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Winter reads

As the weather outside gets colder and holiday fervor creeps into our weekly schedules, it's no wonder many of us are looking for an excuse to retreat to the safety (and solitude) of our sofa. There, a good book and a warm blanket await us. If the only thing holding

Letting potential off the leash

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Letting potential off the leash

Fraser is a hero. As a service dog, he was paired with Alex, a young man confined to a wheelchair. The partnership between the two allowed Alex to enter Seattle University, earn a bachelor's degree and then complete an internship in South Africa. "Alex says he never would have dreamed of studying

To awaken and soothe

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To awaken and soothe

Where were you when you first were moved by the music of just one voice and one instrument? You'd be a liar if you didn't say that you'd crossed this threshold as a very small child. While we, as a species, quickly become accustomed to a big band full of

Two shows at Department of Ecology

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Two shows at Department of Ecology

The Department of Ecology in Lacey is routinely filled with art, with rotating shows of local and area artists in the public spaces. Works by two Olympia artists, Lois Beck and Mary McCann, are now on display in the dining room (McCann) and the lobby (Beck). These artists have shown

Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus

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Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus

It's no great secret that, while the holiday season may bring its share of joy and merriment, it can also be an achingly sad time of year for so many people. Somehow, a lot of holiday entertainment not only doesn't shy away from this aspect of the season, but places

Holiday movie preview

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Holiday movie preview

Season's screenings! Should we wait till December to talk about the 2018 holiday movies I'm most excited to see, or should we dive right in and open our previews early? I say: EARLY! Roma (Dec. 6) Writer-director Alfonso Cuaron, the blazing talent behind Gravity (for which he won a best director Oscar), was inspired

Holiday lighted boat parades

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Holiday lighted boat parades

Living along the Puget Sound affords us a few coastal traditions. One coastal tradition is a lighted boat parade. Often sponsored by local yacht clubs, these parades of boats are annual events, which helps to kick off the holiday season. Here are three lighted boat parades in our area. "The lighted

Gifts from the Pacific Northwest

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Gifts from the Pacific Northwest

The Pacific Northwest (PNW) is a must visit for any traveler. Whether your interests include arts and leisure or outdoor adventure, this state has it all. If the holidays aren't the right time for family to come visit, help them experience the PNW first-hand with these local treasures that make

Surgeon General increasing lethality at AFRC wings

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Surgeon General increasing lethality at AFRC wings

The Surgeon General's Office of the Air Force Reserve Command at Robins Air Force Base, Georgia, is revitalizing the medical waiver adjudication process from the top down. The office recently tested a new process where wing commanders have the authority to allow members to continue serving, in a full or limited

Deploying mental healthcare downrange

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Deploying mental healthcare downrange

Deployed mental health providers play a vital role in delivering medical care downrange, ensuring the health of the warfighter and the mission. Even though servicemembers who deploy are medically ready, both physically and mentally, the rigors of deployment can take a toll. "Deployments can be stressful and servicemembers are away from their

McChord C-17 shows capabilities

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McChord C-17 shows capabilities

A C-17 Globemaster III assigned to McChord was the first to land, since 2003, on the Selah Airstrip Nov. 15 at Yakima Training Center (YTC). A C-17 carrying two U.S. Army High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) vehicles and a support vehicle from Joint Base Lewis-McChord landed on the newly renovated

10th CST trains with local firefighters and police

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10th CST trains with local firefighters and police

The phone rings, an emergency situation is taking place and first responders need the help of the Washington National Guard's 10th Civil Support Team. Guardsmen grab their gear, identify the vehicles they need and head to the scene. This scenario recently happened when a suspicious package was left at a state

America’s First Corps feed hundreds of soldiers

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America’s First Corps feed hundreds of soldiers

In preparation for the Thanksgiving meal to be served at Courage Inn Nov. 23 at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, soldiers from across America's First Corps were in the kitchen there overnight preparing food enough for 500 people. "(Tuesday) evening we started preparing for today's lunchtime Thanksgiving feast for the soldiers," said Sgt.

Stuffing and love

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Stuffing and love

The dinner was an outpouring of love and stuffing. For the fifth year in a row, Pacific Lutheran University (PLU) hosted its annual Operation Thanksgiving Dinner in Chris Knutzen Hall for about 80 soldiers who have just arrived at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. "For ninety percent of these servicemembers, this is their first

2018 Holiday Guide #3

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2018 Holiday Guide #3

A guide on local holiday shopping, events and more! Come back each week for more holiday ideas. Click here to view our interactive 2018 Holiday Guide #3.

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JBLM Ranger killed by friendly fire, reports indicate

An Army Ranger killed in action in Afghanistan during the weekend likely shot by Afghan troops accidentally, the military coalition in Kabul said Tuesday. Sgt. Leandro A.S. Jasso, 25, was shot while American troops and Afghan forces were assaulting “one of multiple barricaded al-Qaida shooters” in Nimruz

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JBLM Ranger killed

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Department of Defense officials say a 25-year-old soldier from Leavenworth, Washington, was killed during combat operations in Afghanistan. Army Sgt. Leandro A.S. Jasso died Saturday in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, while supporting Operation Freedom's Sentinel. Army spokesman Lt. Col. Loren Bymer said Sunday that Jasso was

Go ahead and jump

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Go ahead and jump

Rather than categorizing Frogz, the show hopping into Tacoma Arts Live's newly refurbished Pantages Theater this Saturday, it might be easier to say what it isn't. It isn't, for example, Aristophanes' classic comedy The Frogs (Bátrachoi), which mocked peacenik progressives and won Athens' Lenaia Festival for Dionysus in 405 B.C.

In the Shadow of the Master

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In the Shadow of the Master

Learning art by copying the masters is as old as art itself. Artists of the Italian Renaissance traditionally did it, and even today, European artists continue to copy paintings in the Louvre. Peter Paul Rubens, as a prime example, painted a version of Titian's "Venus at the Mirror." Both artists'

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'Speak" and 'Sound'

‘Speak’ Though the Weekly Volcano is certainly a city kid at heart, we like to let the wild things in every once in awhile. And what better way than listening to animals speak? Ice Box Contemporary Art is doing just that. “Speak,” an installation by Joseph Miller, is a conversation between

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