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Eastside represent

Now that this paper has edged into the political realm, I’d like to offer my 25 cents on an issue which irks me to no avail. If you’ve read this column for any amount of time, you know that I’m always out and about in different regions of the city, flirting

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Live Hot Jazz Night

All of the lovers of the world will be locking lips today for this lustful holiday, and I have some recommendations on a place that will be perfect for couples and singles alike: Duke’s Chowder House! Every other Thursday (including tonight!), Duke’s is offering Live Hot Jazz Night, which features one

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Bluegrass hug

Of course I love Wintergrass, the national bluegrass festival held in our own backyard next week. It’s all about music, and speaking personally, there’s nothing more central to my existence than music. Music is my business, my hobby and my social life. Music is the bridge between my teenage daughter

Stuck in the ugliness

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Stuck in the ugliness

Nestled against Point Defiance Park and Commencement Bay at the end of Pearl Street sits Ruston, Wash. Half a square mile, 750 or so residents, and some of the most prime real estate in the South Sound, Ruston’s beauty and small-town character is matched only by the town’s mind-boggling political

Saving Tacoma's bond

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Saving Tacoma's bond

A group of local and state officials have taken a large step in their efforts to save Tacoma’s historic Murray Morgan Bridge. The bridge was closed last year, after years of neglect, when Washington State Department of Transportation officials determined that corrosion had made it unsafe to carry traffic. House

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Boobs and kids

My boobs need a Handful So last week I’m on the treadmill, I’m sweating, my face is a big blotchy mess. Here comes Tuesday Afternoon Hot Guy who picks the ’mill next to mine even though there are three others open. I suck in my stomach, square off my shoulders and

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Ask Amy Alkon

Bleed between the lines After a breakup, people say you have to wait one month for every year of the broken relationship (in my case, 11 months) before you're ready to date. Are they making this up? Right after I was unwillingly separated and in the process of a divorce, I

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The Spiderwick Chronicles

The Spiderwick Chronicles is a terrific entertainment for the whole family, except those below a certain age, who are likely to be scared out of their wits. What is that age? I dunno; they’re your kids. But I do know the PG classification is insane, especially considering what happens right

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Casa Mia knows fettuccine

Door to check A warm “hello and welcome” rang out from the open kitchen as we entered. A woman quickly seated us in a booth on the far wall. Both exterior walls of Lakewood’s Casa Mia consist of almost floor-to-ceiling windows creating a sunny, open atmosphere. The interior was sparsely, yet

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Pegasus Restaurant and Lounge

I’ve always said the earlier they open, the better the dive bar, right? I stopped by Pegasus Restaurant and Lounge at an early mark of 9:30 a.m. With my dive-bar radar, I located the stereotypical “side door” to the lounge. The front of the restaurant was a-hoppin’, but apparently the

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Helping you rock out

It all started innocently enough with a show at Club Adrian in Tacoma. It was a hardcore metal show featuring On The Last Day (OTLD) and Falls From Grace. Sylver McMahon was just 15 years old when she got the bug.  By the summer of 2006, she was doing it

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Don't Jump

In a world gone horribly wrong, where actions have no consequences, where all of humanity has become unaccountably oblivious to blatant violations of the time-space continuum, where rules exist not to be broken but to be disregarded, where continuity is irrelevant, anything is possible! There you have the premise for

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DUI bill

2DRNK 4U There has been much talk in the local media about Senate Bill 6402, which was sponsored by Lakewood’s Sen. Mike Carrell. The bill proposes requiring drivers who have been convicted of DUI to purchase and display a special bright yellow license plate on their vehicles. The idea is to

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On local screens this week

27 DRESSES: “Knocked Up” and “Grey’s Anatomy” star Katherine Heigl is a perennial bridesmaid whose own happy ending is nowhere in sight. (PG) – BW Century Olympia: Thurs 11:30 a.m., 2:10, 4:50, 7:30, 10:10. Fri-Thurs, Feb. 21 1:30, 4:10, 6:55, 9:35. Galaxy Tacoma 6:

No "Maybe" about it

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No "Maybe" about it

Ryan Reynolds has always shown promise. The young actor proved he had a comedic spark in the mediocre television series Two Guys and a Girl, as well as forgettable movies like Van Wilder, Waiting ... and Just Friends. Unfortunately, that spark never quite ignited bigger things. Appealing to the frat-boy

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Bluegrass hug

Of course I love Wintergrass, the national bluegrass festival held in our own backyard next week. It’s all about music, and speaking personally, there’s nothing more central to my existence than music. Music is my business, my hobby and my social life. Music is the bridge between my teenage daughter

No "Maybe" about it

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No "Maybe" about it

Ryan Reynolds has always shown promise. The young actor proved he had a comedic spark in the mediocre television series Two Guys and a Girl, as well as forgettable movies like Van Wilder, Waiting ... and Just Friends. Unfortunately, that spark never quite ignited bigger things. Appealing to the frat-boy

Go green

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Go green

Your whole life you’ve been forced to make tough decisions: Dasani or Arrowhead? Paper or plastic? Duh, neither. Consider yourself liberated. Bottled water is the single largest growth area among all beverages, including alcohol, juices and soft drinks. According to the Beverage Marketing Corporation, per capita consumption has more than

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Horrorpops

Danish band the Horrorpops released their third album Kiss Kiss Kill Kill, earlier this month, bringing to the punk rock world a true genre mixed sound. Subtitled 12 Tales About Love and Horror, the album starts out strong with stand up bass and twangy guitar typical of their psychobilly and

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Team Unicorn at the Pot

Last week the Weekly Volcano took a huge step. You probably noticed. We’re bigger now, and we cover news. We’re a big, sexy, alternative press paper Tacoma can call its very own. Let’s be honest. One of the reasons the Weekly Volcano could take such a huge step is the

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