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'Healing With Flames'

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'Healing With Flames'

On a shelf in the Museum of Glass lobby stand boots in sand. Underneath lies a glass art rendition of a red, white and blue improvised explosive device. The wall label explaining the art says, "You never know. Step one way and you're safe. Step another and you're not. Happenstance.

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One hundred years of service

In 1915, James Richard Thompson opened the Mountain View Cemetery. His son, J. Arthur Thompson, built the Mt. View Funeral Home on the property in 1942, making it the first combined cemetery and funeral home on the West Coast and only the second in the entire country. Over the years,

One bear at a time

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One bear at a time

The iconic and much beloved teddy bear has long been a symbol of endearment and love. Thanks to a terrific partnership of two nonprofits and a student service group, the classic teddy bear is taking on a whole new meaning. Operation Ward 57, a nonprofit organization that supports wounded, injured and ill

CFC:  Small bills equal big results

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CFC: Small bills equal big results

Never underestimate the power of a dollar bill, especially one donated to a cause dedicated to helping others. "Every gift, even as small as one dollar, goes to helping a child receive a backpack full of food during the school year, a senior citizen food and companionship, or a homeless family

50th Auburn Veterans Day Parade

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50th Auburn Veterans Day Parade

One of the largest Veterans Day parades in the United States of America takes place right up the street from Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) in Auburn, Washington. "The Auburn Veterans Day Parade offers an opportunity for the entire community to come out and show support, gratitude and thanks to each and

First training of its kind

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First training of its kind

Sgt. Jacob Howard is on his way to becoming a great aviation maintenance technician. "With a manual, I can take the world apart," the soldier assigned to the 16th Combat Aviation Battalion said. "I love maintenance; I like taking things apart, fixing them and putting them back together." Stepping back from his vision

Veterans Day tribute in Olympia

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Veterans Day tribute in Olympia

In remembrance of Armistice Day and celebration of Veterans Day, the Thurston County Veterans Services Council hosted a Veterans Day event in the Capitol Rotunda, in Olympia, Nov. 11, 2015. Armistice Day is commemorated, every year, at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month to mark the

The Dragon Slayers are going to Iraq

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The Dragon Slayers are going to Iraq

Rain fell at Joint Base Lewis-McChord Monday afternoon. It was a chilly and damp autumn day as members of the 5th Battalion, 5th Air Defense Artillery's Bravo Battery stood in formation before their families. A cold wind chilled the audience, many rubbed their hands together for warmth. But many of the

Thinking and Drinking

Bars & Clubs

Thinking and Drinking

An interesting thing happened at Tacoma's Engine House #9 on Oct. 28, 2015. A packed room was assembled to discuss an important issue. No, the topic at hand wasn't a proposed mixed-use building or the hits and misses of a Seattle sports team: rather, this was a panel-led discussion about

Comedian Josh Blue to perform

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Comedian Josh Blue to perform

Gray, cloudy fall weather got you down? Politics bumming you out? Just plain sick and tired of the daily grind? Maybe what you need is a good laugh and a chance to spend an evening with friends, forgetting those troubles and ... who knows? ... maybe even being inspired. The Olympia

No punches pulled

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No punches pulled

Why is it that minimalism always sounds much harsher than the lush efforts of bigger bands? There's an aggression at play with minimalist bands that transcends the limitations of production. Bands like Suicide and producers like Steve Albini recognized this phenomenon, erring on the side of thinness and lo-fidelity in

Hipsters meet Shakespeare

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Hipsters meet Shakespeare

Styles of comedy come in and out of fashion. Comedies of manners were largely confined to the UK; slapstick is interchangeably considered the height of entertainment or the bottom of the barrel; cringe-comedy made a roaring entrance onto the scene with stuff like Christopher Guest movies and The Office, even

Tops in Tacoma

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Tops in Tacoma

The Top of Tacoma Bar and Cafe has been a popular watering hole in the McKinley district of Tacoma for years, but while popular to those that know it, it's still an unknown for many local diners.  You literally have to pass the Tacoma Dome and work your car over

'Sensations That Announce the Future'

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'Sensations That Announce the Future'

The latest exhibition in the art gallery at The Evergreen State College takes concentration and thought to comprehend. It is not a show that can be easily enjoyed for its beauty alone, but one that stimulates deep thought from those willing to put forth the effort. It is called "Sensations

Survey shows support for troops

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Survey shows support for troops

At its fourth annual public forum, members of the South Sound Military and Communities Partnership (SSMCP) unveiled results from its 2015 Business and Community Survey at McChord Field, Nov. 5. It was the first of its kind, and results were a mix of aha moments, big surprises and not-so-big surprises. "From

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Military Transition Council

The Washington State Military Transition Council (WSMTC) will hold its Quarterly Transition Council Meeting Nov. 17. The meetings are part of a multi-year project to develop an 18-month process map to identify actions necessary for transition prior to release from active-duty. "It has been said many times that Washington state is

New kids in the Naval yard

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New kids in the Naval yard

The women walk briskly into the chapel, some shielding small children from the rain, some shielding food, some shielding both. A greeter at the door smiles broadly as she invites each newcomer into the warm shelter; inside, more ladies act as to further reinforce the welcome. The group of women assembling

Seahawks Salute to Service

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Seahawks Salute to Service

Hundreds of servicemembers were involved in, around, and even above CenturyLink Field this past Sunday while the whole world watched the primetime division matchup with the Seattle Seahawks facing the Arizona Cardinals for this year's Salute to Service game. The Salute to Service games are each NFL team's way of showing

Saying yes to care

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Saying yes to care

Yes is better than no. "This is amazing; this building was built with love," said Jodi Land, Fisher House manager at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. "It is wonderful that a lot of individuals donated their money to help others in their time of need; we can say "yes" and not "no" to those

Workout of the day

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Workout of the day

At 11 a.m. Nov. 11, about 100 people gathered in the cold, gray drizzle at DuPont's PowderWorks Park. Dressed in colors to represent their respective organizations, Joint Base Lewis-McChord's Team Red, White and Blue and the JBLM chapter of wear blue: run to remember, were there to participate in this

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