurants

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

Herfy’s various teriyaki…

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