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JBLM girl wins state championship

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JBLM girl wins state championship

Lourdes (Lou) Faletagoai, the daughter of Sgt. First Class Usoalii Faletagoai, a combat engineer at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, took up wrestling three years ago in her sophomore year at Clover Park High School in Lakewood.  As of this past weekend, she is now the Washington state champion in women's wrestling

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Free legal advice?

The State Legislature is considering a proposal that would provide free legal advice for military families. If passed, a "one-stop shop" within the office of the State's attorney general would be created to provide free legal help for military families, covering both active service and veterans. Bob Ferguson, the State's attorney

Oscar parties

South Sound Cinema

Oscar parties

Surely one of the foremost appeals of Hollywood's night of all nights is imagining oneself in attendance. The South Sound offers two big opportunities to share in the glitz and glamour of Oscar night this Feb. 28. I know; I've been there. In a break from current editorial preference, this writer's first-person

The Cars of Downton Abbey

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The Cars of Downton Abbey

Sure, you could eat lunch at your desk or go to that café down the street with the same old sandwiches every day or you can join the LeMay - America's Car Museum (ACM) and its If Cars Could Talk lunch series, held the first Tuesday of every month from

Drive the Blues Away

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Drive the Blues Away

Warmer months in western Washington are filled with outdoor festivals, especially beer and wine tastings. As the weather cools down and the rain shows up, many of these festivals go into hiding ... yet it's during the colder months that a beer fest really serves to cheer Northwesterners up. Never fear!

Earning commission

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Earning commission

For two days, after which I was fired, I was a door-to-door salesman for a company that sold home security systems. It remains the worst job I've ever done. From house to house, I peddled fear - that someone would inevitably break into these nice homes and abuse the occupants

What's new at TAM?

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What's new at TAM?

The first thing to catch the eye when entering the gallery of new gifts to the Tacoma Art Museum is Guy Anderson's "Mountain Picnic," a moody painting in oil on paper mounted on plywood. Next to it is an equally dark and moody painting by Paul Horiuchi titled "Religious Heritage",

Memorial sculpture to be unveiled

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Memorial sculpture to be unveiled

The unimaginable happened at Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, on a warm Wednesday evening last June. The members of the Wednesday night Bible study had welcomed the stranger with open arms, but he had responded to their hospitality by doing the unthinkable. Opening fire, he

Au naturel

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Au naturel

The name of French composer Claude-Achille Debussy may not rattle off your tongue, but you do know his work. "Clair de Lune," from Suite Bergamasque, boasts one of the most beautiful and adored melodies in Western history. Almost as well-known is "Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun," a 10-minute

Cascade Warbirds sets aviation scholarship

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Cascade Warbirds sets aviation scholarship

Cascade Warbirds, the largest squadron in the Warbirds of America with more than 250 members, is making its annual aviation scholarships available once again. Young adults ages 16 to 21 years with a passion for flight and an eagerness to learn how to fly are encouraged to apply. The deadline to

Donut angels

Military Life

Donut angels

For many, that early morning snack to get the day started just has to be a donut, and that's not any different for the servicemembers on Joint Base Lewis-McChord. That's where a little community effort and donations to the USO Northwest come in. "The USO on McChord Field, every morning before 0500,

Veteran Strong

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Veteran Strong

"You never know which organization will work best for the veteran," said Josh Wheeldon, leader of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) in Washington state. He was chatting with other veterans and advocates at the Cask and Trotter in Seattle last Thursday as they shared their experiences over drinks

JBLM girl plays with Youth Symphony

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JBLM girl plays with Youth Symphony

The Tacoma Youth Symphony Association (TYSA) is revered nationwide as an organization of the utmost excellence in musical capability and business practice. Having been established over 50 years ago, the organization is renowned for its dedication to the development of quality music and nurturing students to their full musical potential. Admired

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Free college money - hurry!

For those heading to college in the fall, this is the time to begin filling out those scholarship applications. The Fort Lewis Family Member Scholarship Fund is now accepting applications until March 25. This scholarship is specifically available to Joint Base Lewis-McChord. The scholarship application is open to family members

Trevor Romain visits military kids

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Trevor Romain visits military kids

Making friends in school is hard. Throw in the added wrench of moving every few years, and making lasting friendships can seem nearly impossible. But this is just one challenge that today's military children face. Moving, starting a new school, making new friends, all while coping with a parent who's

Icing the friendship

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Icing the friendship

Hockey is a full contact sport featuring two teams of half-a-dozen individuals apiece on ice skates trying to put a vulcanized rubber puck into a net. "It's a great sport, and for a full tilt, high functioning dude like me, it's wonderful, " commented Master Sgt. Ty Henrichsmeyer, Team America's goalie,

Sneakers, sneakers and more sneakers

Military Life

Sneakers, sneakers and more sneakers

Divine Cox is a sneakerhead. As such, he admires and collects sneakers as a hobby.  He is also experienced in telling the difference between real and fake replicas of sneakers. "I've been collecting sneakers since high school," the young airman with the 62nd Airlift Wing's Public Affairs office related. The birth of the

Inside JBLM

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Inside JBLM

This year marks the 100 Anniversary of Ft. Lewis. Erik Flint, Director of the Ft. Lewis Military Museum, describes Lewis as a "Young Buck, militarily speaking." One hundred doesn't seem especially old, particularly when Compared to Ft. Nisqually, which was actually located near where DuPont currently sits, and which was

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Masa appeal

ANNOUNCER: Although fast-casual Mex is all the rage today - and with good reason, in the case of Lakewood's Taco Guaymas - high-end Mexican fare has hit Tacoma's Sixth Avenue in the form of Masa Comida Mexicana.  The food is a combination of uppity Mexican standards (tacos, burritos and enchiladas)

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