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Keepin' up with the Jones'

My boss, Pappi Swarner, is on vacation this week. After the short coronation ceremony where I was dubbed acting editor, he asked me to write a story about Jones Family Fortune. He handed me a press release, gave me a broad smile, a sincere thanks, and then turned on a

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The good uncomfortable

So, is that whole Club Impact Brick City controversy still going on? You know the one with the unruly kids, the parking difficulties, and the disgruntled neighboring businesses? The one that inspired News Tribune articles and town forums? It’s been a month or so, and Bobble Tiki hasn’t heard anything.

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Backscratching with I Defy

I’ve officially fallen off the MySpace bandwagon. In the beginning, I openly mocked the social Web site declaring just how stupid I thought it was to spend time growing your list of Internet “friends.” Then, like most people who initially fought the craze, I gave in. Before long I was

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Good holiday cheer

“The Perfect Holiday” is a big-hearted romantic comedy based on Meet Cutes, mistaken identities, rebounding fibs, a Santa Claus operating under false pretenses, a nasty rapper, a 300-pound elf, three cute kids and Gabrielle Union, whose only Christmas wish is that a nice man would pay her a compliment.  The

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Alvin and the Chipmunks

The most astonishing sight in “Alvin and the Chipmunks” is not three singing chipmunks. No, it’s a surprise saved for the closing titles, where we see the covers of all the Alvin & C albums and CDs. I lost track after 10. It is inconceivable to me that anyone would

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Don't ask, just watch

The opening scenes of “I Am Legend” have special effects so good that they just about compensate for some later special effects that are dicey. We see Manhattan three years after a deadly virus has killed every healthy human on the island, except one. The streets are overgrown with weeds,

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Hed(pe) hits Vertigo

For the second time this year, on Friday, Dec. 14, hed(pe) will play Tacoma. Considering I didn’t realize hed(pe) still existed until the first time they played T-Town back in May, their second show in Tacoma isn’t quite as surprising. However, it’s close. If you had asked me a year

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Crude, rude, and funny

Bobble Tiki is a tiki of many skills and talents. Pegging Bobble Tiki is nearly impossible. Bobble Tiki’s a friend to some and a foe to others. Bobble Tiki’s both a mover and a shaker. Bobble Tiki is a lover and a hater. Bobble Tiki is many things. For this reason,

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On local screens this week

ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS: See review page 21. Century Olympia: Fri-Thurs, Dec. 20 noon, 1:10, 2:20, 3:30, 4:40, 5:50, 7, 8:10, 9:20. Also Sat-Sun 10:50 a.m. Galaxy Tacoma 6: Fri-Thurs, Dec. 20 12:35, 2:40, 4:45, 7, 9:05. Lakewood Cinema 15: Fri-Thurs,

Fourth of July BBQ eats

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Fourth of July BBQ eats

For many patriots across the South Sound, the Fourth of July means burgers and dogs on the grill. But for those of us that crave something just a little more -- there's BBQ. Let's talk real BBQ, slow-cooked, tender meats, dripping in sauce that require a stack of napkins afterward.

Avoid the summer heat at Anderson Island

Outdoors

Avoid the summer heat at Anderson Island

When summer begins to heat up, try something new and head to Anderson Island to cool off in an old-fashioned swimming hole. Getting there is half the fun with a 30-minute ferry ride across the Puget Sound.          At the end of Union St., in the town of Steilacoom, sits the ferry

Camp Murray Beach and RV Campground

Outdoors

Camp Murray Beach and RV Campground

Do you want to try camping but not sure you want to go far away for your first trip? Or maybe you have more family coming to visit and not enough space. A hidden gem for local camping is the Camp Murray Beach and RV Campground which is a lovely

A classy marina on American Lake

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A classy marina on American Lake

The Russell Landing Marina on American Lake honors the service and memory of Admiral James Russell. Growing up on the lake where he learned to sail, Russell never forgot its importance in his life. After a 40-year career in the Navy -- culminating in his serving as Commander-in-Chief of the North

It’s time for SummerFEST!

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It’s time for SummerFEST!

It's summertime, which means there are great festivals to attend. One of the biggest and best in the Puget Sound region is the Lakewood SummerFEST. Situated in the city's Fort Steilacoom Park, this summer extravaganza hosted nearly 45,000 in 2018, and it is poised to surpass that number this year. Kicking off

JBLM soldier’s unique path to the Warrior Games

Military Life

JBLM soldier’s unique path to the Warrior Games

When many of us think of wounded warriors, we think of servicemembers injured or wounded downrange, during a deployment or in combat. Pfc. Kyia Costanzo, and her Team Army family participating in the 2019 Department of Defense Warrior Games would say otherwise. Costanzo was injured while in Basic Combat Training,

2019 Freedom Fest

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2019 Freedom Fest

It's time to celebrate the Independent spirit of America July 4, 2019. Click the link below to view the Freedom Fest program. Click here to view our interactive 2019 Freedom Fest issue.

As true today

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As true today

Fiction has long been dominated by stories of charlatans -- charismatic or otherwise -- who blow into people's lives and attempt to fleece them of anything that isn't tied down. It's a trope that's persisted as well as it has for very clear reasons, the main of which being that

NW Lumpia

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NW Lumpia

ANNOUNCER: Dutch and Jackie cruised down to the side of Center Street that you half expect to find not much in the way of culinary discoveries, but you'd be wrong. At NW Lumpia, a husband and wife team are creating delectable, handmade, FRESH lumpias each day. Some featuring family recipes

Grub Gossip

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Grub Gossip

Tis the season for outdoor shenanigans and restaurant openings. There is a plethora of happenings right here in our own backyard, and at times, ones you'll want to plan a trip for, because going on an adventure is always worth the journey. Here are a few things on my radar,

U.S., Australia enhance readiness, cooperation

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U.S., Australia enhance readiness, cooperation

U.S. Air Force and Royal Australian Air Force officials implemented a new maintenance arrangement for the C-17 that will improve strategic airlift efficiency and fleet readiness. The C-17 Aircraft Repair and Maintenance Services Implementing Arrangement advances U.S. and Australian interoperability. Previously, U.S. and Australian airmen could only assist one another with

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