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April 30, 2013 at 6:56 AM

Tuesday Memo: Spokane smokers can’t … M’s winning … Amanda Knox tonight

Smoke ‘em if ya got ‘em. Well, not so much in Spokane. You might get cited if you’re within 25 feet of a building entrance. The city council gave the OK for police to write tickets to offenders. You get a warning first and a $50 ticket the second time around. Ouch. The Spokesman-Review has the story.

Yikes, the Mariners win again: With all the hubbub about pro basketball in Seattle, you might have missed the fact that the M’s have won four out of their past five games, beating the Orioles 6-2 last night on good pitching by Joe Saunders. But only a few people turned out to watch. Just 9,818 attended the game — the first in Safeco Field history with fewer than 10,000 fans.

A pro basketball team in Seattle is a no go, at least for now. (Animation by Susan Jouflas / The Seattle Times)

A pro basketball team in Seattle is a no go, at least for now. (Animation by Susan Jouflas / The Seattle Times)

No pro basketball in Seattle? Well, as we’ve said, repeatedly, we’d love this story to end. With Seattle’s NBA bid denied, you’d think it was all over. Will we get an expansion team? NBA commish David Stern has said that while expansion is “not a complete non-starter” in the long term, it’s not a serious, immediate option. Hmm …

Police: Roommate a rabbit killer: A 32-year-old man has been arrested in Bellingham on suspicion he killed his roommate’s pet rabbit, police say. The roommates got into an argument and one threw the others pet rabbit out the window. Seriously, an innocent rabbit.  Read more.

This undated photo provided by HarperCollins shows the cover design of “Waiting to be Heard.” (AP Photo/HarperCollins)

Amanda Knox TV interview tonight: In case you care, Amanda Knox is interviewed on TV tonight to coincide with the roll-out of her book today, the one where she opens her case to the court of public opinion.  If you don’t know, Knox was convicted, then later acquitted, in the stabbing death of her British roommate Meredith Kercher while both were students in Perugia, Italy, in 2007. Knox, a University of Washington student from West Seattle,  spent four years in prison before she was freed. She sits down with Diane Sawyer at 10 p.m. on KOMO.

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

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