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July 16, 2012 at 6:50 AM

Morning Memo/Monday: Bank vandalism … Week of drizzle … Monk’s new calling

Weather:  That chart over there says drizzle for the next five days, with the sun peaking out every so often. If the extended forecast holds true, though, a great weekend is in the offing with clear skies. At times yesterday, it fell like fall with temperatures in the 60s, gray skies and some winds. The National Weather Service forecast.

Traffic: The map and cams.

Banks’ windows broken: Wells Fargo can’t be too happy this morning. According to KING5, vandals used rocks to smash big windows in two doors in a branch on Sandpoint Way Northeast in Seattle very early this morning and then smashed at least nine windows at another Wells Fargo Branch in Madison Park. Anarchy graffiti was left on the door of one bank.

Gas prices continue to drop: The AAA says the average price of a gallon of gasoline in the state dropped a penny in a week to $3.59. What’s remarkable is that it’s dropped 43 cents over a month ago. Gas prices usually go up in the summer. Go figure. The numbers:  Bellingham $3.70, Bremerton $3.52, Seattle-Bellevue-Everett $3.60, Tacoma $3.56, Olympia $3.55, Vancouver $3.49, Yakima $3.60, Tri-Cities $3.59 and Spokane $3.60.

Lobsang Dargey (Photo by Ellen M. Banner / The Seattle Times)

From monk to developer: Now here’s a paradigm shift for you. Lobsang Dargey, born to a family of Tibetan goatherds and trained in a Buddhist monastery, has become one of Everett’s most influential developers. Have a look at the story by Seattle Times staff reporter Keith Ervin to see how the transformation played out.

A man sexually assaulted a woman at knife point in a Tacoma park early Sunday morning, according to The News Tribune. The woman eventually was able to escape when she struck her attacker and ran away. The attack was in Ryan Park.

 

 A Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldier was killed in Afghanistan on Friday. Sgt. Michael E. Ristau, 25, of Rockford, Ill., died after his vehicle was hit by an improvised explosive device in Zabul Province.

Most-read stories this morning on seattletimes.com:

  1. Mariners owners should do fans a favor and sell team | Steve Kelley
  2. Benjamin Huppe, Garfield grad, nonprofit entrepreneur, dies at 20
  3. Answering 5 big questions about the Sodo arena proposal
  4. Parents compound homesickness with tech hovering
  5. Mariners have “untouchables” when it comes to trade time | Larry Stone

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