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Behind the power curve

Along with the Cascadia Subduction Zone - or CSZ - and its potential for a 9.0 earthquake and the tagalong tsunami, add an Electromagnetic Pulse - or EMP - to the worry list. EMPs are bursts of energy caused by either a nuclear blast or a massive solar storm. Both events trigger

Shot twice ... then book

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Shot twice ... then book

At just 19 years old, Lon Cole found himself lying on the ground in Vietnam. He had been shot twice while trying to rescue a fellow Marine. His brothers-in-arms were able to retrieve the other wounded marine but due to heavy gunfire, they just could not reach Cole. It was

Antiquing: not just for geezers

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Antiquing: not just for geezers

When you think of antique stores, a few images pop into your head, none of them likely positive. The stereotype is that they're dusty, filled with old objects that seem like ancient artifacts, and they always seem to have at least one super-creepy doll hiding in there. However, times are

FREE Military Family Fun Day

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FREE Military Family Fun Day

The Ranger, JBLM Living and NW Airlifter newspapers, along with our event sponsor USAA, want to honor your family for the sacrifices you make by attending the free Military Family Fun Fair in Lacey August 13 at Holy Family School (click below for address).  As a family, you may enjoy

Event name change

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Event name change

Though the sponsoring agencies have changed, the Massing of the Colors in the South Sound has been an institution since Armistice Day, 1922. The Society of the Massing of the Colors first held the event then; the Military Order of the World Wars took on the responsibility for the event

Running for hope

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Running for hope

In the Pacific Northwest, there are 15 half-marathons in the month of September alone. Jeff Bauknecht, who co-directs the Race for a Soldier Half Marathon and 5K happening for its sixth year Sept. 25, 2016 at 8 a.m., suggests, "Race for a Soldier is different, and has been different from

Next military icon

Military Life

Next military icon

Among all the patriotic traditions that make the Tacoma Freedom Fair on Ruston Way such a popular Fourth of July event, there was something new this year: From the stage at the Camp Patriot location, the "talent search was on for the next big singing sensation."  It was there that

Military supporters retire

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Military supporters retire

It's not every military supporter that upon retirement is invited over to the commanding general's home for a goodbye party. But, John and Denise Dhane aren't your average military supporters. In the time that Col. (ret) John Dhane, DDS and his wife Denise have operated their orthodontic practice in DuPont, hundreds

Top chef is Sherpa

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Top chef is Sherpa

It rises to a height of 29,029 feet, or, as one movie put it, "the cruising altitude of a 747." Climbers who aspire to scale it must deal with climatic variations from frostbite to sunburn. Then there are the rockslides and avalanches, edema of the brain and lungs, and an

Sound and color

Music

Sound and color

Years ago, in the long-defunct Stereo Lounge (the space of which is now occupied by the Zodiac Supper Club), I saw Jeffrey Lewis perform. The tiny, intimate, boozy venue was the perfect place to see Lewis perform his offbeat anti-folk, accompanied by illustrations that he would flip through on an

Feels like the first time

Music

Feels like the first time

Generation X grew up on the music of British-American rock behemoth Foreigner. We know every word to such massive hit singles as "Cold as Ice," "Double Vision," "Juke Box Hero," and "Urgent" among others. When these songs appear on classic radio, they're as enjoyable now as they were a generation

Tacoma Academy of Fine Art on display

Arts

Tacoma Academy of Fine Art on display

Tacoma Academy of Fine Art is a relatively new private art school and gallery founded and operated by Tim Matsen in an art space with a short but storied history - former home to Lisa Kinoshita's cutting-edge Mineral Gallery and later Andrea Erickson's modernist Flow Gallery. But TAFA goes in

La Swanky

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La Swanky

Announcer: You can think of La Gitana as a pizza joint, but in a closer look, it's really a stylish Italian bistro that makes great pizza pie.  With two locations, funky Olympia and farmy Yelm, the designers and chefs have come together to create a place that is as pleasing

Apple Tree Productions

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Apple Tree Productions

Apple Tree Productions' fifth summer of theater for children has already begun and will culminate with productions of Seussical the musical and Evita in Concert. Apple Tree's Showcase is a separate class for special-needs students. It is theater games, songs and fun, and it is free. Students can drop in

Top 5 non mall places to shop

Military Life

Top 5 non mall places to shop

The default shopping destination in the Tacoma area is usually the Tacoma Mall, which is a fine choice, especially on rainy days since the mall is fully enclosed. However, non-mall shopping destinations offer an alternative - something more local and often more unique. Whether you're shopping for jewelry, clothing, food,

Saving lives one game at a time

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Saving lives one game at a time

Military servicemembers understand being in a team-driven environment, so it's no wonder why Hockey Saves, a 501 (c)3 nonprofit, is saving military members around the nation one puck at a time. But this organization is offering a little bit more than just time on the ice. Hockey Saves is saving people

A quiet ceremony

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A quiet ceremony

A few minutes before the start of a change of command ceremony last Thursday morning, someone said to Col. Otto Liller, "You know, everyone is here to see that you leave." Good-natured laughter filled the air, and Liller grinned broadly. Then it got quiet again as the time to begin the ceremony

Gear up

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Gear up

In an ever-changing world and the challenges therein, the technology and equipment required must keep up. To assist the military, law enforcement, Homeland Security and other organizations dedicated to serving the country, Darley Defense exists to serve federal, state and local protectors and first responders by providing high-quality, safe and innovative

Young understanding

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Young understanding

Seven-year-old Isaiah Hansen looked sad. "I get to see where Mom and Dad work," he said, as he sat next to his father, Noah Hansen.   "But in doing this, I learn what to do and where to go, but I am a little sad." Military children and families help to maintain the

Practically perfect

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Practically perfect

As an adult, I don't have much of an emotional connection to Mary Poppins. I had seen the film version once or twice as a child, but had largely forgotten the details, so color me pleasantly surprised at sitting down to watch Tacoma Musical Playhouse's production of Mary Poppins and

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