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Thursday, September 18, 2014 -- 9:10 am
Wild Waves theme park seeks actors and makeup artists for Fright Fest
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Thursday, September 18, 2014 -- 8:27 am
Community working group to tackle billboards
http://www.tacomaweekly.com/ - A community working group has been assembled to develop regulatory alternatives, for Planning Commission and City Council consideration, regarding billboards in the City of Tacoma. The working group members come from a diverse social and professional makeup, including representatives from community, business, neighborhood, non-profit and advertising sectors - including billboard companies and those working to preserve historic places and scenic views. The diversity is intended to facilitate creativity, robust discussion, and varied viewpoints and analysis throughout the process. The first public meeting is Monday, Sept. 22, from 4-6 p.m. in the Commencement Bay Conference Rooms at the Center for Urban Waters, 326 E. D St., Tacoma, WA 98421. Follow-up meetings will occur at the same time and place. October, November and December meetings will be on the first and third Mondays of the month. January and February meetings will be on the first and fourth Mondays. For more information, contact Principal Planner John Harrington, at (253) 279-8950 or jharring@cityoftacoma.org Read more...
Thursday, September 18, 2014 -- 8:25 am
Public invited to waterfront mural dedication
http://www.tacomaweekly.com/ - In celebration of Tacoma's working waterfront, Nick Goettling's "The Hands that Built Tacoma" will be dedicated during a public Maritime Fest event on Sept. 20 from 3-3:30 p.m. below the Murray Morgan Bridge at the corner of Dock and 11th streets. "We are pleased to add this powerful mural that pays tribute to Tacoma's rich history to the City's art collection," said Tacoma Arts Administrator Amy McBride. The mural was commissioned by the City of Tacoma as part of the Murray Morgan Bridge rehabilitation. Built in 1913, the Murray Morgan Bridge was closed in 2007 due to safety concerns, and restored and reopened 100 years later, in 2013. This $12,000 mural commission is part of an interpretive information plan to tell the story of the bridge and celebrate its connection to the Foss Waterway. Goettling is a Gig Harbor artist who received his bachelor's degree in fine arts from The Evergreen State College with an emphasis on narrative painting and drawing. His work has been exhibited nationally, and more information on him is available at http://www.nickalas.com. Read more...
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 -- 12:28 pm
Our View: Editorial cartoons are meant to prompt debate, not end it
http://www.tacomaweekly.com/ - The words and images on this page are more difficult to create than most people might think. First, there is the process of selecting a topic that can't be better served with coverage elsewhere in the newspaper, as sometimes the hearts of the issues go beyond the facts and figures of a news story. Opinion pieces, whether written or drawn, strive to add context and texture as well as arguments on issues people are talking about - or should be talking about. They are often calls to action, but they are also methods for writers and cartoonists to state their views of the world in hopes that their statements aren't the last word on the issues. What also appears on this page is a bulletin board of sorts where readers can add their perspectives. Letters to the editor, not so long ago, were once the bread and butter of newspapers, as readers would routinely pen missives about their thoughts or news from their streets. People just don't write letters anymore, opting rather to comment on stories through social media, quick text messages and links or they choose to simply stew in silence. However, social media avenues don't always serve the common good because they often dissolve into name calling in strings of two-sentence jabs without full contextualization while rebuttals are often answered with divergences or misdirection. Writing opinions, letters and editorials or crafting editorial cartoons requires the distillation of complex facts and figures into key, defensible points rather than the jab-and-dodge world of social media debate. We are losing the art of rhetoric. Take, for example, Chris Britt's editorial cartoon, published in the Sept. 5 edition of the Tacoma Weekly, about the debate currently being dissected around the nation concerning the rise of what is being called "the militarization of police forces," particularly in light of the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. and the protests that followed. Britt's cartoon prompted calls and emails from readers critical of our perceived "anti-cop" stance. This is unfortunate, as the Tacoma Weekly has steadfastly supported, and will continue to support, law and order to keep the community safe. We believe that the men and women in our local police departments are key to that, and that these officers should have all the tools they need to keep residents, and themselves, safe. They should have the right shooting weapons when called for and stun guns when they would suffice. Our police should have armored personnel carriers right along with patrol cars and bicycles - all have their place in police departments. It is true, as well, that a national debate is happening around police departments ramping up their arsenals with surplus war machinery and this, coupled with residual emotions across the country from the Michael Brown shooting, show that Britt's cartoon was a mirror on the public debate, not a case of the Weekly disrespecting police. Holding up that mirror doesn't always give Read more...
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 -- 12:07 pm
Bulletin Board
http://www.tacomaweekly.com/ - PUBLIC INVITED TO WATERFRONT MURAL DEDICATION In celebration of Tacoma's working waterfront, Nick Goettling's "The Hands that Built Tacoma" will be dedicated during a public Maritime Fest event on Sept. 20 from 3-3:30 p.m. below the Murray Morgan Bridge at the corner of Dock and 11th streets. "We are pleased to add this powerful mural that pays tribute to Tacoma's rich history to the City's art collection," said Tacoma Arts Administrator Amy McBride. "It's bold and bright, tells a great story, and gives visual interest to both motorists and pedestrians." The mural was commissioned by the City of Tacoma as part of the Murray Morgan Bridge rehabilitation. Built in 1913, the Murray Morgan Bridge was closed in 2007 due to safety concerns, and restored and reopened 100 years later, in 2013. This $12,000 mural commission is part of an interpretive information plan to tell the story of the bridge and celebrate its connection to the Foss Waterway. Goettling is a Gig Harbor artist who received his bachelor's degree in fine arts from The Evergreen State College with an emphasis on narrative painting and drawing. His work has been exhibited nationally, and more information on him is available at nickalas.com. JOIN THE STATE FAIR'S ULTIMATE TAILGATE PARTY Are you torn between going to the Fair and watching the Seahawks game at home? The Fair has the answer! Come to the Ultimate Tailgate on Sept. 21 for specialty food and drinks, game broadcast, contests and more. There are 25 large TV screens at the Fair for great viewing with other fans. The Washington State Fair runs through Sept. 21. Set your alarm and get to the Fair early for the Tailgate Early Bird offer. The first 500 fans in the Tailgate Zone, located in Corona Cantina Park, get either Seahawks colored beads or a "Washington takes bull from no Bronco" button. The Tailgate Zone opens at 10 a.m. Bring the kids along for some pint-sized football fun at the Jr. Training Camp Challenge. This high-energy challenge puts kids through football drills including agility, speed and more. The first 500 kids to complete Jr. Training Camp receive a Washington State Fair squishy football and are entered to win a prize package consisting of 12 rides, 20 food bucks, two Extreme Scream tickets, and four tickets to Spring Fair. Kids ages 5-18 years of age may participate in the challenge. Are you the Ultimate Seahawks fan? Come decked out in your blue and green for a chance to win big in the Ultimate Fan Contest. Enter the Tailgate Zone between 10 a.m. and noon and the top ten decked out fans will win a VIP lanyard and five free rides. The top three decked out fans win a special prize package. The grand prize is a Weber Genesis S-310LP Gas Grill, valued at $1,159, courtesy of Aqua Quip. Outfits will be judged based on spirit and creativity. The Washington State Fair is one of the biggest fairs in the world, and the largest in the Pacific Northwest. It started in 1900 in Puyallup, and welcomes over one milli Read more...
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 -- 11:30 am
Lincoln Abes use speed and power to throttle Puyallup
http://www.tacomaweekly.com/ - Make no mistake about it. When the Lincoln Abes take the football field their plan is simple. They are going to put a big number on the scoreboard or go down trying and their hard-hitting, fast defense is going to leave you black and blue. The visiting Puyallup Vikings sailed into Lincoln Bowl on Friday night, Sept. 16, looking to follow-up on their impressive 43-21 season opening whipping of Thomas Jefferson. This time around they picked the wrong president as the Abes shook-off a one-point deficit at the half and hit the gas pedal in the second, blowing out Puyallup 52-23 in front of a big, jubilant crowd at historic Lincoln Bowl. It was expected to be a tight, non-league match-up of 4A and 3A playoff teams from a year ago. What football fans witnessed was an Abes defense that stifled the Vikings throughout and a high-flying Lincoln offense that had Puyallup on its heels and wondering what was coming next. On its first possession, Puyallup worked its way down to the Lincoln 41-yard line before coming up six yards short for a first down and was forced to punt. On the next play, senior linebacker Marcus Johnson busted through the Vikings line and blocked Hiram Barriqa's punt. Lincoln took over at Puyallup's 39-yard line and six plays later, junior quarterback Jordan Kitna bolted through the middle of the line from the eight-yard line, bowling over Puyallup's Dominic McNeal at the goal line and the Abes led 6-0 following a bad point-after kick with 7:09 remaining in the first quarter. The two teams would trade-off five possessions with no points to show for it before Puyallup had a moment of good fortune. Following a Viking punt, the Abes took over at their own 10-yard line. After an incomplete pass, Kitna was intercepted on the next play by defensive back Brady Winter, who tight-roped down the sideline 22 yards for Puyallup's first score. The Vikings led 7-6 with 11:36 remaining in the second quarter. Lincoln would answer on its next possession with a 9-play, 79-yard touchdown drive. Facing second and goal from the eight-yard line, Kitna rolled to his left and found junior running-back Dionte Simon in the back corner of the end zone. Following a kick by senior Jeremy Lukosh, the Abes led 13-7. On the next Puyallup possession, Marcus Johnson came up big again for the Abes, intercepting a pass from Nathaniel Holcomb, returning the ball to the Puyallup 31-yard line. Two plays later Kitna was blindsided and fumbled and Puyallup regained possession. After a nine-play drive that seemed to go nowhere, the Vikings were forced to punt again. Puyallup intercepted Kitna on a deep pass four plays later and then things got controversial. Lincoln forced Puyallup to punt on the next possession from its own 46-yard line. Barriqa's punt sailed to the Lincoln 19-yard line where the referee ruled that an Abe had touched the ball and the Vikings recovered. It looked as though it was probably a poor call. Puyallup made the most of it four plays later when Holc Read more...
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 -- 9:35 am
Tacoma Sea Scouts celebrate 90 years
http://www.tacomaweekly.com/ - On Oct. 4, an historic landmark in our city's history will be celebrated when the Tacoma Youth Marine Center commemorates 90 years of Tacoma Sea Scouts. In addition, Sea Scouts adult volunteer Tom Rogers will be recognized for his 50 years of volunteer leadership, along with the Youth Marine Center for its 20 years of vision. The celebration will also provide a way to bring back Tacoma Sea Scout alumni, as Youth Marine Foundation Executive Director Malcolm Russell is working to build a database of all former Scouts to keep them informed of what the Sea Scouts are doing throughout the year. "This is our opportunity to reconnect with all those people. We're celebrating all the Sea Scouts - from year one to year 90 - so we're trying to get young and old generations down here," he said. "Our hope is that by reaching out to at least a portion of former Sea Scouts - not just current but going as far back as we could - that we'd at least touch enough generations that they would call their friends who are also former Scouts. The purpose is not to just celebrate the milestone, but really to bring Sea Scouts from the community back into the fold, so to speak, or to at least recognize the 90 years of service for the Sea Scouts." A reception kicks off the celebration at 5:30 p.m. and all Sea Scouts in attendance will have a special mark on their nametag to assist in identifying and finding each other. Mayor Marilyn Strickland will be the opening speaker. Port of Tacoma Commission President and Youth Marine Foundation Board Member Clare Petrich will address the crowd as well. The Sea Scouts being a branch of the Boy Scouts for maritime interests, a very special guest will be Boy Scouts of America Deputy Chief Scout Executive and Chief Operating Officer Gary Butler, who is being flown to Tacoma from Texas by the Boy Scouts of America just for the Tacoma Sea Scouts 90th anniversary celebration. "That really shows respect for the program and the celebration we're having that they're going to recognize the contributions of the program in that way," Russell said. The free event, to be held in the Youth Marine Center's historic boathouse, will feature memorabilia and photos on display and multimedia screens showing highlights of the Sea Scouts program over the years. Of particular interest will be Tacoma Sea Scouts photos that were developed from rolls of film found in a time capsule buried in 1936 and unearthed in 2011 at Boy Scout Camp Kilworth in Federal Way. And bring your appetite for the oyster bar courtesy of Taylor Shellfish, smoked salmon, appetizers and beverages. There will be music, games and fun activities, a salute to adult Sea Scouts leaders, sharing of ideas for the future, visits to the Sea Scouts ships, a sing-along with sea shanties and more. The public is invited to attend, especially Tacoma Sea Scout alumni, but must RSVP as space is limited to 300 people. Those wishing to attend are asked to contact Russell at mrussell@youthmarinefo Read more...
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 -- 8:47 am
City slates LOCK & UNLOAD for Gun SafeT Week
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Wednesday, September 17, 2014 -- 8:08 am
Stupid Criminal of the Week
http://www.tacomaweekly.com/ - A bar patron seemed stunned when told by police that employees of a restaurant along the 2300 block of Sixth Avenue had called 9-1-1 on Sept. 12, when he had reached over the bar to steal a bottle of rum and begin drinking out of it without paying. He was confronted about the theft and began a fight and threatened to "retrieve his gun" and shoot people as the incident escalated. He left the restaurant before police arrived but was located driving down the street. He was cited for shoplifting the rum and issued a trespassing order, but faces no assault charges because his victims had fled the scene before police could interview them. A 13-year-old middle school student made a bad day, Sept. 12, worse after refusing to read the book assigned to his reading group by yelling a rainbow of vulgarities and racial obscenities at his teacher and threatening that he was going to "break your legs; I'm going to break your head. I'm going to rip those glasses off your face. I'm going to break those glasses." He then made a move for the spectacles and a struggle ensued. A classmate had written down a play-by-play account of the incident. The rebellious teen then left the room and went to the school's resource room and tried to lock the door behind him. School security saw the troubled lad leave the school. He was located and arrested. He was taken to Remann Hall for assault on his teacher. Compiled by Steve Dunkelberger Read more...
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 -- 8:06 am
New clues reinvigorate cold case murder
http://www.tacomaweekly.com/ - Deep in the ground of the Sumner Cemetery, new clues have been unearthed in a cold case shrouded in mystery since 1989. "How can you solve a homicide when you don't know who your victim is?" said renowned forensic anthropologist Dr. Kathy Taylor. Taylor helped the Pierce County Medical Examiner's Office exhume the body of an unidentified murder victim. "We found him on the banks of the Carbon River. He died from what appeared to be an obvious stab wound. We never found out who he was," said Pierce County Detective Ed Troyer. That was back in March. They have since created a digital reconstruction showing what he may have looked like in hopes somebody remembers a man who disappeared. The victim's DNA has also been entered into a national database. "People need to understand if they reported people missing in the 60s, 70s, or 80s to call law enforcement and make sure that that report still exists. So, in order to actually investigate it as a homicide, we have to determine who it is so that's what we're in the process of doing now. That's why we exhumed the body to put these new technologies to work to see if we can help get him identified," said Troyer. If you have any information on the man's identity or can help detectives solve the mystery, call Crime Stoppers of TacomaPierce County at 1-800-222-TIPS. Read more...
Tuesday, September 16, 2014 -- 11:10 am
State to remove derelict docks and pilings at Sunnyside, Chambers Creek Regional parks
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Monday, September 15, 2014 -- 3:47 pm
Free Maritime Heritage Charter Tours this Saturday
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Monday, September 15, 2014 -- 3:46 pm
Community Working Group to Tackle Tacoma Billboards
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Monday, September 15, 2014 -- 1:53 pm
City preps for snow, just in case
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Monday, September 15, 2014 -- 12:48 pm
Citizenship Celebration set for Sept. 20
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Saturday, September 13, 2014 -- 11:48 pm
Katy Perry's Prism Tour stop set list
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Friday, September 12, 2014 -- 10:12 pm
TACOMA AREA FRIDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL SCORES
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Friday, September 12, 2014 -- 12:17 pm
Keith Urban's concert at Fair RESCHEDULED to 2015
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Friday, September 12, 2014 -- 10:18 am
Keith Urban's concert at Washington State Fair Canceled
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Friday, September 12, 2014 -- 8:28 am
Find supplies for young artists at Live Paint yard sale
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