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June 7, 2012 at 7:25 AM

Morning Memo/Thursday: Rain … 75-foot-fall … Police shooting … Malnourished boy

Weather: We don’t have to tell you it’s RAINING, AGAIN. Maybe just drizzle tomorrow, Saturday and Sunday. But look at Monday: 73 degrees and partly cloudy (You know that when we see partly cloudy we take that to mean partly sunny. Does that mean we’re being optimistic? Pshaw.) The National Weather Service forecast.

Traffic: It’s wet. Roads can be slippery Drive slower. Keep your distance from the vehicle in front of you. Pray that the rain will stop.  The map and cams.

Pierce County sheriff’s deputies shot and killed a man early this morning, saying that he stole a truck and tried to ram a sheriff’s vehicle several times.

Dee Wells, 82, gets a hug from her husband now that she's safe after a 75-foot fall down an embankment where she stayed for five hours before being rescued. (Screen grab courtesy of KING5)

One tough cookie: Dee Wells, 82, of Edmonds was reaching down to pull some weeds yesterday when she slipped and fell 75 feet down a steep embankment where she was stuck for some five hours, according to a story by our news partner KING5. And, she came away from the ordeal with just a few scratches. Like we said, one tough, lucky lady.

Malnourished 2-year-old boy on life support: It’s taken some time, but the Grant County sheriff’s office is wrapping up its investigation into the case of the Moses Lake boy who was found profoundly malnourished early last month. When they’re done, they will hand their work over to prosecutors to see if charges should be filed. On May 9, emergency personnel responding to the family home found that the boy’s heart had stopped, his temperature was just 89 degrees and he weighed just 10 pounds. The boy remains on life support at a Spokane hospital.

Lest we forget about whooping cough … The number of cases in our state has reached 2,000, according to the Seattle/LocalHealthGuide. A whooping cough epidemic has already been declared in Washington and health officials continue to urge people to get vaccinated. The good news is that more than 82,000 people have been vaccinated already, compared to 34,000 at the same time last year. Nonetheless, health officials have predicted that there could be some 3,000 whooping cough cases by year’s end.

Most-read stories this morning on seattletimes.com:

  1. Buyer’s remorse over end of state stores as liquor prices rise
  2. Gonorrhea will be resistant to all drugs ‘in a couple of years’
  3. Developers team up on 23-story hotel project near stadiums
  4. UW students facing 16% tuition hike look for cuts but find little fat
  5. UW may tighten conflict-of-interest rules after burn-doctor case

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