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October 18, 2011 at 7:09 AM

The Morning Memo / Tuesday: Pay phones, Raptors, cops and beer

Weather:  Weather was great yesterday, and it looks like another great day today. You must like that, eh? A bit chilly this morning, but a high in the mid-60s this afternoon. Cloudy and a chance of showers tomorrow — bummer, but hey, enjoy what you can when you can.

Traffic: The highways were clogged in several places at 7 a.m.:  Soutbound I-5, a long stretch north of Lynnwood was stop & go; southbound I-405 at Bothell clogged (of course); I-405 northbound just north of Renton.

Jermaine Magnuson, the widow of U.S. Sen. Warren Magnuson, has died at her Seattle home at the age of 87.

Announcement today that Everett gets a pro sports team:  OK, it’s indoor football and everyone already knows the Raptors, formerly the Seattle Timberwolves, are coming to town. It’s just that there’s a formal announcement at a news conference at Comcast Arena, according to The Herald in Everett.

A pay phone by Mountain Loop Highway near the entrance to the Robe Valley northeast of Granite Falls in this 2002 photo. Doubt that it's still there, let alone working. (Photo by Betty Udesen / The Seattle Times)

Pity the poor pay pay phone: Brooks Harlow, a communications attorney and former litigator for the pay-phone industry, told The Wenatchee World he would hate to see pay phones go away … as they steadily disappear. “They serve folks in need, provide entrepreneurial opportunities and can be vital in all kinds of emergencies.” The story comes on the heels of an earlier story by the paper of a pay-phone graveyard.

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

Most-read stories on seattletimes.com this morning:

  1. Lethal virus detected in wild Pacific salmon
  2. 2 Idaho residents killed in I-90 pileup
  3. Domestic Violence Unit cop is arrested himself
  4. Huskies will use last year’s 41-0 loss to Stanford as motivation
  5. Ruling brings release of Ref. 71 petition signers’ names

 

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