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We're still a week out from Black Friday, and all the craziness that day entails. Before we get to that, this weekend brings several chances to get an early, and ethical start to your holiday shopping.

Annual Holiday Fair Trade Market

This will be the fifth year of this collaboration between St

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WildFin American Grill to Open at Point Ruston

There's a new restaurant coming to Point Ruston: today the mixed-use center developers announced that WildFin American Grill will open its third location in one of a waterfront Point Ruston waterfront spaces restaurant space.

Tacoma, Wash. - November 20, 2014 - Point Ruston (PointRuston.com), the

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Tacoma City Council Meeting - November 18, 2014


December 2, 2014 was proclaimed as #GivingTuesday in recognition of the national day of philanthropy falling on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving. In Tacoma New Phoebe House will be using their #GivingTuesday to invite supporters to help them

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City Signs Off on Development Agreement for Convention Center Hotel

Last night the Tacoma City Council signed off on a development agreement for the construction of an $85 million hotel, with a possible second residential phase that could bring the project total to $150 million.

In April the City began official negotiations with Yareton Investment & Management LLC

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New & Improved UWT Book Store: More Comfortable, More to Offer, & Open to the Public

The UWT book store has always been open to the public, but it's always felt a little... like a school book store. That changes with the remodel of the space, wrapping up this week.

With the grand reopening, visitors will find a new "bookstore/coffee house" vibe that may remind you more of a Barnes & Noble ...

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Twokoi Will Close for the Winter

Sad news for sushi lovers in Tacoma: Twokoi Japanese Restaurant will be closing for the winter. The Japanese restaurant at South 17th and Commerce in downtown Tacoma announced this week that they will be closing up shop while major construction re-routes 17th into a straight street passing directly

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St. Joe’s Workers Strike, Ask CHI-Franciscan to Take Better Care of Them

If your travels happen to take you by Saint Joseph or Saint Claire hospitals today, you may notice a little more activity than usual outside. Workers at the two CHI-Franciscan Health hospitals will be striking, demanding the organization address their complaints of unfair labor practices, which

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Tacoma City Business Preview - Week of November 18, 2014

Budget Work Session

This week's City Council study session will be another budget work session. The Council will hear presentations on budgets for the Planning and Development Services Department, the Public Assembly Facilities Department, the Public Works Department, and the Capital Facilities

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Tacoma is For Lovers Presents: Artist Craft Fair

King's Books November 22, 2014 at 11:00 am

Tacoma Is For Lovers and King’s Books present a special two-day Artist Craft Fair with different artists each day! A multitude of artists will have tables featuring arts, crafts, jewelry, letterpress prints, and more! Your purchases help support artists in Tacoma! Participating artists include:

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Tacoma Bike Proctor Closing Sale

Tacoma Bike Proctor Store November 21, 2014 at 10:00 am

After 3 great years, we will be focusing our efforts on only one store again and closing the doors on our Proctor location for good November 24th 2014. We would like to thank everyone for their support of our Proctor location and hope we have served the neighborhood well.

Final Sale Weekend

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Metro Parks Budget Public Meeting

Metro Parks Tacoma Headquarters November 24, 2014 at 6:00 pm

Community input is invited as Metro Parks Tacoma prepares the 2015-2016 operating budget and embarks on the next generation of capital bond projects.

Residents are encouraged to attend and comment on upcoming budget and bond planning.

The 2nd and final public hearing on budget and bond

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Let it Snow!

WW Seymour Conservatory November 28, 2014 at 6:00 pm

Create holiday memories and revel in the winter magic of the Seymour Conservatory as the interior is transformed into a glittering snowglobe.

Fairy lights will twinkle and snow will fall as guests enjoy our grand floral exhibit and hot cocoa.
$3 admission, 11 and under free

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Bike to a Business: Tinkertopia

Tinkertopia November 1, 2014 at 10:00 am

Tinkertopia is a creative reuse center in DowntownTacoma. They remove items from the waste stream and let customers repurpose them as creative arts and crafts supplies. Ride your bike to Tinkertopia on Saturdays in November and receive buy-one-get-one-free Tinker Time. Either bring a friend and get

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Free Saturday 5k for November 29

Point Defiance Park November 29, 2014 at 8:00 am

Start your Saturday off right - with a 5k with Tacoma Runners!

This week we’re at our home course in beautiful Point Defiance park. Join us for the weekly free Tacoma Runners Saturday 5k.

Are you new to Tacoma Runners?

Register at TacomaRunners.com/register, complete your profile, print

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Indies First with Creative Colloquy

King's Bookstore November 29, 2014 at 1:00 pm

Our friends at Creative Colloquy join us to celebrate Indies First with some of our favorite local authors! Indies First, started by Sherman Alexie last year, calls on authors around the country to take a turn as a bookseller at an independent bookstore as part of Small Business Saturday. Our

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The Laureate Listening Project

Main Library November 29, 2014 at 10:00 am

The Laureate Listening Project is an audio anthology that captures the voices of ordinary TACOMA residents who have created poetry that reflects the spirit of place in their city. We invite you to come with the poem that reflects a place or memory in the city of Tacoma that is presented as a poem.

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Parking could be an issue when Amtrak moves to Tacoma’s Freighthouse Square

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When the Tacoma Amtrak station moves to Freighthouse Square, it will lose the ample free parking available at its current location further down Puyallup Avenue.

With the move, the new Amtrak station location joins the cluster that already includes the Sounder station, the terminus of the Tacoma Link, and the Tacoma Dome bus transit hub. The free Pierce Transit parking garage is frequently full to capacity, many nearby lots are already allocated to other uses, and the construction of the new station will mean the loss of some on-street angle parking.

There are concerns that the loss of the free (or affordable) adjacent long-term parking could be problematic for Amtrak ridership. Some Dome District business owners are also concerned about the impact of increased parking demands on their neighborhood, and are calling for Pierce Transit to start charging for parking at its garage.

We haven't seen a parking study for the area, but is anyone really trusting enough to leave their car parked at the Amtrak station for the weekend anyway?

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Tacoma police change how they seek permission to use cellphone tracker

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Tacoma police have been using a controversial cell phone tracking devices, or "cell site simulator," to find criminals. Now judges in Pierce County are requiring higher standards for their use.

TPD was getting warrants to use the cell site simulators... well, kind of. They had warrants signed by judges, but the judges didn't know they were signing off on the tracking devices, which not only collect data on a suspect, but on all the phones around them as well. The police made a distinction between telling the judge what information they were seeking, and sharing the tactics they would use to get it.

After learning that police were using the technology, Pierce County judges saw it differently. Now they've asked the police making warrant requests to specify if they plan on using the devices. Pierce County agencies using the devices also have to swear that they will not store data from anyone other than the subject of the warrant.

Jurisdictions all over the country are facing this issue, but apparently Pierce County is ahead of the curve in imposing higher standards.

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Get Inspired

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Possibilities abound at Earthwise Salvage. New and vintage doors, windows, appliances, lighting, hardware, and lumber fill the warehouses at both the Tacoma and Seattle locations, along with an impressive and diverse assortment of architectural antiques. 

If all that possibility leaves you excited for a new project, but not sure where to start, the Earthwise "Get Inspired" page has some great ideas for both commercial and residential projects. The examples they share are taken from customers who have repurposed their Earthwise finds into unique features of their own homes and businesses. For further inspiration, you can also follow Earthwise on Pinterest.

So take a look, get inspired, and head out to Earthwise to see what treasures are waiting to go home with you this weekend. We should warn you, though, these projects can become habit forming...

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Reading: Cover Contest Finalist: Edward Lychik

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23 year-old veteran and hip amputee Edward Lychik from Tacoma has been proving his doctors wrong for a couple years now. When he lost his leg at the hip in Afghanistan two years ago, they told them he would never run again.

Not only does he run, he’s run four marathons (PR of 4 hours 7 minutes), including the Boston Marathon last year. He’s gotten a lot of press, both local and national, and turned his adversity into a motivational speaking career. And now he’s one of 10 finalists, two of whom will appear on covers of Runner’s World magazine this December. Pretty impressive.

It would be fun to see a Tacoma resident on the covers of a major publication like Runner’s World. Good luck Ed.

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Broadway Center Announces Bill Cosby Cancellation

Tacoma, WA – Since October 27 of this year, the Broadway Center has been in discussion with Mr. Bill Cosby's management regarding the possibility of canceling his scheduled April 18, 2015,

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TCC’s Board of Trustees Selects 3 Finalists

The Tacoma Community College Board of Trustees has announced the selection of three finalists for the presidency of TCC.

Finalists (in alphabetical order):

Dr. Leah Bornstein currently serves as

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Tacoma’s turkey tradition SOLD OUT

20th anniversary run is at capacity

The Norpoint Turkey Trot, Tacoma’s Thanksgiving morning tradition, is at capacity. Due to city permitting there is a cap on the number of participants allowed.

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I-5 lane and ramp closures scheduled in Tacoma

Drivers in Tacoma should plan ahead for night time lane and ramp closures on Interstate 5. 

Lane closures 

Beginning at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 25, crews will close the right lane of southbound I-5 in

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Gang member charged in home invasion, one burglar dead

TACOMA, WA – Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Duprea Romon Wilson, 19, with manslaughter in the first degree, assault in the first degree, robbery in the first degree, kidnapping

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