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August 2, 2012 at 7:00 AM

Morning Memo/Thursday: Pay parking by phone … Heat coming … Blue Angels!

Weather:  Cooler today than yesterday, but whoa, tomorrow and Saturday will be hot — as in the low to mid-80s. Our chart doesn’t perfectly reflect what most other weather reports are saying, which happens sometimes …  Flip-flop time. The National Weather Service forecast.

Traffic: The Blue Angels begin their practice sessions over Lake Washington today, and that means I-90 will be closed from I-5 to Mercer Island twice today, once this morning from 9:45 a.m. to noon, and again this afternoon 1:15 p.m.–2:30 p.m. Be prepared for some roaring skies and traffic congestion elsewhere as drivers look for other ways to get across the lake. The map and cams.

Some stories we’re pleased as punch to be reading this morning: 

Pay for parking by phone in Seattle? You could soon have this option here, at least in some places, according to a story in the Puget Sound Business Journal. Journal web producer Jennifer Sokolowsky blogs that the city has hooked up with a company in Vancouver, B.C., called PayByPhone for a system that would be available this fall at some 13,000 street parking spaces throughout the city. You can do it with a smart phone or by calling a number and plugging in certain information about a parking spot. What’s more, then system can even send you text message telling you when your meter is about to run out.

Ouch! A woman walked through a glass window of a bank in Ridgefield, Clark County (think Vancouver, Wash.), yesterday, apparently thinking it was a door.  She suffered some injuries, but none was life-threatening. The Columbian has the story.

Most-read stories this morning on seattletimes.com:

  1. Striking recycle drivers face replacement threat
  2. Missing Washington state girl found safe
  3. Mariners on a roll, win sixth straight game
  4. Bremerton’s Nathan Adrian wins gold medal
  5. No state money for parks: what next?

 

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