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November 21, 2012 at 6:50 AM

Wednesday Memo: Magazine scam … Rain again … Athlete paychecks

National Weather Service / Forecast

Magazine scam in Seattle and elsewhere. If you bought magazines subscriptions from people claiming to be single mothers or ex-cons trying to get back on their feet, you already know you got ripped off because you never got the goods. It might be a bit comforting to know that two guys in Pittsburgh were busted for running the nearly $2 million scam on 21,000 people. Investigators say the men ran the scheme in western Pennsylvania, Seattle and Dallas from February 2007 until last year. The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review has the story.

Wet again are you? This morning’s heavy rains are a welcome sight, yeah? It’s snowing lightly right now on Snoqualmie Pass. The good news — dry on Thanksgiving day, says the National Weather Service. There’s a 100 percent chance of rain Friday and 50 percent Saturday. Ah, but Sunday, only a chance of showers. The mountains:  Snow showers today and snow tonight at Snoqualmie. Just cloudy up there on Thanksgiving. Rain on Friday, rain showers Saturday and a chance of snow showers Sunday. Gotta love November.

Chone Figgins

Professional athletes pay. The Mariners are saying goodbye to Chone Figgins, the outfielder they signed for $36 million. In sending him on his way, they’ll have to eat $8.5 million owed on that contract. That’s $8.5 million. The Mariners aren’t a very good ball team at the moment. We’re just saying.

Bainbridge Island city government a bit of a mess. The city manager was fired last spring. The chief of police was put on administrative leave and later quit after the police guild gave him a no-confidence vote. The police commander who was put in charge in the interim has been put on administrative leave. Will Patton, who agreed to be city attorney temporarily, has resigned on his own accord, but noted that when he stepped in, things at city hall were “more volatile” than he was prepared for. The details are in a report from our community news partner Inside Bainbridge.

Stories trending this morning on

  1. Mariners designate Figgins for assignment
  2. Seattle police dug deep trying to uncover sources of news leaksWife of lawyer accused of rapes seeks separation
  3. Engineering union slams second Boeing proposal
  4. Huskies running back Bishop Sankey, a former WSU recruit, isn’t worried about trip to Pullman
  5. Seahawks, Golden Tate waited 2-plus years for breakthrough




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