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March 24, 2013 at 11:07 AM

Sunday memo: State parks in disrepair … SAM street party … Puyallup shooting

National Weather Service forecast

National Weather Service forecast

Warm and sunny: Partly sunny, warm and light winds. Could you ask for better weather today and tomorrow? Get out and enjoy the sunshine while it lasts, though, the weather report calls for chances of showers the rest of the week.

State parks in disrepair: This month marks a bittersweet 100th birthday for the state parks system, which is in a state of disrepair after dramatic budget cuts. In 2011, the Legislature and Gov. Chris Gregoire cut most of the state’s direct funding for the parks system to rely on Discover Passes. But that plan hasn’t panned out and revenue projections have fallen short.

SAM street party: Tonight, the Seattle Art Museum will unveil a new permanent installation called “Mirror” by multimedia artist Doug Aitken. The unveiling party starts at 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Food trucks will be onsite and the event will feature outdoor performances by freelance and Seattle Symphony musicians. At dusk, SAM will unveil “Mirror”, which is an LED screen that wraps around SAM’s northwest corner and responds to environmental changes with video imagery.

No. 1 Zags tossed out of the tournament: Gonzaga succumbed to an upset loss against Wichita State to become the first top seed to lose in the 2013 Big Dance. Wichita State hit 50 percent of shots (and nailed 14 of 28 three-pointers) to sink the Zags’ incredible season in the round of 32.

Puyallup father shoots son and daughter in head:  Puyallup police say a 69-year-old man called early this morning to tell them he’d shot his adult children. According to police, the man’s 43-year-old daughter was pronounced dead at Tacoma General Hospital. His 46-year-old son was in critical condition.

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