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May 14, 2012 at 6:50 AM

Morning Memo/Monday: 80 degrees! … Councilman drowns … Preppers

Weather: Hot. It could actually reach that 80-degree mark we’ve been talking about for several days now. (It made it to 78 degrees yesterday.) Don’t get too comfortable, though. While tomorrow and Wednesday will be in the 70s or so, temperatures are expected to drop into the 60s by Thursday, which is typical of this time of the year. Enjoy it while you can. The National Weather Service forecast.

Traffic: The map and cams.

Everett councilman’s drowning death: The tragic death of Drew Nielsen can be a warning to all that even experienced rafters can succumb to fast-moving, early season, cold river water, even when you’re wearing a life vest. There’s a mountain-climbing safety movie called, “The Mountains Don’t Care.” That can be said of rivers, too.

Are you prepared for disasters, say, oh, like the end of the world as we know it? If you ask people like Robert Sarnes, you’re probably not. Mr. Sarnes has stocked 12 cases of peas and beans, seven pounds of powdered milk, 50 pounds of flour, 50 pounds of rice, 20 pounds of frozen chicken breasts, a 4,000-watt generator and some 35 gallons of gas in containers to run a freezer. And, he packs a. 45 in a holster. Let’s say he’s prepared, for anything! See the story about “preppers”  by Seattle Times staff reporter Erik Lacitis.

Veteran pitchers’ duel: It was the Mariners’ 38-year-old Kevin Millwood on the mound versus 39-year-old Yankee hurler Andy Pettitte in the Mariners’ 6-2 win over the Yankees. Veteran, but not old.

Most-read stories this morning on seattletimes.com:

  1. Kathi Goertzen: a mother’s strength, two daughters’ inspiration
  2. Tall task for Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson
  3. Violent criminal on federal payroll as informant
  4. Mexico drug war’s latest toll: 49 headless bodies
  5. Kevin Millwood steals show as Mariners beat Yankees, 6-2

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