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June 4, 2012 at 6:12 AM

Morning Memo/Monday: Romney visits … Biker shot … Cafe gunman buys blueberry plant

Weather:  Sunday was a keeper! Except for having to do yard work, of course. Did anyone go hiking? Fishing? Today’s weather will be great. Well, not so much. Looking out the window, it’s raining and the high will be just 56 degrees. Not much warmer Tuesday, and drizzly. Ditto for Wednesday and Thursday. Sunday was nice though. The National Weather Service forecast.

Traffic: The map and cams.

Romney is here today: Presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney makes a private fundraising visit to Medina this afternoon.

Cafe killer and the blueberry plant: Now here’s a head-scratcher. … Between the time he shot Gloria Leonidas of Bellevue on First Hill in Seattle and later shot himself, a span of about four hours, Cafe Racer mass killer Ian Stawicki purchased a blueberry plant and some seeds from a nursery in West Seattle, according to a post by our community news partner the West Seattle Blog. It’s just another strange, never to be answered question in a terrible tragedy.

Thousands participate in the annual Komen Race for the Cure as walkers and runners make their way down Second Avenue in downtown Seattle on Sunday. (Photo by Mike Siegel / The Seattle Times)

Biker shot at fundraiser???  This is not the sort of fundraiser we’re used to attending. It appears a member of one motorcycle club, the Bandidos, was shot by a member of another motorcycle club, the Ghostriders, at the Bikers Fighting Cancer fundraiser in the Spanaway area over the weekend. No one’s dead, but come on, folks. The News Tribune in Tacoma has the story.

Do we have to tell you that gas prices are up, again? It’s only a penny over last week, according to AAA of Washington, but the cost of a gallon ain’t going down either. The numbers: In the state: $4.26, Bellingham $4.46, Bremerton $4.27, Seattle-Bellevue-Everett $4.33, Tacoma $4.30, Olympia $4.32, Vancouver $4.29, Yakima $4.23, Tri-Cities $4.15, Spokane $3.97.

Never underestimate the power of social media: When the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure decided earlier this year to stop funding breast-cancer screening at Planned Parenthood clinics — it later reversed that decision — it created a firestorm that raced around the country, and Facebook and Twitter were red hot with people who had something to say about it. That was true in the Seattle area, too.Participation in the Komen event in Seattle yesterday was down 40 percent, and donations were down $500,000.

Liquor prices still in the news. Does it surprise you that stories about the privatization of liquor sales in our state have topped the most-read lists for days and days now?

Most-read stories this morning on seattletimes.com:

  1. The day liquor went private and prices stumped the public
  2. Victims of violence: The homicide victims in Seattle this year
  3. Black Forest Cake: a chocolate, cherry and cream extravaganza | Taste
  4. Mastro mystery: Aging ex-magnate nears 1 year on the lam
  5. Baseball draft is serious business for Mariners, GM Jack Zduriencik

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