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December 15, 2011 at 6:55 AM

Morning Memo/Thursday: Pitbulls attack … Barefoot Bandit … UW tree thieves

Weather:  Rain this morning, but you knew that. It’s expected to stop by noon. Ah, but tomorrow and Saturday, partly sunny. Rain could return Sunday, but that’s just a 40 percent chance, so cross your fingers. Could be worse. The details.

Traffic: The map and cams.

Pitbulls attack: Say what you will about dog attacks, but it was pitbulls, we’re told, that mauled a man in South Seattle last night, biting him on the head, neck, arm and ear. He was dragged on a pallet by the dogs’ owner to a Jack-in-the-Box and taken from there to the hospital. We’ll need to find out the circumstances of the case, of course, to see just what led up to the attack.

Colton Harris-Moore / Photo from defense mitigation report

Barefoot Bandit: Please have a read of staff writer Erik Lacitis’ story on the notorious Colton Harris-Moore, who is to be sentenced tomorrow. In particular, see the attached mitigation report filed as part of the package aimed at reducing his prison sentence. And while the report overwhelmingly put the blame for his behavior on his mother …

From the mitigation report:

Colt blames no one but himself … He made bad choices and takes full responsibility and expects to be held accountable for those bad choices. He is embarrassed by the media attention. He is ashamed of his actions and is genuinely remorseful …

Tree thieves at the UW: The university has put out a warning to tree bandits everywhere not to cut down trees and limbs on campus, something that’s been happening of late.

From the warning put out by the school:

UW arborist Sara Shores reports that people have been cutting trees and tree limbs on campus, presumably for Christmas decorations. For those people, she has one message: Don’t.

It’s noted that if you get caught doing this, you could be slapped with a fine equal to three times the value of what you cut and spirited away!

Silas Potter, the former Seattle Schools employee charged with nine counts of allegedly taking money from a district program to help minority businesses, is scheduled to be arraigned today.

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  3. Dark portrait emerges of Barefoot Bandit’s life
  4. Huskies lose assistant coach to Mora, UCLA
  5. Forget the draft and enjoy the ride, Seahawks fans | Jerry Brewer

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