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October 20, 2011 at 6:53 AM

The Morning Memo / Thursday: Fremont Troll, Elmo, portable toilet

Weather: Wet today (not yet, though), wet tomorrow, wet Saturday, kind of wet Sunday, but really, we don’t believe these forecasts, do we?

Traffic: At 6 a.m., it was stop-and-go on I-405 heading north between Tukwila and Renton, but pretty much typical of the morning commute elsewhere. Yeah, let’s see how long that lasts.

The case of the two men found dead in Lynnwood appears to be a murder-suicide.

Microsoft will be having an eventful day. If you haven’t already heard — and we bet some of you have — the new Microsoft store opens at University Village with ceremonies at 9 a.m. This afternoon, the software giant announces its quarterly financial result, says our tech reporter Janet I. Tu, who will be covering both events and posting at the Microsoft Pri0 blog throughout the day.

What would the holidays be without a Fremont Troll Chia pet, er, planter? (Photo by Nick Provenza / The Seattle Times)

The Fremont Troll: Support the arts? Our community news partner Fremont Universe says the Fremont Troll is being immortalized as a Chia planter. No, really. They’re available at Bartell Drugs, and 20 percent of the profits goes to the Fremont Arts Council. Keep on growing.

The governor is Elmo: For Halloween, that is.¬†Gov. Chris Gregoire says she’ll greet children trick-or-treating at the governor’s mansion as popular “Sesame Street” character Elmo.

Living dead to gather at ZomBcon. Ewww…

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

Most-read stories on seattletimes.com this morning:

  1. Customs turns back Russian engineers working for Boeing
  2. Washington is thriving at season’s halfway point
  3. 50 exotic animals let loose, killed in Ohio
  4. West Seattle couple die in murder-suicide
  5. Better off without Holmgren? Seahawks are getting better, period | Jerry Brewer

Comments | More in | Topics: Elmo, Fremont Troll, Gov. Chris Gregoire

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