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January 8, 2013 at 6:41 AM

Tuesday Memo: Gun buy-back … Baby orca … Multitudinous mudslides

National Weather Service / Forecast

A Seattle gun buy-back program? Mayor Mike McGinn and others are expected to announce such a plan today. Some folks think that’s a good idea. Other are likely to think, not so much.

That baby orca found dead on a beach: It’s never good news when a young orca dies. NOAA and others will do tests to find out what killed the 7 1/2-foot youngster. It’s not known if the orca made Puget Sound its home or was a transient, but the feds listed southern-resident orcas as an endangered species back in 2005.

That commuter train between Everett and Seattle: Guess what? It’s canceled. Again. Yes, another mudslide. How many have there been? BNSF Railway says 73 since Thanksgiving. Yikes.

A man and woman survived this accident, despite this car flipping and landing in the water of the White River. (Washington State Patrol photo)

A couple of lucky folks: When the car pictured on the right slipped on ice and landed upside down in the White River, the man and young woman inside survived because they were wearing seat belts and good Samaritans were at hand. What a photo of that car.

The sad state of elephants around the world: Seattle Times staff reporter Michael Berens has written a lot recently about the controversy of  elephants in captivity in this country, but when you read stories such as this, you can only shake your head: Ivory poachers kill 11 elephants in Kenya.

Got your ticket yet for the Seahawks’ game against Atlanta in Atlanta Sunday? The good seats aren’t cheap: $3,800 for a front-row seat

Don’t forget, it could snow tonight: Snow? Hills could get some Wednesday night

Stories trending this morning on seattletimes.com:

  1. Richard Sherman calls slap from Trent Williams ‘cheap shot’
  2. How fearless, young Seahawks roared back despite early punch | Jerry Brewer
  3. Seahawks could tell Robert Griffin III wasn’t right and took full advantage | Steve Kelley
  4. Russell Wilson and Marshawn Lynch once again the winning formula in Seattle’s comeback victory
  5. Seahawks call game in Atlanta ‘just another business trip’ 

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


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