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Target Chile for great wine value

SEATTLE, May 29, 2013 — Many consumers are looking for value in everything they buy, especially when it comes to wine. On a recent trip to the country of Chile, there was the opportunity to dive head-first into a world of wine value that waits for those who are feeling a bit adventurous. While many ...

A Survivor of the Magdalene Laundries speaks out: Bonnie’s story

Washington, May 1, 2013 – Bonnie Armijo awoke from the warm embrace of a dream and grimaced as she realized she was back in her bed on the third floor of St. Anne’s Institute in Albany, New York. St. Anne’s was a Magdalene asylum for girls who had been labeled by either the courts or ...

Recipe: Roasted Tomato-basil Bisque

SEATTLE, April 28, 2013 — This is a very easy to make bisque (creamy soup) that will keep you and your friends and family warm on the inside while giving your tastebuds very good “therapy”. 8 Roma tomatoes – cut in half lengthwise Extra Virgin Olive Oil 1/2 cup of fresh basil 5 strips of thick-cut ...

Review: 2013 Infiniti EX37 Journey AWD

SEATTLE, April 18, 2013 – With its 2013 EX37, Infiniti looks to up the ante and offer its customers what it feels is the best value going in the luxury CUV (compact utility vehicle) market. It carries over the same design cues as the entire line-up of Infiniti vehicles and puts it all into a ...

Bloomberg gets it wrong on Washington wine

SEATTLE, April 6, 2013 – Bloomberg.com recently published a piece about the Washington wine industry that was misleading at best. Its author, John Mariani, claimed he recently visited Seattle and after sampling a few bottles, makes the claim: “Washington Wines Pack High Alcohol Wallop, Little Else.” Not only is this headline a slap in the face to ...

Review: 2013 KIA Optima SXL

SEATTLE, March 26, 2013 – What do most successful companies do to a product when it’s successful? That’s right, leave it alone and let it keep pleasing the masses. This is the formula from KIA for its 2013 Optima series – this SXL edition is really the only model in the Optima line-up that has a few ...

A Magdalene Laundry survivor speaks out

WASHINGTON, March 23, 2013 — It was December of 1946 as the harsh winds of a Baltimore winter howled outside of the ancient dining hall where twelve year-old Patricia Noel sat struggling to hold back the tears rising up inside her. She felt abandoned and alone in the world as she tried to hold back ...

Review: 2013 Honda Crosstour EX-L V6

WASHINGTON, March 20, 2013 – With an ever-growing crossover market, the ability to distinguish oneself from the pack is becoming more difficult than ever before. Sure, there are looks and perhaps features that can differentiate various models. But the overall scope of what we perceive a crossover vehicle to be has been largely status-quo in recent ...

Recipe: Pan Seared Scallops with an Orange-Soy Chili Reduction

SEATTLE,  March 17, 2013 – This is a quick, easy Asian-inspired meal that’s a sure-fire hit for seafood lovers. It captures many of the Asian flavors I have come to adore and yet retains the freshness of the scallops and vegetables. Ingredients: 12 fresh scallops 1/3 cup of fresh squeezed orange juice 3 cloves of ...

Review: 2013 Volkswagen Passat SE V6

SEATTLE, March 16, 2013 – For many drivers, there’s simply something about the way a German-engineered car drives that is hard to replicate. And for those drivers on a modest budget the Volkswagen’s Passat has been a crowd pleaser for decades. Its 2013 SE edition ups the ante with an available 3.6L V6 engine, on-board navigation ...

Ever wonder why Napa Wines are so expensive?

SEATTLE, March 15, 2013 – Millions of wine lovers – both beginners and self-entitled “experts” flock to the Napa Valley every year in their thirst for that “perfect Cab, Merlot or even Zinfandel’. Certainly, Napa grows quite a bit more than these three varietals, but they are the reds that really helped shape this amazing region, ...

Magdalene Laundries: An American survivor’s interview (Exclusive)

Washington,  February 9, 2013 – Courage has a name: It is Diana O’Hara. Diana is a survivor of the Magdalene Laundries operated in the United States by the Good Shepherd Sisters, a Roman Catholic religious institute for women. The order is among those that are being charged with the enslavement and abuse of thousands of ...

Natural disaster throws children into the arms of pedophiles

Washington, December 31, 2012 – It was the morning of December 26,2004, and a quiet calm rested over the city of Banda Aceh, Indonesia. A short distance away, pristine beaches decorated the coast of this traveler’s paradise as they cradled myriads of tourists soaking in the splendor of the tropical haven. A sudden collective gasp ...

Anti-trafficking vigil December 14 by the Project for Healing Humanity

Washington, December 13, 2012 – In every child’s eyes we see the light and hope for a future brighter than the one we now live in. We nurture and love our children and teach them to open their hearts as we draw small handfuls from the well of our compassion to aid those who are ...

Surrogate parenting remains tricky after 20 years

SAN DIEGO, November 17, 2012 – The law continues to wrestle with technological and societal realities that didn’t exist a generation ago. Society has moved far too slowly to catch up with the modern universe of surrogate parents, in vitro fertilization, grandmothers bearing their daughters’ children, same-sex marriages, various forms of domestic partnerships, and all ...