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March 22, 2012 at 6:48 AM

Morning Memo/Thursday: New cop cars … Dog beating … Artificial heart

Weather:  What’s this? Rain and snow showers in some areas this morning? On the third day of spring no less. It should all turn to rain later today. And, it’s supposed to be mostly sunny tomorrow and Saturday and clear on Sunday. Can’t argue with that. The National Weather Service forecast.

Traffic: The map and cams.

Cop car test drives: Seattle police are testing several candidates for new patrol cars because the department is retiring the Ford Crown Victorias officers have been tooling around in for years. The models being put through their paces: Chevrolet Tahoe SUV, Chevrolet Caprice, Chevy Impala, Ford Interceptor sedan, Ford Interceptor SUV and Dodge Charger.

The dog is alive and improving but my goodness: A man in Orting in Pierce County is accused of  using treats to attract a neighbor’s dog and then beating it with a hatchet. He’s pleaded not guilty  to first-degree animal cruelty. If this is true, what’s the matter with some people?

Christopher Marshall talks about his artificial-heart implant during a news conference with his doctors. (Photo by Mark Harrison / The Seattle Times)

Bremerton classroom shooting: Attorneys for the mother of the boy who brought a gun to school that fired and hit a classmate will seek to have assault and unlawful possession of a firearm dismissed. Her boyfriend is charged, too. Charges in cases like this are uncommon.

A man, his artificial heart and Seattle history: The Alaska man with an artificial heart who was released from the hospital yesterday isn’t the first person from this area to receive such a device. From the story by Seattle Times staff writer Carol Ostrom today: “The artificial heart now used is a refined version of the Jarvik 7 Total Artificial Heart implanted in 1982 into a 61-year-old dentist from the Seattle area, Dr. Barney Clark, who lived for 112 days.”

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  5. Man with artificial heart discharged from UW Medical Center

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