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September 27, 2011 at 8:01am

MORNING SPEW: Elks building troubles, teachers' pay update, best dream sequences ...

The Bangles have a new album out.

WHAT WE HAVE FOUND TODAY >>>

Downtown Tacoma Elks Building Development: Oops, they didn't buy the land. (News Tribune)

Pay Up: Tacoma striking teachers should receive their full pay. (News Tribune)

Big, Fat Greek Debt: Prime Minister George Papandreou guaranteed "Greece will live up to all its commitments." (CNN)

WTF?: The L Word's Leisha Hailey was escorted off a Southwest jet after kissing her girlfriend. (LA Times)

Hair Club For Whiners: George Costanza has new hair. (Best Week Ever)

Interview: Susanna Hoffs dishes on The Bangles' dysfunction, motherhood and Prince. (Spinner)

It Wasn't Because Of His Music: Randy Travis is OK after passing out at a Texas concert. (Yahoo)

If We Only Had Some Money: Dorothy's ruby slippers are on the auction block. (Daily News)

The Dream Is Always The Same: Top 10 movie dream sequences, including the freaky one below. (Flavorwire)

September 21, 2011 at 9:50am

5 Things To Do Today: Puyallup Fair, Bullet In Your Head, Northern Pacific Coffee Co. open mic & more ...

Bullet In Your Head, a Rage Against the Machine cover band, will rock Jazzbones tonight.

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 21, 2011 >>>

1. Have you dropped in on this year's Puyallup Fair yet? You've only got one weekend left. But, better yet, try visiting the Fair on a weekday - like today. The crowds will be smaller but the fun will be the same. At the Fair stop by Jooley's "Super Awesome Sideshow" by the Red Gate, a Fair-style take on Jooley Heaps' Box Top Vintage. Also, Flaming Lips play the Puyallup Fair Concert Series tonight.

2. Itching for a topnotch Rage Against the Machine cover band? Who's not? Luckily, tonight at Jazzbones catch Bullet In Your Head, which fits the aforementioned bill. According to the hype, the show is a benefit "in the memory of Renae Hardin for John and Jackson Hardin."

3. Have you stopped by the new Tacoma City Grocer downtown? How about the new Tacoma Food Co-op? On a relatively slow Hump Day, both ventures would be well worth your time.

4. It's open mic night at the Northern Pacific Coffee Co. on Garfield street in Parkland, down the road from PLU.

5. In Olympia, check out the blues jam with band Blues Attitude tonight at Charlie's Sports Bar and Grill. It kicks off at 9 p.m. and there is no cover.

LINK: More arts and entertainment events in the South Sound

LINK: Live music tonight

September 20, 2011 at 8:24am

MORNING SPEW: ON HOLD EDITION (School, Walmart, raises, INXS and more ...)

WHAT WE HAVE FOUND TODAY >>>

ON HOLD: Tacoma School District kids are still on summer break. (News Tribune)

ON HOLD: City building officials call the Central Tacoma Walmart project too damn big. (News Tribune)

ON HOLD: Pierce County Council members are expected not to give themselves raises. (News Tribune)

ON HOLD: Business logic at Netflix (Slate)

ON HOLD: INXS has fired its singer. (Spinner)

ON HOLD: Supergirl puts tweeting and watching TV on hold to fight giant robots. (USA Today)

ON HOLD: The message that fat-activating foods like fried chicken, ice cream, and pizza are bad (Complex)

September 13, 2011 at 10:04am

MORNING SPEW: Why the neighbor kids are still messing with you, moratorium schmoratorium, earth-like planet and more ...

WHAT WE HAVE FOUND TODAY >>>

Why The Neighbor Kids Are Still Running Through Your Sprinklers: Tacoma teachers are on strike. (News Tribune)

Moratorium Schmoratorium: Wal-Mart may hit the Elks property anyway. (News Tribune)

Make It Stop: The fifth GOP debate rolls on. (CNN)

How Big Is The Internet?: Group aims to find out if it's bigger than a bread basket. (Tech Flash)

We Finally Get The Chance To Colonize!: Scientists have discovered an earth-like planet 36 light years away. (Washington Post)

Finally Proof!: Nicolas Cage is a time traveler. (Buzz Feed)

She Should Have Stopped At 64,999: Dutch woman charged with stalking after calling her ex-boyfriend 65,000 times (AP News)

They Felt The Need ... The Need For 3-D: Top Gun is being converted into 3-D. (Hollywood Reporter)

Give this woman a Grammy!

September 7, 2011 at 10:46am

PERSON, PLACE OR THING with Steph DeRosa

Fill up your tank then grab a pineapple in Fife. Photo credit: Steph DeRosa

SOMETHING AWESOME IN FIFE >>>

Place: Tahoma Market

Located: Highway 99 in Fife

Disregard: The faux casino next door

Unless: You have a surplus of nickels

Because: It's primarily nickel slots

Unlike: A real casino

Which: Allows you to blow more cash

With: One roll of a dice

Such as: Craps

So, like I said: Disregard the faux casino next door


Weekly Volcano columnist Steph DeRosa has fallen in love with a grocery store inside a Fife gas station. Read her column here.

Filed under: Business, Food & Drink, Fife,

September 6, 2011 at 5:06pm

COMMENT OF THE DAY: The importance of the Internets

ONLINE CHATTER >>>

Today's comment comes from Marguerite in response to today's "Short Order," which includes news of SideBar Bistro's and Hot Rod Dog's closing.

Marguerite writes,

I feel like so sad about many of these small restaurants that close- but at the same time you've got to be out there marketing to remind people to go, you know? Zara doesn't have a website after being open for weeks and I don't believe its a budget issue because their facebook is also a ghost town. I know not every small business has the budget for an online marketing person but OH MY GOODNESS owners, google that stuff! It's important! This is really said with love. I don't want to see anymore good places close because everyone forgot they were there. Or never found them to begin with.

September 6, 2011 at 9:22am

MORNING SPEW: Innovation Partnership Zone in Tacoma, Atari vs. iPad, "Stars Wars" building and more ...

George Lucas's eight-story building looks like a Jawa sandcrawler.

WHAT WE HAVE FOUND TODAY >>>

How Can You Have A High-Speed Chase In Fern Hill?: It happened when a moron stole a car and crashed into a state trooper. (News Tribune)

Innovation Partnership Zone: Can in happen to the east side of Tacoma's Foss waterway? (News Tribune)

Through Rain And Sleet And Email?: The U.S. Postal Service is in trouble (CNN)

Teeny Tiny Waspy Stupidity: Everything that is wrong with fashion magazines today (Dumb As A Blog)

Space Invaders: Atari is making a joystick for the iPad (Gizmodo)

May The Interior Designer Be With You: George Lucas' crazy new offices for LucasFilm in Singapore look like something out of Star Wars movies (Gizmodo)

No It's MY Chemical Romance: Michael Pedicone, the drummer for My Chemical Romance, has been fired for stealing. (Take 40)

Newsflash: Madonna absolutely hates hydrangeas. (Billboard)

September 2, 2011 at 12:26pm

Tacoma's Central Neighborhood Council opposes Elks site development

FIGHTING FOR LOCAL BUSINESSES >>>

Never assume Central Tacoma folks are less passionate about the city of Tacoma's special character than North and South Tacoma neighborhoods. Tacoma's Central Neighborhood Council has done themselves activist-proud the past year, rapidly mobilizing a passionate and intelligent public outcry against the digital billboards and abandoned shopping carts - and now the development at the Tacoma Elks Lodge Site.

As you may of heard, Wal-Mart plans to build a 150,000-square-foot store on the Central Tacoma Elks site despite the Tacoma City Council's moratorium on big-box stores.

Tacoma's Central Neighborhood Council is not happy.

Yesterday at its Sept. 1 monthly meeting the CNC unanimously passed a resolution opposing large-scale retail development at the Elks Lodge property.

According to CNC Secretary Justin Leighton, the CNC's major concerns with the development - besides the obvious increase in traffic hell at 23rd and Union - is the economic hit to local businesses.

"If this city is serious about protecting small business interest, building a sustainable market and protecting family wage employees then this city needs to stand up, stand strong and be bold in our actions," Leighton says. "Wal-Mart has not afforded this city any of that and that is clear and apparent in their actions thus far with trying to quietly sneak this by.  If it was not for strong questions by (Tacoma) City Council Members Mello and Fey at EPW last week and the CNC's vigor at public records request and shaking this to light we would not even know about it today." 

The CNC would rather see a mixed-use center with residential and commercial elements on the Elks property.

A large single purpose retail store with surface parking will not benefit the neighborhood," commented Tricia DeOme, CNC chair in a release.  

What's CNC's next move?

"We will continue to public records the city to insure all things are coming to light," explains Leighton.  "We want to make sure the city adheres to all the policies its in acting including the Mobility Master Plan, the Comprehensive Plan and Transportation Improvement plans."

"Wal-Mart will hurt business," he continues. "They will not draw in a new market place they will just try and shift it from one to the other which as we indicated in our release is pure market saturation and lacks market diversity."

According to Leighton, the CNC encourages the other seven neighborhood councils in Tacoma, community groups, business district associations and neighbors to join them in this opposition.  

LINK: Central Neighborhood Council website

September 2, 2011 at 8:14am

MORNING SPEW: Slow the eff down, Elks pooh-bah says Wal-Mart is a go, TV marathons and more ...

WHAT WE HAVE FOUND TODAY >>>

For The Kids: Tacoma Police fire up their start-of-school enforcement plan. (News Tribune)

Tacoma Elks Pooh-Bah Chimes In: Don't mess with our Wal-Mart. (News Tribune)

No Growth In August?: There goes the stock market. (CNN)

Dumb Idea: Only rich, dumb jerks want to be cryogenically frozen. (TruTV)

Reaching: New Bond film revealed. (Paste Magazine)

Because TV Networks Execs Blaze Town: Labor Day TV marathons. (TV Tango)

The Good, The Bad And The Funky: Tom Tom Club is working on new music. (Billboard)

Sonic Not-So-Youth: Check out Thurston Moore on Letterman. (Pitchfork)

August 31, 2011 at 8:07am

MORNING SPEW: Go time for Tacoma School District, ban on big box stores, Charlie Sheen roast video and more ...

Talk to us Goose.

WHAT WE HAVE FOUND TODAY >>>

It's Go Time: The three-years contact between the Tacoma School District and its more than 2,000 teachers expires today. (News Tribune)

Buying Some Time: Tacoma City Council throws down a temporary ban on big-box stores based on public fear that the Tacoma Elks Club property could fill with shopping carts. (News Tribune)

That Takes Some Choot-spa: Rick Perry says he's thumbing through Charles Stanley's Turning the Tide. (Mother Jones)

No Floats For You!: GOP politicians banned from Wisconsin Labor Day parade. (Chicago Tribune)

We're Doomed: Climate change makes people batshit crazy. (Sidney Morning Herald)

Charlie Sheen: Comedy Central has released promo videos for his roast. (Comedy Central)

Happy Birthday: Goose and Maverick turn 25. (New York Post)

Dream Big: Like, boobies the size of basketballs big. (Dumb As A Blog)

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