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April 25, 2013 at 7:09 AM

Thursday Memo: First 70-degree day … No Olympics for Apolo Ohno … Ferry fares go up

Yesterday was Seattle’s first 70 degree day of 2013. We haven’t seen it that warm since Oct. 8! More sun and a high in the upper 60s today.

Senior Boeing engineer: We may never know what caused the battery problems that grounded all those 787s. Richard J. Horigan, top engineer on the 787 project, said heat from the smoldering batteries destroyed the evidence. He said the new battery design system will deal with the basic issues that caused the batteries to burn. Horigan was speaking in Nairobi, Kenya — why, we don’t know … Meanwhile, the FAA and Boeing delegated a good deal of the certification of the original batteries and and associated system to engineers paid by Boeing, according to testimony at a National Transportation Board Administration Board hearing.

Apolo Ohno

Apolo Ohno

Say it ain’t so, Ohno! There are several reports that Federal Way’s own, Olympian Apolo Ohno, won’t compete in next year’s Sochi Olympics. The most decorated U.S. Winter Olympian says he’s pursuing a broadcast career.

Worker at Sea-Tac has died: The man whose tug vehicle crashed into a forklift at Sea-Tac the other day has died. The man, 40, suffered several injuries in the crash, which wasn’t noticed for several minutes after it happened. The man, who worked for Prime Aviation Services, appeared to have slumped over in his seat before the crash, surveillance video showed. The man’s identity hasn’t been released. Just 40 years old. KOMO TV has the story.

Ferry fares to go up. May 1 is the start of the ferry system’s peak season, and that means fares increase. An additional 25 percent surcharge will be tacked on to full fare vehicle/driver tickets (35 percent on the Anacortes/San Juan Islands routes). Summer parking rates at Anacortes will also go into effect on May 1. See more details.

Hey, how are them Mariners doingManager Eric Wedge scolds Seattle Mariners after 10-3 loss to Houston Astros Let’s see, 8-15 so far. What are they, the Sounders?

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