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June 8, 2012 at 7:12 AM

Morning Memo/Friday: Red light cams … BIG soft drinks … Brrr, it’s cold

Weather:  If you thought it was wet yesterday, you were spot on. The Weather Service says more than half an inch of rain, .53, fell at the Weather Service office in Seattle. That’s more than double the record set in 1993 for that date. We also set a rain record Tuesday. See staff reporter Jack Broom’s story today.

It’s going to be colder than normal today with a high of just 58. How cold is that? The average high temperature for this day is 69 degrees, so don’t wear flip flops. Some forecasts call for a high of 70 on Monday. Cross your fingers. The National Weather Service forecast.

A cat huddles in a tire well outside Wilson Machine Works on Thursday amid the wind and rain. This June has been chillier and soggier than usual. (Photo by Greg Gilbert / The Seattle Times)

Traffic: The map and cams.

Keep those BIG soft drinks a-comin’: Yesterday, we asked you whether Seattle should ban soft drinks larger than 16 ounces, which was proposed in New York City this week, and you overwhelmingly said NO. Of the 638 votes cast as of this morning, 432 of you said not on your life.

As one commenter said:

“So the choice is medium or small? 16 oz is not enough to wash down large fries and a big mac.”

Red light cameras in Lynnwood are popular. OK, not so much for some folks. A community meeting is scheduled next week so people can have their say about this always sticky topic, according to our community news partner Lynnwood Today.

Lynnwood City Councilwoman Kerri Lonergan-Dreke says:

“What I’m hearing from folks, both inside and outside of Lynnwood, is people don’t have a positive feeling about red light cameras,” she said in April. “We’ve had a lot of folks who have written to us, saying ‘we will no longer come to Lynnwood; we won’t shop in Lynnwood.’”

Yeah, those aren’t positive thoughts at all.

Sad news that a soldier from Walla Walla has died in Afghanistan. The family of Lt. Mathew Fazzari told our sister paper The Walla Walla Union-Bulletin that he died in a helicopter crash. While the Defense Department has confirmed the death, two Army pilots were reported dead when their chopper crashed Wednesday in the Ghazni province. Fazzari, a 2010 Gonzaga University graduate, was married and had two young boys.

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