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

24 February 2015

Business Spotlight

Tacomans shopping around for a new recreational cannabis store should stop by Diamond Green at 4002 S. 12th St. With its beautifully renovated interior, friendly and knowledgeable staff and big selection of products, Diamond Green will quickly become your go-to place for all your cannabis needs.

Just looking at customer…

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17 February 2015

Hozoji Matheson-Margullis

It seems that Puyallup tribal member and native Tacoman Hozoji Matheson-Margullis has a magic touch. Whether she’s writing poetic lyrics for music, playing in the two bands she’s in, diving for geoduck or helping to study underwater sea life, she is a major success at it. Most recently “Modern Drummer” magazine, a…

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4 February 2015

Business Spotlight: CLEAR CHOICE CANNABIS

Now that the initial rush on the state’s new marijuana retail shops has subsided dramatically, nine out of 10 times customers can get in and out within a matter of minutes, which is leading to an interesting phenomenon. Just like people choosing their favorite convenience or coffee shop to stop at during their day, cannabis…

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3 February 2015

Show your sweetheart big love with a gift from Brown’s Flowers

With Valentine’s Day approaching quickly, thoughts turn to where the best buy is for flowers for that special loved one. In Tacoma, Brown’s Flowers is ready to take your order and show you the quality customer service and quality flower arrangements the shop has gained a fine reputation for over its 89 years in business.…

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21 January 2015

Be Well - Inside and out

The Pure Body Shop at 2501 6th Ave. is your one-stop-shop for relaxation and treatment from head to toe. Within its beautiful interior space, walking in the door you will be able to unwind, de-stress and enjoy the Pure Body experience of taking much needed time for yourself that is affordable and healthy.

Using natural…

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6 January 2015

South Sound celebrates the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

The year 2015 kicks off fittingly with several local celebrations of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. While the official Martin Luther King Jr. Day falls on Monday, Jan. 19, there are several events being held before and after this national holiday to help people of all races and ages start off the new year giving honor to…

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10 December 2014

Puyallup Tribe gives Home Team Harvest its biggest donation

It may have been a chilly, rainy morning but there was plenty of warmth at KING 5’s Home Team Harvest on Dec. 6. Things were bustling at the Tacoma Mall, one of numerous sites set up that day to collect food and monetary donations for Northwest Harvest at this annual, one-day event.

As cars drove up to drop off…

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9 December 2014

Hilarious ‘Blabbering Bethann’ teaches a valuable lesson

Tacoma Weekly’s contributing editorial cartoonist Chris Britt has authored his first book, and it is laugh-out-loud funny for readers of all ages. A children’s book about the pitfalls of being selfish, “Blabbering Bethann’s” true lesson is about the joy of treating others with kindness and respect – something…

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3 December 2014

Puyallup Tribe grants $275,000 to UWT

Continuing its longstanding tradition of supporting higher education, the Puyallup Tribe of Indians has made its largest grant to date to the University of Washington-Tacoma – $275,000 that will go toward enhancing Native American education and research at the university.

“The Puyallup Tribe chose to gift the UWT…

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3 December 2014

Puyallup Tribe feeds, clothes the homeless

The Puyallup Tribe and a team of community volunteers started off this season of giving with a free giveaway to our area’s homeless on Nov. 22. Setting up shop near the Tacoma Dome on that rainy, cold and windy morning, the line of people seeking help remained constant into the afternoon.

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25 November 2014

Tacoma’s Toy Rescue Mission

Any grown-up who has lost their faith in the existence of Santa Claus need only visit the Toy Rescue Mission in Tacoma. There, you will meet the charming and personable Martha Davis and while she doesn’t have a white beard or a belly that shakes like a bowl full of jelly, she is the embodiment of Saint Nick himself in her…

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11 November 2014

Experience the Christmas shop at Holland Nursery and Landscaping

Now that the days are turning colder and the autumn leaves are just about gone from the trees, thoughts turn to the holidays and all the warmth and beauty they bring. In Puyallup, the homey Christmas store at Holland Nursery and Landscaping – with its cozy feel, soft Christmas music playing in the background, twinkling…

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29 October 2014

Be Well - inside & out


It’s no secret what negative effects sensory overload can have on our daily lives. With kids, jobs, schedules, noise, traffic and so much more to contend with, not only do our mind and spirit suffer but our physical body as well can grow sore and painful from shouldering the demands of the day. It only stands…

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15 October 2014

Friends and family gather to welcome the salmon

The return of salmon to the Puyallup River Watershed received a festive welcoming on Oct. 11 at the Puyallup Hatchery. Adults and children alike were there to take part in the day’s activities that included guided tours to watch migrating salmon in Clarks Creek, tours of the hatchery, informational tables, science and art…

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15 October 2014

Sorry, kids! Cap’n Big Bones will be on the high seas this Halloween

Little lads and lassies (and big lads and lassies too!) take note: Tacoma’s beloved pirate Cap’n Big Bones and his lovely lass Lady Di won’t be around to jovially shiver the timbers of trick-or-treaters at Proctor Treats this Halloween. The big, loveable Cap’n and his wedded maiden have set sail on a long sea journey,…

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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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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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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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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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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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9 June 2016

More state championships for Tacoma’s preps

It was an exciting, and sometimes heartbreaking year in sports for Tacoma high school athletes, and when it came down to the final weekend of the year, several of our cities finest saved their best for last. After a thrilling weekend of state track and field performances, including an historic 3A team title by the Lincoln…

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9 June 2016

CRIME STOPPERS: Parkland homicide suspect on the run

Pierce County Sheriff’s detectives need your help to find homicide suspect James Mapp. A felony warrant has been issued for Mapp’s arrest for murder in the first degree. Detectives say he and six other teens shot and killed Lorenzo Parks on May 18 during an attempted armed robbery in the 12700 block of Pacific Avenue…

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9 June 2016

Culture Corner, A Guide to the Museums of Tacoma

Museums of the Week:

Collins Memorial Library
1500 N. Warner St. #1021
Mon. and Thur., 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Tues., Wed., Fri., 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sat., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Closed Sun.
Info: tinyurl.com/zqsbjxt

This week at Collins…

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9 June 2016

MultiCare, CHI Franciscan unite for behavioral health hospital

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

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9 June 2016

Eyes turn to Tacoma for development, business relocation

Investors, developers and business boosters saw a snapshot last week of things to come in Tacoma at a city-sponsored showcase that highlighted the $1 billion worth of construction projects in the works around the city.
The “Downtown Tacoma Economic Development Showcase” at LeMay: America’s Car Museum drew about…

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9 June 2016

Nightlife

Friday, June 10

B SHARP COFFEE: Squirrel Butter and special guests (country, blues, jug band) 8 p.m., $5, AA
CULTURA: Latin Fridays (Latin DJ) 9 p.m.
G. DONNALSON'S: Paul Green with Mark Riley (blues) 8 p.m., NC, AA
GREAT AMERICAN CASINO:

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9 June 2016

Make a Scene: Meeker Days to usher in summer in Puyallup

Tacoma's biggest festivals – Freedom Fair, Taste of Tacoma, Art on the Ave – are still weeks away. Right now, all eyes are turned towards Puyallup in search of a little fun in the sun.
Next week, Meeker Days will take over several blocks of the city's downtown – a section bordered on two sides by Main Street and…

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9 June 2016

SPORTSWATCH

4A NARROWS ALL-LEAGUE BASEBALL

Most valuable player: Mike Toglia, Gig Harbor, sr. Pitcher of the year: Austin Whalen, Timberline, sr. Coach of the year: Pete Jansen, Gig Harbor

FIRST TEAM

Pitchers: Lucas Reid, Timberline,…

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9 June 2016

TACOMA’S HOT TICKETS JUNE 9 – JULY 3

THURSDAY, JUNE 9 – BASEBALL
Reno vs. Tacoma Rainiers
Cheney Stadium – 7:05 p.m.

FRIDAY, JUNE 10 – BASEBALL
Reno vs. Tacoma Rainiers
Cheney Stadium – 7:05 p.m.

FRIDAY, JUNE 10 – SOCCER
Crossfire vs. Sounders U23
Sunset…

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9 June 2016

Man sentenced to 47 years for Lincoln District murder

Vernon Curry, Jr., 34, was sentenced June 3 to more than 47 years in prison for the murder of Michael Ward in the Lincoln District of Tacoma in September of 2014. Following a three weeklong trial in May, a jury convicted Vernon Curry, Jr. of first degree murder. The judge heard statements in court by the family of Michael…

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9 June 2016

Bulletin Board

CITY OF TACOMA SURVEYING 9,200 LOCAL BUSINESSES

In support of the City Council’s continued efforts to help Tacoma’s businesses succeed, the City of Tacoma’s Community and Economic Development Department is conducting an online survey of all local businesses to learn what's working, what isn't,…

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9 June 2016

Slipknot delays local appearance

Medical issues have caused alt-metal band Slipknot to postpone its scheduled June 11 appearance at Auburn's White River Amphitheatre. The band announced that leader Corey Taylor had recently undergone “unplanned spinal surgery” leading to the delay in launching their tour with Marilyn Manson and Of Mice and Men.   Read More

9 June 2016

Mark your calendars: Prophets of Rage

Prophets of Rage will stir things up in Auburn this summer. The new super-group – which features members of Public Enemy, Rage Against the Machine and Cypress Hill – was unveiled last month, and Monday the band announced it's first headlining tour which will include a Sept. 10 stop at White River Amphitheatre.
It…

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2 June 2016

Lincoln Abes capture state track title

It’s been a rough school year for Tacoma public schools on the fields, courts and diamonds. While Tacoma rightfully boasts some of the finest athletes in the state of Washington, the winning combination hasn’t been coming together for Grit City’s best when it comes to getting their hands on a state championship trophy. Read More