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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Shots - Health Blog
9:20 am
Thu February 9, 2012

International Meeting On Controversial Bird Flu Research Draws Near

H5N1 avian flu viruses (seen in gold) grow inside canine kidney cells (seen in green).
Cynthia Goldsmith CDC

Originally published on Thu February 9, 2012 6:42 am

The World Health Organization has just one week left to prepare for a highly anticipated meeting on controversial bird flu research. One official says that 22 invitations have gone out and the WHO is still waiting to hear back from some of the invitees.

Recent experiments involving the H5N1 bird flu virus have caused a furor in the science community, and the WHO was urged to convene an international discussion.

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The Picture Show
9:17 am
Thu February 9, 2012

Time Travel And Photos Of Earth's 'Oldest' Animals

Colors on the highly toxic bush hopper warn predators to stay away.
Piotr Naskrecki

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 8:02 am

Photographer Piotr Naskrecki presented a hypothetical: "If someone said, 'We have a dinosaur in Central Africa!' — would you consider that worthy of conservation? If so, why?"

That was his way of putting me in place for asking why anyone would care about a creepy grasshopper in South Africa.

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The Two-Way
8:59 am
Thu February 9, 2012

Settlement Reached With Banks On Relief For Some Homeowners

Originally published on Thu February 9, 2012 9:46 am

"After negotiating through the night," NPR's Yuki Noguchi reports, states attorneys general, federal officials and five major banks have agreed on a plan that will provide about $26 billion in mortgage relief and aid to homeowners who got crushed when the housing bubble burst.

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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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4:02 pm
Wed February 8, 2012

Agency will investigate 911 call in Powell fire

The charred rubble of the home where Josh Powell and his two sons were killed Sunday, in Graham, Wash., in what police said appeared to be a deliberately set fire is shown on Tuesday.
The Associated Press

TACOMA, Wash. — A social worker pleaded with a 911 dispatcher throughout a nearly seven-minute call to quickly get police to Josh Powell's house after he locked himself inside with his two sons.

(The un-edited audio of that 911 call is posted above.)

But the dispatcher seemed to have trouble understanding the seriousness of the situation. It took almost two minutes from the start of the call for the dispatcher to learn Powell's address, as the social worker fumbled through paperwork, and more than three minutes to understand that she was there to supervise a child custody visit. Near the end of the call, she asked how long before officers could get there.

The agency that runs the call center said it would review the matter and start a disciplinary investigation if necessary.

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Washington State Legislature
3:27 pm
Wed February 8, 2012

Bill legalizing gay marriage passes House vote: 55-43

John Baux, of Bremerton, Wash., places a sign against gay marriage in the Capitol rotunda Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012, in Olympia, Wash. Lawmakers are poised to legalize gay marriage in Washington state.
The Associated Press

OLYMPIA, Wash. — The Washington state Legislature has voted to legalize gay marriage, setting the stage for the state to become the seventh in the nation to allow same-sex couples to wed.

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