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July 11, 2012 at 7:17 AM

Morning Memo/Wednesday: Poles skewer car … Really hot? … Poll: Traffic woes

Weather:  OK, lots of sun, no rain, temperatures in the upper 70s or low 80s, but look at the chart over there. Is next Tuesday really going to have a high of 95 degrees? We’re checking it out. (UPDATE: Well, we did check it out the high is expected to be in the upper 70s. That’s more like it.) The National Weather Service forecast.

Traffic: The map and cams.

Attack of the raccoons: You have to admit that the Lakewood woman who was chased down by all those raccoons the other day was one of those “Hey, did you hear about the woman who was attacked by raccoons?” kind of stories. It’s good that’s she’s on her way to recovery. One line in the story was a bit troublesome, though. “They (the raccoons) just hang around here,” (said one person who lives in the neighborhood). “They come around and a couple of us in the neighborhood feed them.”  Feeding wild animals can cause them to lose their fear of humans, and that can be dangerous and lead to unexpected consequences. This poor woman had nothing to do with that.

A Deming woman narrowly escaped serious injury when she collided with the rear of a trailer hauling 27-foot-long poles. (Photo / Washington State Patrol)

Poles pierce woman’s car front to back: A woman from Maple Falls is one lucky lady, sort of . She some how  escaped life-threatening injuries when 27-foot long poles on the bed of a truck in front of her “skewered” her car when she failed to see them, according to the Washington State Patrol. The poles crashed through the windshield and the back window, trapping the woman inside. The patrol is trying to figure out why she didn’t see the poles because the trucker had put the required red flags on the end of them. The Bellingham Herald has the story.

Traffic getting worse? The newest report on traffic congestion in big cities puts Seattle at the fourth worst in the country. Another report puts us at number seven. A third says we’re twelve based on  2010 data. What do you think about our traffic headache? Take our poll.

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  4. The Mariners can’t give up on Justin Smoak, but they need to start hedging | Jerry Brewer
  5. Cracks appear in GOP unity on health-care law

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