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October 15, 2012 at 7:19 AM

Monday Memo: Arena vote … Road rage … Deadly allergy in jail?

That sports arena thing in the Sodo neighborhood ... well, the Seattle City and King County councils are expected to approve a revised MOU, that’s a memo of understanding, for the arena sometime today. Longshoremen have scheduled a news conference to talk about a lawsuit they say they will file against building an arena.

The Bellingham Herald | A family of Lummi descent will be in Rome and meet the pope later this month when the Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha is canonized as the first Native American to become a saint in the Roman Catholic Church. The survival of a Sandy Point boy who nearly died in 2006 from flesh-eating bacteria was decreed a miracle attributed to the Blessed Kateri.

This stopped us in our tracks: “Michael Saffioti’s allergies were so extreme he would have to ask a girl about what she had eaten before he could kiss her, his mother said.” Saffioti, who had asthma, died in the Snohomish County Jail back in July, and his mother said his death could be contributed to a severe allergic reaction to something he had for breakfast while in jail.

Walla Walla Union Bulletin | A case of road rage left a local bicyclist with a case of road rash after the 57-year-old traded insults with the driver of a Jeep SUV.

Most-read local stories today on

  1. Where Rob McKenna and Jay Inslee stand on social issues
    No Republican opposed to abortion rights has become governor in this state, at least in modern times. So while the gubernatorial candidates have spent most of their time talking about jobs and the economy this election, social issues clearly matter with voters.
  2. Longview soldier killed herself, report says
    Spc. Mikayla Bragg, 20, from Longview, killed herself in Afghanistan last December as she served alone in a guard tower, where she was stationed despite a long history of mental-health issues that was not communicated to her supervisors, according to The Daily News in her hometown.
  3. Danny Westneat | State turns a 520 bridge toll bill into paradox
    Pam Hammond’s failure to pay a toll bill she never received put her in violation of Kafkaesque state rules.
  4. Longtime Seattle youth center faces closure without shot of cash
    Staff, volunteers and youth are trying to raise money to keep Peace for the Streets by Kids from the Streets, a center for homeless and struggling youth, from closing.
  5. Lewis-McChord soldiers in Afghanistan see new threats, uncertainties

Concerns are growing about what will happen after U.S. soldiers withdraw

Nick Provenza: 206-464-2142 or On Twitter @NickProvenza1


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