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Four Peaks Brewing Co. and Arizona Cardinals Reveal Red Bird Lager



Despite the record-breaking heat we’ve experienced this week, a crisp new football season is upon us. This is a special one, as the National Football League is celebrating its 100th anniversary — a.k.a. The Fantennial. Along with that excitement, there’s one more surprise for football fans in Arizona. In partnership with the Arizona Cardinals, Four Peaks Brewing Co. is releasing the new Red Bird Lager on Monday, August 26.

Members of the Red Sea will find Red Bird Lager in those smart-looking aluminum bottles at both Four Peaks pubs and select grocery stores throughout Arizona. For additional details, we turn to Four Peaks’ communications manager, Zach Fowle.

When and how did the idea for Red Bird Lager arise?

We’ve partnered with the Cardinals for five years in a number of ways, from sponsoring the Big Red Brew Haus and in-stadium, grab-and-go beer stations to presenting Tailgater of the Game awards to fans with the most team spirit at every home game. But considering this year is the Fantennial — the celebration of the NFL’s 100th season — we wanted to take the partnership further and give members of the Red Sea a beer they can really enjoy while cheering for their favorite team.

Did you approach the Cards or did they approach you?

It was a mutual decision. We get together each year to brainstorm ways we can improve Tailgater of the Game and our other partnerships. When the Cardinals folks mentioned that this season would be the NFL Fantennial, we all decided a new beer would be the best way to celebrate.

Are most of the Four Peaks dudes Cards fans? Or are there some playful rivalries?

“Playful” is one way to put it. “Homicidal” is another. We have a lot of homegrown Cardinals fans on staff, but there are also plenty of Seahawks, Bears, and Vikings diehards. Game days can get heated.

What’s the ABV?

4.5 percent.

What’s the flavor like?

Red Bird is a malt-focused amber lager. The flavor starts with smooth, caramel-ly sweetness, then follows up with hints of toast and bread crust before a quick, clean finish.

Will it be on tap at any bars or restaurants?

It won’t actually be on tap anywhere; this batch was made specifically for the 16-ounce aluminum bottles. They’ll be available at our pubs and State Farm Stadium, as well as at Wild Horse Pass, Lone Butte, and Vee Quiva casinos. We’re currently working with our distributor to determine where else the beer will be available.

How long will it be around?

We packaged close to 3,000 12-packs of Red Bird Lager yesterday. That’s all we’re planning to make for now, so once they’re gone, they’ll likely be gone until next season.

What makes you guys take on all these special projects, like partnering with Arizona State Parks, Four Peaks for Teachers, now Red Bird Lager?

Anyone can open up a business and claim they’re “part of the community,” but we believe that you really become part of your community by embracing its people and supporting the causes they care about. We want to show support to the people who’ve helped us grow, and if we can do that by raising a little money, donating some school supplies, or brewing a beer for the home team, why wouldn’t we?

For more information, see the Four Peaks Brewing Co. website.

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Cases of viral respiratory illness rise sharply in China



BEIJING — Chinese health authorities urged people in the city of Wuhan to avoid crowds and public gatherings after warning on Wednesday that a new viral illness infecting hundreds of people in the country and causing at least nine deaths could spread further.

The number of new cases has risen sharply in China, the center of the outbreak. There were 440 confirmed cases as of midnight Tuesday in 13 jurisdictions, said Li Bin, deputy director of the National Health Commission. Nine people have died, all in Hubei province, since the outbreak emerged in its provincial capital of Wuhan late last month.



‘There has already been human-to-human transmission and infection of medical workers,” Li said at a news conference with health experts. ‘Evidence has shown that the disease has been transmitted through the respiratory tract and there is the possibility of viral mutation.”

The illness comes from a newly identified type of coronavirus, a family of viruses that can cause the common cold as well as more serious illnesses such as the SARS outbreak that spread from China to more than a dozen countries in 2002-2003 and killed about 800 people.

Thailand authorities Wednesday confirmed four cases, a Thai national and three Chinese visitors. Japan, South Korea, the United States and Taiwan have all reported one case each. All of the illnesses were of people from Wuhan or who recently had traveled there.

‘The situation is under control here,” Thailand Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul told reporters, saying there are no reports of the infection spreading to others. ‘We checked all of them: taxi drivers, people who wheeled the wheelchairs for the patients, doctors and nurses who worked around them.”



Travel agencies that organize trips to North Korea say the country has banned foreign tourists because of the outbreak. Most tourists to North Korea are either Chinese or travel to the country through neighboring China. North Korea also closed its borders in 2003 during the SARS scare.

Other countries have stepped up screening measures for travelers from China, especially those arriving from Wuhan. Worries have been heightened by the coming of the Lunar New Year holiday rush, when millions of Chinese travel at home and abroad.

Officials said it was too early to compare the new virus with SARS or MERS, or Middle East respiratory syndrome, in terms of how lethal it might be. They attributed the spike in new cases to improvements in detection and monitoring.

‘We are still in the process of learning more about this disease.’ Gao Fu, an academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and head of the Chinese Center for Disease Control said at the same news conference.



Gao said officials are working on the assumption that the outbreak resulted from human exposure to wild animals that were being traded in illegally at a food market in Wuhan and that the virus is mutating.

Health officials confirmed earlier this week that the disease can be spread between humans after finding two cases of people in southern Guangdong province who had not been to Wuhan. It’s not clear how contagious it is, but person-to-person transmission could allow it to spread more widely.

The Lunar New Year is a time when many Chinese return to their hometowns to visit family. Li, the health commission official, said that measures were being taken to monitor and detect infected people from Wuhan, and that people should avoid going to the city and people from the city should stay put for now.


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Man with history of cheating is caught on ‘hook-up’ sites – Twin Cities



DEAR ABBY: I just found out my husband of 18 years has been going to “hook-up” websites. He says he was just looking at the pictures, but I don’t believe him. I have caught him cheating twice in the past, so it’s hard to trust him.

My problem is, he knows I can’t leave him because I have no job, no skills, no money — nothing. I went right from my parents’ house to living with him after our wedding. We have six kids and one on the way. He will continue to go to these websites because he knows I am stuck. What should I do? — SOON-TO-BE MOTHER OF SEVEN

DEAR SOON-TO-BE MOTHER OF SEVEN: The first thing you should do is see your doctor and be checked for STDs. If you are well, thank your higher power. If you aren’t, get treatment, get well and talk to a lawyer. Your situation may not be as hopeless as you think.    Have you any relatives or friends you can stay with when you leave, change your life and become self-supporting? It may require job training and time, but please consider it.

I doubt your husband will have much time for philandering if he has six kids to take care of by himself in addition to his job. I also doubt that few, if any, women he might be hooking up with would welcome becoming the instant mother of six. And one more thing, from now on, please use birth control.


DEAR ABBY: I have been divorced for 30 years. During this time, my ex-wife has rarely spoken to me, and in the last 10 years said not one word to me. There have been many occasions and events at my son’s home to celebrate my granddaughter’s birthday, etc. My ex and many other people attend, but basically, no one speaks to me. I am totally ignored.

I have a strong hunch that during the divorce my ex told people I hit or abused her. (Not true!) She told my sister something to this effect. I believe it was a ploy to distract from the fact she had been cheating on me. Regardless, this situation is extremely hurtful and unpleasant. Any ideas how to deal with this? — OSTRACIZED AND PARALYZED

DEAR O. & P.: Have you tried to initiate a conversation? Have you asked these people why they give you the silent treatment? They’re fair questions.

After 30 years, it is a little late to correct the mindset your ex may have caused these relatives to have about you. But if at this late date you try to spread the word that she was cheating, it will accomplish nothing positive, and I don’t advise it.

P.S. If the silence continues, then I recommend you bring someone — a friend or a date — with you to these gatherings. At least you will have someone to talk to.


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Furries to the rescue: Costumed conventioneers save woman from assault in San Jose



SAN JOSE, Calif. — A dinosaur, a tiger and a cowboy came to the rescue of a woman who was being beaten by her boyfriend in a car in San Jose.

The trio of costumed characters were attending a furry convention, a gathering of people who are fans of animal characters and often dress like them.

A car pulled up to the curb and it appeared a man was beating the female driver, according to witnesses. Several furry convention attendees in costume rushed the car, dragged the man out and restrained him until police arrived.

The suspect was later identified as 22-year-old Demetri Hardnett, and he is accused of assaulting his girlfriend in the car. Hardnett was arrested and booked into Santa Clara County Jail for domestic violence, CNN reported.

The furries were attending the Further Confusion convention, also known as FurCon, held in San Jose this past weekend. A convention schedule indicates events included a furry boxing workout, dance programs, an escape room and a discussion of transhumanism in works of fiction.

“Furries pulling together to stop an abuser last night was absolutely WILD,” tweeted the person who recorded the video of the rescue.

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