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December 24, 2011 at 9:43 AM

Morning Memo/Saturday: Shopping…Seahawks…Santa…Mercer Island parents

Weather: A soggy, warm start to the Christmas weekend. Holiday movies aren’t made of this, but at least the roads are clear of ice and snow. Today, highs in the upper 40s. Tonight, lows in the low 40s. Tomorrow, upper 40s again — and very wet.

Traffic:  All clear, including the mountain passes. In Seattle, the Seahawks play the 49ers a little after 1 p.m. at CenturyLink Field, in a battle to make the playoffs (other teams have to cooperate, of course).  Last-minute shoppers: You may run into game-time traffic.

On Mercer Island, the City Council has voted to fine parents whose children are caught drinking under age. KOMO News reports the council approved the ordinance 6-1 this month after lobbying from a community advocacy group called Mercer Island Communities That Care Program. The new underage drinking ordinance will take effect next month. Under the “social host” law, parents and homeowners will be held accountable, liable, and slapped with a hefty fine for underage drinking on their property — whether they know about it or not. Parents and homeowners will face a civil infraction and be forced to pay a $250 ticket each time the ordinance is violated.

On a lighter note, if you want to track Santa’s travels, check  the NORAD tracker.

Most-read stories on seattletimes.com this morning:

  1. Wealthy ex-Seattle man behind NBA arena proposal
  2. Seahawks, 49ers in for old-fashioned battle
  3. Spokane excessive-force saga may hold lessons
  4. Facebook’s timeline needs your attention
  5. Coast guard rejects Kalakala owner’s appeal

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