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October 25, 2012 at 7:13 AM

Thursday Memo: Raccoons & snakes … Clean cabbies … Yellow Pages

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A clean cab and a clean cabbie: Did you know Seattle has hygiene standards for cab drivers? None of us wants to step into a nasty, stinky cab, but cab drivers are saying hygiene requirements don’t exist for other city drivers and they shouldn’t be singled out. How does the city enforce it, anyway? The city council is scheduled to look into the matter tonight. KOMO-TV has the story.

Animal stories for the day; pythons and racoons: Some folks love stories about animals. Others, not so much. For those who do, we have two for you today: “Cowen Park python unlikely to slither out of recent cold spell” and “Crazed raccoons run amok in Seattle — at least at the movies.”

Remember we said yesterday a 3-year-old boy was shot in Sunnyside? Well, he shot himself in the face with his father’s handgun while sitting with two siblings and the father in the father’s pickup. The boy remains in critical condition.

Who reads the Yellow Pages anymore, really? Some of us do, according to some numbers found by our FYI Guy blogger and Times researcher Gene Balk. While only 20 percent of us use the Yellow Pages in Seattle, some 40 percent use them outside King, Pierce and Snohomish counties. So some of us are letting our fingers do the walking (you younger readers might not get that reference).

Most-read stories on seattletimes.com since midnight:

  1. Seattle police display drones they hope to deploy: The public will have a chance to see and hear about the Seattle Police Department’s unmanned aerial vehicles and its proposed policies on how, when and where drones can be used at a presentation Thursday night at Garfield Community Center.
  2. Cowen Park python unlikely to slither out of recent cold spell: A nearly 7-foot python that slithered away from its owner in North Seattle’s Cowen Park this summer has mostly likely not survived Seattle’s abrupt transition to dreary fall weather.
  3. $3.7m payout settles pay differences for light-rail work: Workers who helped build elevated sections of Sound Transit light-rail line to Sea-Tac Airport sued over pay discrepancies and won
  4. New Elway poll shows tight governor’s race, shift among women voters: A new Elway Poll finds Washington’s gubernatorial contest remains tight, but suggests Republicans are doing better with women voters.
  5. Couple charged in killing of retired teacher: A husband and wife accused of killing a retired Northern California school teacher and wanted in a series of crimes in Southern California, including the shooting of a deputy, are a step closer to being returned to California from Washington to face charges, authorities said

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