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December 26, 2011 at 10:38 AM

Morning Memo/Monday: Power is back, Boxing Day shopping, fast-food robbery

Weather: A gray Boxing Day.  Cloudy, with a high near 45.  50 percent chance of rain today, with rain expected  all week.  The details.

Traffic: No worries. Morning traffic is light all over the region.  Toughest traffic feat of the day will be finding a parking spot at shopping malls.  The map and the cams. Reminder: tolling starts on the Hwy. 520 bridge Thursday.

Power is restored for all 18,000 Seattle City Light customers who lost their service during the Christmas day windstorm. City Light experienced multiple outages when a cold front brought wind gusts of 50 m.p.h.  Crews restored service to all customers affected by Christmas Day’s windstorm by 2:30 a.m. today.

Nearly all Puget Sound Energy customers had their power restored by Monday afternoon. ,At the peak of the outages Sunday, more than 19,000 PSE customers had been in the dark, said Lindsey Walinaki, a spokeswoman for the company.

 The company is asking customers still without power to call (888) 225-5773.

Monday is still a holiday so banks and government offices are closed. Street parking is free in Seattle, liquor stores are open, some ferry routes are on reduced holiday schedules and Metro bus routes are on reduced Sunday service hours all week.

Early morning fast-food robbery: Seattle police are looking for a helmeted man suspected of  robbing a Jack in the Box restaurant on Lake City Way early Monday morning,  according to a KOMO report.

Seattle police  say they responded to an armed robbery report at around 4.50 a.m. this morning.  The suspect is believed to have used a rock to break the glass of an entrance door and get inside the restaurant, which was not yet open.  A police spokesman told KOMO that the man flashed a black handgun at the employees and got an unknown amount of money before fleeing.

Police described the suspect as a white male, 6’2″ tall, slim build, wearing a dark motorcycle helmet with a dark face shield.  He was also wearing a  dark leather jacket, blue sweatshirt and  blue jeans and carrying a backpack.

Pierce County district looking at shorter school week: The News-Tribune reports that the Eatonville School District, searching for ways to save money, is considering  going to a 4-day a week school schedule. Full story here

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