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November 4, 2012 at 10:07 AM

Sunday Memo: Seahawks … More on the octopus … why you might get two bills for one doctor’s visit

Weather: Rain today and tomorrow. Highs today around 60, low 50s tomorrow.  The National Weather Service forecast.

Traffic: Seahawks play the Vikings at home at 1 p.m., so that will slow the roads around noon and late afternoon. Traffic map and cams.

Why does your doctor bill have yet another fee attached? Two bills for one routine visit? Health reporter Carol M. Ostrom explains the trend of facility fees, here and around the country, as hospitals buy clinics and physician practices.

 More on the West Seattle octopus: A Maple Valley diver said he didn’t know it would upset people when he hunted an octopus at Cove 2 in West Seattle. He carried a shellfish-hunting license and didn’t break any rules, but the reaction has been swift and sharp.

What will it take for the Seahawks to win a close one? Seven of the Seahawks’ first eight games have been decided by a touchdown or less. Today, reporter Danny O’Neil writes, that the Seahawks are built for close games  (despite the losses) “from the emphasis on running the ball, to the fact they are the second-to-last rated passing offense, to their unyielding defense counted on to keep every game close and often uncomfortable.”

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Comments | Topics: facility fees, Morning Memo, West Seattle octopus

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