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The Today File

Your guide to the latest news from around the Northwest

February 24, 2013 at 10:46 AM

Sunday memo: College on the cheap … Reardon’s rise and fall … Oscar night chat

College on the cheap: With tuition costs skyrocketing, savvy students and Washington institutions have found ways to lower the cost of getting a degree. Learn how they did it and about the surprising opportunities are out there for the thrifty student.

Better get used to highs of 49 degrees: How’s this for consistency. The National Weather Service expects highs of 49 degrees today, tomorrow and Tuesday. Rain and showers expected today and tomorrow, but it should be just clouds on Tuesday.

Reardon’s fall from grace: Aaron Reardon’s young political career, once filled with promise, collapsed amid scandal and ended in a hasty resignation last week. Reporter Emily Heffter outlines the Snohomish County executive’s rapid rise and subsequent fall.

Academy Awards countdown: It’s Oscar night! Get caught up on the nominees with movie critic Moira Macdonald’s Oscar predictions — plus a fashion gallery, a timeline of Oscar oddities and a collection of zingers from hosts gone by.

Please join Moira and other Seattle Times staffers for a live chat during the telecast at seattletimes.com. We’ll start with red-carpet arrivals at 4 p.m. Sunday and move on to the ceremony when it begins at 5:30.

Who do you think is on the fast track to the podium? Vote in our Oscar polls. And ponder, for a moment, Daniel Day-Lewis, whose nomination for best actor for portraying President Lincoln is as close as Oscar gets to a sure thing.

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Comments | Topics: Aaron Reardon, Academy Awards, Morning Memo

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