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Grand Cinema to Show The Interview

The Grand Cinema in Tacoma will be showing The Interview - that movie that's got North Korea all hot and bothered. On its Facebook page last night, The Grand made the announcement.

Everyone is calling us, "Are you playing THE INTERVIEW?" Okay, okay, we heard you. No, it may not be a typical Grand

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Looking Forward to City Government in 2015

As 2015 news dissolves into Santa sightings and year-in-review stories, we thought we'd take a look at the issues we may be writing about in the coming year. As we look ahead to the 2015 calendar of topics for the City Council and various City boards, commissions, and committees, we find a few

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Simpson Lumber Sells Mill Operations & Tacoma Headquarters

Simpson Lumber has a deal to sell off four sawmill operations and its Tacoma headquarters. Simpson will sell the business and assets of its four sawmill operations in Tacoma and Longview, Washington; as well as two East Coast mills to Vancouver, B.C.-based Interfor Corporation.

From the sound of

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Looking Forward to Development in 2015

With the last City Council meeting of 2014 in the rear view mirror, and news in both the private and public sectors winding down for the year as well, we've begun to look ahead to 2015, and what issues we might be writing about in the coming year.

As we look into our crystal ball, we see a list of

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Tacoma City Council Meeting - December 16, 2014

This was the longest City Council meeting in our recent memory, and the bulk of the four hours was taken up by one topic - paid sick leave.



Resolution No. 39078 A resolution setting Thursday, January 15, 2015, at 9:00 a.m., as the date for a hearing by the Hearing

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Co-Producing the City: UW Tacoma as Anchor Institution

This time of year it can be hard to think past all the holiday parties and vacation plans, but here's something to put on your calendar for after the lights are down and tne New Year's resolutions are made: UW Tacoma's 2015 Urban Studies Annual Debra Friedman Lecture this year will feature Portland

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Tacoma City Business Preview - Week of December 16, 2014

Charter Amendment Next Steps

A discussion of the next steps for Charter amendments approved by the voters in November is on the agenda for this week's City Council study session and Government Performance and Finance Committee meeting. 10 of the 12 amendments sent to the voters were approved.

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    Paper or Plastic? Or Maybe Not…

    A plastic bag ban for Tacoma? It could happen in 2015.

    The Sustainable Tacoma Commission has been exploring the possibility of implementing a plastic bag ban - studying other jurisdictions and the possible implementation and impacts of a ban on single-use plastic bags. Last week the commission

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    Free Saturday 5k - December 27, 2014

    Point Defiance Park December 27, 2014 at 8:00 am

    It’s the last Saturday of 2014, and one of your last chances to say you were getting back to running *before* the New Year’s resolution rush. Beat the crowds, come run with the cool kids, and get more out of your Saturday with the Tacoma Runners free 5k!

    This week we’re at our home course in

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    Family Workshop at America’s Car Museum

    LeMay - America's Car Museum December 27, 2014 at 11:00 am

    Build, tinker, and learn together as you explore the world of cars. Every fourth Saturday, you and your child, grandchild, or family will spend quality time together designing, creating, or exploring cool car concepts.

    When: Fourth Saturday of the month from 11:00am – 12:00pm

    Ages: Geared to

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    Bike to a Business: Metro Coffee

    Metro Coffee December 1, 2014 at 7:00 am

    Enjoy $0.50 off any drink when you bike to Metro Coffee in December!Metro Coffee is located along the grand staircase on the UWT campus. There is bike parking available at the top of the stairs along Jefferson Avenue and also along the Prairie Line Trail.


    Monday-Thursday, 7 a.m. to 7

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    First Night Tacoma

    Downtown Tacoma December 31, 2014 at 12:00 am

    ​Save the date for Tacoma’s all ages celebration of the New Year.

    First Night Tacoma-Pierce County is a family-friendly, arts-centered, alcohol free celebration of New Year’s Eve that takes place throughout the downtown Tacoma theater district.

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    Grit City Podcast Presents: The 253 NYE BASH!

    Malarkey's Pool and Brew December 31, 2014 at 8:00 pm

    Come spend new years eve with us! The Grit City Podcast! We will have food and drink served up by Malarkey’s Pool Tacoma With Appearances by some of our fantastic local actors, comedians, artists, athletes and musicians. We will be selling raffle tickets for great prizes and a glass of champagne

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    19th Annual Model Train Festival

    Washington State History Museum December 21, 2014 at 10:00 am

    It’s almost time for the History Museum’s annual tradition…Model Train Festival! Opening December 21, the festival runs until January 1. Model train layouts will fill the museum, kid activities are provided, and you can purchase wonderful train-related gifts in our Museum Store.

    Santa will be

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    New Year’s Eve 2014 with Chris Anderson

    Courtyard Marriott - Tacoma Downtown December 31, 2014 at 8:30 pm

    Join Pacific Grill as we celebrate New Year’s Eve 2014 with Chris Anderson! Enjoy the smooth sounds of Chris Anderson (often compared to Michael Bublé) as you enjoy a Pacific Grill Heavy Appetizer Buffet, Cash Bar, Champagne Toast & Party Favors! Bring your dancing shoes and dance the year away!

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    Co-Producing the City: UW Tacoma as an Anchor Institution

    University of Washington Tacoma January 15, 2015 at 6:00 pm

    2015 Urban Studies Annual Debra Friedman Lecture

    Wim Wiewel / President, Portland State University

    PORTLAND STATE UNIVERSITY HAS LONG BEEN DEEPLY ENGAGED WITH ITS COMMUNITY. The relationships with business, government, civic and community organizations and institutions are becoming more and

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    Bars in Tacoma Open Christmas Day 2014

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    As you plan your Christmas Eve and Christmas Day agendas, you may find yourself wondering, "where can I get a drink?" Well, Marguerite over at Get Real Tacoma has some answers for you.

    In addition to her list, we also happen to know that The Parkway will be open Christmas Eve regular hours, and Christmas Day starting at 5:00.

    Should you decide to stop by a local watering hole to relax this holiday season, be sure to do so responsibly, and have a happy and safe holiday season.

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    Business Leaders Sound Off

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    We're not the only ones thinking about the end of 2014, and looking forward to 2015. The Business Examiner has some end-of-year thoughts from leaders in the business community around Pierce and Thurston counties.

    The tone is a little cautious, but overall definitely optimistic, with talk of general and specific examples of local and international investment in Tacoma, various signs of progress, and a promise that “It is a good time to own real estate in South Sound.”

    How's 2015 looking from where you live?

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    U.S. Open Special

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    We're now officially in the six month countdown to the 2015 US Open at Chambers Bay Golf Course. As the clock ticks down to the region's big moment in the golf world spotlight, it's an interesting opportunity to see some of the preparations for such a big event in our own backyard.

    The coming of the big time event has Chambers Creek perfecting its course and looking for every possible way to make the influx of visitors feel right at home on and off the course. A part of that is training provided for frontline tourism and hospitality industry workers to teach them a little about the game, and to get them excited to get this summer's boom of tourists excited about our region.

    Even if you've never picked up a golf club, if you live around here, the US Open is going to affect you this year. Are you starting to feel the excitement?

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    Tacoma real estate developers will have their estates liquidated

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    It's been a while since we've written about Prium, but for several years they were a pretty hot topic. First the development rumors, then the deals, then the financial troubles...  Most recently the news hasn't been good, with development partners Tom Price and Hyun Um filing for bankruptcy in 2010, followed by Prium itself earlier this year.

    Today we read that a judge has okayed the bankruptcy plan for Price and Um. It doesn't look very good for anyone. The liquidation of assets is only expected to yield around $2.3 million toward a $202 million debt. You can do the math. After four years in bankruptcy court, that's not much - and it will be even less once administrative costs are covered.

    This isn't quite the final chapter in the Prium saga, with Prium itself still facing bankruptcy reorganization, but the sooner Tacoma can put the whole Prium cluster... debacle behind us, the better.

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    Pet of the Week: Ty

    No adoption fee for Ty! Adoption fees have been waived for all adult cats (7 months and up) until 12/31.

    Ty is one sweet and handsome guy! He is a very loveable 12 year old lilac point who is hoping

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    Youth and Young Adult Crisis Center and Emergency Shelter Operator has been Selected The City of Ta

    The City of Tacoma and Pierce County have selected Community Youth Services, through a competitive Request for Qualifications (RFQ) process, as the operator of a planned Youth and Young Adult Crisis

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    KPLU Debuts New Weekly Saturday Show On January 10

    Sound Effect, 88.5 KPLU’s first locally-produced weekend news and culture magazine will debut Saturday, January 10, 2015 from 10 to 11 a.m. following Weekend Edition Saturday.  Bob Edwards Weekend,

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    Fugitive to be arraigned on murder charge

    TACOMA, WA – Today Michael Clifford Boisselle, 34, will be arraigned on the charge of murder in the first degree. In August, Boisselle shot Brandon Shane Zomalt, 30, to death in a South Hill home. He

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    National Activist and Writer Rosa Clemente to Speak at Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration

    TACOMA, Wash. – Rosa Clemente, black Puerto Rican community organizer, journalist, and former Green Party vice presidential candidate, will speak at the Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration at

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