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April 2, 2012 at 6:26 AM

Morning Memo/Monday: Motorcycle crash … 50 mph wind … marina fire

Weather: Currently overcast and still windy out there, with gusts of around 50 mph expected in coastal areas and in the Strait of Juan de Fuca this afternoon, according to KING-TV. Expect the cloud cover to stick around throughout the day, but we might avoid the rain today. It will be warmer this afternoon, with highs in the upper 50s to low 60s. But a cold front arriving Tuesday is expected to add up to a foot of new snow in the north Cascades. The National Weather Service forecast.

Traffic: The Battery Street Tunnel was closed briefly this morning due to a car crash. The driver is fine, and the wreck is now clear. Otherwise, hearing about sporadic problems around the region, but nothing that should affect your commute. The map and cams.

Motorcyclist injured in crash on Alaskan Way Viaduct: A woman suffered life-threatening injuries last night in a motorcycle accident on the Alaskan Way Viaduct. The woman, in her 40s, was taken to Harborview Medical Center, according to the Seattle Fire Department. Her condition was not immediately known this morning.

Day 2 of our Amazon series: Today we take a look at publishers and others in the book world who worry that Amazon will use its pricing pressure to crush publishers. They say Amazon’s demands for deeper discounts threaten already-thin profit margins, and some warn about an Amazon monopoly.

Wind complicating search for marina fire victims: Officials are still looking for the bodies of two people presumed dead in the fire Friday that sank their boat at a Bellingham marina. A crane is being barged in to help, but that operation was complicated by the high winds.

Skier dies in White Pass tree well: A skier who died at White Pass is described as a woman in her 20s who worked at the ski area this season. Ski area general manager Kevin McCarthy says she fell headfirst into a tree well — where snow piles up around a tree — and apparently suffocated.

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