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June 5, 2012 at 7:14 AM

Morning Memo/Tuesday: Dead sea lions … Transgender restrooms … Penn Cove

Weather:   A soaker out there this morning. And it rained yesterday, didn’t it?  Told you. More of the same today. And it’s not supposed to warm up, either, maybe 56 degrees. A few weeks back, some of us were wearing sandals. Have you been wearing sandals lately? Didn’t think so. The National Weather Service forecast.

Traffic: The map and cams.

20 seal lions found dead since April: The story of sea lions being found dead along the mouth of the Columbia River continues. The most recent victims, most of them shot, were found in southern Washington and northern Oregon, a marine mammal researcher has told The Oregonian. Most of the animals were California sea lions, which are protected under federal law, but some were Steller sea lions, which are a threatened species. The researcher, Dalin D’Alessandro, points to the usual suspects, fishermen, who say the sea lions compete with their catch.

Transgender restrooms: Green River Community College is experimenting with neutral restrooms on campus to accommodate everyone. KING5 has the story.

Crews work near the Deep Sea after it was lifted by crane Sunday from Penn Cove on Whidbey Island. The boat caught fire and sank off of Coupeville last month. (Photo by Erika Schultz / The Seattle Times)

Will the Penn Cove mussel operation restart today? We’re waiting for word from the government whether it’s environmentally safe for the Penn Cove mussel farm at Whidbey Island to get back to business today or tomorrow now that the derelict Deep Sea crabber — a wreck of a vessel if there ever was one — has been lifted from the sea floor. The boat burned, sank and leaked fuel awhile back, prompting the government to shut down the mussel farm as a precaution. We’ll keep you posted. (By the way, you might want to have a look at a profile of the boat’s owner written by staff reporter Maureen O’Hagan.)

Seattle man beaten to death in Oregon: Dennis Michael Jones, 48, of Seattle, has been identified as the victim in a grisly beating death near Warm Springs, Ore., on May 30, according to ktvz.com in Bend, Ore. Two men have been arrested. Alcohol appears to have been involved. Jones apparently knew one of the men.

The Ballard Locks will be closed to all marine traffic from 7:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. today to let Navy divers inspect the structure that keeps adult salmon from entering the locks’ saltwater return intake, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Most-read stories this morning on seattletimes.com:

  1. The day liquor went private and prices stumped the public
  2. Junker boat’s owner often in hot water
  3. SPD official pleads not guilty to domestic-violence assault
  4. Black bear euthanized after eating Canadian murderer
  5. Mariners pick Mike Zunino with No. 3 overall pick in draft

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