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.

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

Favorite Articles

4 August 2011

The Art of Hip Hop

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

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14 July 2011

History is made as pride flag flies over city hall

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

One…

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11 May 2010

Puyallup Tribe mourns the passing of Lena Landry

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

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18 August 2011

Student travels from Pakistan to study journalism at Pierce College

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

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

2 June 2016

CRIME STOPPERS: Deputies searching for convicted rapist in Pierce County

Pierce County deputies are asking for the public's help to find convicted rapist Marvin Lee Easley. The Level III sex offender has a warrant for his arrest for failure to register as a sex offender. The 53-year-old was convicted for rape in the third degree in King County in 2011. Court documents show…

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2 June 2016

Bulletin Board

FOUR LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR CANDIDATES TO SPEAK

There are four Republican candidates for lieutenant governor in Washington State, and they will be together and speaking about their campaigns at the next regular meeting of the 28th District Republican Club, which will be held at the Cloverleaf at 11 a.m.…

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2 June 2016

TACOMA’S HOT TICKETS June 2 – June 26

THURSDAY, JUNE 2 – BASEBALL
Salt Lake vs. Tacoma Rainiers
Cheney Stadium – 7:05 p.m.

FRIDAY, JUNE 3 – BASEBALL
Salt Lake vs. Tacoma Rainiers
Cheney Stadium – 7:05 p.m.

FRIDAY, JUNE 3 – SOCCER
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2 June 2016

The Things We Like

PRE-TALKIES TACOMA

Catch a screening of the formerly lost silent film, “Eyes of the Totem,” at 3 p.m. Saturday, June 4 at the Washington State History Museum downtown. The movie was filmed in Tacoma in 1926 by H.C. Weaver Studios, a production company that was located on Titlow Beach; but it was…

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2 June 2016

Nightlife

Friday, June 3

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JAZZBONES: Too Slim & The Taildraggers CD release (blues, rock) 8 p.m., $18
B SHARP COFFEE: Ted Dortch Quartet (jazz) 8 p.m., $7, AA
CULTURA: Latin Fridays (Latin DJ) 9 p.m.
G. DONNALSON'S:

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2 June 2016

Mark your calendars: Fifth Harmony

Fifth Harmony – the chart-topping girl group behind “Sledgehammer,” “Worth It” and “Work From Home” – is headed to Auburn. The quintet – featuring Ally Brooke, Normani Kordei, Lauren Jauregui, Camilla Cabello and Dinah Jane – will bring its 7/27 tour to the White River Amphitheatre on Sept. 13. The show…

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2 June 2016

Culture Corner, A Guide to the Museums of Tacoma

Museum of the Week:

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

The Karpeles Library is the world's…

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2 June 2016

$5 million lawsuit against county dismissed

The Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office secured a major victory May 31 when a $5 million lawsuit claiming false arrest and malicious prosecution was dismissed.
The lawsuit was filed by Lynn Dalsing, a woman previously charged with sexual crimes against children. The Prosecutor’s Office and Pierce County stood by their…

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2 June 2016

WCTNW - Theater experience off the beaten path - ‘The Sluts of Sutton Drive’

If you’re looking for something completely different from the usual category of community theater fare, then the Working Class Theatre Northwest (WCTNW) might just have what you’re looking for. This gritty, energetic, local theatrical troupe is currently running a production of a play called “The Sluts of Sutton Drive,”…

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2 June 2016

19 arrested in undercover prostitution sting

An undercover prostitution sting conducted last night in Pierce County led to the arrests of 6 men and 13 women. In this multi-agency operation, led by the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department, undercover officers posed as “johns,” and set up “dates” with prostitutes through multiple websites.
“In operations…

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2 June 2016

Summertime – and the livin’ is easy

If your kids get bored this summer – or if you parents need to get out of the house for a while – there’s plenty to do in T-Town. Below we’ve compiled a list of activities for you to choose from and a lot of them are free. Mark you calendars, slip on those flip-flops and don’t miss out on the lazy, hazy, crazy days…

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2 June 2016

SPORTSWATCH

TACOMA STARS GEAR UP FOR YOUTH ACADEMY CAMP AT SERA

School's out soon and it's time to start planning a great summer for the children. The Tacoma Stars Youth Academy has partnered with Metro Parks Tacoma to deliver a series of summer camps for young Stars fans at the South End Recreation Area (SERA).…

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26 May 2016

CORRECTION

(Re: “Community gets first look at future Eastside rec hub,” TW May 20) This story included erroneous speculation about the center’s future name. A Metro Parks Tacoma spokesperson said the process for naming the center has not begun. Tacoma Weekly apologizes for the error.

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26 May 2016

Be Well - Inside and out

Since establishing Breo International LLC in October of 2015, Yevgeny Gil, CEO and founder, has worked tirelessly to develop a skin care product that will outshine all others like it on the market today. Next week Breo International LLC will launch its first product, Vivacity Calendula Foaming Facial Wash with Ginkgo Biloba.…

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26 May 2016

Bulletin Board

ECONOMIC SHOWCASE EXPECTS BIG DRAW

Highlighting recent and planned developments, as well as opportunities for developers and investors, the City of Tacoma’s Community and Economic Development Department will host an Economic Showcase on June 1, from 8-11 a.m. at LeMay: America’s Car Museum (2702…

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26 May 2016

Nightlife

Friday, May 27

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B SHARP COFFEE: 322 Jazz Collective (jazz) 8 p.m., $7, AA
CULTURA: Latin Fridays (Latin DJ) 9 p.m.
G. DONNALSON'S: James Haye (blues) 8 p.m., NC, AA
GREAT AMERICAN CASINO: Nite…

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26 May 2016

TACOMA’S HOT TICKETS MAY 26 – JUNE 12

THURSDAY, MAY 26 - TRACK & FIELD
State 2A, 3A & 4A Track & Field Meet
Mt. Tahoma Stadium – 3:30 p.m.

FRIDAY, MAY 27 – TRACK & FIELD
State 2A, 3A & 4A Track & Field Meet
Mt. Tahoma Stadium – 11 a.m.

SATURDAY, MAY 28…

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26 May 2016

‘Buckle Up! Your Family is Waiting for You!’

What would you do if you knew that some of your friends were carelessly putting themselves at the risk of dying?
When Stanzi Hay, a senior at Asotin High School, conducted an observational survey, she found that nearly nine out of every ten students and adults arrived at school buckled up; but she was concerned about…

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26 May 2016

Culture Corner, A Guide to the Cultural Life of Tacoma

Gallery of the Week:

B2 Fine Art Gallery
711 St Helens Ave, Ste 100
Tues.-Sat., 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Info: (253) 238-5065 or www.B2FineArts.com

Current Exhibit:

Symbiosis in Black & White
Work by master artist…

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26 May 2016

Mark your calendars: Florida Georgia Line

Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard – a.k.a. popular country duo Florida Georgia Line – is headed for Tacoma. Fans can expect to hear “This is How We Roll,” “Round Here,” “Cruise” and other hits when they take over the Tacoma Dome on Nov. 11. The show will kick off at 7 p.m., with Granger Smith and Chris Lane adding…

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26 May 2016

Make a Scene: Track 01 to showcase new videos, future multi-use arts space

A new event, called Track 01, will showcase music videos created by some of the area's hottest bands and filmmakers on June 1 and 2 at the Grand Cinema. Then afterward, a related concert will give many their first glimpse at the soon-to-be-renovated Carpenters Building before it officially opens as a multiple-use arts space…

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26 May 2016

Business Spotlight: Emerald Leaves

With the passing of Initiative I-502 in 2012, many medical marijuana shop owners decided to close their doors and try their hand at the new recreational business. One of these early adopters was Thomas Kaapana, general manager of Emerald Leaves, a recreational marijuana shop located at 2702 6th Ave.

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26 May 2016

SPORTSWATCH

PACIFIC LUTHERAN’S WILD RIDE ENDS IN WEST REGION FINALS

The 2016 Pacific Lutheran baseball season has come to a close, but not after the Lutes advanced to the NCAA Division III West Regional championship game. The Lutes finished the season 29-19 after dropping the regional final game to Trinity University…

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26 May 2016

The Things We Like

ARSENIO DATE MOVED

The date for Arsenio Hall's upcoming appearance at the Pantages Theatre has been moved. Organizers at Broadway Center say the original June 4 date had to be rescheduled to accommodate Hall's duties as co-host of ABC-TV's “Greatest Hits” with Kelsea Ballerini. The show has been…

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24 May 2016

Burglars rob the home of ‘Sonics Guy’

Kris Brannon, otherwise known as the "Sonics Guy," said he confronted a burglar at his home Monday who got away with priceless collectibles and one item he can never replace. The burglary happened in the central Tacoma neighborhood on Monday morning.
Brannon gold Q13 News Reporter Steve Kiggins that…

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19 May 2016

Prosecutor finds officer’s use of deadly force lawful

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

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19 May 2016

Tacoma Jazz & Blues Festival Canceled

This year's Tacoma Jazz & Blues Festival has been canceled. Organizer Rich Wetzel issued a press release over the weekend outlining a drop in sponsorship for the event, which was scheduled to take place on July 30 in South Tacoma.
“Based on the sponsorship minimum it takes to produce the festival, sadly I have…

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19 May 2016

Can’t make the trek to Sasquatch Festival?

253 Draft Punk Fest
2 p.m, June 18
The Swiss Tavern, 1904 Jefferson Ave.

The concept is pretty straightforward. “It's kind of a showcase of music and 253 breweries,” Swiss owner Jack McQuade explained before the events's inaugural run last year. “We're gonna close off the…

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19 May 2016

Make a Scene: Comedian Holcomb talks ‘Black Jesus,’

Women of Tacoma, consider this your “trigger warning” for Corey Holcomb’s upcoming shows at Tacoma Comedy Club, six sets scheduled for May 27 to 29; www.tacomacomedyclub.com for details. The 47-year-old comedian revels in stirring up the battle of the sexes, whether he’s…

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19 May 2016

TACOMA’S HOT TICKETS MAY 19 - 28

THURSDAY, MAY 19 – TRACK & FIELD
3A & 4A District Meet
French Field, Kent – 3:30 p.m.

THURSDAY, MAY 19 – BASEBALL
Iowa vs. Tacoma Rainiers
Cheney Stadium – 7:05 p.m.

FRIDAY, MAY 20 – TENNIS
Girls’ 3A District…

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19 May 2016

University Place celebrates Duck Daze on June 4

University Place residents can get ready to welcome the summer with the annual Duck Daze celebration on Saturday, June 4 at 10 a.m. The classic community event rolls in with a parade, a car show and a fire station 31 open house.
“What the Duck Daze and specifically the Duck Parade has always provided, is a family-gathering…

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19 May 2016

Fitness Column

I love to exercise. I don’t feel right if I don’t get out for my daily run, preferably in the woods or on the track. I also do daily pushups and a whole regimen of dynamic stretches. Lifting weights? Sure. I’ll even exercise on a stationary cycle if you put a TV in front of me. When I’m feeling cheeky, I’ll join…

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19 May 2016

The Things We Like

DOES SIZE MATTER?

Tacoma Little Theatre will present Neil LaBute's “Fat Pig” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 26. In this funny yet poignant play directed by Ellen Peters, LaBute continues his exploration of body consciousness in contemporary America. Handsome Tom falls for Helen, a bright, funny, sexy…

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19 May 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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19 May 2016

Bulletin Board

CELEBRATE BIKE TO WORK DAY

Half of the U.S. population lives within five miles of their workplace. We want to celebrate Tacomans who are choosing to commute those miles by bike! As a part of Bike Month, Downtown On the Go is hosting Bike to Work Day. Stop by Cosmonaut Coffee or True North Coffee House…

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19 May 2016

Defending champion Kings stop Bengals in opener

he Puyallup Nation Kings and their rival Pierce County Bengals of the Western Washington Football Alliance opened their season at Chief Leschi Stadium on Saturday, May 14, in a matchup of the previous two WWFA champs, the Kings being the defending champs and the Bengals having won in 2014.
The Kings didn’t wait long…

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19 May 2016

‘Buckle Up! Your Family is Waiting for You!’

What would you do if you knew that some of your friends were carelessly putting themselves at the risk of dying?
When Stanzi Hay, a senior at Asotin High School, conducted an observational survey, she found that nearly nine out of every ten students and adults arrived at school buckled up; but she was concerned about…

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19 May 2016

Munn feels the burn during fundraising roast

That smell of smoke wafting through Lakewood and University Place last Saturday wasn’t a community picnic or forest fire. It was Lakewood Playhouse’s Managing Artistic Director John Munn in the hot seat during a celebrity roast to mark the 50th birthday of the theater’s building and raise money for youth theater programs. Read More

19 May 2016

Nightlife

Friday, May 20

B SHARP COFFEE: David Deacon-Joyner Trio (jazz) 8 p.m., $5-$10, AA
CULTURA: Latin Fridays (Latin DJ) 9 p.m.
G. DONNALSON'S: Kareem Kandi (jazz) 7:30 p.m., NC, AA
GREAT AMERICAN CASINO: Harmonious Funk (dance) 9 p.m.,…

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19 May 2016

WSU seniors envision healthier future for Puyallup River watershed

If you want a diverse education in ecology, psychology, history, art, design, computer graphics, problem solving and policy, not to mention public speaking, a degree in landscape architecture from the School of Design and Construction at Washington State University is just the ticket.
Four WSU landscape architecture…

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19 May 2016

SPORTSWATCH

PACIFIC LUTHERAN BASEBALL BEGINS POSTSEASON JOURNEY IN SPOKANE

It has been three weeks since the Pacific Lutheran baseball team captured the Northwest Conference Tournament and earned their second consecutive bid to the NCAA Regionals. Late Sunday, May 15, the team learned they will travel to Spokane…

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12 May 2016

Prosecutor to request higher bail for convicted child molester

Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist plans to request a higher bail amount for convicted child rapist Theodore Burnett who was caught thanks to tips from “Washington's Most Wanted” viewers.
Burnett was released from jail on $10,000 bond early Saturday morning after being arrested last Thursday. He pled…

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12 May 2016

Search for lead in water continues, spread to other areas

The trickle down effects of Tacoma Water finding lead in its water system in April that then prompted Tacoma Public Schools and Metro Parks Tacoma to test their facilities has rippled to surrounding school districts.
Tests of water at park water fountains and facilities have so far shown no lead contamination. Suburban…

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12 May 2016

Bulletin Board

WARM WEATHER PROMPTS OPENING OF SPRAYGROUNDS

Metro Parks staff usually use the month of May to prepare spraygrounds for summer, with normal operation only on weekends. This year, the parks maintenance team stepped up its testing in the hope of providing more service on hot days. Their work paid off…

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