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July 2, 2012 at 6:30 AM

Morning Memo / Monday: Belltown shooting … highway kangaroo … gas prices down

Weather:  We’re still waiting for that sun to come out and stay out. Skies are expected to be mostly cloudy today with highs teetering around 70 degrees. There’s an 80 percent chance of showers tonight, but we’ll take it if it means sun on Independence Day.  The National Weather Service forecast.

Traffic: Nothing unusual to report traffic-wise this morning. The Mariners play at 7:10 tonight, meaning there could be delays in Sodo. Also, a reminder to drivers who use Highway 520: Starting yesterday, toll rates on the bridge increased 2.5 percent (though drivers with a Good To Go! pass will be unaffected). See the  traffic map and cams.

Francisco Lopez picks cherries recently at Hayden Farms in Eltopia, Franklin County, where pickers are told to gently lay, not drop, the tender fruit in a bucket to avoid bruising. (Photo by Mark Harrison / The Seattle Time)

Sensitive to the rain, wind, frost, heat and sweet-toothed birds, Washington cherries are a delicate and tricky food to harvest. Reporter Lynda Mapes takes a close-up look at the details that go into growing cherries, like spraying trees with calcium to slow water intake or flying helicopters over the fields to dry them out. Read the full story.

It was another violent weekend in Seattle. A shooting at a house  party in South Seattle ended in one person dead and five others wounded In a separate incident this morning around 3 a.m., a man was found shot in Seattle’s Belltown neighborhood, KING5 reports. The victim was in his 50s, and his injuries are life-threatening.

A kangaroo nearly caused a few accidents as it hopped down Highway 182 in Pasco on Saturday. KNDO reports that the pet — yes, it’s legal to have exotic pets in Franklin County — was blocked off by a barrier of police cars until the owners could retrieve the animal. Apparently the owners also have a pet zebra.

The average price of gasoline is down 14 cents this week in Washington. At an average of $3.64 a gallon according to the AAA, that’s down 65 cents in a month, but still 31 cents higher than the national average.

We’re sad to report that a former Seattle Times intern was found dead in Mexico City Saturday.  Armando Montano, an aspiring journalist who was working this summer as a news intern for The Associated Press in the Mexican capital, was found in an elevator shaft of an apartment building. Read the AP’s report.

Most-read stories this morning on

  1. Roberts ‘wobbly’ before ruling on health-care law, CBS reports
  2. Seattle cops can’t check red-light cameras for clues to killings
  3. Party ends in gunfire: 21-year-old woman dead; 5 wounded
  4. Charlie Sheen falls into old habits with new sitcom
  5. Northwest’s top federal fisheries cop removed from office

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