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Tacoma: The Divide of Division Avenue

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Tacoma: The Divide of Division Avenue

Tacoma likes to believe that in the last 20 years it has grown more socially tolerant. The economic downturn has blended many communities in financial equality. The city's numerous festivals have started to resemble a certain 1971 Coco-Cola commercial. And much of the intermediate neighborhoods of the New Tacoma and

Murray Morgan Bridge reopening is a symbol of Tacoma history

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Murray Morgan Bridge reopening is a symbol of Tacoma history

After six long years of closure due to safety issues, the Murray Morgan Bridge will see the dawn of a new era beginning at noon Friday, Feb. 1. The bridge will reopen not only to car traffic, but new pedestrian walkways will allow walkabouts over the Thea Foss Waterway. But to

Blue Barons Motorcycle Club ran the streets of Tacoma

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Blue Barons Motorcycle Club ran the streets of Tacoma

"A lot of people ask ‘Who were the Blue Barons?' I tell them they were a motorcycle club and the first thing they always think of is the Hell's Angles or whatever.  And they're not, they are totally the opposite," explained David Allen, son of Blue Baron's founder, Paul Allen.   From

Tacoma’s first home for music:

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Tacoma’s first home for music:

Girl Trouble's drummer, Bon Von Wheelie, sets the music scene of 1980s Tacoma:   "The punks got chased a lot. People would be violent just because they dressed different. You had to be tough to be into that scene. It made people stick together almost because they had to, it was safer.

Who are we?

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Who are we?

Tacoma is going through an image crisis. It has been for the last 30 years. Are we a rough industrial town? Are we an arts community? Are we a suburb for a military base? Are we Seattle's little brother? What are we? Ask most Tacoma locals about their city and you're

Teach the children well

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Teach the children well

What were you doing when you were 13?  For me, it was playing SimCity in-between rounds of Magic the Gathering.  But then again, I'm a geek who writes for the local arts paper.  For most, 13-years-old is not a productive age.  For Adam Bredlau, a guitar player, his 13th year signifies

Tacoma loves beer

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Tacoma loves beer

What magic fermented yeast, grain and water can become when proportioned correctly. Pilsners, lagers, Hefeweizens, ales (of all sorts); wheats, barleys, stouts and all the other delicious brews.  It's enough to make a grown man cry.  The triumph of the ages: BEER. To celebrate the fabulous concoction the third annual Tacoma Craft

A cut above

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A cut above

Cuts of New York steak, filet mignon, brisket, chops, sirloin, ribs and all manner of beef and pork greet you at the counter. Adjacent, in another cold case, salmon candy, chickens, ready-to-cook burgers, bacon and other delectable meats chill.  For a carnivore it is heaven.  The art of butchery seems to

Auf Wiedersehen Alt Heidelberg

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Auf Wiedersehen Alt Heidelberg

EDITOR'S NOTE: Yes, the old Heidelberg-Columbia Brewery caught fire mere minutes after we posted this story late Thursday night. Mere coincidence. We promise. The Columbia Heidelberg Brewery complex on the corner of 21st and South C Street in downtown Tacoma is currently being demolished. Some see the change as a progressive

Free history

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Free history

On a sunny Thursday afternoon a group of inquisitive patrons enters an ornate park-side building. As they do so, they ask, "What is this place?" Thomas M. Jutilla, the museum's director, gladly tells them that they have stepped into the Karpeles Manuscript Library. The visitors' eyes light up as they

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The resurgence of Tacoma's beer legacy

As far back as when Job Carr stirred wort alongside the banks of Commencement Bay, our city has had a love affair with beer. It is only natural that with a mix of working class Scandinavians, Austria/Hungarians and Germans that someone (if not everyone) would be mixing their own home

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Understanding Tacoma through its passion to drink

Not long ago we were tough and dirty. Tacoma was a hard-living town - a place former mayor Harold Moss likened to war-torn Beirut. True, we still hold onto parts of our past edginess, and our working class mentality. But, in reality, Tacoma has grown into a town with a

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Tacoma Craft Beer Fest 2011

What magic fermented yeast, grain and water can become when proportioned correctly. Pilsners, lagers, Hefeweizens, ales (of all sorts); wheats, barleys, stouts and all the other delicious brews.  It's enough to make a grown man cry.  The triumph of the ages: BEER. To celebrate the fabulous concoction the third annual Tacoma Craft

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Damn good sandwich for lunch

SWIPED FROM OUR SUPER BEST OF TACOMA ISSUE >>> Dedicated to Rick Price, a firefighter based in the Key Peninsula town of Home, Rick's Dip honors the friend and supporter of the Rosewood Café.  Few sandwiches can compare. Roast Beef is the foundation. Sautéed onions are done to

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KGHP’s Mike Kelly loves reggae

  ONE LOVE >>> Among the dense evergreens that surround the banks of Carr Inlet a rhythmic island beat thumps. From behind Peninsula High School, between the art department and the football field, emanates reggae, ska, dub, rock steady, mento and dance hall. Every Wednesday night, KGHP FM plays host to Mike

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Building a Tacoma beer brand

THE HARMON BREWING COMPANY'S PLAN FOR WORLD DOMINATION >>> "We are Tacoma's brewery and we are going to be in Alaska, Idaho, Washington and Oregon," proclaims Pat Nagle, co-owner of the Harmon Brewing Company (HBC). "That's how we want to brand the Harmon. Everybody knows that Ninkasi is from Eugene, Deschutes

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Today in Grooming: Supernova Barbershop

  ST. HELENS MOST ROCK N ROLL SHAVE >>>   Why would you pay $25 for a shave when you can do it yourself? It's a luxury.  It's a manly way to be pampered. It's grooming nostalgia in the best way possible. Why buy clothes when you can stitch them yourself? Or why

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REVIEW: Goldfish racing returns to the Harmon Tap Room

IS IT CRUEL OR JUST FUN? >>> Young professionals and college students gather to down microbrews while listening to bluesy classic rock.  In the backroom there are two eight-foot long sections of roof gutter filled with water.  Spray bottles are positioned at one end of the track.  A

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Lithium Love: A button extravaganza

AS SEEN AROUND TOWN >>> If you are between the ages of 25 and 50 with a punk rock or indie sensibility, somewhere you have a dozen one-inch buttons.  They may be hanging from the leather jacket you had when you played bass in a band.  They may be in an

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KPLU staying strong in the face of uncertainty

  WHAT WILL THE FUTURE HOLD? >>> The other morning while listening to National Public Radio's "Morning Edition" on KPLU, and a story regarding the Libyan hoopla, I was struck by a muse: will my children be able to listen to this?  Or will my children have to choose between Clear Channel

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