Parallels
11:47 am
Wed September 25, 2013

That's The Spirit: Why Indians Prefer Strong Beer, Liquor

A bartender pours Haywards 5000 strong beer into a glass at a restaurant in Mumbai. Strong beer, with alcohol content of 5 to 8 percent, accounted for 83 percent of all beer sold in India last year, according to research firm Mintel.
Danish Siddiqui Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Tue October 8, 2013 9:59 am

Sometimes we at Parallels see a story that's so compelling, we make an extra effort to chase down the facts. So it's in that spirit, this story from Reuters caught our attention:

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All Tech Considered
11:33 am
Wed September 25, 2013

Weekly Innovation: Pampering Your Pooch From Afar

Your dog can hear your voice, see your face and get treats dispensed at your whim. Almost as good as the real thing!
iCPooch

Originally published on Wed September 25, 2013 2:41 pm

In our "Weekly Innovation" blog series, we explore an interesting idea, design or product that you may not have heard of yet. Do you have an innovation to share? Use this quick form.

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Local News
11:22 am
Wed September 25, 2013

What's In A Dog's Name? This Reporter Finds Out

Black and brown dog.
Credit Irita Kirsbluma / Flickr

What’s in a name? More specifically, what’s in a dog name? Well, we know the answer – at least in Mecklenburg County, thanks to Jeremy Markovich of NBC Charlotte. He analyzed the names of every single dog licensed by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Animal Control – 109,000 in all. From that list, he was able to determine the most popular dog names, and created a searchable list of more than 17,000 different names. Jeremy spoke to WFAE's Kevin Kniestedt about his findings:


Local News
11:07 am
Wed September 25, 2013

Independent Zytkow Petitions His Way Onto City Council Ballot

Activist Michael Zytkow turns in a petition to run for Charlotte City Council to the Mecklenburg County Board of Elections.
Credit Grant Baldwin Photography

There will be an independent candidate on the ballot for Charlotte City Council’s 4th District this year. The Mecklenburg County Board of Elections yesterday verified activist Michael Zytkow has turned in enough signatures to qualify as an unaffiliated candidate. It’s the first time in at least 15 years that an independent has successfully petitioned his way into the city council race.

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The Salt
10:48 am
Wed September 25, 2013

Rooftop Farming Is Getting Off The Ground

Stacey Kimmons and Audra Lewicki harvest lettuce at the Chicago Botanic Garden's 20,000-square-foot vegetable garden atop McCormick Place West in Chicago.
Courtesy of the Chicago Botanic Garden

Originally published on Fri September 27, 2013 3:03 pm

From vacant lots to vertical "pinkhouses," urban farmers are scouring cities for spaces to grow food. But their options vary widely from place to place.

While farmers in post-industrial cities like Detroit and Cleveland are claiming unused land for cultivation, in New York and Chicago, land comes at a high premium. That's why farmers there are increasingly eyeing spaces that they might not have to wrestle from developers: rooftops that are already green.

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The Two-Way
9:47 am
Wed September 25, 2013

Yankees Bobble The Ball On Mariano Rivera Giveaway Night

This is what all the fuss was about: One of the Mariano Rivera bobblehead dolls that were eventually given away Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium.
Kathy Willens AP

Originally published on Wed September 25, 2013 11:18 am

Mayhem. Chaos. Fiasco.

Choose your favorite. Those words and others are making their way into headlines about what happened Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium.

It was Mariano Rivera Bobblehead Night, and the first 18,000 fans through the gates were supposed to get jiggly statues of their soon-to-be retired star pitcher.

But the truck bringing the bobbleheads to the stadium broke down. So the thousands of fans who had gathered outside the gates were given vouchers instead.

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Safety
9:30 am
Wed September 25, 2013

Sidewalk Project Design Begins Year After Garinger H.S. Student's Death

Garinger High School senior Brittany Palmer was 18 when she died after being hit by an SUV while crossing the street in March 2012. Her death prompted city council to approve funding for sidewalks in front of the school.
Credit Tasnim Shamma

 Charlotte Transportation officials received public input Tuesday night on a dangerous intersection it’s in the process of redesigning. The intersection near Garinger High School has been the site of 42 crashes in three years, and the death of a teenager crossing the street.


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It's All Politics
9:04 am
Wed September 25, 2013

Wednesday Morning Political Mix — Sept. 25, 2013

Sen. Ted Cruz, worked a rare Senate overnight shift as he kept up a lengthy diatribe against Obamacare (with many digressions.)
Evan Vucci AP

Originally published on Wed September 25, 2013 11:21 am

It's Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, which puts us five days away from a possible federal-government shutdown that would begin Oct. 1 if Congress fails to pass a stop-gap spending bill.

So the drama in the Senate over the spending bill leads the day's interesting political items and features Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas. At this writing, Cruz was in the last gasps of an anti-Obamacare talkathon. That's where we start:

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The Two-Way
8:54 am
Wed September 25, 2013

Another Car, Another Watery Grave, Another Cold Case Solved?

An undated photo provided by the South Dakota Attorney General's Office shows a Studebaker found this week in a creek near Elk Point, S.D. Two teenage girls from the area were last seen May 29, 1971, driving a car like it. Remains found in the vehicle may be those of the two teenagers.
AP

Originally published on Wed September 25, 2013 1:23 pm

Just one week after the discovery of two long-lost cars in an Oklahoma lake and what appear to be the remains of six long-lost people inside them, a 1960 Studebaker Lark has been recovered from a creek in South Dakota.

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The Two-Way
8:15 am
Wed September 25, 2013

Top Stories: Pakistan Quake; MacArthur Genius Grants

Originally published on Wed September 25, 2013 11:23 am

Good morning, here are our early stories:

-- Pakistan Quake Killed Hundreds, Created Island Off Coast.

-- Latest MacArthur Geniuses Include Sound Savior.

And here are more early headlines:

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