I found this with a Google search http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20090426232905AAyPAni which suggested the lid-switch was broken and would not let the spin cycle start and water drain. The washer's consumer protection mechanism.
It turned out to be a lid-switch that had broken. Purchased a new lid switch. Replaced it following the directions from these sites:
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