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May 30, 2013 at 7:01 AM

Thursday Memo: Windows 8 poll … Kent killing … Car thief shot: a crime?

Microsoft and the will of the people: OK, perhaps that’s a bit of an overstatement, but Microsoft has given its latest version of Windows a look that’s a tad more familiar. There’s a Start button, sorta, but those tiles remain. How has your Windows 8 experience been so far? Vote in our poll.

Kent shooting: Police have responded to a fatal shooting in Kent. KING5 has an update.

Murder, manslaughter or no crime at all? A Spokane man has been charged with first-degree manslaughter after shooting and killing a man who was stealing his SUV. Police and prosecutors met Tuesday to determine whether the one shot Gail Gerlach fired as Brendon Kaluza-Graham drove away was one of those three things. As The Spokesman Review says in its story, the case has folks debating whether the use of deadly force in a crime is vigilantism.

Standoff in Spanaway is over:  It lasted several hours overnight and ended with the suspect taking his own life. Over in Manson, Chelan County, there was a four-hour standoff that ended with the arrest of a man authorities say has “anti-government leanings.”

In just a foot of water: A homeless man who apparently had been drinking fell face-first and drowned in about a foot of water in a ditch in Yakima,  the Yakima County coroner says. The man was found by a passerby yesterday.

Cafe Racer: One year ago today, a mentally ill gunman fatally shot four people at the establishment and wounded the cafe’s baker. He later shot another woman near Town Hall. After a citywide manhunt, the gunman killed himself in West Seattle. Volunteers went to work to rejuvenate the cafe and it later reopened. That’s a good thing. Here’s staff writer Maureen O’Hagan’s story about the cafe a year later.

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

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