Understanding religious liberty and equality during the Indiana firestorm

Over the past few decades the United States has engaged in a great struggle to balance civil rights and religious liberty. On the one hand, there is a growing consensus that straight, gay and lesbian people deserve full equality with each other. We are to be judged by how we love, not by whom we […]

US manufacturing slows as orders and hiring weaken

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. factories expanded last month at a weaker pace, with orders growing more slowly and hiring essentially flat. The Institute for Supply Management, a trade group of purchasing managers, said Wednesday that its manufacturing index slipped to 51.5 in March from 52.9 in February. It was the fifth straight drop. Still, any […]

Trial to seek role of online bullying in teen girl’s suicide

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — A 15-year-old girl hanged herself a week after three classmates photographed themselves sexually assaulting her at a 2012 party, petrified the boys would circulate the photos online and believing gossip about her was spreading widely. Audrie Pott’s story has captivated those concerned with teen bullying, which appears to be on […]

US construction spending falls for second month in February

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. construction spending slipped for the second month in February, pulled down by a drop in single-family home building. Construction spending fell 0.1 percent in February after a revised 1.7 percent drop in January, the Commerce Department reported Wednesday. The result in part reflects bitter winter weather that constrained construction in many […]

Google cuts price of Chromebooks to $149

Google on Tuesday said it is dropping the price of Chromebooks to $149, about $50 cheaper than its previous line-up. The Mountain View-based tech giant said it believes the affordability of the laptops will resonate among consumers and its clients in the education industry. The $149 Hisense Chromebook, with 11.6 inch display. The Haier Chromebook […]

Google, Microsoft battle drives down prices for PCs, tablets

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google is releasing its cheapest Chromebook laptops yet, two versions priced at $149 aimed at undercutting Microsoft’s Windows franchise and gaining ground in even more classrooms. Various PC manufacturers have been working with Google to design lightweight laptops running on the Chrome operating system since 2011. The newest versions are made […]

The top 50 craft breweries in the USA

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. Washington’s brewing industry contributes roughly $1 billion to the state’s economy each year (read it). Still, none of the USA’s top 50 craft breweries (listed below) are based in Washington. Although Washington ranks second in the nation in terms of total number of breweries, and 8th in […]

Spring Harvest Beer Dinner at Seatown, with Stoup Brewing

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. Tom Douglas Restaurants announces its first-ever beer dinner at Seatown Seabar and Rotisserie. Believe it or not, some stuff is ready for harvest this time of year and Chef Sam Burkhart knows what to do with them: create tasty dishes to pair with beer from one of […]

Silver City Brewery releasing 2015 SBW, Sieben Bräu

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. Silver City Brewery produced this year’s official Seattle Beer Week beer. It is available now in cans and makes its draft debut on May 7th with the official kickoff of the 7th Annual Seattle Beer Week. Below is the complete story of the beer straight from the […]

National parks call on Americans to ‘Find Your Park’

WASHINGTON (AP) — After nearly 100 years, the National Park Service holds some of the country’s most beautiful and historic places, but it suffers from an $11 billion backlog of unfunded maintenance and a visitor base that’s aging and mostly white. With its centennial approaching in 2016, the park service is launching a campaign Thursday […]