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Power pop collision

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Power pop collision

The tendrils of power pop stretch long and wide, the shadow of Big Star looming high and heavy over an entire generation of jangly-minded power-poppers. Some embrace Big Star's #1 Record, content in a desire to create the loveliest melody in the most concisely pleasurable song; others err on the

CRITICS' PICKS: Dirt Nasty, Redneck Girlfriend, Legend of Bigfoot, Strange Vine

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CRITICS' PICKS: Dirt Nasty, Redneck Girlfriend, Legend of Bigfoot, Strange Vine

DIRT NASTY >>> FRIDAY, NOV. 18 First it was Mickey Avalon. This week, Jazzbones welcomes "rapper" Dirt Nasty to Tacoma, founder of the Dyslexic Speedreaders (of which Avalon and Andre Legacy were also a part of), and - more importantly - Simon fucking Rex from former MTV fame. That's right. Dirt Nasty

Bridging the distance gap between deployed soldiers and children

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Bridging the distance gap between deployed soldiers and children

The first time Aisha Barnett's husband went to Iraq it seemed as though the children put in most of the effort in maintaining a relationship with their father. The children made cards, goofy art projects and goodies to send to dad. Hunter, 9, and Kendall, 6, are now enduring Sgt. Adam

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Belly Dancing

Sign-up now to learn the art of belly dancing at the McChord Community Center, Jan. 6 to Feb. 10, Wednesdays from 5 to 6 p.m. The cost is $40. To register, call (253) 982-0718.

Getting the most bang for your buck

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Getting the most bang for your buck

We've all been on those vacations. You know, the ones where after paying for the hotel, rental car, airfare, amusement park fees, and food you've managed to spend a summer's worth of rent or mortgage. The military is trying to make vacationing, locally and abroad, a bit easier with an array

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Getting started

To check out lodging available on Fort Lewis, visit http://www.fortlewismwr.com/travelcampncabins.htm. The site has options for traditional lodging at the Fort Lewis Lodge, cabin rentals available for $50 to $60 a night, and RV and tent sites at Fort Lewis Travel Camp for $5 to $15. For more information, call (253)

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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

Air Force tracking Santa Claus

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Air Force tracking Santa Claus

North American Aerospace Defense Command officials are getting ready to track Santa Claus. The "NORAD Tracks Santa" Web site, http://www.noradsanta.org, features holiday games and activities that change daily. The site is available in seven languages: English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish and Chinese. On Dec. 24, the Web site will stream videos,

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Staying connected

When soldiers were first deployed to Iraq in 2003, they stood in line and made timed phone calls using calling cards.  To use a computer, they waited in a similarly long line to get on the Internet to send an e-mail.  Thanks to advances in technology, those days are long

Operation Family Support

Group helps military however they can

Started in San Diego, in 2002, by a small group of military family members, Operation Homefront was founded to help lower ranking troops and their families during and after deployments.  Today the non-profit group, which raised more than $32 million in donations last year, assists all branches of the U.S.

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Stepparenting and deployments prove challenging

"Although stepfamilies look like first-time families on the outside, they are very different on the inside," said Patricia L. Papernow, EDD, of the Stepfamily Association of America.  With divorce on the rise, re-marrying and forming new family units is becoming more common - especially in the military community, where it

Morning Quickie Newsletter Giveaway: Free Mediterranean food! (Closed)

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Morning Quickie Newsletter Giveaway: Free Mediterranean food! (Closed)

(CONTEST IS CLOSED. CONGRATULATIONS PAUL!) Welcome to another awesome Weekly Volcano Morning Quickie Newsletter giveaway. This morning we're giving away a $25 gift card to Zara Mediterranean Cuisine in downtown Tacoma. If you love the aromas, the flavors and the global influence of food from Greece and the

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Give â€"adventure” this year

Here's a holiday quiz to give yourself: Would the men in your life like to find another shirt and tie under the tree this holiday season, or would they rather go skydiving or drive on a NASCAR track? Would the women prefer a sweater or cooking classes with a renowned

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Festive tables

Your table should be just as festive as the food you serve. Arrange a group of candlesticks of different heights, and top each with a glittery Christmas ornament ball for an unusual tabletop centerpiece. Use small, gaily wrapped gift boxes as place cards at each setting; make the fun even more

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Gifts for your loved one

You've made your list and checked it twice. Aunt Joan is getting slippers and your brother is getting golf gloves. But the spot next to your sweetheart's name remains blank. The pressure to find the perfect gift can be overwhelming. However, if you tap into your sense of romance and ingenuity,

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Bridging the gap with crafts

A few minutes, a little creativity, and a child, is all it will take to bring a little joy to a deployed soldier this holiday season.  It's time to pull out the bins of craft materials and get your youngsters making crafts. Listed below are some ideas for crafts that your

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Shop local for that special one of a kind gift

During the holidays, people head to the malls armed with coupons they received in the mail from major department stores. However, these same people are often unaware that shopping local has a great impact on their local community, says Patricia Lecy-Davis, the owner of Embellish Multi-space Salon, (1121 Court East, Tacoma,

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Doggies get the boot

Talk about getting the boot. Except this one is all about supporting wounded soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. "It's a real good deal," commented Regis Jackson as he held up a My Good Dog's Chewy toy. The toy features a red, white and blue shoe sole with an attached throwing/tugging lanyard. Quabaug Corporation

Adventures in cupcakes

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Adventures in cupcakes

When Betsy Eves started her blog she had no idea that she was on the verge of becoming a virtual sensation. Java Cupcake, which debuted in February 2009, was just supposed to be a way for Eves to discuss her two favorite things: coffee and cupcakes. But, she explains with

NCO leads by example

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NCO leads by example

William Carroll exudes a "just the facts, please" attitude as he goes about his responsibilities as an Army reservist and college student. A non-commissioned officer (NCO) assigned to drill sergeant unit in Renton, Carroll served six years on active duty and served two tours of duty in Iraq. He knows the value

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