Weather: Rain in the morning, showers in the evening. That’s the wet forecast for today — a trend likely to carry over into Monday. For more details, read the National Weather Service forecast.
Traffic: The I-5 express lanes are closed this morning through 10:15 a.m. for the annual Jingle Bell Run and Walk. And, as usual, congestion can be expected around 1:00 p.m. leading into downtown Seattle because of the Seattle Seahawks game at CenturyLink field. See the map and cams.
Early ceremonies kicked off a day of same-sex marriages in Washington state: The ceremonies, the first of a day that’s expected to include hundreds, had little in common besides their timing: Sarah and Emily Cofer married in front of a few friends in a King County courtroom, while Monica Rozgay and Mary Davidson exchanged vows in a long-planned celebration at the Seattle Yacht Club. Read more about those weddings. Expect more stories and photos today as we continue to cover same-sex marriages in the region.
Seahawks play Arizona: As sports reporter Danny O’Neil says, there may not be a second chance to make a first impression, but Seattle will get its first chance at redemption against Arizona on Sunday. You can catch the game, which starts at 1:25 p.m. In Seattle, you can see the game on Channel 13.
Ferry woes: The breakdown of a ferry on the Seattle-Bremerton run could pose a problem for fans trying to get to Sunday’s Seahawks game.
Washington State Ferries spokeswoman Susan Harris says that while the Sealth is out of service, a smaller ferry with a capacity of about 700 people has been called in as a replacement. That ferry is scheduled to make the 9:45 run from Bremerton to Seattle, and that’s the one people should try to avoid. Harris says Seahawks fans should take the 11:10 a.m. sailings from Bremerton instead, because those passengers will be served by a bigger boat.
Developers see Seattle’s building boom moving to Bellevue: Today just two construction cranes rise above the broad streets of downtown Bellevue. A year from now there could be a lot more, reports Seattle Times’ Eric Pryne. Downtown Bellevue may be on the cusp of its own construction boom.
Seattle woman fights to help Afghan orphans: Marnie Gustavson, a woman from Seattle who lived in Afghanistan as a girl and never lost her love for that nation, has worked there over the past eight years, helping women and children and fighting to root out corruption in long-neglected government orphanages. Read more.
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