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August 25, 2012 at 9:44 AM

Morning Memo/Saturday: Backpacks for needy students … Boeing Classic … Starbucks robbery

Weather: Sunny skies today, with a high in the 70s. Clouds are expected to move in this evening and will gradually build over the week as temperatures drop slightly. Still looks like summer, though. The National Weather Service forecast.

Traffic: There will be plenty of weekend road closures, but thank goodness the Sodo sinkhole is repaired, at least temporarily. Here’s a quick hit of what’s closing, which you can read more about here:

• The carpool lane of I-405 northbound, at the I-90 junction, is closed until 11 a.m. Sunday.
• I-5 southbound is closed until 5 a.m. Saturday under the state convention center in Seattle.
• Mercer Street and its I-5 ramps is closed until 5 a.m. Monday.
• The northbound exit from I-5 to North 85th Street is closed.

The map and cams.

(Photo provided by the Alajawan Foundation and Skyway Fire District)

Backpacks for schoolchildren: The Alajawan Brown Foundation and Skyway Fire, which teamed up to collect backpacks and school supplies for needy students, will be distributing the backpacks from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. today at the Skyway Fire Training Center (12424 76th Avenue South). Children must come with an adult to receive a backpack.

12-year-old Alajawan Brown was fatally shot in a Skyway parking lot on April 29, 2010, after being mistaken as a rival gang member of the shooter.

Boeing Classic golf tournament: Seattle native Fred Couples, the local star of the Boeing Classic, was forced to withdraw after just one shot Friday due to lower back pain. The person to watch today is Mark Calcavecchia, who has a three-shot lead over five players going into day two.

Starbucks robbed: A man robbed a small Starbucks store Friday in the University of Washington campus building downtown before fleeing. The suspect is described as a white male in his 20s with a large scar on his right forearm. Maybe the “Duct Tape Bandit” could have taught him how to cover that one up.

Most-read stories this morning on seattletimes.com:

  1. Microsoft gets a new logo for the first time since 1987
  2. Russell Wilson impressive as Seahawks win big
  3. NY gunman quiet loner, victim outgoing family man
  4. New Microsoft logo gets mixed reviews
  5. Lance Armstrong banned, stripped of titles

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