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The Today File

Your guide to the latest news from around the Northwest

March 4, 2012 at 10:10 AM

Morning Memo/Sunday: Rain/snow possible; SODO stabbing; pedestrian hit in Greenwood

Weather:  Expect it to be mostly cloudy today and tonight, followed by showers on Monday and rain and/or snow on Monday night. Tuesday and the rest of the week: clouds and more clouds,  with a chance of sun on Wednesday.   Link to weather chart

Traffic:  Major roadways appeared wide open this morning.  Link to map and web cam.

Stabbing in SODO:  A man who allegedly attacked workers at a wedding party with a knife after accusing them of stealing his belongings was arrested Saturday afternoon in SODO, Seattle police reported.

The man, whom police described as behaving irrationally and having a long criminal history, allegedly approached valets working the event in the 3200 block of First Avenue South. After accusing the limo drivers, he tried to get into the wedding venue, then threatened to shoot the valets when they prevented him.

After the valets tried to walk away, the man allegedly took off his coat and backpack, produced a knife and stabbed one of the valets in the arm as he tried to protect himself.

The suspect, who had not been identified Sunday morning, was arrested several blocks away without incident, police reported. The injured valet was taken to Harborview Medical Center; his wounds were described as serious but not life-threatening.

Pedestrian struck in Greenwood: A man hit by a car on Greenwood Avenue North Saturday night is listed in critical condition with life-threatening injuries at Harborview Medical Center.

Seattle police said the 32-year-old man was crossing Greenwood near 85th Street about 11:30 p.m. Saturday. He was described as walking between parked cars, about 50 feet north of the nearest crosswalk, when he was hit by a Volvo sedan headed south on Greenwood.

Police said they found no signs of drug or alcohol use by the driver, who was released pending further investigation.

Talk about gay-rights: On second thought, don’t — if you are in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Several weeks after Washington joined six other American states that now allow same-sex couples to marry, the debate about gay-rights in St. Petersburg is about whether to allow … the debate.

According to a story by The New York Times, the St. Petersburg legislature recently passed a law aimed at eliminating the “propaganda of homosexuality,” which the law defines as “the targeted and uncontrolled dissemination of generally accessible information capable of harming the health and moral and spiritual development of minors.”

The law appears to be a reaction to increasingly vocal efforts by gay rights groups, particularly in St. Petersburg and Moscow, to get people talking openly about gay-related issues, according to the article.

Looking for something to do today?

One possibility is a book sale by Friends of the Library in Building 30 at Magnuson Park. Featuring 25,000 books, CDs and DVDs, the sale began Friday; today’s hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and — take note — everything goes for half price today.

Or you could learn about different ways to volunteer your time.  The 2nd Annual Downtown Volunteer Fair is happening from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Josephinium at 2nd Avenue and Stewart Street. Reps from some 30 charities and social- service agencies will be there to talk with you one-on-one about where you might find a place helping people who are in poverty, homeless or have special needs.

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