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

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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20 May 2015

Native American seniors celebrated at Mt. Tahoma High School

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

David Syth (Crow Nation),…

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12 May 2015

HAVE YOU SEEN THIS MAN?

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

He was released from Tacoma General Hospital on…

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5 May 2015

Make a Scene: Grieve the Astronaut

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

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

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21 April 2015

Graduating seniors honored at TCC powwow

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

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21 April 2015

Diamond Green celebrates its budding business

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

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14 April 2015

Nonprofit launches fundraising campaign to raise $1.5 million by August

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

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9 April 2015

SALISH INTEGRATIVE ONCOLOGY CANCER CENTER

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

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1 April 2015

Sterino Farms Produce Market is now open for business

One of the most wonderful signs of springtime is the bounty of fresh fruits and vegetables that begin appearing on store shelves. Those looking for the freshest locally grown selection must check out Sterino Farms Produce Market and plant nursery at 6006 52nd St. E. in Puyallup.

Having just re-opened for their third…

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1 April 2015

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

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

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24 March 2015

Westgate merchants invite families to Easter egg hunt

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

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24 March 2015

Nearsighted Narwhal celebrates move with music

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

Beutel, who…

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24 March 2015

Springtime means time to visit Chirp & Company

Now that the first official day of spring has come and gone, thoughts are turning to the great outdoors and our own backyards. It’s time to start getting out there to spruce things up, and there’s no better place to begin than at Chirp & Company in Proctor District. In business for nearly two decades at the same location,…

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18 March 2015

Salish Integrative Oncology Care Center

The Puyallup Tribe of Indians is preparing to open a new, state-of-the-art cancer care clinic in Fife. Named the Salish Integrative Oncology Care Center (SIOCC), it will be housed in the first floor of the Trans Pacific building that the Tribe has purchased, located at the Interstate 5/Port of Tacoma exit. An opening ceremony…

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The Daily MashUp

30 December 2015

Tacoma Singing Society holds auditions

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

4 August 2015

Pink Lung Brigade hosts Awareness Wednesday at Health Dept.

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Favorite Articles

4 August 2011

The Art of Hip Hop

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

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14 July 2011

History is made as pride flag flies over city hall

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

One…

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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

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28 July 2016

CRIME STOPPERS: Deputies searching for travel-trailer thief

Pierce County detectives are asking for help identifying a travel trailer thief who has hit the Express Storage in the 14200 block of Meridian Avenue in South Hill twice. The first theft was in early June, the second on July 4 when he stole a Wildcat travel trailer.
“What’s unusual is somebody that will go back…

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28 July 2016

Man charged with hate crime after threat to police officer

Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged 55-year-old Mark Kevin Tolson on July 21 with one count of felony harassment and one count of malicious harassment, which is Washington’s hate crime. Bail is set at $80,000.
“Protecting the public includes protecting our officers,” said Lindquist. “The officer took the defendant’s…

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28 July 2016

Mark your calendars:

Sing along everybody: This fall we're gonna party like it's nineteen ninety-one. That's because iconic grunge super-group Temple of the Dog has announced a five-stop mini tour that includes a Nov. 20 appearance at Seattle's Paramount Theatre.
The group formed in 1990 from the ashes of Mother Love Bone, following the…

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28 July 2016

Make a Scene: Comedian Rivers launches new web series

Seattle comedian Andrew Rivers is obsessed with odd jobs. As in really unusual ones, the kind that almost no one thinks of having when they're kids, daydreaming about what they might be doing in 20 years.
“One of my best friends is a high school teacher, and we talk about this all the time,” said Rivers, who will…

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28 July 2016

CORRECTION

The photos accompanying the July 22 article “Our children are the future – no, really” were incorrectly credited. One was taken by Natasha Lemke and two were taken by Andrew Storey (for the Washington State Charter Schools Association). Tacoma Weekly apologizes for the error.

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28 July 2016

SPORTSWATCH

MARSHAWN LYNCH AND THE BEAST MODE CHALLENGE TO HIT TACOMA

CBS Seattle and Fam First Family Foundation welcome the third annual Subway Beast Mode Challenge, a family festival to celebrate Marshawn Lynch and his foundation on Saturday, July 30 at Swan Creek Park in Tacoma. The festival site will include…

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28 July 2016

Nightlife

Friday, July 29

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JAZZBONES: Kim Simmonds & Savoy Brown, The Jerry Miller Trio (blues, rock) 8 p.m., $25-$30
CULTURA: Latin Fridays (Latin DJ) 9 p.m.
G. DONNALSON'S: Kareem Kandi Band (jazz) 7:30 p.m., NC, AA
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28 July 2016

Local Restaurants

Since 2001, mother/daughter team Markeen Tower and Erin Behnke have been running the classic Italian restaurant Pomodoro, located at 3819 N. 26th St. The team’s hard work has helped the restaurant develop a reputation for a family friendly atmosphere and fantastic food.
“From the moment you walk in the door at Pomodoro,…

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28 July 2016

TACOMA’S HOT TICKETS JULY 28 – AUG. 31

THURSDAY, JULY 28 – TENNIS
125th PNW Open
Tacoma Lawn and Tennis – 11 a.m.

THURSDAY, JULY 28 – BASEBALL
El Paso vs. Tacoma Rainiers
Cheney Stadium – 7:05 p.m.

FRIDAY, JULY 29 – TENNIS
125th PNW Open
Tacoma Lawn and…

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28 July 2016

Bulletin Board

TAKE THE SUBWAY BEAST MODE CHALLENGE

CBS Seattle and Fam 1st Family Foundation welcome the 3rd Annual Subway Beast Mode Challenge and Marshawn Lynch to a family festival to celebrate #24 and Fam 1st Family Foundation on Saturday, July 30 at Swan Creek Park in Tacoma. The festival site will include…

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28 July 2016

The Things We Like

LUCHA LIBRE

The Grand Cinema will show “Lucha Mexico” – a documentary about the rowdy world of Mexican wrestling – at 9:09 p.m. Friday and Saturday, July 29 and 30. Directors Alex Hammond and Ian Markiewicz had unprecedented access to some of the top luchadores in the world, allowing them to…

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28 July 2016

Weekly Rewind

"With our recurring Weekly Rewind feature, Bill Bungard and other staff photographers capture some of the biggest community happenings that you may have missed. Here is our latest batch of photos."

 

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28 July 2016

Biotech accelerator consortium tours Salish Cancer Center

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

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28 July 2016

Flags at half mast and police in the middle

We all know that this is a hard time in law enforcement. On the one hand there are accusations of law enforcement sometimes using excessive force against citizens – especially black citizens. On the other hand, recently, we have seen seven police officers ambushed and assassinated while simply trying to do their jobs. Read More

21 July 2016

Police hunt for convicted rapist who attacked elderly woman

The Pierce County Sheriff's Department's Sex and Kidnap Offender Registration Unit is asking for the public's to find Jeffrey Craig Owens. The 50-year-old sex offender as convicted of raping an 80-year-old woman and is not checking in with deputies as he is required by law to do. A warrant was issued for…

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21 July 2016

Local business celebrates 100 years of making water-resistant paper

When Jerry Darling founded a Tacoma company based on water-resistant paper in 1916, he wasn’t thinking 100 years ahead – he was too busy creating his product in his home garage.
The party that starts this week, however, will raise a toast or two to Darling, who owned at least half the company until 1991, and might…

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21 July 2016

Be well - Inside and out

Northwest Wellness, located in Federal Way, offers chiropractic, massage, rehabilitative exercise and nutrition services to patients around the Pacific Northwest. This amazing team of chiropractors, massage therapists, naturopaths and acupuncturists are having their annual backpack drive to collect school supplies for local…

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21 July 2016

TACOMA’S HOT TICKETS JULY 21 – AUGUST 23

THURSDAY, JULY 21 – BASEBALL
Oklahoma City vs. Tacoma Rainiers
Cheney Stadium – 7:05 p.m.

SATURDAY, JULY 23 – RUGBY
Tacoma Aroma 7’s Tournament
Portland Ave. Playfield – 9 a.m.

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21 July 2016

Make a Scene: Airport to reopen on South Tacoma Way

One of the Sixth Avenue scene's biggest players is taking his talents to South Tacoma. After years of booking bands for Jazzbones and Art on the Ave, talent buyer Dan Rankin's next venture will be reopening the Airport Tavern Bar & Grill, a spot that's been dark for the past couple of years at 5406 South Tacoma Way. Most…

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21 July 2016

Kings and Bengals ready for WWFA playoff run

The season’s fortunes of two Tacoma-area semi-professional football teams will be on the line Saturday, July 23, as the Puyallup Nation Kings and the Pierce County Bengals both host first-round playoff games to open postseason play in the Western Washington Football Alliance (WWFA). The Bengals (4-4) were the 2014 WWFA…

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21 July 2016

Plastic bags won’t disappear over night, but their days are numbered

The recently approved ban on single-use plastic bags won’t come immediately since the city has a slate of public outreach efforts to shoppers and business owners through the next year so everyone has time to adjust to life without them.
Tacoma City Council voted in an 8-1 decision earlier this month to become the…

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21 July 2016

Bail bondsman shooting justifiable homicide

Prosecutor Mark Lindquist declined to file charges on July 15 against Mario D. Carey, 45, in connection with the shooting of Kathryn New, 60, on April 13 in Graham. New was shot after she pointed a pistol at a bail enforcement agent during an attempt by bail enforcement agents to apprehend her son, Aaron New, at her home. Read More

21 July 2016

Nightlife

Friday, July 22

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B SHARP COFFEE: The Frank Kohl Trio (jazz) 8 p.m., $10, AA
CULTURA: Latin Fridays (Latin DJ) 9 p.m.
G. DONNALSON'S: Good Vibes Trio (Latin, jazz fusion) 7:30 p.m., NC, AA
GREAT AMERICAN CASINO:

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21 July 2016

Third teen arraigned for alleged revenge shooting in May

Justice Henderson, 17, was arraigned July 13 on charges of attempted murder in the first degree and unlawful possession of a firearm in the second degree. The charges are in relation to a shooting in May of this year that was allegedly an act of revenge. Bail was set at $1,000,000.
"This is another example of violence…

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21 July 2016

Goodwill employee celebrates 40 years

On July 13 we attended in our Goodwill boardroom a 40-year work anniversary party for Stephanie Staylen, who started when there were four thrift stores raising revenue for training the area’s unemployed. Her friends dressed in “period” social attire and sprinkled the room with 1970’s paraphernalia and games to…

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21 July 2016

The Things We Like

PINBALL PALACE

Pinball lovers, rejoice! The Triple Knock is open for business at 2713 Sixth Ave. It's a new spot where over-grown kids (you have to be 21 or older) can show off their pinball wizardry while enjoying a cocktail or two. Which doesn't usually get better after several cocktails. We recommend…

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21 July 2016

Bulletin Board

FIRST ZIKA CASE CONFIRMED IN COUNTY

A Pierce County man in his 20s tested positive for the Zika virus. The man likely caught the virus recently while in Puerto Rico, a country known to have mosquitoes infected with the Zika virus.
The man was not hospitalized and is recovering. Out of an abundance…

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21 July 2016

Culture Corner, A Guide to the Cultural Events of Tacoma

Events of the Week:

Crafts of the Past: Native American Basketry
July 23 & 24, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Fort Nisqually, Point Defiance Park, 5400 N. Pearl St.

DeAnn Jacobsen is a 5th generation great-granddaughter of Chief Seattle and award winning weaver. She specializes in her ancestor's…

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21 July 2016

Mark your calendars: Magnifique 2016

USC Events is bringing another massive EDM event to the Gorge Amphitheatre this summer with Magnifique festival scheduled to take over the rustic Grant County venue on Sept. 17. The fun will start at 3:30 p.m. that day with appearances by Kaskade, Duke Dumont, Netsky, Mija, Giraffage, Branchez and Chromeo (shown).
Tickets…

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14 July 2016

CRIME STOPPERS: Sex offender using Internet to target victims

Pierce County deputies say “Washington's Most Wanted” fugitive David Ford is a serious cyber-creep. The convicted sex offender is wanted for failing to register after using the Internet to target his victims. 
"What he'll do is he'll get a hold of 14, 15, 16 year old girls online, trade them concert…

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14 July 2016

Open space ranks high with park users eyeing Chambers Bay options

Residents and park users of the Chambers Creek Regional Park trails and open spaces have several opportunities to vote their thoughts about the future of the 930-acre Pierce County park along the western edge of University Place.
An online survey is now available and survey takers will be out in force during the Kite…

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14 July 2016

Preparing for the Unpredictable

Imagine you are on your way to work, and the earth starts shaking. Bridges collapse, I-5 turns into a massive sinkhole, and if you make it out alive, you are now stuck in your car in the middle of chaos, injuries and no option of receiving help anytime soon. Are you prepared to be stuck in your car without help for days?…

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14 July 2016

Fun at Freedom Fair

Skyefire enjoys the Fourth of July festivities at Freedom Fair on the Tacoma waterfront. The six-year-old had a wonderful time socializing with Tacoma and Fircrest police chiefs Don Ramsdell and John Cheesman, after fulfilling her appetite with a burger prepared just for her by TPD Lieutenant Bart Hayes.

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14 July 2016

TACOMA’S HOT TICKETS JULY 14 - 31

THURSDAY, JULY 14 – BASEBALL
Colorado Springs vs. Tacoma Rainiers
Cheney Stadium – 7:05 p.m.

FRIDAY, JULY 15 – BASEBALL
Colorado Springs vs. Tacoma Rainiers
Cheney Stadium – 7:05 p.m.

FRIDAY, JULY 15 – SOCCER
Calgary vs.…

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14 July 2016

Make a Scene: Cloneapaloooza

On Saturday and Sunday, July 16 and 17, the 420 Smoker Tour will take over O'Malley's Irish Pub, 2403 Sixth Ave. The event is a preview of the fourth annual Cloneapalooza, an herb-friendly rock festival that will next take place from Sept. 15 to 17 at Silver Ridge Ranch in Easton, and a release party for a related DVD. Tickets…

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14 July 2016

Mark your calendars: John Cleese

From the Ministry of Silly walks to shrugging off “flesh wounds” as the Black Knight, Monty Python's John Cleese has starred in some of the most absurdly funny scenes in TV and cinematic history; and now the iconic comedian – also known for “Faulty Towers” and the Academy Award-nominated “A Fish Called Wanda”…

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14 July 2016

Nightlife

Friday, July 15

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JAZZBONES: Will Jordan, Nyoka, Tiffany Hammonds (pop, electronic) 8 p.m., $10-$12
CULTURA: Latin Fridays (Latin DJ) 9 p.m.
G. DONNALSON’S: The Paul Green & Mark Riley Blues Duo (blues) 7:30 p.m., NC, AA

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14 July 2016

B2 Fine Art hosts one last show in Tacoma

It is sad to report that Tacoma’s B2 Fine Art Gallery is departing from the City of Destiny in favor of finding greener pastures in the Emerald City to the north. Since 2010, B2 (“bee squared”) has exhibited work by a wide range or artists from emerging artists all the way up to nationally known artists like Aminah…

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14 July 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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14 July 2016

Man charged with murder for April stabbing

Today Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Jose Jonael Ayala Reyes, 24, on July 11 with murder in the first degree for the stabbing of Samuel Cruces Vasquez in April of this year. Bail was set at $2,000,000 at the arraignment.
“Our gang unit has successfully reduced gang violence, and we are continuing to vigorously…

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14 July 2016

Keeping a journal brings clarity to personal fitness

Stuffed inside a file cabinet in my home office is a collection of running journals dating back to the spring of 1986. That’s right: I’ve been jotting down the details of my daily running habit for three decades. When I first started keeping track of every mile and every workout, Ronald Reagan was POTUS, Chernobyl was…

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14 July 2016

PLASTIC BAG BAN TO COME NEXT YEAR

Tacoma City Council has voted in an 8-1 decision to enact a citywide ban on the sale of single-use plastic bags starting next summer. The ban also includes a per-bag charge of at least five cents for paper bags as a way to prompt shoppers to bring their own ways of carrying out their purchases and cut down on the litter created…

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14 July 2016

LNG plant’s business plan raises concern with state utility watchers

Puget Sound Energy wants its proposed liquefied natural gas plant to be run by a wholly owned shell company as a way to sell the gas on the unregulated market, while also storing it under regulated utility terms.
Critics fear the proposal puts customers at risk of subsidizing the facility through higher utility rates.…

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14 July 2016

Bulletin Board

OPIOID USE UP IN PIERCE COUNTY

The opioid epidemic ravaging communities across the country has hit Pierce County. A new report Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department commissioned shows the scope of the problem here.
The Health Department’s Treatment Services program offers people in recovery…

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14 July 2016

TMP’s ‘Mary Poppins’ is supercalifragilisticexpialidocious

Tacoma Musical Playhouse (TMP) is bringing the 22nd season of its main stage shows to a close with a well-crafted production of “Mary Poppins,” the musical story of the magical English nanny. “We’ve saved the best for last,” asserted John Douglas Rake, TMP’s managing artistic director who also directed and choreographed…

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13 July 2016

Playoffs loom large for Puyallup Nation Kings

It’s been another stellar season for the Puyallup Nation Kings football team. The defending Western Washington Football Alliance (WWFA) champions seem to have hit their stride at the right time this season and are looking primed for a strong playoff run. With one game left on the regular season schedule, the Kings can finish…

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7 July 2016

Weekly Rewind

With our recurring Weekly Rewind feature, our staff photographers capture some of the biggest community happenings that you may have missed. This week, Bill Bungard visited Angle Lake where Maurice the Fish Records celebrated the Fourth of July with a showcase of artists on their roster. 

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7 July 2016

Inmate charged with attempted murder of corrections deputy

Prosecutor Mark Lindquist has charged Kady Jo Paxton, 21, with attempted murder in the first degree, attempted assault in the first degree and unlawful possession of a deadly weapon by a prisoner. The court set bail in the amount of $250,000.
“Our commitment to protecting the community includes protecting those who…

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7 July 2016

Man sentenced to 18 years for death of elderly man in his care

Larry Lee, 51, to 220 months in prison on June 30 for the death of Philip Carter, 59. The sentence is the high end of the standard range, as requested by deputy prosecutors Erika Nohavec and Bryce Nelson. Nohavec told Judge Michael Schwartz that medical professionals called this “one of the worst cases of neglect they had…

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7 July 2016

Nightlife

Friday, July 8

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JAZZBONES: Samantha Fish (blues) 8:30 p.m., $15-$18
CULTURA: Latin Fridays (Latin DJ) 9 p.m.
EMERALD QUEEN: Kenny Rogers (country) 8:30 p.m., $50-$120
G. DONNALSON'S: Maggie Laird (jazz) 7:30…

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7 July 2016

Mark your calendars: Alice Cooper

Vincent Damon Furnier – a.k.a. shock-rock godfather Alice Cooper – will return to the Emerald Queen Casino this fall. He's sure to deliver “School's Out,” “I'm Eighteen” and other classics on Oct. 20, with ginormous snakes and gruesome executions only adding to the fun. Mwahahaha!  
Tickets are…

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7 July 2016

TACOMA’S HOT TICKETS JULY 9 - 31

SATURDAY, JULY 9 – FOOTBALL
Cavaliers vs. Puyallup Nation Kings
Chief Leschi Stadium – 6 p.m.

THURSDAY, JULY 14 – BASEBALL
Colorado Springs vs. Tacoma Rainiers
Cheney Stadium – 7:05 p.m.

FRIDAY, JULY 15 – BASEBALL
Colorado…

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7 July 2016

Bulletin Board

CITY PONDERS RENAMING OF TACOMA MALL NEIGHBORHOOD
 
The City of Tacoma is currently working to develop a Subarea Plan for the Tacoma Mall Neighborhood that focuses on the vision, goals and strategies for the area. During outreach for this effort, there has been community interest in whether…

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7 July 2016

Culture Corner, A guide to the cultural events of Tacoma

Art and Music of Maritime Fest:

Foss Waterway Seaport
705 Dock St.
Wednesday - Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, noon to 4 p.m.
Info: www.fosswaterwayseaport.org

Upcoming events:

July 14, 5-8 p.m.

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7 July 2016

Ladies! Get your summer fitness going at Curves of Tacoma

Attention, ladies! If you have been feeling ready to get back into a consistent fitness and overall body wellness program, you are in luck. Curves of Tacoma is hosting an open house on July 9 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., inviting the community to tour Curves and get a free consultation. You will be able to try the circuit, see…

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7 July 2016

Bag ban, in some form, seems bound for Tacoma

Tacoma City Council is primed to consider two plans meant to cut down on the amount of litter that collects in trees and bushes or finds its way into the stomachs of sea life after flowing into waterways.
The council will decide on a proposed ordinance that would ban single-use retail bags and charge a fee of no less…

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7 July 2016

The Things We Like

ART ON THE AVE

Tacoma's biggest block party, Art on the Ave, will take over Sixth Avenue between Slate and Alder streets on Sunday, July 10. This year's lineup includes Vicci Martinez, Mirrorgloss, Ben Union, Stay Grounded, Mechanism, Deathbed Confessions, Jekesa Marimba Band,, Big Wheel Stunt Show,…

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7 July 2016

SPORTSWATCH

SOUNDERS WOMEN LOOK TO CLINCH WPSL NORTHWEST DIVISION TITLE

As the Sounders Women return from a short break in the 2016 Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL) season, the playoff run is getting closer by the minute. At 7-0-0, the Sounders Women are in the driver’s seat to head into the postseason.…

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30 June 2016

CRIME STOPPERS: Ruston police seek identity of car prowl suspects

Ruston Police are asking for help identifying a woman using Samantha Logar’s stolen credit cards. Officers say she tried using them at Walgreens at 6th and Stevens after they were stolen along with two backpacks in a car prowl on June 6 at the Fred Meyer on South 19th in Tacoma.
"It's really disturbing to know…

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30 June 2016

TACOMA’S HOT TICKETS JUNE 30 – JULY 31

THURSDAY, JUNE 30 – BASEBALL
Las Vegas 51s vs. Tacoma Rainiers
Cheney Stadium – 7:05 p.m.

FRIDAY, JULY 1 – BASEBALL
Las Vegas 51s vs. Tacoma Rainiers
Cheney Stadium – 7:05 p.m.

SATURDAY, JULY 2 – BASEBALL
Las Vegas 51s…

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30 June 2016

Metro Parks to break ground on new Baja Bay exhibit at Point Defiance Zoo

New aquatic species like scalloped hammerhead sharks, green sea turtles and spotted eagle rays are just two years away for Tacoma and Puget Sound residents who have been dreaming for years of a new aquarium. Just imagine these animals - and others - swimming gracefully in a 250,000-gallon aquarium exhibit with an expansive…

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30 June 2016

UWT graduate heads for Oxford

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

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30 June 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.
Everyday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Info: FortNisqually.org

Fort Nisqually is a living history museum where volunteers and staff, in period clothing,…

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30 June 2016

Make a Scene: Mark Bittler releases solo album

After a decade manning the keys for the South Sound's premier funk n' soul act, Bump Kitchen, Mark Bittler has gone solo; and recently we caught up to talk about his solo debut, “My Name is Mark,” released by Tacoma's Maurice the Fish Records. 
Tacoma Weekly: Most important question first: Do you still rock…

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30 June 2016

Bulletin Board

SUMMER JOBS 253 GROWS TO 200 STUDENTS

The Summer Jobs 253 program kicked off on July 1, with 200 students attending a week of employment training before starting their summer internships on July 5.
Launched in 2013, the program partners with Tacoma and surrounding area employers to place incoming…

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30 June 2016

Mark your calendars: Capitol Hill Block Party

The Capitol Hill Block Party will take over Seattle's most hipster-saturated neighborhood from July 22 to 24 with a lineup that includes main stage headliners Washed Out (July 22), Odesza (July 23) and Chvrches (July 24). The Vera Project, Neumos, Barboza and the Cha Cha lounge will also host smaller stages featuring performances…

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30 June 2016

Imagination and bubbles lead to UP author’s first children’s book

A bubble wand transformed by a little girl’s imagination has resulted in a new children’s book by University Place author Lori Forrest.
“The Castle in the Bubble” is the first in a series focusing on a strong young heroine who goes off on adventures into imaginary worlds that suddenly appear within bubbles in…

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30 June 2016

Nightlife

Friday, July 1

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CULTURA: Latin Fridays (Latin DJ) 9 p.m.
G. DONNALSON'S: Little Bill Engelhart with Rod Cook (blues, jazz) 7:30 p.m., NC, AA
GREAT AMERICAN CASINO: Notorious 253 (dance) 9 p.m., NC
JAZZBONES:

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30 June 2016

NSA Archery Development League participates in First Grand Tournament

Exciting finishes, sportsmanship and fun competition in the first league championship was just what the founders of Next Step Archery Youth Development League had hoped for. It was the brainchild of four coaches from four different archery programs in the Central Puget sound region: Brad Owen from the Puyallup Tribe’s Little…

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30 June 2016

U.P. non-profit brings supplies to those in need

In 2014, a group of University Place residents decided that their holiday season would be spent giving back to those in need in Tacoma. On New Years Eve, they drove into Tacoma and delivered more than 60 sandwiches and various coats and socks to people who were homeless in the city, and a brand new non-profit organization,…

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30 June 2016

The Things We Like

TATTOO FEST

Learn about islander culture and the art of Samoan tattooing at the Northwest Polynesian Tattoo Festival which will kick off at 11 a.m. Saturday and noon Sunday, July 2 and 3, at the Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center, 1500 Broadway. The event will also feature a car show and…

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30 June 2016

Community mourns passing of Carson Styron

Residents of the Milton, Edgewood and Fife communities continue to mourn 13-year-old Carson Styron, a local student who passed away in an ATV accident on June 5. Styron was attending a barbeque when the accident occurred, and paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene.
Styron was an energetic young man who was heavily…

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30 June 2016

Man sentenced to 8.5 years in stabbing death of his daughter

Milton Cletus Fabre, 81, pled guilty on July 24 to manslaughter in the first degree for the stabbing death of his adult daughter, Tamara Fabre, on New Year’s Eve 2015. He was sentenced to 102 months in prison.
“Stopping domestic violence requires us all to work together and speak out,” said Prosecutor Mark Lindquist.…

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23 June 2016

CRIME STOPPERS: Pierce County detectives seek bike-riding credit card crooks

Pierce County detectives are trying to identify two young men who tried to use credit cards at Walmart stolen during a burglary in Puyallup. The thieves broke into an attached garage and stole a wallet, keys and other valuables while a family with five children were asleep in the home.
With her hands full with five…

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23 June 2016

Kitsap Bank names 2016 scholarship recipients

Kitsap Bank has presented eight scholarships to the graduating children of Kitsap Bank employees. Among this year’s scholarship recipients are Bellarmine Preparatory School graduate Alexis Bryson, daughter of Mary Kay Bryson; Olympic High School graduate MacKenzie Benson, daughter of Kimberley Webster; South Kitsap High…

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23 June 2016

Be well - Inside & out

At Lifetime Massage Therapy, founder Grace Oswald takes great pride in mak­ing sure that when you walk in the door there is someone to take good care of you. In business for over 25 years, Lifetime Massage Therapy opened in 1992, with Katie Underwood join­ing the team in 2001. Together, they and Lifetime’s four additional…

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23 June 2016

The Things We Like

KUNG FU ACTION

The Grand Cinema will be showing “Dragon Inn” this weekend as part of its Weird Elephant series, which celebrates cult horror, sci-fi and fantasy films. “Dragon Inn,” released in 1967 and directed by King Hu, is widely consider one of the most influential wuxia films, martial…

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23 June 2016

Nightlife

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TACOMA COMEDY: Brad Upton (comedy) 8, 10:30 p.m., $16-$22, 18+ early show
B SHARP COFFEE: King Kom Beaux (blues) 8 p.m., $7, AA
CULTURA: Latin Fridays (Latin DJ) 9 p.m.
G. DONNALSON'S: Johnaye Kendrick…

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23 June 2016

Mark your calendars: Kanye West

Rapper, producer and reality TV star Kanye West recently released dates for his 32-stop “Saint Pablo Tour,” which will kick off on Aug. 29 in Indianapolis and include an Oct. 19 stop at Seattle's KeyArena. West is among America's most divisive pop stars, celebrated for “Through the Wire,” “Jesus Walk,” “Gold…

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23 June 2016

Study shows Sheriff’s Department seriously understaffed

Representatives from Public Safety Strategies Group (PSSG) have presented a study to the Pierce County Council that shows the Sheriff’s Department is seriously understaffed. PSSG recommends the Sheriff’s Department hire between 72 and 82 employees in order to improve service delivery, increase community engagement and…

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23 June 2016

TACOMA’S HOT TICKETS JUNE 25 – JULY

SATURDAY, JUNE 25 – SCOT GAMES
Tacoma Highland Games
Froniter Park, Graham – 8 a.m.

SATURDAY, JUNE 25 – FOOTBALL
Puget Sound vs. Puyallup Nation Kings
Chief Leschi Stadium – 6 p.m.

SATURDAY, JUNE 25 – FOOTBALL
Cowlitz…

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23 June 2016

SPORTSWATCH

TACOMA RAINIERS ANNOUNCE OPEN AUDITIONS FOR NEW RHUBARBS

Have you ever dreamt about becoming a part of one of the best minor league baseball organizations in the United States? If so, this just might be your summer. The Tacoma Rainiers are looking for Grit City’s wildest, craziest party animal. The…

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23 June 2016

Jury finds caregiver guilty of murder for death of man in his care

A jury found Larry Lee, 51, guilty of murder in the second degree on June 15 for the death of Philip Carter, 59. The jury also found Lee guilty of manslaughter in the first degree and returned a special verdict finding that the victim was particularly vulnerable. The jury delivered their verdicts following a 6-day trial.…

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23 June 2016

Montgomery, Old Foals and more headed to MAWP festival

Organizers have released the lineup for this year's Music and Art in Wright Park, the local punk and indie-rock festival that will take over Wright Park - 501 S. I St. - on Aug. 13.
“We've still got a couple of spaces left, but I'm waiting on a couple of exciting call backs,” said Jayme Fisher, who booked the bands…

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23 June 2016

High priority offender arraigned for burglary ending with crashed U-Haul

High priority offender Jeremy Russell Nichols, 32, was arraigned on June 21 on charges of residential burglary, theft in the first degree, attempting to elude a pursuing police vehicle and malicious mischief in the first degree. Bail was set at $50,000.
“The goal of the High Priority Offender Program is to make our…

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23 June 2016

Bulletin Board

FUNDING AVAILABLE FOR LINCOLN DISTRICT PROJECTS

The Tacoma Arts Commission is offering a workshop and $500-$5,000 grants for creative community projects in the Lincoln District. The workshop will be held Saturday, July 30, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Lincoln District Project Office (750 S. 38th St.…

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23 June 2016

Weekly Rewind

"With our recurring Weekly Rewind feature, Bill Bungard and other staff photographers capture some of the biggest community happenings that you may have missed. Here is our latest batch of photos."

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22 June 2016

League rules may harm South Sound FC

Under normal circumstances, a weekend that includes a win and a tie in two soccer matches would be considered a positive outcome for most teams. When the weekend’s battles were over for the South Sound FC women’s team, the very same outcome may have proven to be a deathblow for the Shock’s championship hopes in the…

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20 June 2016

Jury finds caregiver guilty of murder for death of man in his care

A jury found Larry Lee, 51, guilty of murder in the second degree on June 15 for the death of Philip Carter, 59. The jury also found Lee guilty of manslaughter in the first degree and returned a special verdict finding that the victim was particularly vulnerable. The jury delivered their verdicts following a 6-day trial. Read More

16 June 2016

Tacoma Rainiers come home clinging to first place

The month of June hasn’t exactly been a delight for the Tacoma Rainiers’ record, but with all of the other great things going on around the organization, the current 6-7 mark by the ball club doesn’t really look so bad overall. With a team still sitting in first place in the Pacific Coast League’s Pacific Northern…

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16 June 2016

Local Restaurants

{body_image_1} Since first being established in August 2011 by Charles and Rebecca Marbas, Northwest Lumpia has been serving Tacoma locals this unique and appetizing delicacy. If you are not familiar with this choice food called lumpia, it is a Filipino cuisine stemming from the Filipino word “Lumpiang Prito,” which translates…

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16 June 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.
Everyday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Info: FortNisqually.org

Located in Tacoma’s Point Defiance Park, Fort Nisqually Living History Museum is a restoration…

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16 June 2016

Bulletin Board

FREEDOM FAIR AND AIR SHOW WILL GO ON

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Tacoma’s 4th of July extravaganza will be back to thrill the masses again this year. The volunteers who are part of the non-profit organization that presents the annual Freedom Fair that features the air show and fireworks over Commencement…

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16 June 2016

Hiking 101: Take a hike This summer

Summer’s almost here. Time to dust off those old hiking boots, whip up a batch of homemade trail mix and head for the back country. If you’re a nature lover or just someone who appreciates clean air and wide open space, this time of year can only mean one thing: it’s hiking season.
If you’re trying to get fit,…

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16 June 2016

TACOMA’S HOT TICKETS June 17 – July 3

FRIDAY, JUNE 17 – BASEBALL
Fresno vs. Tacoma Rainiers
Cheney Stadium – 7:05 p.m.

FRIDAY, JUNE 17 – SOCCER
Kitsap Pumas vs. Sounders U23
Sunset Stadium, Sumner – 7:30 p.m.

SATURDAY, JUNE 18 – BASEBALL
Fresno vs. Tacoma…

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16 June 2016

253 Draft Punk festival this Saturday.

The Swiss Tavern's 253 Draft Punk festival will be back for another round on Saturday, June 18.
From 2 p.m. until the pub closes, the event will again showcase tasty concoctions that local brew masters have been whipping up this spring while some of the region's hardest rocking bands provide the soundtrack.
Granted,…

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16 June 2016

Prosecutors present on elder abuse to seven groups

Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist and Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Sven Nelson presented on the subject of elder abuse to seven different ethnic groups over the past five days. The presentations focused on how members of the community can identify and protect against elder abuse.
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“Our aging…

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16 June 2016

Mark your calendars: X Ambassadors with Rachel Platten

New York's X Ambassadors are headed to the Puyallup. The band – known for hits “Unconsolable,” “Jungle” and “Renegades” – will headline the Washington State Fair Event Center's 11,000-seat grandstand on Sept. 15 with support from singer-songwriter Rachel Platten.

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Tickets are on…

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16 June 2016

Nightlife

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Friday, June 17

THE SWISS: The Hipsters (rock covers) 9 p.m., $5-$10 
B SHARP COFFEE: The Frank Kohl Trio (jazz) 8 p.m., $10, AA
CULTURA: Latin Fridays (Latin DJ)…

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15 June 2016

CRIME STOPPERS: Detectives try to identify mom using stolen credit card

Pierce County detectives are asking for the public’s help to identify a woman using a stolen credit card at the South Hill Walmart on May 12 while she pushed her child in the shopping basket.
“In the video you can clearly see that she’s using the credit card, doing a self-checkout with the groceries,” says Pierce…

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