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November 1, 2012 at 7:17 AM

Thursday Memo: Who’ll grow the pot? … Trick-or-treat near-tragedy … Sunny Friday?

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Someone has to grow all that weed, right? To meet the needs of pot users, should the initiative to legalize its use pass next week, the state says in a voter pamphlet that some 93 tons of it would have to be grown a year, KING5 reports. Whoa! See their story on who might be one of the cultivators.

Danford Grant

Lawyer accused of rapes released from jail: Danford Grant, the Seattle attorney accused of raping several women at massage clinics, has been let out of jail on bail. There are many conditions tacked on to his release, including how long he can be away from home (four hours) and limits on his computer use (just to email a select number of people).

You can’t be too careful: Parents worry about this all the time. A child wearing a dark Halloween costume being hit by a car while trick-or-treating. It happened to a 13-year-old boy in Spokane Valley last night. He was struck by a truck. He was banged up and confused, but he doesn’t appear to have life-threatening injuries.

We did we mention yesterday that it was raining? Well, it still is. Did you have many trick-or-treaters at your place yesterday, or did the rain curb their enthusiasm? Nevertheless, it could be partly sunny tomorrow. Yeah, right. But after that, we’re talking about rain or showers through at least Monday.

Trending stories on this morning:

  1. ‘Wreck-It Ralph’: Pixar powers up a winner: A movie review of Pixar’s “Wreck-It Ralph,” an agreeable tale of friendship and heroism, charmingly told and expertly animated. Set in the world of video games, it follows a gorilla-armed “bad guy” (John C. Reilly) intent on winning a medal that will make him a hero in his colleagues’ eyes.
  2. Semiahmoo hotel’s closing is a blow to border economy: Ripples from closure of the resort hotel in Blaine will be felt by other businesses near the Canadian border and by local taxpayers.
  3. Alcohol poisoning killed student; aunt says energy drinks had role: Acute alcohol poisoning caused the death of a Washington State University freshman early Saturday, according to the Whitman County coroner. But an aunt of Kenny Hummel, 18, said at a Wednesday news conference in Seattle that consumption of caffeinated energy drinks contributed to the death of her nephew, who grew up in Lynnwood.
  4. UW students’ 3-D printer to turn trash into better lives in Third World: A team of University of Washington students has developed a machine that can “print” large plastic objects out of garbage.
  5. Accused of abuse, O’Dea principal Brother Karl Walczak quits: Brother Karl Walczak has resigned as principal at O’Dea High School in Seattle, in the wake of accusations he sexually abused a minor in another diocese in the 1970s.

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

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