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October 13, 2011 at 7:00 AM

The Morning Memo / Thursday: More protests, more seal pups and more sun

Weather: Sun, sun, sun. For seven days, mind you. We know, all that can change, but let’s bask in it for now.  Temps are supposed to be near 60 for the next week or so. Seattle Times staff reporter Jack Broom will have more to say on weather later this morning.

Traffic: As of 6:20 this morning, the highways were pretty much wide open, except, of course, for I-405 northbound near Renton, where it’s most always stop-and-go.

UW students gathered Wednesday afternoon for a rally on Red Square before more than 200 of them marched to downtown Seattle and joined the 'Occupy Seattle' protest at Westlake Park. (Photo by Mark Harrison / The Seattle Times)

More Occupy Seattle: The movement continues with a couple of arrests last night and a pledge to stay in the park. A jobs-related protest is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. There’s also an invite to swell the ranks on Saturday, when it’s supposed to be sunny. UW students joined the effort Wednesday. Let’s see what happens.

Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney in Seattle today: He’ll speak on free trade this afternoon at Microsoft’s Redmond campus. We’ll be there. He’ll also be at a fund-raising luncheon at the Grand Hyatt in Seattle earlier in the day, but we’re not invited to that.

Seal pups in West Seattle: We told you just a few days ago about the seal pups on West Seattle beaches and not to go touching or fussing with them. Well, you’re still not supposed to do that, but it’s worth noting that a bumper crop of the chubby critters has turned up. The local group Seal Sitters has counted 37 pups so far this season, compared with 33 from August to December last year, according to The Associated Press. And we know some of you just can’t get enough cute seal-pup pix.

It's a big yawn from a resting seal pup on the West Seattle beach next to Seacrest Marina. (Photo by Alan Berner / The Seattle Times)

Stories you might want to read before you walk out the door:

Most-read stories on seattletimes.com this morning:

  1. Educating Gabriel, 13, an off-the-charts prodigy
  2. Julianne Hough’s on a ‘great adventure’
  3. Curry’s play never matched the pre-draft hype
  4. Late-night arrests at Occupy Seattle
  5. Tax burden not so heavy for many millionaires

 

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