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October 16, 2012 at 7:07 AM

Tuesday Memo: Burlington bank hacked … Paint ball cop shootout … Halloween sensitivity

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Here’s a story that appears to have come in under the radar … at least for us: Hackers electronically ripped off a Bank of America account in Burlington for $400,000 last week. The Skagit Valley Herald says the money was transferred to personal and business accounts across the United States over two days last week. A bank in Burlington? We guess stranger things have happened.

Paint balls vs. bean bags and rubber bullets: A guy who had too much to drink got into a shootout with Eugene, Ore., police Sunday. He fired some 50 rounds of paint balls from his porch, and the cops returned fire with bean bags and rubber bullets. In the end, no one got hurt and the guy was taken to the hospital for evaluation. This is all according to a story in The Eugene Register-Guard.

Did you know there’s a contest for the Prettiest Painted Places in America? Neither did we. What’s more, Edmonds,  Port Townsend and Vashon-Maury Island are among 10 contest finalists from the Northwest. According to contest organizers, a “prettiest painted place is a town or neighborhood with exceptional community-wide “curb appeal” due to optically pleasing or creative use of exterior paint color.” My Edmonds News has the story.

Whether Seattle schoolchildren should be allowed to celebrate Halloween at school has become a hot-button issue at one school, Laffayette Elementary, out of concern that observing Halloween might offend students from other cultures, or offend some students’ religious beliefs.

On the Sounder north line serving Edmonds, Mukilteo and Everett, ridership is growing but hasn’t met expectations. (Photo by Mark Harrison / The Seattle Times)

Most-read local stories today on

  1. Arena’s a done deal; finding team is the hard part: The Seattle City Council and Metropolitan King County Council voted Monday to move forward with investor Chris Hansen to build a $490 million venue in Sodo.
  2. Too many empty seats on Sounder north line: The Sounder north line carries a mere 1,125 commuters per day, meaning each passenger trip is costing taxpayers $29. Though the south line is going strong, an oversight panel may recommend cutting service to Everett unless officials find ways to double ridership by 2020.
  3. Same-sex marriage is a four-state campaign: In what some say reflects a maturing of the gay-rights movement, four separate state campaigns with same-sex-marriage measures on the ballot in November are picking through the debris of past defeats and working more collaboratively among themselves and with national gay-rights groups.
  4. Fake quake set for Thursday; get real and don’t run: The biggest earthquake drill in U.S. history comes at 10:18 a.m. on Thursday. If you think you know what to do when the big one hits, think again — especially if you think you’re supposed to run outside or hunker in a doorway.
  5. Ex-DEA chiefs up pressure on Obama to denounce pot legalization measure: A group of former federal drug-policy officials renewed the campaign to have the Obama administration denounce marijuana-legalization measures on the ballot in Washington, Colorado and Oregon.

Nick Provenza: 206-464-2142 or On Twitter @NickProvenza1

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