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The Today File

Your guide to the latest news from around the Northwest

December 21, 2012 at 6:54 AM

Friday Memo: Brave store clerk … Lynnwood man held in North Korea … Give a goat

National Weather Service / Forecast

Bully for her: A Spokane drugstore clerk wasn’t going to take any guff from the wanna-be shoplifter she confronted early today, so when he pulled out a knife and threatened her, she popped him in the face and knocked him to the ground. He dropped the knife and wisely ran off. Police later caught him and put him in the clink.

Lynnwood man is being held in North Korea: The government there has officially acknowledged that it is holding 44-year-old Pae Jun Hoa of Lynnwood, who takes people on tours of North Korea. The government there says he’s “confessed” to unspecified crimes. Experts say he may be used as a bargaining chip to get the U.S. to sit down and talk. Other Americans detained in this manner have eventually been released.

Complaining about a little frost on your car this morning? How about this? Midwest digging out of heavy, wet snowstorm. A foot of snow, for example, was dumped on Wisconsin yesterday. We’re just saying.

Can’t be doomsday. We’re having these.

End of the world? Not so much. We can tell because some of us are sitting around drinking coffee and eating doughnuts this morning. The arrival of doomsday today, based on some interpretations of the Mayan calendar, just ain’t happening. So sit back, have a cup of joe, a maple bar and enjoy.

Donate a goat this holiday season. OK, trust us, we’re not proselytizing here…  Federal Way-based World Vision, a Christian organization, has a station at Northgate Mall where people can donate money to those in need around the world, writes columnist Sarah Stuteville. She quotes Kelly Hopkins at the mall station:  “In countries where people wake up without clean water, nutritious food, health care or education or business opportunities, a goat can be a really good gift!” But don’t forget, there are folks right here who need help, too. OK, we’re done now.

Stories trending this morning on seattletimes.com:

  1. Landlord owes Seattle $1.76M but says he’s no slumlord
  2. Pete Carroll, Jim Harbaugh share strategy, if not personality
  3. Nancy Lanza a subject of sympathy, anger
  4. It’s a good weekend to be a Seattle sports fan
  5. The New York Times: ‘Snow Fall | The Avalanche at Tunnel Creek’

Nick Provenza: 206-464-2142 or nprovenza@seattletimes.com. On Twitter @NickProvenza1


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