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October 5, 2012 at 7:14 AM

Morning Memo: 10 local stories to know this Friday

1. REMAINS OF MAN MISSING 32 YEARS FOUND NEAR WASHOUGAL 

Remains found by a property owner clearing brush last month near Washougal, in Skamania County, have been identified as a man who had been missing since 1980. The Skamania County sheriff’s office says 39-year-old Kenneth P. Stovner lived about a half-mile away. The remains were found Sept. 23.

2. WILDFIRE THREATENING DOZENS OF HOMES NEAR SHELTON COOLS OFF

Temperatures in the 30s overnight cooled down the wildfire, says the Department of Natural Resources. The blaze remains at 150 acres Friday morning and is 30 percent contained.

Sounders general manager Adrian Hanauer has kind words for head coach Sigi Schmid following Saturday’s 2-0 win over the Vancouver Whitecaps Saturday at CenturyLink Field. (Photo by Dean Rutz / The Seattle Times)

3. THE STRANGE MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER RULE: VOTING TO KEEP OR AX A TEAM’S GENERAL MANAGER EVERY FOUR YEARS

Sounders fans can vote to retain or remove general manager Adrian Hanauer, who is also a part-owner of the team.

4. MAN CONVICTED IN DUPING 105-YEAR-OLD WOMAN OUT OF $1 MILLION

A Stevens County jury convicted a caretaker Thursday of taking nearly $1 million from a 105-year-old Kettle Falls woman. John “Herb” Friedlund, 79, was convicted of theft and faces up to 10 years in prison when he is sentenced.

5. POLICE: DEATH OF PILOT FROM RICHLAND WHOSE BODY WAS FOUND ON SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HIGHWAY NOT SUSPICIOUS

BURBANK, Calif. — Police now say that the death of the Alaska Airlines pilot whose body was found on a Southern California freeway off-ramp is not considered suspicious, but they’re waiting for more test results.

6. SPEEA OFFERS BOEING AN OLIVE BRANCH

SPEEA reached out this week to Boeing’s leadership to try to resolve the labor dispute. It’s holding in reserve options not only to work-to-rule and to strike but also to file a complaint with the NLRB accusing Boeing of breaking labor law by threatening to move engineering work.

7. JUVENILE CONVICTED IN ‘TUBA MAN’ DEATH BACK IN JAIL AGAIN

Billy Chambers, one of three people who as juveniles pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter in the 2008 fatal beating of Ed “Tuba Man” McMichael, is in trouble with the law again.

8. IS THE TIME RIGHT FOR MARINERS TO SPEND ON PAYROLL? 

The Mariners say they need more hitting. The question now is whether the team will spend money during the offseason to upgrade its offense. The Mariners haven’t made a major free-agent signing since giving Chone Figgins a four-year, $36 million deal in 2009.

9. LITTLE ORGANIZED OPPOSITION TO MARIJUANA-LEGALIZATION INITIATIVE

The lack of organized opposition in Washington state is notable against the well-funded I-502 campaign, with its big-name endorsers and recent $700,000 TV advertising buy.

10. MAN CHARGED WITH FAKING DEPLOYMENT, COLLECTING PAY

A King County jailer has been charged with using forged military documents to give himself more than a year off with pay.

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