Still warm, but cloudy: Mostly cloudy today with a high near 67, according to the National Weather Service. Clouds might burn off Saturday, and Sunday looks warm and sunny.
Farms suing Monsanto: Two Eastern Washington wheat farms filed a lawsuit Thursday against seed giant Monsanto, claiming their business has been damaged by the discovery of genetically modified wheat in Oregon. The wheat was the same strain as one developed and tested by Monsanto a decade ago but never approved.
Number-crunching gay-marriage stats: The state Department of Health on Thursday released the first statewide figures for same-sex marriages since the new law took effect in December. Here are just a few:
- More than 2,400 gay and lesbian couples have been married in Washington.
- King County had the highest number, with 1,321 same-sex marriages.
- 14 percent of wedding were couples who traveled from other states.
Armed student arrested: Seattle police arrested a 15-year-old student who was carrying an unloaded handgun on his way to school Thursday. Initial reports did not indicate the student had threatened anyone at the school, police said.
Moose spottings: Police and state wildlife agents used paint ball guns and firecracker shots to drive a young moose out of Connell, in Eastern Washington, after it charged a maintenance worker in a residential area.
In an even more exciting tale, a doctor on a guided fishing trip in Montana rescued a 25-pound baby moose (shown at right) after it was swept downriver trying to cross the river with its mother. And, there’s one Moose in town who’s trying to hide his head …
Another loss for Mariners: The M’s managed only four hits in its 6-1 loss to the Yankees yesterday at Safeco. The silver lining: a stellar performance by pitcher Blake Beavan, who was called up from Tacoma and allowed only one hit over 6 2/3 innings in relief.
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