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Seeking Poetic Justice

Los Angeles Times
March 3, 2003
By Alex Tizon

PORT TOWNSEND, Washington – The poet needs another cigarette. He’d worked himself down to eight smokes a day, on pace to quit before his 60th birthday, but now he’s back up to a pack and not sleeping very much besides.

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Gil Kerlikowske is Still Standing

The Seattle Times
August 12, 2001
By Alex Tizon

The man in charge of maintaining law and order in Seattle would like it known that reports of his professional demise have been greatly exaggerated. Police Chief Gil Kerlikowske, besieged almost from Day One of his tenure, is referring to the rumor that he will resign this month. Similar rumors circulated all summer through the labyrinth of the city’s Public Safety Building.

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Getting Big: The Ups and Downs Of Using Steroids

The Seattle Times
June 24, 1990
By Alex Tizon

All eyes were drawn to the pecs. They bounced. They bulged, deflated and twitched, oddly detached from the thickly veined neck above and the abdominals that popped out like little rocks below. The man on stage had no shame. But this was the 1990 Emerald Cup Bodybuilding Championship, and on this night a man was judged, literally, according to the sum, and size, of his parts. It was no time to be discreet.

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Why Emmett Linton Fights: And Why He Must Beat the Canadian Champ

The Seattle Times
June 3, 1990
By Alex Tizon

GRAND FORKS, North Dakota – Forty minutes before the bell, Emmett Linton Jr. is flat on his back. With eyes closed, legs splayed across the floor, arms stretched behind his head, he appears deep in sleep. Or knocked out — a peculiar position for a national champion in the final moments before a fight. But it always comes to this: The months of honing and buffeting and charging the body till it’s bursting with a fighter’s muse all lead to a point when there’s nothing left to do but be still. And wait. It’s the hardest part. A cruel time.

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