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June 29, 2012 at 6:40 AM

Morning Memo/Friday: Plastic-bag ban … Great Wheel opens today … DJ Pat O’Day

Weather: It was a relatively warm 60 degrees when we walked in under a cloudy sky this morning. Rain later today and rain tomorrow, Sunday,  Monday… No wait! Sunny Monday and a high of 68. So it’s a lousy weekend ahead. You’ll survive, right? And going back to work on Monday won’t be nearly so bad because the sun will be shining.  Not buying it, are ya? The National Weather Service forecast.

Traffic: The map and cams.

No plastic bags when you go shopping in Seattle starting Sunday. Bring your own bag, because that’s when the plastic bag ban begins. The City Council adopted the ban at the urging of local environmental groups, which said it would help protect marine life in Puget Sound. The city says Seattleites use 292 million plastic bags a year but recycle only 13 percent of them.

Victim in fire was under investigation: The Whatcom County sheriff’s office says a woman who was found dead in a house fire was suspected of embezzling $100,000.

The Great Wheel goes round:  Just in case you missed it, somehow, the giant wheel attraction on the Seattle waterfront opens for business later this afternoon. This morning is a media preview.

When long-time Seattle residents recall rock ‘n’ roll here in the 60s, they’re likely to remember disc jockey Pat O’ Day. The radio veteran is undergoing surgery today for a benign brain tumor. O’Day worked drive-time at KJR-AM when it was a rock ‘n’ roll station. At times he pulled in a remarkable 40 percent of the total radio audience.

Most-read stories this morning on seattletimes.com:

  1. 2 big-box liquor-store chains may make stir in Washington
  2. Health care law survives _ with Roberts’ help
  3. Supreme Court health-care ruling means Washington state can move quickly
  4. A family’s memories ‘just burned’ in Colo. blaze
  5. Weather could affect Super Guppy event

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