February 21, 2013 at 7:13 AM
Thursday Memo: Storm watch … post office misplaces remains … lion cubs
Storm coming this way: The National Weather Service has issued a weather advisory for a strong winter storm that will blow into the area Friday. One to two feet of snow is possible in the mountains by Saturday morning, with wind and rain in the lowlands.
A heartbreaking story: A 4-year-old and 2-year-old were found waiting by the wreckage of a car that crashed and killed their mother in Southwest Washington on Wednesday. The older child was keeping her critically injured sister warm with a blanket. Both had been waiting hours before they were found by a passerby.
Post office sends remains on farewell tour: What started off as another terrible tale has a happier ending. After Kevin O’Grady died at age 73 in Seattle, his ashes were supposed to be sent to Spokane for his funeral service. When they never showed up, his family was heartbroken … until they found out that his ashes were sent on a week-long cross-country tour through all the places that O’Grady had wanted to visit, but never did.
“I just started laughing and couldn’t stop,” his oldest daughter said. “Dad got his trip.”
Rosie the dog: A Des Moines couple whose dog was shot and killed by police will be awarded at least $51,000 in a settlement reached late last month. A dashboard-camera captured audio of the police officers talking about shooting Rosie within 10 minutes of arriving on the scene. The dog had escaped the couple’s yard when they were out of town, and police were alerted by a neighbor who was concerned that Rosie might get hurt. The couple’s attorney said the $51,000 reward is the largest settlement reached in Washington state for an animal-related litigation case.
Finally, some happier animal news: The Woodland Park Zoo is asking the public to help name two of its four lion cubs. The two other cubs will be named by zoo staff. Click here for instructions on how to submit your choice.
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