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The Today File

Your guide to the latest news from around the Northwest

August 22, 2012 at 7:14 AM

Morning Memo/Wednesday: Robber’s bad mask … Mariners store burglary … cooler weather

Weather: We’re in for cooler than normal temperatures through the weekend and that’s simply not acceptable. We’re supposed to be in the mid-70s, but we’ll not get out of the 60s on most days. The chart even says we could see light rain. What? And have you noticed how much shorter the days are getting? Summer is slipping away. The National Weather Service forecast.

Traffic: The map and cams.

Bank surveillance photo of the “Duct Tape Bandit.”

A robber and his “mask”: Perhaps it’s a sign of the recession, but couldn’t the so-called Duct Tape Bandit who has hit a few banks in the area come up with a better mask than putting black tape over his nose to hide his identity? What happened to handkerchiefs and ski masks? Perhaps he has a distinctive snozz. Sorry pal, but the tape doesn’t do much to cover your face. It does, however, make you look a bit like a koala bear.

Hey, show me the money: New and expensive software installed at Washington State University has hit a snag and delayed the transfer of financial aid dollars to student accounts. The new software system, which cost $15 million, is expected to streamline a variety of things at the university including applying for admission and registering for classes. The school hopes to have things in working order by the end of the week.

The Mariners Team Store was broken into early this morning, according to Seattle police. The burglar, or burglars, smashed the store’s windows to get inside. (By the way, we couldn’t help noticing on a TV video that an Ichiro uniform was advertised at 50 percent off…)

And speaking of the M’s… whoa! Mariners’ bats and King Felix thrill crowd in win over Indians. It’s the seventh consecutive win and 14th in the last 15 games at home.

Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta is scheduled to be in Bremerton at midday today for a visit to the USS John C. Stennis. He is to meet with service members who are headed for duty in the Middle East.

Most-read stories this morning on seattletimes.com:

  1. Felix Hernandez gives “promise” that he’s not going anywhere | Mariners Blog
  2. 6 Seattle schools have become whiter as new assignment plan changes racial balance
  3. Rookie Russell Wilson to start Friday in Kansas City | Seahawks Blog
  4. New evidence of Earhart’s plane found in right spot, searchers say
  5. Where Akin got the idea that rape victims rarely get pregnant

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