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September 20, 2012 at 6:45 AM

Morning Memo/Thursday: Fair name change … Wildfires … Shooting threat at high school

Weather: Things are going to start getting a bit cooler over the next several days, which could mean we’ve turned a corner toward fall. We hope not, though. The chart says the highs will reach only the upper 60s, but other weather reports say we’ll get into the low 70s today, with sunshine after the clouds clear. We’re going with that forecast. The National Weather Service forecast.

Traffic: The map and cams.

Doing the Puyallup, sorta: While that phrase will stay for promotional purposes, the fair will now be called the Washington State Fair. What do you think of the name change? Take our poll.

Wildfires raging: The fires are growing and may join in the Wenatchee area. Some 150 folks are being told to evacuate. No homes have burned as some 2,000 firefighters battle the blazes. One phrase caught our eye:

“There have been reports of the Table Mountain fires throwing 8-inch chunks of burning bark 6 to 7 miles into the Mission Ridge area…”

Shooting threat at Skyline High School: We’re keeping an eye on any developments at the school, which is closed today because someone threatened to shoot up the place. According to screen shots on Twitter and Facebook, someone, purportedly a student at the school, wrote:  “I am going to open fire on the people in the commons in the morning until I am either taken down by our school’s police officer, or until I run out of mags.” Scary stuff, that.

Marijuana rally: People who support medical marijuana are scheduled to rally outside the federal courthouse  in Seattle at 1:30 this afternoon to protest policies that have shut down dispensaries. It’s part of a national day effort against Justice Department policies and raids by the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Most-read stories this morning on seattletimes.com:

  1. Off-duty Bellevue officers reportedly taunt and surround SPD officers after littering incident
  2. Not enough people pay income tax? What about Boeing? | Danny Westneat
  3. Review of science lets people off the hook for Hood Canal fish kills
  4. Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson shouldn’t be measured by his (lack of) height| Danny O’Neil
  5. Iranians protest prophet cartoons in French weekly

Comments | Topics: Morning Memo, Puyallup Fair, Skyline High School

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