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December 30, 2011 at 6:59 AM

Morning Memo/Friday: Sex & singing … Forget the Alamo … Slain teacher

Weather: OK, it’s the end of December, so what can we expect. It’s either showers or rain, or the chance of either, right through the weekend and into the new year. Let’s grin and bear it. On the bright side, the temperatures have been in the high 40s, and we haven’t been scraping ice off our windows or slipping and sliding to work, right? The details.

Traffic: It’s the second day of tolling on the 520 bridge. Yesterday wasn’t too bad, although volumes increased on I-90 in the afternoon. We’ll have some stats from the state later today, we think. Are you tired of these stories yet? The map and cams.

Community college instructor to student: Taking off your clothes will improve your vocal range. That’s from a story in The News Tribune in Tacoma this morning about Tacoma Community College instructor Kevin Gausepohl, who is charged with seven counts of communicating with a minor for immoral purposes. Sex acts will help your singing, too, according to the charges.

What was the Alamo Bowl game score, a college basketball game? Doesn’t anyone play defense anymore?

Prudence Hockley

Teacher slain: In the case of the Woodinville teacher from Seattle who died Christmas Day, her boyfriend is now charged with killing her. Beloved by students and colleagues, Prudence Hockley leaves behind a 13-year-old daughter, two adult children and no doubt people asking themselves how this could happen. And then there’s this, from our story today: She was struck with such force¬†that the bones in her face and head were shattered.

 Snowy owl: One of these white critters was caught on camera in Ballard the other day. The photo is on the website of our community partner, My Ballard.

KOMO TV meteorologist and blogger Scott Sistek comes up with the most interesting and sometimes curious weather stats. A recent one:

In 2011, Washington was coldest state in lower 48, relative to normal.”

Most-read stories on seattletimes.com this morning:

  1. Huskies score 56 points, but still can’t beat Baylor
  2. Wild ride for Huskies is ultimately frustrating | Jerry Brewer
  3. Boyfriend charged in Woodinville teacher’s death
  4. 520 tolls begin: Traffic gets heavier on I-90
  5. Verizon will charge $2 fee for bill paying

Comments | Topics: 520 bridge, Alamo Bowl, Morning Memo


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