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May 13, 2012 at 8:58 AM

Morning Memo / Sunday: Sunshine galore … A mother’s strength … Rafting accident

Weather:  Sun, sun, sun! The weather is playing nice for Mother’s Day, already  hitting 58 degrees this morning, with a high of 77 expected later in the day.   The National Weather Service forecast.

Traffic: A charity 5k from Seattle Center to Spring Street has traffic all snarled downtown this morning, and there aren’t any signs warning about it — just closed off streets block after block with no way to get through. So be ready. It’s supposed to last until about 11:30 a.m.  See the map and cams.

Mother’s Day inspiration:  Today we have a touching story from staff reporter Sandy Ringer about a mother who is still going strong despite her debilitating brain tumors that have so far required nine surgeries. Former KOMO-TV news anchor Kathi Koertzen has lost  parts of her vision, hearing and speech, even lost the anchor job she adored for nearly 30 years. The condition has robbed her ability to eat and drink, and destroyed the nerves on the right side of her face, leaving her with a crooked smile. But no tumor can shake her faith or the love and support she shares with her family, friends and more than 72,000 followers on Facebook. Read the full story.

The Space Needle towers above a 100-foot-long assembly of glass art suspended in the Seattle Center's new Chihuly Garden and Glass permanent exhibition. The $20 million project of nearly 45,000 square feet opens May 21. (Photo by Ken Lambert / The Seattle Times)

Violent offender on federal payroll: For your dose of Seattle Times watchdog reporting, we have a story about an offender with a history of violence against women who somehow became a federal informant in Seattle.  Reporters Steve Miletich and Mike Carter obtained police records that shows the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives paid for Joshua Allan Jackson’s motel room where he sexually abused an 18-year-old woman, holding her against her will for days.  Read the full story.

New Chihuly exhibit: Dale Chihuly’s long-debated Seattle Center exhibition, Chihuly Garden and Glass, opens May 21 at the base of the Space Needle.  Hours are 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.- 9 p.m. Friday-Sunday, with admission ranging between $12 and $19. Read the full story and see the photo gallery.

Water rafting accident: For those of you wanting to take advantage of the sun and hit the water, be careful. A cautionary tale comes from Green River where a rafter’s body was recovered about 45 minutes after a King County chopper spotted the overturned raft.

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