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Historic Dining Car Settles Into New Home

This week Northern Pacific Dining Car #1663 moves to its new home at the LeMay Marymount Collection in Spanaway. It's been a long road for the piece of railroad history, and for David Burns, the man who has made saving it a personal mission.

Flatbeds, cranes, and crews are helping the dining car

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Transportation Benefit District Progress Report

In 2012 Tacoma formed a Transportation Benefit District; in 2013 the City passed a $20 car tab fee to be used for maintenance, preservation, and improvements to the City's roads under the TBD.

Last summer the $20 fee went into effect, and began funding work on Tacoma's roads. Included in last

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Tacoma City Business Preview - Week of April 22, 2014

Study Session

The main item on this week's Tacoma City Council study session will be an update from Puget Sound Clean Air Agency on solving our area's fine particle pollution problem, and on investments in air quality and climate protection in the Agency's new strategic plan. The Council will also

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Good News for Prairie Line Trail

As we move into spring, and weather more conducive to construction work, the Prairie Line Trail is moving forward.

Phase two of construction on the UWT portion of the project is about to start. On Monday excavation begins for the regional water quality treatment facility near 21st Street, followed

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Andy Warhol Flower or Corporate Sponsorship for Tacoma Dome?

The discussion of decorating the Tacoma Dome with Andy Warhol's "Flowers for Tacoma" is back.

Once upon a time Andy Warhol submitted a design proposal to decorate the Tacoma Dome with a giant flower. Tacoma turned him down, and went with the neon you see now on the inside of the Dome. The idea of

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Friends of the Prairie Line Trail Organizational Meeting

University of Washington Tacoma April 24, 2014 at 4:00 pm


Now that contractor, Korsmo Construction, has begun work on the UWT Station

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Reforming Tacoma’s City Charter: A Panel Discussion

UW Tacoma Campus April 24, 2014 at 6:30 pm

A panel discussion on the once-per-decade Tacoma charter revision will tap into rising passions on the issue.

The City of Tacoma is in the midst of a once-per-decade review of the city charter, the document which “lays out the rules for the operation of pretty much every aspect of the City in

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WTF Night Potluck

2nd Cycle April 24, 2014 at 6:00 pm

Bring a tasty dish to share! Musical instruments, craft projects, and other fun things are also encouraged. All ages welcome!

Join us every 2nd and 4th Thursday at 2nd Cycle for Women and Transgender Friends Night - Grab a friend and bring your bikes for some intimidation-free hands-on

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Dining Out for Life Special Beer Pairing Dinner

7 Seas Brewery Taproom April 24, 2014 at 7:00 pm

Make your reservations now! 7 Seas Brewing Co. and Jonz Catering are collaborating again this year for Dining Out for Life! Only one week away!

After 4 years of sponsoring Pierce Co. Aids Foundation’s ‘Dining Out For Life’, it sure is nice to have the space to also have a dinner event here in our

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Dining Out for Life 2014

Various Locations April 24, 2014 at 12:00 am

Dine Out on Thursday, April 24, 2014, for the 20th annual Dining Out for Life® event. By doing so you join PCAF in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Participating South Sound restaurants will donate 25% of your food and non-alcoholic beverage bill to support HIV/AIDS prevention, and care services in

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Congressional Roundtable with Derek Kilmer

Wells Fargo Plaza, Fountain Level April 25, 2014 at 11:30 am

Come join Representative Derek Kilmer and members of the local business community to learn what our state legislature has in store regarding international trade in 2014. This is a great opportunity to get the inside scoop on Congressional developments concerning international trade as well as have

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Free Saturday 5k - April 26, 2014

Point Defiance Park April 26, 2014 at 8:00 am

Join the Tacoma Runners Free Saturday 5k every Saturday. Fast, slow, or somewhere in between, all are welcome, so bring a friend. This week we are again at our home course in Point Defiance.

Go to tacomarunners.com to register, complete your profile, print your barcode, then come out and run.

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Understanding Credit Reports

Fern Hill Library April 26, 2014 at 3:00 pm

Join an educator from BECU to learn about how to obtain free credit reports. Also, learn what’s behind your credit rating, how to correct misinformation, and prevent fraud and identity theft.
Free and open to the public. Registration requested.

Presented as part of “Money Smart Week @ your

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Urban Green

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It's Earth Day, which seems like an appropriate day to check out the first ever episode of Urban Green, a new show on TV Tacoma from the City of Tacoma's office of Environmental Policy and Sustainability.

Urban Green is a Tacoma and South Sound lifestyle program that explores sustainable living and environmental efforts. 

Information in the first show includes what exactly it means that Tacoma was the first City in the nation to receive STAR Certification. There's also some useful information about Tacoma's recycling center, where you can keep all kinds of things out of the landfill that can't be recycled curbside, including packing materials and those pesky plastic bags.

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Oreos, radio, and saving the cat: an interview with Ira Glass

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We're huge This American Life fans. And we're not the only ones. Rachel Ervin over at Post Defiance shares her recent experience interviewing TAL producer Ira Glass, who she describes as having "profound impact" on her life. 

Every week on NPR Ira Glass tells a story through interviews with other people. It's not every week that a Tacoma writer gets to tell the story of interviewing Ira Glass. We're glad she did.

There's a lot about Glass' perspective on the radio and interviewing business, but some of our favorite bits come when he talks about his sense of place - like this bit about New York:

New York is fine. But it’s harder to do a ‘man on the street’ interview with someone with it sounding like New York City... I don’t feel like I live in America anymore now that I live in New York. Like, I don’t drive a car. Not driving a car makes you not an American. 

Oh, and the part where he asks if we'll be offended if he talks about Seattle when he visits Tacoma for his May 4th Broadway Center show...

You know, like will people beat me up if I try to play clips of Dan Savage? 

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Which State Has the Most Justin Bieber Fever and Fans?

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Hint: it's not Washington.

In fact, Washington has the fewest Bieber Fever sufferers in North America, based on one extremely scientific survey. Estately has a detailed breakdown of exactly where the Bieb is the most popular (and where he's definitely not), but we like the summary that credits the teen pop-star's "stolen" laptop stunt right here in Tacoma for his lack of popularity in our little corner of the nation.

Whatever the reason, we're proud to be in the lowest percentile on this one.

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11 Best Hot Dogs on the Planet

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A long-established and widely-read publication has named The Red Hot to a "best on the planet" list. We love seeing our favorite places appearing on "best of ..." lists, and "best on the planet" is quite the honor.

Whether or not you've ever actually picked up a copy of High Times (we're not sure we ever have), you can probably take a guess at the subject matter...

But hey, it's legal now... and besides, we can safely assume they've eaten their fair share of hot dogs, so who better to judge the best in the world?

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Tacoma Report - March 29, 2014

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The latest edition of Tacoma Report is online now from the City of Tacoma. It's 20 minutes of Tacoma-specific information that you might find useful. Watch online anytime.

This month you can learn about community cleanups, the completion of the first Depave project in Washington State right here in Tacoma, the Tacoma Murals Project, Talk the Walk, camping at Tacoma Power properties, youth summer employment program, work on the Prairie Line Trail, the Daffodil Festival, TPU's home weatherization program, and more...

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New Tacoma mountain bike trail marks start of city’s official system

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It may have been rainy and muddy for the official opening of Tacoma's new Swan Creek Park mountain bike trails, but they've still gotten quite a lot of attention from mountain bike enthusiasts. They've also gone a ways toward reclaiming that corner of Tacoma for active recreation and good clean (muddy) fun.

One of the trails, nicknamed "Braking Bad," references both mountain bike fun and the park's less than sunny history. The trails came from a collaborative effort between Metro Parks, and community groups, including Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance, which has worked hard on this and other trails.

And they hope this is just the beginning for the Swan Creek trail system. 

Read more at The Oregonian

Oregon Preservationists Vow to Save Endangered Parking Lots

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Empty lots are disappearing from Oregon downtowns at an alarming rate. Fortunately a preservation group has stepped in to stand up for the endangered asphalt.

“For too long we have considered these vacant lots ‘interlopers’ or ‘missing teeth’ in our historic downtowns but it is time for their historic significance and aesthetic merits to be recognized and celebrated. ... Asphalt pavements have played an important role in changing the landscape and the history of the U.S. since the late 19th century.”

The nonprofit National Asphalt Pavement Association and preservationists are both behind the effort to preserve Oregon's historic paved spaces. 

Read more at Restore Oregon

Elementary School Pilot Program Helps Family Escape Homelessness

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Tacoma Housing Authority's McCarver Special Housing Program has made significant strides in improving outcomes for the students and families who participate in it.

The program is unique in the country, and the innovative approach is getting attention from outside our area for its success rates.

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UW Tacoma Preps for Peace Corps

TACOMA, WASH. — University of Washington has long been known as one of the top sources of Peace Corps volunteers each year in the U.S. With a new program launching in fall of 2014, UW Tacoma will do

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Pets of the Week: Vinnie & Baby Boy

Cats almost always come to the shelter alone, without a companion. On unique occasions, we get to witness the very special bonding of two cats who find themselves in need of a shelter friend.


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May is Puget Sound Starts Here Month

Protect health, economy and quality of life with Sound-healthy behaviors

The City of Tacoma is teaming up with hundreds of organizations across Puget Sound to offer a month of May activities to help

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New Episode of ‘artTown’ Airs Today

-- Show Features Authors Marissa Meyer and Erik Hanberg, Others in Tacoma’s Creative Community --

Tacoma, Wash. -- Today, the City of Tacoma's Media and Communications Office – in partnership with

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Charter Review Meetings April 21 and 22

The 2014 Charter Review Committee will meet again next week on the following dates and times. The public is welcome to attend and share their comments and questions regarding proposed changes to the

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