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NW Craft Brews
3:39 pm
Fri February 10, 2012

The Friday Beer: Big Time Brewery’s Whiny the Complainer

Big Time's Whiny the Complainer.
Paul Gibson

A few weeks ago we had a post about Russian River's Pliny the Elder and if you investigated the brewery you may have learned about their very limited release of Pliny the Younger. The Younger is a super hopped up version of an already hoppy beer.

Only a small amount of the Younger is brewed each year and it is yearned for by hop heads everywhere. But, it's a small batch brew and only a lucky few actually get a taste before it's all gone … and then people complain about not getting any. They kvetch that it never made it to their city or how the keg was finished in an hour.

Hence Big Time Brewery came up with its response to that unmet desire: The super hoppy Whiny the Complainer.

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Immimmigrants
2:25 pm
Fri February 10, 2012

Groundbreaking at Seattle's Casa Latina

Groundbreaking at Casa Latina with Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn.
Monica Spain KPLU

It’s common to see day laborers waiting for jobs outside the big home improvement store. But for many in Seattle, a new community gathering space will ensure a safe haven and access to education while

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn grabbed a shovel and dug in for Casa Latina’s groundbreaking event near the Central district. 

“Maybe in other places, they think immigrants aren’t a great idea. In Seattle, you make us stronger,” McGinn said.

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Global Health
1:59 pm
Fri February 10, 2012

'Three Cups of Tea' and 'deceit' has international aid in hot spotlight

Attorneys who accuse Greg Mortenson of defrauding readers in his best-selling "Three Cups of Tea" say his case is no different from that of James Frey, who admitted on the "Oprah Winfrey Show" that he lied in his memoir "A Million Little Pieces."

That lawsuit ended in a settlement that offered refunds to buyers of the book.

The high profile fight over Mortenson’s book and questions about his work has aid agencies worried, said KPLU’s global health and development writer Tom Paulson.

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Weather with Cliff Mass
10:19 am
Fri February 10, 2012

Light rain falling, but can we trust those weather 'models'?

Rain and more rain ... back to normal.
Kevin Dooley Flickr

You can call it light rain or "the good rain" (after local author Tim Egan), but either way, it’s the signature of the great Northwest. And it's here through much of the weekend.

That's the forecast from KPLU expert and UW professor Cliff Mass.

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I Wonder Why ... ?
7:51 am
Fri February 10, 2012

Why so divided? Exploring the comments in 'Wonder' series

Discussions about Utilikilts and the 'Seattle freeze' were particularly revealing.

In the Northwest, we share some unique attributes. But, like people everywhere, we disagree passionately when it comes to those things that tie us together. That came clear to us after sorting through the comments prompted by KPLU’s "I Wonder Why…?" series.

For instance, in combing through two of our most popular stories, no one could agree on just how friendly we are in the Northwest or whether men in skirts … er Utilikilts is a good idea.

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

Arena, NBA team still a long way away for Seattle - despite the hype

Lunging toward Seattle? Sacramento Kings forward DeMarcus Cousins dives to save the ball in a game on Wednesday.
The Associated Press

There has been a lot of buzz this week following the news that the city of Seattle has been in discussions with a potential investor for a new arena.

With property purchased just south of the already existing baseball and football stadiums by this investor, and the Sacremento Kings basketball team seemingly on the brink of leaving town, many people have become excited at the possibility that Seattle could see a new team, and perhaps a professional hockey team sooner than later.

Art Thiel doesn't see that happening any time soon.

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Contagion
4:22 pm
Thu February 9, 2012

192 sickened so far after cheerleading tournament in Everett

OLYMPIA, Wash. — A Washington state Health Department spokesman says there have been 192 reports of illness among people who attended a state cheerleading tournament last weekend in Everett.

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Pets
2:05 pm
Thu February 9, 2012

Auburn 'Camper Cats' are now available for adoption

Cats being rescued from a camper in Auburn. 1/26/12

Remember the 74 cats (and one dog) found living in a cramped, filthy camper near the Auburn Regional Medical Center a couple of weeks ago?

The first batch of rescued felines is going up for adoption today at the King County Pet Adoption Center in Kent.

The plight of the kitties tugged at the heartstrings of many of us. Fortunately, says Regional Animal Services interim director Glynis Frederikson, this story will have a happy ending.

“People have been calling and visiting almost every day, wondering when the Camper Cats would be available for adoption, so we know that these will find wonderful homes.”

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Legalizing marijuana
1:40 pm
Thu February 9, 2012

Marijuana legalization to be decided by Washington voters

Backers of the measure said it would allow the state to regulate marijuana use, raise money through taxes on marijuana and would squeeze the powerful drug cartels controlling the black market.
Flickr

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Washington state lawmakers said Thursday that an initiative to legalize and regulate the recreational use of marijuana will be decided by voters.

If passed, Initiative 502 would make Washington the first state to legalize the recreational use of marijuana and would place it at odds with federal law, which bans marijuana use of all kinds.

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Home loans
11:15 am
Thu February 9, 2012

Washington's share of mortgage settlement: $648 million

Washington's share of a $25 billion national settlement with the nation's biggest mortgage lenders will be about $648 million.

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Olympic Sports
9:44 am
Thu February 9, 2012

Swinging sisters: The Madrigal girls are tops in NW boxing

Maira Madrigal, 24, of Wenatchee is one of the Northwest’s top amateur female boxers.
Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

"To challenge yourself, you have to fight someone who actually knows how to fight.”

Up until the last few decades it was considered indecent for women to box. This year, women’s boxing will make its Olympic debut in the Summer Games of London.

The contenders for the first-ever U.S. Olympic women's boxing team face off in Spokane. It's a big development on the international stage. But the face of boxing has already been changing in small clubs across the Northwest.

Enter the Madrigal sisters.

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Wine Business
9:29 am
Thu February 9, 2012

Kalama wine bottle plant to restart, kick out 100 million bottles

The Kalama plant should be ready to restart in July, producing 100 million bottles a year for West Coast wineries.
Fabio Coatti Flickr

KALAMA, Wash. — Workers have jackhammered out tons of glass that hardened in an electrical furnace after it failed at a wine bottle plant at Kalama.

The old furnace has been removed and the Bennu Glass company is installing a new furnace that will be fueled by liquid oxygen to heat molten glass to 2,800 degrees.

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public health
9:23 am
Thu February 9, 2012

Whooping cough spiking statewide, outbreak in Snohomish

Whooping cough has made a big comeback across Washington. With more than 900 cases statewide, the illness hit its highest numbers last year since a similar spike in 2005. 

It’s reached epidemic proportions in Snohomish County. 

The situation there is serious enough that health agencies offered two free vaccination clinics last Saturday – and plan another one later this month.

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Record Bin Roulette
4:30 am
Thu February 9, 2012

Here's some lascivious love songs for V-Day

You'll put an eye out with that thing!
--(@rwen flickr

Love songs are the heart, soul and spleen of the music business. And musicians, being rebels and upstarts, have always been pushing the boundaries of taste and decency, leading to some surprising outcomes…

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Mysteries of the NW
5:40 pm
Wed February 8, 2012

Mel's Hole investigated again; mystery remains unsolved

KOMO illustration captured from their news story video.

In a story worthy of our “I Wonder Why … ?” series, a Seattle TV station has resurrected the mystery of Mel’s Hole located somewhere (but no one knows where) near Ellensburg.

KOMO wrote on Tuesday:

From Bigfoot to the disappearance of D.B. Cooper, the Pacific Northwest is full of mysteries. Another mystery burred deep in the hills of eastern Washington keeps resurfacing. Ellensburg and its surrounding valleys and Manastash Ridge are beautiful in any season. Some believe what lies beneath is a deep, dark hole with supernatural powers.

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