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It’s time for a better awards show than the Golden Globes

Nearly every year when the Golden Globes came bounding through Hollywood, I would remind folks they were basically a joke. Just a smattering of examples:     - "Of all the awards shows, this is the stupidest - but they treat it like a big event in Hollywood." - 1996     - "The

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Memorial Day celebration is live in Lakewood

Formerly known as Decoration Day, the last Monday in May has come to be known as Memorial Day, a day for remembering those who have died, specifically those who have died in the service of their nation. It is a time for our nation to remember, reflect

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V-day the cool way

How should you spend your Valentine’s Day? Option 1: Sitting in a romantic bistro sipping champagne and eating overpriced luxurious food with your loved one. Option 2: Living it up at the SinSational Valentine’s Day event in Tacoma. If you haven’t heard yet, then you’re not a Tacoma blogger. The

The maestro at work

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The maestro at work

Lino Tagliapietra is a glass maestro from the oldest international glass art capital in the world — and no, I don’t mean the upstart glass capital of Tacoma, Wash. I mean Murano, an island off the coast of Venice, Italy, that was a recognized world glass center before the United

He led by example

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He led by example

From the time he was about six years old growing up in Boise, Idaho, John Allen Hemphill knew that he wanted to serve in the military. In high school he was an all-state center on the football team. A Reserve Officers' Training Corps cadet in both high school and for a

Time off for soldiers

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Time off for soldiers

WASHINGTON - A retention policy offering soldiers a chance to take a break in service while receiving pay and benefits for up to three years is now a permanent program. The sabbatical program, called the Career Intermission Program, or CIP, is a way for soldiers to take a knee in service

Age of innovation

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Age of innovation

How do you track hundreds of pieces of equipment dispersed around the world? The 62nd Maintenance Squadron aerospace ground equipment shop here began installing GPS trackers on their equipment in late April 2021. The shop is now able to track approximately 220 of their 420 assets globally. Prior to this,

Maj. Gen. John A. Hemphill dies

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Maj. Gen. John A. Hemphill dies

Retired Maj. Gen. John A. Hemphill passed away at his home in Steilacoom, WA on May 20, 2021. A native of Boise, Idaho, he was a 1951 graduate of the United Stated Military Academy at West Point, New York. For the next 34 years he had a distinguished

Army’s new hairstyle policy brings out critics

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Army’s new hairstyle policy brings out critics

One week after the Army changed its policy to permit female service members to wear their hair in something other than a bun, the verdict from social media is anything but unanimous. The change allows women to wear ponytails and braids in all duty uniforms, but a common complaint on social

JBLM formally thanks its volunteers

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JBLM formally thanks its volunteers

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD - Civilian and service members across Joint Base Lewis McChord were honored at the 35th annual Volunteer Recognition Ceremony held May 13 at The Club at McChord Field. The JBLM Directorate of Personnel and Family Readiness Volunteer Corps presented a ceremonial check of more than $1.2 million to

JBLM, PX vaccine drive

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JBLM, PX vaccine drive

MADIGAN ARMY MEDICAL CENTER, Joint Base Lewis-McChord - Madigan is now in PHASE 2 of its COVID-19 vaccine distribution efforts. All enrolled patients and eligible TRICARE beneficiaries 12 years of age or older can get the vaccine. Patients should know that the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is the only one given on

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Register now for the nonprofit community recovery (NCR) grants

The Washington State Department of Commerce is pleased to partner with the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) to administer $1.25 million in Nonprofit Community Recovery (NCR) grant funding to veteran service organizations (VSO's). VSO's help build community and support serving those who served. Their recovery is critical to a

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Kimya Dawson

For a while now, since meeting my wife anyway, I’ve felt like I know Kimya Dawson. Even though Dawson and I have never met, and we’ve probably never even made eye contact during any of the times I’ve seen her perform (as a solo artist and a Moldy Peach), thanks

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On local screens this week

27 DRESSES: “Knocked Up” and “Grey’s Anatomy” star Katherine Heigl is a perennial bridesmaid whose own happy ending is nowhere in sight. (PG) – BW Galaxy Tacoma 6: 12:35, 2:55, 5:15, 7:35, 9:55. Lakewood Cinema 15: Thurs 1:05, 4:15, 7:05, 9:40. Fri-Thurs, Feb. 7

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The Eye

The Eye Jessica Alba stars as Sydney Wells, a blind concert violinist.  Eye surgery allows her to regain her sight and see into the frightening supernatural world.  Her family thinks she’s crazy.  But she believes the shadowy doctor who performed the surgery may not be who he says he is. Rated

Where to surf in Grays Harbor

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Where to surf in Grays Harbor

Just offshore from the miles of sandy, windswept beaches of Grays Harbor, the best surfing spots in the Pacific Northwest are awaiting your board. Between where seals and gray whales swim and the place where tourists fly kites and dig for clams, the breaking waves of the coast are an

The family is all in

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The family is all in

PORT ORCHARD — After graduating from high school, Mark James admits he was a little lost. "I did an early program and I graduated high school a year and a half early," said Mark. "I looked around one day and said what am I doing? I have nothing going on." While visiting

5th ASOS takes it to the field

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5th ASOS takes it to the field

YAKIMA TRAINING CENTER - The 5th Air Support Operations Squadron, located at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, conducted a week-long field training exercise here, April 26-30, 2021. The exercise was an all-encompassing training to become more proficient in infiltration and exfiltration, small arms marksmanship, heavy weapons utilization, small unit tactics, and force-on-force full

From immigrant to emissary

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From immigrant to emissary

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD - Sofia Redfield uses her experience of becoming a naturalized citizen to help Joint Base Lewis-McChord service members navigate the passport and visa process. Redfield was about seven years old when her family fled the war-torn country of Thailand in the late 1980s. They moved to the United

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