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    The Daily Troll: More viaduct cracks. Pramila Jayapal for Senate? Seahawks secure Bennett.

    Plus, Seattle's top sommelier, UW grads start new media website and a hunger strike to protest immigrant deportation.
    Pramila Jayapal

    Pramila Jayapal

    Sen. Pramila Jayapal?

    Former OneAmerica head (and occasional Crosscut contributor) Pramila Jayapal announced today that she will run for Sen. Adam Kline's soon-to-be-vacated Washington state senate seat. The 37th-district representative, who has served parts of South Seattle, Renton and Tukwila for the last 12 years, announced his retirement in early January. Read Crosscut's full story on the announcement here. — B.A.

    Viaduct cracks

    The Washington State Department of Transportation reported today that the Alaskan Way Viaduct has developed new cracks and that some older cracks have widened. Though the agency said the viaduct is still safe for driving, it will be closed Saturday, March 22 for further tests on the structure and to install monitoring equipment. Crosscut's Bill Lucia has the full story. — B.A.


    1,200? 330? 154? Reports are varied about the number of immigrant detainees at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma who have been refusing food since Friday, but everyone's pretty much on the same page about the reasons why. As KUOW reports, detainees are protesting record numbers of deportations around the country and poor treatment at the Tacoma facility. Among their demands? Better food and higher pay (A website outlining their demands reports they make just $1 a day.)  — B.A.

    Seattle's top sommelier

    Last year, Aragona's Christopher Tanghe became one of only 211 sommeliers in the entire world to have earned the elite title of Master Sommelier.  Less than a year later, Tanghe has been honored again — as one of Food and Wine Magazine's Sommeliers of the Year. Seattle food writer Rebekah Denn reminds us that while best-of lists may seem ubiquitous, Food and Wine's designations are "curated with care and considered a career milestone."  Tanghe, who is in his early thirties and serves as Aragona's wine director, began studying to be a Master Sommelier before his 21st birthday. — C.H.

    New UW media startup

    A group of UW undergraduates launched a lifestyle media website in January that’s quickly gaining popularity. Hiibye, which is updated daily with reviews, articles and music playlists, is geared toward those who might be looking for music, book or movie recommendations. So says UW junior and Hiibye founder Matt Staff tells the Daily of the University of Washington. The site already has 37,300 page views, and local bands have contacted the site for features, including Seattle indie folk-rock natives The Head and the Heart.

    If you count the 15 UW students involved, the site has brought some 40 people onboard — some of whom hail from as far away as Spain and Australia — and is currently recruiting more team members. — M.C.

    Seahawks re-sign Bennett

    The Seahawks have re-signed defensive end Michael Bennett to a multi-year, multi-million dollar deal. Bennett, whose fierce pass rush helped the Seahawks bring home their first Lombardi trophy, was rated the number one free agent this year by Pro Football Focus. He was rumored to be considering a deal with the Chicago Bears, where his brother, Martellus, is a tight end. Asked in a recent interview whether the Seahawks might get a hometown discount when negotiating his contract, Bennett declared, "There is no discount. This isn't Costco...." In the end, Costco or not, Bennett admitted that though he received higher offers from other teams, he preferred to stay in Seattle. The 12th Man, said Bennett, heavily influenced his final decision. — C.H.

    Berit Anderson is Managing Editor at Crosscut, where she follows tech, culture, environment, media and politics. Previously community manager of the Tribune Company’s Seattle blogging network, her work has also appeared in YES! Magazine and on the Huffington Post, Geekwire, Q13Fox.com and KBCS 91.3 radio. She served as Communications Director at Strategic News Service, a weekly newsletter that predicts global trends in tech and economics, and Future in Review, an annual tech conference which gathers C-level executives to solve global problems. You can find her on Twitter @Berit_Anderson or reach her at berit.anderson@crosscut.com.

    Mackenzie Ciesa is an editorial intern for Crosscut and a graduate of the University of Washington's journalism program. When she’s not busy writing, she enjoys seeing live music and wistfully wishing it was football season.

    Courtney Hudak is a freelance writer and Seattle attorney.

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