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December 16, 2011 at 7:03 AM

Morning Memo/Friday: Barefoot bandit sentencing … elk reprieve … sunny today?

Weather: Hey, partly sunny this afternoon with a high near 50 degrees. Not bad for December! We like that. But then it’s expected to be mostly cloudy. And then partly sunny Saturday, too, and again a high near 50. But, uh-oh, 50 percent rain Saturday night and early Sunday. No rain expected Monday, though. The details.

Traffic: The map and cams.

Barefoot Bandit sentencing: Colton Harris-Moore, aka the Barefoot Bandit, will be sentenced this morning on state charges. Seattle Times staff reporter Erik Lacitis will be there, and we’ll be posting the news as we get it.

Race to the Top grants: Nine states will be sharing $500 million in ‘Race to Top’ grants for early childhood education. Let’s see if Washington state is one of them. Would be nice. The announcement is expected later this morning.

 

The elk that are tearing up the high-end, Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course in Snoqualmie have been given a last-minute stay and appear to have escaped the sights of hunters, at least for now. The course owners had planned to allow hunters to take out a few of the critters because they have been damaging the course, but public outcry has put a hold on the killings. What do you think?

Man’s body found along the Columbia: The badly decomposed body of a man was found Thursday on the bank of the Columbia River at Longview, according to the Cowlitz County sheriff.  A worker at a nearby terminal plant found the remains, according to The Associated Press. No identity as yet.

Most-read stories on seattletimes.com this morning:

  1. Anonymous donors pay strangers’ layaway accounts
  2. Man who was mauled by 4 dogs could face trespassing charges
  3. Mariners expected to sign Japanese shortstop Munenori Kawasaki
  4. UW coach’s exit leaves his defense feeling wistful
  5. Justice Dept. report slams Seattle police

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