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March 18, 2013 at 6:59 AM

Monday Memo: Mental illness and guns: Take our poll … Cold nights … Toddler falls

Gun control and the mentally ill: Our state ranks fourth in the country  in submitting mental health records to a federal database used to conduct background checks on people wanting to buy guns. But those records are in certain categories only — for example, someone committed to mental health facilities for 14 days or more. Gun control advocates say strengthening the law on mental health background checks is important to public safety, while mental health advocates say that could invade patients’ privacy or discourage them from seeking treatment. What do you think? Take our poll.

Cold enough for you last night?: Temperatures reached down into the 30s in some places overnight, and it looks like it’s going to do that again tonight. That said, there could actually be some sun breaks this afternoon. But don’t hold us to that.

1-year-old falls out window: In Vancouver, Wash., the toddler leaned again the screen of an open, second-story window of an apartment when the screen gave way and the child fell two stories. The boy hit the ground, but was alert and crying while he was being taken to a hospital, according to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office. As warmer weather approaches and we start opening windows,  you can’t be too careful.
What a mess this must have been: Vandals broke into an elementary school in Bellingham over the weekend and discharged 30 fire extinguishers. It left a lot of the nontoxic powder all over the place, and workers spent yesterday cleaning it all up. KOMO-TV has the story.

The Times’ Peeps Contest deadline is done and gone, but that doesn’t mean you can’t share your creation made out of Peeps. Does anyone actually eat Peeps?

A surreal entry for our Peeps contest last year.

A surreal entry for our Peeps contest last year.

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

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