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The Today File

Your guide to the latest news from around the Northwest

October 3, 2012 at 10:05 AM

Morning Memo: 10 local and trending stories for Wednesday

1. Sea-Tac plane fuelers authorize strike they say might disrupt flights

Fuelers who work for contractor ASIG say the strike vote was called over “retaliation against a co-worker who raised public concerns about safety & fairness at our airport.” They’ve scheduled a news conference at noon today. Comments from ASIG and Alaska Airlines are being sought.

2. King County sheriff makes case for pot

Danny Westneat | It’s startling enough that the King County sheriff — not a retired cop, but the current sheriff — came out this week for legalizing pot. But then there was the sheriff’s reasoning. Part of it was even more unusual. Legalizing marijuana will be better for the kids.

3. Seattle gridlock: Too many cars, too few lanes, no easy fixes

KING5 | Some traffic experts question whether Seattle’s traffic congestion is really the fourth worst in the country, but they agree it is “a big problem in a region where the roads are too small for the number of drivers trying to access them.”

4. Idaho man accused of groping cheerleaders in the Tri-Cities

Tri-City Herald | A 41-year-old Idaho man is accused of driving to the Tri-Cities to watch and grope high school cheerleaders. The man, from Bonner’s Ferry, Idaho, was at two Hanford High School football games last month and allegedly grabbed or touched three cheerleaders under their skirts. School officials later identified him as a suspect who was seen loitering outside the girls’ locker room.

5. Vancouver, Wash., family reunited with missing python

A Vancouver, Wash.-area family has been reunited with a 4-foot-long pet python inadvertently left behind in a move two months ago. (Editor’s note: The snake missing in Seattle’s Cowan Park never was found.)

6. First Lady stumps for president in Seattle speech

Speaking before a Seattle crowd that paid up to $10,000 per person to attend, first lady Michelle Obama urged her husband’s supporters to “talk to everyone you know. Your friends, your neighbor, that nephew you haven’t seen in a while. … If you do that, we can win Washington state.”

7. Pete Carroll’s decision to start Russell Wilson has painted Seahawks into a corner

Steve Kelley | Welcome to Wilson vs. Flynn, the quarterback competition that because of the Seahawk offense’s staggering start has become the quarterback controversy.

8. Fiery exchanges in debate between Inslee, McKenna

Republican Rob McKenna and Democrat Jay Inslee accused one another of dishonesty about plans to raise taxes in a testy gubernatorial debate Tuesday night.

9. State considers changes to GET prepaid-tuition program

Legislators are trying to keep the prepaid tuition program solvent and allow state universities to increase costs for the most expensive degrees.

10. 787 begins Sea-Tac service to Japan

A day of celebration for the 787 Dreamliner turned into a public-relations disaster Monday for All Nippon Airways (ANA) of Japan and for Boeing. The first of the jets to fly into Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in regular passenger service was grounded after arrival due to a maintenance issue, leaving ANA’s Tokyo-bound return flight passengers stranded.

— Compiled by Seattle Times staff. Includes information from The Associated Press.

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