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Tuesday, September 2, 2014 -- 2:47 pm Review: Soundgarden, Nine Inch Nails tour finale thrills at White River http://www.tacomaweekly.com/ - For a brief moment, it appeared we'd get two Sasquatch Festivals this summer concert season. Organizers plotted a sequel to the Gorge Amphitheatre's popular, annual kickoff extravaganza, rounding up another army of hipster-approved acts to play Fourth of July weekend. They even tapped Seattle grunge godfathers Soundgarden to headline, memories of the veteran band packing the venue in 2011 still fresh. Steep ticket prices aside, it seemed like a slam dunk. That said, dunks rattle off the rim sometimes.
Venue owner Live Nation was quick to pull the plug after sales tanked, and that turned out to be a huge blessing in disguise for Soundgarden fans. They would now be able to see their idols for hundreds of dollars less, and the band would be bringing their summer tour mates, fellow '90s alt-rock heavyweights Nine Inch Nails, back home. That's pretty sweet as consolation prizes go.
Soundgarden's appearance Saturday night at Auburn's White River Amphitheatre marked the quartet's fourth local stop since it roared back into action after a 13-year hiatus in 2010; and while the set lacked the scope of the Gorge concert and the intimacy of last year's set at the Paramount Theatre, it was the most satisfying of the band's post-comeback performances.
The quartet - singer-guitarist Chris Cornell, lead guitarist Kim Thayil, bassist Ben Shepherd and drummer Matt Cameron - hit the ground running with "Searching with My Good Eye Closed" - a standout from breakthrough album, "Badmotorfinger" - before switching to "Superunknown" mode, an album that got added emphasis in honor of its 20th anniversary.
The formidable foursome seemed looser and more confident from the beginning, with Thayil and Cornell accentuating fan favorites with inspired solos and psychotropic blasts of feedback. Cornell is the best rock singer of his generation, for my money, and his reverb-drenched howl still pierces to the core.
Among set high points were "Jesus Christ Pose," a song that kept picking up momentum as it went, like a category five monsoon, "Rusty Cage," another high-octane cut from "Badmotorfinger," and set closer "Beyond the Wheel."
Cornell clarified that the lyrics to the night's final number were about youth who get recruited to go off to fight in foreign lands. "They kill or they get blown up or shot," he lamented. The recorded version of the song - found on 1988's "Ultramega OK" - pales in comparison to the live performance. That song is a beast. And, having hit a walk-off home run, band members exited one by one, fans cheering Shepherd on as he toppled a stack of amps on the way out.
Speaking of home runs, though, there was a funny moment midway through the performance when Cornell copped to being a distracted by another '90s great staring up at him the crowd.
"It's hard to get used to Randy Johnson in the pit taking your picture. I try to be cool," he joked, shouting out former Seattle Mariners pitcher Randy Johnson. At 6-foot-10, the Big Unit wasn't too harRead more...
Thursday, August 28, 2014 -- 3:12 pm The 12 Kick Off gets ready to roar through Tacoma http://www.tacomaweekly.com/ - Trailblazing Seahawks running back Derrick Coleman, Jr. and his NO EXCUSE Foundation is welcoming all Seahawks fans to the first Inaugural 12 Kick Off Event taking place Sunday, Aug. 31 at Cheney Stadium in Tacoma.
This jam-packed day-long fan interactive event begins at 9 a.m. with a Tailgate party, featuring a 12 "Hawked Out" Car Show where fans show off their unique Seahawks-inspired vehicles. The event then moves into Cheney Stadium (2502 S. Tyler St.) at 11 a.m. for a Press Q&A and VIP Meet and Greet with: Mayor of Tacoma Marilyn Strickland, Derrick Coleman, Jr., Seahawks Center/Guard Wade Smith, Seattle Sounders' Obafemi Martins, Seahawks Defensive Tackle Jimmy Staten, Seahawks Tight End Cooper Helfet, former Seahawks Wide Receiver, Ben Obomanu, former Seahawks kicker Norm Johnson, former Seahawks Marcus Trufant & The Barbershop, and the "Mama Hawks:" May Hamlin (mother of Derrick Coleman, Jr.), Beverly Sherman (mother of Richard Sherman), Delisa Lynch (mother of Marshawn Lynch), and Constance Trufant (mother of NFL players Marcus, Desmond, and Isaiah Trufant) with more to be announced. The 12 Kick Off Event will also include appearances by the Seagals, Blue Thunder, and Seahawks mascot Blitz; Live music featuring Brave New World Records/Universal Rock N Soul act Shyan Selah & The Republic of Sound, Country/Rock Act Latigo Lace, "Seahawks Time" artist K Cartier, and DJ Anthony Snowden. Youth activities will include the NFL Play 60 Punt, Pass, and Kick for kids ages six to 15, Bounce Houses, Face Painting, Games and more.
"The 12 Kickoff supporting the Derrick L Coleman NO EXCUSE Foundation is a day of family, friends, fun and music to build excitement for the upcoming football season, as well as raise awareness of the deaf and hard of hearing community," says event producer, Ron O'Ferrall. "The intention of the 12 Kickoff is to be an annual event where a different Seahawk is featured and their foundation supported. Our goal is for The 12 Kickoff to become an annual event that brings the community together to celebrate our Seahawks."
"On behalf of the Derrick L Coleman No Excuse Foundation we would like to say how excited we are about the 12s Car Show and the 12 Kick Off event on August 31, 2014," states May Hamlin of the Derrick L Coleman No Excuse Foundation and mother to Derrick Coleman. "It really means a lot to our organization to have the support of the 12s as we support the hearing impaired community as they work toward living their dreams with No Excuse. The 12s and fans around the nation have supported and embraced Derrick, and they will never know how much that has meant to him. We are excited and would like to meet each and everyone of you to personally extend our thanks to you for being not only wonderful fans of the Seahawks but great people that welcome change and diversity."
Tickets for the 12 Kick Off Event are $17-$40 (based on seating) with proceeds benefiting the Derrick L Coleman No Excuse Foundation. KidsRead more...
Thursday, August 28, 2014 -- 9:01 am 2014 Tacoma Narrows League Football Calendar http://www.tacomaweekly.com/ - TACOMA WEEKLY TOP PICKS
STADIUM AT MOUNT TAHOMA
Sept. 5 @ Mount Tahoma Stadium
Two hard-luck programs debut new coaching staffs and fresh outlook
PUYALLUP AT LINCOLN
Sept. 12 @ Lincoln Bowl
What's not to like about this matchup of 2013 state playoff teams?
SOUTH KITSAP AT BELLARMINE
Oct. 10 @ Bellarmine
South Kitsap used to dominate the Narrows. Now they're the underdog.
WILSON AT FOSS
Oct. 17 @ Mount Tahoma Stadium
Foss kept Wilson out of the league title mix with a 14-13 upset in 2013.
FOSS AT LINCOLN
Oct. 31 @ Lincoln Bowl
Playoff hopes may be on the line in this regular season ender.Read more...
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 -- 4:10 pm Custom mouthguards protect student athletes from dental injuries and concussions http://www.tacomaweekly.com/ -
Custom-made mouthguards are widely accepted as an important component of protecting student athletes from orofacial injuries, and new research suggests they may also reduce the incidence of traumatic brain injuries (TBI)/concussions.
The research, published by the Academy of General Dentistry in the May/June, 2014 issue of General Dentistry, followed 412 male high school football athletes from six teams in Pennsylvania. Three teams - 220 athletes - wore custom fitted mouthguards. The remaining three teams with 192 athletes wore over-the-counter mouthguards of their own choosing. All teams wore the same helmets. The study showed athletes wearing custom mouthguards had less than half the incidence of TBI/concussions - 3.6% as opposed to 8.3% of the athletes wearing over-the-counter types.
The difference appears to be linked to the increased thickness offered by a custom mouthguard, enabling it to more effectively absorb shock, increase head and neck stability and limit movement from a direct hit to the jaw.
Both categories of injury - TBI/concussions and orofacial - are widespread among young athletes. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate "U.S. emergency departments (EDs) treat an estimated 173,285 sports- and recreation-related TBIs, including concussions, among children and adolescents, from birth to 19 years." In 2011, the National Youth Sports Safety Foundation predicted that 3 million teeth would be knocked out during youth sporting events.
Custom mouthguards are increasingly being used to help protect kids from these types of injuries. Organizations including the National Federation of State High School Associations, the American Dental Association and the Academy for Sports Dentistry encourage use of custom mouthguards as the best protection against orofacial injury. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), athletes who don't wear a mouthguard are 60 times more likely to suffer injuries to the teeth. The AAP recommends a custom mouthguard to achieve the best fit and protection for all athletes, especially for athletes who wear braces or have a fixed bridge.
Dr. Jennifer Granlund of Distinctive Dentistry in Fife, agrees. "The latest research seems to indicate that custom mouthguards are helpful in decreasing the incidence of traumatic brain injuries. As for dental injuries, the research clearly shows that custom mouthguards are much more effective than over-the-counter versions. They offer the best protection for our student athletes which is important - permanent teeth don't grow back.Read more...
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 -- 4:08 pm ART MUSEUM SHOWS AWARD WINNING HIGH SCHOOL PHOTOGRAPHY http://www.tacomaweekly.com/ -
Experience the work of Washington's talented high school photographers, on view now through Sept. 28 in the Community Art Space at Tacoma Art Museum. The 2014 Washington State High School Photography Competition received over 4,100 entries, submitted by 1,524 students from 70 Washington schools. Finalists from each of the 12 competition categories are included in the exhibition, featuring 36 photographs in black and white and in color.
The creativity and technical quality of the photographs is as impressive as the subject matter is varied. Georgia Gray's ghost-like bird footprints in snow is a unique portrayal in the Animal category; Laurel Heater's photo of a gentleman holding a large, glowing-white goose presents an unexpected juxtaposition of subjects in the Portrait category; playful bubbles with rainbow reflections dance above a carpet of lush green grass in Alexandra McGraw's landscape; a powerful waterfall backed by swirling storm clouds rendered in sepia-like tones creates an air of mystery to Joshua Kahn's Camera Phone entry. Each photo demonstrates thoughtful work on the part of these motivated young photographers.
"It is such an exciting opportunity for students to have their work shown in an art museum exhibition. We hope the experience will inspire these young artists toward further creativity and provide them deeper exposure to careers in the arts," says Samantha Kelly, TAM's Director of Education. "Publicly supporting the work of Washington students and their teachers through community exhibitions like this is another way Tacoma Art Museum connects people through art."
The annual High School Photography Competition was initiated in the 1980s by a group of high school photography teachers as a mechanism for celebrating student work. By the 1990s, the event had grown enough to attract sponsorship, media coverage, and increased public interest. Now, the competition elicits broad student participation and garners attention from the state's top elected officials who present the winners at a prestigious awards ceremony. Professional photographers and others from the community volunteer time to review and judge the entries.
The annual competition is open to all 9-12 grade students in Washington's public, private, and alternative high schools. Program sponsors include Museum Quality Framing, Kenmore Camera, and Canon. In addition to being recognized by the judges, teachers and peers, students may win prizes: one award-winner will receive a scholarship for a course at Photography Center Northwest; category winners receive $100 cash prizes; six images will be pictured on a run of Jones Soda bottles; and another lucky student will have the opportunity to photograph a match on the field with the Seattle Sounders FC soccer club's team photographer. The top three photos in each category are included in exhibitions at both Tacoma Art Museum and Seattle Art Museum.
For questions about the annual photography competition, contact Kelly AtkiRead more...
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 -- 4:00 pm Teacher pleads guilty to sex with student http://www.tacomaweekly.com/ -
Michael Allen, 33, pleaded guilty Aug. 21 to sexual misconduct with a minor in the first degree, and violation of a no-contact order. Allen, a University Place biology teacher, had sex multiple times with his 17-year-old student. After he was arrested and charged, Allen continued to communicate with the victim, ignoring the court's no-contact order. He is scheduled to be sentenced on Oct. 2 at 1:30 p.m. in room 260 of the County-City Building in Tacoma.
"Our schools should be safe havens," said Prosecutor Mark Lindquist. "This teacher abused the trust of his position and is being held accountable."
In January 2014 Allen and the victim, who was his teacher's aide, began exchanging phone calls and text messages. On Jan. 17, school administrators learned the two were spending time together, and they placed Allen on administrative leave. He was told not to contact the victim. During an internal investigation, administrators reviewed the victim's phone records and found thousands of messages she exchanged with Allen, including after Allen was placed on leave.
School administrators contacted the University Place Police Department on Feb. 11 to report the relationship. The victim told detectives she had sex with Allen three times after he was placed on administrative leave. Allen was arrested and charged, and the court imposed an order prohibiting Allen from contacting the victim. Allen posted $25,000 bail and was released.
On Feb. 24, the victim told detectives that Allen had contacted her on Twitter and gave her a pre-paid cell phone so they could continue to talk. Allen was charged with violating the court's order, and a new bail was set in the amount of $125,000. He has been held in custody since March 20.Read more...
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 -- 3:50 pm Three men charged for murder at Tacoma motel http://www.tacomaweekly.com/ -
Marcus Boykin, 30, and Aron Skaro, 32, were arraigned on Aug. 26 for the shooting death of Kevin Young, 41, in his Tacoma motel room last week. On Aug. 25 Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged the defendants with murder in the first degree and robbery in the first degree. A third man, Raphael Smith, 32, was also charged and a bench warrant has been issued for his arrest.
"The drug trade can be a dangerous business," said Lindquist. "All three of the defendants will be held accountable."
Young and his girlfriend spent the evening of Aug. 20 in their motel room with a woman the girlfriend had previously met in the Pierce County Jail. At 3 a.m., the woman drove the couple to a nearby convenience store where Young withdrew $30 from the ATM. Shortly after they returned to the motel room, the woman left. Within minutes, Boykin and Smith entered the motel room, armed with a shotgun, and demanded cash.
An argument ensued and Young was shot in the abdomen. The defendants ran to a waiting car, driven by Skaro, and fled. Young was transported to the hospital, where he later died as a result of his gunshot wound. Initial investigation indicates the defendants intended to rob Young of his drugs and money. Detectives are continuing to investigate this case. Read more...
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 -- 3:26 pm What's Right with Tacoma: Housing Authority offers comfy homes at New Bay Terrace apartments http://www.tacomaweekly.com/ - Amylah Perry was a model citizen throughout Tacoma Housing Authority's ribbon cutting ceremony at Bay Terrace, its newest development, on Monday, Aug. 18.
Amylah, 4, listened to the dignitaries, did not spill a single crumb on her pink and white dress and matching hat. She did not fret in the heat and, just after noon, she marched to the podium with her Head Start classmates and raised a banner.
"Welcome Home!" it read, and those kids meant it.
Their families have moved into apartments in the mix of 70 units in town homes, cottages or the four-story "mid-rise" on Yakima Avenue between South 27th and 25th streets. Their new school - their Head Start classroom - is nestled in the 6,925-square-foot community center. They dare challenge the ropes on the cool new play structure in one of several playgrounds and community gardens that give the high-density redevelopment an open feeling.
Midway through the program, Amylah's mom, Aashia Gardner, told the crowd of 200 what that means to her Amylah and Decarlos Perry, 2. Instead of doubling up in relatives' or friends' places, they have a home of their own, with rooms of their own.
"I can pay the rent with a smile and have money left over for other bills," Gardner said.
She is using the resources at the community center to plan how to go back to school for the skills she needs to earn enough to support her family, to become independent.
"This has given me the best opportunity to change my life around," she said.
And that is the point of those two refreshed blocks of attractive buildings and the network of resources and partnerships woven through them.
Because it was a ribbon-cutting, Tacoma Housing Authority Executive Director Michael Mirra, THA commissioners Greg Mowat and Judge Stanley Rumbaugh, Chuck Weinstock of JP Morgan Chase, Chris Walvoord of Enterprise Community Investments, Pamela Trevithick of GGLO architects and the rep from Absher Construction Co., led the program with the tale of the mighty challenge of building it all.
It began in 1970, when a private developer slathered poorly-designed apartments that were not built to last on four blocks between South 15th and 27th streets between Yakima Avenue and South 'G' street. Conifer Village flopped on the open market and, in 1976, THA did what it would not do now: It bought the commercial failure. THA renamed it Hillside Terrace. Twenty years later, in 1996, the buildings, like big chunks of the Hilltop, were worn out. THA asked the feds for the money to tear it down and rebuild it.
The Department of Housing and Urban Development responded with a potential disaster: It gave the demolition money for all of it, but nothing for rebuilding. One hundred and eighty families would lose their homes if THA used the money.
New to the board of commissioners, Rumbaugh fought the feds and won time for THA to find the reconstruction money.
"In 2002 we got the financing for the 2300 and 1500 blocks," Mirra said. "That was our last big project befRead more...
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 -- 12:28 pm Parents can apply for free and reduced-price school meals online http://www.tacomaweekly.com/ -
Help your student go through the school day energized and ready to learn with free or reduced-price breakfast and lunch at school.
Parents can find out if they qualify for free or reduced-price meals for their children by applying online using MEAL APP NOW on the school district's Nutrition Services website. A Spanish language option is also available.
MEAL APP NOW eliminates paperwork by offering a secure, convenient system for free and reduced-price meal applications, and is available 24/7 via the Internet. The district can process online applications within 24 hours. Paper applications take three to five days on average to process.
One online or paper application per household is required each year unless parents receive a letter notifying them that the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) has approved their children for the 2014-2015 school year. To get a paper application, visit your local school.
To ensure your children have no interruptions in getting free or reduced-price meals, submit your completed application by Oct. 15.
Application instructions and additional information about school meals, including menus, are available on the Nutrition Services website. If you don't have access to a computer, kiosks with a computer are available for parent use at every school.
For more information or application assistance, go to the Nutrition Services office at 3321 S. Union Ave. or call (253) 571-3370.Read more...
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 -- 11:46 am Buffalo Soldiers Museum, Tuskegee Airmen hold Labor Day fair http://www.tacomaweekly.com/ - For many people, Labor Day is a day off of work. For the Buffalo Soldiers Museum and The Tuskegee Airmen of Seattle it's an opportunity to honor those in the armed forces. That's why the two organizations are combining forces to produce a Labor Day Fair at Stanley Playfield on Sept. 1 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
"It's about honoring the past and embracing the future," Buffalo Soldiers Museum Executive Director Jackie Jones said.
A full program is planned that includes Joint Base Lewis-McChord playing a "home run derby" softball game. The "Red Tails Special" Air Force will take on the "Cannon Balls" Army in a classic grudge match that will be fun for the entire family to watch. All entertainment at that festival will be free; all Jones asks is to keep soldiers in your thoughts.
"This festival is about preserving history and honoring those who have served in the past. Our country has always been a country of labor and certainly these men and all service men serve our country and protect our country." Jones said.
After the softball game, visitors will be able to wander around with vendors offering food, crafts and entertainment, all while remembering and honoring those who don't get to take a day off.
"This is a way to pay tribute to those who serve this country who give so selflessly of themselves for their country. Many years ago many thousands died. This is a way to say thanks to those who have served and a way to appreciate current service men. That's why we selected Joint Base Lewis McChord," Jones said.
Stanley Playfield is located at 1712 S. 19th St. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs to enjoy the entertainment that includes live music and a speech from General Mitch Mitchell on embracing the future. All ages welcome.Read more...
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 -- 11:43 am NARROWS LEAGUE PREVIEW: PART I http://www.tacomaweekly.com/ - The secret is starting to get out around Washington state and they can't be none too pleased to hear about it. Tacoma's high school football programs may very well have moved past the "we're improving" phase and now are looking at least cleat-deep in the "we'll see you in the playoffs" phase.
This week, we begin our look at the upcoming high school football season starting with two Tacoma high schools playing in separate leagues - The Bellarmine Prep Lions of the 4A Narrows league and the Lincoln Abes of the 3A Narrows. Both teams are considered among the favorites for their league title and it's been a different journey for the two.
BELLARMINE PREP LIONS
The nationwide Maxpreps.com recently put out its top-20 list of Washington's "Most Dominant Football Programs of the Decade." While it is no surprise to see perennial powerhouse Bellevue at the top of the list, it may be a bit of a surprise to see Bellarmine come in at number 20.
Between the 2004 and 2009 seasons, head coach Tom Larsen's Bellarmine squads were a gritty bunch that went 30-30 over the six seasons. In the four seasons since, Bellarmine has went 44-9, reaching the state 4A semifinals twice, the quarterfinals once and falling to Skyline in the state championship game in 2012.
Larsen saw a change a couple of years before this dynamic run began for his program. "A couple of classes before these teams began setting a different foundation," Larsen said. "The players following have been reaping the benefits of the dedication to hard work and the understanding of real commitment."
Last season, the Lions won two-straight state playoff games on last-minute field goals. It's not often that teams boast their place kicker as one of the most important players, but the Lions' Matthew Philichi has proven he has ice water running through his veins. Philichi is listed among the best kickers in the country on numerous Internet scouting sites and some consider him to possibly be the best in the West.
"The opportunity to put the ball in the end zone on a kickoff is not a regular thing in high school," said Larsen. "His leadership as a kicker has given him the privilege of being named a captain of the team."
The honors student is getting looks from several D-1 football programs and he's not the only one on his team. Junior middle linebacker Erik Glueck has been getting looks from D-1 programs. The 6' 2", 225-pounder will be line-up alongside outside linebackers Noah Failauga and Jamal Ervin to combine for one of the better linebacking corps in the Puget Sound.
Larsen has not named a new starting quarterback yet. Senior Jared Richardson and Christian Moore have been battling it out at practice, and the job of signal caller is still up in the air.
Bellarmine will open the season at home against a potent Bonney Lake squad Sept. 5.
While Bellarmine's rise to prominence has been quite visible, the athletic, hard-nosed "Rail Splitters" on the other side of town have recently burst upoRead more...