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December 23, 2011 at 7:04 AM

Morning Memo/Friday: Boxing death… Two train deaths… the Grinch fund again

Weather: Guess what? Mostly cloudy today and not sunny like yesterday. Wasn’t it nice yesterday? It may rain tonight and tomorrow and Christmas day looks like it will be rainy — as in an 80 percent chance — and that means gray, of course. Gray is not white. Sorry. The details.

Traffic: Be careful on the roads this morning. KING5 reported more than a dozen spin out accidents caused by black ice on Highway 18 between Auburn and Covington. The map and cams.

Here’s a sad and odd story: A man flew from Chicago for a sparring match in Vancouver, Wash. and ended up dead, according to The Columbian newspaper.  The man, Salvadore Flamenco, apparently agreed, in an online chat room, to the fight. The sparring occurred Dec. 15 and Dec. 16. Flamenco showed signs of a medical problem, was taken to the hospital and died. Police, of course, are looking into what happened.

Not only was a person struck and killed by an Amtrak train in Monroe yesterday, a man’s body was also found on train tracks in Pasco yesterday.

The Grinch Fund story out of Aberbeen continues. We told you about the regular customer at a diner there began a fund for workers who lost their jobs when the diner abruptly closed. Well the fund has now reached nearly 20,000 and the owner of several Denny’s restaurants has offered those workers jobs in Seattle and Olympia.

If you haven’t seen the story about the fights over Nike’s new Air Jordan shoes and the pepper spray that was used to quell the brouhahas, please have a look.

Six suspects sought in slaying of rapper in Spokane. The Associated Press reports that police are looking for six more suspects connected to the fatal shooting of a rapper at an after-concert party in Spokane in November. Nine people have already been charged, according to The Spokesman-Review.

Most-read stories on seattletimes.com this morning:

  1. Seahawks secondary could be one of best in NFL
  2. With tolls, 520 trip costlier but faster
  3. Judge in divorce trial of Mariners owner puts value of team at $641 million
  4. Huskies rout Cal State Northridge, 74-51
  5. Santa misses Mrs. Claus, now friends miss him

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