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The Today File

Your guide to the latest news from around the Northwest

June 4, 2013 at 7:22 AM

Tuesday memo: Wonderful weather … No more fleecing REI … Capitol Hill beating charges

Sunny through at least Saturday: Enough said?

0604weatherHate crime charges in Capitol Hill beating: Five men, none of whom have ties to Seattle, were charged with hate crimes by King County prosecutors. The men are accused of yelling racial and homophobic slurs at a 20-year-old man and then beating him with their fists, feet and a skateboard in an unprovoked attack last Tuesday.

Child-snatching attempts at Komen race, White Center: Police are calling a White Center mom a hero after she fought off a man who tried to take her 3-year-old son from her backyard Sunday night. Meanwhile, a King County judge set a $750,000 bail for a 35-year-old Edmonds man who police say tried to snatch a 4-year-0ld boy who was attending the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure event at the Seattle Center on Sunday morning.

No more “renting” from REI: This is why we can’t have nice things, people. Apparently, too many folks were returning “gently” used and years-old outdoors equipment to Kent-based REI. So the company — commonly known by its unofficial nickname “Return Everything Inc.” — has decided to restrict its policy to a one-year time limit. Hopefully, that will limit cheap-o outdoorsmen like climber Leif Karlstrom, who wrote about taking advantage of REI while in college for Outside Magazine, from screwing things up for the rest of us. Here’s a taste of his “Return Everything Inc.” experience:

“A climbing buddy came back from China with a bunch of knockoff REI gear. We returned it fraudulently to the store in Eugene, Oregon, which gave us cash.”

Brady Quinn says he’ll be fine if Russell Wilson goes down: Despite a 4-16 professional record as a starter, the  ex-Notre Dame prodigal son (not named Rick Mirer) said Hawks fans shouldn’t worry if he’s thrust into the starting position by a Russell Wilson injury. Quinn said his familiarity with the Hawks’ offense and the offensive firepower around him ensures more success than his previous outings with the woeful Chiefs last year and the bumbling Browns several seasons ago.

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