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March 29, 2013 at 7:02 AM

Friday Memo: Burning potties … Bathroom sign-ins … Discover Pass poll

The case of the burning potties: Remember we said not too long ago that someone was setting fire to outdoor potties? Well, police in Camas say they have collared two teens they think are responsible for burning the five portable toilets. But here’s the best thing. The teens were busted when they tried to collect the $10,000 reward offered in the case by blaming someone else for the dirty deeds.

And speaking of potties … At the high school in Bonners Ferry in Idaho, there have been so many bomb threats that the administration is requiring students to sign in and out of bathrooms. The threats are being left in bathrooms so everyone is being monitored as they go in and come out, so to speak. There have been nine bomb threats since October in the Boundary County School District and while some kids have been ID’d as the culprits, investigators believe there are others out there. (Correction: Boundary County is not in Eastern Washington. It’s in Idaho. Duh.)

A 70-degree Sunday? That’s all we we’re gonna say. OK, maybe just 68, but yippee anyway.

Free Day in the parks: In case you forgot, to commemorate the 100th birthday of Washington State Parks, tomorrow (Saturday) has been declared a “free day.” That is, you won’t  be required to display a Discover Pass when visiting a Washington State Park. You DO use a pass when necessary, right? Vote in our poll.

The guv’s budget and education: Whenever lawmakers and the governor propose budgets, they say they are all for providing money to better educate our students, while at the same time they do something like this: Inslee calls for the state to once again suspend voter-approved cost-of-living raises for teachers, saving $321 million. By our last account, it’s those teachers who teach those kids.

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

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