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April 12, 2013 at 6:23 AM

Friday memo: Sodo arena decision … Starbucks drops prices … escalator death probe

Deadline day in Sacramento: The Maloof family, controlling owners of the Sacramento Kings, has set a deadline of 5 p.m. today for a Sacramento group to submit a written, binding bid that would be considered as a backup offer if the NBA denies the team’s sale to a Seattle group led by Chris Hansen and Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. Meanwhile, a King County judge is expected to rule this morning on the City of Seattle’s motion to dismiss the last remaining lawsuit against Hansen’s Sodo arena proposal.

Starbucks lowering price of bagged beans: The coffee giant is lowering prices on bagged coffee sold in U.S. grocery stores by about 10 percent beginning May 10. The decreases will vary depending on the store and size of package, but many stores will cut prices by $1 on 12-ounce bags of Starbucks and Seattle’s Best Coffee, to $8.99 and $6.99 respectively, the company said.

State investigates escalator death: The state Department of Labor & Industries is investigating last weekend’s death of Maurecio Bell, who was strangled in an accident on a downtown Seattle escalator with several safety-code violations. The King County Medical Examiner’s Office said the Renton man’s clothing became entangled in the escalator’s mechanism, choking him to death.

Bike-riding bank bandit

Bike-riding bank bandit: Seattle police say the guy pictured right robbed a Northgate Key Bank branch on Thursday afternoon before making his getaway on a bicycle. The robbery occurred at about 2:42 p.m. in the 300 block of Northgate Way. His description: 20s to 30s, 5-feet-8, 150 to 160 pounds, with acne and scars on his face.

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