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Is Tacoma a happy place to live?

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Is Tacoma a happy place to live?

Talking to Chiara Wood and Prof. Kate Stirling, you get the idea they know something you don't. It has something to do with the Happiness Initiative Project, which they are still kind of working out. Right now it involves a survey, further organization, probably some college interns. They have a

Revisiting the Black Panther salute

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Revisiting the Black Panther salute

Forty-five years ago John Carlos and Tommie Smith raised black-gloved fist in the air and the whole world took note. That image remains indelible even today. The event was the Olympics in Mexico City. Smith had won the gold medal in the 200 meter race and Carlos had won bronze.

WHAT'S THE WORD?: Hip-Hop 4 Homeless

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WHAT'S THE WORD?: Hip-Hop 4 Homeless

I usually do not write about Olympia hip-hop. I like to let my man Nick Leonard cover Oly. That said, I can't let Hip-Hop 4 the Homeless go by without giving it some props. This is by far my favorite Olympia hip-hop event of the year. The whole scene comes

Rockin' Comedy Extravaganza

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Rockin' Comedy Extravaganza

There is an old expression in show business that goes something like this: "All comedians want to be rock stars, and all rock stars want to be funny." This Friday, the Backstage Bar and Grill and Puddin' Pie Productions melds the two genres with their Rockin' Comedy Extravaganza featuring two bands

Science!

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Science!

We checked in with Science! asking guitarist and vocalist Justin Stang how he and bandmate Jim Elenteny help keep the music scene alive, why fans play an important role and how Olympia (which Stang calls home, and where Science!'s next show is) measures up in keeping their name on the Northwest

MUSIC CRITICS' PICKS: Elbow Coulee, Dusty 45s, Charlyne Yi, Elvis Birthday Bash, DJ Action Slacks

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MUSIC CRITICS' PICKS: Elbow Coulee, Dusty 45s, Charlyne Yi, Elvis Birthday Bash, DJ Action Slacks

>>> Friday, Jan. 18 ELBOW COULEE Much has been said (by me, at some times) about how Elbow Coulee sounds like the meeting between pop-punk and dancey synth-rock, but the truth is that the band's range is larger than that. I mean, yeah, lead singer Andrew Tuller's voice does tend to sound

17th FIRES artillery unit trains National Guard Soldiers

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17th FIRES artillery unit trains National Guard Soldiers

  DONA ANA CAMP, N.M. - Soldiers of the 5th Battalion, 3rd Field Artillery Regiment, 17th Fires Brigade traveled from Joint Base Lewis-McChord to New Mexico for the 5th Armor Live Fire Support exercise to train National Guard FA batteries B, 1-121 FA from Wisconsin and E,

Is it flu, or is it poison?

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Is it flu, or is it poison?

  Flu season is in full swing. But that headache, dizziness, nausea and fatigue you're feeling may not be the flu, it could also be an odorless, colorless and toxic gas - carbon monoxide. Because it is impossible to see, taste or smell the toxic fumes, CO can kill

Meet JBLM's Lisa Bennett

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Meet JBLM's Lisa Bennett

As a child, Lisa Bennett remembers volunteering with her church to assemble and deliver food baskets to deserving families around the holidays. All year long, she and her sister put aside a portion of their weekly allowances, saving to purchase and donate Christmas gifts for children. Now,

New JBLM aquatics director Jessica Rockhill dives in

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New JBLM aquatics director Jessica Rockhill dives in

Jessica Rockhill's transition into the JBLM aquatic director position has been a smooth one. The former aquatics director at Fort Bragg, N.C., already has the military smarts as well as the pool smarts. "When I went to Fort Bragg I didn't know any of the Army policies and

JBLM runner ‘packs a powerful punch’

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JBLM runner ‘packs a powerful punch’

Gregory Leak ran in the Emerald Nuts Midnight Run in New York City Jan. 1 to ring in the New Year. The first lieutenant with 17th Fires Brigade at Joint Base Lewis-McChord was among 4,000 runners racing through Central Park as fireworks went off. Leak finished sixth overall with

Dear Drink: Mr. Price Is Right

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Dear Drink: Mr. Price Is Right

Dear Mr. Price Is Right, If what follows doesn't make a great deal of sense, it's because I have been stricken with some kind of flu-bug thing that carries with it a high fever and the inability to effectively and quickly make the distinction between what is real and what is

"My Kind Of Place" postcard show

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"My Kind Of Place" postcard show

Last year's postcard show at South Puget Sound Community College was a huge success so they're doing it again. This one does not seem quite as good, but maybe it's just that the novelty has worn off. Last year's theme was "Wish you were here," and there were a lot of

Friday, Jan. 18: Rockin' Comedy Extravaganza

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Friday, Jan. 18: Rockin' Comedy Extravaganza

This Friday, the Backstage Bar and Grill and Puddin' Pie Productions melds the two genres with their Rockin' Comedy Extravaganza featuring two bands and five comedians grabbing the stage respectively, bringing a double dose of entertainment that will make you want to tweet, "These guys rock" and

Friday, Jan. 18: Science!

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Friday, Jan. 18: Science!

We checked in with Science! asking guitarist and vocalist Justin Stang how he and bandmate Jim Elenteny help keep the music scene alive, why fans play an important role and how Olympia (which Stang calls home, and where Science!'s next show is) measures up in keeping their name

Friday, Jan. 18: Dusty 45s

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Friday, Jan. 18: Dusty 45s

For most Olympians with even a passive interest in attending live shows, Dusty 45s is a known quantity. Truth is, I shouldn't have to tell you about the band's renowned blend of rockabilly, honky tonk, folk and Americana, because you probably already know. You also may already know that it

Friday, Jan. 18: Elbow Coulee

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Friday, Jan. 18: Elbow Coulee

Much has been said (by me, at some times) about how Elbow Coulee sounds like the meeting between pop-punk and dancey synth-rock, but the truth is that the band's range is larger than that. I mean, yeah, lead singer Andrew Tuller's voice does tend to sound pretty similar to that

Through Feb. 3: "The Children's Hour"

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Through Feb. 3: "The Children's Hour"

Willian Hellman's The Children's Hour is a long play, close to three hours, and its first hour is depressingly boring. Yet it's easy to see how its daring, few-holds-barred script was a Broadway sensation in 1934 - so much so, in fact, that New York state authorities

Through Feb. 15: "My Kind of Place" postcard show

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Through Feb. 15: "My Kind of Place" postcard show

Last year's postcard show at South Puget Sound Community College was a huge success so they're doing it again. This one does not seem quite as good, but maybe it's just that the novelty has worn off. Last year's theme was "Wish you were here," and there were a lot

Saturday, Jan. 19: Elvis Birthday Bash

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Saturday, Jan. 19: Elvis Birthday Bash

Have you heard of Robert Washington? Lemme tell you, anytime he visits Olympia, he gets us all shook up. He swoons the ladies and wows the crowd with his World Champion Elvis impersonating. And while his press release tells about Washington's "efforts to crack the color barrier," I'm just gonna

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