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December 4, 2012 at 7:08 AM

Tuesday Memo: Snow, rain … Elephants chained? … Katt Williams, again

National Weather Service / Forecast

Snow in the mountains. If you’ve been waiting for some fresh snow at the skiing venues, your wishes are about to be granted. A winter storm tonight could drop snow levels in the Cascades to 2,500 feet, bringing 10 to 18 inches of new snow, says the National Weather Service. Of course that could also make driving a bit dicey, so be careful. Oh, and it’s going to be raining a lot down here.

As we said yesterday, there’s no such thing as bad publicity: An arguably out-of-control Katt Williams, the comedian who came to Seattle for some stand-up gigs, was kicked out of his hotel last night. This comes on the heels of his arrest in an assault investigation following a dust-up at a Seattle bar over the weekend. Williams says he’s going to get out of the stand-up biz. Whew.

Fatal stabbing in Olympia: A man was stabbed to death and another man was wounded at a tavern in Olympia early this morning. The man believed to have wielded the knife took off, but police found him a few blocks away, holding a knife. Police  say they had to use a Taser to make an arrest, which they did, and took him off to jail, according to Olympia police. The suspect is a 34-year-old Olympia man. The wounded man’s injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

Baby elephant destined for entertainment industry: In a world where elephants in captivity do not fare well, at best, comes the news that the newborn elephant at the Portland zoo is actually the property of a controversial traveling elephant outfit that rents out pachyderms to the entertainment industry — and is known for using chains and bullhooks on its animals. Do you think elephants should be used for our entertainment, or should they be allowed to roam unfettered and unchained at animal sanctuaries? Vote in our poll.

Stories trending this morning on seattletimes.com:

  1. Portland’s baby elephant belongs to traveling show
  2. Comedian Katt Williams kicked out of South Lake Union hotel
  3. Seahawks’ Russell Wilson gets better as games get bigger
  4. Mariners adjust focus after Red Sox sign Napoli
  5. One thing we can determine from Mariners conduct so far: Justin Smoak should be worried

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

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