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August 31, 2012 at 6:57 AM

Morning Memo/Friday: Rain(less) record … bad drivers … donation theft

Weather: Mostly sunny, with a high approaching 70. Have you noticed it hasn’t rained in a while? No rain has fallen this month at Sea-Tac Airport, which — so long as it doesn’t rain today — would make it the driest August on record there. The last time it rained at the airport was July 22. Can you believe that?  The National Weather Service forecast

Traffic: The map and cams.

How do Seattle drivers rank against other cities? Not well, according to Allstate Insurance’s annual America’s Best Drivers Report. In the 2012 report, Seattle ranks 154th of 200 cities. The report, based on Allstate claims data, estimates the average Seattle driver will be in an accident every 7.9 years. The bright side? At least Seattle drivers, by a couple ticks, outrank Tacoma, which came in at 156th.

Not a feel-good story: A 20-year-old Kittitas woman was arrested for selling clothes and other items that had been donated for families who lost their homes in the Cle Elum wildfire. When picking up the items, the woman had said they were for a family with six kids that had lost its home.

Biplane lands on highway: A biplane headed from Spokane made an emergency landing on a state highway near Knoxville, Iowa, after its engine failed. The plane was flying to Blakesburg, about 35 miles from Knoxville. Between you and me, I’d be scared to death flying that far in a biplane.

Most-read stories this morning on seattletimes.com:

  1. Vulcan putting Amazon campus up for sale
  2. 10-year-old allegedly helps mother burglarize Lynnwood home
  3. Washington State’s Mike Leach era starts with a tough game at BYU | Bud Withers
  4. No water, no power means days of misery for La.
  5. McKenna takes jabs at Inslee in debate

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