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October 26, 2012 at 7:03 AM

Friday Memo: Belltown slaying … Poll: Microsoft Surface

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As many as 75 reptiles, spiders and amphibians die in fire: A man who brought such creatures to schools and children’s parties lost about 75 of them when a fire destroyed his Longview home yesterday. One of the survivors, though, was Bows, a tortoise who weighs in at some 70 pounds. The Daily News in Longview has the story.

A slaying in Belltown:  This time a young man walking with his girlfriend, on the way to their car. It’s a scary neighborhood at night, what with crimes such as this, drug dealing and transients accosting people and urinating in alleyways. Let’s hope efforts to make it better, do.

Miscrosoft’s Surface goes on sale today: The question is, will you wait in line to get one. Our tech columnist Brier Dudley was surprised to learn that Microsoft is offering a $100 credit toward a full year of Xbox Music Pass to the first 100 people lined up at Microsoft stores when they open this morning, even though there’s been a lot of interest in the new device. Would you stand in line to get one? Take our poll.

Tuberculosis in our area: TB is at its lowest rate in King County in 30 years, but the incidence of it here remains significantly higher than elsewhere in the country. What’s that all about?

Most-read stories on this morning:

  1. Romney pressed on abortion question: Republican Mitt Romney is renewing his focus on the nation’s economy while facing continued pressure to break his silence on a GOP Senate candidate’s statement that any pregnancy resulting from rape is “something God intended.”
  2. Microsoft’s next big job: luring users to Windows 8: As it launches Windows 8, Microsoft’s challenge is not only to convince longtime Windows users they should use an operating system with an interface very different from what they’re used to. It’s also to convince those in the market for a mobile device that they should give Windows 8 a go.
  3. Boeing invites suppliers to conference on outsourcing to Mexico: Boeing’s invitation comes near the end of a presidential-election campaign where the outsourcing of U.S. jobs has been a hot issue.
  4. Where do i click, again? A guide to Windows 8: With the launch of Windows 8, buyers are about to discover a computing experience unlike anything they’ve seen before. Here’s a guide to getting past some of the hurdles.
  5. Microsoft offers $100 giveaway to line up for Surface: There’s plenty of interest in Microsoft’s new Surface tablets and Windows 8 so it’s a little surprising that the company is making a lucrative offer to get people to line up at stores on their big launch day.

Nick Provenza: 206-464-2142 or

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