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Todd E. Lyons, Esquire Blog: Yakima Little League All-Stars Enjoy Baseball, Rock & Roll and Being Kids

Last night my family and some close friends attended the Yakima Valley Pippins game (Pippins win!) and stuck around post-game for their fantastic fireworks display to conclude the evening.

During the pregame festivities, a group of youngsters got to run onto the field with the starting nine. As it turned out, our seats were right next to theirs once they returned to the stands.

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Washington State Incarceration Rate Higher Than All But Three Countries In World

If you haven't noticed, the "Land of the Free" has long since ceased to exist.

A recent article in Reason magazine, cited a chart that was compiled by the Prison Policy Initiative that clearly shows the United States of America far and away leading the rest of the world in rates of incarceration with 716 citizens per 100,000 locked up.  No. 2 is Cuba (510 per 100,000) followed by Rwanda (492).

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Todd E. Lyons, Esquire’s Blog: I Meet One of My Musical Idols — Steve Earle

Another 'Bucket List' item crossed off for yours truly last night.

Iconic songwriter/musician Steve Earle and the Dukes came through Yakima on the "Low Highway" tour and played the Capitol Theatre.  I took my dad as a belated Father's Day present as he and I have come to know and love Mr. Earle's music dating back to around 1996.

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We Have Found the Perfect Woman

Auditions are now closed.

We have found the perfect woman.

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Todd E. Lyons, Esquire Blog: ‘Throwback Thursday’

I love the concept of “Throwback Thursday” and seeing all of the vintage pics on social media sites.
Personally, I think it says a lot about a person who is willing to share, in many cases, photos of themselves that they might otherwise consider embarrassing. It’s especially interesting when it’s of a person that one hasn’t necessarily known their entire life.

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Reactions Around the World to U.S.A. World Cup Win

Following yesterday's 2-1 upset victory over nemesis Ghana (the country who has twice knocked the U.S. out) in the opening round of World Cup soccer play, I was reminded of this YouTube gem that I stumbled across following Landon Donovan's improbable goal against Algeria in 2010. (Click here for a refresher.)

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Is Downtown Yakima Safe? [VIDEO]

As a virtually lifelong resident of Yakima, I'm surprised by the number of locals who have voiced that downtown Yakima is unsafe and residents are afraid to go there.

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Funny Father’s Day Text Messages

Man, am I glad my dad doesn't have a cell phone!
With that said, here's some ridiculously funny texts to honor dads for Father's Day.

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KORN’s Jonathan Davis Expresses Concerns About U.S. On Alex Jones’ InfoWars

KORN frontman Jonathan Davis is notoriously private despite being the lead singer for one of the most popular rock bands in the last 20 years.

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Tacoma Man Says During DUI Arrest, ‘My Blood Will Only Test Positive For God’

I've heard about a billion ways to get out of a DUI, but this one takes the cake.

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Todd E. Lyons, Esquire Blog: #TBT with Yakima Mayor Micah Cawley

I love the concept of "Throwback Thursday" and seeing all of the vintage pics on social media sites.

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Todd E. Lyons, Esquire, cake (bottom center) and maternal grandparent Ed and Elaine Gleeson.
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Todd E. Lyons, Esquire, cake (bottom center) and maternal grandparent Ed and Elaine Gleeson. Todd E. Lyons/TSM
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Todd E. Lyons, Esquire Blog: 25 Years Flies By

Every year when June 2nd rolls around again, I have no choice but to take pause and reflect on my life, both personally and professionally.

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