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November 16, 2012 at 6:22 AM

Friday Memo: Wet week ahead … No more Twinkies? … Shirtless FBI agent

UPDATE AT 7:01 A.M.: The Amber Alert for 3-year-old Alvin Barnett has been canceled after the boy was found safe in Montana.

After Thursday’s gem, we now return you to fall’s regular programming: rain.  A lot of it. Forecasters expect a series of strong storms will bring wet and windy weather to Washington through Thanksgiving Day, with heavy mountain snow and a chance of flooding on some rivers. After a transition day today, the National Weather Service says the first front will hit Western Washington on Saturday with additional frontal systems on Sunday and Monday, and the wet pattern will continue through the week.

No more Twinkies? Hostess, the maker of Twinkies and Wonder Bread, is going out of business, closing plants, laying off 18,500 workers and putting its brands up for sale. The company said a nationwide worker strike crippled its ability to make and deliver its products. Its brands also include Ding Dongs, Ho Ho’s and Dolly Madison. Earlier this week, Hostess announced it was permanently closing three bakeries, including one in Seattle.

Are underground reservoirs quakeproof? The city of Seattle is investigating whether four new underground reservoirs were adequately built to withstand earthquakes. City officials say there’s no threat to water quality or public safety and the reservoirs are working as designed. But Seattle Public Utilities has spent almost $1 million in the past 18 months to analyze the problem and could spend even more if the four giant underground vaults that hold the city’s drinking water need seismic retrofitting.

An Amber Alert has been issued for 3-year-old Alvin Barnett, who was taken by his biological father from Elk Valley, B.C. Police think the child is in imminent danger, according to the alert. Authorities say the vehicle the father, Robert Barnett, 39, drove was seen crossing the border in Eureka, Mont., at around 3:15 this afternoon. That vehicle is described as a blue, 2002 Suburu Outback with license plate number 347SBL.

This photo of FBI Special Agent Fred Humphries became part of the investigation of emails that led to CIA Director David Petraeus’s resignation.

Attorney General Eric Holder is defending the Justice Department’s handling of the investigation that forced David Petraeus to resign as CIA director, saying that the department was right to keep the inquiry secret from the White House until it was complete, after last week’s presidential election. Meanwhile, the FBI agent who initiated the investigation that led to Petraeus’s resignation says a shirtless photograph of him found in the email of Tampa socialite Jill Kelley “was a tongue-in-cheek joke” sent to dozens of friends and acquaintances and was meant to be self-effacing, not sexual. The photo shows Humphries, who posed with target dummies after a SWAT practice in 2010, with the subject line, “Which one is Fred?” Among the recipients was a Times reporter.

Stories trending this morning on seattletimes.com:

1. Shirtless FBI agent: Photo was joke emailed to friends, reporter.

2. Jerramy Stevens, Hope Solo reportedly got married hours after court appearance.

3. Mariners adding huge display at Safeco Field, largest in MLB.

4.  Cougars coach Mike Leach’s awful first season deserves Empty Corpse Award.

5. Convicted of assault and accused of rape, star player received raft of second chances.

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