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April 10, 2013 at 6:51 AM

Wednesday Memo: Prosecutor arms himself … Tractor rescue … Fireworks poll

This prosecutor’s got himself a gun: Spokane County Prosecutor Steve Tucker, a former Washington state trooper,  recently joined folks lining up to get a concealed weapons permit. Pointing to Texas where prosecutors were recently shot dead, Tucker told KXLY-TV, ”I don’t think we’re safe anywhere anymore and it’s just time to be ready for things if I can be.” He says he had gotten some threats back when, a few he couldn’t ignore.

Ten whitewater-rafting enthusiasts are shown Tuesday at the end of their Skykomish River rapids trip, which included a dunking. (Photo by Mark Harrison / The Seattle Times)

Ten whitewater-rafting enthusiasts are shown Tuesday at the end of their Skykomish River rapids trip, which included a dunking. (Photo by Mark Harrison / The Seattle Times)

Boy were they lucky, or not: Here’s what one of the rafters thrown into the cold and roaring Skykomish River said after the ordeal yesterday: “The river was running at levels where we knew there could be some carnage. It was a good time. Nobody got hurt.”  That’s the difference between them and us, yeah?

They lifted a tractor off their dad:  A couple of teenage girls in Linn County, Ore., did the seemingly impossible when they were able to lift a 3,000-pound tractor off their father so he could move a bit and breathe better until a neighbor got there with his tractor and lift the tractor off the injured man, Jeff Smith. Smith’s tractor had flipped while he as trying to remove a tree stump.  The Albany Democrat-Herald has the story. The incident occurred near McDowell Creek Park southeast of Albany between Salem and Eugene.

Mariners routed by Astros: So much for that 3-0 win over the Astros Monday. The Ms got clobbered by Houston 16-9 last night. Wouldn’t want to be a Mariner pitcher right now. The only saving grace is that the crowd of 10,745 was reportedly the smallest ever…

Fireworks show, maybe? As you’ve probably hear, hizzoner the mayor says he’s trying to light a fire under some groups to put a Forth of July fireworks show for now and years to come. Do you care whether we have a fireworks show this year? Vote in our poll.

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

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