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February 18, 2012 at 9:27 AM

Morning Memo/Saturday: Obama dines out in Seattle … federal spy-party boat … Josh Powell's porn images

Weather: Did you hear the wind last night? The National Weather Service says to expect some more blustery gusts today. Temperatures will be in the 40s, creeping into the 50s by early next week. The National Weather Service forecasts.

Traffic: Traffic cameras in the passes show plenty of fresh snow on the road. If you’re planning on driving through the mountains, be prepared for wintry driving conditions. The map and cams.

President Obama was in town yesterday. The president toured Boeing’s Everett plant and swung through two Eastside fundraisers before capping off the day with a spicy ‘Il Presidente’ pizza from a Northwest pizzeria.

NOAA’s luxury spy boat: There was very little spying and a fair amount of partying aboard a $300,000 luxury boat that was supposed to be used to monitor whale-watching tours. One agent defended the on-board barbecue parties as a way to keep up the boat’s appearance as a recreational boat and not an unmarked police craft. Sounds a bit fishy.

Josh Powell: This story never seems to let up. The latest turn? In 2009, Utah police seized more than 400 images from computers in Powell’s home that depicted computer-generated images of child pornography. That evidence, released to Pierce County investigators this winter, prompted the request for a psychosexual evaluation of Powell less than a week before he killed his two sons and himself in a gas-fueled blaze.

Most-read stories this morning on seattletimes.com:

  1. Seattle NBA arena no slam dunk: Teams, money required
  2. Unknown why 3 crash victims took Cessna for late-night flight
  3. OK, there’s an arena plan. Now all Seattle needs are NBA, NHL teams
  4. Obama touts American manufacturing in Boeing visit
  5. Huskies roll to easy victory over Arizona State

Comments | Topics: Barack Obama, Boeing, Josh Powell

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