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October 6, 2012 at 9:30 AM

Morning Memo/Saturday: Simply sunny … Huskies go Duck hunting … Amazon’s big purchase

Weather: This is October? Our streak of warm, sunny weather continues today and tomorrow, with highs approaching the 70-degree mark. The dry trend continues into next week, but on the horizon — Friday, to be exact — there could be some precipitation coming our way. The National Weather Service forecast.

Traffic: Beginning today,  the intersection of Broadway and Madison Street will be closed in all four directions to aid construction of the First Hill streetcar. The closure will be in effect on Saturdays and Sundays, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., for the next four weekends. Detours will be posted using Boren Avenue, James Street, 12th Avenue, Union Street and Seneca Street. For further information, and a detour map, go to www.seattlestreetcar.org

Speaking of traffic: Interstate 5 should see some heavy travel throughout the day as Husky fans make the trek down to Eugene for tonight’s game against the second-ranked Ducks. The Huskies hope to snap the Ducks’ eight-game winning streak. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m.

Traffic map and cams.

Amazon’s big buy: Amazon.com is buying its 11-building South Lake Union headquarters complex from Vulcan Real Estate for $1.16 billion. The giant office deal could signal that Amazon sees no end to growth. The state and city should get a financial windfall.

Unemployment drop sparks furor: A sharp, unexpected drop in the unemployment rate to 7.8 percent, a 44-month low, is threatening to shake up the presidential election and put the obscure Bureau of Labor Statistics in the crossfire amid unsubstantiated claims the employment numbers are being cooked.

Everett beating victim dies: A 91-year-old man beaten and robbed at an Everett gas station in August has died. The man charged in the robbery could face a homicide charge as a result.

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3. SPEEA offers Boeing an olive branch

4. Teen convicted in ‘Tuba Man’ death back in jail again

5. Wide-eyed Chipotle worker, Romney photo goes viral

 

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