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December 20, 2012 at 7:06 AM

Thursday Memo: Spokane commodes … Avalanche survivor … Big snow in passes

National Weather Service / Forecast

Spokane is setting up portable potties for the homeless. Three of them. Good idea? Maybe. But you might remember when the city of Seattle spent $5 million on high-tech, self-cleaning toilets, which you could say weren’t a big success. They became hideouts for drug use, dealing and prostitution. At one point the city tried to sell them on eBay.

“I could easily die right here.” Those were the first thoughts of 20-year-old Emily Anderson when she was buried for 10 minutes in an avalanche at  Crystal Mountain while skiing earlier this week. Anderson told her harrowing story to KING5.

Speaking of snow, nothin’ down here in Seattle, but lots in the mountains. People are already starting to head over the passes for the holidays, so if you’re one of them, be sure to have chains or an all-wheel-drive vehicle, and be prepared for possible delays: Have a full tank of gas, water to drink, something to munch on, warm clothes for everyone in the car, diversions for the youngsters. You get the picture.

Hey, they have cameras in those places: We’re guessing it slipped the mind of the man who robbed the US Bank in Renton the other day because (1) he didn’t wear a mask, (2) he practically posed for the camera. Not that we’re helping him or anything. Let’s hope he’s caught.

Renton bank robber

Pedestrian hit by car in Kirkland last night: A man crossing the street in Kirkland about 9:30 p.m.was hit by a car driven by a 17-year-old as the teen was making a right turn from Northeast 116th Street onto 98th Avenue Northeast. The man, who was in a crosswalk, was seriously injured, suffering possible fractures to his skull, pelvis and ribs. There were no signs that the teen driver was impaired.

No surprise here: Homeless man ruled insane in Seattle hatchet slayings  The Seattle man who was charged with killing two strangers with a hatchet two years ago was found not guilty by reason of insanity and ordered to remain at Western State Hospital.

Stories trending this morning on seattletimes.com:

  1. Mariners acquire power-hitting Kendrys Morales from Angels for pitcher Jason Vargas
  2. Round 2 of Seahawks vs. 49ers might look a lot different than first meeting
  3. In Newtown, Nancy Lanza a subject of sympathy and anger
  4. Medical-marijuana dispensary owner sentenced in federal court
  5. Run on guns in Seattle area: Buyers fear limits on military-style weapons

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


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