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October 31, 2012 at 7:12 AM

Wednesday Memo: Rain record … Child dies in crash … Ramtha cash

National Weather Service / Forecast

Did we mention it’s raining? So much so that we set a record for the date yesterday with a whopping 1.36 inches of precipitation, besting the old record of .87 inches set in 1997, says Art Gable at the National Weather Service office in Seattle.  So you know what that means. When you go out, you’re going to get wet, the roads will be slippery, driving through standing water is a no-no and so is a heavy foot on the gas pedal. Also, rivers are rising, including the Snoqualmie, Stillaquamish and the Skagit. Might be some minor flooding in low spots.

Seven-year-old killed in crash in Everett: The child died when three vehicles crashed last night. The youngster was in a car that was speeding erratically when it hit the other two vehicles, police said. Just 7 years old.

Another candidate rejects campaign money from JZ Knight: The Olympian reports that Thurston County Commissioner Sandra Romero is giving away $3,600 in campaign contributions received from Knight, the Yelm-based channeler. That comes on the heels of the state Democratic Party’s decision last week to rid itself of $70,000 in donations from Knight, the founder of the Ramtha School of Enlightenment, after videos surfaced of her in the guise of Ramtha, the “35,000-year-old warrior,” making offensive, profanity-laced comments about Mexicans, Jews, gays and Catholics.

An apology to a lesbian couple: That’s what a Bellingham man did for harassing the couple outside a Bellingham bar last year. William Lane, 22, hurled gay slurs and expletives at the women when he saw them kissing last December. The women ignored him and kept walking, at least until he broke a window in one of their cars. One of the women chased him, tackled him and pinned him to the ground until police arrived.  Lane, who was sentenced last week to a year in jail with all but a month suspended, says he was so drunk he remembers none of what happened and regrets all of it. The Bellingham Herald has the story.

Stories trending this morning on

      1. Tosh Lupoi downplays controversial move from Cal to Washington: As the Bears and Huskies prepare for Friday night’s game, both sides say there are no hard feelings over Cal’s ace recruiter jumping to UW last January.
      2. Region hit by Sandy struggles to resume daily life: People in the coastal corridor battered by superstorm Sandy took the first cautious steps to reclaim routines upended by the disaster, even as rescuers combed neighborhoods strewn with debris and scarred by floods and fire.
      3. Mill Creek wife who was shot, husband are identified: A pregnant Mill Creek woman who was found dead in her home, and her husband, who fatally shot himself, have been identified as Sandra and Sean McIntyre by the Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office.
      4. Is Seattle the country’s worst-dressed city? Last week FYI Guy Gene Balk attended the Seattle Opera’s production of Beethoven’s Fidelio.  The singing was beautiful, of course, but that’s not what inspired this blog post.  It was the clothing.  The audience’s clothing.
      5. With Ben Obomanu out for the season, Seahawks add former Husky Jermaine Kearse to roster: The Seahawks added former Washington Huskies receiver Jermaine Kearse from the practice squad Tuesday, filling in for Ben Obomanu, who suffered a season-ending wrist injury Sunday at Detroit.

Nick Provenza: 206-464-2142 or

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