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January 10, 2014 at 5:10pm

State flags half-staff Jan. 13 in memory of Sgt. Jacob M. Hess

THIS JUST IN >>>

Governor Inslee is deeply saddened with the death of USMC Sgt. Jacob M. Hess, 22, of Spokane, and directs that Washington state and United States flags at all state agency facilities be lowered to half-staff in his memory Monday, Jan. 13, 2014. Hess died Jan. 1 in Afghanistan of injuries sustained while supporting combat operations.

Filed under: Marines, Military,

January 11, 2014 at 7:49am

Saturday Morning Joe: Secret Somalia deployment, Lt. Col. Laura Kreitler retires, weather, Girl Scout Cookies...

Frenchy's Cafe in Lakewood serves tasty coffee and delicious crepes.

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) is leading the push to get Democrats to support sanctions on Iran, putting him at sharp odds with the White House on one of President Obama's top foreign policy priorities.

Fighting between security forces and al-Qaida-linked militants in Iraq's Sunni-dominated Anbar province has killed at least 60 people over the past two weeks.

The U.S. military secretly deployed a small number of trainers and advisers to Somalia in October, the first time regular troops have been stationed in the war-ravaged country since1993, when two helicopters were shot down and 18 Americans killed in the "Black Hawk Down" disaster.

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January 11, 2014 at 8:36am

5 Things To do Today: "Vee Dub" exhibit, typewriter chat, sax chamber music, Mitch Reems benefit and more ...

Right on.

SATURDAY, JAN. 11 2014 >>>

1. More weed has been smoked, more babies have been conceived, and more fun has been had in the Volkswagen Bus than perhaps any vehicle ever made. When people see the Bus, it's almost impossible not to smile. It brings them back to a simpler time of no-worries partying. Lemay - America's Car Museum's cool and groovy "Vee Dub: Bohemian Beauties" exhibit opens today. Beginning at 10 a.m., you may gawk at classic bohemian beauties and, no doubt, hear an endless stream of VW stories from fellow museumgoers.

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January 11, 2014 at 9:10am

Aviation films vs Seahawks game

And don't call me Shirley!

FLY AWAY! >>>

You'll be the first to admit you're a total movie snob. It's a rare breed that chooses to hang out at a museum and discuss aviation films rather than watch the Seahawks playoff game.

What's tougher to admit, though, is the fact that your girlfriend is so not one of those people. Maybe you should have screened her better before you went and got all emotionally attached and sentimental.

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Filed under: Screens, Books, Sports,

January 11, 2014 at 9:34am

Night Moves: Stay Grounded, You Are Plural, Trees and Timber, The Breaklites, The Rallies, Baby Gramps...

The Tenants

LIVE MUSIC TONIGHT IN THE SOUTH SOUND >>>

B Sharp Coffee House Tacoma - Trianle District. Eugenie Jones. 7-10pm. NC.

Bob's Java Jive Tacoma - Central. Julia Massey & the Five Finger Discount. Red Jacket Mine, Trees and Timber. 8 pm. $5.

  • Over the past year or so, Trees and Timber have picked up a lot of steam around the South Sound. Their brand of garage rock incorporates playful elements of gypsy music, casually tossing in a French verse here and there, luring audiences into impromptu oompah dance parties. - Rev. Adam McKinney

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January 11, 2014 at 10:53am

Review of new Fox TV Army comedy "Enlisted"

"Enlisted" makes our D-List. Photo courtesy of Fox

Military sitcoms shouldn't work. There's really nothing funny about war.  But the funniest thing is that they have worked, time and again. Since the mid-1950s, when television was just beginning its reign over America's living rooms, we've been treated to a combat comedy cavalcade filled with classic shows like F Troop, Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C., Hogan's Heroes, C.P.O. Sharkey and, of course, M*A*S*H.  All of these shows live on in our memories and in reruns, but when M*A*S*H ended in 1983, military sitcoms went with it.  Major Dad tried to revive the genre in 1989, but that proved to just be the death rattle, lasting only a handful of seasons.

FOX wants to bring the military sitcom back to the forefront with EnlistedIt's a new century, a new America and a new generation of television viewers. Could Enlisted be the show that reintroduces the military sitcom to the public consciousness?

I really hope not.

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Filed under: Army, Military, Screens,

January 12, 2014 at 9:05am

5 Things To Do Today: Polar Plaza ends, Steele guitar, Junkyard Jane, Boneyard Preachers and more

Skate for the final time this season today at the Franciscan Polar Plaza in downtown Tacoma.

SUNDAY, JAN. 12 2014 >>>

1. Today is the last day to bundle up, pinch your cheeks until they glow and strap on a pair of silver skates, Hans Brinker, for a glide across the frozen expanse at Tollefson Plaza. The Franciscan Polar Plaza, located on the corner of Pacific Avenue and South 17th Street, ends today. Hit the ice from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

2. Jeffry Steele performs works by three 19th-century guitar masters - Mertz, Sor and Tarrega - with Monica Steele on piano beginning at 3 p.m. at the Antique Sandwich Company.

3. The Blues Vespers inside the Immanuel Presbyterian Church in North Tacoma will feature long-time blues band Junkyard Jane beginning at 5 p.m.

4. Wikipedia says, "Sunday night blues is an acute condition, mostly affecting nine-to-five workers and students." Wikipedia is full of crap. Sunday night blues is an awesome condition, mostly affecting a graying crowd of music lovers. For as long as we can remember, The Spar in Old Town Tacoma has hosted blues bands every Sunday night. And it doesn't matter what band is shoved into the corner, the people arrive at 7 p.m. by rote. It's a beautiful thing. Tonight, the Boneyard Preachers perform their contemporary blues at The Spar.

5. The cranksets will be rattling tonight at 2nd Cycle on Hilltop Tacoma. The non-profit bicycle co-op — with a vast collection of used parts, frames, and complete bikes — will host an all-ages hip-hop show featuring Araless & QuiVive, Nocturnal, Smear, Awall aka 2piece, Rize-Berg, Makkk Hussein, Whikid Maticuless and Eeetree beginning at 8 p.m. 

LINK: Sunday, Jan. 12 arts and entertainment events in the greater Tacoma and Olympia area


January 12, 2014 at 1:24pm

Broncos and Chargers and you!

IT'S ON >>>

The Broncoes are playing the Chargers, and Joint Base Lewis-McChord is hosting a gathering to watch the game.

The leadership at JBLM has arranged for the Defense Centers of Excellence (DCoE) Real Warriors Campaign and the four former NFL players mentioned above to hang out at Nelsen Rec during today's playoff game. JBLM leadership and the former players will discuss common reintegration challenges facing service members as well as the resources available to help ease the transition from deployment to homecoming ... before everyone huddles around the television to watch the Broncos and Charges battle it out.

Get over there!

January 13, 2014 at 7:31am

Monday Morning Joe: Stryker Brigade transformation, Iran uranium stockpile, weather, TV series updates...

Sure Corina Bakery at Sixth and Fawcett Avenue in Tacoma bakes delicious pastries, cakes and savory items, but its coffee is also really tasty. Photo credit: Pappi Swarner

GRAB A CUP & READ THE MORNING REPORT FOR 1.13.14 >>>

Iran has agreed to start eliminating its stockpile of higher levels of enriched uranium beginning Jan. 20 under an interim deal announced in November.

US Army wants to transform all nine of its Stryker brigades into the heavily armored "double V-hull" (DVH) configuration.

Two rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip today, just hours ahead of former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's funeral. The projectiles did not appear to have landed in Israel.

Department of Veterans Affairs says more female veterans will suffer from the kinds of injuries that go with being a ground-pounder.

Disabled military retirees will be protected from the reduced COLA.

The Appropriations committees are set to unveil this week how they will cut roughly $25 billion from the Pentagon's budget.

Weapon sales to Iraq have become entangled in sharply escalated political debate after al-Qaida affiliated forces regained partial control of the cities of Fallujah and Ramadi.

The Arctic Passage opens challenges for the mil because it means it has a new ocean to patrol - for the first time since 1846.

The College of William & Mary and U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command reaffirmed their partnership to develop internships, research and training opportunities for both William & Mary students and TRADOC Soldiers in the field of national security.

Six15 Technologies is announcing the release of their direct view monitor for military applications called the Standard Mobile Monitor (SMM).

Watch Tina Fey and Amy Poehler's flawless, hilarious Golden Globes monologue.

Fifteen new comics. Fifteen talented creative teams. Fifteen new reasons to open a new line of credit for Image's 2014 barrage of awesome.

Mad Men returns to the tube April 13.

HBO says the upcoming fifth season of Boardwalk Empire will be the series' last.

Christine McVie retired from Fleetwood Mac more than 15 years ago, and now, she's coming back to the band.

Are you ready for some Thrones?

January 13, 2014 at 8:11am

5 Things To Do Today: Fine art postcards, C-SPAN hug, "Selected Druckworks," Dean Reichert and more ...

Last year’s Fine Art Postcard People’s Choice award, "Palm Tree" by Roxana Caples / courtesy photo

MONDAY, JAN. 13 2014 >>>

1. Sadly, it appears that e-mail has killed the art of the postcard (Good Lord! we sound more like our grandfathers with each passing day). It appears that we'll need to get our postcard fix elsewhere. Just in time to satisfy this itch, South Puget Sound Community College's annual "Fine Art Postcard Exhibition" returns, opening today with the theme, "It's the Water." The exhibit features 76 artists who submitted nearly 300 pieces (which means somebody had a lot of friends), using a vast range of materials.

2. The Evergreen State College Gallery kicks off the New Year with Selected Druckworks, a multi-media survey of the work of Johanna Drucker, renowned artist, writer, typographic poet, scholar and critic. This exhibit focuses on book art, a field which Drucker pioneers, showcasing typographic, literary, and visual art through a series of intricate, hand-made books. See it from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

3. Mayor Stephen Buxbaum, Comcast and the Washington State Historical Society will welcome C-SPAN to Olympia at 3 p.m. in the Washington State Historical Society's State Capital Museum Lord Mansion. C-SPAN is in Olympia to record and feature the city's history and literary life. C-SPAN representatives will reveal the stories and segments that will be explored by the national network during their week-long stay. The event will also feature a traditional Native American blessing ceremony. 

4. Dean Reichert's soulful voice carries in it the history of American popular music: There's the down-home rhythm and testifying punch of gospel-based R&B, the snarl of the blues, the mournful rumination of honky-tonk, sultry jazz and the up-front sexuality of funk. Oh, and he's a talent guitar player, too. Reichert heads to The Swiss at 8 p.m. for the Tacoma joint's longstanding blues night.

5. Want to feel like a rock star without all the pain and annoyance of having to be a  fire-breathing demon that bleeds from the mouth? Then hit Jazzbones at 9 p.m. for Rockaraoke, where you can belt out songs such as Whitesnake's "Here I Go Again," Bonnie Raitt's "I Can't Make You Love Me," Joan Jett's "I Hate Myself For Loving You" and enough INXS tunes to make you feel like you're on a reality show, and other hits from the days when you made mixtapes by recording the radio, all backed by a live band.

LINK: Monday, Jan. 13 arts and entertainment events in the greater Tacoma and Olympia area


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