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April 15, 2014 at 7:29am

Tuesday Morning Joe: Ukraine crackdown begins, female artillery is on, Air Force shuffle, Ms. Veteran America, most normal states ...

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Ukraine anti-terrorist crackdown begins.

First women move to Army platoon artillery jobs.

The Pentagon plans for more drones in more places.

The U.S. Air Force is shuffling the command of several key programs, including missile systems and its new tanker plane.

The Navy's Fifth Fleet in the Persian Gulf doesn't have an effective long-distance missile for ship-to-ship engagements.

Pentagon condemns "provocative" Russian military action against U.S. Navy ship.

How the Internet could have predicted the invasion of Ukraine.

The Pentagon is looking at new ways to disperse its forces throughout the Asia-Pacific as military planners explore alternatives to the large US super bases in the region vulnerable to cruise missile strikes.

President Obama will deliver this year's commencement address at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

Every type of equipment the U.S. military has at its disposal is on sale at the Gomrok bazaar in south Tehran's Razi Square, the merchants say.

Army bids farewell to its tireless advocate, Dr. Joseph W. Westphal.

National Guard soldiers remember Boston Marathon.

The U.S. Navy, in its fiscal 2015 budget proposal, said it wants to cancel a planned buy of 29 MH-60R Seahawk helicopters in 2016.

The Department of Defense announced today that it has undertaken a comprehensive review of the military justice system.

Ms. Veteran America uses title to tell Army story, support homeless female veterans.

The most normal states in America.

Check out David Cronenberg's new flick, Maps to the Stars.

A lot of people really killed it at Coachella.

The 12 best long takes in movie history.

List: Geeky things you can buy on Etsy.

Finally: Roundup of weird TV merchandise for sale.

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April 15, 2014 at 7:44am

5 Things To Do Today: Classical South Asian music, pianist Stephen Moore, "Purgatorio" and more ...

Rajeev Taranath's sarod improvisations will blow you away tonight.

TUESDAY, APRIL 15 2014 >>>

1. One of India's renowned music masters, sarod virtuoso Rajeev Taranath, brings a rare performance of classical South Asian music to University of Puget Sound at 7:30 p.m. in Rausch Auditorium. Accompanied by Vikas Yendluri on the tabla, the duo will perform ragas - intricate forms of colorfully improvised melodies and rhythms, which have drawn accolades on their many international tours.  

2. The Saint Martin's University Music Program's final Music @ 11 series ends with internationally recognized pianist Stephen Moore, Ph. D., and his thoughts on the Emile Jaques-Dalcroze approach to music. Moore will perform a piano recital, "Carnival in Venice," as well as conduct a master class on the Dalcroze approach at the appropriate time of 11 a.m. in Kreilsheimer Hall.

3. JobFest, the largest young adult job fair in Washington for job seekers age 16 to 24, will be held from 2-5 p.m. at the STAR Center in Tacoma

4. The 4th Annual TCC Diversity Film Festival rolls on with Purgatorio, in which director Rodrigo Reyes likens the U.S./Mexico border to a terrestrial version of the purgatory envisioned by Dante Alighieri. It's an apt comparison; both the border and Dante's supernatural way station serve as punishment-filled waiting rooms for wandering souls struggling toward a final destination. Catch it at 2 and 6:30 p.m. in The Grand Cinema.

5. Hot Hoodoo, The Falsies and Red Red Red will rock Olympia's all-ages Northern at 8 p.m.

LINK: Tuesday, April 15 arts and entertainment events in the greater Tacoma and Olympia area

April 15, 2014 at 9:24am

Washington Guard asks you to Purple Up today for the Month of the Military Child

Members of the Washington National Guard's Joint Services Support Directorate proudly sport their purple in front of the Minuteman statue on Camp Murray to build awareness for Purple Up Day.

Showing your support for the dedication and sacrifices of our military children is all too easy with a little touch of color. Making a fashion statement to build awareness is nothing new for this generation, but part of that statement is being able to positively build awareness and inform others about the importance of a specific issue.

April marks the Month of the Military Child, and the Joint Services Support Directorate of the Washington National Guard is encouraging everyone to wear purple Tuesday, April 15 to recognize and acknowledge the sacrifices and dedications that military youth provide for this nation.

"Military children make daily contributions of strength and courage and should be commended," said Washington Air & Army National Guard Youth Lead Program Coordinator Robbin Seeberger. "The Washington National Guard Child & Youth Program works diligently to provide programs and seek out local opportunities of support for the youth across our state."

For the second year in a row, Governor Jay Inslee made sure that all of Washington state knew the importance of this very special day.

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April 15, 2014 at 3:45pm

Nerd Alert! - Shatner's World and Particle Fever

It's Shatner's World, it's Shatner's World, it's party time, it's excellent ...

SHATNER'S WORLD

Proving, once again, that there is no end to Hollywood's repackaging of franchises and exploiting of nerds, it was announced recently that J.J. Abrams' Star Trek films will be touring the country for a series of screenings featuring live musical accompaniment. The Star Trek concert series will be accompanied by an orchestra that will perform the presumably recognizable scores of the two Star Trek reboots. A similar series was done with the Lord of the Rings movies - a concept that makes substantially greater sense, considering the sweeping nature of those films.

In a related story, William Shatner will be beamed into theaters across the country on Thursday, the 24th, with a performance of his one-man show, ridiculously titled Shatner's World. Ignoring the fact that anyone willing to spend money to see Shatner rap about his life will almost definitely have heard everything there is to hear about the man, Shatner has never shied away from capitalizing on his fan base's adulation.

Anyone expecting a reprise of his glorious team-up with Ben Folds and Joe Jackson for his "Common People" cover should probably look elsewhere - though I do long to see the smirking giddiness that would spread across Joe Jackson's face every time he found himself duetting with Captain Kirk. 7:30 p.m., Thursday, April 24, theaters in Federal Way, Auburn, Kent and Tukwila

PARTICLE FEVER

For those interested in something with a more scientific take on, er, science, than Star Trek has to offer, a fascinating documentary is opening at The Grand Cinema.

Particle Fever is the exploration of the development and launch of the Large Hadron Collider. Ten thousand scientists from all around the world collaborated to create the Collider, which was designed to recreate the conditions that existed in the wake of the Big Bang. Those following the news of the past couple years know that the result was the discovery of the Higgs boson (AKA the "God particle"), which has long been the missing link in our understanding of just why we exist.

Reviews of the film have emphasized the notion that even the least science-minded audiences have become wrapped up in the story of these scientists investigating the nature of being, as heady as that sounds. Supposedly, the masterful filmmaking allows even the layman to get invested in the pursuit of knowledge and understanding. I'm reminded of The Social Network, which managed to make a jerk typing on the computer seem utterly compelling and, dare I say, suspenseful.

Particle Fever is intriguing enough to stand up against its more high-profile competitors (The Grand Budapest Hotel and Joe) at The Grand Cinema. Personally, I can't wait to see it. Opens Friday, April 18, The Grand Cinema, 606 S. Fawcett, Tacoma, $4.50-$9, 253.572.6062

April 15, 2014 at 5:04pm

Remains of missing JBLM soldier identified

This just in from 7th Infantry Division Public Affairs Office at Joint Base Lewis-McChord:

The Thurston County Sheriff Department recovered the body of Spc. Christopher S. Dombroski, 20, of Wasilla, Alaska, a Joint Base Lewis-McChord Soldier missing since April 13.
 
Dombroski was a Stryker systems maintainer. He entered military service in August 2011 and attended Advance Individual Training in Military Occupational Specialty 91S (Stryker Systems Maintainer) at Fort Lee, Va. Dombroski served on one overseas deployment to Afghanistan from November 2012 to July 2013 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
 
He was assigned to the 4-2 Styker Brigade Combat Team at JBLM in May 2012. His awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terror Medal, NATO Medal, and Army Service Ribbon.
 
Thurston County search and rescue crews found Dombroski's remains Tuesday. Thurston County authorities informed the chain of command that they suspect there was no foul play involved. The incident is still under investigation.
 
"Our thoughts and prayers are with Spc. Dombroski's family and friends during this time of loss," said Lt. Col. Joseph Sowers, 7th Inf. Div. Public Affairs Officer.  "We'd like to thank Thurston County search and rescue crews and Gray's Harbor authorities for their efforts. Our focus now is on supporting the survivors who have lost their beloved son, friend and teammate."

April 16, 2014 at 7:33am

Wednesday Morning Joe: McChord airman wins, defense cuts freakout, Game of Drones, stealth dirt bike, 10 scientific mysteries ...

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JBLM soldier found dead in the woods near Olympia Tuesday was the nephew of two presumed victims of last month's devastating landslide in Washington state.

446th Airlift Wing reservist named Howard O. Scott Citizen-Airman of the Year.

Former Sgt. Kyle White will receive the Medal of Honor for heroism in 2007 while serving as a specialist in Afghanistan.

Defense Department officials released a report that documents the cuts to military forces, modernization and readiness that will be required if defense budgets are held at sequester-levels in the years beyond fiscal year 2015.

The Pentagon's planned five-year spending plan for procurement and research-and-development projects, set forth in its 2015 budget proposal, would be cut by $66 billion if US federal spending caps remain in place.

More than $1 trillion in sequestration-related defense cuts, slated for now through 2021, "would significantly increase risks both in the short- and long-term," according to a report released Monday by the Pentagon.

Confidential U.S. assessments, which the State Department tried to hide from the public, show nearly all Afghan Cabinet ministries are woefully ill-prepared to govern after the U.S. withdraws its troops.

Is North Korea about to collapse?

A group of 11 lawmakers on Tuesday called for members of NATO to end all defense contracts with Russia over the conflict in Ukraine.

Planning for withdrawal in Afghanistan may be smart, but it's not wise.

China has good reasons to remain secretive about its military.

The National Guard Association of the United States accused Army leaders of refusing to create a commission that could show reserve force are cheaper to maintain than the active duty.

Game of Drones: It will be tough to go into the big battle against drones without the irrepressible Goose.

U.S. military leaders have approved funding to develop a hybrid, stealth motorcycle to be driven by special operations teams in the not too distant future.

Russian missile system masquerading as innocent cargo container.

Patients at Veterans Affairs medical centers remain satisfied with the care they receive and complaints are down, a new survey released Wednesday by the American Customer Satisfaction Index found.

Tricare announced its plans for reinstating thousands of beneficiaries who lost eligibility for Tricare Prime last October, but by law, not all who were booted off Prime will be able to re-enroll.

General Dynamics says the Army's Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle competition is stacked against its 8×8 Stryker.

Hollywood is going to war again, and this time, Brad Pitt is in charge.

The soldiers of the 1st Battalion 69th Infantry aren't Navy SEALs, but now they've played them on TV.

The high-tech soldiers of the future are here.

List: 10 amazing discoveries that remain unexplained by science.

The Legacy of The Colbert Report: the joke's on you!

The X-Men: Days of Future Past trailer debuted on Conan last night.

Taylor Swift and Karlie Kloss continue to morph into exact replicas of each other.

Yep, Nicolas Cage makes a good movie every five years. There's even a chart to prove it.

What beer are people really drinking?

Nice: Check out one dad's pop-culture lunches.

Kicked in the head by a train ...

April 16, 2014 at 7:55am

5 Things To Do Today: Dead Poets Reading, Zodiac art, marbled murrelet love, Pink Martini and more ...

"Yes, this Frank O'Hara. No, I'm sorry. I can't. I'm dead."

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 16 2014 >>>

1. In honor of National Poetry Month, the Olympia Poetry Network will allow local lit nerds to pay homage to their beloved late poets, as members read poems, hopefully, in full costume with accompanying props. The séance will summon Kenneth Rexroth, Adrienne Rich, May Swenson, Jane Kenyon, Denise Levertov and Frank O'Hara at 6:30 p.m. in Traditions Cafe. Those are certainly worthy poets to summon. An open mic is available for those attending to channel other dead poets. We'll give big ups to anyone who can pull off a Whitman beard, and we'd be pretty impressed to see someone show up in a full-on Emerson three-piece suit. At the very least, light a cig and say your Cummings.

2. Artist Yvette Endrijautzki presents "CONSTELLATION - an Overture to the Zodiac" featuring 40 local, national and international artists interpreting the 12 Zodiac signs via different media from noon to 6 p.m. at Tacoma's Fulcrum Gallery.

3. Metropolitan Veterinary Hospital in Tacoma hosts an artist reception for local artist Sandra Offutt and some of the Metropolitan Vet team, which will include raffle prizes, from 5-7 p.m.

4. Olympia Timberland Library presents "Celebration of the Species," four Wednesday evening events in April featuring presentations by experts on some of the wild animals that live among us, often in our own backyards or just over the fence. At 7:30 p.m., author and citizen scientist Maria Mudd Ruth discusses "The Marbled Murrelet.

5. Pink Martini's blend of American swing, Latin rhythms and chamber arrangements, along with vocals in five languages, give the group's largely original material mass appeal - meaning the audiences consist of people who normally don't sit next to each other. Thomas Lauderdale of Portland, Oregon, founded the "little orchestra" Pink Martini in 1994. It has gone on to become a genre unto itself. We adore the band's cosmopolitan mix of Disneyfied Latin rhythms, cabaret Orientalia and Arabic tunes kissed with carnival atmospherics and ragtime horns. Catch the band with the von Trapp Family Singers at 7:30 p.m. in the Washington Center.

LINK: Wednesday, April 16 arts and entertainment events in the greater Tacoma and Olympia area

April 16, 2014 at 9:32am

The difficult road to building a military family

An image of Heidi Burger, wife of Sgt. 1st Class Carlos Burger, and a teddy bear that honors his son, Gabriel, who died last November from pregnancy complications. Photo credit: Sgt. 1st Class Carlos M. Burger II, 11th Public Affairs Detachment

FORT HOOD, Texas - My story isn't unique in the military. In fact, it's more common than people know.

This week has been a hard Army week for me. It's not about being deployed for the fifth time or recovering from the media event we conducted yesterday morning or even dealing with young Soldiers that don't quite seem to understand the concept of the term "professional development."

As I sit behind my desk, I look at the beautifully expensive photo of my wife from Glamour Shots and the tiny cotton teddy bear with the red bow tie next to it and realize that my son, Gabriel, would be born this week.

That is to say he would have been, if he hadn't died five months ago. My son died last November due to a premature labor. The teddy bear the nurses put next to his tiny body is all I have left to even know he ever existed.

Service members and their families sign up to support and defend our great country. It's an honorable profession and wonderful experience that many, myself included, wouldn't change for anything. But some Service members sacrifice more than others. Some sacrifice the time and effort to build families of their own.


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April 16, 2014 at 10:48am

Judging by the Trailer: "A Haunted House 2"

What can we do to keep "A Haunted House 3" from happening?

Once again, we find ourselves poised on the edge of a crevasse, gazing into the howling void that is Marlon Wayans. But what gazes back? Only madness. Madness and homophobic jokes.

A Haunted House is finally receiving its long-awaited sequel, after a whole year of anxious debate online about what events could have transpired for the beloved characters of the first installment. Well, all those Wayans-heads on the forums at hauntedhouse.biz will be happy to learn that Marlon Wayans is reprising his role as some guy in A Haunted House 2. Also rejoining the cast is everybody's favorite gun-toting stereotype, Cedric the Entertainer.

Seeing as the first film so limply skewered horror movies, why mess with success? This time, the found-footage conceit is taken to absurd lengths, allowing all of the side characters to carry cameras at all times, enabling Wayans to finally just cut to the chase and shout jokes directly at the audience.

What would A Haunted House 2 be without Wayans' trademark racist, sexist and homophobic humor, all of which are well-represented in the interminable two minutes of this trailer. Also featured: an unfortunate homage to one of the best gags in A Fish Called Wanda, involving a dog and a safe.

I wouldn't go so far as to call the Haunted House franchise (ugh, to have to say that) the bottom of the barrel-that distinction still belongs to Aaron Seltzer and Jason Friedberg, the auteurs that brought us Meet the Spartans, Epic Movie, and The Starving Games (awesome title, dudes). However, I think there's very little arguing that this franchise is certainly familiar with the bottom of the barrel, its belly grazing against it, ever so delicately, entangled in the terrible dance of garbage comedy.

Best to look away and hope that, once A Haunted House loses your attention, it'll fade away like Marty McFly in that polaroid.

April 17, 2014 at 7:26am

Thursday Morning Joe: Putin on the Abyss, Navy reboot, Best Rangers, "Enlisted" AWOL, space elevator ...

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President Vladimir Putin accused the authorities in Kiev of plunging the country into an "abyss".

Obama says Russia realizes U.S. military is "significantly superior."

The Obama administration has removed all operational combat tanks from Europe and key strike aircraft, limiting the options for a show of force to bolster eastern NATO allies as Russia contemplates invading Ukraine.

Stronger U.S. economic sanctions urged against Russia.

The real reason China wants aircraft carriers.

Poland's defense minister is calling for a larger U.S. and NATO military presence in his country to deter the type of Russian aggression occurring in eastern Ukraine.

DoD quietly expanding U.S. Africa Command missions.

The U.S. Navy is about to transform almost everything.

The U.S. electric power grid is vulnerable to cyber and physical attacks.

For the first time since 1995, a team representing the 25th Infantry Division took home top honors at the David E. Grange Jr. Best Ranger Competition.

Army lab teams up with Boston Marathon to prevent heat injury.

Pentagon is working on advanced, speedy, stealthy, next-gen drones.

Scientists learn how to generate solar power in the dark.

Fox network has removed all traces of the military-themed comedy Enlisted from its spring schedule.

If you spend enough time on the Internet you'll eventually encounter a conspiracy theory.

Google X's Rapid Evaluation Team looked into building a space elevator.

Dude builds Spider-Man's webslinger using an electromagnetic launcher.

The most haunted place in the world is for sale.

Jon Hamm sniffs condescendingly at your Megan Draper/Sharon Tate rumors, so time to put your theories to rest. Or is it?

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