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Future soldiers may get improved helmet padding

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Future soldiers may get improved helmet padding

Army researchers and industry partners recently published a study showing how they developed new materials and manufacturing methods to create higher performing helmet padding that reduces the likelihood of head injury in combat and recreational helmets. A team from the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command's Army Research Laboratory and its

From military service to a civilian career

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From military service to a civilian career

Last year, the Army's Career Skills Programs helped 4,782 soldiers transition from military service into a civilian career, according to Installation Management Command officials. Army's CSP had a 96 percent employment placement rate in 2019, and has given troops a chance to master various skills needed for the civilian workforce since

It’s scholarship application time

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It’s scholarship application time

The Fort Lewis Family Member Scholarship Fund is now accepting applications for its 2020 scholarships. The fund, established in 1989, is open to both children and spouses of active-duty and retired service members and Gold Star families. The completed forms are due by March 16.  The purpose of the fund is

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Daft Punk

Electronic music has gone through a major revival in 2007. Artists like Justice, MSTRKRFT, Digitalism, Boys Noize, and Crystal Castles have made electronic mainstream again with crossover hits and remixes. However, as new and fresh as these groups sound, they are almost all paying homage to Daft Punk. It’s fitting

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I love Bento

I was trying to get to I Love Bento, because it was a rainy, cold night that required a fast infusion of green tea, warm miso soup and some raw fish. Maybe some sake, too. And definitely a hit of wasabi. Since I firmly believe that a good winter funk

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Captain Nemo's

You’ve driven by so many times that the large building has ceased to exist. You know it’s there, but it no longer registers. A large neon sign reads “Spaghetti Dinner” or “Prime Rib Special.” The parking lot is mysteriously and consistently half full or better. Captain Nemo’s in University Place

Best of Olympia 2020

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Best of Olympia 2020

Click here to view our interactive 2020 Best of Olympia Guide.

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Old School Drop Out

They describe their music as “modern hard-rock melodies with a few old school headbangers sprinkled in.” Old School Drop Out is not a band that caters to people who would be just as happy with a jukebox. They don't take quarters for song requests. They stake their territory as a

Best of Olympia 2020: Dillinger’s Cocktails and Kitchen

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Best of Olympia 2020: Dillinger’s Cocktails and Kitchen

Born in Indianapolis, grandson of German immigrants, he ran afoul of the law while still in his teens. After getting arrested for auto theft, he enlisted in the Navy but deserted his ship, the U.S.S. Utah, and was dishonorably discharged. He got married but couldn't keep a job. Instead, he

Best of Olympia 2020: Equal Latin vs. Ramirez on 4th

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Best of Olympia 2020: Equal Latin vs. Ramirez on 4th

Given my last name, it stands to reason Latin food is close to my corazón. Even so, despite years of living and dining in Thurston County, I'd never really warmed to south-of-the-border fare in easy walking distance of theaters and other downtown businesses I frequent. That changed in 2019, when

Best of Olympia 2020: Olympia Farmers Market

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Best of Olympia 2020: Olympia Farmers Market

As spring time creeps slowly upon us, it's the time of year we all crave to be outside breathing the fresh air, feeling the warm sunshine upon our faces, and eating local fresh produce straight from the farms. Options are abundant for farmers markets within the Puget Sound Area, but

Best of Olympia 2020: An Illiad

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Best of Olympia 2020: An Illiad

James O'Barr is producing and directing and Scott Douglas is acting in An Illiad, an intense, captivating and intelligent one-man play about the Trojan War and, ultimately, every war since, written by Lisa Peterson and Denis O'Hare. All the ancient gods and warriors are there, including Agamemnon, Achilles, King Priam,

Best of Olympia 2020: Dirty Dave’s Pizza Parlor

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Best of Olympia 2020: Dirty Dave’s Pizza Parlor

(Photo: Dirty Dave’s Pizza Parlor has some unique specialty pizzas. This is the Chicken Divan Pizza: a creamy garlic ranch sauce topped with chicken, fresh broccoli, red onion and tomato, then topped with cheddar cheese, all on their famous thin and crispy crust.) Well after lunch time on a Sunday, Dirty

Best of Olympia 2020: Chelsea Farms Oyster Bar

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Best of Olympia 2020: Chelsea Farms Oyster Bar

Anyone who has ever lived in a coastal city or town knows the biggest benefit to such a location is the abundance of local, fresh seafood. While Joint Base Lewis-McChord may not be "coastal," we are certainly close enough, and this duty station comes with a plethora of hyper-fresh fish

Best of Olympia 2020: Hands On Children’s Museum

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Best of Olympia 2020: Hands On Children’s Museum

(Photo: The Megan D vintage schooner is a new exhibit that opened in August at the Hands On Children’s Museum. Kids can explore the real wooden vessel, climb up a six-foot rope wall, investigate the crow’s nest, walk the rickety bridge, even captain the ship.) The Hands On Children's Museum in

Best of Olympia 2020: Olympia Film Society

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Best of Olympia 2020: Olympia Film Society

Olympia is a city with a lot of things to be proud of, but one of its most invaluable institutions has to be the Olympia Film Society (OFS). Housed in the gorgeous Capitol Theater since 1990, the OFS has long been Thurston County's premier art house, but it's so much

Best of Olympia 2020: Medicine Creek Café

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Best of Olympia 2020: Medicine Creek Café

You can see it just off the freeway as you zip down on I-5, it looks to be an updated A&W -- rock foundation, bright white paint with clean blue lines. A long carport-styled awning covers the pull-up parking. It looks chipper and inviting at just a glance. Within a

Best of Olympia 2020: Lacey’s mysterious name origin

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Best of Olympia 2020: Lacey’s mysterious name origin

Although little known to most, the naming of the city of Lacey remains mysterious. What is known is that in the 1850s, settlers populated the area. Two of those were Isaac and Catherine Wood. Like many, they worked hard and prospered, but due to the Wood's good reputation as upright citizens, people

Best of Olympia 2020: Downtown, Capitol Lake

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Best of Olympia 2020: Downtown, Capitol Lake

With many fun hot spots for night life seekers, Olympia's epic downtown was voted Best Neighborhood for Singles and Night Life. An unforgettable night awaits just a short drive from Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Take a fun night trip to the Historic District and Capitol Lake (Best Selfie Location) for stunning

The Naturalist & the Trickster

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The Naturalist & the Trickster

What an odd pairing: John James Audubon, the 18th and 19th century artist famous for precise drawings of birds and mammals, and RYAN! Fedderson, Native American artist now living in Tacoma known for contemporary interactive murals and mixed-media art. What they have in common is respect for nature and concern

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