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February 26, 2012 at 10:00 AM

Morning Memo/Sunday: Kmart shooting … Totem pole … Sunny

Weather: Hey, sun on a Sunday morning. If you have a cup of coffee and maybe a muffin or bagel, enjoy. That’s because, says the National Weather Service:  “Scattered snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 43. ” Ah, but during the day Monday, sunny again. Then Monday night and Tuesday, rain and snow showers. What’s that all about? Aren’t we inching toward March, right? The National Weather Service forecast.

Traffic: Uh, it’s the weekend. Not much going on out there, although the 520 bridge is still closed for construction work nearby. It opens at 5 a.m. Monday. Snoqualmie Pass was closed for avalanche control very early this morning, but it’s open as of 9 a.m.  The map and cams.

Kmart shooting: We’ll be pursuing the shooting of the Kmart employee  at the Aurora Avenue North store last night and update throughout the day.

This 130-foot Western red cedar was used to carve the memorial pole in honor of John T. Williams. The pole is now complete and a ceremony honoring Williams and the installation of the pole will be held today at Seattle Center's Center. (Photo by Greg Gilbert / The Seattle Times)

Totem pole – John T. Williams Memorial: As many as 1,000 people are expected to gather today to accompany the John T. Williams Memorial Totem Pole from Seattle’s waterfront to Seattle Center, where it will be raised in a ceremony. Williams, a First Nations woodcarver, was shot by Seattle police Officer Ian Birk in 2010 when Birk saw him walking with a knife. Birk later resigned from the force.

Mayor McGinn talks about crime:  Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn, community leaders, councilmember Bruce Harrell, and Seattle police are scheduled to hold a news conference tomorrow morning to talk about recent violent crime in the city. We’ll be there.

Most-read stories this morning on seattletimes.com:

  1. Two cops, an ax and many questions on Bainbridge
  2. Kmart worker shot in attempted robbery in Seattle
  3. Military officially ends tenure at Seattle’s Fort Lawton
  4. Dems draw fire from top donors in rift over education reform
  5. Slain trooper’s son: Father was hero, best friend

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