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April 13, 2012 at 6:56 AM

Morning Memo/Friday: Mother’s ashes … Murder sentencing … Cherry Blossom Festival

Weather: Sun! Today, tomorrow and Sunday. At least that’s what’s being forecast. And the temperatures will be hovering around 60, even as high as 63 on Sunday. Rejoice. Although that might mean some of us will  have to do yard work. OK, some of you actually like yard work. The National Weather Service forecast.

Traffic: The map and cams.

Craigslist ad: Where’s mother’s ashes? Someone made off with Nellie Montague’s ashes last fall from the family’s property at Loon Lake north of Spokane and now family members have put an ad on Craigslist asking if anyone knows anything about the theft. Why steal ashes? The thieves left behind a television and a DVD player…

A drumming group, sponsored by the Seattle Buddhist Temple, performed outside on the Seattle Center grounds during the last day of the 2010 Annual Cherry Blossom and Japanese Cultural Festival. (Photo by Greg Gilbert / The Seattle Times)

Sentencing in White Center murder case: The man who pleaded guilty in February to the shooting death of Sweetheart Marie Failautusi in White Center last August is scheduled to be sentenced today in King County Superior Court. Anthony Smith, 26, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder for shooting Failautusi in the head after she and her friends refused to give one of Smith’s friends a cigarette.

Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival opens today at Seattle Center and runs through Sunday. The festival  includes tree planting with trees provided by the Japanese government in honor of the 100th anniversary of the planting of cherry trees in Washington D.C. The event also celebrates traditional Japanese music, including string performances and folk music, cultural displays, hands-on activities, Japanese foods, activities for youngsters, and a marketplace.

Bill Yeend / KOMO radio

Veteran radio personality Bill Yeend is retiring after 10 years at KOMO and many years before that at KIRO. You can’t count the number of people who have turned the dial to Yeend’s voice for more than four decades on the radio in Seattle.

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  3. Some gussied up cuisine awaits Mariners fans at Safeco
  4. Michael Saunders sparks Mariners ninth-inning rally
  5. Ann Romney fires back at never-worked charge

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