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January 31, 2013 at 6:38 AM

Thursday Memo: Inmates rescue boys … I-90 tolls … Sun ahead?

National Weather Service / Forecast

Prison inmates rescue boys from chilly water: When three boys’ kayak overturned in a cold creek in Clark County earlier this week, inmates jumped in the fast-moving water and pulled them to safety. The inmates were part of a work crew from the Larch Corrections Center doing park maintenance when they heard screams for help and responded. Everyone was cold, but survived the ordeal. Nice story, that.

Who likes toll roads? That’s like asking who’s in favor of being punched in the nose. Nevertheless, the folks on Mercer Island face the prospect of paying as much as $1,900 a year if the state Transportation Department’s plan to place tolls on I-90 from Seattle to Bellevue becomes a reality. Tolls do help pay for expensive highway project, however. If you lived on Mercer Island, would you be willing to pay the proposed toll on I-90? Vote in our poll.

Sunny? You’ve got to be kidding … Forecast calls for some sun on Saturday. We’ll take it!

Microsoft CEO Ballmer’s play for team angers California senator: Huh? If you read this story — and we hope you do — you might be asking yourself … oh, just read it.

Landslide damages homes on Whidbey Island:  Fire officials on the island say three houses were hit by the landslide. One was shifted off its foundation and the other two suffered minor damaged, according to a KIRO TV report. No one was home at the time of the landslide.

Most-read stories this morning on seattletimes.com:

  1. At least 100 batteries failed on 787 fleet
  2. Ballmer’s play for team angers senator
  3. Chicago teen who performed at inaugural gunned down
  4. Northwest musician charged in bogus charity recording
  5. Cop who returned fire is decorated officer on the force

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

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