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January 5, 2013 at 10:13 AM

Saturday Memo: Clear skies for the Hawks? … Federally licensed firearms … tsunami warning canceled

National Weather Service / Forecast

At least it won’t be rainy Sunday in D.C.: It’s true that the Seahawks won’t have the home-team advantage for Sunday’s game at FedEx Field, but as they go for their first road playoff win since 1983, at least they should be playing in decent weather. While forecasters are predicting rain here in the Seattle area, with temperatures in the mid-40s, the weather in D.C. is expected to be a mix of sun and clouds and at least a little bit warmer.

The rate in the number of background checks federally licensed firearms dealers have sent to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System from 1999 through 2012 suggests that Washington state out paces neighboring states and California in firearms purchases, according to an article by news partner the Public Data Ferret. Or not. There are several caveats, including this fact: a background check doesn’t mean someone has actually bought a gun. On the other hand, the numbers don’t take into account those who buy guns and are already licensed and those who buy guns at gun shows. Nevertheless, background checks in our state rose from 133,674 in 1999 to 519,209 in 2012. Do with it what you will.

No tsunami: The powerful earthquake that struck the Alaska coast early this morning prompted fears of a tsunami, but the warning was called off after no damaging waves were generated. The Alaska Earthquake Information Center said the quake was widely felt but it received no reports of any damage.

Stories trending this morning on seattletimes.com:

  1. Bellevue Square’s Munchbar, site of fatal shooting, won’t reopen
  2. Patrick Dempsey, TV’s “McDreamy,” wins bid to buy Tully’s
  3. Dempsey group’s winning Tully’s bid may face challenge
  4. Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch is happy to let his game do the talking
  5. Calif. company offers help to state in setting up retail-marijuana plan

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