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Thursday COUNTRY kari ehli “American Idol” runners-up piss me off.  They are so pompous and self-absorbed. I can’t stand the fact that the majority of them haven’t paid any dues and suddenly they are stars.  However, if I had to pick the next “American Idol” it would probably be Lakewood’s own Kari

Tacoma Black Friday Concert Series reminds you to shop locally

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Tacoma Black Friday Concert Series reminds you to shop locally

I don't think I'd be speaking out of school to say that the phenomenon known as "Black Friday" is easily the ugliest part of the holiday season. This is ground that has been exhaustively covered since long before Black Friday became the trample-athon that we know it to be today. The

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Music Critics' Picks: Day Laborers and Petty Intellectuals, Thanks Groovin, Nate Jackson, JLK & Babysitter

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Music Critics' Picks: Day Laborers and Petty Intellectuals, Thanks Groovin, Nate Jackson, JLK & Babysitter

[INDIE FOLK] + SAT, NOV. 30 Beneath the beauty and pageantry of Seattle six-piece Day Laborers and Petty Intellectuals, there runs a streak of wryly winking satire. These are people who know what it looks like to be some folk-slinging hipsters in the Pacific Northwest, and they find humor in appearances.

Lt. Gen. Brown's unique perspective on war

Military Policy

Lt. Gen. Brown's unique perspective on war

The office was orderly and neat, much like the man who works there. To the left was a small table on which there were two fruit dishes, white napkins and forks. Lunch was in the offing, and I was hungry. Lt. Gen. Robert Brown and I had worked our schedules in order to

Mrs. JBLM selected for Mrs. Washington pageant

People Rule

Mrs. JBLM selected for Mrs. Washington pageant

Lakewood resident Jamie Johnson has many official titles that she is proud of in life: military spouse, mother, businesswoman, volunteer, community supporter and athlete. However, there's one new official title to add to the list that is near and dear to her heart. Johnson has been given the title of Mrs.

Operation Turkey Drop

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Operation Turkey Drop

Imagine a large vehicle carrying hundreds of birds, ready in a second's notice to drop off packages to units spread out on Joint Base Lewis-McChord and Camp Murray. It's a safe bet you probably weren't imagining a furniture truck full of Thanksgiving turkeys. For the past four years, servicemembers have been able

If you only do eight things the week of Nov. 28-Dec. 8

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If you only do eight things the week of Nov. 28-Dec. 8

>>>HELP   GIVING ON THANKSGIVING   Homelessness, hunger and despair are a daily and painful reality for thousands of men, women and children in Pierce County. The Rescue Mission, in operation now for more than 100 years, has been serving the Tacoma-area homeless community by providing meals, shelter, drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs, education

Seven must-see items at the Lincoln Winter Market in Olympia

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Seven must-see items at the Lincoln Winter Market in Olympia

With holidays just around the corner, and the gift-giving list getting longer, the Lincoln Winter Market organized by Make Olympia is just what the doctor ordered. Well that, and a hot buttered rum. The market is in its third run, and has grown to more than 70 vendors. Shanty Slater, who

3 Cheers: Soup Town Tacoma

Food Matters

3 Cheers: Soup Town Tacoma

Our hours of sunlight have waned away to a slim, cloudy reality these last few weeks, and it's darn chilly. Daydreams of wrapping up in a warm cozy blanket and camping out next to a fire are running rampant, but who has time for that? All of this can mean

The Dickens Project: Crossing ye olde divide in Tacoma

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The Dickens Project: Crossing ye olde divide in Tacoma

Most people may associate virtual worlds like Second Life with gamers ... or even with naughty online activities. After all, Second Life allows you to create an avatar and live in a digital world. You can be whomever you want to be and do whatever you want to do. The

Do Some Good: United Way

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Do Some Good: United Way

"The Season of Caring is getting underway and we are officially accepting donor registrations and requests from those in need," said Cindy Evans, Volunteer Center senior associate with the United Way of Pierce County. United Way Worldwide is the leadership and support organization for the worldwide network of nearly 1,800 community-based

Spice up your holidays in Olympia

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Spice up your holidays in Olympia

It's that time of year again: not just the time for cold weather, short days and a retail frenzy, but the time for visions of sugarplums, chestnuts roasting on an open fire, Christmas cookies and rugelach. In other words, it's the time of year when even non-cooks might find reason to

Gather around a growler this holiday season

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Gather around a growler this holiday season

Beer is more than just a drink at the bar. Beer is more than happy hour, more than game night, and certainly more than a Bud Light (ew). Much more. Beer is the gift everyone wants for Christmas. And anyone who's anyone gifts beer in a growler. If you aren't in the

Fife artist Mizu Sugimura pays homage to Henry Sicade

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Fife artist Mizu Sugimura pays homage to Henry Sicade

To say that South Puget Sound leader and historic public figure Henry Sicade was an innovator is an understatement. Highly regarded and respected, Sicade played instrumental roles within his own Puyallup Indian Tribe, the community of Fife, and the South Puget Sound region at large. A look back at his life

Q&A: Rose Peterson of 1022 South J in Tacoma

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Q&A: Rose Peterson of 1022 South J in Tacoma

Rose Peterson is a walking, talking library of Tacoma lore, Northwest music scene and South Sound restaurant history. A veteran of many of Tacoma's finest and most historic bars, she's also a constant presence in front of and behind the bar at 1022 South J cocktail lounge and eatery. I

Visual Edge: "The Bigfoot Chronicles" - a series of pastel drawings of Sasquatch

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Visual Edge: "The Bigfoot Chronicles" - a series of pastel drawings of Sasquatch

The first thing I thought when I visited Thomas Studio Art Gallery in Olympia to see M.W. Lindenmeyer's pastels was this stuff is funny. And then I thought it's more than just funny; it's also smart. And then references came to mind. These pictures remind me of Red Grooms and

Interview with Operation Rising Star finalist Pfc. Kiari Mhoon

Military Life

Interview with Operation Rising Star finalist Pfc. Kiari Mhoon

By the time some reality shows enter a ninth season, viewers are bored and finding participants to be on camera is even tougher. Yet Operation Rising Star, the Army Entertainment singing competition, is still going strong and Pfc. Kiari Mhoon is grateful. He is also talented and that's why Joint Base

Check This Out: "Better Off Dead"

South Sound Cinema

Check This Out: "Better Off Dead"

Some days you just don't feel like paying for another Redbox rental, and the next movie on your Netflix queue takes FOREVER to arrive in your mailbox. And recession or no, who can pass up free, convenient entertainment? Every Tuesday, "Check

Soldier Scholar Award

People Rule

Soldier Scholar Award

Thursday, Nov. 21, Master Sgt. Levester Charles, Sr. was awarded the Brandman University 2013 Soldier Scholar Award in recognition of his achievements both in the classroom and in the military. "I would always go and talk with them and get extra attention, so they knew me in the office," joked Charles

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