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October 29, 2012 at 7:14 AM

Monday Memo: Mill Creek fatalities … Flight disruptions … Bellingham strangler


National Weather Service / Forecast

A woman was found dead in a Mill Creek apartment early today, and police are investigating it as a homicide. Police found the woman after responding to a report of a domestic dispute. What’s more, a man who crashed a car into a truck and died may also be linked to the case. KING5 has the story.

Fewer seal pups showing up on West Seattle beaches: 32 fewer than last year, to be exact, and 15 more were found dead, the non-profit  Seal Sitter group tells KING5. There’s no answer why that’s happening, but the pups that are seen are emaciated.

Bellingham’s “copycat strangler” remembered: With the tearing-down of a motel in Bellingham, The Bellingham Herald writes of the bizarre case of the woman who attempted to kill another woman at the hotel in 1988. She did it to make it look as though the Hillside Strangler was still on the loose and that Kenneth Bianchi, the real Hillside Strangler, was innocent of the murders of two Western Washington University students that sent him to prison. The woman, Veronica Lyn Compton, was convicted of attempted murder, but later escaped from prison. She was caught and served 22 years behind bars.

Wet, wet, wet: It’s going to be that way this week, with heavy rain into Wednesday. That means Halloween will be soggy. Just thank your lucky stars you’re not on the East Coast.

Flights going east: And we don’t have to tell you to be sure to check with your airline if you’re flying that way, because a lot of flights scheduled for the East Coast are canceled.

Most-read stories on this morning:

  1. Microsoft bets on Windows Phone 8 to regain foothold in smartphone market: On Monday in San Francisco, Microsoft has the launch event for Windows Phone 8, the latest version of the company’s 2-year-old smartphone platform. It’s Microsoft’s newest attempt to regain a foothold in the smartphone market — something it’s struggled mightily to do, with a worldwide market share that falls below 4 percent.
  2. Microsoft’s Surface tablet shows off Windows 8 features: Microsoft really is shaking things up with Windows 8. It’s a remodel down to the foundation, a monumental effort to start a new era of personal computing. The showcase of this work is the Surface tablet, the first computer made and sold by the company.
  3. This time, Seahawks’ defense is to blame: For the first time this season, it was Seattle’s defense that wasted an impressive performance by the offense.
  4. Preparing for hurricane Sandy: Along the East Coast, residents are preparing for Hurricane Sandy to hit and merge with two other weather systems to create a fearsome storm. Here are their stories.
  5. Huskies defeat Oregon State: The story of UW’s 20-17 win over Oregon State on Saturday night was pretty simple, Washington tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins said. “It was a physical game and we were the most physical team and that’s why they lost, because they are not physical like us.”

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