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4th AS’s newest C-17 pilot is only 8 years old

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4th AS’s newest C-17 pilot is only 8 years old

Tommy McGraw, an 8-year-old from University Place, Wash., who is currently recovering from an operation to remove a brain tumor, got the opportunity to tour McChord Field Monday as a participant in the Pilot for a Day program. The purpose of the program,

JBLM spouses working towards military social care careers

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JBLM spouses working towards military social care careers

At 29.1 percent the unemployment rate among young veterans is nearly double the unemployment rate for non-veterans of the same age. In Washington alone, there are reportedly 37,000 unemployed veterans. Two Joint Base Lewis-McChord spouses, Nichole Ayres and Tessa Davis, have taken notice of this alarming trend and are working

A fresh start in UP for Ramos family

Military Life

A fresh start in UP for Ramos family

Sgt. Patrick Ramos doesn't mind the rain. In fact, he loves it.  A native Texan, Ramos appreciates calling University Place, Washington his home now and takes the rain all in stride. "I love it here," exclaims Ramos. "I like the area and I even like the weather. Yeah, it rains a little,

Innovative Program Brings Together Local Businesses and Veterans

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Innovative Program Brings Together Local Businesses and Veterans

The Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber recently launched a new program to help bring together veterans with local businesses to create win-win solutions and successes. The organization's new Veteran and Business Services program partners the Chamber and Workforce Central. In this partnership, the program endeavors to aid Chamber member employers to understand

Laughter in unlikely places

Veterans

Laughter in unlikely places

Have you ever wondered, "If cops arrest the Energizer Bunny, would they charge him with battery?" Further, do you know how to, "get cat urine out of luggage, what to do about speeding tickets on DuPont Steilacoom Road, or how to make a bra-purse?" In her new book on humor - "No

Meeting an American hero

Veterans

Meeting an American hero

America's Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines are heroes. Quiet heroes who go about their lives with little fanfare. Yet, if we pay attention, we will find ourselves in the company of these quiet heroes and have an opportunity to say thank you. I had one such opportunity not too

Eye on '13: Tacomans and Olympians with big plans in 2013

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Eye on '13: Tacomans and Olympians with big plans in 2013

It's the first week of the year, and you know what that means: crystal-ball time at weekly newspapers. Here at the Weekly Volcano, we have identified local people we expect to make headlines in the coming 12 months. How did these South Sounders make our list? We define each as a

Welcome to the Science Dome

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Welcome to the Science Dome

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls... Science Dome is here. After nine months of construction, the Science Dome will open in January to reveal an old-school planetarium with a mini-Omnimax twist. In late 2012, Pierce College installed a 38-foot dome-shaped screen in a classroom at its Fort Steilacoom campus in Lakewood, effectively

REVIEW: The Loose Wheel Bar & Grill in Puyallup

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REVIEW: The Loose Wheel Bar & Grill in Puyallup

THE LOOSE WHEEL BAR & GRILL Where: 715 River Road, Puyallup, 253.848.4444 Hours: Open daily 8 a.m. to 2 a.m. Scene: Huge, classic sports bar scene with televisions from every angle - including directly beside your table - pull-tabs, video games and pool. Bonus: kids are allowed at this location until 9 p.m. Drinks:

Teardropcity's oddball avant hip-hop

Music

Teardropcity's oddball avant hip-hop

The culture of outsider art can be a difficult one to navigate. Take a band like the Shaggs: three sisters - the Wiggin sisters - in the late '60s, at the behest of their deranged, overbearing father, put out an album of utterly insane music that can be generously described

MUSIC CRITICS' PICKS: The Missionary Position, Santee, Sublime LBC, Chris Brokaw, Jennifer O'Connor, Kimya Dawson

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MUSIC CRITICS' PICKS: The Missionary Position, Santee, Sublime LBC, Chris Brokaw, Jennifer O'Connor, Kimya Dawson

>>> Saturday, Jan. 5 THE MISSIONARY POSITION The idea of soul and rock becoming increasingly intermingled and on the mainstream radar, with bands like The Heavy and the Black Keys, is one that I've wrestled with over the past couple years. Of course, the issue of credibility and appropriation are always going

Friday salsa dancing on Sixth Avenue

Scene It

Friday salsa dancing on Sixth Avenue

Imagine, one hand against your partner's waist, pulling her or him close - hands clasped and hovering at eye level. You begin to make small bends in your knees. One, two, one, two. ... The motion creates a circle in your hips, and the two of you begin to dance.  This

FEEDBAG: Ballz Deep, party with Pitbull, Masa 253 Special and more ...

Food Matters

FEEDBAG: Ballz Deep, party with Pitbull, Masa 253 Special and more ...

BALLZ DEEP MATEYS! Go Ballz Deep at Boathouse 19! And by Ballz Deep we mean 7 Seas Brewing's Double IPA, which will be celebrated Thursday, Jan. 17 at the Tacoma restaurant (9001 S. 19th St., Tacoma). The Gig Harbor brewery will pour tastes, hand out swag and say "Ballz" over

WHAT'S THE WORD?: Shao Sosa

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WHAT'S THE WORD?: Shao Sosa

Is Shao Sosa the friendliest, nicest dude in our local hip-hop scene? It could very well be. He was not always such a stand-up guy though. Like many grown hip-hoppers, Shao spent his youth creating trouble and rebelling against the system. He didn't spend his youth in Tacoma where he

Year-end roundup

Stage

Year-end roundup

In the time-worn tradition of journalists worldwide who don't know what else to do after Christmas, here's a round-up of the best art shows in Tacoma still on view as the new year dawns. The selection is rather slim - three shows. But what wonderful shows they are. They are Andy

Fridays: Latin Dance Night

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Fridays: Latin Dance Night

The merengue, as well as the bachata and salsa, are taught in mini-versions, with or without partner, at varying levels of experience, every Friday night at Studio 6 Ballroom in Tacoma. After the last instruction, the club lights flip on, disco ball drops and Studio 6

Saturday, Jan. 5: Santee

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Saturday, Jan. 5: Santee

After living and traveling in Europe for the past year or so, singer-songwriter Heater Loepp has finally made her return to Washington. As the frontwoman for indie folk-pop outfit Santee, she started turning heads with her intimate lyrics, endearingly scratchy vocals and the warm bed of instrumentation provided by the

Saturday, Jan. 5: The Missionary Position

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Saturday, Jan. 5: The Missionary Position

The idea of soul and rock becoming increasingly intermingled and on the mainstream radar, with bands like The Heavy and the Black Keys, is one that I've wrestled with over the past couple years. Of course, the issue of credibility and appropriation are always going to be present in the

Sunday, Jan. 6: Sublime LBC

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Sunday, Jan. 6: Sublime LBC

Love 'em or hate 'em, Sublime is a legendary band. Die-hard fans of the Long Beach-based ska punk rockers with the signature skater brand may argue that the group is not the same without front man Brad Nowell after he died of a heroin overdose in 1996.

Tuesday, Jan. 8: Teardropcity

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Tuesday, Jan. 8: Teardropcity

To reductively describe what Matt Wheeler, AKA Teardropcity, does, his music sort of sounds like a hip-hop/country hybrid with vocals that sound straight out of Beat Happening. But let's let the Olympia local describe it himself. "I have several catch-phrases that I use to describe it, the first being ‘music for

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