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June 1, 2009 at 12:15am

Nonstandard Operating Procedures: Monday

MICHAEL SWAN: MONDAY, JUNE 1, 2009 >>>


1. Ramin Bahrani has proven himself adept at chronicling the lives
of people living under the radar of the American dream - immigrants,
the poverty-stricken, the neglected in Goodbye, Solo at The Grand Cinema at 2:45, 4:50, 7 and 9 p.m.

2. DJ Jason Diamond spins roots reggae during The New Frontier Lounge's Rebel Monday at 9 p.m.

3. DJ Doll Hands spins vintage lady country music at The Brotherhood Lounge around 9 p.m.

4. The Ozzie Fuhrmann Band plays an all-ages show at 7 p.m. inside the Mandolin Cafe.

5. Rockaraoke at Jazzbones


LINK: Live music and DJs in the South Sound

LINK: Local movie starting times

LINK: South Sound Restaurant Guide

June 1, 2009 at 8:45am

Morning Report

June 1, 2009 at 9:05am

Rotate this

NEWS TEAM: CSA WANTS GUARD ON LONG-TERM ROTATIONAL SCHEDULE >>>

This just in …

ARMY NEWS SERVICE: The Army could benefit from a permanent rotational schedule, similar to the Navy and Marine Corps, with four force groups of the Army in varying stages of operational readiness, the chief of staff of the Army said Thursday.

Gen. George W. Casey Jr. made the remarks at a military strategy forum hosted by the Center for Strategic and International Studies, explaining that the cycle would always have one group either deployed or available for deployments and a second acting as an operational reserve that could quickly respond to emergencies. The other two would be training or resetting from a deployment, with the goal of three years at home for every year of deployment.


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Filed under: Army News, News To Us,

June 1, 2009 at 11:44am

Sgt. Pimp charged

NEWS TEAM: PIMPING CHARGES FILED AGAINST FORT LEWIS SERGEANT >>>

This just in ...

SEATTLE TIMES: The U.S. Attorneys Office has charged a Fort Lewis sergeant accused of forcing two juveniles to work as prostitutes.

Prosecutors charged Sterling Terrance Hospedales with sex trafficking of a child and attempted sex trafficking of a child. He is scheduled to appear this afternoon in federal court in Tacoma.

Hospedales was arrested April 14 leaving an apartment in Lakewood that was identified by the federal Innocence Lost Task Force.


Read the rest of the report here.

Filed under: Fort Lewis, News To Us,

June 1, 2009 at 5:07pm

South 38th and Union, Tacoma, June 1

Filed under: Photo of the Day, Tacoma,

June 2, 2009 at 12:50am

Nonstandard Operating Procedures: Tuesday

MICHAEL SWAN: TUESDAY, JUNE 2, 2009 >>>

Neko_case
1. Neko Case's latest album, Middle Cyclone, demonstrates - once again
- that she is a child of nowhere and a resident of everywhere. Though
she grew up in T-town and has never shied away from those ties, in her
heart Case is not a spirit one gritty town can contain. Wide open
roads. Pickup trucks. Soulless bars. Lonely mornings - Neko Case lives
in all these places. Her voice and depth have a way of filling the
voids. See her tonight at 8 p.m. inside the Pantages Theater.

2. The 6th Avenue Farmers Market opens today at 3:30 p.m.

3. Author Curtis Ebbesmeyer discusses his book Floatsametrics and the Floating World at 7 p.m. inside the Olympic Room at the Tacoma Public Library's Downtown Tacoma Branch.

4. Go Get The Scissors, Let's Dance, Back Alley Kicks and Aires & Graces play an all-ages show at the Eagles Hall Basement in Olympia beginning at 7 p.m.

5. Makeup Monsters, Lineland, Animal Hospital, and Christmas are playing The Den at UrbanXcahnge at 8 pm. $5.

LINK: Live music and DJs in the South Sound

LINK: Local movie starting times

LINK: South Sound Restaurant Guide

June 2, 2009 at 4:57am

Stress management

MICHAEL SWAN: GRRRRRRR! >>>

The Fort Lewis Family Advocacy Program is offering a stress management class in Building 2013B, in the FAP conference room on the third floor, June 2, 9, 16 and 23, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Get a better understanding of stress and its effects on health and readiness. Identify physical and emotional reactions to stress.

Learn about stress management tools and how to use them effectively.

For more information, call 967-5901.

Filed under: Familes, Fort Lewis, Health,

June 2, 2009 at 8:55am

Volunteers needed

MICHAEL SWAN: LIKE TO READ? >>>

Book Patch Library is now accepting volunteers for its Summer Reading Program from June 22 to Aug. 5. Volunteers will help supervise activities, register readers, read stories and hand out incentive awards.

Plan to attend a meeting at Book Patch Library to get acquainted on today at 4 p.m.

Book Patch is located inside Grandstaff Library, Building 2109 on Pendleton Avenue.

Responsible teenagers are encouraged to volunteer. If you are 14 or older and looking for a rewarding way to stay busy during the summer, come to the meeting and see if the Summer Reading Program is right for you. High school juniors may earn their required community service hours for graduation early.

For more information, call 967-5533.

Filed under: Books, Fort Lewis, Volunteer,

June 2, 2009 at 8:56am

Morning Report

June 2, 2009 at 9:48am

Special athletes shine

J.M. SIMPSON: OLYMPIANS COMPETE AT FORT LEWIS, MCCHORD >>>

Coming-At-You David "Ben" Gross sat on a gray metal chair quietly waiting to be called forward to receive the medal he had won in a race.

"This event is just wonderful for the military community," said his mother, Michele Gross.  "Many times these kids are distanced from activities, and here today they come together as a team."

That team is the Fort Lewis Tigers, and this year the team had four members on the track team and four members of the swim team.

Gross, Zachary Renn, Zachary Mattox, and Brandon Geverola comprised the track team.  Christopher Mullink, Devin Eberly, Jake Mullink, and Joshua Crittenden made up the swim team.  Junior Smith is the head coach, Shannon Mattox the assistant coach.

Competition took place at Fort Lewis and McChord Air Force Base. 

For the parents and friends attending the annual Special Olympics Washington Summer Games, they offered unqualified support.

"I came to give these athletes mutual support," said Adolph Pinlac, a Fort Lewis employee.

Whether the 2,500 athletes - from all parts of the state - placed first or last, they were loudly honored for their efforts. 

"I feel very good," said Geverola as he sat in the stands of the newly renovated Cowan Stadium waiting to compete in the shot put and the 100-meter dash. 

"I like to win," he added with a smile.

Geverola had another reason to be proud.  He carried the torch during the opening ceremonies at McChord on May 29.

"This competition is about Special Olympians competing and feeling good - that they can be winners as well," commented Brandon's mother, Maggie Geverola.

For Savon Seng, the games represented her first time working as an assistant coach for the Tigers.

"It has been really fun to be a part of this and to see these athletes succeed," she said.

Fort-Lewis-Winner The athletes and their parents could not have asked for three better days in which to compete. Sunny skies, moderate temperatures and a majestic Mount Rainier in the background provided a stunning backdrop and conditions for the competition. Just outside the stadium, family members and friends of Special Olympians could purchase souvenirs and food. Fort Lewis soldiers provided security and directions for participants and visitors.  Professional demeanor with a smile characterized their actions. 

"I don't know what it is," a woman commented as she bought a hot dog.  "The atmosphere here this year is really, really great." 

The biggest concentration of individuals was around the medals' stand.  While the music to the Olympic games was played and athletes received their medals and high fives, parents, coaches and friends clapped, cheered and took photographs.

"All of this promotes self-confidence," said Jacque Felipe as she sat with her grandson, Zachary Renn.

"The value of confidence in themselves is the special gift of these games," she added.

Top Photo: Over 2500 athletes participated in the Special Olympic Washington Summer Games at Fort Lewis and McChord AFB.  Eight athletes from the post competed.

Bottom Photo: Wearing the distinctive orange shirt of the Fort Lewis Tigers' Team, Special Olympian David "Ben" Gross waits to receive his medal after competing in a sprint.

Photography by J.M. Simpson        

Filed under: Fort Lewis, J.M. Simpson, Sports,

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