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NW Craft Brews
9:55 am
Fri October 21, 2011

The Friday beer: Big Time's Hopgoblin Pumpkin Ale

Big Time Brewing Company's Hopgoblin Pumpkin Ale.
Paul Gibson

For many, the month of October means falling leaves, ghosts and goblins and pumpkins on doorsteps. It also brings the release of a number of pumpkin beers.

A recent find here in Seattle was Big Time Brewing Company's Hopgoblin Pumpkin Ale.

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Weather with Cliff Mass
9:10 am
Fri October 21, 2011

Unless you're under ‘the blue hole,’ we’re in for more rain

How the rain shadow over Sequim looks from space!

The Puget Sound region will be in for increasing rain with temperatures hanging up around the mid-50s through the weekend but letting up Sunday afternoon until Tuesday when there'll be more sun, KPLU's weatherman Cliff Mass says.

... unless you live or play under the 'blue hole' over Sequim, Port Angeles, Port Townsend – that area northeast of the Olympics.

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Sports with Art Thiel
9:00 pm
Thu October 20, 2011

UW needs more than luck to beat Stanford in 'game of the decade'

Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck passes under pressure in last year's 41-0 rout of UW. The Huskies are hoping for a very different outcome on Saturday, but Luck still stands in their way.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

The Washington Huskies play one of the best teams in the country on Saturday – the Stanford Cardinal and their star quarterback Andrew Luck. KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says this is one of the most significant games UW has played in a decade.

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History in Tripoli
5:17 pm
Thu October 20, 2011

Seattleite in Libya witnesses historic jubilation

It’s a “privilege” to be in Libya at the height of its transition from the now-dead leader Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi’s rule to that of the rebels, said Anna Knutzen, an emergency program manager for Mercy Corps in Tripoli, who grew up in Seattle.

“Martyrs' Square … was a sight to see. People were just piling in to celebrate the news, and it’s still going on. You might be able to hear it in the background,” Knutzen said in a phone interview Thursday afternoon.

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Initiative battle
2:13 pm
Thu October 20, 2011

Costco burns up record $22 million to privatize liquor

Can Costco buy a win in the initiative battle over privatizing alcohol sales?
Joel Goodman Flickr

OLYMPIA, Wash. – The fight to privatize liquor sales in Washington just got a lot more expensive. Costco has dumped another $9 million into the Yes on Initiative 1183 campaign.

That brings the wholesale giant’s total spending to more than $22 million – a state record for a ballot measure.

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Sockeye Salmon
1:27 pm
Thu October 20, 2011

Update: Senator Cantwell calls for investigation into salmon virus

Sockeye salmon populations are facing a new challenge.
Flickr

Federal fisheries scientists plan to survey Pacific Northwest and Alaskan waters to determine if a harmful European fish virus has spread here.

And now, U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell and two senators from Alaska are calling for an investigation into the spread of the virus striking Canadian salmon.

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Global Health
1:14 pm
Thu October 20, 2011

‘Five-Step Plan’ to save the planet, can it work?

Can the Earth's future be secured in five 'easy' steps?
Southernpixel Alby Flickr

Rather than simply get overwhelmed by all of the world’s many problems, an environment and land-use professor at the University of Minnesota and his colleagues decided to come up with a workable game plan to simultaneously deal with three major, overlapping forces that dictate our future.

Read more on Humanosphere.

Sports with Art Thiel
12:20 pm
Thu October 20, 2011

Preview: 'Biggest Huskies game in years' this weekend

Then-UW quarterback Jake Locker is sacked during last year's 41-0 loss to Stanford at Husky Stadium. The Huskies are hoping for a better outcome Saturday when they play the Cardinal. But Stanford QB Andrew Luck has been unbeatable so far this season.
Elaine Thompson AP File Photo

The Washington Huskies take on Stanford in California this Saturday. They're hoping for a much better showing than last season's embarrassing 41-0 loss at Husky Stadium.

Standing in their way is the best quarterback since John Elway, according to KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel.

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Environment
11:40 am
Thu October 20, 2011

Enviros say new stormwater guidelines too lax

Stormwater runoff must be reduced and monitored under draft rules just issued by the state Department of Ecology.
Thirteen of Clubs photo Flickr
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It’s the single largest source of pollution entering Puget Sound – rain that hits pavement and carries grease, metals and other toxins into the water.

The Department of Ecology has just issued new rules that aim to keep stormwater runoff in check. However, several environmental groups complain the new rules are full of loopholes.

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Recreation
11:25 am
Thu October 20, 2011

Washington ski areas may expand recreation opportunities

Crystal Mountain could benefit from the new federal rules.
clappstar Flickr

BELLINGHAM, Wash. — Congress has approved more summer activities at ski areas on federal lands.

The Bellingham Herald reports the Ski Area Recreational Opportunity Enhancement Act the cleared the Senate Tuesday will allow ski areas to be used for more than winter sports.

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Alaskan Way Viaduct
10:50 am
Thu October 20, 2011

Get ready for 'Viadoom' when Alaskan Way Viaduct closes

Once the viaduct reopens, the speed limit on the majority of the viaduct will be reduced to 40 mph. The construction bypass will carry an advisory speed limit of 25 mph.

The so-called "Carmageddon" in Los Angeles this summer was a bust — but its Seattle-based sequel "Viadoom" is being billed as the real deal.

When the Alaskan Way Viaduct shuts down at 7:30 p.m. this Friday, nearly 90,000 drivers will face detours and delays. Transportation officials have been encouraging commuters to ditch their cars during the nine day closure. Otherwise, they say roads through the city will be total gridlock.

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Record Bin Roulette
4:30 am
Thu October 20, 2011

Zamfir and the magic of the ancient flute (flaut?)

The Snoot Flute!
wackystuff Flickr

It may be the first musical instrument ever: 40,000 years ago one of our ancestors blew into an animal bone and made music.

But were they fluting or flauting? There seems to be confusion, so let’s settle this right now.

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Business
5:53 pm
Wed October 19, 2011

Occupy Seattle, get free pizza; protests cost city $105,000 so far

Big Mario's Pizza delivers hot pies to Seattle's Occupy Wall Street protesters.
David Meinert

As the Occupy Wall Street Movement snowballs, small business owners, who employ just over half of all private sector employees in the nation, say they’re a part of the 99%, too.

It’s 5 o’clock in Seattle’s Westlake Park – the beating heart of the local Occupy Wall Street movement—and Jennifer Fox and some fellow teenage occupiers are smoking hand rolled cigarettes. They’re waiting for the free pizza.

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Domestic Partnership
10:09 am
Wed October 19, 2011

Gay rights group to publish names of R-71 petition signers

In 2009 Ref. 71 asked voters to approve or reject granting registered domestic partners additional state rights previously given only to married couples. It was approved with 53 percent of the vote.
Elaine Thompson AP

Washington voters who signed an anti-domestic partnership petition in 2009 can expect their names to appear online within a month. That's the word Tuesday from a Massachusetts-based gay rights group called "Know Thy Neighbor."

Referendum 71 was a failed effort by opponents of gay marriage to repeal Washington's "everything but marriage" domestic partnership law. Now, following a protracted legal battle, a federal judge has ordered the petitions be made public.

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Global Health
10:07 am
Wed October 19, 2011

Bill Gates says innovation will beat malaria

Bill and Melinda Gates answering questions from moderator Richard Besser, at the 2011 Malaria Forum in Seattle.
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Technology can triumph over one of the oldest plagues of humanity. That was the underlying theme of Bill Gates’ pep talk to malaria researchers gathered this week in Seattle:

"A key reason I think we will succeed is that we have the ability to innovate. This is really behind most of the improvements in the human condition. Innovation is one of  the most powerful forces in the world. 

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