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July 12, 2012 at 6:58 AM

Morning Memo/Thursday: Animal cruelty … Starbucks at a funeral home … Zip line

Weather: We hope you saw that beautiful sunrise this morning. Temperature-wise, some folks (like our executive editor…) say the best temperature for Seattle is the mid-70s, so the next six days will be golden. It’s no heat wave, but we can live with it. As we’ve said before, when that chart over there says “partly cloudy,” we take that to mean “partly sunny.” We hope you agree. The National Weather Service forecast.

Traffic: The map and cams.

Starbucks/funeral-home combo: A South Carolina funeral home is going to make paying your respects to a departed one a bit different by attaching a Starbucks next door. The owner of the Easly, S.C., home says offering food or coffee to help comfort those who have experienced a loss is a good thing. The Starbucks shop will offer food along with a cup of joe.

Poll: Would you want a zip line in your park? A proposal to put a 5- to 6-acre ropes course and zip-line attraction in West Seattle’s Lincoln Park was nixed yesterday after the community said, “Oh no you’re not!” Would you want a zip line and rope course in your neighborhood park? Take our poll.

Animal cruelty charges. 50 dogs and cats: You might ask why it took them so long. A 57-year-old Spokane woman has been charged with nine counts of animal cruelty after a raid last February found the critters living in small cages, in the dark, in their own urine amidst the general squalor of her tiny home. Workers had to wear respirators and hazardous-material suits to ward off the stench. Animal rescue folks have been receiving complaints about the woman for at least 28 years.

Most-read stories this morning on seattletimes.com:

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  2. Arena deal sure beats Husky Stadium deal |Danny Westneat
  3. A happy-hour secret: Order the Cuoco sandwich even though it’s not on menu
  4. Boeing exec: Dreamliners will begin to flow this quarter; room for future work like 777X will open up | Boeing Live Event Coverage
  5. Both parties block quick votes on Obama tax plan

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