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October 17, 2012 at 7:21 AM

Wednesday Memo: Suspect in 8 bank jobs … Brown water … Actors we despise

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What actor is your movie deal-breaker, asks our movie critic Moira Macdonald? She says a reader suggested she invite fans of her Popcorn & Prejudice blog to name actors whose presence in a film will cause them to skip the movie. The reader’s list: Adam Sandler; Ashton Kutcher, Sean Penn, Robin Williams, Nicholas Cage, Rob Schneider, Jeff Goldblum, Denise Richards, Diane Keaton (except for “Annie Hall”), Eliza Dushku, and Jennifer Aniston. That’s some list.

That’s a lot of bank robberies: The operation of an adult care home in Bothell has been suspended after the owner was charged with robbing eight banks. The six people living in the home have been sent to other facilities. The man is alleged to have used a bicycle to check out his targets, so he’s been dubbed “Tour de Banks.”

I’ll have bottled water, please. Kids in three Spokane Valley schools might be asking for it today after the water in their schools turned  brown. And classes were canceled Tuesday because a pump failed contaminating the water.

A stillborn infant was found buried in a yard in Lacey, and the 16-year-old parents kept quiet about it until the girl reportedly told a nurse at school. The infant’s body was recovered Tuesday and sent to the King County Medical Examiner. Authorities haven’t decided yet whether a crime occurred.

Most-read local stories today on

  1. Seattle homeless man arrested, suspected in 1976 Maine killing: A homeless Seattle man who was tricked into giving a DNA sample was arrested on Monday in connection with one of Maine’s oldest cold-case slayings.
  2. Son of mother who died of severe neglect arrested: A man suspected of neglecting his elderly mother so severely that she died was arrested by Seattle police Monday, a day after what would have been her 90th birthday. He’s been booked into the King County Jail on investigation of manslaughter.
  3. Inslee, McKenna duel in final televised debate: Gubernatorial hopefuls Jay Inslee and Rob McKenna covered health care, taxes and tolling in their final televised debate.
  4. Danny Westneat | Your vote on legalizing pot, gay marriage could make history: The pot and gay-marriage measures on the state ballot have a lot going for them but may not be able to overcome the fear of change.
  5. Arena deal finalized, but hurdles remain: Amid a cheering crowd of Sonics fans and community leaders Tuesday, Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn and King County Executive Dow Constantine signed legally binding agreements to move ahead on a new sports and entertainment arena to host professional basketball and hockey.

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

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