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Thursday, May 28, 2015 -- 10:31 am It's the final big weekend for Tacoma high schools http://www.tacomaweekly.com/ - That tennis duo from Lincoln High School is at it again. The doubles team of seniors Miriam Cabrera and Lilly Le are making their third trip to the 3A state tennis tournament in the Tri-Cities on May 29 on the heels of a 3A West Central District doubles title. The girls helped lead Lincoln to a Narrows league team title, as well as their first district title on May 23 at Sprinker Recreation Center.
After a sixth place finish in their first trip to state in 2013, Cabrera and Le suffered through a difficult bracket the following year and were bounced from the tournament by two Mercer Island duos. This year they could face the defending 3A state doubles champions from Mercer Island in the second round, but they don't seem to be too worried about it.
"We are fine tuning some techniques and strategies that we did not implement as well as we could have during districts," said Lincoln head coach Minh Nguyen. "But above all else, we are having fun. This is their third and final trip and I really just want them to appreciate their successes and just stay loose. Their three state trips have been my first three state trips as a coach in tennis and I am forever grateful to them for that."
After several years of hard work, trials and tribulations together, it's going to be difficult for Nguyen to finally say goodbye to his senior stars.
"This final time with Lilly and Miriam is definitely much more emotional," said Nguyen. "I am trying to enjoy this run with them, but there is a part of me that is already saddened because it is the last run we will have together as player and coach. They have redefined Lincoln Tennis and more importantly I have grown very close to both them. They are like my daughters and I am sad to see this whole experience with them end.
"They are the hardest working, most humble, and most coachable girls I have ever coached. They have helped me realize anything is possible with hard work and determination."
As the final weekend of high school athletics arrives, let's take a look at who is still in the running for a state trophy and who came up short.
Tacoma will be represented on the state tennis courts in other classifications as well. Bellarmine Prep's Mia Smith and Rachel Kadoshima will compete in Richland for the 4A doubles title. Franklin Pierce will send Kristi Floyd and Lauren Baker to the University of Washington's Nordstrom Tennis Center in 2A doubles. Alexis Schorno from Charles Wright will take her singles game to the Yakima Tennis Center for the 1A competition.
Bellarmine Prep resurgent soccer season came to a close on May 23 on the road against a potent Snohomish squad by a 3-1 score. Bellarmine fell behind 2-0 early in the state quarterfinal match and was never able to get loose with their high-profile attack game. The Lions finished an impressive 12-2-2 on the season and won the 4A Narrows league championship.
Bellarmine Prep is in the running for a 4A state golf team title with both teams. The boys team of Joe LyoRead more...
Thursday, May 28, 2015 -- 10:00 am Crime Stoppers: Tacoma police seeking witness in bizarre hit and run death http://www.tacomaweekly.com/ - I have a feeling that out of all the cases I've written about in the Tacoma Weekly, this will be the one you help solve. It's strange to be sure. It was just after midnight on Oct. 4, 2008 when Ronald McKellar and his friend left Peewee's Tavern on 72nd street in Tacoma.
"This was on a really dark, rainy blustery October evening," recalls Det. Vicki Chittick, who talked Washington's Most Wanted Cold Case Correspondent Parella Lewis. "Ronald's friend decided he needed to leave and catch the last bus before they stop running to go home."
The two left the tavern together and started walking across the street to the bus stop. "Ronald's friend was wearing a bright yellow rain suit and he crosses the street directly from the tavern over to the bus stop and as he reaches the curb, he hears Ron call out his name. He looks back and he sees Ron approximately in the turn lane following him across the street," Det. Chittick explains. "His back is to Ron and he hears a thud noise, and he turns around and he sees a car driving off and Ron's gone."
Just like that, in a matter of seconds, McKellar had vanished into the night almost without a trace.
"He's like, 'What just happened and where's my friend?'"
As he looked around, he discovered Ron's hat nearby, but still no sign of the man who was just a few feet behind him before he just disappeared. Then someone spotted a man lying in the middle of the road 12 blocks away. Det. Chittick says, "Medical got a call that there was a body at 64th and C Street." It was McKellar. He somehow got caught under a car and was dragged more than half a mile.
Police are still trying to piece together how something like this happens. Det. Chittick isn't sure but says, "It's a possibility that if you didn't see him, it was dark and he was wearing dark clothing, if for some reason he stopped in the roadway and knelt down, perhaps. It's a long way to drag something under your car, but if you were under the influence it's possible that you might not have known. There's just no way of knowing until we have more information."
There was a witness who may have seen everything. He was driving a grey Jeep Cherokee and pulled into the Rite Aid parking lot. Another woman who lived nearby had run across the street when she heard the crash to see if everyone was okay. She describes the witness in the jeep as being an older white man, approximately in his 50's, with gray hair and was wearing a gray jacket and jeans. She asked him if he was all right or needed help and he said, 'I'm not part of the accident. A car just hit a pedestrian, but we don't have a pedestrian here so everybody's wondering what happened," said Det. Chittick.
The driver of the Cherokee left before police arrived, but they would love to talk to him now. Det. Chittick says, "There was just a strange coincidence that there was no video or no employees or any witnesses during that 15 minute window. There were a lot of businesses in the area at that time, there wRead more...
Thursday, May 28, 2015 -- 9:55 am Be Well: Improve Your Mental Sharpness http://www.tacomaweekly.com/ - (Family Features) Staying active physically is important as you age. But exercising the brain can also have some important health and disease-prevention benefits.
In fact, a 2014 study conducted by the Wisconsin Alzheimer's Disease Research Center found that participants who reported playing memory games at least every other day performed better on standard memory tests compared to those who played less frequently. The study assessed 329 older adults who were free of dementia, but at increased risk of Alzheimer's based on family history.
According to the Alzheimer's Association, the number of people with the disease may nearly triple to 16 million by 2050, barring the development of medical breakthroughs to prevent, slow or stop the disease. For older individuals, getting involved in social and cognitively stimulating activities, such as the game of bridge, is more important than ever.
"In our study, we found that individuals who participated more frequently in activities such as card games, checkers and crossword puzzles have increased brain volume in areas that stimulate memory and affect the development of Alzheimer's disease," said Dr. Ozioma Okonkwo, assistant professor of medicine at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
The card game of bridge is one of the most popular games of skill and memory, involving math and social skills as the players deal the cards, auction, play the hand and score the results.
According to the American Contract Bridge League (ACBL), an estimated 25 million people in the U.S. play the game socially in clubs or homes, competitively at tournaments, or online.
Many ACBL members are senior citizens who have been playing at local bridge clubs for most of their lives, such as 103-year-old Lily Hansen of Ludington, Mich. Hansen, who serves as a director of her club, recently told AARP Bulletin that playing twice a week helps her stay sharp and active. She has been playing bridge for nearly nine decades. "Duplicate is competitive. It keeps your brain working. I honestly believe that."
With more than 167,000 members and 3,200 clubs nationwide, the ACBL offers a number of programs developed to make learning the game simple. Visit http://learn.ACBL.org for sessions on how to play or to find a club in your area.
The game also attracts business-oriented minds, including two of the smartest men in America - Warren Buffet, 84, and Bill Gates, 59. The duo has been particularly supportive of promoting bridge among youth, given the game's competiveness and unlimited series of complex calculations.
Other mind-sharpening activities
In addition to card games, research shows there are a number of other activities that help boost brainpower. For example, a game of checkers or a crossword puzzle can offer plenty of mental exercise, forcing the brain to be curious and engaged. Remember to mix up these mental exercises often, which will call on different parts of the brain.
Whether you prefer aRead more...
Thursday, May 28, 2015 -- 9:43 am Bulletin Board http://www.tacomaweekly.com/ -
COUNTY LEADERS ISSUE STATEMENTS ON REFERENDUM RULING
Three Pierce County leaders issued the following statements on May 22 in response to a Superior Court ruling that dismissed a citizen challenge to the General Services Building referendum:
County Executive Pat McCarthy: "Legal experts, including the Prosecuting Attorney's Office, believe that the referendum is being illegally applied to the administrative act of approving a lease. I am confident the judge would have agreed. Unfortunately, he never got to the merits of the case because he determined that the two citizens didn't have the right to ask the question."
County Council Chair Dan Roach: "I'm not surprised by today's decision. The court has affirmed that the rights guaranteed to our residents must be upheld. Throughout this ordeal there have been a lot of complex - and sometimes confusing - turns, but the one thing that has remained crystal clear is that the citizens of Pierce County want to have a direct voice in this process beyond just a simple vote by their elected representatives. Now county residents will be able to move forward with the referendum without being hindered by frivolous lawsuits. I hope the Executive recognizes the need for our constituents to be heard and doesn't rush the project until the will of the people is made clear."
County Councilmember Derek Young: "By ruling on standing rather than the merits of the case, the judge affirmed my belief that it's the County's duty to ask for judicial review. Unfortunately, four members of the Council refused to accept that responsibility."
TWO-WEEK RAMP CLOSURE BEGINS MAY 30
Following Memorial Day, crews have scheduled a series of ramp and lane closures to continue progress on two Interstate 5 HOV projects in the Tacoma area.
The closures include an upcoming two-week around-the-clock closure of the northbound I-5 exit to southbound State Route 7 while crews build a retaining wall. The exit will close at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, May 30. The ramp closure will remain in place for at least two weeks. A signed detour will direct motorists to SR 7 via Interstate 705 and State Route 509. Access from northbound I-5 to I-705 will not be affected. In addition to the new two-week ramp closure, motorists are advised to expect the following closures.
Continued ramp closures: northbound SR-7 on-ramp to southbound I-5 through early 2016; 'A' Street on-ramp to northbound I- 705/I-5 through project completion.
Night ramp closures: May 28 - southbound I-705 exit to southbound I-5 will close from 11 p.m. Thursday until 6 a.m. Friday; May 29 - Portland Avenue/East 28th Street on-ramp to northbound I-5 will close from midnight until 4 a.m.; May 30 - midnight to 6 a.m., the southbound I-705 exit to southbound I-5 will close; Portland Avenue/East 28th Street on-ramp to northbound I-5 will close from midnight until 6 a.m.; northbound I- 5 exit to southbound SR-7 will close at 12:01 a.m. The ramp closure will be in place around the clock for Read more...
Thursday, May 28, 2015 -- 9:37 am Our View: 'United we stand' Drive behind Port Alliance makes sense http://www.tacomaweekly.com/ -
The ports of Tacoma and Seattle are entering into a shipping partnership that would merge some administrative and marketing departments as a way to draw more traffic at their terminals in an increasingly competitive global market to land and keep trade routes.
Known as the Alliance, the partnership between former rivals marks a shift that was long overdue. The battle to have shipping companies name local waters as their ports of call rather than opt for other routes means millions of dollars in local pockets with every container loaded, and crate or car unloaded, in the most trade dependent county in the most trade dependent state in the nation.
Seattle and Tacoma have had a long history of growing their operations at the cost of the other. Tacoma would land a new customer, while Seattle would lose one. And vice versa. That's not true growth. That's just trading lawn chairs. Real growth can only come by leveraging the strengths of both ports to bring more shipping customers to the region, not stealing from one at the cost of another within Puget Sound. And it's not just a matter of gaining and growing, it's about keeping the customers the two ports have in an increasing roster of other global options.
The widening of the Panama Canal, for example, could allow cargo ships and vehicle importers to bypass West Coast ports altogether and simply shuttle their wares from Asia through the Panama Canal and up to the Midwest markets rather than off-load in Tacoma or Seattle to continue the trip by rail. Or shippers could use Canadian ports and trains and flow their cargo into the Midwest through Great Lakes cities as a way to avoid higher port taxes and fees found in U.S. waterfronts.
The alliance would shift the operations of both ports into a single administration under current Port of Tacoma CEO John Wolfe, who would take on Seattle's port operations as well as those in Tacoma, while both ports would retain their independent port commissions. Both commissions would still have to approve any major decisions, but day-to-day tasks and initiatives fall under one command structure. Combined, the port would be the third largest shipping operation in the county. With size brings savings through economies of scale, added clout in the industry and options neither port could have if they stood alone.
The next step in formalizing the agreement is at a joint commission meeting on June 5 at Auburn City Hall. The agreement would then face approval by the Federal Maritime Commission then go back to both commissions for another round of votes. The joint operations effort could start as early as late this summer.Read more...
Thursday, May 28, 2015 -- 9:16 am Arts & Entertainment: Moss + Mineral displays ceramics by Nakamura and Nyland http://www.tacomaweekly.com/ - Moss + Mineral, Tacoma's most charming design boutique/art gallery, is exhibiting works by two of the Puget Sound area's more important ceramic artists. Yuki Nakamura and Nicholas Nyland are both Artist Trust fellowship recipients and have already won acclaim.
Nakamura is perhaps best known for her porcelain soccer balls. The soccer ball series is Nakamura's homage to her brother, a soccer coach who passed away at too young an age. Nakamura crafts the soccer balls to seem as if they are at various stages of deflation. Two of these are on display at Moss + Mineral. Also showing are Nakamura's colorful hexagonal tiles emblazoned with kanji characters. There is a cluster of porcelain light bulbs - from the "Illuminant" series - that are cast to resemble both antique and contemporary light bulbs. Many of these are decorated with colorful glazes that have been drizzled over their tops. Completing Nakamura's portion of the exhibit are two models for large, public benches (some of which were unveiled at the Bay Terrace apartments on May 28). These resemble a cross between a torpedo and a banana done in somber grays and livid reds.
Nakamura graduated from Joshibi University of Art and Design, Tokyo, in 1994. She earned her Master of Fine Arts Degree from University of Washington in 1997 and has been a force in art of the Pacific Northwest ever since.
In contrast to Nakamura's very controlled and technical use of clay, Nyland shows that clay is the ultimate medium for making expressive, gestural and spontaneous works of art. Every mark and impression of the artist's hands is visible in Nyland's abstract little sculptures and vessels. Accented in dashes and daubs of colorful glaze, Nyland's ceramic evocations are weirdly joyful. They are at once childlike and sophisticated.
Nyland lives and works in Tacoma. He earned his bachelor's degree at UW and his master's degree from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. Nyland's works at Moss + Mineral are small-scale, but he does larger scale public works as well.
As a design boutique, Moss + Mineral has much to offer such as proprietor Lisa Kinoshita's jewelry and inventive terrariums containing exotic plants. The jewelry case also contains polished, cane-wrapped stones. These are the creations of local artist Marcia Mahaffey. The weaving technique is adapted from that used on Japanese flower arranging baskets. "I like looking at the shape, color and texture of the rocks and figuring out which technique to use on it," notes Mahaffey. "I get pleasure from weaving on rocks for the hypnotic and calm feeling that it gives me."
There will be an artists' reception June 20, 3-6 p.m. The exhibit runs through June 27. For further information, visit http://mossandmineral.com.Read more...
Thursday, May 28, 2015 -- 9:12 am 'Cabaret' dives into the cost of decadence http://www.tacomaweekly.com/ - The tales of debauchery and excess during the final days of the Weimar Republic that gave rise to the oppression and destruction of Germany's Third Reich found in the show "Cabaret" are community theater gold.
"Cabaret," directed by John Munn, is a musical adaptation of the novel "Goodbye to Berlin" by Christopher Isherwood that chronicles the twilight of the anything-goes nights of booze, drugs and sex found in pre-war Berlin to the oppressive darkness brought by the dawn of Nazi rule through the eyes of patrons and dancers of the famed Kit Kat Klub.
Central to the show is the emcee, (played by Mauro Bozzo) as he inches scene after scene from the energized, fun-loving purveyor of decadence when the curtain rises to a frightened shell of humanity, knowing full well death nears as the curtain finally falls. Bozzo nails the iconic role with his uber-sized, lounge-act personality and power vocals in Act One that transform to kittenish childhood fear in the Act Two.
Mirroring that transition is the Kit Kat's headlining dancer, Sally Bowles, (Elise Campello) as her nights of boozing and partying with anyone with an open bottle crash to an epic on-stage meltdown. Campello, a veteran singer, dancer and actor, brings her all to the sexy-turned-pitiful role.
Clifford (Niclas R. Olson) is a struggling American author who finds himself embroiled in German politics when he falls for Bowles and finds himself smuggling black market items for his "good friend" Ernst (Kyle Sinclair), from Paris to Berlin. The goods he shuttles by train are then sold to fund the Nazi Party. The role serves as part narrator of sorts as his warnings about the rise of Adolf Hitler go unheard until all is lost. Olson plays the role with depth and substance, without stealing focus from the storyline and sub plots that include the tails of a patriotic prostitute (Rachel Fitzgerald) who singlehandedly strives to service the entire German Navy as a way to survive, and the romantic struggles of their landlady (Rosalie Hilburn) and her aged paramour, (Joseph Grant) who fear of dying alone but worry about the rise of anti-Semitism more.
Toss in a few well-timed burlesque numbers by the lightly clothed Kit Kat dancers (Amanda Jackson, LaNita Hudson, Haley Kim, Kathy Kluska), and the show ties tightly together with a sexy vibe and increasingly obvious threads of danger.
The production of the John Kandor and Fred Ebb musical was in good hands with Munn's direction, musical direction by Pamela Merritt Caldwell and choreography by Lexi Barnett. Munn is known for staging shows where every action has a reason and every prop has a purpose, while Caldwell and Barnett demand purpose-driven perfection. That comes in this show.
"Cabaret" runs at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and at 2 p.m. on Sundays through June 14, at Tacoma Little Theatre, 210 N. I St. Tickets and information are available at http://tacomalittletheatre.com and (253) 272-2281. Tickets are $15 to $25. This show is recommendeRead more...
Thursday, May 28, 2015 -- 9:01 am Soul with a capital T.O.P. http://www.tacomaweekly.com/ - Local fans are sure to groove to "Soul with a Capital S," "What is Hip?" and other funky classics when Bay Area legends Tower of Power take over the Emerald Queen Casino's I-5 showroom on June 6.
Band leader Emilio Castillo took a few minutes recently to reflect on nearly half a decade touring the world and the bad, youthful decision that set it all in motion (which possibly makes it a good decision. You decide.)
Tacoma Weekly: You became a musician because you got in some trouble as a kid. Take me back to that incident.
Castillo: I had a really short crime career; I got caught the first time out.
Me and my friends were 14 years old and were on our way to the swimming pool at Washington High School, and we always walked through the Fremont Hub to do that. We decided this day that we would go through Mervyn's, try on about three of these tight, pastel-colored, muscle man t-shirts that were popular with all the young men of the day. We put our shirt on and walked out, and the manager was waiting for us. (He chuckles.)
TW: Uh oh.
Castillo: My dad ... made us apologize to the manager. Then he gave us a notebook and told us to fill it with why we were never gonna steal again; and while we were in our rooms, we were to think of something that was gonna keep us out of trouble and off the streets or we were never comin' out of that room again.
My friend, who was also caught with us, had just gotten back from vacation in Mexico, and he had bought a guitar. The Beatles had just come out, and we said, "We wanna play music, Dad." He said, "Get in the car." He took us to the music store and said, "Anything you want." He pointed to all the instruments on the wall.
My dad ... worked in this place, called Narrows Nook, and they had show bands there. We'd see these show bands either rehearsing or playing in the evening; and I always noticed that the sax player was the cool guy up front with the spotlight, and my brother always dug the drummer. So he pointed to the drums and I pointed to the saxophone, and we started our band that day.
TW: You're closing in on your 50th anniversary. When you started this band, how long did you think you could keep it going?
Castillo: I never thought in those terms. When you're a kid you don't think like that.
But I remember after I'd been playing about three years; by then we were pretty good, and by then we had gotten into soul music. We had this band that we idolized. They were called the Spiders, and we watched them as much as we could. We tried to be like them as much as we could. I remember they got a gig at a topless bar in Sacramento. They went away, and they played this engagement there for like three weeks. And I just thought to myself, "Man, if I could ever get to Sacramento - wow." To say I surpassed my dreams is an understatement.
TW: So the Spiders may have had a big impact on that sound you came up with, with that powerful horn section.
Castillo: They were the first band that I saw that had Read more...
Thursday, May 28, 2015 -- 8:49 am Well worth the wait: New Ex-Gods (formerly Mahnhammer) album is finally here http://www.tacomaweekly.com/ - It seems like forever since the band formerly known as Mahnhammer released new material. In reality, it has only been four years since the popular, Tacoma noise-rockers - now called Ex-Gods - made their debut with "Above the New Frontier," a promising opening salvo that captured the gist, if not the full fury, of the band's sweltering sound.
But just as the band was picking up steam, it went on a hiatus in 2011 following founding drummer Kris Lyon's departure for a resort gig in the Virgin Islands. Co-founding guitarist Dave Takata jumped ship the following year to focus on his other projects, Cody Foster Army (CFA) and Furry Buddies.
Mahnhammer returned after a year's absence, with Lyon back in the fold. Absence had only made fans' hearts grow fonder; and the quintet seemed on the verge of something big months later as it ventured to Joshua Tree, Calif., to record with renowned producer Dave Catching.
He's probably best known for overseeing the Desert Sessions, a rotating cast of all-stars lead by Queens of the Stone Age's Josh Homme; and landing him felt like a coup that could help grow the band's audience nationally. But it didn't take long before things fell apart again.
The band's drummer - now known as Kristen Lyon - left again last year, this time taking its moniker with her; and that development may or may not be related to the Desert Sessions ultimately being abandoned.
We "just weren't happy with the final outcome," bassist Sean Horst explained recently, via Facebook. "Had a blast doing it, it was a great experience, just didn't turn out the way we would have liked. There's a little bit more to the story that I'm not gonna get into. Lets just say those recordings will never be released by us."
But finally, after all of that, the rebooted quintet - also lead screamer Micah Hembree, guitarists Shawn Lanksbury and Mike Crum and drummer Israel Hickey - has managed to deliver a ferocious second E.P.
"Ex-Gods" was recorded at Seven Hills Studios in Seattle with Donovan Stewart manning the boards, and mastered by former These Arms Are Snakes drummer Chris Common. The band's sound is fuller, slicker and more propulsive than ever, and it's hard to imagine the Desert recordings sounding any better.
With Mahnhammer's creative differences now resolved, the band is free to pursue a weirder and more eclectic vision. At its core, the quintet's sound remains sludgy and apocalyptic, with murky riffs that are that are sure to appeal to fans of acts like the Jesus Lizard and Pissed Jeans; but occasionally the band veers in an artier direction, notably the mathy, melancholy buildup of "Transom Scratcher," which recalls Slint's classic "Spiderland" album.
Hembree's snarling delivery sounds more unhinged than ever, whether he's channeling the narrator's maleficent intent on "It Can Be Found at the Bottom of a Lake" or adding creepy undertones to a familiar axiom. "Don't judge lest ye be judged," he hisses on "Molecular Eyes."
The biggest comRead more...
Thursday, May 28, 2015 -- 8:43 am Weekly rewind: Mechanism http://www.tacomaweekly.com/ - Jazzbones unofficially became "Metalbones" on Saturday, May 23, with a rare metal lineup topped by Mechanism. This talented outfit rocked a packed club with tunes from its full-length debut album, "Shadows and Dust."
"The initial EP was great for what it was," guitarist Tony DeLisio says on the band's website, http://www.mechanismweb.com. "But this new album is a much better representation of what the band is all about. Being able to work with a world-class producer like Kelly Gray has been an amazing experience and he has truly taken our sound to the next level. We finally have the songs and production value to make the true spirit of Mechanism a reality." Read more...
Thursday, May 28, 2015 -- 8:34 am Local golf hero Ryan Moore makes Chambers Bay field http://www.tacomaweekly.com/ - The United States Golf Association has announced that 25 additional golfers, including three-time USGA champion Ryan Moore, have earned full exemptions into the 2015 U.S. Open Championship, to be played June 18-21 at Chambers Bay, in University Place. These exemptions bring the number of fully exempt players to 74.
All 25 exemptions were awarded to players who earned a place in the top 60 of the Official World Golf Ranking as of May 25. Moore, who won the 2004 U.S. Amateur Championship and the 2002 and 2004 U.S. Amateur Public Links titles and has four PGA Tour victories, is ranked No. 34. Moore, who grew up near Chambers Bay in Puyallup, has played in eight previous U.S. Opens. His best finish was a tie for 10th in 2009 at Bethpage State Park's Black Course.
The other players who earned full exemptions through the current Official World Golf Ranking are: Byeong-Hun An, Paul Casey, George Coetzee, Jamie Donaldson, Victor Dubuisson, Matthew Every, Tommy Fleetwood, Stephen Gallacher, Branden Grace, Charley Hoffman, J.B. Holmes, Thongchai Jaidee, Miguel Angel Jimenez, Anirban Lahiri, Marc Leishman, Shane Lowry, Joost Luiten, Ben Martin, Francesco Molinari, Ian Poulter, Marc Warren, Lee Westwood, Bernd Wiesberger and Danny Willett.
An, who won the 2009 U.S. Amateur Championship, moved up 78 positions in the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) to No. 54 by winning the PGA European Tour's BMW PGA Championship on May 24. Jimenez, who tied for second in the 2000 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach (Calif.) Golf Links, climbed 25 spots to No. 44 in the OWGR after tying for second at the BMW PGA Championship. Molinari tied for fifth at the European Tour event and advanced eight spots in the OWGR to No. 58. The number of fully exempt golfers may increase with the inclusion of the top 60 players from the OWGR as of Monday, June 15.
The first two sectional qualifiers for the 2015 U.S. Open were held May 25, in Japan. Where five spots in the 156-player field were determined, and in Surrey, England, where 11 players qualified. Those 16 players are in addition to the 74 fully exempt players listed below.
Sectional qualifying in the United States, at 36 holes, will take place at 10 sites on Monday, June 8. The sites are: Big Canyon Country Club & Newport Beach Country Club, Newport Beach, Calif.; The Bear's Club, Jupiter, Fla.; Hawks Ridge Golf Club, Ball Ground, Ga.; Woodmont Country Club (North Course), Rockville, Md.; Old Oaks Country Club & Century Country Club, Purchase, N.Y.; Brookside Golf & Country Club & Lakes Golf & Country Club, Columbus, Ohio; Springfield Country Club, Springfield, Ohio; Germantown Country Club & Ridgeway Country Club, Memphis, Tenn.; Northwood Club, Dallas, Texas; and Tumble Creek Club, Cle Elum, Wash.
The U.S. Open will be contested for the first time in the Pacific Northwest. Chambers Bay is hosting its second USGA championship, having hosted the 2010 U.S. Amateur.
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Thursday, May 28, 2015 -- 8:28 am TACOMA'S HOT TICKETS MAY 29 - JUNE 7 http://www.tacomaweekly.com/ - THURSDAY, MAY 28 - TRACK
2A, 3A & 4A State Track and Field Meet
Mt. Tahoma Stadium - 3:20 p.m.
FRIDAY, MAY 29 - TRACK
2A, 3A, & 4A State Track and Field Meet
Mt. Tahoma Stadium - 9 a.m.
FRIDAY, MAY 29 - SOCCER
State 2A Semis - Fife vs. Othello
Sunset Stadium, Sumner 8 p.m.
FRIDAY, MAY 29 - BASEBALL
Round Rock vs. Tacoma Rainiers
Cheney Stadium - 7:05 p.m.
FRIDAY, MAY 29 - SOCCER
Lane United FC vs. Sounders U23
Bonney Lake HS - 7:30 p.m.
SATURDAY, MAY 30 - TRACK
2A, 3A & 4A Track and Field Meet
Mt. Tahoma Stadium - 9:30 a.m.
SATURDAY, MAY 30 - BASKETBALL
Baker Bulldogs vs. First Creek Eagles
Wilson HS - 12 p.m. Mid. School Title Game
SATURDAY, MAY 30 - BASEBALL
Round Rock vs. Tacoma Rainiers
Cheney Stadium - 5:05 p.m.
SATURDAY, MAY 30 - FOOTBALL
Seattle Stallions vs. Puyallup Nation Kings
Chief Leschi Stadium - 6 p.m.
SATURDAY, MAY 30 - SOCCER
Seattle Stars vs. South Sound FC
Harry Lang Stadium, Lakewood - 7 p.m.
SATURDAY, MAY 30 - SOCCER
Colorado Storm vs. Sounders Women
Starfire Stadium, Tukwila - 8 p.m.
SATURDAY, MAY 30 - FOOTBALL
Renton Ravens vs. Pierce County Bengals
Sunset Stadium, Sumner - 8 p.m.
SUNDAY, MAY 31 - BASEBALL
Round Rock vs. Tacoma Rainiers
Cheney Stadium - 1:35 p.m.
MONDAY, JUNE 1 - BASEBALL
Round Rock vs. Tacoma Rainiers
Cheney Stadium - 11:35 a.m.
TUESDAY, JUNE 2 - BASEBALL
New Orleans vs. Tacoma Rainiers
Cheney Stadium - 6:05 p.m.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 3 - BASEBALL
New Orleans vs. Tacoma Rainiers
Cheney Stadium - 7:05 p.m.
THURSDAY, JUNE 4 - BASEBALL
New Orleans vs. Tacoma Rainiers
Cheney Stadium - 7:05 p.m.
FRIDAY, JUNE 5 - BASEBALL
New Orleans vs. Tacoma Rainiers
Cheney Stadium - 7:05 p.m.
FRIDAY, JUNE 5 - SOCCER
Puget Sound Gunners vs. Sounders U23
Sunset Stadium, Sumner - 7:30 p.m.
SATURDAY, JUNE 6 - SOCCER
Spokane Shadow vs. South Sound FC
Harry Lang Stadium, Lakewood - 1 p.m.
SATURDAY, JUNE 6 - FOOTBALL
Puyallup Kings vs. Pug. Sound Outlaws
Harry Lang Stadium, Lakewood - 5 p.m.Read more...
Thursday, May 28, 2015 -- 8:28 am PATRIOTIC BUS http://www.tacomaweekly.com/ - Pierce Transit unveiled a patriotic-themed bus last week that will be rotated through routes throughout the system as a way to show local pride in service members. "Everywhere in our area, you will see this bus," Pierce Transit's Interim CEO Jim Walton said. This is not the first time the transit agency has decked out a bus in a certain theme. Previous special edition buses have included The Puyallup Fair, Daffodil Festival, Point Defiance Zoo, the holiday season and Downtown: On the Go! "Our customers and community greet themed buses with much fanfare. It has been some time since we last did one" said Pierce Transit Marketing Manager Kathy Walton. Employees at the agency got really excited about the idea of a patriotic-themed bus, so we did it and we wanted to get it into service before the Memorial Day weekend."
The patriotic bus is expected to remain in service for two to three years, depending on weathering of the decals.Read more...