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Helping homeless vets make a U-turn

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Helping homeless vets make a U-turn

Despite job fairs and other support, many Puget Sound military who have gone from one deployment to another to "instant" jobless civilian status would have no place to go without recovery shelters like the Veterans Resource Center. There, within the Tacoma Rescue Mission, veterans find a clean, safe and orderly

Honoring the WASP

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Honoring the WASP

"Book groups are like friendships," James Atlas wrote last year in a New York Times article. "Some coalesce and die out in a few years; others last a lifetime." Founded in 1941, Lakewood's Friday Book Club fits squarely into the latter category. One of the longest continuously running book clubs

Not your great grandmother's book club

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Not your great grandmother's book club

In 1941, the village of Lakewood did not yet have its own public library. What it did have was a group of 18 avid women readers who decided to replace their frequent trips into the downtown Tacoma library with a circulating book exchange they called the Friday Book Club. Their

Coloring Seattle beautiful

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Coloring Seattle beautiful

Like his work, glass artist Dale Chihuly stands out in a crowd. With his black eyepatch and willful hair, he is Seattle's own fiery fusion of Picasso and Warhol. When he was growing up in Tacoma, his kindergarten teacher at Sheridan Elementary held up a ceramic pig Chihuly had adorned

A romp in a giant Northwest sandbox

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A romp in a giant Northwest sandbox

The towering natural sandbox that is the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area is the only place in the world where you can marvel at dunes that thrust as high as 500 feet into the sky, an ocean at their feet, festooned with coastal forests and tree islands. But they're not

Book review: Operation Babylift

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Book review: Operation Babylift

The perfect companion to Angels Flying Out of Hell, Operation Babylift is the poignant memoir of Air Force nurse Regina Aune and orphan Aryn Lockhart, both of whom were on the ill-fated initial C5-A Babylift mission out of Saigon that crashed with more than 300 babies, crew, and caregivers on

Orphan flight

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Orphan flight

In this 40th anniversary year of the end of the Vietnam War, it seems fitting that two books have just been published about the frantic, life-saving rescue of orphaned South Vietnamese babies: Angels Flying Out of Hell: The 7,000 Mile Journey of the Operation Babylift Orphans by Bette Milleson James

LeMay Car Museum clicks with "Route 66"

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LeMay Car Museum clicks with "Route 66"

Whether you have kids, house guests or nostalgia, now is the perfect time to gather up the gang and head for the exhibit, "Route 66: Dream of the Mother Road," at LeMay - America's Car Museum (ACM) in Tacoma. For almost 60 years, America got its kicks on Route 66,

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McChord honors WASP on 100th birthday

As a little girl growing up on a farm in Woodburn, Oregon, Dorothy Kocher Olsen read a book about the Red Baron, the famous German World War I ace, and instantly decided she, too, wanted to fly.  Several years later, a teacher asked the class what they each wanted to

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