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The Today File

Your guide to the latest news from around the Northwest

July 19, 2012 at 7:20 AM

Morning Memo/Thursday: Amanda Knox … Big arena hearing … Dog vs. porcupine

Weather:  Hey, hasn’t it been muggy? What is this, the Midwest? The South? (Except for the temperatures, of course.) It could be sunny today, although some forecasts call for a chance of drizzle. The high is expected to reach 75 degrees, though. Chart says drizzle Friday through Monday, but there could be some sun. Summer, where art thou?  The National Weather Service forecast.

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Amanda Knox

Amanda Knox is in the news: An appeals court has set March 25 next year to hear the prosecution’s appeal of the acquittal that set Knox free last October. The fact that the appeal, which is expected to last just one day, won’t happen for eight months is another example of how slowly the Italian legal system’s wheels turn. Knox, of West Seattle, was convicted then later acquitted in the slaying of her British roommate Meredith Kercher in Perugia, Italy, in 2007.

Sports arena hearing tonight: The Seattle and King County councils hold a joint public hearing on the proposal to build the arena in Seattle’s Sodo neighborhood. See today’s story by staff reporter Lynn Thompson on how the Seattle proposal stacks up against similar facilities elsewhere.

Dog meets porcupine. OUCH!  A German shepherd chased a porcupine into a crevice near Spokane yesterday, only to get a mouthful of quills. What’s more, the poor pooch got stuck there. An animal protection officer crawled into the crevice and spent 20 minutes getting the dog free.

Sounders put on a good show: Seattle’s own soccer club didn’t win, but they gave some 53,000 fans 90 minutes of the beautiful game at CenturyLink Field in Seattle last night against England’s Chelsea FC, the European club champions. Yesterday also was the farewell match for Sounders veteran Roger Levesque.

Most-read stories this morning on seattletimes.com:

  1. 24 killed as former Washington ferry capsizes in Tanzania
  2. Jay Buhner tells ESPN 710 Seattle he’d “vomit” if Ichiro gets multi-year deal, even at huge pay cut | Mariners Blog
  3. ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ — breathtaking Batman finale | Movie review
  4. Bachmann blasted for claiming Muslim group is infiltrating U.S. government
  5. Seattle ranks high in skilled foreign workers on H-1B visa

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