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Royal Canadian Air Force complete training at WADS

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Royal Canadian Air Force complete training at WADS

The Western Air Defense Sector hosted 11 air battle managers of the Royal Canadian Air Force for a five-week period this fall in order to complete their qualification training. The air battle managers were deployed from 3 Wing and 22 Wing of the RCAF. The 51 Aerospace Control and Warning (Operational

Army-funded technology wins Oscar

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Army-funded technology wins Oscar

Creative geniuses behind digital humans and human-like characters in Hollywood blockbusters Avatar, Blade Runner 2049, Maleficent, Furious 7, The Jungle Book, Ready Player One, and others have U.S. Army-funded technology to thank for visual effects. That technology was developed at the U.S. Army Institute for Creative Technologies at the University of

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Oh Voices

It’s not easy to be happy. It might surprise you to know that making cheerful music that doesn’t sound cheesy is a challenge for many musicians. When I hear a band that is making happy music that doesn’t involve lyrics about getting wasted or carving initials in leather seats, I

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Original Booty Burglars

If the Original Booty Burglars are one thing, it’s, well, original. They’re original and ridiculously entertaining. It’s not quantum physics. It’s rock and roll. The Original Booty Burglars know how to take control of a stage and know how to mesmerize a crowd. The first time I saw the Booty

Former Madigan doctor shares new mental health therapy

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Former Madigan doctor shares new mental health therapy

With his salt and pepper hair, square jaw, and handsome good looks, you might figure Dr. Kris Peterson as a retired Army colonel. When you combine this (strength and confidence) with the soft-spoken psychiatrist's easy-going demeanor, you can see how patients find it easy to connect, to trust him with

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Failing Winter, Empire Brass and others

Friday, Dec. 7 CLASSICAL the empire brass Tuba players are always getting the shaft. Their instrument can weigh almost 30 pounds, they rarely get to play a song’s melody, and they can’t help but sound like a sea lion with too much fiber in its diet. But The Empire Brass Holiday Pop

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Java Fusion Coffee House and Deli

Java Fusion Coffee House and Deli opened a little over a year ago on Sixth Avenue near the Narrows Bridges in the west end of Tacoma. Owned by Tacoma natives Marguerite Yoshino and family, the coffee house imparts a warm and welcoming vibe not only projected by charming employees, but

That New Year’s sound

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That New Year’s sound

For just about as long as I've been writing for this fine rag, I've complained about the inherent flaw in New Year's Eve, as a holiday: building up one giant party for an entire year will inevitably lead to disappointment. More than any other holiday (Halloween included), New Year's Eve

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Bubbles From Around The World

Thursday, Dec. 6: Bubbles From Around The World, 5:30-8:30 p.m., complimentary, Pour At Four, 3814 N. 26th St., Tacoma, 253.761.8015. Friday, Dec. 7-Saturday, Dec. 8: Smorgasbord of Wine & Port, 6-10 p.m., $5, Pairings Fine Wine & Bar, 3012 Sixth Ave., Tacoma, 253.274.9463. Saturdays: Wine tasting, 2-5 p.m., Wine Bank, 7017 27th

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Good barbecue

Good barbecue — like some other good things in life — can’t be hurried. It’s a sloooooow process. We’re not talking about grilling, or backyard barbecues. We’re talking about the art of cooking meats and poultry over low, slow heat. The following know what they’re doing: HONEY BEE BBQ: The

Happy holidays?

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Happy holidays?

With the holiday season in full swing, a wondrous flurry of sparkling dazzlement, good tidings and cheer is in the air. Although the chill and frost inspires inner feelings of warmth and coziness for some, it can serve as the catalyst of melancholic hopelessness for others. Seasonal Depression or Seasonal

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Go big this season

We’re well into the feasting season. Still, for many of us, Thanksgiving dinner was the last serious sit-down meal for a while. With only the slightest effort, most of us can manage to survive from now until New Year’s Day on nothing but mini crab cakes, smoked salmon, artichoke dip,

JBLM spouse to coach national cheer team

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JBLM spouse to coach national cheer team

Two military students and a spouse from Joint Base Lewis-McChord will be part of the USA National Cheer Team at the Special Olympics World Summer Games in Abu Dhabi March 14-22, 2019. JBLM's Stacie Pogoncheff is the head coach. She took over from her daughter Kelbie Pogoncheff, who founded the

STEM dollars for military students

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STEM dollars for military students

The Clover Park School District was recently notified that it will receive a five-year Department of Defense (DoD) grant to encourage the development of teaching curriculum and assessment tools for use in the district's schools that have high levels of military-connected students. The district is the 26th largest in Washington state

Winter in Leavenworth

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Winter in Leavenworth

Leavenworth is magical in the winter. Over half a million lights decorate the town and snow covers the surrounding peaks. A three-hour drive from Tacoma transports you to an alpine-style village with all the charm of Bavaria. Situated at the foothills of the eastern Cascade Mountains along the Wenatchee River, this

The Nordic Museum

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The Nordic Museum

During the late 19th century, Scandinavian countries were experiencing population growth, famine, and religious and political repression, which resulted in a massive migration to the new lands of America. Roughly 1.3 million Swedes left their homes to find new hope abroad, and by 1890, 7.8 percent of Seattle's population was

Humpback, Orcas, and Grays

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Humpback, Orcas, and Grays

Orcas have been spotted in the South Puget Sound near the Tacoma Narrows Bridge, and as far south as Priest Point in Olympia in recent weeks. Farther afield, a few humpback whales have been seen in the Puget Sound and the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Rare still this time

Washington’s winter paradise

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Washington’s winter paradise

Joint Base Lewis-McChord is an adventurous person's dream duty station. It's a short distance to the Puget Sound and Pacific Ocean for the water lovers, and close to the beautiful Cascade Mountains for hiking, snowshoeing and skiing. Unfortunately, skiing can be a costly sport, especially for a big family without

BITE at Hotel Murano

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BITE at Hotel Murano

ANNOUNCER: Located in the heart of downtown Tacoma, you'll find the Murano Hotel. Inside, up just one set of stairs, you'll find locally crafted foods for locals and visitors alike. And this week, Dutch and Jackie weave through the busy shopping traffic to get their teeth into what BITE has

A politician and a painter

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A politician and a painter

Former Tacoma Mayor Brian Ebersole is a painter and owner of Art Above Gallery, located upstairs in the back of Minka on Pacific Ave. Ebersole pursued painting in his 20s, and after entering politics, he started collecting art in his travels around the world. The current show at Art Above

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