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February 24, 2012 at 7:52am

MORNING SPEW: Occupy Tacoma eviction, gas prices, smell like Bruce Lee ...

Giant Peanut Butter Cup Cake: Minis are for the weak. Photo courtesy of TheAwesomer.com


Today's Weather: Not a good day to paint an outdoor mural or erect that birdhouse that fell last month. (Seattle Times)

Occupy Tacoma: The Department of Transportation told them to leave by Sunday afternoon. (News Tribune)

Not Acting The Rightoway: Former Bremerton Police Detective Roy Alloway was sentenced to two years in federal prison for doing bad stuff. (News Tribune)

Gas Prices: Gas prices shot up 12 cents this week, mostly due to those wacky Iranians. (CNN)

GOP Contenders Bitch-slapping:  Romney rips Santorum debate remark, while Gingrich slams Obama apology. (CNN)

Afghanistan: At least eight people are killed as protests continue for a fourth day over the burning of Korans at a US air base. (BBC)

Academy Awards: Seven things that will be different this year. (Time)

So Much For Farewell Tours: Cher to hit the road again. (Billboard)

Smell Like Bruce Lee: Shannon Lee, daughter of martial-arts legend Bruce Lee, will sell a cologne modeled after her dad. (Time)

Epic Dessert: Giant peanut butter cup cake. (The Awesomer)


February 21, 2012 at 7:57am

MORNING SPEW: Weather sucks, Democrats talk budget, Tacoma vs. parking, new Depeche Mode ...

Depeche Mode will start work on a new album this year. Press photo


Our Freakin' Weather: Here comes the floods and avalanches. (Seattle Times)

Madigan Investigation: Did the Army hospital screw soldiers out of their full PTSD treatment? (News Tribune)

State Budget: Democrats give it a shot this morning. (News Tribune)

New Parking Rules: The Tacoma City Council wants to limited parking stalls in downtown core to make it easier to build while not encouraging more cars. (News Tribune)

Needs To Be Asked: Where do the Republican candidates stand on immigration laws? (The New York Times)

Affirmative Action: Supreme Court agrees to hear affirmative action in higher education case. (The New York Times)

Question: Where do you stand on Web piracy? (The New York Times)

Speaking of Mixtapes: If Harriet the Spy made a mixtape, what would be on it? (Flavorwire)

Remember The Band Blur?: Blur to headline Olympics closing show. (BBC)

Remember The Band Depeche Mode?: The band has started recording a new album. (NME)

Kick-Ass: The sequel to the critically acclaimed comic book drama will be shot this summer. (NME)

February 14, 2012 at 7:06am

MORNING SPEW: Santorum ruckus, lost art of romance, scratch-n-sniff jeans ...


Occupying The History Museum: Rick Santorum vs. Occupy Tacoma and glitter. (Slog)

Gay Marriage Bill: It's signed. (News Tribune)

Syria: Residents brace for a full-blown war. (CNN)

China In The United States: The man likely to become China's next leader, Vice-President Xi Jinping, begins a closely watched visit to the United States. (BBC)

Valentine's Day: The lost art of romance. (CNN)

Sure Why Not Of The Day: All 22 Bond film intros, shown simultaneously side by side. (The Daily What)

Hey Mattel!: Shouldn't your Back to the Future hoverboards actually hover? (Slash Film)

Finally!: Scratch-n-Sniff Raspberry Scented Denim Jeans. (Laughing Squid)

I Saw U Eating Those Peanuts: When your airplane seatmate becomes your soul mate. (Time)

We're Outta Here

How to Build a Time Machine - Doc Ignite Campaign Video from Jay Cheel on Vimeo.

February 13, 2012 at 7:29am

MORNING SPEW: Marriage Equality Act, Santorum in the house, Skeeter update ...

Sea-Tac Administration building dedication, July 9, 1949. Photo courtesy Museum of History and Industry.


Marriage Equality Act: Not everyone will be happy today. (News Tribune)

GOP Presidential Race Vs. South Sound: Former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum will check out the Washington History Museum tonight. (News Tribune)

Skeeter Update: Apparently he didn't know when to hold 'em and when to fold 'em. (News Tribune)

Sea-Tac Airport: Say goodbye to the 1950s. (Seattle PI)

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu: Blames Iran after bombers apparently targeted diplomats in India and Georgia, injuring four. (BBC)

Whitney Houston's Death Update: Coroners on Sunday completed an autopsy on Houston, who was found dead Saturday in her suite in the upscale Beverly Hilton hours before she was to attend a pre-Grammy Awards bash at the hotel. (CNN)

Grammy Awards: Whitney remembered, Adele wins big. (CNN)

Saturday Night Live With Zooey Deschanel: The best and worst. (Flavorwire)

Celebrities: Photo gallery showing their real names. (Huffington Post)

No-Holds-Barred Laptop: Origin EON17-X. (Gizmodo)

February 1, 2012 at 8:23pm

State Senate votes 28-21 to legalize gay marriage


Washington United for Marriage just sent word the state Senate approved legislation legalizing same-sex marriage 28-21 on bipartisan vote:

OLYMPIA - Washington United for Marriage, a broad statewide coalition of organizations, congregations, unions and business associations that will work to obtain civil marriage for lesbian and gay couples in Washington State in 2012, today cheered the Washington State Senate's vote in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage legislation in Washington State.  The measure passed by a bipartisan vote of 28-21, with 23 Democrats and four Republicans joining together to advance the bill. 


Filed under: Olympia, Gay Rights, Politics,

February 1, 2012 at 7:19am

MORNING SPEW: Firefighters stay, Don Cornelius shot dead, "Mad Men" fashion predictions ...

Unidentified not-so-flying rust / Image credit: night86mare


Your House Is Safe: Tacoma City Council accepted $1.6M in concessions to avoid firefighter layoffs. (News Tribune)

It Should Pass: The state Senate will vote today on gay marriage bill. (News Tribune)

Aftermath: Romney on a roll, Gingrich undeterred. (CNN)

Coroner: "Soul Train" founder dead of gunshot wound. (CNN)

Science!: Researchers have demonstrated a striking method to reconstruct words, based on the brain waves of patients thinking of those words. (BBC)

Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha: The band Survivor is suing Newt Gingrich for using "Eye of the Tiger" at rallies. (Rolling Stone)

If You Go All Darth Maul On A Toy Store ...: You'll go to jail. (Blastr)

Groovy: Mad Men season 5 fashions. (The Sew Weekly)

Surreal Photos: Taiwan's abandoned UFO-style homes. (Flavorwire)

Let An Educational Palette Of Primary Hues Wash Over You

January 31, 2012 at 9:58am

STATE OF THE CITY 2012: Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland issues address, challenges Tacomans to be great

Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland delivers her 2012 State of the City Address at last night's Go Local Shift Happens event.


Last night at Go Local's second annual Shift Happens event Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland delivered her 2012 State of the City Address. This year's address was less of a pep rally than last year's State of the City Address, and instead was calm, positive and confident.

Last year Mayor Strickland spoke like an entrepreneur trying to sell investors on her product. This year Strickland sounded more like a CEO updating her shareholders on a year of growth while providing positive projections for the future.

Strickland's address began by recapping the highlights of 2011.

"Last year, our theme for the State of the City address was ‘finishing what we started'," the Mayor recalled. "From family recreation to commerce and transportation, we saw the completion of many great projects."

Leading with Cheney Stadium, the opening of IGA's Tacoma City Grocer, and the Wright Park Sprayground, Strickland highlighted eight finished projects that she identified as improving the quality of life throughout Tacoma.

After lauding successful projects Strickland shifted attention to small business culture, highlighting expansions, success stories and reasons for optimism moving forward.

"We saw 2,744 new businesses get licensed in 2011 - 500 more new businesses than in 2010," Strickland pointed out.

Looking forward to the scheduled opening of the LeMay Museum, a McMenamins location, and the completion of Sound Transit's D-to-M Street project, Strickland beamed while describing the looming completions of several major projects in 2012.

Mayor Strickland also highlighted bright spots within Tacoma's public education system and praised local organizations like Tacoma 360, the Foundation for Tacoma Schools and the Mayor's Education Task Force. Strickland also touted the award-winning work being done at Lincoln High School.

"All kinds of positive news continues to pour out of Lincoln High School, where they recently won a Golden Apple Award from KCTS-9 for the Lincoln Center," Strickland reminded the crowd.

Strickland ended her speech by citing author Thomas Friedman. Friedman recently challenged Americans to realize that the era of average must be replaced by an era of above and beyond. Friedman refers to this beyond as a person's, organization's or business' "extra."

"The business world is overflowing with products and services and designs and marketing campaigns that are adequate," explained Strickland. "The real challenge - and the huge opportunity - is to turn something adequate into something amazing."

"It's just not good enough to be pretty good at everything," Strickland continued. "The most successful companies, products and brands have figured out how to become the most of something.

"That is, to find and embrace their ‘extra'."

Strickland concluded her State of the City address with a challenge to everyone in the room.

"From the private sector, to the non-profit world, to the public sector," Strickland said, "we must ask ourselves what is our extra?"

LINK: Tacoma Komo reviewed last night's State of the City Address by Mayor Strickland.

LINK: Exit 133 also reviewed last night's State of the City Address by Mayor Strickland.

LINK: FeedTacoma's fantastic Kevin Freitas posted audio of Mayor Strickland's State of the City address here.

LINK: Before any of this, The News Tribune previewed Mayor Strickland's State of the City address.

January 31, 2012 at 8:02am

MORNING SPEW: Guard goes berserk, best fights ever, turn yourself into a unicorn ...

Good times


When Prison Officers Lose It: A state correctional officer went berserk yesterday. (News Tribune)

Pierce County Salary Commission: They will fight for truth, justice and the American way. (News Tribune)

GOP Presidential Race: Fifty delegates are up for grabs in today's primary. (CNN)

Not Good: The Western-Arab push for a UN resolution on Syria could put the country on a "path to civil war." (BBC)

David Letterman's 30th Anniversary Show: Howard Stern will be the guest. (New York Daily News)

You Wanna Fight?: The most classic fights to ever come out of Asia. (IGN)

Awesome: Entire Arrested Development cast confirmed for Netflix series with original writers. (Huffington Post)

Where Are They Now?: 20 years after the alternative revolution. (Spinner)

Wanna Turn Yourself Into A Magic Unicorn?: There's an app for that! (Who Killed Bambi?)

January 31, 2012 at 7:23am

5 Things To Do Today: "Kawasaki's Rose," Tacoma's Secret opens, Peru chat, American Nights ...

The Grand will screen "Kawasaki's Rose," a drama about family and politics, the role of memory in relationships, and that of jealousy, arrogance, love, loyalty and betrayal.

TUESDAY, JAN. 31, 2012 >>>

1. Filmmaker Jan Hrebejk tackles the touchy subject of the collaboration between Czech citizens and their former Communist government with a light, ironic touch in Kawasaki's Rose, the official Czech nominee for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2011 Academy Awards. The Grand Cinema screens the flick at 1:15 and 6 p.m. as part of its thought-provoking film series on Tuesdays.

2. Chef William and Shannon Mueller, the talent behind Dinner Solutions and Babblin' Babs Bistro, will open up the Parisian-style bistro Secret today for lunch in the back of Babs. With small tables for two, no electronic devices allowed and reservations only (253.761.9099), the Muellers hope you will leave the world behind and savor several courses over good conversation. Read the full story here.

3. Has the commercialization of "traditional" Andean animals like the Guinea Pig for nouveau cuisine or social protest against extractive industries in Latin American been eating away at you? Ease your mind. Professors Maria Elena Garcia (Anthropology; History of Ideas) and Jose Antonio Lucero (International Relations; Latin American and Caribbean Studies) from the University of Washington, Seattle will give a public talk on new trends in the shape and focus of local and transnational indigenous politics in Latin America at 4:30 p.m. inside the Murray Boardroom at the Wheelock Student Center on the University of Puget Sound campus. They will make sense of it all.

4. The Doors tribute band The American Night hits the Red Wind Casino's stage at 8 p.m. Strange days have found us.

5. Our state's credit outlook, Republican presidential race, kitten halftime show ... Let's face it, we could all use a good laugh. So do yourself a favor and enjoy a little levity courtesy of Brett J at 8 p.m. as part of Jazzbones's Ha Ha Tuesdays night.

LINK: More arts and entertainment events in the South Sound

LINK: Live music and DJs tonight

LINK: Local happy hours

January 25, 2012 at 7:43am

MORNING SPEW: Foss Waterway Site 4, police union contract OK'd, Hamm-O-Gram ...

Send a Hamm-O-Gram on Heart's Day. Photo credit: gothamist.com


Olympia Downtown Association's 2012 Person of the Year: Ruthie Snyder, a City of Olympia code enforcement officer whose focus has been on downtown the past three years. (News Tribune)

End Of The World Still Trending: Wind and power outages. (News Tribune)

Earthquake: A 3.4 rumbled close to Mount St. Helens. (News Tribune)

Tacoma City Council: It's down with the new police union contract. (News Tribune)

Foss Waterway Site 4: Shorelines Hearings Board's found KS Tacoma Holdings LLC did not have standing to appeal a permit revision. (Leagle)

State Of The Union: Obama challenges Congress on sticky issues. (CNN)

Somalia: Western hostages freed in US military raid. (BBC)

Fake Boy Band 2gether: Getting Back Together. (Time)

New Music: Fiona Apple will release sometime this year. (Time)

Mad Love: When You Care To Send The Very Give someone a Jon Hamm telegram for Valentine's Day. (Gothamist)

Parting Shot: Bed pillow lets Batman hug you with his fists. (Comics Alliance)

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