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November 4, 2011 at 6:45 AM

The Morning Memo / Friday: 520 construction, a bear on the loose, odor evacuation

Weather: Enjoy the day, just a 30 percent chance of rain compared to a 70 percent chance tomorrow. Rain is in the forecast through most of the next week. More weather info.

Traffic: Yes, the 520 floating bridge will be closed most of the weekend for construction work, but University of Washington Husky fans are getting a reprieve for Saturday night’s game. The floating bridge is to be kept open to handle the westbound traffic to the stadium before the game and then stay open for eastbound traffic afterward. The kickoff is at 7:30 for the UW/Oregon game. More information on the 520 closure is online at the state Department of Transportation. The map and cams.

Lakewood Police and state Fish and Wildlife officers are looking for a sleepy bear this morning. The bear was first sighted around 6 a.m. at Bridgeport Way SW and Arrowhead Road, but it ran off into a residential neighborhood. The officers were going house to house with a dog when they found it and managed to shoot a dart into the bear’s rump. Even with the tranquilizer, the bear managed to jump a few more backyard fences and escape. Around 6:45 a.m., police and bear experts were still looking for a drowsy bear and warning anyone who thinks they see a big dog to just stay away. KING5 has the story.

About 50 people were evacuated from a building in downtown Kent last night after several reporting feeling ill, according to the Kent Fire Department. Kent fire was called at around 10:20 p.m. when several people began complaining of nausea and lightheadedness due to some sort of odor, said Capt. Kyle Ohashi, public information officer for the department. The building, in the 20800 block of 72nd Avenue South, houses an Alaska Airlines call center. We have more details here.

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David Giles' forays into area Dumpsters are part of his dissertation research in perceptions about edible food. (Jim Bates / The Seattle Times)

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