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April 17, 2013 at 7:04 AM

Wednesday Memo: Discovery is dynamite … Baby out of ICU … Comcast scramble

300 bricks of dynamite found in woods: Holy Toledo! A man who lives in the Toledo area came upon explosives that may have been buried by a man who died in a dynamite explosion back in 1998. That man apparently used dynamite to blow up tree stumps. That’s dangerous, right? After the guy died, boxes of dynamite were thought to be buried on his property. The State Patrol says this new find is stable and will be blown up. The dynamite was found Monday.

Some good news: Newborn hit in North Seattle DUI accident moved out of ICU. This is the case that left an Indiana couple dead when they were hit at a Wedgwood intersection by an apparently very intoxicated driver who’s now in jail, charged with vehicular homicide and assault. The days-old baby and his mother were also hit and thrown by the vehicle. Both are listed in serious condition, but she’s still in ICU. Meanwhile, motivated by outrage over this case and the death of a woman in a head-on crash on the 520 bridge, the governor and Legislature have a plan for cracking down on drunken drivers.

Comcast to scramble: And we’re not talking eggs. Our tech columnist Brier Dudley writes that Comcast will scramble all channels, even the local ones. He writes: “Over the past four years Comcast has gradually required its customers to add some kind of cable box on all of their TV sets, giving the company more control over the content the customers view and potentially more revenue from box rentals.” (Our emphasis.) Not surprisingly, the story is getting a lot of readership on

A lot of purloined copper: It must have taken some doing, but 1,200 feet of underground copper wire was stolen Friday from the Delridge Playfield in Seattle. How did they do that and no one noticed? OK, they did it at night, but still. The city says it could cost $20,000 to replace the stolen wire. KOMO TV has the story.

“The Gang that Couldn’t Shoot Straight”: That’s the title of a movie made in the 1970s, but it could be applied to an officer with the Sutherlin Police Department in Oregon, south of Eugene. The officer, who was responding to a domestic violence report, fired five times at a man who may have had a gun, and missed with all five shots. The guy was eventually subdued with a stun gun. The officer is on administrative leave. The Roseburg News-Review has the story.

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