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NW Craft Brews
4:04 pm
Fri February 3, 2012

The Friday beer: (Space Needle winner) Pike Brewing's Golden Anniversary IPA

Pike Brewing's Golden Anniversary IPA, served up by Pike Sales Manager, Steve Case.
Paul Gibson

This past Tuesday there was a little competition between 10 of Puget Sound's breweries to see who will brew a special 50th anniversary beer for the Space Needle.

With scorecards and tasting glasses in hand, a packed room in the famous landmark enjoyed the view, sampled beers and chose a winner.

Pike Brewing Company's "Pike Space Needle Golden Anniversary IPA" came out on top.

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Microbes among us
3:51 pm
Fri February 3, 2012

Tech innovation unveils Puget Sound's secret natural recyclers

This graphical map shows how millions of strands of DNA form a tangle of information, from bacteria, archaea, and viruses -- and helps show which ones can be grouped together.
Vaughn Iverson UW

Scientists have deciphered some of the secrets of one of Puget Sound’s natural recyclers. It’s a microbe – which likes to eat sulfur and nitrogen – and might be found near any of our beaches.  

The technique they devised could open the door to a better understanding of microbial life that abounds everywhere – in the oceans, in soils, and in the human body.

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a Neighborhood crime
1:20 pm
Fri February 3, 2012

Found! 1,260 pound propeller was stolen from Seattle professor’s yard

Professor Thiel and the propeller that has been stolen.
Seattle Parks

Thieves dove up an alley in the University District Tuesday morning and somehow managed to lift a 70-inch, 1,260-pound stainless steel propeller over a retaining wall and fence and make off with it.

Update: Seattle Parks has possession of the propeller that was stolen earlier this week from the University District. After discovering the stolen propeller at the Northwest Corporate Park in Kent, a security guard contacted the Kent Police Department.

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Environment
12:22 pm
Fri February 3, 2012

Loggers and tree huggers united: feds rewarding cooperation in U.S. National Forests

Restoration projects in Eastern Washington’s Colville National Forest are a model for the nation; that was the word from U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack two years ago.  

And now those efforts are netting nearly a million dollars in new federal funding.

At the same time, funding has been renewed for another project in Washington: the Tapash Sustainable Forest Collaborative, near Yakima.

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Environment
12:12 pm
Fri February 3, 2012

Here comes the sun ... and the Pierce County burn ban

It's great to see the sun again during this dark time of the year, but it carries a price.

The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency has issued a Stage One Burn Ban for Pierce County, effective at 4:00 this afternoon. Outdoor fires are banned, and no burning is allowed in uncertified wood stoves and fireplaces.

The high pressure system that's bringing us sunshine through the weekend is also trapping more air pollution near the ground.

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Gay rights
10:30 am
Fri February 3, 2012

Not all domestic partners are ready for gay marriage

Jane Abbott Lighty, left, looks on as her partner of 35 years, Pete-e Petersen, hugs Sen. Ed Murray, D-Seattle, on Monday in Olympia, Wash., after hearing the news that the state Senate had enough votes to pass a same-sex marriage law.
The Associated Press

Wednesday night the Washington State Senate voted in support of same-sex marriages by a 28 to 21 vote. Gay and lesbian citizens around the state support the idea, but for some, wedding bells don’t sound so appealing.

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Washington State Legislature
9:36 am
Fri February 3, 2012

Legislature acts on capping out-of-pocket medical expenses

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Out-of-pocket medical expenses are crushing some Washington families – even though they have health insurance. A key legislative committee voted Thursday to place an overall cap on how much a family would have to pay each year.

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Weather with Cliff Mass
9:00 am
Fri February 3, 2012

Forecast calls for sunshine with subtleties

There will be sunshine.
Flickr

Today’s forecast calls for sunshine, says KPLU’s weather scientist Cliff Mass. And, as scientists are bound to do, he also notes some interesting details not as obvious as the sun in the sky.

“We may have a lot of sunshine but there are a lot of subtleties going on in the next few days that are worth talking about,” Mass said.

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Planned Parenthood dustup
8:50 am
Fri February 3, 2012

Komen drops plan to cut Planned Parenthood grants

NEW YORK — After three days of controversy, the Susan G. Komen for the Cure breast-cancer charity says it is reversing its decision to cut breast-screening grants to Planned Parenthood.

"We want to apologize to the American public for recent decisions that cast doubt upon our commitment to our mission of saving women's lives," a Komen statement said.

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I Wonder Why ... ?
4:30 am
Fri February 3, 2012

Why Don't We Bury Our Power Lines in the Northwest?

Saturday's wind storm knocked over a tree into power lines in Kirland, Wash.
Denise Walker

Did you find yourself in the dark, shivering under blankets, eating cold rations during the recent wind storm? Did it have you wondering why we are so dependent on overhead power poles to keep the lights on?

Could there be a better way?

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Sports with Art Thiel
9:00 pm
Thu February 2, 2012

Super Bowl preview: There's no sense in trying to predict

Zip-line riders finish their ride down the line over part of the Super Bowl Village on Thursday in Indianapolis. The New England Patriots are scheduled to face the New York Giants in NFL football's Super Bowl XLVI Feb. 5.
The Associated Press

The Seattle Seahawks will be watching the Super Bowl this weekend from the sidelines, as the New England Patriots take on the New York Giants. The Seahawks manhandled the Giants during the regular season, but went on to finish with a losing record while the Giants made an amazing season-ending run.

How did this happen? Art Thiel tells us that if you try to predict the outcome of an entire season based on a small sample of it, you usually end up wrong.

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Humanosphere
4:51 pm
Thu February 2, 2012

Study raising malaria death toll 'radically changes the picture'

In this 2003 file photo, patients wait to hear the results of their tests for Malaria, at a hospital in Guayaquil, Ecuador. Malaria may be killing about twice as many people as experts previously thought, new research suggests.
The Associated Press

A new global estimate of malaria deaths by researchers in Seattle has revealed the death toll is much greater than most experts had thought — and is not, as had been universally assumed, mostly a killer of children.

The study found more than 1.2 million people died from malaria in 2010, nearly twice the official estimate put out by the World Health Organization, and more than a third of the deaths were in adults.

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protesting wall street
4:24 pm
Thu February 2, 2012

'Occupy demands' would be met in bills before Wash. lawmakers

Occupy protesters at the Seattle Central Community College campus earlier this winter.
KPLU

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington lawmakers are introducing several proposals that echo the demands of the Occupy protesters. In fact, the formal title of one proposal introduced Thursday says it is aimed at “Guaranteeing that the top one percent pay too.”

The chief sponsor, Democratic Representative Marko Liias, says the Occupy movement wasn’t the only thing that prompted this idea.

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Washington State Legislature
3:36 pm
Thu February 2, 2012

Update: Senate panel advances public records restrictions for Wash.

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Lawmakers are advancing a plan that could limit how governments respond to requests for public documents.

A Senate panel voted 4-2 on Thursday to approve the measure.

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Other News
3:21 pm
Thu February 2, 2012

Pierce County deputies trap wallaby on the run

This photo provided by the Pierce County Sheriff’s office shows officers capturing an escaped wallaby in Gig Harbor, Wash., Thursday.
The Associated Press

Pierce County sheriff deputies and animal control officers have caught a wallaby on the run in Gig Harbor. The animal had escaped from a nearby residence.

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