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April 5, 2012 at 6:56 AM

Morning Memo/Thursday: Here comes the sun … HOV doll … Intruders shot

Weather: Nice and sunny yesterday. Wasn’t there a 70 percent chance of rain? Can we ever get it right? There’s a 50 percent chance today and it was raining very early this morning. We could see the sun later today and Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday are looking great. Let’s see if that holds true. Would be nice to have some spring this spring. The National Weather Service forecast.

TrafficThe map and cams.

Blow-up doll scam backfires, but with a twist: We all know some knuckleheads think they can pull a fast one on the cops by putting a life-size doll in the passenger seat to use the carpool lanes, but when a 21-year-old driver tried it, he got more than he bargained for. He cut off a state trooper on I-405 near Renton and got pulled over. When the trooper noticed the doll, the driver got a $248 ticket for the faulty lane change and another for using his plastic passenger. What was he thinking?

Seattle School administrators wanted to save some money by not making up all the school days lost when it snowed like crazy back in January. The school board said nope. Kids need all the education they can get.

Two intruders are dead in less than a week at the hands of people protecting themselves and their property.  That’s very unusual. A man was shot dead by a man in his North Bend home last Friday and a retired Puyallup cop shot and killed a burglar who broke into his home last night.

You can’t hunt wolves in Washington: A rancher in Eastern Washington pleaded guilty yesterday to conspiring to kill a gray wolf, which are protected, and ship its pelt to a friend in Canada. This story also involves hunting moose in Canada and bringing it stateside and hunting bears with a dog. The rancher’s from Twisp.

The letter to Amina

Here’s the bit about shipping the pelt, from The Associated Press story:

The case stemmed from a 2008 report of a bloody package that had been left with a private shipping company in Omak. A suspicious employee called police, who opened the package and discovered a fresh wolf hide.

The rancher said he was only trying to protect his livestock.

Boy’s letter to Amina: If you haven’t read the letter handwritten in pencil on lined school paper by the 9-year-old boy who brought the gun to school that went off and shot 9-year-old Amina Kocer-Bowman, have a look. Click on the image of the letter on the right to read it.

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  2. Skyline quarterback Max Browne commits to USC
  3. Seahawks unveil dramatic new uniforms |Seahawks Blog
  4. GOP staffer seeks $1.75M settlement from state
  5. Boy’s letter: ‘I’m sorry I hurt you because I brought a gun to school’


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